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The death of Michael Brady

• Feb 28, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Feb. 28, 1886


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Death of Michael Brady

At 9:30 a.m. Thursday after a gradual decline running back through the past four years, Mr. Michael Brady, the oldest and perhaps best known Irish citizen of Norwalk, passed away at his home on West Main Street in the 80th year of his age.

He came to Norwalk, we think, in 1847, having thus lived here 39 years. He acquired a moderate property by honest labor, and by the rectitude of his life and uprightness in all his dealings, secured the respect of the entire community.

Two of his sons are well known through the state, ex-State Treasurer Peter Brady of Bellevue, and James T. Brady of Cleveland, late chief clerk in the State Treasurer’s office. The latter was at his father’s bedside at the time of his death and former is expected tonight. The wife and two daughters live at the old homestead and mourn the loss of a kind husband and father.

The funeral will be held at 9 o’clock Saturday morning at his late residence.

The Reflector has long known and respected Mr. Brady, and in common with the entire community deplores the loss of a valuable citizen.


Suppressing a foul sheet

TOLEDO — Warrants were served on A.J. and A.S. Bebout, publishers of the Sunday Democrat, today, charging them with sending obscene literature through the mail. The first warrant was sworn out by Foster R. Warren, county treasurer, and cites an article published in the issue of Aug. 12, 1885, entitlted “Male Prostitutes.” Later in the day another warrant was served based on an article referring to J.W. Elliott.

It is understood that this movement is inaugurated by several prominent citizens, who will endeavor to suppress the sheet. The Democrat has long been a blot upon decent journalism and Toledo has become famous as a purveyor of scandals and social sensations of rank here. One of its reporters was tarred and feathered in Norwalk last summer, and the circumstance created considerable comment at the time.


Frozen to death

Joseph S. Soule with his four children, two men and two other persons started from the Indian Territory for Colorado early in January.

Nothing had been heard from them since, and as the great snow storm came up a few days after they started, they have been given up as dead.  A party of nine persons was found frozen to death in the Indian Territory on the 9th of January and it is now almost certain that this was Mr. Soule and his party. The horses were found frozen stiff in the harness and all the nine persons were in the wagon dead.

The Reflector contained an account of this terrible calamity at the time but no one then knew who the parties were.

Mr. Soule formerly lived in Norwalk, going west from here about 15 years ago. His first wife was Juliette Curtiss, daughter of the late Orlando Curtiss of Norwalk. One of the children frozen to death was a son by this wife.

Mr. Charles W. Soule of this township, is a brother and we are indebted to him for the above particulars. He says the last word from his brother Joseph was a letter mailed to him January 7th at Atoka, P.O., Indian Territory. Many friends of the family will be shocked to learn of the probable death of so many under such sad circumstances.


Coming Thursday — March 1, 1913: Infant is badly burned


— Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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