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Death wins in struggle

• Mar 3, 2018 at 8:00 PM

March 3, 1913

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date in 1913:


Little “buddy” Williams passes away after hard fought battle

It was a fight against too great odds, and little “Buddy” Williams passed away Saturday evening at 7:00 o’clock in Dr. Morse’s sanitarium where he was operated upon for appendicitis six days previous, having been suddenly stricken the day before.

It was an aggravated case from the start, and the life of the little fellow hung in the balance for several days. Only for about a day were the attending physicians hopeful, but the little patient showed remarkable vitality. He made a valiant fight and the family and friends had hoped and prayed that there might come a time for the better, that would spare the child’s life, but the plans invisible were to be be carried out and the little sufferer was carried away to the home of the Great Father of all.

It was a gradual flickering out of a sweet, childish life. There was suffering, but no complaint. The little fellow’s cheerfulness held out throughout his consciousness and only Saturday he asked to see his three chums, a little friend and the two dogs that always accompanied the two boys.


Joyful crowd enjoys sleighride

A joyful party of young ladies from Olena enjoyed a sleighride to the home of Miss Bessie Hartline at Blue Fly, Saturday evening, and had a most enjoyable time. Some of the features were a marshmallow roast, music and games and light refreshments were served.

At an early hour in the morning the sleighload of girls departed for home, which they reached in safety in spite of the fierce blizzard in which they were caught. It is reported that this same blizzard blew out one or two windows in the Hartline home.


Tramps wash; explosion

Three tramps tried to wash up before leaving jail at Monroeville Saturday, where they had spent the night, and the shock blew up the jail. A cistern extends under the calaboose from the fire station quarters next door. Gas had accumulated.

One of the hoboes tossed a lighted paper down to see if they could reach the water, and an explosion resulted that broke most of the glass in the building. They immediately swore off any further libations this year.


Trouble comes in bunches

It was a double dose that was handed out to Henry Miller Monday afternoon. He was arrested for intoxication Saturday night, and while he was still confined in the city prison awaiting a hearing before Mayor Martin, Sheriff Trimner appeared at the cell door and handed him a copy of his wife’s petition for divorce.

On the charge of drunkenness, Miller was fined $5 and costs and sentenced to the work house for thirty days. The workhouse sentence was suspended during good behavior and he arranged to pay the fine and costs together with another one in which he was in arrears.

The divorce petition states that the Millers, Augusta and Henry, were united in marriage in this city May 7, 1889, and that there are seven children, of whom the following are minors: Lillian, aged 14; Norbert, 11; Dorothy, 10; and Catherine, 7.

Habitual drunkenness and extreme cruelty are the allegations of the wife, it being charged that he has frequently threatened both the defendant and their children with bodily harm.


Coming Monday -— March 5, 1934: Carl Bleile not hurt in motor wreck

— Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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