The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date in 1959:
2,000 acres in mucklands buried under ice blanket
WILLARD — Losses caused by a freak hail and rain storm which struck the Celeryville mucklands yesterday afternoon, covering more than 2,000 acres of growing plants in an icy blanket, may run as high as a million dollars, it was estimated today.
This morning throughout the area farmers were still checking their fields in an effort to determine the extent of the damage and whether anything could be done to salvage part of their crops.
Where yesterday the area was green with the rich promise of growing plants, today the scene was one of destruction and desolation. Stalks of corn still stood in the fields but their leaves were in shreds. Acres of soy beans were completely defoliated. Small vegetables, radishes, lettuces and endives lay limp and lifeless on the steaming black earth. Potato plants were cut up or broken and only the stems were still dangling in the celery fields.
Within less than an hour the results of months of hard work were completely wiped out.
Recalcitrant non — shaven gets warning from judge
(Photo caption) Clean-shaven Fire Chief Bill Lohman gets a stern warning from the judge in the Brothers of the Brush Kangaroo Kourt, which was established forthwith, following the signing by Mayor Louis G. Frey of the proclamation which is reproduced in full below. The judge is Vic Van Hentenruck, and the law enforcement staff, shows Walter Naylor, Bob Beveridge, Harold Pearson and Ralph Locke. Mayor Frey has just inked the edict which sets forth rules for shaven and unshaven males until Aug. 1.
Inaugurating Camp Conger
Quick to take advantage of the warm sun at the opening of the 4-H Clubs’ Camp Conger yesterday was this group intent on acquiring “tans.” The group includes Patty Garrett, Fitchville Busy Workers Club; Gene Haas, Sherman Wonder Workers; Sally Schneider, Clarksfield Merry Maids; and Cliff Claus, Peru, Indians.
Stroh’s Beer, Brooker Bros. post county tournament victories
The Huron County Softball Tournament opened last night at McGuan Park with Stroh’s Beer taking a five inning, 10-0 win over the Kubach-Smith Funeral Home in the first game while in the nightcap, Brooker Bros. shut out the Schild’s IGA Foodliner team 6-0.
The Beermen from Sandusky kept up a steady barrage of hitting as they collected 13 hits off the slants of losing hurler Dick Hulme in gaining an easy 10-0, five-inning verdict.
Sensational clutch pitching by Gordon Schaechterle and the noisy bat of Bob Beverdige gave the Brooker Brothers Forgers team an easy 6-0 win over Schild’s IGA Foodliner in last night’s second tournament game.
Schaechterle in hurling shutout ball, allowed just four hits, all singles, while his teammates were teeing off on losing hurler Chuck Robison’s slants for nine hits.
Coming Saturday — July 7, 1959: Queen candidates
— Compiled by Andy Prutsok