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• Jul 9, 2019 at 8:00 PM

July 9, 1935

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 84 years ago:


Train fatality victim seized with stroke

Coroner J.D. Bradish announces that the well-dressed unknown man found dead by the side of the W. & L.E. Railway tracks half a mile west of Hartland station Monday morning evidently was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage while riding a freight train.

An autopsy shows that the man had sustained a stroke. Identification, however, has not been made. The body is being held at Stein-Orebaugh’s mortuary.


Sudden turn in murder case

Ethol B. Lamphier has pleaded guilty to the charge of murdering Mrs. Katherine A. Wilde, 65, here last month.

He is to face trial Monday, July 15, at 9 a.m. before Judge E.G. Martin of Norwalk, Judge Charles H. Huston of Mansfield and Judge Walter J. Mougey of Wooster. The accused waived trial by jury...

...Mrs. Wilde was found murdered at her home, 97 Wooster Street, on the afternoon of June 23. The body was found on a first floor bedroom with fearful injuries about the chest and head. The disheveled condition of the bed clothing suggested that the victim had been hastily placed on the bed after being slain.

Information given out by relatives and neighbors regarding alleged threat made by Lamphier against Mrs. Wilde induced the police to look into that angle. Lamphier was arrested on the evening the body was found. He stoutly maintained his innocence.


McLaughlin case taken to supreme court

Charles McLaughlin, administrator of the estate of Hershel McLaughlin, Huron County, today asked the Ohio Supreme Court to review his case against the New York Central Railway for damages in the death of his son.

Young McLaughlin was killed on a grade crossing Feb. 7, 1934 when struck by an east-bound train.

The case was heard by Judge Irving Carpenter and verdict was returned in favor of McLaughlin. The court of appeals reversed the decision, stating there was no evidence of contributory negligence. 


West Lodi will meet Monroeville at baseball

MONROEVILLE — The Monroeville Grays lost a hard fought ten-inning game Sunday afternoon to the Havana Merchants at Thomas Field, Havana.

Although Monroeville was greatly outhit, 19-7, 27 local players reached first to 24 for Havana. Ralph Haffner, Havana hurler, helped the Monroeville cause by issuing eight passes.

On Sunday afternoon, July 14, the Reed-twp. A.C. of West Lodi will play the Monroeville Grays here and Havana will entertain the Olena club.


Plan night ball

NEW LONDON — Night baseball will be introduced to Wakeman ball fans soon, with work under way on the erection of a complete lighting unit at Wakeman field. While the date of the first night encounter is not exactly known, the Redcaps opponents will be the strong Keller News aggregation for Norwalk.

Following the Redcaps engagement at Clyde next Sunday, all future games of the Caps  will be played at home, with two games weekly, Wednesdays and Sundays.


Former classmates have reunion

Mr. and Mrs. George Woodworth of 8 Cedar Street, Nrowalk, very graciously entertained members of the old Huron County Normal School Class of 1919 on Monday. Mrs. Woodworth was a member of the class. The Huron County Normal School was located on the top floor of the present Monroeville High School building. A picnic supper was served in the beautiful yard of the Woodworth home and social diversions and reminiscenses of old times occupied the evening.

Guests were: Mr. and Mrs. William Warner and family of Cleveland, Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Kline and family of Shelby, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Burdue and family of Milan, Mr. and Mrs.  Elmer Stricker of Monroeville, Mrs. C.F. Tremaine and children of Sandusky, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne McPherson and family, Mrs. Carrie Squires of Norwalk and the host and hostess.

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