The top stories in the Reflector-Herald on this date in 1962:
Norwalk’s chamber cites Roth Brother achievement
Roth Brothers Contractors were the recipients last night of a special Chamber of Commerce plaque for “outstanding achievement and statewide recognition for school building construction.” The special award was present by Chamber of Commerce President Don Ebert, as part of the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet.
Richard Roth accepted the honor on behalf of himself, his brothers, and the firm. In making the presentation, Ebert outlined the history of Roth Brothers, which has brought it to its present high regard as builders of public buildings.
The three brothers, Richard, Sylvester C. “Fat,” and Peter W., succeeded their father, Charles Roth, in business. The father was in the construction business for 30 years before the brothers took over. Charles Roth was the builder and developer of Rosedale Blvd. His three sons are all graduates of St. Paul’s High School. Richard now is the father of four sons, two of whom are actively engaged in the business and two are in college.
The city of Norwalk would be practically without public buildings, it if were not for the work of the Roth Brothers. No less than 17 public buildings in Norwalk and vicinity have felt the fine hand of the Roth Brothers. The crowning touch is the new Junior High School, which the local firm is now building behind the old Children’s Home, Benedict Avenue.
Chamber reviews, outlines
The Norwalk Chamber of Commerce held its annual day of reckoning last night in the K. of C. Hall, reviewing the past year, outlining the aims for the coming year, and carrying out the changing of the guard.
In the latter ceremony, J. Don Ebert, president of the Chamber, handed over the gavel for 1963 to Carroll C. Crist, who was recently elected to serve as Chamber president for the next year.
Ebert reminded the gathering of 230 that Norwalk was faced with the loss of key industries when he took the reigns of the Chamber in January. He stressed that he aimed for two major goals at his inauguration — the elimination of the down-on-the-mouth feeling engulfing the people of Norwalk and the acquisition of new industry.
While giving plaudits for the efforts and hard work of Executive Vice President Tom Ican, Ebert said he felt communications had changed the spirit of Norwalk to a brighter one.
Several local merchants willing to close Sundays
Six of the nine spokesmen for local business establishments on the “black list” for alleged violations of the Sunday closing law said this morning they would close on Sunday if asked to by law enforcement officers, while three others reserved comment until officially contacted.
A spot check this morning of representatives of businesses from the 26 on the “black list” compiled by several local ministers, revealed in several instances a desire to close, if competitors would do the same.
Among those reserving comment was Izzie Lichtcsien of the Norwalk Bargain Center, the store the ministers said they considered the biggest violator of the state’s blue law. Lichtcsien said his discount store would remain open this Sunday. He will comment after officially contacted by the law.
Ben Street, manager of the Lawson’s store, said the local store will abide by whatever the company decides. As of yet, he said, no Lawson stores have been closed on Sunday.
Joseph Pleasnick said he would close his market on Sundays if his competitors will cooperate by doing the same.
George Woodward, co-owner of the Side-O-Hill Dairy Store said his store will close on Sundays if asked to after 16 years of Sunday sales. His store, he explained, serves many customers who do not have refrigerators and need to buy on Sunday.
Coming Thursday -— Nov. 30, 1962: Survey shows support lacking for Sunday closing law enforcement
Compiled by Andy Prutsok