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• Mar 12, 2018 at 8:00 PM

March 12, 1894

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date in 1894:


Two New York railroad men come to Norwalk,

look the city over, but say nothing

There is evidently something brewing in railroad circles that will be of great interest to this section and it is strongly surmised that the Wheeling & Lake Erie will take an important part in the transaction.

The nine o’clock Lake Shore train brought to Norwalk Sunday the C.L.&W. private car No. 7. The occupants of the car were two gentlemen and the wife of onf oen of them. One of the gentlemen was J.W. Ogden, a prominent railroad magnate of New York City. The other one the porter of the car said he thought was director McKinstry of the C.H.&D., but from another source the Reflector learns, that he was A.B. Laroque, alsof New York City.
Their car was sidetracked here and soon after the departure of the train, which brought it to the city, night operator Christy went to the car to see if the car was satisfactorily located and met the gentlemen just starting out for a walk. They asked Mr. Christy if the W.&L.E. did not run though this city and upon his answering in the affirmative, asked where the depot of the road was located, how near the depot was to the Court House, how near it was to the other business places of the city, where East Main Street was, and several other questions. Mr. Christy kindly answered all their inquiries and showed them to East Main Street pointing out the several places inquired about. After viewing the city as well as possible at that time of night, the strangers returned to their car to resume their inspection again early in the morning.

The gentlemen were very reticent about thier business, seeking to conceal their names from reporters.


The bad curve at Alling’s Corners

The 4 o’clock electric car Sunday afternoon from Milan ran off the track while making the curve at Aling’s Corners, which compelled the passengers to be detained there a long time, unless they chose to walk to town, which many of them did.

This kind of an accident has occurred at that very same place several times before, and we are told that it occurred there three times yesterday, to the great annoyance and inconvenience of the passengers. Isn’t it about time the company was taking some teps to prevent them?


A stop should be put to it

Editors, Reflector: Sunday’s 4 o’clock car No. 11 from Sandusky and Milan was crowded with passengers. At Milan four young fellows boarded the car who had filled up on beer or other liquor, obtained it is claimed at that place, and all the way up to Norwalk those liquor-soaked hodlums insulted the passengers with their loud and cheap songs and coarse, vulgar talk, and I am told that the conductor did not speak to them or even remonstrate with them in any way against their disgraceful conduct.

It is a shame that decent and respectrable peopel traveling on the Electric should be subject to such treatement. The company should take steps to prevent such disgraceful doings in the futre, if they don’t the passengers will take matters in their own hands. Drunken brutes should not be allowed on the cars.


Coming Tuesday — March 13, 1894: Directors elected for Y.M.C.A.

— Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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