Norwalk Reflector: Willard Bennett achieves high honor at college

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Willard Bennett achieves high honor at college

• Aug 30, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Aug. 30, 1924


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Willard Bennett achieves high honor at college

Willard Harrison Bennett, the 21-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bennett of this city, was graduated from Ohio State University yesterday with the highest honors of his class and one of the highest grades ever given by the university.

Willard has made a remarkable record. He was a member of the graduating class of 1921, of Norwalk High School, and then entering O.S.U., he took an academic course, did four years’ work in three and achieved the special honor of graduating “with distinction,” the only one in his class thus to be signally honored. President Thompson paid the Norwalk boy high compliments from the platform in his commencement address. Willard receivied an A in practically every one of his studies throughout his university course.

He came home with his father and mother who had motored down to attend the excercises, and in two weeks will leave for Madison, Wis., where he has accepted a professorship in the department of chemical engineering.


Editor’s Note: Bennett went on to eventually hold 67 patents. He made scientific history in the 1930s pioneering studies in plasma physics, the study of gases ionized by high-voltage electricity. Bennett invented radio frequency mass spectrometry in (1955). Bennett's radio-frequency mass spectrometer measured the masses of atoms. It was the first such experiment in space. He also researched gases ionized by high-voltage electricity. This research was used in later thermonuclear fusion research.


Will build model poultry house on W.O. Hoyt farm

On Wednesday, Sept. 3, an all day meeting will be held at the home of Wilbur Hoyt, two miles west of North Fairfield, for a demonstration of the building of a poultry house. Two experts from the Ohio State University, one from the engineering department and a poultry specialist, will be present. The foundation has been built. Those who take part are requested to bring hammer and saws. This house will be constructed as a model for poultry raisers to follow. There will be a picnic dinner. All interested parties are invited to attend.


Patrick-Hiss buy Glass Block clothing store

The Patrick Hiss Co. today closed negotiations for the clothing and gents’ furnishing goods department of the C.F. Jackson Co., and will take possession Sept. 1. The Jackson clothing store was recently moved to the Main Street annex building of the department store.

“We will operate our own store just as usual, and also the Jackson clothing store,” said B.F. Patrick this afternoon. “For the time at least we will operate both stores. The Jackson clothing room will be closed all next week while we are taking inventory and preparing for our introductory sale the week following.”


Start work on new filling station here

Work of clearing the site at the triangle at the top of the Benedict Avenue hill for the new filling station is well under way. The frame dwelling house is being removed and this morning, the good sized Norway spruce tree on the lot was cut down. This tree has long been a landmark and added a picturesque touch to the neighborhood. It is reported that another filling station will be erected on Benedict Avenue near Elm Street.


Golfers getting goofy for Labor Day swatfest

Labor Day is to see a battle royal at the Norwalk Country Club when two doughty teams of crack players clash on the greensward.

Herb Gallup is captiain of the Sod Busters while Charles Goodell calls the roll for the Dirty Divits. Each of these golf sharks has been serendipitously sizing up players for the past week and each declares he has picked out the good ones — players who were never known to dribble in the brook on 7, or slice into the woods on 6 — players who shoot off of 3 like sharpshooters and who chip in from the edge of the green just as easy as ordinary players shove it into the cup with their heel. Play will start at 9 sharp Monday.

Sod Busters: H.A. Gallup, Capt.: Cox, Link Sr. and Jr., Wickham, Hoffman, Angell Sr., Clark, Colson, Wood Jr., Fischer, Pruner, Mayne, Stoup, Woods, Schwartz and Kuhn.

Dirty Divits: Chas. Goodell, Capt.; Coupland, Lawrence, Hettel, Wm. Pressing, Peasley Sr. and Jr., Gerken, Angell Jr., Cowley, Bateham, Spangler, Wickham Sr., Sidnell, Pitkin, Carpenter and Breckenridge.


H.C. Beck, 65, of Plymouth, winner of U.S. Trap Shoot

H.C. Deck, 65, of Plymouth, member of the old Norwalk gun club, and who  has been referred to as “The unpretentious little carpenter,” won the grand American Handicap trap shoot at Plymouth yesterday. The victory yielded him the diamond trophy and enabled him to cut in on the $1,000 purse. Mr. Deck will be warmly congratulated by his friends in this territory. He has shot here many times at the Milan Avenue grounds and is popular with trap shooters becasue of his sportsmanship and pleasing personality.


Coming Friday — Aug. 31, 1960: Is OK after goring by young bull

— Compiled by Andy Prutsok


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