Here are the top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date in 1918:
Eugene Hiltz passes away
Eugene Donald Hiltz, aged 18 years and 27 days, died of influenza at Sandusky on Wednesday at 8 a.m. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred P. Hiltz. Among the surviving relatives are the following Norwalk residents: Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hiltz, grandparents; Mrs. Ciara Link and May Hiltz, aunts; and Frank Hiltz, an uncle. Leon Hiltsz of Norwlak, who is serving with the American Army overseas, is a cousin.
Young Hiltz was an exceedingly popular Sandusky High School senior. He was a young man of attractive appearance and personality and had an unusual number of friends.
Services and interment will be private.
Soldiers’ pictures make a big hit
Fred Cook’s patriotic window has caused much favorable comment.
While the east window displays the large war map of the western front showing the location of the battle line, the west window is filled with the pictures of Huron County’s soldiers. One hundred and forty-six photographs of the boys in the service are artistically arranged, filling the entire window space. It is agreed that of all the patriotic ideas ever hatched up by Mr. Cook, his window display is the finest and most appreciated.
Denounces the hoodlums
Editor, Reflector-Herald: I want to thank you for your immediate stand on the night raid done in the name of the Liberty Loan early Wednesday morning. I never felt more outraged over anything in my life than I did that affair.
A firm hand and quick decision is needed in these times, and I feel confident if the Reflector-Herald had any intimation that such a thing was going to be done, the silly affair, as you rightly call it, would have been prevented.
One of my children has been very ill with a high fever. We had been up with her most of the night and just succeeded in getting her to sleep, and had just fallen asleep ourselves, when that terrible racket began. They even stomped and pounded on our porch. The children were terribly frightened and so was I. My husband ran to the front door just in time to see men in sailors’ uniforms getting into an auto. He thought they were drunk and of course our first thought was that it was the boys of the naval band that had played in Norwalk earlier in the evening. We were up the entire balance of the night with our sick baby, and she is in far worse shape today than she was before those hoodlums broke loose.
I am glad you went after the matter without gloves. The decent people of Norwalk are with you. I am glad that the local Liberty Loan committee announces it had no hand in the matter.
A Norwalk Woman
and a Patriot, too
Obituary of Huron County soldier
Private George Lewis O’Mara, 23rd Co. 6th Training Battalion, 159 Depot Brigade, Camp Taylor, Ky., was born at Monroeville on June 24, 1896 and gave his life in the service of his country at Base Hospital, Ky., Oct. 10, 1918, at the age of 22 years, 3 months and 16 days, having left for camp on Aug. 28, just six weeks previous to his death.
His body was accompanied home by Corporal Wm. R. Edwards.
On the 17th of April, 1918, he was united in marriage to Nellie H. Kirkwood of Havana, O., who with a mother, one sister, one brother, three half sisters, two half brothers and many near relatives and friends are left to mourn his death.
Burial was at Centerton cemetery.
Coming Thursday — Oct. 18, 1918: L. Schock in a thrilling air battle
— Compiled by Andy Prutsok