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Davis resigns and will be home soon

• Jan 21, 2019 at 8:00 PM

Jan. 21, 1918

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 101 years ago:


Davis resigns and will be home soon

Col. Albert W. Davis of Norwalk has resigned from the army, secured his honorable discharge, and will soon be home, according to a dispatch to the Cleveland papers. Col Davis, this past summer, was made colonel of the old Fifth Ohio, where he was the idol of the men, having served with distinction as lieutenant colonel and worked his way up from the ranks thru years of active military service and later was a colonel of the Ohio regiment...(unreadable). 

...He is recognized everywhere as one of the finest soldiers Ohio has turned out and the army loses by his retiring to private life.

The dispatch telling of the latest episode is as follows:

Col. Albert Davis, who came to Camp Sheridan as commander of the Fifth Ohio Infantry, now the 145th, has been given a honorable discharge from the service and will return to his home in Cleveland.

Col. Davis was unable to stand the strain of active duty because of certain physical conditions resulting from his strenuous service during the Spanish-American war. Col, Davis was pensioned by the government after his service in 1898 and forfeited the pension to return to service.


Army trucks given royal welcome by Norwalk Sunday

Thirty enormous United States Army trucks, Packard, rumbled into Norwalk Sunday afternoon about 3 o’clock and were given cordial greeting. They remained here for the night and rumbled along early Monday monring on their way to Cleveland, their scheduled stopping place for tonight. It will take them about 14 days to reach their destination, “some Atlantic Port,” whence they will embark for France.

Norwalk Masons ten days ago appointed a special committee to take charge of the next fleet of truckmen that came through and had planned to furnish them with supper. Saturday night the Red Cross directorate had a meeting and decided to pay for the suppers out of the canteen fund that they have for such purposes and for civilian relief work. The Masons, however, threw open their club rooms and the men not only ate their piping hot supper there but remained there for the night, putting up their bunks in the lodge rooms on the third floor.


Death claims soldier boy

The first member of Co. G. 145th Infantry, Norwalk’s representative military organization, to lose his life while in the service of his country was Harry J. Colvin of Milan, whose death occurred at Camp Sheridan, Montgomery, Ala., early this morning.

Colvin has not been well for a number of weeks and recently he suffered an attack of pneumonia and his condition became critical. He was well on the road to recovery, however, when he suffered a setback and death resulted.

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. M. Colvin and was 25 years old. Previous to enlisting he was employed at the Rule Auto agency in Milan. He had scores of friends at both Milan and Norwalk who will be deeply grieved to learn of his death. Besides his parents, he leaves two brothers, Ralph and Earl, both of Milan.


Plans made to register all alien enemies

Complying with instructions from the attorney general, Police Chief Remington was today making plans for the registration of all alien enemies who reside in Norwalk and Huron County, starting Feb. 4 and continuing to Feb. 9.

All natives, citizens, denizens or subjects of the German Empire or Imperial German government, being males of fourteen years or upward, who are within the United States and not actually naturalized as American citizens are required to register as alien enemies, regardless of whether they have heretofore obtained a zone permit. This registration is for the purpose of obtaining a record of the individual in each case and his residence.

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