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Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:46 PM

JAN. 22, 1954

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 53 years ago:

Jaycees, wives to push polio drive in city

Members of the Jaycees will give the local March of Dimes drive a helping hand tomorrow in front of Homan's Jewelry where, with the aid of a public address system, they will solicit donations from pedestrians.

Anyone wishing to help in the Mothers' porch light march are urged to contact Mrs. Dana Case, chairman of the mothers' march.

Last year, according to G.T. Bear, chairman of the Norwalk March of Dimes, this effort accounted for half of the city's total collection.

Willard news

Ed Hoffman, oldest member of the Elks lodge, will be honored on his 92nd birthday Jan. 27, at a dinner at the Elks hall. Approximately 400 are expected to attend. Mr. Hoffman, who is retired, joined the Elks in Norwalk in 1909 and when the local lodge was founded in 1919, transferred, serving as steward for over 30 years.

Flyers host to Fostoria Five next Sunday

Coach Bill Mazzocco's Flyers, still fighting to chalk up that first win of the season, Sunday launched their offense against a Tiffin Claver five on the local hardwood.

Although the Saints' advance schedule calls for a game tonight with the New London Wildcats, the title was called off sometime ago because the affair was never sanctioned by a signed contract.

The return of Gene Seitz, the Flyer mentor feels, compensates in part for the loss of Ralph Shoemaker, regular forward, who has been confined with an attack of jaundice. He will not be available for some time.

Bob Obringer, the first string grid center, is back with the squad after dropping out early in the season.

Rev. Gerhard Schmitz dies

MONROEVILLE Funeral services for the Rev. Gerhard Schmitz, 73, retired pastor of this village who died Thursday at the St. Francis Home in Tiffin, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph's Church with the Rt. Rev. Geroge Rehring, bishop of the Toldeo diocese, officiating at a requiem high mass.

Rev. Schmitz, who had been retired for the past five years, came to this community in 1931 from St. Michael's Ridge. Prior to that he served as pastor at St. Louis Church, Custer; Mother of Sorrow, North Auburn.

Rev. Schmitz was ordained into the priesthood by the late Cardinal Gibbons in 1904 in Baltimore, Md., upon completing his studies at Catholic University, Washington, D.C.

A native of Bonn, Germany, the former Monroeville pastor attended schools in Holland and Austria, later attending the University of Bonn.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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