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Blast from the Past

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

JANUARY 19, 1921

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 86 years ago:

Women as jurors in trial of Oddo

With three women serving as jurymen, the case of the City of Norwalk vs. William Oddo was commenced this morning in the council chamber before Mayor C.D. Miles with a jury of 12.

The defendant is accused of annoying Miss Myrtle Rose, stenographer at the office of the probate judge at the court house.

Members of the jury follow: Harry G. McKnight, D.S. Jefferson, C.P. Venus, H.C. Stentz, Fred J. Cripps, Bertha Butt, Mrs. E. Gregory, Myrtle Bishop, E.R. Worthen, C.L. Craig, C.M. Peckham and G. Palmer.

The following were excused from jury service, Milo Cline, Fred Liable, Charles V. Mack and John P. Beckberger.

Fugitive hid on shack in Willard Farm

A young man, well dressed, who walked with a distinct limp, made a deserted shack on the Riddle farm southwest of Willard his abiding place from Saturday till Tuesday - but has fled.

Was he a Cleveland youth who had been wounded in some banditry?

Farmers of that locality think he was.

Sheriff Roose was in Willard Tuesday morning and was informed of the suspicious actions of the fellow and one got in his care and drove out.

Emma Langridge is dead at great age

Mrs. Emma Langridge, 81, a native of the New England states and a resident of Norwalk for many years, died at 5:30 a.m. today at the home of Charles Golden of Gibbs Ave.

Her husband, Edward Langridge, passed away here in 1905. No immediate relatives survive, Mrs. Langridge never having had any children.

Society: Mrs. Simmons Receives Club

The Tuesday Reading Club met Jan. 18 with Mrs. S.E. Simmons. Seventeen members were present. The reader, Mrs. H.L. Stewart, gave a very fine review of Nathaniel Hawthorne's book, "The Scarlet Letter." Following the reading, the hostess invited the ladies to the dining room where all did ample justice to the delicious dinner served them. The guests of the afternoon were Mrs. George S. Stewart and Mrs. John Laylin.

They may be Mormons, but ...

A postcard from Fred Colson, well known Norwalkian, now at Salt Lake City on business, says:

"It may be hard to believe but the fact is that women west of the Mississippi are so sound common-sensed that they do not wear galoshes at all, not even when the mercury is up to 60. Haven't seen a galosh since leaving Chicago last Monday."

--Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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