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Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:47 PM

JAN. 31, 1958

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 49 years ago:

Protest on school shift looms in Huron Valley

Residents of the Huron Valley school district today were reported organizing a campaign to prevent the proposed transfer of their schools into the Willard school system.

A petition bearing the signatures of 440 district residents had been filed at the offices of the Huron County Board of Education Wednesday and is expected to receive the Board's consideration at a meeting Saturday night.

Walter White of New Haven, Willet Eitle of Richmond and Sanford Cherry of Greenfield, were designated to head teams which are to circulate new petitions throughout the district.

New manager announced at Penney store

James T. Zens will take over as manager of the local Penney store on Feb. 1, following the resignation of John Wickert, it was announced today.

Mr. Zens, 41, was the Penney manager of Conneaut, Ohio for two and one years. He served four years in the U.S. Army, 1942-1945.

Survival seen depending on inner strength

In the fall of the Roman empire can be found lessons in eternal verities which alone can insure America's survival.

This was the theme of the talk delivered by the Rev. George Van Doren of St. Paul's Episcopal Church at yesterday's meeting of the Kiwanis Club in the Elks Grill.

The downfall of Rome, according to Mr. Van Doren, was due to internal decay. "The Roman Empire was already dead on its feet when the Germanic hordes swept over it," he declared. "The Germans didn't crush Rome, they simply took advantage of a sleeping giant.

The Rev. Van Doren cited five of the most important factors in Rome's downfall as revealed by history:

Rapid increase in divorce undermining the dignity and santity of the home;

Excessive taxation and the spending of public money for bread and circuses to feed the idle masses;

The craze of people for pleasure arising from their laziness and boredom;

The building of giant armaments to protect the empire from external threats;

And the decline of religion with faith losing its power to guide people's behavior.

Willard Flashers acquire role of spoilers

The Willard Crimson Flashers are riding high following their Friday night 45-39 jolting to the circuit aspirations of the Norwalk High Truckers. With a 6-6 overall record, they have already beaten Shelby and tonight will be the favorites over the Bucyrus Redmen.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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