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Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:43 PM

MAY 14, 1925

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 82 years ago:

Ownership of wrought iron gas pipe in doubt

Who owns the fortune in wrought iron gas pipe under Norwalk streets?

That's the question that is puzzling the Local Telephone Co., and others. Many joints of the pipe have been removed by workmen who are laying cable conduits for the local telephone company on Hester Street.

At first it was thought the pipes belonged to the old artificial gas company. But James Williams says the lines were the property of the old Northwestern concern.

The franchise says the pipe is the property of the Northwestern Company, its successors and assignees.

Mrs. Sarah Ronk has terrifying burglar experience

Mrs. Sarah Ronk of 28 Townsend Avenue, had a terrifying experience with a burglar at her home at about 4 a.m. Saturday morning. Hearing a noise, she started to investigate. When she looked into one of the rooms on the first floor, to her horror, the window began to rise slowly. A second or two later, two hands appeared on the sill and a man's head and shoulders were seen. The man vaulted upward and balanced himself on the window sill. The figure was sharply silhouetted in the light of the street lamps and the faint dawn. Just as he was tipping forward to enter the room, Mrs. Ronk, who was nearly frightened out of her wits, made an exclamation. The man faded out of sight and the window slowly closed. Mrs. Ronk was too frightened to inform the police. It seems certain that the man was one of the burglars or the lone burglar who entered the five homes on East Main Street early that morning.

Trained catfish of M.O. Hough eats out of his hand

M.O. Hough, a flower farmer of Remlinger's Corners near Milan, has some pet catfish that are regarded as one of the wonders of this district. On his pansy farm, Mr. Hough has made a good sized pond by building a dam in a ravine. The fish are so tame that they swarm to the top of the water at a given signal and eat out of the hand of Mr. Hough.

Dr. McClellan finds his staff is against him

A series of articles printed by the Reflector-Herald the past few months from the pen of Dr. Harry McClellan of the Dayton State Hospital aroused a vast amount of interest. He argues that insanity is not hereditary and is usually caused by the alimentary canal and has living examples of his argument. Today, there is trouble at the hospital, a dispatch from Dayton saying:

Eleven members of the consulting staff of Dayton State hospital for the insane resigned today, declaring in a letter to Welfare Director John E. Harper and the state civil service commission that conditions at the hospital were "intolerable" and inviting an investigation.

"It was spite work because I called them for performing unnecessary operations on patients for making exorbitant charges," Dr. H.H. McClellan, the superintendent, said.

Monroeville boy plunged off cliff into Huron River

Barney, the six or seven year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Petzolkt of Monroeville, had a thrilling adventure the other day while playing on the top of a cliff about 30 feet high near his home.

The boy plunged over the bank and fell into the water. With presence of mind, the boy clung to a ledge until a rope was lowered. The child hung to the robe until he was pulled to safety. The water is very deep at this place.

Mrs. Belle Ellis Dies in Cleveland after a long illness

Norwalk is shocked today to learn of the death of Mrs. Belle W. Ellis last night at 8 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ben B. Wickham, 1923 Rosemont Road, Cleveland.

While she has been a resident of Bellevue, yet her friendships in Norwalk are so legion and of such warmth that the loss today is essentially Norwalk's.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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