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Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:44 PM

MAY 25, 1931

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 76 years ago:

Order may cause junking of Norwalk-Fremont Line

County Clerk J. R. Berry today received notification that the appellate court of the Toledo district has decided in favor of the city of Bellevue in its ouster case against the L.S.E. railway system.

The date of ouster is May 1, 1932. In its opinion sent here with the journal entry, the court states the defendant corporation has been granted an additional 10 days to give an answer.

In the ouster suit, the plaintiff municipality set forth that the traction company was operating without franchise.

It is stated that the chief bone of contention lies in the alleged refusal of the L.S.E. system to pay what the city of Bellevue considers a just share of street improvement work in thoroughfare improvement work in thoroughfares used by the company.

If the Norwalk-Fremont line is removed, such an action would leave Norwalk with only the Norwalk-Ceylon branch of the L.S.E. This would prove quite a heavy blow for a town that not many years ago ranked as one of the leading interurban centers in the state, Norwalk having lost the South line, the Norwalk-Oberlin line and the Sandusky branch of the L.S.E.

R.B. Canfield, victim of gas blast, expires

Ralph B. Canfield, 78, who was burned in a natural gas explosion at his home on Norwood Avenue last March, died last night in Memorial Hospital. He had been confined to that institution since the accident.

Mr. Canfield spent his entire life in Huron County and had lived here 25 years. His wife, Mrs. Hannah Canfield, died 20 years ago. Surviving are the brother, Charles, of Townsend, four nieces and a nephew.

Dance halls hit by Mrs. Sharpless

The Rev. Mrs. Nellie Sharpless, representative of the National Purity League, who gave an address at the Methodist Church last night on the cause of delinquency among girls, asserted that the public dance evil probably contributes more toward the downfall of young women than any other factor. She declared that parents as a rule are far from blameless when their daughters go wrong, and she asserted that fathers and mothers who are guilty of wrong doing and who lend encouragement to various forms of vice are not deserving of much sympathy if their daughters get off the straight and narrow path.

Mrs. Sharpless gave one of the most forceful and convincing talks ever heard here and the good sized audience was impressed to a remarkable degree. The speaker asserted that in may of the larger cities, a large number of persons make much money by trafficking in girls for immoral purposes.

Memorial to defenders is well attended

Impressive Memorial Sunday services were held Sunday morning at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, with a large attendance of veterans of three wars - the Civil, Spanish and World - and the ladies of the Women's Relief Corps and Legion Auxiliary, besides a large concourse of citizens.

The veterans marched in after the choir in the processional. The music, hymns and anthems were all inspiring, beautifully sung and patriotic.

A patriotic sermon was preached by the rector, the Rev. Charles H. Gross. He deplored the fact that modern civilization seems to have been so intensely interested in the present that they had become forgetful of the past and unmindful of the future. He addressed the veterans as the conservers and preservers of the ideals that had inspired the founding fathers of the republic and declared that the welfare of the nation rested in no small degree in their hands in peace as well as war. A nation surrounded them, he said, that was always keenly appreciative of the sacrifices they and their mates had made, but who still and perhaps always would need their guidance and help in times of peace as well as war.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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