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Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:54 PM

Sept. 15, 1921

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

Water-wagon assailant

also gains sympathy

Norwalk appears to be torn by conflicting emotions over the news of the assault made on Willie Bell, the driver of the water-wagon, by A.P. Sauve, local tobacco and candy wholesaler. Sauve is being praised as well as condemned.

Complaint is general about town that the sprinkling carts have no compunction in throwing water on automobiles that stand parked along the street or even on persons if they happen to be within range; it so happened it will be remembered that Sauve was within range, and it is said was badly soaked by the sprinkler — something more than a mere shower on his shoes.

For a long time motor car owners have complained that freshly washed cars have been sprinkled by the water so that another bath was necessary. Motorists very largely appear to be lining up behind Sauve, and when the case come to trail Saturday it gives promise of being interesting.

K of C Council holds election

Norwalk Knights of Columbus elected officers last evening for the coming year. The officers, whose names follow, will take their office the first of October:

Grand Knight, L.W. Sisson; deputy grand knight, Chas. J. Krupp; chancellor, Eugene Englert; recorder, F.W. Milhaupt; financial secretary, Carl H. Keller; treasurer, John Markt; advocate, Walter D. Hipp; warden, Herman Reichert; inside guard, Jacob Hossman; outside guard, Wm. Theisen; trustees, Ed Esker, P. Loretz, T.M. Garrigan.

A smoker followed the business meeting.


A front page editorial read as follows:

The manhood and womanhood of this country owes it to itself to absolutely frown upon any moving pictures portraying Roscoe Arbuckle in any of his antics. Whether he be found guilty of the murder of the wayward girl who was a guest in his rooms, in any degree whatsoever, or not, he has permanently offended the good morals and good taste of American manhood and womanhood. We do not intend to try his case in the newspapers, but his offense against morality is so great that he merits the penalty of ostracism if ever any man did. How anyone in the future can go to a theatre and laugh at his antics is more than can be understood by anyone who respects humanity. Many cities are conducting open campaigns against Arbuckle films. He is banned forever from association with real men and women.

Mrs. Oates laid to rest

Mary Elizabeth Oates was born Jan. 28, 1835 and died Sept. 10, 1921, aged 86 years, 7 months and 12 days. She was the daughter of Jane Atkinson and Anthony Oates and the second child in a family of five. All preceded her to the great beyond.

In 1844 she moved with her parents to Richland County and in 1850 to Ripley Township, Huron County, where she grew to womanhood. She attended school in Oberlin, afterwards teaching several terms. In early life she became a member of the Ripley Congregational Church and in later years the Church of Christ at Greenwich.

At the time of her death she was a member of the Church of Christ at North Fairfield. She was married November 28, 1861 to Charles William Daniels. After his death in 1870 she came with her three little daughters to the old home in Ripley Township where she lived for many years with her parents. She was a devoted mother to her own daughters and likewise to the three grandchildren who were early left to her care.

She was a faithful Christian and Bible student and a friend in need to all who came to her for help.

She leaves three grandchildren, one great grandson, nieces and nephews and many life-long friends who will remember her good deeds and kindly sympathy. She passed away at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Hattie Snively, in North Fairfield.

— Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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