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BLAST FROM THE PAST - Arm mangled in corn shredder

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:02 PM

Dec. 10, 1912

The top stories in The Evening Herald on this date 95 years ago:

Arm mangled in corn shredder

The corn shredder claimed its first victim in Huron County this season, Saturday, the victim being Fred Purcell, who lives in the German settlement in Peru Township.

While helping at the Grimmer farm, near his own home, his right hand was caught in the machine and mangled to the wrist before the machine could be stopped.

Doctors Simmons and Sipher were called to attend the injured man and amputated the arm near the elbow. Early in the afternoon the ambulance went to the scene of the accident and took the injured man to his home. The accident is all the more distressing because there is serious illness in the home.

A similar accident occurred at the Grimmer farm about two years ago when one of the Grimmer boys caught his arm in the same shredder, mangling the entire member. He died from his injuries.

Looked like a big conflagration

A bright light in the sky to the north, about 7 o’clock last night, led many Norwalkians to believe that an immense conflagration had visited Sandusky and the two telephone exchanges were besieged with inquiries concerning the nature of the fire.

It developed that the flames were caused by the burning of dry grass and weeds in the marshes, which skirt the shore of Lake Erie east of Sandusky.

The fire was discovered shortly after 4 o’clock in the afternoon and by 7 o’clock had swept a strip of shore for a distance of one and one-half miles toward Rye Beach.

Will winter in Florida

A party of eight residents of Norwalk and vicinity will leave Tuesday morning for Florida, where they will spend the winter. The party includes Mrs. Isadorah Jackson and Mrs. Ida McKim, of this city; Mr. and Mrs. I.P. Haskins, of Wakeman; Mrs. L.J. Whiting and Miss Nellie Jackson, of Oberlin; and Mrs. Claire Comstock and friend of Clyde.

The party will make the trip south from Cincinnati over the L&N road. Most of the members of the party will make their headquarters for the winter at Daytona Beach, on the east coast of Florida. They expect to be gone until May 1.

Runaway girls gathered in

Two girls, Bessie Spratt and Florence Merkle, both 16, of Norwalk, were picked up by the police at the interurban depot at Toledo Friday afternoon, following a phone message from the Fremont police, says the Fremont Messenger.

The girls, names unknown, were both of Norwalk, and had departed from the home of their parents during the first of the week, in search of adventures in a large city. They landed in Fremont Wednesday evening. They tired to get a position at the local hotels, but being unsuccessful they left for Toledo Friday afternoon and landed in the hands of the law as they descended from the car in Toledo.

The girls soon became acquainted with the Fremont boys and during their stay in this city seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves. The first the local police knew of the affair was Friday afternoon when a sister of each of the runaway girls arrived in Fremont after vainly searching Sandusky. When word from the Toledo police that they had detained the girls was received, the sister left on the 6:40 car for Toledo to take them home.

 - Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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