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BLAST FROM THE PAST - Balloonist due to arrive

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:01 PM

NOV. 28, 1924

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 83 years ago:

Balloonists land near here after 140-mile trip

Traveling from McCook's Field at Dayton to a point about a mile northeast of Wakeman Wednesday, four aeronauts of the U.S. army made a balloon trip in four hours and 15 minutes, which is considered remarkable time.

W.L. Pease and other Wakeman residents saw the huge bag float over the town around 3:30 p.m. after the balloon had traveled about a mile or so, it began to collapse and fall. On the farm of Glenn Gibson, the balloon came down and the four men alighted safely, although the smallest man of the party rolled over and over a number of times before he came to a stop.

Unusual activity in house building is reported here

There is more activity in house building here than for some time.

G.H. Mohlman is building two houses on E. Main Street near Townsend Avenue. Henry Bremser is building a dwelling house on E. Elm Street. W.D. Lang is building a house on Benedict Avenue just south of Christy Avenue. The Fisher brothers are erecting a house on S. Linwood Avenue for Mrs. Kramer. Alfred Fisher of Detroit is building a house on W. Main Street for his wife's parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. Cripps; and A.B. Bowen is constructing a house on W. Main Street.

These dwellings will be fine structures, a number of them being remarkable for their beauty and convenience.

John Beattie, former auditor, passes away

John H. Beattie died at his home at 8:15 a.m. Thursday after and illness of about two years. The funeral services will be held at two o'clock on Saturday at the residence of his brother, A.M. Beattie, 137 Benedict Ave. The Knights Templar will have charge of the service.

Mr. Beattie was born march 15, 1849 at Ruggles, Ashland County, Ohio. He was educated at the school of his home town and the Academy of Savanna, Ohio. He soon engaged in the drygoods and clothing business at New London, where he continued till 1899. He had always been greatly interested in politics and many of his friends were awarded official positions by his aid, which they would not otherwise have held. He was himself elected auditor of Huron County in 1898 and he moved to Norwalk in 1899 and served six years in the position. He was married to Martha L. Middleswarth in 1873. His wife died in 1904. Of his family, his daughter, Lou, died in Norwalk in 1903, and his son, Frank, of New London, died in 1908. He is survived by his two daughters, Edna and Alberta of Norwalk, his son, Lester, who is an instructor in Tufts College, Boston, his daughter, Alice, a teacher of art in the public schools of Linden, N.J., his son Dr. M.H. Beattie of Kirksville, Mo., and his three grandchildren, Frances, Mary and John Beattie of New London.

C.V. Mack's car badly damaged in crash Thursday

Charles V. Mack and Delbert Crawford had a narrow escape from serious injury or death Thursday evening when the former's coupe and a Chevrolet touring car came together on the Monroeville road near the old Clary home. The driver of the Chevrolet is said to have held to the center of the road.

No one was badly hurt but Mr. Crawford, however, received a painful injury in the wrist.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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