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BLAST FROM THE PAST - Councilmen oppose proposal to punish rationing violators

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:50 PM

MARCH 8, 1944

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 63 years ago:

City councilmen balk at pass buck question

Several city councilmen last night balked at an ordinance that would give the city power to prosecute violators of government rationing regulations.

Councilman Arthur Henry was the first to question the advisability of such a measure. Later, Delbert Crawford suggested words to the effect that city council should not hesitate before giving power to prosecute some here out of spite. Edgar Tucker then made an assertion to the effect the government would like to throw the responsibility of enforcing the rationing regulations upon municipalities. He said that prosecution cases taken to the federal court for some reason have fallen down and he added that the regulations are changed so frequently that if a person is prosecuted, it is likely that a change in the rulings would place the defendants in a position of being prosecuted for a ration law that has been dropped from the list.

Councilman Filkins made statements of somewhat the same nature. Councilman H.A. Wilson moved that the ordinance be adopted and Councilman Fred Cole declared that while he believed there is very little violating of rationing laws here, it would be a good thing to enact the ordinance.

Young mother dies following brief illness

Mrs. Bernice Kopp, aged 36, the wife of Herbert Kopp, passed away at the Memorial Hospital this morning at 1:30 following a brief illness.

Besides her husband she leaves six children: William, 18, who lives at home; Robert 17, a naval cadet at the University of Chicago; Dorothy, 14; Gerald, 6; George 4; and Mary 2.

Satellites meet

On Monday evening, March 6, the Satellites of Queen Esthers Chapter O.E..S. were entertained by Katherine and Roberta Dombart at their home on West Main Street.

Fifteen members were present on this occasion and responded to the roll call, assigned for this month, titled "Irish Wit."

During the business session, conducted by the president, Mrs. D.P. Grover, the members voted to make a contribution to the Red Cross Fund.

The annual election of officers was held at the meeting and resulted as follows: President - Mrs. Ivan Day; Vice President - Mrs. Ed Schaechterle; Secretary - Mrs. Al Amato; Treasurer - Miss Katherine Dombart.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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