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BLAST FROM THE PAST - Derby hopefuls sign up

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:48 PM

FEB. 23, 1956

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 51 years ago:

Two more derby hopefuls sign up

Pictured in the paper was Donald Pierce, 11, trying out the Soap Box racer which won the Ashland race last year, while Melvin Stevens, 12, looked on and gave the rule book a check. The boys are from the childrens' home. Ed Miller, local derby director, was shown giving both lads a few pointers. Miller won the Fremont Derby in 1937. Both boys signed up for the derby, which will be run off locally in late June at Rogers Chevrolet.

Driver injured as his Car and truck collide

Harold L. Norman, 39, of 293 W. Main, suffered a broken collarbone and cut on the right side of the forehead last evening at 197 W. Main where the car he was driving was hit by a truck going in the opposite direction.

Police reported that Norman, headed east, was in the act of passing a car ahead when the vehicle made a complete left turn into the path of the truck driven by Eugene P. Pfleigher, 37, of 67 State.

Young farmer admires Award from Jaycees

A good physical condition, straight thinking, plus family cooperation enabled James W. Yingling, 32, of rural Bellevue, to come out on top as the Norwalk Jaycees' outstanding Huron County Young Farmer of 1956.

Starting virtually from scratch seven years ago, Mr. Yingling today owns assets including farmland and buildings, livestock and grain in storage valued at $64,700.

Vote for union at local plant

Employees of the Fisher Norwalk Company, a General Motors Corporation subsidiary, will hold a local union organizational meeting at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Bronson-Norwalk Conservation Club.

The meeting follows on the heels of a vote held yesterday under the direction of the Cleveland regional offices of the National Labor Relations Board in which the workers voted 94 to 85 in favor of joining the United Auto Workers, F.F. of L.

Two previous attempts to establish a union at the plant, which is engaged in manufacturing car floor mats and carpeting, failed.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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