FEB. 20, 1923
The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 84 years ago:
Port Clinton, Feb. 20 - Lake Erie gave up another it its long list of tragic secrets today. Grappling hooks brought up the body of Dr. Theodore Griest, Put-in-Bay physician, who drowned with Sylvia Schultz of Toledo, a nurse, when an automobile in which they were riding broke through the ice on the passage between the islands and mainland Saturday afternoon.
Boy goes for to seek adventure; police get him
Clarence Kirkpatrick, 12-year-old Norwalk opportunity school boy, started out in the teeth of a raging blizzard last Wednesday to seek adventure. He found it.
Taking a wool lined overcoat owned by Norman Hood of the junior high school, and an aviation cap from someone else, young Kirkpatrick started to walk to Bellevue. Despite the cutting wind, snow and near-zero weather, the boy finally arrived in that city. He stopped for a time at Monroeville. At Bellevue the lad boarded a steam train for Toledo. By hiding until the train started, the youngster put one over on the conductor and arrived in Toledo without paying a cent. At that city, he decided to go south. Boarding a B&O train on the T&OC line, the child tried to play the same trick he had played on the other train, but the conductor was too clever. The boy, however, told the conductor a hard luck story and said he was on his way to Kenton. The conductor then paid the boy's way to that city. To carry out his bluff, young Kirkpatrick left the train at Kenton. The authorities there suspected the boy was not telling a straight story and an officer insisted on following the boy to his home.
When Kirkpatrick told that his home was in Norwalk, the Kenton authorities wired the probate court here of the affair. The boy was brought back to Norwalk yesterday and is to have a hearing before Judge J.M Bechtol today.
Young Kirkpatrick is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kirkpatrick, 47 Cline Street. He has run away a number of times, police say.
Five inmates of county home die within four days
Five inmates of the Huron County home, all men, have died since Saturday. All died natural deaths.
The following are those who have died: E.V. Gain, 70; Theodore Werne, 87; Isaac Lewis, 70; Charles Hoyt, 69; and Frank Stacey, 56.
The county commissioners, on marking an investigation of affairs at the home yesterday, found that the establishment was being conducted in a satisfactory manner and that the many sick persons in the institution have been receiving proper care.
Leader of reported telephone project fails to return here
The Pittsburg man who said here a week ago that he was about to employ 150 to 200 men on a gigantic telephone improvement campaign in this district has not returned. Nor has any word been heard from him.
The man gave the name of Don Giffin. It is said he declared he represented the Western Electric company. Last evening, the Reflector-Herald talked with the Cleveland manager of the Western Electric company over the telephone.
The Cleveland manager said he never heard of Giffin and added that he knew nothing of any big telephone improvement to be carried out in this district.
When the stranger showed up here in his Hudson sedan, he visited the Ruth restaurant, the Linwood Hotel and the Adelphi apartments. He put his car up at the Big Garage. At the Ruth restaurant he told that he wanted to make arrangements for the board of 100 linemen. When told that the restaurant could not handle this many men, the stranger said he would be satisfied to have 50 fed there. The man even went so far as to agree to take the proprietors of the restaurant to Cleveland in order to buy a range and other equipment needed to provide means for so many men. The plan was to bring the range back to Norwalk on a motor truck. Waitresses also were to be provided by the stranger.
The man agreed to send 50 men to the Adelphi apartments for board. And at the Linwood hotel, and other places, he made similar agreements.
"The thing that impressed me about the man was his utter disregard of expenses," said Mr. Webster, proprietor of the Linwood. "He could have obtained lower figures had he so desired, but the man seemed determined to pay a high price."
The persons whom Giffin approached are impressed by the fact that he seemed to have no wrong motive in coming here. The man paid his bills promptly and as afar as is known, is not under an financial obligation whatsoever.
Compiled by Andy Prutsok