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BLAST FROM THE PAST - Fire budget increases

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

FEB. 21, 1923

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 84 years ago:

Council provides for increase in fire department

The city council last night decided to erect street intersection signs and to increase the size of the fire department.

Chief W.J. Bascom and Captain Chas. V. Mack of the fire department, asked that the volunteer force including the three chiefs, be increased from 15 to 20 and that the number of practices be increased from 6 to 25 a year.

When council adopted the new fire ordinance, the members showed a pronounced disposition to do anything within reason to increase the efficiency of the department.

Dr. Tutt gives eloquent lecture, Christian Science

Before a large and most attentive audience last night at the Universalist church, Dr. John M. Tutt, S.S.B., of Kansas City, Mo., gave an eloquent and interesting lecture on "Christian Science, True Evangelism." He is a member of the Board of Lectureship of the Mother Church, the First Church of Christ Scientists in Boston, Mass.

"I once knew a golden-hearted clergyman, whose life was an inspiration, whose ministry was a benediction one of those rare servants of the Lord whose calling of God raised him above creed and dogma, filling his heart with compassion and his hands with mercies ... his was the heart of a true evangelist."

Explosion wrecks part of Plymouth factory yesterday

With a roar and a jar that was heard and felt for a long distance, the japanning ovens of the Fate-Root-Heath factory at Plymouth exploded yesterday afternoon. Three men working in the place escaped injury. The roof was blown off and the west wall was shattered. In buildings 50 feet away, glass was broken. It is said the explosion was heard for miles.

Indict Bruno on charge of Murder in second degree

One of the queerest and most sordid criminal cases that ever developed in Huron County was thrown into the common pleas court hopper here yesterday afternoon by the action of the grand jury, which indicted Thomas Bruno of Bellevue on the charge of killing the newly born daughter of his child wife last summer.

On one side is arrayed the state of Ohio. On the other is a group of Bellevue Italians.

The trial is expected to prove an unusually intricate one. Prosecutor Allan G. Aigler will represent the state. Don Young, Norwalk attorney, has been engaged to defend Bruno.

If county authorities have been informed correctly, the case involves moral depravity of the very worst type.

On the same day Bruno married his wife, her child was born. On that day, the infant is said to have been strangled. Two months later, Bellevue police exhumed the infant's body in Bruno's back yard. Mrs. Bruno says she will not be 15 until next fall. She gave her age as 16 or 17 when she and her husband took out a marriage license here last summer. The woman's father, William Grassi, vouched for his daughter's statement as to her age.

A queer feature of the case is the fact that Bruno's wife has stood by him during the affair through thick and thin.

Mrs. Bruno, to the matron of the county jail here, is said to have told a story of her home training, so revolting in its details that the average American would have trouble believing it to be true.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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