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BLAST FROM THE PAST - Furniture store opens today

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 11:59 AM

NOV. 2, 1929

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 78 years ago:

Blinzley Furniture opening today, brilliant affair

Today marks an important date in the history of Norwalk's mercantile development.

On this day is taking place the formal opening of the remarkably large, finely equipped and well stocked furniture store of the William P. Blinzley Co. at 32-34-36 W. Main St.

This establishment has just been moved from the Glass Block and occupies the three floors and the basement of the three story brick Case block, one of the best known business buildings in the city.

To help make this opening a success, manufacturers have made generous donations of free gifts which certainly will be well appreciated by the recipients.

Mr. Blinzley is being congratulated right and left for his enterprise in giving Norwalk such a splendid store. Not only will the establishment attract buyers to Norwalk from far and wide but it will stimulate in no small degree business in general here and will prove a mighty factor in making Norwalk always a good trading center an even better business community.

Much-wounded Great War hero resides here

Thomas Evans, a native of Wales and a much-wounded hero of the World War, is living on E. Main St. just east of the city.

Despite the fact that his left hand was shot away and the some 15 wounds he received, Mr. Evans is now in excellent physical condition, although it was a long time before he was able to overcome the effects of his battle injuries and poison gas. Evans served in the Canadian army under King Albert of Belgium and also had the distinction of being a member of the British army as well. He has met the Prince of Wales a number of times and has been awarded medals and other distinctions that go only to brave.

Evans took part in the early part of the war when the allied forces, poorly armed and almost without ammunition felt the full force of the mighty and powerful enemy. Later he was detailed to instruct the American gunners. His men received their instructions often under fire in what was perhaps the hottest sector on the entire western front. Visibly expressive of the affection and admiration he holds for the American fighting men, Evans tells of how his pupils reacted to the terrors and horrors of warfare.

"When we told them bluntly that they were to be in extreme danger, their faces went a little pale, but they never faltered and proved grand soldieries, said Evans.

B.T. Cunningham, accident victim, taken by death

Bruce Tracy Cunningham, aged 35 of 10 N. Pleasant St., a salesman of the Gulf Refining Co., died at 3:30 a.m. today in memorial Hospital of injuries received in an automobile accident last Monday evening on the Olena Road, opposite the county home.

Mr. Cunningham is survived by his widow, three children, Gladys May, Bruce T. and June Erwin; the parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.R. Cunningham Sr. of Bellevue, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pa., the brothers, S.R. Cunningham Jr. and Dr. George O. Cunningham, both of Bellevue, Pa.; the sisters, Mrs. Lester Deemer, Mrs. Frank T. McLaughlin and Mrs. Katharine Johnston, all of Bellevue, Pa.

Local 40 et 8 elects officers

A fine chicken dinner was served at the Legion Club rooms on Thursday evening at the annual meeting of the Huron County Voiture No. 760 of the 40 et 8, honor society of the American Legion. The following officers were elected and installed to serve for the year 1929-30.

E.W. Howell, Chef de Gare; Noman P. Marsh, Chef de Train; Ed Gregory Jr., Commissaire Intendant; G.W. Lawrence, Corresondant; E.E. Cyphert, Conducteur; Paul O'Brian, Garde de la Porte; Milton Hurst, Commis Voyageur; and Frank Mitchell, Harry Williams and L.R. Kenyoun, Cheminots.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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