NOV. 10, 1960
The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 47 years ago:
win speaker trophies
Norbert Hahn was awarded the trophy for the best speech of the evening and Dick Landoll for the most improved speech at the regular meeting of the Firelands Club No. 1936 Toastmaster International, held Wednesday evening at the Avalon Hotel.
Arnold Elenbass, president of the Norwalk Toastmasters, announced that Harry Gilbert would be the acting Toastmaster at the Willard Lions Club meeting next Tuesday and requested that other Toastmasters participate.
Mr. Gilbert, toastmaster for Wednesday evening, presented the educational program. Steve Pleasnick conducted the table topics; and Dick Boose was word master and grammarian. Speakers were Mr. Hahn, Mr. Landoll, Steve Wiggins and Fred McIntyre. The speeches were evaluated by Paul Jones Jr., Frank Barber, Mr. Pleasnick and Mr. Boose. Bill Vail was master evaluator.
National charter members honored at DAC luncheon
Firelands Chapter, Daughters of the American Colonists, gave a luncheon at the Elks' Country Club on Wednesday honoring the new State Regent, Mrs. Robert Mitchell of Plain City. Chapters in neighboring cities had been invited to participate and there were representative present from chapters in Akron, Canton, Lorain, Plain City and Toledo.
The invocation was given by the chaplain, Mrs. George Linn, and the Pledge of Allegiance was repeated in unison and led by the flag custodian, Mrs. Charles Edel.
The regent, Mrs. George Sherman of Bellevue, graciously welcomed the guests and introduced her chapter officers. Firelands has the distinction of having as members two of Ohio's five active national charter members. They are Miss Catherine A. Skilton of Monroeville and Mrs. Reginald Snyder. The latter, who organized the local chapter, has been made honorary Regent for life of Firelands Chapter, and is also an honorary State Regent.
Mrs. Sheldon R. Laning was the hostess chairman for the meeting.
Woman dies of burns
Mrs. Elvira J. Wright, 79, died yesterday at the Fisher-Titus Memorial Hospital of burns suffered when her clothing caught afire while washing her hair in the bathroom a her home, 107 Whittlesey.
Mrs. Wright attempted to smother the fire with a towel and rushed outdoors and doused her burning garments by rolling herself in the grass.
Returning to the house, Mrs. Wright, herself summoned a Ku-Smith ambulance, stating that she was ill.
James Smith, the driver, reported that on entering the house, he found Mrs. Wright seated in the living room with a bathrobe wrapped about herself.
"She did not appear to be seriously burned," Mr. Smith reported. "She appeared quite calm and I could detect some burns on her hands. Prior to leaving she asked me to lock the kitchen door and I noticed a trail of ashes leading to the back door."
Mrs. Wright, a native of Cleveland, moved here 20 years ago and prior to her retirement several years ago operated the former Barton's flower shop on Whittlesey Ave. in the downtown area.
E. Clair Jacobs
E.Clair Jacobs, 66, of 38 North Hester St., a lifelong resident of Huron County, died yesterday at Crile Veterans Hospital.
A veteran of World War I, Mr. Jacobs was a charter member of the local VFW post and had served as adjutant of the organization a number of years. He was employed as a machinist for the former FRX Company for 23 years and more recently worked for the Fisher-Norwalk Company.
Survivors include his widow, Frieda; a son, Raymond, Columbus; daughters, Mrs. Robert Stark and Kay Jacobs, Norwalk; three grandsons; and a brother, Otis B., Dayton.
Compiled by Andy Prutsok