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BLAST FROM THE PAST - High tension electricity causes filling station fire

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:47 PM

FEB. 6, 1935

Here is the top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 72 years ago:

High tension juice causes freakish fire

Hearty laughter resounded in the council chamber last night.

M.G. Irvin, light plant superintendent, described how high tension L.S.E. electricity by a queer quirk, passed through Jay Hargraves' filling station on E. Main St. went out again over Norwalk municipal lines and set fire to S.C. Nobles' filling station just east of the west entrance of the Route 20 cut-off.

The affair has roused particular interest because of the unusual background of the case. Last Monday about 5 a.m. a stranger drove a new Ford car westward upon E. Main St. out of the cut-off road so fast that the machine knocked down a city light pole in front of Hargraves' property. The driver could not be located and at the outset it was assumed that the only damage that resulted was confined to the light pole and wires.

Irvin told council that when the wreck occurred, the LSE high tension juice as a result of the collision was transferred to a private wire that had been mounted on the pole and entered Hargrave's station The current caused no damage there even though it passed through the meter.

Server Saladin brought up the matter to emphasize the need of legislation to prevent private wires being strung on city light poles. City Solicitor Herbert F. Freeman was requested to look into the matter.

Miller-Wolff seem to lead for judgeship

Who will be Common Pleas Judge of Huron County from February 9, when Judge Irving Carpenter takes his new place on the Court of Appeals, and May 14 when Judge-elect E.G. Martin starts his term of office?

This question has everyone guessing. With Feb. 9th only three days away the guesses grow more numerous every hour. The decision, which is to be made by Governor Martin L. Davey, seems to be between Attorney Earl S. Miller of Norwalk and former Prosecuting Attorney E.L. Wolff of Willard.

Elks' players have final drill tonight

Final dress rehearsal for "Once in a Blue Moon" will be held tonight in the high school auditorium, the show being sponsored by the Norwalk Elks, which will be given Thursday and Friday of the week.

The cast of around 150 local people has been rehearsing intensively for two weeks are now ready to present an exceptional performance.

The music of the show will be carried by such singers as Mrs. N.B. Furlong, Mrs. Thomas Kerner, Cyril Dawson, Ted Barrett, Bill Smith, Clem Ruffing, Mrs. Leo Blatt, Bill Brady, Peter Corey and Roy Kennedy's quartette.

The Masqueraders will afford a type of comedy that will have the audience taking notice. Adelbert Vail as Dangerous Curves, E.E. Cobb as Kate Smith, Cort Schock as Lonesome Lil, Dana Call as the Old Maid and the entire list of characterizations alone will be worth the price of admission.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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