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BLAST FROM THE PAST - Johnson leaves city to start new life

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:54 PM

SEP. 11, 1974

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 33 years ago:

Norwalk's best-known heart patient to start new life

Bert R. Johnson, the Norwalk man who emerged from 16 heart operations with a smile on his face, is leaving town to start a new life.

As soon as he sells his home at 51 Woodlawn Ave., he will move his family to Cambridge, Ohio near where he was born 40 years ago. He wants to tell people about the miracle that happened on the operating table and maybe even "get my own country church" as a pastor someday.

The former construction laborer was the son of an itinerant Baptist preacher. He weighed 14 pounds at birth, the largest baby ever born up to that time in Guernsey County.

Looking back, doctors said this may have compressed his heart.

Kuhlman sells cooker

A Norwalk corporation organized six years ago to develop a high volume chicken cooker, is going out of business.

Assets of the Roto Corporation, which remained after liquidation, are now being distributed to stockholders.

The distribution amounts to a fraction more than $2.80 for each share.

Dissolution of the corporation was approved last October by the shareholders and President Walter F. Kuhlman was given authority to liquidate company assets.

New teachers

League Elementary School has two new second-grade teachers this fall, Cathy Acker and Tom Adams, who were pictured in the paper.

Chappelear sets record

One Point.

The narrowest of margins meant the difference Tuesday as the Norwalk High cross country squad lost 29-30 to Galion at Elks Country Club.

There was a bright point in the loss. Senior Bob Chappelear broke his own Elks course mark, running 9:58. The school mark is 9:38, which Chappelear set at the district at Upper Sandusky last year.

The Truckers placed one, two and four as Chappelear, Ron Knoll (10:10) and Tom Clark (10:30) led the way.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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