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BLAST FROM THE PAST - Maloney dead at age 51

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

SEPT. 10, 1929

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

John J. Maloney, beloved citizen, goes to reward

John Joseph Maloney, one of Norwalk's best known and most widely beloved railroaders, passed away at his home, No. 4. Manahan Ave. this morning at 1:10, the culmination of a long illness, which he had long battled. His passing brings wide bereavement for no one was better liked nor more highly esteemed by his fellow men than he.

For 37 years he has been with the W &LE Ry Co. and for more than a quarter of a century has been holding a responsible position as telegrapher in the Norwalk Wheeling yards.

He was born in Ravenna, O., Jan. 1, 1878 and therefore 51 years of age. He was married June 7, 1899 at Monroeville to Miss Margaret Murphy of that village. To the union were born two children, John Francis, who died in infancy, and Miss Katherine, who with the devoted wife and mother, survives.

He was a devout member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and held membership in the Knights of Columbus.

A man of quiet tastes, he was devoted to his home and family and his kindly spirit drew to him hosts of friends in every walk of life. He will be sadly missed.

County fair worth while for boys and girls

Here is a communication that came by mail from a wellknown Huron County farmer's wife, marked for the "public forum," but it contains so many salient truths that it merits a place on the front page of the paper:

"Dear Mr. Editor: We wish to thank you for the loyal support you have made to the Huron County Fair through your columns...

"If the farmers would all stand by the fair as you have done there would be no question about its future.

"We must keep the fair alive for the sake of our 4-H boys and girls if for no other reason.

"What incentive would they have for their year's work if it were not for the competition they have to face at the County Fair...

"Some people criticized the Pageant because it moved so slowly the first night. They forget how slowly events moved in those old days so beautifully depicted by the Pageant.

"In these days of speed we haven't the patience to sit quietly and enjoy a beautiful picture.

"The Fair is just what we make it. Let's begin now to make 1930 the best one ever held in Huron County. Don't be a knocker. Get behind and boost."

Football outlook at NHS never was brighter for speed

Football practice is on full swing at Whitney Field. About 35 candidates have reported for work under Coach Carl Seibel. Calvin Pfeiffer, a graduate of Wooster, is to assist in the football instruction work. He is a former Wooster varsity man. Recently, a Norwalk man who visited Wooster to play golf was informed by Athletic Director Boles of that institution that Norwalk High is lucky to obtain the services of such a good football and basket man as Pfeiffer.

Norwalk will enter the 1929 season with excellent material. The backfield includes veterans Bob Taylor and Bud Whittaker. Any one who has become posted on Norwalk High athletics can vouch for the speed of these fine athletes. Taylor was a member of the 100 yard dash events on the cinder path last season and can step off the 100 in practically 10 seconds flat. Little Whittle can run like a scared deer and won almost every low hurdle race he entered last year, being especially strong against Little Big Seven teams.

In the line the coaches will have Russell Cunningham at tackle. This player weighs 180 or 190, is about six feet tall and can be developed into a very powerful linemen. Schneeper, Mean and a number of other very promising forwards are available.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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