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BLAST FROM THE PAST - Norwalk soldier killed

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:43 PM

MAY 17, 1945

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 62 years ago:

Pfc. Floren Laface is killed in Italy

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Laface, 99 Jefferson St., received a telegram from the War Department yesterday stating that their son, Pfc. Floren, was killed in Italy on April 29.

Pfc. Laface was graduated from Norwalk High School in 1943 and entered service soon after commencement. He would have been 21 on the sixth of June.

A year ago in April he arrived in Italy where he fought with the 361st Infantry Division. One month later he was wounded and hospitalized, then returned to action.

He suffered a chest injury the following October and was again returned to duty following his recovery. Among the awards Pfc. Laface has won are the Purple Heart and Infrantryman's Badge.

District president speaks to Presbyterian group

The Women's Missionary Society of the First Presbyterian Church met Wednesday afternoon at the home of Mrs. D.M.C. Pratt. The chairman Mrs. Lee Kinney presided and devotions were conducted by Mrs. W.M. Kuhlman. At the close of the short business session, Mrs. Pratt delighted her guests with a piano selection, "Springtime," by Carreno.

Mrs. Kinney presented the District President Mrs. Irwin Maxim of Huron who had a beautiful interpretation of the 23rd Psalm. During the social hour, the hostesses, assisted by Mrs. Frank Beaver and Mrs. Myrtle Forschner, served delicious refreshments from a table centered with spring flowers.

Local airport is used by business men

A consistent increase in the use of the Norwalk airport, especially by merchants and manufacturers, is reported. Officials of the newly established McClure factory on Prospect St. have made business trips to Detroit and Akron recently in a plane rented from the Willard airport. Detroit is only about 100 miles from Norwalk to the muni airport of the former city. Work has been started on the new north and south runway at the Norwalk port.

Speeds on North Hester St.; gets fined $10

Arrested by Patrolman Ray Chapin on the charge of driving on N. Hester at 40 miles an hour over at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Lawrence Hanville of Norwalk was fined $10 and costs this morning by Mayor R.R. Robertson.

Announce sale of poppies

Plans for the annual sale of poppies by the American Legion Auxiliary on Saturday, May 28, have been completed and will be in charge of the Poppy Committee, Mrs. Jesse Mellott, Mrs. Merle McConkey and Mrs. Wilbur Terry.

The Shelter House on the courthouse square will be the headquarters for the day.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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