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BLAST FROM THE PAST - Phone operator harassed

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 11:57 AM

OCT. 11, 1907

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Harassed by unknown fellow

Miss Bertha C. Kerner, a highly respected young woman of this city, and who resides with her mother, Mrs. Emma Kerner, at No. 63 North Foster Avenue, and who is employed as an operator by the Central Union Telephone Company, is the victim of the persecutions of an unknown man who followed her from Cleveland to Norwalk about four weeks ago, and who has since been hanging around the city, although it is not known where he is stopping.

Who the man is, what his occupation is, and what is his object in endeavoring to thrust his unwelcome attentions upon Miss Kerner, are not known by her or any member of her family.

About four weeks ago Miss Kerner, who had been visiting relatives in Cleveland, returned home on an interurban car. During the trip to Norwalk she noticed that a strange man, who had boarded the car in Cleveland, kept staring at her in a most rude manner, but she, of course, paid no attention to him. The stranger left the car when it reached Norwalk, and has since remained here.

A large number of missives, written in a masculine hand, have been found by Miss Kerner in the yard at her home and nearly always in the morning. Some of these missives are of very threatening nature. Miss Kerner is confident that they were thrown into the yard by the stranger who followed her form Cleveland a month ago.

Miss Kerner was accosted by the fellow Thursday afternoon while she was on her way home. She was making a short cut towards her home through the property occupied by the G.S. Stewart Company. Suddenly the stranger confronted her and insisted that she should seem him alone. Miss Kerner told him to follow her and started to walk back toward the police station with the intention of turning him over to the police. The fellow apparently suspected what her object was and declined to accompany her, whereupon Miss Kerner informed him that unless he let her alone and discontinued trying to force his attentions upon her, she would have him arrested.

The stranger apparently has plenty of wearing apparel, as he has been seen by Miss Kerner wearing different suits of clothing. It is believed that he is stopping at some hotel or boarding house, where he has registered under an assumed name.

Woman struck by car

Mrs. Baker, the widow of the late Sampson Baker, who lives at the home of C.P. Burras, near Hanville's corners on the Fairfield Road, was struck by a southbound Sandusky, Norwalk & Mansfield car at 1:45 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, but which left here one hour late.

Mrs. Baker, who is about sixty-five years of age, was hurled a distance of about thirty feet and fell beside the track. She was picked up and carried into Mr. Burras' home where she remained unconscious until about noon Thursday. It is believed that she will recover.

It was rumored Thursday afternoon that Drew Michael, motorman, and Thomas Dildine, conductor, of the car came to Norwalk Thursday and resigned their positions, although Mrs. Baker Thursday afternoon exonerated them from all blame. Michael and Dildine composed the crew of the car that killed Mrs. Andrews near C.A. Meade's home south of this city several months ago.

Fatal case of lockjaw

About nine days ago Herbert Bauer, the four year old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Bauer, who reside in Bronson township, not far south of Five Points, was out in his father's cornfield playing, when he accidentally was pricked in the right foot by a sharp stick or stubble. It pained him somewhat at the time, but his mother dressed the wound and nothing more was thought of it until three or four days ago, when blood poisoning set in, which resulted in lockjaw, and the young lad died a painful death at 6:30 o'clock Friday morning, his death occurring on his fourth birthday anniversary.

City to have new industry

In all probability Norwalk will soon have another manufacturing industry, which will, at the beginning, employ in the neighborhood of fifty men, nearly all whom will be skilled workers.

The new industry will be an annex or branch of the American Seating Company of Chicago, wholesale manufacturers of school seats and other school furniture.

Mr. R.R. Howard of Toledo, manager of the American Seating Company, has been in the city since Wednesday looking over the local field, and is now negotiating with the owners of the Smith-Snyder factory building at the corner of North Linwood Avenue and East Monroe Street, with the object of purchasing the building outfight.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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