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BLAST FROM THE PAST - Railway, board reach pact

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:50 PM

MARCH 20, 1907

The top stories in the Evening Herald on this date 100 years ago:

Controversy is settled

The water works controversy between the board of public service and the W&LE Railway Company has been settled and the railway company will give up pumping its water for the shops from the river and be served from the city's mains as has been the case for nearly a quarter of a century. The price agreed upon between the board and officials of the road is $1,200 per year on a contract of two years.

For twenty years water was furnished to the company for $500 per year, an agreement having been entered into to that effect when the shops were located in this city. This contract terminated about two years ago. For another year the same rate prevailed, but one year ago a different arrangement was entered into but the city failed to protect its interests properly with the result that the company keep on getting water at the same old rate.

At the beginning of the present year the board made a flat rate of $2,000 or a meter rate of seven cents per 1,000 gallons. The company refused to accept either proposition and said it would pump water from the river rather than submit to such a rate. A small pumping station was installed at the river and with the exception of a few hours has taken its water from that source since the early part of January.

"Fish or cut bait"

At the request of the promoters of the Cleveland and Indianapolis Electric Railway, a special meeting of the council will be held next Tuesday evening to consider the franchise question.

When the council committee of the whole, together with city engineer Laylin and Solicitor Pruner adjourned one week ago last night, after refusing a franchise upon Hester Street between Monroe and Main streets, it was with the understanding that both sides "think it over." The action of the city council last night in passing the matter without comment has moved the promoters of the enterprise to ask for a special meeting.

C.F. Jackson of this city, one of the trustees in whose names right of way and franchises were secured, said the request for the special meeting did not mean the promoters would present a new proposition.

"It simply means," said Mr. Jackson, "that those promoting the enterprise are very anxious to know what the city council intends to do with our request for a franchise on Hester Street. We have done just what the council asked us to do thought it over. The whole situation has gone over since the meeting of the council as a committee of the whole and the company can make no changes in its plan."

Called mothers' meeting

The Womans Christian Temperance union, in response to the call that appeared in The Herald for some one to suggest a plan by which those interested in the proper bringing up of children might help each other in this work, has arranged for a mothers meeting to e held in the Presbyterian Church at 2:30 p.m., Friday, march 22nd. The ladies believe that if teachers institutes are necessary for school teachers, and farmers institutes are helpful to those engaged in agriculture and raising of stock, those who more responsible work of training children should have at least equal opportunities for help.

Malicious story concerning Norwalk emanates from fertile brain of Sandusky correspondent

Some unreliable correspondent at Sandusky, evidently with malice of forethought, sent to the Cleveland Press a dispatch under date of today stating that there are nine cases of spotted fever in this city. The article then quotes health officer Flesinger as saying that there have been twenty cases here in the past few weeks but that the disease has been stamped out.

The whole story started in the fertile brain of the Sandusky correspondent of the Press and wound up in a misunderstanding over the telephone on the part of health officer Flesigner.

There is not now nor hast there been a single case of spotted fever in this city for a number of years.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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