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BLAST FROM THE PAST- Reservoir gives Norwalk one of area's largest lakes

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 11:58 AM

OCT. 25, 1953

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 54 years ago:

New reservoir gives city one of largest lakes in NW Ohio

By next spring Norwalk is slated to have one of the largest artificial lakes in northern Ohio, Service Director Al Westrick predicted today following a tour of inspection of the project in the eastern extremity of town.

The new lake, or reservoir, will almost double the city's water supply now held in two reservoirs, with the water source coming from the Norwalk Creek.

Work on the new reservoir, which began Aug. 1, is rounding out to completion with the second half of the concrete spillway awaiting construction and with nearly a mile of newly constructed dam work to be reinforced with rip-rapping of heavy stones.

The reservoir, which will cover approximately 80 acres, will hold nearly 400,000 gallons of water and will measure nearly 70 feet deep at its lowest point for an overall average depth of about 30 feet.

Although the Richland Construction Co. of Mansfield was awarded the general contract, Chapin & Chapin, Inc., of Norwalk were given the earth-moving subcontract.

Norwalk major in Korea

Maj. Clifford W. Morrow of Norwalk was pictured in the paper checking an outpost in Korea with a Republic of Korea army officer. Major Morrow, whose wife, Louise, lives at 21 Harris Ave., is an advisor to an ROK Army regiment. He first entered the Army in October 1940 and was recalled to active duty in October 1950. Morrow, who arrived overseas last February, holds the Combat Infantryman Badge, Silver Star and the Bronze Star Medal.

Chest Drive to open Monday; Goal of $16,100

Plans were completed this week for Norwalk's 1953-54 Community Chest campaign which will get underway next Monday with the goal set at $16,100. It was announced today by W.R. Wilkinson, general chairman.

Mr. Wilkinson, assisted by Don Ebert and C.J. Ruffing, stated that the drive will continue through the week, concluding on Saturday.

In organizing the plan of campaign, drive workers divided the city into categories and named drive workers in charge as follows:

Industrial, William Keiser and Charles Naley; merchants, William Cash, Ed Fessenden, Frank Meyers and Bob White; professional, M.l. Battles and Robert Weidemann; automotive service and supply, Neill Ebert and Bob Bell.

City and county employees, Harold Collier and Ted Heller, schools, James H. McBride; contractors, Wayne G. Cronk and William Rupp; special gifts, Joseph V. Motsch and John E. Wise; residential, Louis G. Frey, Lewis McLaughlin and Frank Mayle.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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