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BLAST FROM THE PAST - Reverend laments peace talks

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:00 PM

NOV. 12, 1944

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 63 years ago:

Rev. Carl Asmus says old men fumble ball at peace table

In his Armistice Day address in front of the court house, the Rev. Carl Asmus of the Methodist Church expressed wonder as to whether another group of old men will again fumble the ball at the peace table after the periodical skimming the cream of American youth has again taken place.

In his opening prayer, he declared that the old men entrusted with the making of peace should be guided by not only righteousness but wisdom.

Mr. Asmus, who saw eight months of service in France, dramatically told of the reaction that came when it was noised about his camp on Nov. 10, 1918, that an armistice would be declared the next day. "We had been ordered to take Metz. Guns were roaring and the warfare was still on. At 10 a.m. the war was still on. It was on at 10:45 and up till 10:49. Then the guns were silent. The war was over."

Alleged stabber of wife placed under arrest

Adam Rowe, 36, of Shelby R.D. and a former Kentuckian, has been arrested on the charge of stabbing his wife, Esther Woodruff Rowe, 21, in the neck last Wednesday night near the Willard Grange Hall. Sheriff Jesse W. Mellott reports that Rowe reported he stayed in the Willard marsh the rest of the night, all day Thursday and last night. The rain, he said, drove him out of his place of hiding. Rowe, it is stated, is a war plant worker. He has been locked up in the county jail here. His wife was taken to the hospital at Willard where her injury is reported not serious.

Pfc. Vogus sends mud-caked Nazi binoculars home

With the American doughboys so close to the Nazis, German officers are apparently throwing their binoculars away as excess baggage. At least Mrs. Kenneth Vogus of 13 Cline St. now owns two pairs of very strong field glasses and a size 40 German officer's belt, which her husband sent her from Germany.

When the trophies arrived packed in a flour sack, they were covered with dried mud. So far, Pfc. Vogus has not revealed how he came into possession of these valuable items, but an official OK was enclosed in the package.

The larger glasses, bearing the name "Benutzerf," are so strong that a person entering the Big Garage seems to be entering Smith and McConkey when viewed from a spot in front of the Reflector-Herald office on Hester St. The much worn belt of thick leather has a heavy silver buckle bearing the legend "Gott Mit Une."

Juniors, seniors portray roles with enthusiasm

Norwalk High's juniors and seniors romped through the play "Beginning's Luck" by Glenn Hughes to the delight of a filled auditorium last night.

Martha Gross, Carol Bedell, Helen Gatrell and Corinne Zuercher, as the four ambitious, but hungry careerists in New York, were excellent in their portrayal of unbowed youth, while their fellow artists, Bill Patrick and Keith Fish, were realistic in their moral but penniless support.

Mary Rose Cooper, as the hometown reporter who usually has her foot in her mouth, and Harriet Smith, as the all too mercenary land lady, outdid themselves. Jack Hiltz, as the wormeaten Shakespearean actor, and Benny Jenkins, the spaghetti-cooking street singer, brought many a laugh from the onlookers. The balmy but dough-heavy patron was well performed by Jane Holman. Dorothy Helm, Paul Hauptricht, Barbara Walduff and Ed Day gave reassuring supporting roles.

The stage committee included Joan Cage, Francis Wilcox, Lois Fenner, Catherine O'Donnell, Bob Frey, Dean Seibel and Ralph Janotta. Miss Madge Mossman deserves credit for her superb directing and Mr. R.P. Laycock's musicians were at their best.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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