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BLAST FROM THE PAST - Ritzenthaler loses only child

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:45 PM

JUNE 2, 1914

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 93 years ago:

Grim Reaper takes only child

Laura Marilla Ritzenthaler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ritzenthaler, who live east of the city a couple of miles, died yesterday afternoon about 4:30 o'clock, following an illness that baffled the skill of a number of physicians.

She had been ill about six weeks. When local physicians could do nothing for the patient, specialists from Cleveland were called into the case, but they, too, were baffled.

The deceased was born in Norwalk April 5, 1893 and was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ritzenthaler who feel their affliction deeply.

Former Norwalk man among dead

Teddy Fishwick, for several years employed at the steel plant in this city, is believed to have lost his life in the sinking of the steamer Empress of Ireland, which was struck by a coal barge in the St. Lawrence River early Friday.

While yet a resident of this city, Fishwick joined the Salvation Army and continued to be identified with the organization up to the time of the sinking of the Empress.

Drowned while on fishing trip

Walter Flagg, aged 35 years, was drowned in the west branch of the Huron River at Monroeville Friday afternoon. His body was found floating in the river Saturday morning by Louis Miller, village clerk. Flagg, who was an epileptic, is thought to have been taken with a fit and to have fallen into the river.

Friday afternoon Flagg informed his mother that he was going fishing. When he did not return at suppertime, the mother feared something might have happened to him and a search was instituted for the young man but no trace of him was found.

Hay money is not yet in

Several farmers who dwell in Peru reported to the Reflector-Herald that they are waiting for checks promised them for hay by a stranger last week.

Barring the possibility that their mail may have been delayed because of the holiday, they fear that they may be out of pocket. The stranger purchased enough hay last week to make a carload. Off one man he bought $200 worth and from several others he purchased smaller amounts. He was in a hurry and said he would send a check immediately; that it should reach them before Sunday.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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