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BLAST FROM THE PAST - Supernatural experience in school

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:44 PM

June 1, 1914

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

Message came not by work or word of man

A tinge of the supernatural touches the story emanating from the Apostolic Mission School on Whittlesey Avenue today in a remarkable story. The departure of Mr. and Mrs. R.S. McBride for South America as missionaries is substantial proof of something out of this world.

Some months ago Miss Alice Wygle, a devout graduate of the school, went to the Argentine Republic to be a missionary. She was located in the wilds, 40 miles from Buenos Aires. She was taken ill and had to be removed to a hospital in the city. She became so violent in her delirium that she was confined in an insane ward. Even in her delirium she preached eloquently.

Here is where the peculiar part comes in. The Norwalk school was informed by revelation, they say, of some predicament which their sister was suffering. They took the matter up by post and the U.S. consul there investigated and found Miss Wygle confined in the insane ward. He interfered and had her placed under proper care, where she is now recovering. A Dr. Locan, a medical missionary, is now looking after her case and predicts her early recovery from severe fever.

It was decided to send Mr. and Mrs. McBride, who were also students at the local school. “We needed the funds with which to prepare and send them,” stated one of the school to the Reflector-Herald; “and so we prayed earnestly. Our prayers were answered for nearly $600 from an unexpected source came to us and with that we sent our two new missionaries on their way.”

Mr. and Mrs. McBride, filled with zeal for carrying on their work, left Norwalk Thursday for New York, where they will take a steamer to South America.

Practice is dangerous

Mayor Martin and Chief of Police Remington issue a word of warning to boys who persist in violating the city ordinances by clinging to street cars while riding their bicycles.

The practice is exceedingly dangerous and it is only in the interest of the boys that the ordinance prohibiting such practice was enacted and its provisions enforced.

A stone on the pavement or the slightest turning of the handle bar which is held by one hand, from any cause, might throw the rider beneath the wheels of the car to be ground to death or maimed for life.

Complaint comes to the authorities that this practice is being indulged in to a considerable extent on West Main Street. Unless it is stopped, arrests will be made.

Jobs in Oklahoma

Postmaster Hiss has received a communication from Washington stating that 15,000 harvest hands are badly needed in Oklahoma and that the wages are from $2 to $2.50 per day and board. Farmers out there are desperate for help.

Veterans of Civil War teach lesson of patriotism

Memorial Day exercises were held in all of the schools of this city .Some especially elaborate programs were held and attended by parents and friends of pupils.

Following a custom established last year, Wooster-Boalt Post, appointed a number of its members to visit the schools and deliver short patriotic talks to the scholars. Veterans who visited schools are as follows:

High School — Judge S.A. Wildman, L.H. Derby

Grades of Central Building — T.C. Taylor, William Brady, Charles Stacy, A.J. Blanchard, H.S. Claspp, J. Krieger, S.D. Morse and B. Johnstone.

Pleasant Street Building — Col. C. P. Wickham, W.H. Cline, William Penfield and J. Whidden

East Main Street Building — Chas. Tillinghast, S. Snyder and H.H. Crane

Benedict Avenue Building — George Mordoff, W.T. Snyder and A.J. Curren

League Street Building — T.S. Williams, J.N. Watros and R.K. Rood

St. Paul’s Paorchial — Charles Mueller, A. Finnegan and E. P. Snyder

— Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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