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BLAST FROM THE PAST - Well-known Norwalk citizen Cripps passes away

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:50 PM

JULY 31, 1930

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 77 years ago:

Englebert Cripps, well-known citizen of city, goes to reward

Englebert Cripps, one of Norwalk's best known citizens, passed away at his home on West Main Street Wednesday night, after being confined for a fortnight to his bed. He slipped peacefully away at 10:40 p.m. A life rich in good deeds and love of his fellow men, was closed.

Mr. Cripps was born in Norwalk on Jan. 11, 1852, the son of George Cripps. Practically his entire life was spent here, and for many years he was associated with the old A.B. Chase Co., his skill and craftsmanship having helped build the fame of the instruments fashioned by that celebrated old company. For the past dozen years or more he has lived a retired life, in ease and comfort in his home at 90 W. Main Street.

On Sept. 25, 1877 he was united in marriage to Miss Gertrude Weidinger, also of this city, and the union was blessed with five children: Miss Minnie, Mrs. Fred P. Link, Frederick J. Cripps, Mrs. Alfred J. Fisher of Detroit and a son, Edward, whose untimely death a few years ago was a shock from which friends and family never recovered. The devoted widow and four children survive.

Norwalk's ape enters house at Sandusky

Norwalk's ape is again basking in the lime light of publicity.

Last night while John Ruckerand wife of DeWitt St., Sandusky, were sealed in their house with the door open, a dark figure appeared at the door and an ape hopped into the room. When the ape hopped in Mr. and Mrs. Rucker almost flew out of the room. His apeship was described as being about the size of a 12-year-old boy and similar to the ape reported seen first in Norwalk six weeks or so ago and many other places since that time.

The ape, after remaining in the Rucker home a short time, left the building. Sheriff Parker promptly investigated the report and a search for the ape was instituted.

Mrs. Lawton heads Norwalk branch

Mrs. Harriet Lawton of Norwalk has been appointed local representative of the Oleida Association here and will take charge next Monday. Norwalk's success in exceeding its quota is regarded as a very worthy accomplishment.

The following additional members have been announced: K.H. Woodward, F.E. Ringholtz, Ohio Electric Power, J.A. Strutton, B.B. Wood, C.C. Syphert, G.E. Scott, C.S. Bateham & Co., Wisconsin Canning Co., Lorain Fruit Association.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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