JUNE 12, 1919
The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 88 years ago:
J.H. Williams talked of for mayoralty job
Friday the 13th is the final day for filing petitions for nomination papers for the August primaries, according to statement of Clerk Frederick of the Election board, and the lists are far from being filed.
There is a good deal of talk on the street today of James H. Williams for mayor on the Republican ticket and pressure is said to be bearing on Williams to permit the use of his name.
On the Democratic side, no one has come out but it is said on good authority that the Democrats will place a complete ticket in the field by petition this summer mayor, solicitor, council and all. And while John W. Lee has already qualified for councilman form the First Ward, it is rumored that he may be induced to accept the nomination for mayor on a completely filled ticked.
Death of W.C. Pressing a shock to community
News of the death William C. Pressing, brief mention of which was made in the final edition of Wednesday's Reflector-Herald, shocked all Norwalk. While the community knew that for the past few months Mr. Pressing had not been in good health, none were prepared to hear of his death.
In fact, Mr. Pressing had been progressing most satisfactorily and his family felt that Wednesday morning he was better than usual. He was bright and happy and comfortable; the final summons came absolutely without warning.
He had taken nourishment at noon an seemed to enjoy it. His nurse had fixed him comfortably in his bed, and he seemed more solicitous for the comfort. At 2 o'clock a barber came to shave him and his spirits were excellent. After he lay back on his pillow and the room became quiet, he seemed to be resting very comfortably. Suddenly, the nurse noted him take two deep breaths and color up. She instantly flew to him and then telephoned the physician. Death had come like a flash. It was due, the doctor said, to dilation of the heart.
Mr. Pressing died in the very prime of life, being but 53 years of age. He was born March 1, 1866 at Allegheny, Pa. Of an active business turn of mind, he early engaged in the brokerage and commission business in his native city and in Pittsburgh; in 1888, he formed the Pressing & Orr commission brokers, and they were very successful. In 1900 they went into the canning business, establishing a factory at Circleville, O., and in the same year the plant at Norwalk. In 1905, Mr. Pressing moved his family here and in 1912 the company became a closed corporation, the W.C. Pressing Co.
On May 13, 1889, at Allegheny, Mr. Pressing was married to Miss Emma Hasley, who with three sons, survives him: Walter C., Herbert G. and William H.; there are also two sisters and one brother of Pittsburgh and Buffalo. There are two grandchildren.
Kiwanis Club starts with good feeling
Norwalk today became a cemented link in the international chain of Kiwanis Clubs, when a temporary organization was perfected with a board of directors composed of representative business and professional men of the city.
The temporary board of directors is composed of Fred Cook, C.G. Taylor, R.C. Synder, J.H. Cox, George S. Stewart, Rev. Dr. C.H. Gross, W.H. Griffin, F.G. Jones and R.D. Wickham.
Compiled by Andy Prutsok