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Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:03 PM

DEC. 12, 1941

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 66 years ago:

Collins boy asks $1,000 damages in dog bite case

Alleging that he was bitten in the left arm and back by a large black and white dog, Ray Christy, a minor of Collins, has commenced a $1,000 damage suit in common pleas court against Amos and Gertrude Lawyer of Collins. The plaintiff declares the defendants own the dog. He has started action in court through his father and best friend, J.R. Christy. Carpenter & Freeman represent the plaintiff.

Consider 100 house project for Norwalk

At a noon luncheon at the Avalon Hotel, the members of the Norwalk Defense Council met to discuss a project of government owned Defense Houses for Norwalk. Mr. Fred H. Williams, government representative, met with the council and its guests. Mr. Williams reported that his survey brought out the fact that 400 homes for defense workers at the Plum Brook Ordnance Works would be required by April 1, 1942. He stated that it was estimated that 200 of these homes would be build by private capital through the FHA Plan - and that 200 homes must be built under the Defense Housing Plan. Mr. Williams stated that the problem now is whether to locate all 200 defense homes in Sandusky or split the project with 100 homes in Sandusky and 100 in Norwalk.

Those present were Mayor Fred. P. Link, chairman of the Council, Harold S. Bowen, secretary, W.D. Barnhart, Dr. N.B. Furlong, W.C. Saladin, Leo Spitzer, Dr. T.M. Patrick, Judge F.J. Hiltz, A.O. White, G.E. Scott, T.C. Taber Jr., W.S. Turner, J.F. Ernsthausen, O.H. Gray and John A. Strutton.

Four NHS boys join U.S. Navy

Four Norwalk High School boys have entered the U.S. Naval service this week, making a total of five members of this year's class who are now in naval service.

While the quartet who enlisted this week may not make the final grade, they never the less qualify for the Navy Badge of Merit for having offered their services, regardless of whether they eventually are accepted or not.

The boys who joined this week are Jack Antrim, son of Mr. and Mrs. Truman Antrim; Lawrence Groot, son of Mrs. Mable Groot; Henry Brutsche, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed. S. Brutsche; and Richard White, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis White.

Two weeks ago Jack Stein, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Stein, entered the navy and is now at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station. Also two weeks ago, Pat Mack, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Mack, also entered the Navy and is at Great Lakes. Mack left school last year.

Last Civil War veteran dies in Soldiers' Home

The death of Leonard Gribben, 93, the last Civil War veteran of the Soldiers' Home, near Sandusky Wednesday, will be of interest in Norwalk.

Samuel Johnson, local Civil War veteran, 97, of Norwalk, remains in good health and is able at times to walk from his home on North Pleasant St. to the business district of the city.

Mr. Johnson left Monroeville as a civilian worker with the old Third Ohio Cavalry during the Civil War. Later he enlisted and served with a number of fighting units. Mr. Johnson is Norwalk's last surviving Civil War veteran.

Mr. Gribben served with the Fifty Pennsylvania heavy artillery. A son, J.W. Gribben of Columbus, survives.

The Soldiers' Home was built for Civil War veterans and up till the beginning of the present century had a large enrollment of veterans.

Guard Norwalk Water Works

Guards remain in service at the city water works to guard against possible sabotage. Great search lights fitted with three bulbs of 1,500 watts and three of 500 watts illuminate the lower reservoir. The guarding set up is complicated by the city's dense Scotch pine forest just north of the lower pond where sabotage forces might hide.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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