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Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:49 PM

JULY 19, 1930

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

Chautauqua is opened today

Norwalk's 13th independent Chautauqua opened this morning with a junior session in charge of Mrs. Glen Hankins and Miss Margaret Gerald.

At 2:30 p.m. the Bergmaun Play Company interpreted the four act comedy, "New Brooms" and at 8 p.m. tonight, the drama "Smilin' Through" made famous by Jane Cowl and Norma Talmadge, will be interpreted.

Lovers of the best in dramatic musical and lecture platform talent should scan carefully the remarkable list of offerings. It is feared that many exacting patrons who respond to really high grade attractions will not be present tomorrow, tonight and Monday because of lack of knowledge of the rich treats that are to be offered.

Protest selection of Dr. Bell as administrator

A group of about 35 farmers who live south of the city came to the office of Probate Judge J.M. Bechtol this morning to register a protest against the appointment of Dr. C.L. Bell, Huron County Coroner, as administrator of the estate of the late Edwin L. Cole, wealthy Bronson farmer, 71, who was found dead last Sunday on his Ridge Road farm, eight miles south of the city.

Inasmuch as Judge Bechtol is on an eastern vacation trip, the opinions of the objectors could not be made formally.

Spokesmen of the delegation declared that it is not proper for a county official to serve as administrator in such a case and it was also stated that when the coroner ordered the funeral held the following day, he showed undue haste. Members of the group expressed the opinion that Dr. Bell probably would not have taken such an interest in the case had the decedent died without leaving an estate of such size.

Young girl is revealed as shoplifter

Norwalk police evidently have arrested one of the cleverest girl shop lifters who ever operated in the city.

The youngster is only 13 years of age and came here last month to live with her grandmother.

In her possession, or at least at her home, the police found a vest pocket camera, two expensive fountain pens, a boy scout first aid kit, a fine hunting knife, an inflated colored ball about 10 inches in diameter used by bathers and a rubbery bathing cap.

The girl has admitted the theft of a boy's bicycle owned by Robert Dahlhofer of 15 Chatham, St.

When Mayor Cort M. Schock asked the girl questions about her relationship, she was unable to give a definite answer and about all the positive information given was the fact that she came here to live with her grandmother. Mayor Schock reports the child reveals unusual cunning and adroitness in answering questions.

Railway makes settlement in accident case

It is given out that the N.Y. C. railway has made a settlement of $500 in behalf of Mrs. Pauline Reilly, whose husband and 10-year-old son were killed in a crossing accident here recently. An investigation has revealed that the railway company was not at fault. It has been learned that it was only by the merest chance that the fast west bound Chicago passenger train No. 23, which hit the motor truck driven by the late Mr. Reilly, was not wrecked.

Dunn and Lawrence play in junior tennis finals

Kenneth Dunn advanced to the final round of play in the junior boy's tennis tournament that is in progress at the Whitney Field playground yesterday when he won a two straight set match from Robert Miller in their semi-final match. Dunn served well and his accurate placing kept his opponent on the run during the entire match.

Homer Lawrence won his second love match in the tournament when he beat Ernesto Garcia 6-0 6-0 in straight sets.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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