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Mayor stunned by bids

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:52 PM

APRIL 18, 1961

The top stories in the Reflector-Herald on this date 46 years ago:

Identical bids shock Mayor Frey

"This is audacity. They tell you they don't fix prices and then you get a face like this."

With these words Mayor Louis G. Frey greeted the five bids opened this morning for electrical regulators.

The City of Norwalk had asked for bids on nine regulators of two different capacities. Bids were submitted by five electrical firms and all bids were identical.

After viewing the identical bids, Mayor Frey remarked, "These outfits are too big. They flaunt in your face the idea they are fixing bids and dare you to do anything about it. How are you going to beat them, if after legal action they still pull a stunt like this?"

Bypass proposal studied

Study is progressing to make the proposed Norwalk bypass on Route 20 a reality, it was revealed this morning by Mayor Louis G. Frey. When questioned on a statement credited to him saying the bypass was virtually assured, the mayor denied authoring such a statement.

He did indicate, however, the proposed bypass is being studied in Columbus. Currently the legal description of the right of way for the bypass is being studied by the highway committee.

New Firelands Shrine Club to be dedicated

Dedication of the newly organized Firelands Shrine Club of Huron County, created by Dr. Howard E. Smith, past potentate of the Zenobia Temple, Toldeo, was announced today by Delbert H. Gilhousen, who was chosen secretary-treasurer.

Other officers are Arthur McElfish, Willard, president; Nap Videan, Bellevue, 1st vice president; and Ernest H. Kohlmyer, Norwalk, second vice president.

High ranking 4-H members to be feted

Over 650 Huron County 4-H members making an "A" grade this past year, and their advisors, will be feted at an annual event sponsored by the Norwalk Kiwanis Club Thursday, April 20, at 7 p.m. Co-sponsors this year will include the Citizens National Bank of Norwalk, the Huron County Banking Company, the Savings and Loan Banking Company and the Norwalk Parts Company.

Banquets will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church with Kiwanian, Rev. J.K. McDivitt, in charge; the St. Peter's Lutheran Church, with Walter Schlegelmilch in charge; and the Eagles Club with John Wells in charge.

This is the 26th consecutive year that the Norwalk Kiwanis Club has sponsored a banquet for 4-H club members making the "A" grade.

John Wise, a 4-H club booster and former advisor, will act as master of ceremonies. Kiwanis President Louis Frey will welcome club members, followed by a response from Randy Bender of the New London Rough Riders Senior 4-H club.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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