June 9, 1951
The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 57 years ago:
Car dealers back moves solving city traffic problems
The Norwalk Automobile Dealers Association has gone on record in asking city officials for a solution of local traffic problems. They recognize the seriousness of the situation, accentuated by the heavy truck travel through the city on Rts 20, 18 and 250.
The Association at this week’s meeting of the City Council expressed itself as in favor of any action or legislation which will help to alleviate or solve the problem.
According to a letter submitted from the association: “The Norwalk Automobile Dealers Association wish to advise that they have gone on record as favoring a city ordinance and proper signs accordingly, to the effect that all truck traffic use the outside lane only though the business section of the city.
“This, we feel, would help a great deal in handling the great load of traffic that bottlenecks the business district.”
Bible school teaching staff is announced
The staff of the Daily Vacation Bible School, sponsored by the Norwalk Ministerial Association, is a good example of the cooperation of the churches of Norwalk. It is composed of members of each of the cooperating churches. The kindergarten staff includes: Mesdames F. Gehres, L. Foss, A.O. White, W. Cash and T.W. Miller. It will meet in the Presbyterian church. The Primary department, meeting in the Methodist church, will be staffed by Miss Joyce Badger, Miss V. Tomkins, Mesdames J. Kaiser, S. Pleasnick, A. McCutchon, E. Portner, L. Hilsou, L. McLaughlin, L. Miller, J.W. Clayton, C. Stutz, L. Baker. The Junior department, with a staff composed of Mesdames W. Bauerie, I. Maxwell, C. Clark and Rev. P.J. Garcia, will meet in the Episcopal Parish House. Rev. Ernest Bigelow, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, will be the dean and director of the school.
4-H Club News
The Norwalk Timely Teens met at the home of Bettie Becker June 7. At that time the club voted to be called the Timely Teens. Members responded to roll call with the name of a cookie.
Officers were elected as follows: President, Ann Croson; vice president, Susan Kavanaugh,; secretary/treasurer, Connie Decker; and press reporter, Bettie Becker.
Women of the Moose have meeting
The Friendship Members of the Women of the Moose recently held their final meeting of the fiscal year at the club rooms, with a covered dish supper at seven o’clock. Eight members and the senior regent answered roll call.
Mrs. Ann Rogers presented each member with a small remembrance for the kindness shown her during her recent illness.
Mrs. Helen Dossin, college of regent chairman, will entertain the group at her home June 14 with a dinner at 6:30.
Entertained Friendship Club
The members of the Friendship Club and one guest held their regular meeting at the home Mrs. Albert Boose. Roll call was responded to with a favorite poem.
Following a short business meeting, bunco was played with Mrs. Ethel Phillips winning high score and Mrs. Glenn Tinker, low. Mrs. Addie Leitz received the floating prize and Mrs. Iva Hund the guest award.
Native of this city founded baseball Loop
Editor’s Note: A lot of people probably living in Norwalk today do not know that a Norwalk native founded the American League. Here is the inscription written to him in the “Hall of Fame.”
BYRON B. JOHNSON Elected to the Hall of Fame, 1937.
Firebrand “Ban” was co-founder and head of the AL from 1900 to 1927. Born in Norwalk, Ohio, January 5, 1864; died March 28, 1931, age 67.
The original big brain and high potentate of major league ball, Ban was the man who controlled and regulated, fought for and defended, early baseball when the game was daily faced with discord, defamation and disintegration. His tenacity — his determination to uphold the principles of operation and administration which he thought right (and usually were) made headlines for 27 years.
Lawyer and sportswriter Johnson really had only one love — baseball. He founded the Western League in 1893 — and in 1900, paired with Louis Comiskey, he launched the AL and became its first and greatest administrator. He retired in 1927.
Johnson’s policies and dictates constitute the solid foundation of modern baseball. It was Johnson who dominated the first National Commission to arbitrate disputes, protect the rights of players, maintain unity. It was Johnson who brought umpires into a position of unquestioned authority on the field — and put players on a contract basis.
All in all, Ban had greater power in the administration of baseball than any other one man. His strength, integrity and wisdom were (and are) invaluable to the permanent success of the game.
— Compiled by Andy Prutsok