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BLAST FROM THE PAST - Mayor to report for service

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:13 PM

April 26, 1943

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 65 years ago:

Order Mayor Joe Dudley to report for Army service

Mayor Joe E. Dudley announces that he has been ordered by Draft Board No. 1 to report with a contingent of selectees at Toledo for physical examination May 10. This contingent is scheduled to report seven days later at Camp Perry to be assigned military duty.

“I am glad to enter the Army with the rest of the boys at the bottom, and will make an effort to work myself up,” said Dudley today.

A month or so ago, mayor Dudley applied for enlistment in the ordnance department and passed the physical and other tests at Camp Perry. Inasmuch as the war department has changed the set up in ordnance department admittance, Dudley has been required to line up with the rank and file men.

Mr. Dudley became mayor of the city Jan. 1, 1942 and was the first Republican to be elected to that office here for many years. He is in the real estate business with his father, Frank Dudley.

The impending drafting of Norwalk’s mayor brings up the important question as to who will succeed him. Under the statutes, P.E. Weidemaier, president of the city council, automatically becomes mayor.

Reamer & Boyd lead in war bond sales

At the Tuesday luncheon meeting of the Norwalk 2nd War Loan Bond Committee of team captains and volunteer workers, which was held at the banquet room of Stone’s Bank Grill, it was announced by city chairman Dana Call that A.J. Reamer was leading in the individual sale of bonds throughout the county by 95 subscriptions. Mr. Call also announced that Bob Boyd had sold additional bonds to 95 employees of the Norwalk Truck Line who were already purchasing bonds through the 10 percent payroll deduction plan.

County Chairman Barnhard requested that reports of sales be turned in as soon as possible. He stated that total sales at present were $621,040 and the number of subscribers totaled 715.

Flag train to prevent hitting motor truck

It required quick work Saturday night to prevent a W. & L. E. freight train from crashing into a motor truck that had become stalled on the Woodlawn Ave. crossing. A part of the fifth wheel brake assembly broke or came out and the truck outfit stopped on the crossing. The train was flagged in time to enable the engineer to stop.

Burton Ringle heads local Moose lodge

At a well-attended meeting last evening the loyal Order of Moose installed the following officers:

Past Jr. Governor Ray Parker; Governor, Burton Ringle; Junior Governor, Louis Copsey; Prelate, Carl Hartman; Treasurer, Joseph Van Dette Jr.; Sergeant-at-arms, Gerald Spaulsbury; Inner Guard, Ted Wise; Outer Guard, Robert Miller; Trustee, George Jacobs; Installing Officer was Past Governor Leonard F. Nickoli. C. Fred Moll, Secretary; Floren Hipp and Wm. Zureich, Trustees, continued to serve an unexpired three-year term. Lunch was served immediately following.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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