JUNE 8, 1956
The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 51 years ago:
Two young girls die in early AM crossing tragedy
Huron County's traffic fatality rate this year was boosted to eight persons at 3:23 this morning when two young girls were killed as the car in which they were riding crashed into a B&O Railroad freight train at the New State Road crossing
Dead are Virignia Ousley, 9, who resided with her parents on Edwards Road, rural New London, and Audrey Enzor, 13, who resided on the Greenbush Road.
Highway patrolmen identified the driver of the car as Ancil Ousley, 19, brother of one of the girls killed, who is home on leave from the U.S. Navy.
He was taken to the Willard Memorial Hospital where his condition was described as critical. His injuries included a possible fractured skull, fractured right leg and the tendons severed to his left arm and hand.
Miss Norwalk picked tonight at 8 at Norwalk Theatre
The young ladies vying for the title of Miss Norwalk tonight included Donna Lee Peters, Joyce Comer, Irene Sharp, Gaylene Martin, Norma Friend and Sandra Hendrickson.
Tea honoring Mrs. Henry Culp
Wednesday afternoon Mrs. Frank Fisher and Mrs. Sheldon Lanning entertained nearly 90 friends of their house guest, Mrs. Henry Culp of Menlo Park, Calif., at a lovely tea from two to four and four to six o'clock.
The following ladies alternated at presiding at the tea service and coffee urn: Mrs. W.D. Barnhart, Mrs. Charles Edgel, Mrs. John Fischer, Mrs. Robert Gill, Miss Ruth Heier, Mrs. B.P. Newton, Mrs. Jesse Overhule and Miss Eleanor Wickham. Mrs. Howard Cline also assisted in dispensing hospitality.
Outstanding 4-H Club members will represent Huron County at the state junior leadership camp to be held June 11-16 at Camp Ohio near Utica. They are Nita Zimmerman of Hartland and Gerald Case of Fitchville.
Vet clerk with B&O retires at Willard
Bruce Johnston, 505 Dale Ave., has retired as chief clerk to the master mechanic to the Baltimore and Ohio shop office.
In 1911 he transferred to the motive power department and in 1914 was sent to Garrett, Ind., where he remained until 1916. He came back here in 1916 as assistant chief clerk to the general foreman and chief clerk to the Master Mechanic.
Mr Johnston was fourth in seniority among 576 clerks on the Akron and Chicago division of the B&O.
Compiled by Andy Prutsok