JULY 20, 1930
The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 77 years ago:
Records melt as 107 is reached here
All hot weather records were broken here yesterday when the government thermometer at the home of Mrs. G.F. Gregory on W. Main St. registered 107.
Following that mark, which was reached in the afternoon, the heat lessened slightly in intensity although at 10 p.m. the reading still was well in the nineties. The lowest temperature of the 24 hours ended at about day break today was 79,
Excessive heat and the dry conditions of the soil has caused the corn to "Fire" in this part of the county. The blades of the plants have curled up and much damage will result.
The official registered temperature shortly after 2 o'clock today was 105.
Norwalk's Ape reported seen by judge's wife
"Norwalk's Ape" which seems irrepressible in its ability to sneak into print, continues to occupy the front page positions in the city newspapers.
When the story of the appearance of the ape was printed first, many were inclined to place local news writers in the grapevine class.
But since the time a motorist appeared here about two months ago at the filling station on West Main and excitedly declared he had seen an ape at the foot of the W. Main St. hill, hundreds of columns of news have been printed on this subject over a wide extent of territory.
The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer this morning ran a story on the ape under a Sandusky date line on the first page and quotes Mrs. Flesigner, wife of Common Please Judge W.L. Flesinger of that city, formerly of Norwalk, as having seen the animal.
The supposed ape, which has been the object of a hunt in this section of Ohio for nearly two months, was believed tonight to be hiding somewhere in Sandusky's exclusive homes area about midway between the business district and Hollywood, a suburb to the eastward.
Approximately 50 persons have seen the creature here or at Toledo, Port Clinton, Fremont, Oak Harbor or Sandusky. Mrs. Flesinger says the animal is unquestionably an ape.
Two aviators not badly hurt in plane crash
John T. Killey Jr., 24, and Max Stevens, 22, both of New London, escaped with comparatively light injuries when the bi-plane piloted by Kelly and jointly owned by both, was thrown out of control by an air pocket near the Willard airport and fell 500 feet, nosedive into the soft earth of the Willard marsh.
Both men were taken to their home. That the aviators escaped with their lives is probably due to the soft nature of the soil in which the plane was wrecked. The machine was ruined and the motor plunged out of sight in the marsh ground. Kelly is a pilot and Stevens is a student aviator. Both men were cut in the face and Stevens has a bad cut on his arm.
Compiled by Andy Prutsok