BLAST FROM THE PAST - Norwalk bypass plans revealed

SEPT. 27, 1958 The top stories in the Reflector-Herald on this date 49 years ago:
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

SEPT. 27, 1958

The top stories in the Reflector-Herald on this date 49 years ago:

Details released about outer belt city bypass

Recommendations for a proposed $16 million outer belt bypass facility for Norwalk were revealed here today by the Ohio Department of Highways.

Currently under study by the department, a preliminary engineering report of consulting engineers Beiswenger & Hoch of Akron was called for as part of Ohio's plan to provide traffic relief routes in critical areas and involves the relocation of nearly 18 miles of Rts. 18 and 20, 250-13.

Locally known as the Norwalk Bypass, the recommended outer belt would link with the recently announced Rt. 18 relocation from Akron to Norwalk.

Designed to take traffic off already overcrowded city streets in Norwalk, the new outer belt proposal calls for relocation of Rt. 20 from west of Monroeville to the proposed new Rt. 18 east of Norwalk and the relocation of Rt. 250-13 from Old State Road north of the city to the intersection of those existing routes at Five points south of Norwalk.

Cook goes visiting, plums burn

A pan of plums left unattended on the kitchen range at the home of Mrs. Gordon Stowers, 113 Cline, brought firemen on the run yesterday when nearby residents saw smoke coming form the house and the neighborhood filled with a pungent aroma of burning fruit.

Firemen, who found the door of the house unlocked, dashed into the smoke filled house and within seconds had the pan and its smoldering contents out in the yard.

Mrs. Stowers, on returning, informed the firefighters she had left for Willard and had forgotten about the cooking plums.

Boy injured riding bike on Milan Ave.

Hershel Via, 11, who resides with his parents in the trailer court at 122 Milan Ave., was taken to the Fisher-Titus Hospital shortly after 10 last night with a possible fractured shoulder and multiple other injuries when struck by a car near his home.

Police identified the driver of the car as Mrs. Robert Burdue, 34, of 42 Chatham, who told police she was headed south on Milan with the boy ahead on his bike and after a vehicle passed going in the opposite direction, the boy suddenly swung left in her path.

The boy, struck by the front center of the car, was thrown violently to the pavement and his bike demolished.

Child stricken fatally ill while playing

Joannie, the five-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thodore Sofios, 19 James St., was stricken ill shortly after 10 this morning and rushed to the Fisher-Titus Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

The little girl, according to Mrs. Sofios, had been playing in the yard and came into the house and laid down. The mother, then noticing that the child was quite ill, called the assistance of a neighbor who took the little girls to the hospital.

Dr. Charles Edel, it was reported, was expected to perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok