BLAST FROM THE PAST - Racketeering alleged in city

NOV. 8, 1932 The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 75 years ago:
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

NOV. 8, 1932

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 75 years ago:

Racketeering hits Norwalk

Alleged racketeers last night started an altercation at the dry cleaning establishment of J. Snyder at Whittlesey Ave. and E. Monroe St. that resulted in a severe knife wound for Louis Snyder, son of the proprietor of the establishment.

During the altercation, however, young Snyder, who is six feet three, and a Washington D.C. patrolman struck such terrific blows with his fist that he knocked one of his burly assailants down three times, and left him in a badly battered condition.

The last time the alleged racketeer went down, he pulled out a knife and inflicted such a severe gash in Snyder's left thigh a short distance below the hip that it was necessary for a physician to insert four metallic clamps when the wound was dressed.

It was announced that one wounded young man has sworn out a warrant for the arrest of the assailant, who is said to be identified with an Oberlin dry cleaning establishment.

Clever window display

One of the very attractive window displays arranged by local merchants for the Fall Festival is that of F.L. Filkin's Grocery on W. League St. Two mounted deer heads, two pheasants, and a mounted fish are cleverly used in a fine display of gourds of various kinds and shapes and farm produce.

Chest drive opens Nov. 9

Sixty workers of the Community Chest, guests of Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Paul, gathered at the Avalon Hotel last night when plans for the 1932 campaign were outlined. The solicitors will be divided into groups which will interview all classifications of business such as industrial merchants, etc. and each group will be assigned to a certain division.

Brief addresses were given by C.C. Patterson, Wm. Ernst, D.A. White, Mrs. W.C. Pratt, Mayor Shock and Harold Bowen during the evening's program.

Emma L. Cooke dies after a brief illness

Miss Emma L. Cooke, who was born and lived her entire life at her home, 245 E. Main St., passed away at about 7:30 o'clock this morning after a brief illness. She was a graduate of Norwalk High School and of Lake Erie College in Painesville and had taught in the Norwalk schools also.

She is survived by her sister, Dr. Mar, A. Cooke, and two nieces and a nephew, the children of her brother, Edward Cooke.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok