Feb. 12, 1982
The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 26 years ago:
Zora VanGuilder dies just short of her 105th birthday
Zora VanGuilder, had she lived just two more days, would have celebrated her 105th birthday. She was the area’s oldest resident.
Wednesday afternoon, Mrs. VanGuilder had her hair done in preparation for a weekend birthday celebration. On the way back to her room, she said she “felt dizzy,” then fainted. She was taken to the hospital, where she died Thursday morning.
In 1980, when she was marking her 103rd birthday, she told a Reflector reporter, “I live a very ordinary life.”
But that “ordinary” life included a childhood spent in her native Fremont down the street from where Rutherford B. Hayes lived. She remembered that Hayes, 19th president of the United States, would often walk to the gates of his estate and give the children coins for candy.
On her 104th birthday, she visited the Hayes Memorial in her hometown.
In 1900 she married Fred Vanguilder and went to work as a clerk for the old Lakeshore railroad office in Cleveland. They later moved to Michigan, where she lived until 1957, when she moved to Bellevue. She became a resident of the nursing home in 1973.
NHS wrestlers at EC Saturday
The Norwalk wrestling team will travel to meet Elyria Catholic Saturday in a 1 p.m. non-conference dual meet. It will be the Truckers’ final warmup before the tournament trail begins next Saturday when they host the Northern Ohio League meet.
“We know Elyria Catholic will be as tough as any team we’ve faced this season,” said Norwalk co-coach Keith Manos. “Elyria Catholic trounced Wellington this year and this is one of Wellington’s toughest teams in a long time.”
The Truckers, 8-4-1 in dual meets this season, have eight wrestlers with records over the .500 mark, led by junior Tim Corrigan at 23-0. Other top Truckers are Andy Missey (19-1), Robbie Welch (18-5), Duane Goostree (14-5), Tracy Hivnor (8-5), Kevin Rufer (12-7), Dave Caprara (5-3), and Tony Allen (8-8).
Houck, Clouse named to Huron County Bank Board
Clayton J. Houck and Leroy Clouse were elected to the Huron County Banking Co. board of directors at the bank’s 100th annual shareholders’ meeting Tuesday afternoon.
Clouse is customer service supervisor for the R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co., Willard, and Houck is a lifetime farmer, is a partner in the Houck Seed and Grain Co. Monroeville.
Re-elected to the board of directors were John H. Churella, Kenneth E. Conway, Devin F. Doyle, Wilbur C. Edwards, Joseph E. Geoghan, John R. Gerken Jr., Joseph E. Hubbard, Tomas J. Hug, Paula Kauffman, Lewis C. McLaughlin and Owen S. Workman.
Paul E. Bleile, Thomas P. O’Donnell, Cornelius J. Ruffing and Cleland S. Thomas were elected to director emeritus status.
One new bank officer was elected at the organizational meeting which followed the shareholders’ meeting. Rex Glover, a Huron County Bank employee since 1978 and a former administrative assistant in the installment loan department, was elected consumer loan officer.
St. Paul’s AAUW Girls of the Month
Nancy Gross and Debbie Bleile have been named St. Paul’s High School AAUW Girls of the Month.
Debbie is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bleile of rural Norwalk. She has been a cheerleader, senior homecoming attendant, a matmaid, a member of CVO and is president of the Student Council and a member of the National Honor Society and Pep Club.
Nancy’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gross of 297 E. Main St. She has been active in basketball, volleyball, Pep Club, band, French Club, has been a track statistician and is a member of the National Honor Society.
— Compiled by Andy Prutsok