BLAST FROM THE PAST - Fire at Berlin Heights

May 12, 1908 The top stories in The Evening Herald on this date 100 years ago:
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

May 12, 1908

The top stories in The Evening Herald on this date 100 years ago:

Fire at Berlin Heights

A dangerous fire, which for a time threatened the destruction of the entire business portion of the village, was visited upon Berlin Heights last evening. As it was four business rooms on the north side of the main street about midway of that section were consumed. The establishments destroyed were VanThorn’s and Yarrkick’s sallons, Russell’s bowling alley and Baker’s meat market.

The fire started in VanThorn’s place about 6 o’clock while he was engaged in lighting up for the evening. VanThorne generates his own gas from gasoline and the gas tank exploded. He was quite badly burned by the explosion. The report of the explosion was heard for some distance away.

To wed former Norwalk girl

Invitations have been sent out for a wedding for Miss Grace Ella Goodnow of Toledo and Romeyn D. Wickham of this city, which will take place at Toledo Wednesday, May 27, at noon. A reception will be tendered the bride and groom at the home of the groom’s parents, Judge and Mrs. C.P. Wickham on Benedict Avenue on the evening of the same day.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Goodnow of Toledo and is well known in this city where she lived until the removal of her parents to Toledo a few years ago.

Plan extended pleasure trip

At the conclusion of the present term of common pleas court in Sandusky County, where he is now presiding, Judge S.S. Richards will take an extended vacation which he will spend touring Europe. Judge Richareds will be accompanied on the trip by Mrs. Richards, his daughter, Miss Rena Richards, two sons, Robert and Will, and Miss Mary Benham, of Clyde. The party expects to sail from New York some time during the first part of June and will first enjoy the southern European trip.

The Clubs

An unusually well attended meeting of the C.L.S.C. was held with Mrs. J.P. Lawrence Monday afternoon. Roll call responses were items of interest concerning John Fiske, American scientist. Questions on the magazine article, Signs of Prgress, were asked by Mrs. McCague. Mrs. J. Mead led the study of Provincial Types, giving short character sketches of George W. Cable and Chas. Egbert Craddock. The next meeting will be held with Mrs. C.E. Bloomer on Summit Street.

Norwalk High School will not orate

For the first time in several years, Norwalk High School will not participate in the annual Northwestern Ohio oratorical contest this year. The contest will be held at Fostoria Friday evening of this week.

— Compiled by Andy Prutsok