May 30, 1916
The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 92 years ago:
Heroes of wars not forgotten
Although the observance of the day was not on an elaborate scale, the memory of the defenders of the nation in its hours of peril was fittingly observed in this city yesterday, the country-wide holiday set aside for the purpose.
It was an ideal day, cool and bright, and during the forenoon various committees from Norwalk Memorial Day Association, an organization composed of representatives of all the patriotic societies, visited the city cemeteries and others in the vicinity and placed garlands upon the graves of the dead heroes.
At 1:30 o’clock in the afternoon services were held in the state armory, attended by a good sized crowd of old soldiers, their friends and others of a strong patriotic turn of mind. The big auditorium was plainly decorated with “old glory,” an emblem always present in the place. For an hour and a half the audience was entertained with an interesting program, which City Solicitor R.D. Wickham was the principal speaker.
A.L. Hearson of the Spanish War Veterans camp in the capacity of officer of the day read the general orders. William Lawrence of the Sons of Veterans camp, was president of the day and introduced the various numbers of the program, which opened with invocation by the Rev. Elton WIlson, pastor of the Universalist Church.
hold back tourists
There were fewer long distance tourists going through Norwalk Decoration Day than for many years, according to a local garage man. He said that the traffic was not as heavy as it is on some Saturdays. One tourist who stopped for gas declared that last year from his town, 32 cars had driven to Indianapolis races and this year only 12 — the slump being caused by the high price of gasoline. Many drivers feel that while they can afford gasoline for a short drive around home, yet that a two or three days’ tour makes the expenses more than conditions may warrant.
Bay City team
Yesterday afternoon the Boosters baseball team of Monroeville defeated the Schillers of Sandusky 7 to 6 in an exciting game at Monroeville. The Bay City aggregation put up a strong bid for honors, but were nosed out by the Monroeville nine. The Boosters made their first appearance in new togs of gray trimmed with white, and certainly looked classy.
with picnic supper
Several west end married people enjoyed a picnic supper at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Baker, corner of West Main Street and Garfield Avenue, last evening, and put a pleasant finishing touch to the holiday. It was too cold to serve out of doors so the crowd of seventeen gathered around the festal board in the spacious dining room of the home, where a most appetizing supper was served.
Those who participated in the affair, aside from the host and hostess, were: Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Cowley, Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Pruner, Dr. and Mrs. J.H. Billmeyer and their guest, Mrs. Pope of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. L.C. Herrick, Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Prechtel, H.C. Schwarz and Mr. and Mrs. R.l. Christian.
— Compiled by Andy Prutsok