FEB. 16, 1956
The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 51 years ago:
Ground Observer Corpsmen with total of 8,000 hours
Four members of the Norwalk Ground Observer Corps with a total of 8,000 hours on duty, were pictured on the paper's front page being present merit badges by officers of the U.S. Air Defense Unit.
In the photo were Rudi Petzoldt, with 3,000 hours who will receive an additional award for this extensive service later; his wife, Ida, 1,750 hours; Ed Powers, post supervisor, 1,750 hours; and Mrs. Hazel Delamater, 1,500 hours.
The post also received a plaque for its efficient operation.
Following the ceremonies, CD Director Leo Moloney administered the oath to the following new observers:
Clarence Elliett, Ray G. Chapin, Stan Chapin, L.D. Charville, Pauline Ringlein, Julius Fritz, Charles and Larry Cooper and K.G. Flickenger.
Others to receive merit badges included Jess Parker, Oren Pigman, Ernest Delamater, Hazel Parker, Earl Chase, Gary Pigman, August Ringlein, Edna Bowman, James Cooper, Eloise Miller, Virginia Morehouse, John Young Jr., Van Bateham, Inez and Mildred Bramhill, Harry Miller, Irvin Oglesby, Grace Rule, Joe Tomer and Jeanne Hill.
Guests present for the presentation held at the Elks Club grill were Mayor and Mrs. Henry E. Young, Mrs. Moloney, S-Sgt. G.G. O'Farrrell an T-Sgt. H.T. Walker.
Local woman hurt when car hits tree
Mrs. Therry Rettinger, 30, of 8 North Garden St., received first aid at Memorial Hospital last evening for injuries suffered when she rammed the car she was driving into a tree in the front yard of Roman Gies at 135 Woodlawn Ave.
Mrs. Rettinger was taken to the hospital in a police cruiser for treatment of a cut over the right eye and bruised knees.
K. of C. Scouts receive awards
Seven Boy Scouts of K of C Troop 234 received the coveted Altare-Del medal and ribbon at St. Paul's church Sunday.
The award, one of the highest in scouting, was presented by Father Arthur Badger to Dennis Vogus, Robert Smith, Cornelius Ruffing Jr., Paul Roth, Kenneth Lang Jr. Michel Heydinger and Ronald Hess.
Fox hunters of the area will congregate at noon Sunday at the Bronson-Norwalk Club, Old State Road, for the second in a series of afternoon hunts, it was announced by Vaughn Branard, huntmaster.
Last Sunday's hunt, sponsored by the Erie County club, went bagless, although one of the predators was sighted.
Compiled by Andy Prutsok