BLAST FROM THE PAST - Wakeman grandma tries to cash in bad check at bank

MARCH 5, 1959 The top stories in the Reflector-Herald on this date 48 years ago:
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 24, 2010

MARCH 5, 1959

The top stories in the Reflector-Herald on this date 48 years ago:

Grandmother, 77, attempts passing phony check

Alert employees of the Citizens National Bank were credited yesterday with the apprehension of a 77-year-old Wakeman grandmother who attempted to cash a phony $350 check.

The woman, who had been living at the home of her daughter in rural Wakeman, was taken into custody by Patrolman Jim Borgia in the Woolworth store where the elderly woman had joined her daughter and a 16-year-old grandson after attempting to cash the check.

The check was drawn on the Kipton, O. Banking Co., from whom Norwalk police learned that a similar check for the same amount of money was cashed at the Oberlin Banking Co. two weeks ago.

Herbert J. Billington and Harold Hiller, employed at the Oberlin bank as teller and cashier, respectively came to Norwalk late yesterday afternoon and positively identified the suspect as the woman who had cashed the check at their bank.

Fire hits home of ex-officer

The family of retired Police Captain Phil Pickett was made temporarily homeless yesterday afternoon when fire and a fuel gas explosion virtually demolished the kitchen of their home at 55 East League St.

The first floor of the two-story house was badly damaged by smoke and heat and the upstairs sustained smoke damage.

Sally, The Picketts' 16-year-old daughter, and Mrs. Pickett's mother, Mrs. Anna Bishop, were trapped upstairs by the thick smoke and made their way from the burning dwelling by a window leading to the roof of the rear porch.

Sally, compelled to leave her grandmother stranded on the porch roof, made her way to the lower roof of the adjacent garage from where she jumped to the ground and alerted a neighbor, Charlie Ross, who called firemen and assisted Mrs. Bishop to the ground.

The only casualty of the blaze was the family's pet parakeet, Pat, which died of asphyxiation.

Tucker outlines plans for sesqui observance

A proposed eight-day program with three parades and a six-evening spectacle is under consideration for the Firelands Area Sesquicentennial, July 26-Aug. 1, General Chairman Paul Tucker announced today.

The historic observance would be preceded by an opening ceremony, band concert and celebration ball on Saturday, July 25.

Sunday, July 26, is to be observed as "Faith of our Fathers Day" with special services in all churches, congregation reunions and a Freedom of Religion program, possibly in the evening. An Air Show is also being considered for this day.

Announce cast for latest production, Two Blind Mice," March 6, 7, 8

The Shoestring Players of Norwalk are making final preparations for their latest production, "Two Blind Mice," a riotous comedy in three acts by Samuel Spewack, to be presented in the Milan Town Hall.

The following members of the cast have been announced in the order of their appearance: Meg Merrilees, Marsha Peoples, John Hutchinson, Marsha Peoples, John Hutchinson, Mary Jane Bolding, Tennis miller, Ron Poland, George Mahlke, Carol Embick, Tom Carabin, Dr. C.E. Dawley, Morgan Jones, Jim Cronk, Vince Hipp, Oren Doan, Fred Holmes, Harry Fay and Jane Doan.

Members of the junior group include: Stewart Rubinow, Billy Comer, Pam Miller, Mollie Mahlke, Walter Pieasnick, Daren Keefer and Beverly Best.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok