Now that nice weather has arrived, a pleasant pastime is to take the self-guided walking tour at Norwalk's Woodlawn Cemetery or just take a walk there. In either instance you might notice the headstone marking the grave of Ora Tuttle, a missionary to Korea from 1908 to 1922.
Ora was born in Norwalk in 1879, no doubt in the house her parents had built three years earlier at 199 W. Main St. A few years later the family moved next door to 197 W. Main St. The parents were Emanuel Swedenborg Tuttle and Clara Lamkin Tuttle. The family belonged to the Methodist Church in Norwalk, where Ora's funeral was held in 1924 with Bishop Welch officiating. The ladies of the church attended in a body, and the church later paid for Ora's cemetery headstone.
After graduating from Norwalk High School in 1897, Miss Tuttle attended Ohio Wesleyan University and a Bible school in Chicago. After this preparation she went to Korea in 1908. I wasn't able to learn whether she taught there or worked in health care at a mission. In 1922 she returned to the United States broken in health, and was cared for in Wayland, Mich. Shortly before her death she was brought to the hone of Elizabeth Carter, a nurse, in Milan. There she passed away on Sept. 10, 1924, at the young age of 45. Her early death was attributed to her hard work in an unusual climate and environment.
Mr. E. S. Tuttle was in the coal and grain business for several years here before moving to Galena, Mo., where he lived the balance of his life. He and his father, Joel Tuttle, operated the business together. The 1888 city directory finds their business on Wooster Street, perhaps about where St. Paul's gymnasium is located. In 1900 E.S. Tuttle is in business at 57 N. Prospect St. Not only did he deal in coal, wood and grain; he also was agent for the Standard Oil Company. I would guess he sold kerosene and gasoline. Tuttle may have been the early supplier of gasoline for the then-new horseless carriages. There were few if any autos in Norwalk in 1900, but those passing through often had to buy fuel.