The city of Norwalk marks its 190th birthday this week. That is, Platt and Sally DeForest Benedict with their five children, arrived on Sept. 9, 1817, to settle on the village plat, which had been surveyed the year before. Their arrival meant that the village actually had permanent residents.
However, when they reached the Lockwood and Gibbs cabins on Old State near Gallup, they learned that their log cabin, built earlier in the year, had burned during the summer. Platt had been in Ohio early in the year, built a cabin and hired a man to look after it and clear some land. By accident the cabin was destroyed and a new one had to be built when the Benedicts arrived.