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• Jun 19, 2019 at 8:00 PM

Here are the top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date in 1931:


Bracy and Landes are awarded coveted Eagle Scout badges

In the gloaming of a perfect June evening and in a colorful and picturesque ceremony, the coveted and lofty rank of Eagle Scout was conferred upon John Landes of New London, and Carroll Bracy of Troop 18, Norwalk, at the fairgrounds last night.

The conferring of the rank of Eagle on Bracy and Landes was highly impressive. These young men were required to perform a prodigious amount of work to entitle them to such signal honors. Those who become posted on the requirements for Eagle Scout rank, are quite apt to express amazement over the magnitude and scope of the tests.The evening meeting was enlivened and rendered enjoyable in no small degree by Harold Bowen, secretary of the Kiwanis Club, who played a number of selections on the accordion.


City will finish paying for dead horse in September

On our about Sept. 1, the city of Norwalk will have paid the last cent of indebtedness caused by the theft of $53,750 in East Main Street paving bonds here about 10 years ago. In addition to the face value of the bonds, the city is about to finish the payment of $13,181 in interest charges. The total amount will be $66,901.

A Toledo bond buyer, known as Henry Bennett, submitted the lowest bid and was given the bonds. But he had little or no funds in the bank, contrary to representation, and has never paid for them. His whereabouts is still unknown.


F.A. Dillingham dead at Troy, revealed inventive genius

Funeral services will be conducted here from Laible & Brady’s funeral home at 2:30 p.m. Saturday for the late Frederick A. Dillingham, 71, a well known manufacturer of Troy and a native of Norwalk, who died suddenly Wednesday at Troy. Interment is to be made in Woodlawn Cemetery. Brief services were held from the late home last evening.

Frederick A. Dillingham, son of Hiram and Susan Champan Dillingham, was born at Norwalk, July 21, 1859. His education was secured there and there he began his long and successful business career. For several years after reaching manhood he was a general building contractor and was the builder of many substantial homes. He early showed mechanical and inventive genius and after some years became associated with the Sprague Umbrella Company and for many years was its manufacturing manager, its product being much similar to that turned out in Troy by the Troy Sunshade Company and the Troy Umbrella and Canopy Company. There he designed improved models of canopies, umbrellas and wagon umbrellas. 

Sept. 14, 1881, at Norwalk, he was united in marriage with Addie M. Lee and their union proved to be a particularly congenial one.  Plans were being made for a happy celebration of the fiftieth wedding anniversary next fall. There survive, in addition to the widow, three children: Floyd and Hazel (Mrs. Frank HIll) of Norwalk, and Bessie (Mrs. S.C. Coleman), of Battle Creek, Mich., and five grandchildren, Frances and Richard Hill and Juanita, Hiram and Martha Corinne Coleman. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Lydia Howe, of West Palm Beach, Fla.


Norwalk pool will open on June 23rd

Norwalk’s swimming pool and playground will open next Tuesday, June 23. The large pool will be drained on Wednesday and Saturday afternoon. The small one will be cleaned every morning.

In order to keep the pool in a safe condition, the cooperation of the children and the parents must be had on the following matters:

First, the old bathing suit (or the new one) should be given a good soap bath before its use in the pool; second, each person should have a good cleaning bath before entering the pool; third, the use of the toilet before entering the pool. The parents and older persons of the family can help in carrying out and conveying these ideas to the younger children.

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