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Funeral directors bury emergency calls

By Don Hohler • Jul 24, 2019 at 12:00 PM

What the directors of the two local funeral homes, Heaston-Hile and Kubach-Smith, had threatened to do for months, will become reality at noon on Oct. 18, 1969. They will no longer run emergency calls.

In a letter to council, more directly to Service Director Bill Mount, James Hile forced city council to hire one of five private companies. He explained the two funeral homes asked to be relieved of their duties back in June but for the good of the city, stayed on and answered emergency calls, most of them traffic accidents.

Mount assured the directors and council that he would start meeting immediately with the five companies.

Proposals to fund the private service range from $50,000 to $85,000 annually. A tax supported service is expected to cost between $85,000 and $94,000.

Battles wins title

Mike Battles downed the defending city golf champion Jim Widman, 5 & 3 in the Elks Club Labor Day finals. It was his fourth career title. Widman advanced to the finals by turning back Bob Rehark. Battles got there be beating Chuck Peckham, Jr.

Dutch Theisen needed sudden death, making birdie on the first extra hole. to defeat Aimo Maunus for the A flight title.

Don Benedict won B, Jim Mieseler took C and John Wyatt D.

In the ladies finals, Mrs. Delmar Smith won the title. Mrs. Bud Brady won A and Mrs. Reese Lawyer C.

Mike Rehark, a 17-year-old senior at Norwalk High, won the junior title while 15-year-old Jane Silcox bested 12-year-old Betsy Downer in the junior girls division.

Clean the creek

Elm Street resident, Mrs. Curt Klein, wants Norwalk Creek to be cleaned out and that includes the refuse that citizens have deposited illegally as well as the trees that have clogged the waterway for years. She said her father improved the flow of water on two bends some 21 years ago and nothing has been touched since.

Another Elm Street resident, Pete Larrow, sided with Mrs. Kline, telling Bill Mount to use the $60,000 appropriated by the Corps of Engineers and get the job done.

Elm Street residents suffered huge losses when the reservoir broke on the morning of July 5.

Ringholz-Meyers wins title

In ladies softball, no one was better than the Ringholz-Meyers team. The gals who made it happen included Sheryl Gross, Janet McGuckin, Michele Mushett, Connie Hertenstein, Jane Meyer, Judy Didion, Debi Schaffer, Patty Reed, Mary Beth Meyers, Laurie Missler, Margaret Ruffing, Mary Ann Hug, Cindy Boose, Nancy Hillman and Coach Joan Schaffer.

The second-best team in the league was sponsored by Holman Jewelers. Becky Keefer, Janet Seitz, Mary Widman, Linda Arlin, Chris Wilde, Debi Ballard, Joyce Seitz, Cherie Childs, Angie Smith, Sue Endsley, Michelle Manayak, Patty Arlin, Diane Elmer, Celeste Hipp and Laurie Bartow made up that team.

Sheppard want people to forget

Dr. Sam Sheppard told reporters he did his 10 years in the Ohio Pen for something he didn’t do (kill his wife in their Bay Village home) so get off his case. He is now a professional wrestler and has taken to the mat seven times around the state, wrestling as a tag team partner with George Strickland (whoever he was?).

Sheppard, 45, also opened an osteopathy office in Columbus since he was released from prison. He is said to be “wrestling on the side.”

Greg Russell wins batting title

League president Clyde Hughes presented the top batting average trophy to Greg Russell after the latter hit .335 to lead the Junior Division. Some 500 players, parents and officials were on hand for the presentations at the VFW club.

League president Clyde Hughes presented a trophy to Gordon Schaechterle, the manager of the Huron County Bank team for their sportsmanship.

Muni tax brought back

Finance Committee Chairman Allen Hakes announced the controversial city income tax will be resurrected starting Oct. 7. The reason was that he foresaw a deficit of $38,000 in the red at year’s end. The reason — repair for damage from the July 5 reservoir break.

Two things are a certainty

No. 1 is taxes. No. 2 is that Bill Lund is going to have a milking Holstein-Friesian in the winners circle at the Huron County Fair. His dairy cow was named grand champion of both the Junior Fair and the Open Class, identical titles of last year when she also won Grand Champion at the State Fair and reached Junior Fair All-American status.

The Norwalk High graduate, who has won countless awards with cattle from the Lund Farm on New State Road, will head for Ohio State in the fall where he will major in dairy science.

Ned Garver Is guest speaker

Huron County Farm Bureau members welcomed retired Major League Baseball pitcher Ned Garver as its guest speaker at South Central High School. Garver is now the personnel director at The Eckert Packing Company (Dinner Bell brand) in Defiance.

A native of Ney, Ohio, Garver is the only pitcher to win 20 games for a team that lost more than 100 games and won just 52 total.

Carpenter wins national title

Norwalk attorney Larry Carpenter, the winner of 10 Elks Club men’s championships, won the Ohio State Elk’s Tournament at Tam O’Shanter in Canton carding a 72 on the first day and then closing with a 75 on the second day. He won by four strokes over Lima’s Al Frese.

Carpenter was second in the same tournament in 1966, won it the following year and finished second last year.

Batting titles announced

Outfielder Bob Sommers won the batting championship in the AA division with a lofty .536 average. The supposed rookie in the field was John Dials who hit .529.

The A title went to one of three Gravenhorst brothers who played in the league. Tom won it with a .451 average. He had his average as high as .643 early in the season. Rich Pheiffer was second, missing the title by four percentage points. Don Minor was also in the hunt as was defending champion John Schaechterle who won the title last year with a .529 average.

Mets fans go bonkers

The New York Mets won the World Series, a fete that seemed impossible and improbable. But, the team that for years was considered by far the worst in baseball, beat Baltimore four game to one to win the series.

Casey Stengel, who once coached the team that was said to be the comics of baseball, was shocked. Baltimore manager Earl Weaver thought differently and why not. He was said to manage the best pitching staff in the history of baseball, one led by Dave McNalley.

Maybe Weaver should have given Norwalk product Tim Sommer a shot. For years he had been the Birds’ best minor league pitcher only to be the last pitcher cut made by Weaver.

Bridge top priority

A new Linwood Bridge tops the list of priorities for State Issue I highway funds that were sent to Division 3 of the State Highway Department in Ashland by the county commissioners.

The Linwood Bridge project would get $500,000 of the $1,826,816 earned from sale of state highway bonds.

Hoolihan & Big Chuck in town

The Cleveland television personalities will bring a team to town to challenge a team of Norwalkians that will be coached by varsity football and basketball coach Leonard Hardman. On Hardman’s team will be Jerry Emmons, Dennis Corrigan, Mark Wolfong, Dale Berner, Dave Battles, Glenn Bittner, Howard Hershey, Al Pleasnick, Jim Thomas, Bob Thomas, Tom Quinn and Jim Ramsey.

Bad blood in Bucyrus

In a game marred by fist fights, Bucyrus man-handled Norwalk on its homecoming night, 49-6.

Little question Bucyrus coach Robert Boyles provoked the fights by keeping his first unit on the field against Norwalk reserves. Five players went to the sidelines early including Truckers Dan Pugh, Mike Leak and Mike Hipp, all said to either have had their fists inside opponents face masks or seen to be slugging under the pile.

Monroeville snaps streak

After 19 consecutive losses, the Monroeville football team picked up a win and did it convincingly, shutting out host South Central, 14-0 on its homecoming night.

Eagle quarterback Chet Roberts led the Eagle offense but the hero of the game was two-way end Steve Moore who caught a number of passes and intercepted another to stave off a late Trojan drive. Monroeville fullback Denny Smith and co-captain Bob Lord then used that pick to move the ball in the other direction, eventually scoring the eight insurance points with time running out.

Familiar names on ballot

A number of familiar names were on the ballot for New London council. Among them was Steve Schumm, a junior high and high school principal at New London. Other candidates included Jim Van Sickle who was the instrumental music director at the high school, council incumbent Winston White from the W. F. White Trucking Firm, council member J.W. Stewart, another councilman, Edward Farnsworth, New London banker Robert Sprague and Allen Randleman, an Ohio Body employee.

The bottom line is three incumbents will be challenged by four newcomers for four council seats.

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