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BLAST FROM THE PAST - Fire starts on seat of tractor

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:15 PM

June 6, 1969

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 39 years ago:

Fire starts on seat of tractor

A fire in the garage of a Woodlawn Avenue home this morning was blamed on spontaneous combustion by Fire Chief Kenneth Link.

The fire, reported at 8:38 a.m., occurred in the garage of Clayton Mills, 155 Woodlawn Ave.

Link said the fire started in a pillow used as a cushion on the seat of a small tractor. He said the tractor had not been used and no one had been in the garage.

Over with ease

Pictured on the front page easily clearing five foot, three inches  was Tom Mitro of Bronson School, one of 120 boys competing in the annual Norwalk Elementary School Track Relays at Whitney Field. (See story below)

Blue and Gold Beat

Next year’s Tri-Hi-Y officers were elected Monday after school. They are Deb Vogt, president; Linda Sandifur, vice president; Jane Lawrence, secretary; Pam Suchar, treasurer; and Ann Reese, chaplain.

Service news

US Army, Vietnam — Army Specialist Four Thomas P. Rinner Jr., 20, whose parents live at 42 W. Jefferson St., was assigned May 1 to the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam.

His wife Gale lives at 157 St. Mary’s St.

U.S. Army Private First Class Ronald R. Grinold is stationed in the Mac Trang Valley, Vietnam.

Army Private First Class Charles C. Coffman, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Coffman, Greenwich, was assigned as a wireman with the 1st infantry division in Vietnam.

Maplehurst wins relays

The 10th annual Elementary School Relays were held Thursday night with Maplehurst winning with 85 points.

Dan Hipp of Pleasant-League set a record in the shot put with a heave of 29 feet four inches. Hipp also won the 6th grade 100-yard dash.

Mike Ewell of Pleasant Street School was a double winner for the fifth grade in the 440-yard run and the 60-yard hurdles.

Herb Harknes won the 60-yard hurdles for Pleasant in the sixth grade division.

Danny Miller won the 440-yard run for the Maplehurst Blue sixth grade.

Brad Mason chalked up double wins for Bronson fifth grade as he took the 50 and 100-yard dash.

Kurt Jameson won the broad jump; Tom Mitro won the pole vault; and John McCarty won the high jump.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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