Local History Collections

Collection ID: LH-404
Location: LH-404

(Description ID: 595756)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Norwalk [Ohio] Reflector

LH- 404

Agency History
Scope and Content

This collection was donated to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center by the Huron [Ohio] County Genealogical Society in 2015

Agency History
The “Norwalk [Ohio] Reflector” was founded in Norwalk, Ohio in 1830 by Samuel Preston and George Buckingham. Previously, Buckingham had been co-owner of the “Reporter.” The “Norwalk Reflector” offices were on the second floor of a mercantile building located in Norwalk at 9 West Main St.

Preston’s daughter, Lucy, married Fred Wickham in January of 1835. Preston bought the lot at 38 West Main Street. It is believed that the Prestons and Wickhams occupied the first floor and the basement, while the “Reflector” office was on the second floor. Eventually, larger quarters were necessary. Fred Wickham took over as editor and served in that position until 1913. That year, R. C. Snyder, owner of the “Norwalk Evening Herald” purchased the “Norwalk Reflector.” The papers were merged under the name “Norwalk Reflector Herald.” Originally, the paper espoused Whig Party politics. With the advent of the Civil War, the paper advocated the Republican Party platform.                                                                                    Henry Timman, Norwalk, Ohio

Scope and Content
This collection, donated by the Huron County Genealogical Society, contains photocopies of obituaries published in the “Norwalk Reflector” for the years 1999, 2000, 2002, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. The obituaries were photocopied by members of the Huron County Genealogical Society. The photocopies are arranged in chronological order by year. Bound volumes of each year are available in the Hayes Presidential Center’s research room.

The Hayes Presidential Center holds microfilm of the entire run of the “Norwalk Reflector” from its beginning until 2005 when the newspaper discontinued microfilming. Obituary data have been entered into the Ohio Obituary Index that appears on the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center website from the first issues in 1830 to the 1930s.

Ac. 5885
1 ½ linear feet

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Box 2


Box 3 [Ac.5942]


Box 4 [Ac. 5968]