Judge Norris to share Gettysburg facts at BWAHS meeting
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Judge Alan E. Norris will present Gettysburg Odds and Ends — Strange Happenings on the Battlefield during the Big Walnut Area Historical Society’s Tuesday, March 12, meeting in the Myers Inn Meeting Room at 45 South Columbus Street in Sunbury.
When Judge Norris cut back on his court caseload, he read Killer Angels and discovered that his cousin, a Civil War fan, had family in Gettysburg. They began visiting the battlefield several times each year to walk over the area and learn the tales and history of this campaign. Judge Norris will share these odds and ends in a PowerPoint presentation at the 7:30 p.m. historical society meeting; his wife Carol will assist with the presentation.
Born in Columbus, Judge Norris is a life-long Central Ohio resident. He graduated first in his class at Otterbein, holds a certificate from the University of Paris, has a law degree from New York University School of Law, and has a Masters of Law degree from the University of Virginia. For 18 years Judge Norris engaged in the general practice of law, taught Business Law at Otterbein College, and published numerous articles on public affairs and legal topics.
Norris served 14 years as a State Representative; for six of those years he served as House Minority Whip. During his seven house terms he sponsored such major legislation as Ohio’s new Criminal Code, the Divorce Reform Act, the Alcohol Control and Treatment Act, and the Small Claims Court Act. In 1972 Norris was named Legislator of the year. In 1980, Norris was elected Judge of the Ohio Court of Appeals.
President Ronald Regan appointed Judge Norris to the federal bench on July 1, 1986. He serves the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Currently, Judge Norris and his wife Carol reside in the Big Walnut School District and are members of BWAHS.
All Big Walnut Area Historical Society meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month and are open to the public.
The Myers Inn Museum is located at 45 South Columbus Street in Sunbury, facing the southwest corner of the Sunbury Village Square.
Costumed docents give tours of the Myers Inn Museum and Gift Shop from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
To learn more about the BWAHS, visit < BigWalnutHistory.org >. Use the Local History button to learn more about eastern Delaware County history.