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¥ To !St ial ir- ay en he he ce i- e e Scenes And Principals In Clyde Tragedy Persons and scenes connected with the investigation : the murder of 10-week-old Haldon (Buster) Fink, Clyde, ., are shown in these pictures taken by Eli Dorf, of The lade Staff. Picture No. 1 shows Oran Baker, the child's randfather, gazing at the body of the baby shortly after was removed from Greea Creek, between Clyde and Fremont. No. 2 shows Mrs. Baker, the child's grandmother, left, and her daughter, Mrs. Velma Fink, 22-year- old divorcee and mother of Buster. In No. 3, Audrey Bennett, a neighbor of the Baker family, is shown examining the carriage from which the child was taken. She is holding one of the baby's bootees. Ervin Fink, 23, Fremont, the baby's father, is shown in No. 4. The Baker home in Clyde, from which the child was taken, is shown in No. 5. Edwin Baker, uncle of the baby and brother of Mrs. Fink, is in No. 6. "Rags," a pet in the Baker household that failed to bark when the baby was taken, is in No. 7 and in No. 8 Deputy Sheriff Ted Paul, who was among discoverers of the body, points to the spot where he located the child. Clues Believed Found In Death Of Clyde Baby, Stolen From Home Woman Survives BY TOM KENNY Of The Blade Staff CLYDE, O., June 15—A break in the investigation of the abduction-slaying Tuesday night of Haldon (Buster) Fink, 10-weeks-old Clyde baby, is expected shortly, Prosecutor A. L. Hyser indicated this afternoon. The baby's body was found in Green Creek, between Fremont and Clyde, at noon yesterday, 12 hours after the child had been taken from his crib. "There may be something by nightfall," the Prosecutor said after a conference with other Sandusky County officials. He would not elaborate on his statement and refused to answer further questions, however, it was believed new clues had been uncovered. Thrown in Creek Haldon was dead before his tiny body was thrown into the creek, an autopsy last night disclosed. Dr. D. W. Philo Sandusky County Coroner, who had previously given a verdict of homicide by drowning, said after an autopsy last night that the baby died of suffocation, caused, possibly, when a blanket was wrapped tightly about its head. The child, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Fink, who were divorced June 6, was taken from its carriage in the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Oran Baker, Clyde, about 10 p. m. Tuesday. The body was found by searchers shortly before noon yesterday. Assistance Offered J. R. O'Hara, agent of the Fed eral Bureau of Investigation in Cleveland who worked with Shenn H. L. Myers all of yesterday, probably will step out of the case, Sheriff Myers said. The Sheriff said he had been informed by federal authorities that the case was not one of federal jurisdiction. The FBI, however, offered any assistance that might be asked of it, he said. Part of the investigation swung to Toledo today as Chief Herman Schneider, of Fremont, Sandusky County seat, took a door knob from the. Baker home to Toledo for fingerprint examination. The door knob is from the baby's first floor Rumblings Of Quiz Faced By NLRB BY RAYMOND Z. HENLE Toledo Blade Bureau, WASHINGTON, June 15 Rumblings of an impending investigation of the National Labor Relations Board became more noticeable today as testimony of determined efforts on the part of board officials to favor the C. I. O. bulged the records of the Senate Labor Committee. On the House side, reports persisted that Representative E. E. Cox, Democrat, Georgia, who fathered the investigation of WPA, is car rying in his pocket a resolution to authorize an investigation of the Labor Board. Reports were that other members thus far have dissuaded Cox from acting in the belief that current hearings before both Senate and House labor committees on bills to amend the Wagner Labor Act may result in salutary action. Stories Related Meanwhile witnesses before the Senate committee continued to pour out a stream of testimony on how Labor Board regional directors, agents, trial examiners and lawyers favored the C. I. O. One witness related how a field agent for the board demanded food and supplies be sent to C. I. O. sit- down strikers by a sheriff instructed by court order to evict the strikers. Another witness described a visit from a Labor Board agent who demanded exclusive bargaining rights for a C. I. O. union when proof was available that this union controlled only five per cent of the employes. Still another witness told the committee how a trial examiner for room, from which the child was taken. Sheriff Myers, Agent O'Hara and deputies worked most of the night sifting clues gathered in yesterday's investigation. The Sheriff, however, said today that he did not have sufficient grounds for an arrest. "Fits in Picture" The Sheriff continued to regard an unshaven stranger seen near the Baker home Tuesday night as a suspect and, while refusing to say the stranger was the most likely suspect, Sheriff Myers declared: "He's a good one though. He sh'ould be in the picture. He seems to fit in very well." Two new incidents, one which may establish the time that the baby was thrown into the creek, spurred officers today. George Thompson, whose home is only a short distance from Green Creek, told Sheriff Myers he heard an automobile door slam on the creek bridge at 10:03 p. m. Tuesday. He said he looked at a clock as he heard the noise. Authorities have been told that the baby was stolen about 10 p. m. Mrs. Silas Ledman, of Nelson Street, Clyde, spurred the hunt for a man when he reported that while she was hunting dew worms near her home between 9 and 11 o'clock Tuesday night an old coupe drove past her house several times. Heard Baby Cry Finally it stopped, she said, and Continued on Page Four, 1st Col. Continued on Page Four, 4th Col.
|Title||Haldon Baker Fink murder investigation June 15, 1939 Toledo Blade|
|Place||Clyde (Ohio); Sandusky County (Ohio)|
|Description||10 week old baby Haldon Baker Fink was reported missing on June 13, 1939. He was found dead on June 14, 1939. His mother, Velma Baker Fink, confessed to his murder on Saturday, June 16. She was acquitted of his murder by reason of temporary insanity and spent time in an asylum before being released to her parents' home. This and three other articles in the Hurd Archive report on the event as it unfolded.|
|Date of Original||June 15, 1939|
|Collection||Ralph and Betty Rogers Collection|
|Source||Toledo Blade, June 15, 1939|
|Submitting Institution||Clyde Public Library|
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