This Day In Norwood History-December 14, 1942-Skidding Autos, Coasting Injury Keep Police Busy


Norwood Police Aid Family Of Eleven Escape In Dedham Fire

Sub-freezing weather accompanied winter’s first onslaught In Norwood that left four inches of snow and brought out a depleted war-lime crew of snow shovelers to clean the streets.

There were accidents reported to the police and early this morning the Norwood police ambulance was called to Dedham where a mother and father with their nine children were forced to flee from an upper story window when an over-heated oil burner started flames sweeping through the house. In Norwood, most homes were a little chilled this morning but generally throughout the town there was enough fuel to be comfortable Indoors.

The snow began here yesterday afternoon and continued into the night. This morning there were four inches of snow covering Norwood and this first blast of winter was accompanied by freezing winds. Many motorists found their cars frozen this morning.


The first snow accident was reported to police when the machine of Edward Brissette of 481 Nahatan street skidded off Nahatan street near the Norwood-Westwood town line. There were no injuries and little damage was reported to the car.

The first sliding accident was reported early last evening on Lenox street. Officials reported that Alfred Jodoin of 166 Mylod street, Norwood, was driving on Lenox street when he saw two boys sliding down the street toward Railroad avenue. The driver reported he stopped his car and one of the youngster, John Simons of 34 Lenox avenue, hit the front wheel of his car and was thrown to the ground. A doctor was called to give the boy an examination The accident was reported at 7:15.


The freezing weather caught many away from home without sufficient clothing but after a brisk walk in the cold they reached home. However, in one instance police reported that a man suffering from exposure was found beside the super-highway and ho was taken to the Norwood Hospital by Sgt. Thomas Lydon and Patrolman John Nee.

Boosting their fires in Norwood and surrounding towns brought some comfort to the residents of the area. Norwood was reported to be well supplied with oil and coal and all other forms of fuel.


In Dedham at the home of Walter Dalyrimple at 7 Central street, an oil-burner in a downstairs room set fire to the house at 4:17 o’clock. The mother and father with their nine children were trapped upstairs as the flames raged in the lower section of the house. They made their escape through the bedroom window.

However, in the family’s escape three of the children were badly burned. The Dedham police called Norwood and Patrolman Thomas McNulty and Fireman John Howard, who was called from his bed, were dispatched to the Dedham Emergency Hospital. They rushed little Marion Dalyrimple, 12, a fire victim to the Faulkner Hospital


Town officials have stressed that all cars should be kept off the street at night because of the scarcity of labor. This morning it was noticeable that the town officials had been unable to hire the usual large shoveling crews to clean the streets. However, all streets had been well cleared by early forenoon.

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