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This Day In Norwood History-February 15, 1915-Jennie Fales Becomes First Woman To Head Town Department

Board of Relief at Norwood Organizes With Mrs. Jennie F. Fales as Chairman

NORWOOD, Feb 15 -For the first time in the history of the town of Norwood a woman is at the head of one of the departments of the town government.

The Board of Relief has organized by electing Mrs. Jennie F. Fales chairman and William J. Sullivan clerk.

This board of relief, under the new form of town government in Norwood, takes the powers and duties of overseers of the poor and is appointed by the Selectmen.

Mrs. Fales is the wife of Hon Frank A. Fales, postmaster of Norwood. She was one of the organizers of the District Nursing Association and served as its treasurer till the work was taken over in September 1913. by the Norwood Civic Association. Since then she has been chairman of the District Nursing Committee and is a member of the Woman’s Standing Committee of the Civic Association. She is prominent In the work of the Woman’s club.

Clerk Sullivan is a mail carrier and has a wide knowledge of the town. He is treasurer of St Catherine’s Court M. C. O, F., recording secretary of Norwood Division. A. O. H . and financial secretary of the Norwood Gaelic Club.

Mr. Willett, the other member of the board. Is a leading member of several large corporations. He is the organizer and president of the Norwood Civic Association, originator of the plan of the new form of town government and chairman of the town planning committee.

Mon, Feb 15, 1915 – The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts)

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