This Day In Norwood History-February 4

Federal Auxiliary Airport in Norwood Asked in Proposal to State Legislature

Tue, Feb 4, 1941 – The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts)

While the legislative committee on military affairs remained deadlocked over the site for a new state-operated East Boston Airport auxiliary landing field, Senator Mason Sears of Dedham yesterday gained suspension of the rules in the Senate, to introduce a measure for the expenditure of $10,000 to acquire land in Norwood for an airport.

The proposal was immediately referred to the military affairs committee which adjourned yesterday until Thursday when it is expected to decide between Bedford and Norwood. In his inaugural address. Gov. Saltonstall asked for $10,000 to purchase land in Bedford, where Federal authorities planned to spend nearly $200,000 in developing an auxiliary field.

United States Senator Henry Cabot Lodge informed the committee by telegram that if the Bedford location were rejected by the committee, the War Department might approve the Norwood site, but warned that the delay might stall construction funds for a time.

The area specified by Senator Sears is adjacent to the present Norwood airport in Canton.

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