NORWOOD, May 2, 1942—Charles Fanning. 65, of 103 Winslow ave., frustrated an attempted holdup at gas station at the intersection of Walpole and Wilson streets, shortly after noon today by four or five young men in a car who fled when Fanning attacked one armed assailant with a quart bottle of oil.
Fanning was slugged on the head by the butt of a gun in the hands of one of the holdup men who attacked him while he was bending over to procure a bottle of oil requested by his assailant who posed as a customer.
Fanning was staggered by the attack, but quickly grabbed a full bottle and threw it at his armed assailant who fled into the street and joined a car filled with youths. Fanning said the car was an out-of-state auto. The young gunman fled, empty-handed.
The car headed in the direction of Norwood Center, and the police cruising car went on the trail without success.
(The Boston Globe- May 2, 1942)