This Day In Norwood History-May 6


Everett School Lot Seems to Be Favored

Wed, May 6, 1931 – The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts)

NORWOOD, May 6 — Forty prominent citizens of the town assembled in Memorial Hall yesterday afternoon to discuss before representatives from Washington the location for the new Post Office building.

Ernest F. Sharp, from the Post office Department at Washington, and Jerome J. Lawlor, from the Treasury Department will make their report to Washington.
Postmaster Albin K. Parker presided.

James R. Folan spoke in favor of the Everett School lot, as it is nearest the business centers. His objection to the lot adjoining the Memorial Building was the size.

Herbert M. Plimpton of the Plimpton Press also favored the Everett School lot, stating that the growth of the town will be in that section, and the situation would be most beneficial to the manufacturing interests.

Oliver J. Barr of the Norwood Press, Selectman Baker, Luther Smith of the Morrill Ink Company, George O’Brien, a large truckman, and Joseph F. McManus, ex-postmaster, backed the first two speakers. Howard A. Plimpton had a substitute lot to offer if the Everett site was not accepted.

Charles Blake, representing the Norwood Estates, Inc, was in favor of the lot back of the theatre.

William H. Whedon of the Norwood Tannery said he did not believe the Post office should be on a main street as it delayed the business houses in delivering their mail.

Joseph P. Riley stated that 41 percent of the revenues of the Post office were contributed by the manufacturing interests in the proximity of the Everet lot. He also said that the Government could save $18,000 in accepting that site.

Francis J. Foley asked Postmaster Parker if there had been any complaints about the location of the present office and he was answered in the negative. He saw no serious objections to locating the building on Washington st. He believed that the Everett School lot should be kept for the enlargement of the Norwood Hospital and considered that the land adjoining the Municipal Building was a very good place for the office.

Walter F. Tilton, president of the Norwood Trust Company, favored locating the Post office next to the Municipal Building.

Charles J. Prescott advocated the lot adjoining the Municipal Building, as did James J. Mulvehill and Mrs Florence H. Lefevre.

The meeting adjourned after two hours.

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