Holman Not Satisfied With 135 Tons Collected

NORWOOD TRUST COMPANY’S donation to the scrap drive is pictured above. In the rear can be seen a solid steel grill door which alone weighs around 500 pounds or more. The door, once used to stump potential thieves, will now be turned into bombs to dump on the Japs. Above are the four who carried the hefty metal door from the basement of the Trust company to the pile outside. They are left-to right, Warren Lonergan, Charles F. Holman, chairman of the salvage commitee, Rolland Bullard, and Festus McDonough, both of the Norwood Trust Co.

Norwood Messenger – October 15, 1942

Norwood lines up today a few yards from the goal in the nation-wide scrap initial drive that closes tomorrow after two weeks of collections, and to date this town shows roughly about 135 to 145 tons of scrap which chairman Charles F. Holman of the Salvage Committee reflected wasn’t quite enough.

So today citizens who haven’t given an ounce to the pile are given a last chance to do something no matter how little, to help their government In its war effort.


What started out to be a flop two weeks ago, got into second gear by the week’s end, and now down the stretch the citizens have come through with a rush.

That isn’t to say the chairman is completely satisfied. He isn’t. He said yesterday he was pleased at the greatly increased show of interest and cooperation, but he had set his estimate as to what the town should and could contribute, and the citizens haven’t hit that figure, not by a long shot. There is still time, he said. But time is the least the country has, so he expects every citizen to hustle now for the remaining hours of the drive.


But not even the pessimistic chairman can help but feel a bit more cheerful when comparisons are made between the first scrap metal drive and the one that closes tomorrow night

The first drive was a complete and ghastly bust. This one, if not the success the chairman hoped for, is far and away ahead of anything most of those who saw the first drive, ever expected.

When Monday morning, October 5th, bloomed, there were miles of streets in the town that didn’t show so much as a half inch bolt on the front lawns. By evening of that day the situation, as they say in the military, had not improved. It wasn’t until Wednesday that first signs of what was coming showed themselves.


Down from the Shattuck School district that noontime came about seven or eight tons of scrap collected by the Commandos, the boys and girls of the district. Then during Thursday, Friday and Saturday there was much more, until by Tuesday of this week one could look at a comfortable 125 tons in the lot.

All sections of the town have added metal to the deposit, and the chairman expects today and tomorrow to wind up a successful campaign in Norwood. The state’s quota set by the National Salvage Committee is 60.000 tons. Saturday night will tell whether or not Norwood contributed its share.