The lure of the Old West, in the persons of the Cisco Kid and two cowgirls, was stronger than the threat of possible school disciplinary action for hundreds of Norwood Junior High School students today.
Duncan Renaldo, who plays the Cisco Kid in the rodeo at the Boston Garden, and the girls paid a visit to Florentine Fleming, 10, who lost her leg in an accident last week.
When word of their noontime visit to Norwood Hospital got around, the students, at lunch time recess, rushed from the school. 100 yards away, and stormed around the hospital hoping to catch a glimpse of the Western star.
As a result, they were 20 minutes late for afternoon classes. Despite urging by teachers, the youngsters waited at the hospital until Renaldo came out.
Later, he said, had no idea his visit would disrupt a school session.
Rewarded With Smile, Wave
When nurses told the crowd of pupils milling about the front of the hospital that the Cisco Kid was having lunch, there was a mad rush to the rear of the hospital where dozens of young faces peered through the cafeteria windows.
They were rewarded with a smile and a wave from the TV favorite.
Renaldo and cowgirls Jo Ann Coyle of Oklahoma, and Doneva Shepard of Oregon, signed some autographs and then drove off while the youngsters cheered.
Then everyone returned to class – the last was in by 1:20 — and school officials smiled and shrugged it off.
The Fleming girl, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Fleming of Dale st., Dedham, was thrilled by the visit of the Kid. It was her first day up in a wheel chair since the accident last week.
Her leg was torn off when a metal cap blew off a section of a natural gas pipe line in Dedham.
Her one big hope now. nurses, said, is to get home in time for Halloween. The nurses are amazed at the courage of the girl, who wants to continue her dancing lessons when she gets an artificial leg.
(Originally published in the Norwood Messenger, October 24, 1952)
This Day in Norwood History-May 30, 1950-Ponder Question Of Land For School Purposes
The School Committee and the Planning Board following two conferences on the matter of location of possible school sites, visited the are in the vicinity of the corner of Dean…
This Day In Norwood History-May 30, 1922-Ora Holman, 91, Helped Hunt Down John Wilkes Booth
May 30, 1922-Ora Holman, 183 Walpole st, is the oldest Civil War veteran, having passed his 91st birthday. He enlisted in the 2d New Hampshire Cavalry, and is a member…
This Day in Norwood History-May 30, 1903-Woman’s Club Petions For Use of High School Assembly Room
RATHER FAVORS IT. Public Opinion Is Inclined to, Take Sides With the Woman’s Club In An Important Petition. An interesting hearing, involving some equally interesting questions of public policy, was…
This Day in Norwood History-May 30, 1957-Thrills Promised By Christiani Brothers’ Circus At Elks’ Field
Corky Cristiani Corky Cristiani, 21, and pretty famous equestrienne with the Cristiani Bros. Circus like nearly all on the list of performers, has inherited her strength and skill, and daring.…