The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts on December 1, 1942 · 15
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Tuesday, December 1, 1942
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THE BOSTON DAILY. GLOBE TUESDAY. DECEMBER 1, 1942 15 I eau Rally wrs and rnen even to 77 d Bu is sboy ppooIc who never heard of Stan- out the anxious words of his par- jey Tomaszewski are Joining nis teachers and friends in offering aid fd sympathy for the 16-year-old busboy whose- dutiful attempt to replace ashattered light bulb touched the blaze that resulted In the Cocoanut Grove disaster Saturday Bight. Shocked that the boy should be iM inMmmunicado to testify at the imipst his teachers at Roxbury Memorial High School for Boys yes iv rallied to his defense. 'Stanley was captain of the Fifth Company. Zvtn Kegiment, boston Vieii School Battalion." said Capt. J Kelley. drill instructor. "and was an outstanding officer. ' I consider his prospects excellent for the highest honorthat of being named colonel of the Roxbury High Regiment." . i His home-room teacher, Richard A McCarthy, said he is room treas urer, trustee; Dy nis scnooimaxes-, nrl an excellent student. "He was buying War Savings Stamps every week out of the pitifully small wages reported as paid (or his work." , ; ; A Newton attorney, James S. Can non, ox z jenerson St., last nigni railed the Globe office and volun teered his services in aiding the boy icanyway. Globe Readers Protest Numerous Globe readers have telephoned anxious messages hoping that "the boy" would be reused and not made the "goat" of the investigation. Even city officials were obviously impressed by his straightforward and volunteered testimony at the inquest yesterday afternoon. Fire Commissioner William Arthur Keilly at the conclusion of the boy's testimony paid him a high tribute. "You have done an honorable thing," he said. "You have assisted us greatly in arriving at the cause of the fire." The reassuring praise of his teachers and associates more than bore ents, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Tomas zewski, at their home at 17 Erie st, Dorchester, to a Globe reporter yesterday. His mother ill for several weeks with pneumonia, was stricken by the news that her boy was being held. My Stanley is a good boy, she repeated over and over. "I am sick, but he os a good boy." The lad's father, mild-mannered and middle-aged, could only repeat tnat itis wile was "very "sick. .: The veritable storm of protest aross yesterday when it became known that he was held in a guarded room in a Back Bay hotel awaiting his turn to testify at the inquest. Coach Lauds Grid Prowess Stanley was born May 8, 1926, and lives with his parents in their walk- up apartment in Grove Hall, Dorchester. He attended the Sarah Greenwood grammar school and the Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior High acnooi Deiore entering Roxbury Memorial High School for Boys. He is taking a college course. His father formerly was janitor at rempie .Beth El on Fowler st. In commenting on Stanley's cood qualities both as a student and as a cadet officer, Drillmaster Kelley said tne iaa aenniteiy has a bright fu ture. "Stanley would, in my opinion, be an iueax candidate xor west .foint. In leadership I consider him in a class by himself. He won remarkably rapid promotion in his junior year." Headmaster Robert B. Masterson and Acting Football Coach John F. Keene both spoke highly of Stanley's work. "I have great sympathy for him," said the headmaster. "That he would go voluntarily to the police to aid them is just the manly courageous act I would have excected from him." Coach Keene said: "He was a first-string tackle on the team and has played all Fall. He was slated to start in the game with B. C. High, which was canceled by bad weather." Co-operate with the Post Office Department. Order your card now for early mailing. CD ersona I 4 School Chairman Norton Protests Holding Bus Boy Chairman Clement A. Norton of the Boston School Committee last night protested the holding of Stanley Tomaszewski, the 16-year-old bus boy at Cocoanut Grove, "as a material witness" and has already taken action to aid the boy. It is understood that the boy is a ner vous wreck owing to his experi ence, ana nas been placed in a Boston hotel as a guest of the city to protect him from curious people and to have him ready to testify at the inquest. Chairman Norton, claims that the boy should be released, not only allowed to go home but to return to his studies. In his statement Norton said, "The only person held to date in connection with the Cocoanut Grove tragedy is the 16-year-old bus boy, Stanley Tomaszewski, who is being held as a material witness. "This youngster was the innocent victim of something that is name to happen to anyone. Many o our teachers have informed me that he is one of the best students in our high school system, the captain of his military company and a poten tial West Pointer. Father Consents to Tomaszewski Being Guarded Stanley. F. Tomaszewski, 16-year-old part-time employee of the ruined Cocoanut Grove night club who admits having accidently started the fire, is being confined to a hotel room "for his own protection" with full approval of, his father, Anthony, Police Commis sioner Joseph F. Timilty announced late last night. The father issued an announcement to the press saying. "The B6s- ton Police Department is keeping my son, Stanley Tomaszewski under their supervision until the completion of his appearance before investigating committees. This is being done with my full consent. The message was signed, "A. Tomaszewski." j 'The statement was signed in the presence of Isadore H. Y. Muchnick, member of the Boston City Coun cil in whose ward young Tomas zewski lives. HR!STIV1AS Cards . ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER THIS YEAR Let your cards keep Christmas gay and cheerful. See our tremendous collection of distinctive greetings. What is your preference? Religious, patriotic, modern and humorous cards are included in our vast variety. Order now! CARDS WITH YOUR NAME IMPRINTED range from 50 for 1.00 to 50 for 55.00 JORDAN MARSH STREET FLOOR ANNEX Philadelphia Concern Sends Much Needed Burn Ointment Here A 15-ounce package of a much needed ointment for treatment of burns known as Sperti-Bio-Dyne arrived in this city on a plane of the American Airlines and was rushed to City Hospital in a police cruising car early today. The firm of McLaughlin Bros, at 82d st. and Eastwick av., Philadelphia, learned through newspapers that the ointment was needed, located 15 ounces of it an darranged to fly it here. Airlines officials contacted patrolman William Maddocks at Police Headquarters nd he arranged for a police car to meet the plane. The port of Boueie in Frenrh North Africa is 460 miles due south I of Marseilles. H 1 - s fctwiv THE MODERN ?tS STORY TELLER Chi j Cs lauette T k''. v .4 fil I Ik ' u t , ... HENRY W. BIMMLER, Cocoanut Grove waiter testifying at inqueat. Devens Colonel Identifies Body of His Daughter FORT DEVENS, . Nov, 30 Announcement that Jane Peavey, 19-year-old daughter of CoL and Mrs. Harry C. Peavey of this post, was among the victims of the Cocoanut Grove fire disaster, was made late today. ' At the same time ' officials declared the names of "several" men, found - to be missing at the special roll call of every unit in camp after reveille today in addition to those of two from Greater Boston announced previously as dead would be withheld temporarily. These absences it was explained might have been the result of men returning late to Devens from week-end passes or even some A. W. O. L's. The two Devens soldiers known to be dead are private first class Fred L. Altieri, 29, of 105 Summer st, Somerville, recently attached to the Post Quartermaster's section, and private Milton D. Adler, 25, of 23 Westrnore road, Dorchester, attached to Headquarters Company of the Recruit Reception Center. In tribute to the memory of private Adler, a member of the fitting crew of the R. R. C.'s clothing warehouse, all selectee processing was ceased and silence observed there for one minute this morning by order of.Maj. Edward K. Hovas, in charge of the section. A new uniform and a flag were sent to Adler's home in Dorchester with six of his buddies who acted as bearers at funeral services this afternoon. Private Adler was inducted Aug. 11. He was graduated from Roxbury High School in 1935 and was recently employed by a Cambridge shoe firm as a shipping clerk. - Private first class Altieri, a graduate of Boston Trade School, was employed by the National Biscuit Company prior to induction last Feb. 14. He was sent for basic infantry training to Camp Croft, S. C, and returned to Devens May 27. He had joined the Post Quartermaster section Nov. 8. THEATRE AND SET! 2 COMPLETE PLAYS! 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Warren was employed as a clerk- stenographer in the office of the statistical assistant to vice president Born Sept. 14, 1916, at Troy, N. Y., he leaves a wife, Constance. He entered the employ of the New Haven on June 16, 1941. Prior to joining the railroad, ne had been employed by the Pennsylvania Coal Sales Company, Rochester, N. Y., Capitol Wine and Spirits Company, Rochester, N. Y., and National Cash Register Company, Boston. He had attended Rochester (N. Y.) Business Institute and Syracuse University. Galligan, who was single, was a son of Mrs. Julia F. Galligan of Attleboro. He was born Oct 28. 1916. He joined the New Haven Railroad as a clerk in the freight traffic department at Boston last Feb. 16. Prior to that, he had been employed by the Evans Case Com pany at Worth Attleboro.. He was graduated from Attleboro High School in 1934, and had attended Boston University College of Business Administration and the Bryant-Stratton Business College. -, War Fund Resources Needed for Families of Fire Victims ' In a few months all resources of the Greater Boston United War Fund will be called upon to care for the stricken families of victims of the Cocoanut Grove disaster, social and welfare officials declared yesterday. Although there is no immediate need for financial assistance to Greater Ecston homes affected by the fire, Miss Edith Canterbury, social service director of the Boston Dispensary, warned that the inevitable problems of family adjustment would have to be faced as soon as the first shock of the catastrophe has worn off. "Those of us who have made visits to bereaved homes," said Miss Canterbury, "are already beginning to realize what this is going to mean in additional responsibilities of United Wax Fund social agencies. "Here is the same sort of situation we should find after an air raid. One of our field workers called at a home left parentless by the fire. Relatives were caring for the infant child and the ZVi-year old, whose father and mother were Cocoanut Grove victims. United War Fund were cited yester day by C. Wilson Anderson, director of Home Service of the Boston Chap ter of the Red Cross, for their out standing cooperation in his organiza- uon s administration ol throughout the city. "The Red Cross is extremely grateful to the Greater Boston United War Fund lor the services and assistance of its trained staff of social workers in the tremendous task of interviewing next of kin of victims of the Cocoanut Grove disaster," Anderson said. "The Red Cross task would have been much more difficult without the splendid assistance of these United War Fund workers." Almost without relief the staffs of the fund-supported hospital group of the Peter Bent Brigham, Massachusetts General, Massachusetts Memorial and Cambridge Hosnitals relief land the Boston Dispensary have nuiiuiig uignir ana aay since Saturday to speed the enormous work of identification of the injured and dead. 'Revelation of Human Nature" Nurses and doctors have been loaned to institutions in the emergency district where overcrowded wards have put increased burdens on staff personnel. Intravenous solu- human nature at its best." tions for treatment of tha burned and shocked victims have been shared, as weU as transfusion apparatus to help in handling the hundreds of blood donor volunteers who wish to help in the emergency. Yesterday a system of inter-hospital communication was set up through the cooperation of the Eed Cross and the Boston Commitee on Public Safety to simplify the identification of victims. ; "We have been deeply moved by the courage and patience shown by the families of people caught in the catastrophe, declared Miss Ida C. Cannon, director of social service at the Massachusetts General Hospital, "Everyone seems to sense that this is not his personal grief, but onj shared by hundreds of others. "This common grief seemed give them strength to bear the torture of waiting for r.ews of thei? loved ones. To all of us. this experience l as been a revelation! pi Challenge to Social Welfare "It is too soon to talk of adjustments yet but this is an example of the kind of challenge social welfare will have to meet in a bombing emergency. Welfare no longer consists merely of providing funds to the distressed, but in helping people to reorient themselves in new patterns of living." For rallying all their resources of trained workers and medical equipment to meet the emergency needs of bereaved families, as well as victims of the Cocoanut Grove disaster, staffs of hospitals and other social agencies of the Greater Boston 'Barney Welanskys Condition Unchanged The condition of Barnet "Barney" Welansky, owner and director of the Cocoanut Grove, a patient at the -Massachusetts General Hospital for more than a week, remains unchanged,, according to hospital authorities. A report was circulated widely throughout last night that, the night club owner, who is being treated for a heart ailment, had died, but a check with Phillips House revealed "no change in condition." Services Held for 4 Chelsea Fire Victims Funeral services' for four Chelsea victims of the Cocoanut Grove fire were held yesterday and arrange ments are being made for two others Funerals yesterday included the fol lowing: Richard Plager, 33, son of Mrs Rose Lerman, former Chelsea High School and Bates College athlete Burial was in CheVra Torah Cemetery. Everett. He is survived by his mother and a brother, Nathan Plager, U. S. Army. Miss Adeline Goodman, 22, of 120 Cottage st, daughter of Barnet and Annie (Sanderson) Goodman and her companion, at the club," Miss Myrna Rubin, both perished in the blaze. Miss Goodman was born and educated here and leaves her parents and two sisters, Mrs. Murray Gor-finkle. and Miss Lillian Goodman, and a brother, Louis Goodman, U. S Army. She was buried in Liberty Progressive Cemetery, Everett. Myrna Rubin, 23-year-old daugh ter of Mrs. Lena (Leavitt) Rubin, was born in Russia a;id came here as a child, 'she is survived by her mother and three brothers, Joseph, Benjamin and Max and a sister, Mrs. Pauline Ruboy of Charlestown. She was buried in Chevra Mishna Ceme tery, Lynn. Hyman Strogoff, 40, of Hatherly road, Brookline, conducted a metal business on Third st. His parents Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Strogoff reside at 203 Third st. He is survived by his widow and two children, Lila and Blumae. Funeral services were held at the Levine Chapel, Brook-line. Funeral arrangements have been arranged for Oscar Gerson of 29 Gardner st, former Chelsea High School athlete who leaves a wife and two children. He had been accompanied by his wife who was saved. Services for Bernard Supowitz, 36, single, of 64 Gardner st., shoe salesman, will be held later. Several Minors Among Victims at Cocoanut Grove Dr. William H. Waters, associate medical examiner for the city of Boston, today stated that several of the victims of the Cocoanut Grove tragedy were under 21 years of age. He said, "There were minors in the death list. Several of them were young girls. The exact number of them will not be determined immediately, but I saw many of their death certificates." Inquiries at the Boston Licensing Rnard st 24 Province st disclosed that the Cocoanut Grove was licensed as a restaurant It was stressed that there are no laws prohibiting the presence of minors in a restaurant even though liquor is served on the premises. The law does prohibit the sale of liquor to minors under 21 of either sex, but there is no means of keeping minors out of a night club or other establishment that has a restaurant license. SDECE9i.tW MALES E : XOMPA1Y u. s. NEEDS US STRONG ? r gpg7 (booking ofchool THIRD FLOOR-JORDAN MARSH ANNEX EVERY TUESDAY AND FRIDAY at 2:30 P. M. "AFTER-THANKSGIVING KfENUS" will be Miss McCoy's subject. 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