Cornerstone laid for new phone building
When Burlington received telephones in 1902, everyone had to dial an operator to connect calls. No more! The new building at Bedford Street and Center Street ushered in a new “direct distance dial” system, sure to delight residents and the burgeoning commercial presence in town. This meant you could dial New York City, New Jersey and many spots in Rhode Island. Selectmen chose “Browning 2” as the town’s new telephone exchange, because it was the most “poetic” option available. Vincent Gangi of Bedford Street, representing the local Lions Club, placed a little container inside the building’s cornerstone. Inside the container: a roster of club members, an invocation by Rev. Sidney D. King and a blessing by Rabbi Meyer Baer.
Drake/Chandler to be developed after all
The Conservation Commission asked Town Meeting to buy the land from developer Robert Murray, but voters didn’t go for it. So hello Drake Road, Freeport Drive etc.
Planned parenthood course by . . . Father Kineen!?
Three high school students asked for exactly that, in a letter to Dr. Herman Dunseith, school superintendent. He turned the letter over to Rev. Kineen of Saint Margaret’s Church. But the School Committee caught wind of this and all heck broke loose. The committee reprimanded Dunseith for participating in the effort. The three students said they were harassed by other students. Oy! No course was offered.