July 7, 1960: Stories featured in the News-Herald 45 years ago on this date…

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 7, 2005

Suffolk firemen fight meal blaze

Suffolk firemen fought a stubborn blaze nearly five hours today in the feed building at the Suffolk Oil Mills in East Suffolk where four bins of peanut meal caught fire last night.

At the oil mill this morning Capt. V. E. Jones, of the Suffolk Fire Department, said spontaneous combustion was the probable cause of the fire.

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L. M. Caulk, president of the company, expressed doubt about spontaneous combustion since it has never caused a fire during the forty years he has been with the company.

Jones explained said the fire started deep in the piles of peanut meal stored in the bins and worked its way to the top.

Suffolk police noticed smoke pouring from the eaves of the building’s second floor while patrolling at 6:45 a.m. and notified the Fire Department.

Jones said when firemen arrived, automatic sprinkler had poured gallons of water on the fire already.

&uot;Evidently, it started sometime during the night but was not noticed until this morning.&uot;

Bridge Club results announced

Results of the duplicate bridge tournament held Wednesday night at the American Legion Home on North Main Street sponsored by the Suffolk Bridge Club were as follows:

East-West, Mrs. Audrey Johnson and Miss Helen Williams: 2 Brad Ccherr and G. C. Zekert: 3, Mrs. Blackwell Cross and Mrs. C. D. Runnels: 4, Mrs. G. L. Elmore and Mrs. R. C. Saunders.

North-South, 1, Mrs. P. B. Moser and Mrs. H. L. Vail: 2, Leroy Fletcher and G. C. Blair: 3, tied by Mrs. Harry Westnedge Jr. and Mrs. Henry Johnson and Mrs. Jack West and Mrs. J. H. Winstead.

Pilot Club makes 268 dressings

A total of 268 cancer dressings were made Tuesday night by the Pilot Club of Suffolk.

Mrs. James H. Felton was in charge of securing volunteer workers.

The workshop is sponsored by the Suffolk Nansemond County Unit of the American Cancer Society and is a community service project of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Supervisors were Mrs. H. B. Tucker and Mrs. John R. Bright.

Instructors were Mrs. Robert Winborne and Mrs. L. G. Joyner, volunteer American Cancer Society nurse.

Pilot Club volunteer workers were Miss Elise Garrett, Miss Nell Council, Miss Mamie Basler, Mrs. G. I. Wells, Mrs. R. L. Holland, Mrs. James H. Felton and other workers were Mrs. Jack Baird, Mrs. Edith Litzerman, and Mrs. V. R. Shull.

– Compiled by Andrew Giermak