This September 1, 1927, Lowell Tribune birth announcement appeared on page 1, column 2:
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Milton Spry August 29, a son.
A copy of the following newspaper article, hand-identified as coming from the April 23, 1936, Lowell Tribune, was found in the Lowell Public Library's clipping files:
CAME NEARLY MEETING WITH INSTANT DEATH
CAR STALLS ON WASHINGTON STREET CROSSING AS TRAIN APPROACHES
Mrs. Milton Spry, her two children and her mother, Mrs. Albert Anderson, were driving east on Washington Street Saturday afternoon and when they went to cross the railroad crossing the engine of their car stalled and Mrs. Spry was unable to get it started. About a half mile down the track was the north bound fast train traveling at a high rate of speed.
Byrl Cornell, who works at the Wilbur Lumber Co. yard, saw the trouble and went to their assistance. He tried to push the car off the tracks, but he could not move it. By this time the train was nearly to the car and Mr. Cornell yelled to the ladies and children to leave the car. They had just got clear of the car when the crash came. Had not Mr. Cornell come to their assistance all four of the occupants might have been killed. The probable reason that the car could not be moved was that it was still in gear.
The front end of the car was a total wreck. The motor was thrown on the sidewalk in front of the McNay coal yard.
It was certainly most fortunate that the occupants of the car were not killed or badly hurt.