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Opinion

March 14, 2013

Towle Silver hidden from the enemy during WWII

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A couple of months later another letter was received. This was from a Mr. G.W. Dishon, who was an affiliate of the United Shoe Machinery Company and lived in Paris at the outbreak of the war and at the time Germany took over Paris. Mr. Dishon owned a large quantity of Towle products. Not knowing what the future would be, he wisely placed his Towle collection in a concrete vault in his home. They remained there from 1940 until Aug. 25, 1944, when Paris was liberated. Mr. Dishon returned to his home after the liberation and found his house completely destroyed. After days of digging through the rubble, he too was happy to find the concrete vault undamaged and his prized Towle collection also undamaged inside.

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Joe Callahan is a former fire chief of Salisbury who is interested in historical accounts of the area.

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