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60 years of chemistry

March 4, 2011

Talking with Jim Sherwood and Charles "Chuck" Simpkins, both were chemists at the Warren Water Filtration Plant on Elm Road (put into service in 1954), I told them of an experience in a city in another state. It involved drawing a glass of cold water from a tap in a third-floor bathroom of a 1906 house. The water contained a fragment of wood! "It couldn't be," I said to myself, but there it was. I didn't measure it at the time. My recall is that the sliver of wood was an eighth of an inch long, maybe longer.



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