Era 7: Emergence of Modern American – 1890 to 1930
Keene During the 1920s
Compiled by Judy St. Gelais
Carey Chair Factory burned, lost $16,5000.
Influenza epidemic outbreak.
William Wright receives wireless time service from Arlington.
Emergency hospital set up at Elk’s Home on Roxbury Street for influenza outbreak.
Board of Health resigns.
Keene District or Visiting Nurse Association formed.
John A. Drummer bequests 135 acres to city for park land.
Bond for bridge over the Ashuelot on Island St. issued.
Laura E. Mason elected by city councils as superintendent of cemeteries.
Motorized ladder and hose truck purchased for fire department.
Gordon-Bissell Post No. 4, American Legion observes Armistice Day.
American Legion Auxiliary organized with 166 charter members.
Orville Cain inaugurated mayor; 5 of 15 council are women.
Health officer appointed by Board of Health.
Union School District bought land for Roosevelt School.
Community Hospital subscription drive raises $275,000.
Island Street steel truss bridge erected.
Court and Main Street paved with cement.
American Legion secured Gerould property at 43 West St. for headquarters.
Playground purchased from E. F. Lane estate.
New scenery painted for City Hall stage.
Marlborough Street paved with cement.
Six concrete bridges built, with 5 over Beaver Brook and 1 on Whltcomb Mills Road.
Elliot Community Hospital completed.
Railroad shops have been closed for 6 months due to strike.
Eugene Riley became the first paid permanent fire chief.
Keene Rotary Club organized by 25 business and professional men.
Constitution Week exercises held at the city’s playground.
Latchis Theater opened.
Faulkner & Colony Mills gave the city 8 acres near Dinsmoor Woods.
Old country club grounds on Arch Street sold to Keene High School.
Athletic Association Athletic Club organized for winter sports.
Municipal Christmas tree erected, children remembered by St. Nicholas in his workshop.
Miss Mary Dinsmoor gave 13 acres for public use on Maple Avenue.
Colonial Theatre opened with 6,000 people entertained free.
22 February Woman’s Club celebrates Washington’s Birthday at Colonial Theatre.
Union School District issued bonds for addition to high school.
Celebration run by Exchange Club and Federated Woman’s Club.
Chautauqua in Keene.
Soldier’s war memorial on Central Square dedicated.
Elliot Community Hospital remodeled.
New country club opens in West Keene.
Basketball was established as a regular team sport at the High School.
The Salmagundi was established at the High School.
Island Street Bridge threatened by ice jam.
Earthquake at 9:22 p.m.
Bloomer and Haselton alter Armory building on Winter Street.
Burdett Chair Manufacturing Company burned.
President Coolidge passed through Keene.
Begin paving Washington Street with cement.
Shriner’s Convention held in Keene.
City adopts official flag.
Armistice Day celebrated with 10,000 people attending the opening of White Way.
Cheshire County Savings Bank opens new office
Community Christmas tree and Bridge of Joy in Central Square.
Cheshire County Dental Society formed.
High School band organized.
Fire station burns, loss of $9,000.
New bus line begins operation.
Severe wind storm.
German war canon installed at Fuller Park.
City removes old electric trolley rails.
State builds $35,000 Armory on Fuller Park.
Organizational meeting of the Historical Society of Cheshire County.
Rotary Club raises $500 for high school band.
Opening of new fire station.
17 April Scenic Theatre destroyed by fire.
21 April Severe forest fire in the north woods in Keene.
Union School district to build new school in West Keene.
Historical Society of Cheshire County organized.
Lightning strikes spire of St. James Church.
Charles Lindberg circles over Keene several times with the Spirit of St. Louis.
Information Booth reports 14,000 cars passed by this season.
Keene National Bank opens new office at head of Central Square.
High water with boats used on some streets.
Connecticut River rose 29 3/4 feet.
Dedication of new State Armory by Gov. Spaulding.
New gymnasium given to Keene State Normal School.
Scenic Theatre rebuilt.
November Rail lines damaged by flooding.
Municipal Christmas tree in Central Square with gifts for children.
City Councils vote to remodel City Hall.
William Wright vacates store in City Hall after 52 years.
Remodeling begins on City Hall.
A tree 3 feet in diameter fell onto Faulkner’s field on West Street.
Eight inches of snow.
Paving of West Street and Park Avenue.
R0TC Camp of UNH held at Alumni Field, 700 attend, with Dance held on Central Square.
Airport on Wyman Street opened.
Early snow squall.
Kilns used in glass making found at Fuller Park.
Editor Shaw and Wallace Mason talk to Australians by radio.
Keene is the first city to purchase paving equipment and its own quarry.
Keene School District purchases Dinsmoor property to build Mechanic Arts Building behind high school.
Fire at Lane’s Brick Shop also destroys Crescent Shoe Company.
Councils appropriate money for Reservoir Pond project in city park.
Very cold with 36 degree temperatures.
Fire at Water Works garage.
Armistice Day celebrated with parade and reviewing stand at Court House.
Traffic signal lights established.
New construction for 1929: Sentinel Building on West Street, Parochial School on Wilson Street, modern garage for Beaver Mills, Grand Army of the Republic Hall on Mechanic Street, and Mechanic Arts Building at the high school.