, Derry, New Hampshire


January 2, 2014

Column: Things were quite different back in 1937


By June 1937, the economy had somewhat improved. The unemployment picture was still bad but Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal projects, such as the WPA, CCC and REA, made it better. Many local workers were now employed in projects like erecting Derry’s new post office, constructing the picnic and swimming beach at Hood Park, cleaning the Forest Hill Cemetery and building the Danforth traffic circle. The School Board went back again to hiring only single female teachers. This policy continued until World War II when, with so many women working at “Rosie the Riveter” type jobs, it was hard to find single ladies to teach.

Rick Holmes is the official town historian of Derry. His office hours at the Municipal Center are Mondays from 8 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. Several of his books on local history are available at Mack’s Apples and Derry’s libraries.

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