Year in Review
Larchmont Gazette's "Year in Review" Project interprets the history of Larchmont year by year. We strive to allow Larchmonters to speak for themselves, and to present Larchmont as it was, through news reports, pictures, and official documents. Our first year is 1922.
"All things considered, after reviewing what has been accomplished for Larchmont during the past year and what is contemplated for the next year, it would seen as if our Village is making a place for itself on the map." The Larchmonter-Times sums up a year of great accomplishment in Larchmont.
Larchmont Year in Review
Cornerstone Laid for a New Municipal Hall
"We hope that when this structure is completed, that you will take advantage of meeting with us more often and help us with your suggestions toward the better government of our Village." Larchmont President McGeachlin spoke at the laying of the cornerstone for a new municipal hall. Read more about the development of Larchmont's Village Hall...
Corner of Post Road and Larchmont Avenue to be Beautified
"The principal feature of the scheme will be "Albee Court," a fireproof modern apartment house which will have the entrances to the apartments of the building through an inviting and ornamental iron gateway..." Edward F. Albee proposes a grand development across the street from the site of the new Municipal Hall, including an Apartment Building, a Bank, and a site for Larchmont's new Library. Read about Edward Albee's plans for this prominent corner of the Village...
Larchmont - Get a Library, not a Bicycle!
"Books not bicycles" says Chatsworth School 7th grader Catherine McLain about the proposal to create a Village Library. "It is too far to go to New Rochelle library and many children want bicycles to get there. It would be better to put the money into the library than paying for wheels..." Does Larchmont need a library? Read what other Larchmonters say...
The Raid on the Chicken Farm
People of Larchmont and Mamaroneck had for some time wondered about a handsome limousine car and chauffeur carrying a well-dressed, well groomed man about 50 years of age, to and from the old chicken farm at 24 Boston Post Road. They wondered the more because this well-dressed man appeared to make the shack his home, sharing it with a shabby rough-looking individual. Read about the raid on the chicken farm, and other crime stories on 1922...
Angry Train Commuters Rail Against the Railroad
"One of the ladies who lives in Howell Park in Larchmont was quite ill from the motion of the car which was rocking like a tug-boat on the high seas. She complained of an ailment comparable to sea-sickness." T. Palmer Howell's angry letter, one of many by Larchmont commuters about the new "Toonerville cars" between Larchmont and New Rochelle caused the New York and Stamford Railway to withdraw them from service. Read about the passengers' revolt and other complaints about the railroad station...
Property Assessment a Colossal Failure
A piece of waterfront property for which a lease has just been closed for a cash price of $100,000. It has been carried on the tax roll for years for $3500. A residence assessed for $26,500. It was on the market for four years, that was sold a few weeks ago for $18,000. A farm, assesed at $2,250, that was sold a few weeks ago for $18,000. "The fault in these cases," said Mr. Bull, "is in the antiquated system. Read about proposed reforms of the property valuation system...
The Year in Cartoons
Cartoonist L.F. Van Zelm completed a series of cartoons for the Larchmonter-Times, lampooning local businesses and Larchmonters. We're restoring the entire collection...
"Several tennis courts will be laid out in the entire park lands of upwards of 25 acres, the gift of Mrs. Helena Flint, will be made to serve not only the small children, but the young women and men as well. We ask you to invest in this great enterprise, an enterprise that will put increased in permanent value in your own Park property, and give to you in your children increased health, happiness and prosperity." Read about Larchmont's new Recreation Commission and their plans for a park on the land donated by Mrs. Flint.
Time For Another New Fire Engine?
"It has developed that the present hose wagon if continued in active service
requires repairs which would cost $4,000, but if the apparatus is kept in
reserve repairs to the extent of about $500 would be made." The Village Trustees
set the date for a vote to purchase a new fire engine. More news about the Fire Department...