Memory Lane: June 15, 1972

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From the June 15, 1972 edition of The Wayne Herald

70-Year-Old Wakefield Landmark Disappears

"It was a real ritzy place. They had wonderful lectures there."

"I was graduated from high school on that stage."

"We always voted late and then slipped over there for pancakes."

The place of reference in the above statements is the Wakefield City Auditorium. The reason for the nostalgia in the remarks is its demolition.

If all goes according to schedule, the end will come July 1, 1972.

As for the beginning, it came Sept. 10, 1901.

In a special election held on that date, the citizens of Wakefield voted 53 to seven to build a "Town Hall."

No record of the completion date existed on the building or in the city records, but an entry in the minutes of a village board meeting suggests that it was sometime in 1902.

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