Oak ridge Firsts

 
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Date Event
November 22, 1942 Administration Building -Construction started.
December 4, 1943 Archery Club - Organizes.
January 30, 1944 Art Exhibit - First exhibit set.
November 11, 1943 Baby born at Oak Ridge Hospital - First baby was Robert William --- (last name not given for security reasons).
November 8, 1943 Baby Girl - First baby girl was Elizabeth Ann --- (last name not given for security reasons).
November 27, 1943 Badminton Club organizes.
March 30, 1944 Ball Fields - Recommended to Town Council.
November 27, 1943 Band - Community Concert Band part Oak Ridge Music Society.
November 20, 1943 Band - Town band organized.
September 4, 1943 Bank - First to open in one week.
April 6, 1944 Bank - Hamilton Bank opens Middletown Branch, J. Hoyt Mason, manager.
September 25, 1943 Baptist - First Protestant denominational services organized.
October 23, 1943 Baptist - Services added to Chapel on the Hill.
January 15, 1944 Barber Shop - New York Avenue negotiated.
November 27, 1943 Basketball league organizes.
January 15, 1944 Beauty Salon - Elm Grove Shopping Center negotiated.
September 18, 1943 Beauty Salon - First established in dormitories.
January 15, 1944 Beauty Salon - New York Avenue negotiated.
April 20, 1944 Beauty Salon - Opens on New York Avenue.
November 18, 1942 Bell Telephone Company - First installed phones.
September 25, 1943 Bowler's Association - First meeting held.
September 4, 1943 Bowling Alley - Construction "underway".
August 16, 1943 Bowling, George E. was first Postmaster.
September 18, 1943 Boy Scouts - organized.
November 11, 1943 Boys - Robert William --- (last name not given for security reasons), first born in Oak Ridge and Oak Ridge Hospital.
February 19, 1944 Bridge Association organized.
April 27, 1944 Bridges, Jane - Directs Claudia for Little Theater.
November 27, 1943 Building D-296 - Church of Christ held first service.
December 24, 1943 Bus Service - Community Christmas caroling by bus.
October 16, 1943 Bus Service - Extended to school children and housewives.
May 4, 1944 Bus Service - Paid bus fare began.
February 9, 1944 Busler, Claudia was first "Miss Oak Ridge".
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December 18, 1943 Café Oak Ridge was first restaurant to open other than cafeterias.
July 27, 1943 Cemesto House - House on Thornton Road was first occupied.
February 9, 1944 Center Theater - "Miss Oak Ridge" was contest was sponsored by Millers.
August 31, 1943 Center Theater - Shows first movie In Which We Serve.
May 4, 1944 Chapel on the Hill - First Nurses Aid class graduation.
September 30, 1943 Chapel on the Hill dedicated.
November 20, 1943 Chapel on the Hill has first Lutheran service.
October 23, 1943 Chapel on the Hill was given flag by WAC Detach.
March 30, 1944 Child fatality - First child killed in traffic fatality is Virginia Lee Elam.
December 24, 1943 Christmas - Community caroling by buses.
December 19, 1943 Christmas Chorale - First Christmas concert given.
September 25, 1943 Christmas Chorale - First community concert planned.
December 11, 1943 Christmas Trees - First Christmas trees not to be cut on area.
November 27, 1943 Church of Christ - First service held in Bldg D-296.
January 1, 1944 Church of God - First worship service.
April 20, 1944 Church of the Nazarene organized.
October 23, 1943 Church Service - Baptist service added to Chapel on the Hill.
October 9, 1943 Church Service - Catholic, Episcopalian, United, Jewish now held.
September 30, 1943 Church Service - Chapel on the Hill, all denominations dedicated.
November 27, 1943 Church Service - Church of Christ held first service in Bldg. D-296.
January 1, 1944 Church Service - Church of God held first service .
October 16, 1943 Church Service - East Village Chapel opens.
September 25, 1943 Church Service - First Baptist congregation, first Protestant denomination group organized.
September 18, 1943 Church Service - First Catholic service held at Rec Hall.
July 25, 1943 Church Service - First formal services held at Central Cafeteria.
September 18, 1943 Church Service - First Protestant service held at Rec Hall.
February 5, 1944 Claudia (play) - Little Theater plans to present the play.
April 27, 1944 Claudia (play) - Little Theater presented the play.
November 11, 1943 Clinic - First clinic to be held at Oak Ridge Hospital.
October 26, 1942 Clinton Engineering Works - First official headquarters opens in Andrew Johnson Hotel.
December 24, 1943 Community Caroling - First Christmas by bus.
January 8, 1944 Community Church Service - Began at East Village Chapel.
November 22, 1942 Construction - Administration Building started.
November 2, 1942 Construction - First materials arrive.
September 10, 1943 Construction - K-25  by Jones Construction Company.
June 1, 1943 Construction - K-25 power plant.
October 30, 1943 Construction - Starts on more stores in Town Center (Jackson Square).
February 1, 1943 Construction - Y-12 began.
September 19, 1942 Corps of Engineers - Brigadier General Groves selects Oak Ridge site.
March 2, 1944 Creamer, W. B. was part of first Town Council at Large, 3 month term.
November 6, 1943 Dance - Classes open at Elm Grove School.
October 30, 1943 Dance - Sadie Hawkins dance.
February 5, 1944 Daughters of American Revolution - Forms chapter.
October 30, 1943 Department stores - First to be constructed in Jackson Square.
September 18, 1943 Dormitories - First beauty salon opens in dormitories.
September 18, 1943 Dormitories - Overflowing.
August 1, 1943 Drug stores - First one opens.
October 30, 1943 Drug stores - First to the constructed in Jackson Square.
January 8, 1944 Drug stores - Opens on New York Avenue.
May 25, 1944 Drug stores - Williams Drug Company opens.
January 8, 1944 East Village Chapel holds first community church service.
October 16, 1943 East Village Chapel opens.
April 6, 1944 Edwards, Elizabeth arrives as first librarian from New York City Public Library.
March 30, 1944 Elam, Virginia Lee was first child killed in traffic fatality.
February 28, 1944 Elections - First elections held.
February 12, 1944 Elections - First plans for election of first Town Council.
November 8, 1943 Elizabeth Ann - (last name not given for security reasons) First girl born in Oak Ridge.
November 11, 1943 Elm Grove School - First interdenominational Sunday School held.
September 25, 1943 Elm Grove School - Ready to open.
December 11, 1943 Elm Grove Shopping Center - First florist opens.
December 11, 1943 Elm Grove Shopping Center - First furniture store opens.
February 26, 1944 Elm Grove Shopping Center - First grocery opened.
January 15, 1944 Elm Grove Shopping Center - First grocery, beauty parlor negotiated.
March 2, 1944 Elza, Paul - Member of First Town Council at Large, 6 months.
January 1, 1944 Entertainment - First visiting was U.T. Cadet Concert.
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September 4, 1943  Families- First family moves into permanent quarters.
July 13, 1943 Families - First family moves into trailer home in Middletown.
January 30, 1944 First Facts - Art exhibit.
November 2, 1942 First Facts - Train Carload of materials arrives.
July 27, 1943 First Facts - Cemesto occupied.
November 11, 1943 First Facts - Clinics held at Oak Ridge Hospital.
October 26, 1942 First Facts - Clinton Engineering official headquarters.
July 13, 1943 First Facts - Family moves to trailer home.
November 8, 1943 First Facts - First baby born in Oak Ridge was Elizabeth Ann --- (last name not given for security reasons).
November 11, 1943 First Facts - First baby boy born at Oak Ridge Hospital was Robert William --- (last name not given for security reasons).
December 20, 1943 First Facts - First baby girl born at Oak Ridge Hospital was Pat Jean Jones.
December 24, 1943 First Facts - First Christmas community caroling.
December 20, 1943 First Facts - First town meeting was held at high school.
January 1, 1944 First Facts - First visiting entertainment was U. T. Cadet Concert.
July 25, 1943 First Facts - Formal church service.
February 1, 1943 First Facts - Grading near Clinton Lab.
April 1, 1943 First Facts - Guards at gates of Oak Ridge.
November 6, 1943 First Facts - Indignant letter to editor regarding laundry.
November 11, 1943 First Facts - Interdenominational Sunday school held at Elm Grove School.
April 6, 1944 First Facts - Librarian, Elizabeth Edwards arrives.
February 9, 1944 First Facts - Miss Oak Ridge was Claudia Busler.
September 4, 1943 First Facts - Newspaper, Oak Ridge Journal.
September 4, 1943 First Facts - Permanent quarters.
November 18, 1942 First Facts - Phones installed by Bell Telephone Company.
May 25, 1944 First Facts - Play by Oak Ridge High School, Young April.
March 2, 1944 First Facts - Town Council elected.
March 30, 1944 First Facts - Traffic fatality of a child, Virginia Lee Elam.
October 30, 1943 Five and Ten stores - McCrory's to  be constructed in Jackson Square
January 15, 1944 Five and Ten stores - Store on Broadway negotiated.
October 23, 1943 Flag - First flag given to Chapel on the Hill by WAC.
December 11, 1943 Florist Shop - Elm Grove Shopping Center
April 20, 1944 Florist Shop - Opens on Broadway.
December 11, 1943 Furniture Store - Opens in Elm Grove Shopping Center.
May 11, 1944 Garages - Reeder Motors to open on California Avenue.
January 15, 1944 Gas Station - In East Village negotiated.
April 1, 1943 Gates, Oak Ridge - Guards at gates.
April 27, 1944 Gates, Oak Ridge - Man fatally shot.
November 8, 1943 Girls - Elizabeth Ann --- (last name not given for security reasons) was first born in Oak Ridge.
December 20, 1943 Girls - Patricia Jean Jones was first born in Oak Ridge Hospital.
March 30, 1944 Girls - Virginia Lee Elam, 28 months, was first killed in traffic accident.
November 6, 1943 Girls Club - First teenage organized "Moron Club".
April 20, 1944 Girls Club - Tenn Eastman girls organize.
February 1, 1943 Grading - First grading done at site of Clinton Lab (ORNL).
August 4, 1943 Grocery stores - First one opens.
April 20, 1944 Grocery stores - Store at Outer Drive and Ogden.
January 15, 1944 Grocery stores - Store in Elm Grove Shopping Center negotiated.
February 26, 1944 Grocery stores - Store in Elm Grove Shopping Center opened.
January 15, 1944 Grocery stores - Store on New York Avenue negotiated.
February 26, 1944 Grocery stores - Store on New York Avenue opened.
January 29, 1944 Guadalcanal Diary - Movie tickets for War Bonds only.
April 1, 1943 Guards, armed - First guards at gates of Oak Ridge.
January 8, 1944 Gun Club - First organized.
October 23, 1943 Halloween Cabaret - First effort of Little Theater.
April 13, 1944 Halstead, Gordon -  Resigns and J. W. Peters fills unexpired term.
March 2, 1944 Halstead, Gordon -  Was member of first Town Council, 3 month term.
March 2, 1944 Hetzner, E. D. - Named Director of Recreation.
May 11, 1944 Hobby Show - Planned by Woman's Club.
August 5, 1943 Hotels - Alexander Hotel (known as Guest House) opens.
August 31, 1943 In Which We Serve - First movie shown in Oak Ridge Center Theater.
October 30, 1943 Jackson Square - Construction started on more stores.
January 30, 1944 Jackson Square - Ridge Theatre opens.
March 2, 1944 Jealous, Carl - Named editor of Oak Ridge Journal.
January 15, 1944 Jewelry shops - Store on Broadway negotiated.
October 20, 1943 Jewelry shops - Store to be in Jackson Square.
September 10, 1943 Jones Construction Company begins construction on K-25.
December 20, 1943 Jones, Patricia Jean - First girl born at Oak Ridge Hospital.
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June 1, 1943 K-25 - Construction begins on K-25 Power Plant.
September 10, 1943 K-25 - Construction by J.A. Jones Construction Company begins.
January 18, 1943 K-25 - UC&C signs contract with Manhattan District for operation of K-25.
July 25, 1943 Larson, Rev. B.M. - Of Knoxville conducts first formal church service.
November 6, 1943 Laundry - Subject of first indignant letter to the editor.
November 6, 1943 Letter to the Editor - First indignant letter regarding laundry.
October 23, 1943 Little Theater - First effort was Halloween Cabaret.
December 18, 1943 Little Theater - First production was Arsenic and Old Lace.
February 5, 1944 Little Theater - Held Open House at Recreation Hall.
September 18, 1943 Little Theater - Organizes.
February 5, 1944 Little Theater - Plans to present Claudia.
February 5, 1944 Little Theater - Plans to present Out of the Frying Pan.
March 16, 1944 Little Theater - Presents Red Cross benefit, This is Oak Ridge.
April 27, 1944 Little Theater - Presents Claudia, directed by Jane Bridges.
November 20, 1943 Lutherans - Began services at Chapel on the Hill.
September 18, 1943 Luxuries - First luxury business established was beauty salon in dormitories.
August 13, 1942 Manhattan District - Established contract with Union Carbide and Carbon for K-25.
October 9, 1943 Marriage Contest - Opens.
March 23, 1944 Martin, Ben - Heads Town Council Recreation Committee.
April 6, 1944 Mason, J. Hoyt - Manager of Hamilton Bank, Middletown Branch.
April 6, 1944 McCrory's 5 & 10 - Opens.
October 30, 1943 McCrory's 5 & 10 - To be constructed in Jackson Square.
July 13, 1943 Middletown - Trailer site.
April 27, 1944 Midtown - Midtown Recreation Hall opens.
April 27, 1944 Midtown - Post office sub-station opens.
April 27, 1944 Midtown Recreation Hall - Opens.
January 15, 1944 Miller's Store - Negotiations for store on Broadway.
March 16, 1944 Miller's Store - Ready to open store.
February 9, 1944 Miller's Store - Sponsors Miss Oak Ridge contest at Center Theater.
February 9, 1944 Miss Oak Ridge - First contest sponsored by Miller's at Center Theater.
February 9, 1944 Miss Oak Ridge - Won by Claudia Busler.
May 18, 1944 Model Airplane Club - Forms.
November 6, 1943 Moron Club - First teenage girl's club organized.
August 31, 1943 Movie Theaters - Center Theater shows first movie, In Which We Serve.
March 30, 1944 Movie Theaters - Ridge Theater opens.
August 31, 1943 Movies - First movie shown was In Which We Serve.
January 29, 1944 Movies - Guadalcanal Diary tickets for War Bonds only.
December 24, 1943 Music Listening Group - Organized.
May 25, 1944 Nesper Road Nursery School - Holds Open House.
April 20, 1944 Newcomers - Orientation program begun by Town Council.
May 11, 1944 Niebuhr, Reinholdt - Speaks at Norris.
January 15, 1944 Nursery School - 24 hour school to be opened.
May 25, 1944 Nursery School - Nesper Road Nursery School holds Open House.
May 4, 1944 Nurse's Aid - First class graduates at Chapel on the Hill.
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November 11, 1943 Oak Ridge Babies -  Robert William --- (last name not given for security reasons), first boy born in Oak Ridge and Oak Ridge Hospital.
October 30, 1943 Oak Ridge Civic Music Association - Plans for the orchestra were made.
November 6, 1943 Oak Ridge Civil Air Patrol - To become official squadron.
November 11, 1943 Oak Ridge Health Association - Organized.
January 1, 1944 Oak Ridge High School - First visiting entertainment was U. T. Cadet Concert.
May 25, 1944 Oak Ridge High School - Presents Young April, the first play.
September 25, 1943 Oak Ridge High School - Ready to open.
November 11, 1943 Oak Ridge Hospital - First baby boy born, Robert William --- (last name not given for security reasons).
December 20, 1943 Oak Ridge Hospital - First baby girl born, Patricia Jean Jones.
November 11, 1943 Oak Ridge Hospital - First clinics to be held.
March 2, 1944 Oak Ridge Journal - From mimeo pamphlet to tabloid newspaper, Carl Jealous was editor.
November 27, 1943 Oak Ridge Music Society - First meeting held. Sections include Community Concert Band, string group.
April 20, 1944 Oak Ridge Music Society - String group expands to full orchestra.
February 5, 1944 Oak Ridge Music Society - Supplies music for Little Theater open house.
February 26, 1946 Oak Ridge Post Office - House to house mail delivery starts.
August 16, 1943 Oak Ridge Post Office - Opens with George E. Bowling as Postmaster.
April 27, 1944 Oak Ridge Post Office - Sub-station opens in Midtown.
February 26, 1944 Oak Ridge Public Library - Allotted quarters in Rec Hall.
January 29, 1944 Oak Ridge Public Library - Committee named to establish.
April 6, 1944 Oak Ridge Public Library - First librarian arrives from New York Public Library, Elizabeth Edwards.
March 2, 1944 Oak Ridge Public Library - Now open.
February 19, 1944 Oak Ridge Public Library - Plans are announced at Town Meeting.
May 25, 1944 Oak Ridge Welfare and Recreation Association - L. C. Schroeder named director.
July 21, 1943 Oak Ridge Welfare and Recreation Association - Organized.
February 19, 1944 Oak Ridge Women's Association - Began.  (Forerunner of Women's Club).
May 25, 1944 Open Air Market - Opens.
May 25, 1944 Optical Company - Opens.
February 5, 1944 Out of the Frying Pan (play)- Play presented by Little Theater.
February 19, 1944 Parent Teachers Association - (PTA) Formed.
May 4, 1944 Patton, E. E. - Mayor of Knoxville speaks.
April 13, 1944 Peters, J. W. - fills unexpired term on Town Council of Gordon Halstead.
March 2, 1944 Peterson, M. D. - Member of first Town Council at Large, 3 months.
March 30, 1944 Playground - Recommended to Town Council.
May 25, 1944 Plays  - Young April by Oak Ridge High School, first play.
February 5, 1944 Plays - Will perform Out of the Frying Pan
December 18, 1943 Plays (performed at Little Theater) - Arsenic and Old Lace
April 27, 1944 Plays (performed at Little Theater) - Presents Claudia
August 16, 1943 Postmasters - George E. Bowling was first.
June 1, 1943 Power Plant, K-25 - Construction began.
January 1, 1943 Pre- Oak Ridge - Native property owners told to vacate by date.
September 19, 1942 Pre- Oak Ridge - Site selected.
January 29, 1944 President's Birthday Ball - First set.
January 1, 1943 Property Owners - Notice to vacate by date.
April 6, 1944 Railway Express - Home delivery begins.
March 2, 1944 Recreation - E. D. Hetzner named director.
September 18, 1943 Recreation Hall - Catholic and Protestant services held.
February 5, 1944 Recreation Hall - Little Theater will hold open house.
January 1, 1944 Recreation Hall - New hall opens.
February 26, 1944 Recreation Hall - Oak Ridge Public Library is allotted quarters.
February 12, 1944 Recreation Hall - Valentine Tea held.
March 16, 1944 Red Cross - Benefit held, This is Oak Ridge by Little Theater.
December 11, 1943 Red Cross - First instructor's course held.
December 11, 1943 Red Cross - First meeting.
May 11, 1944 Reeder Motors - To open on California Avenue.
December 18, 1943 Restaurants - Café Oak Ridge was first restaurant other than cafeteria opens.
March 30, 1944 Ridge Theater - Opens in Jackson Square.
April 13, 1944 Roane Anderson Company - Operations explained at Town Meeting.
January 22, 1944 Roane Anderson Company - Takes over town operation.
November 11, 1943 Robert William - First baby boy born in Oak Ridge and at Oak Ridge Hospital.
September 25, 1943 Robertsville School - Being remodeled.
October 30, 1943 Sadie Hawkins Dance - To be held by Shangri La Club of Bachelors.
September 25, 1943 Schools - Elm Grove ready to open.
September 25, 1943 Schools - High School ready to open.
January 15, 1944 Schools - Nursery School on 24 hour schedule to open.
September 25, 1943 Schools - Robertsville, being remodeled.
May 25, 1944 Schroeder, L. C. - Director of Oak Ridge Recreation and Welfare.
October 30, 1943 Shangri La Club of Bachelors - To hold Sadie Hawkins Dance.
April 20, 1944 Shoe Repair Shop - Opens on New York Avenue.
December 19, 1943 Singing Society - Mixed chorus to give Christmas concert at Chapel on the Hill.
September 19, 1942 Site of Oak Ridge - Selected by Corps of Engineers.
January 22, 1944 Ski Club - Members recruited.
May 4, 1944 Speakers - E. E. Patton, Mayor of Knoxville.
May 11, 1944 Speakers - Reinholdt Niebuhr speaks at Norris.
November 11, 1943 Sunday School - First interdenominational organized at Elm Grove School.
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May 25, 1944 T & CCafeteria - Opens.
March 2, 1944 Taylor, Mrs. T. M. - Member of first Town Council at Large, 6 months.
November 6, 1943 Teenage Club - Moron Club was first girl's club organized.
November 18, 1942 Telephone Service - Bell Telephone Company first installed phones.
November 18, 1942 Telephones - First installed by Bell Telephone.
April 20, 1944 Tennessee Eastman - Girl employees form club.
December 18, 1943 Theater - Arsenic and Old Lace was first production by Little Theater.
March 16, 1944 "This is Oak Ridge" performed as a benefit for Red Cross.
March 2, 1944 Town Council  - Paul Elza is member of first Town Council at large, 6 month term.
April 20, 1944 Town Council - Begins orientation of newcomers.
February 28, 1944 Town Council - Election date.
June 24, 1958 Town Council - First full meeting.
February 12, 1944 Town Council - Plans for election of first council.
March 30, 1944 Town Council - Playground and ball fields recommended.
March 23, 1944 Town Council - Recreation Committee headed by Ben Martin.
March 2, 1944 Town Council - Winners announced. Dr. A. H. Blankenship, chairman; Paul Elza; Mrs. T. M. Taylor; Frederick Westphall - at large to serve 6 months; Gordan Halstead; W. B. Creamer; M. D. Peterson - at large to serve 3 months.
December 24, 1943 Town Meeting - Committee to formulate organization plans.
December 20, 1943 Town Meeting - First held in high school auditorium.
February 19, 1944 Town Meeting - Library plans were announced.
January 1, 1944 Town Meeting - Meetings were set for second and fourth Mondays of the month.
April 13, 1944 Town Meeting - Operations of Roane Anderson explained.
January 29, 1944 Town Meeting - Second meeting held.  Had large attendance.
March 30, 1944 Traffic Accidents - First youngster killed was Virginia Lee Elam.
January 1, 1944 U. T. Cadet Concert - First visiting entertainment.
January 18, 1943 Union Carbide and Carbon - Contract with Manhattan District to operate K-25.
February 19, 1944 Valentine Tea - Held.  It was beginning of Oak Ridge Woman's Association.
February 12, 1944 Valentine Tea - Planned by Women at Ridge Recreation Hall.
October 9, 1943 Visitors - Passes to be issued to close friends and members of families.
March 23, 1943 Voting Rights - Defined.
October 28, 1943 WAC Detachment - Gives flag to Chapel on the Hill.
January 29, 1944 War Bond Drive - Emphasized; tickets to movie, Guadalcanal Diary by bond only.
March 2, 1944 Westphall, Frederick - Member of first Town Council- at large, serving 6 months.
May 25, 1944 Williams Drug Company - Opens.
February 19, 1944 Woman's Club - Begun as Oak Ridge Woman's Association.
May 18, 1944 Woman's Club - Form bridge, book sections.
April 20, 1944 Woman's Club - Officially launched.
May 11, 1944 Woman's Club - Plans for first Hobby Show.
February 1, 1943 Y-12 (Electro-magnetic plant) - Construction began.
May 25, 1944 Young April - First play by Oak Ridge High School.
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