T he completion of the LaGrange National Bank building was not the only thing that happened in 1918. The year was a tremendous year in LaGrange and across the world. The United States was in the throws of World War I for much of the year and for the first time, air planes, parachutes, and tanks were used in battle. Women at home took the place of men in the work force, and the House of Representatives approved giving women the vote. By November 11, 1918, when the war ended, the Influenza Epidemic had killed more Americans than the War had. Not long after the war ended, breweries and distilleries were
shutdown by the Wartime Prohibition Act in anticipation of the Eighteenth Amendment’s ratification. Time zones and Day Light Savings Time were authorized by Congress. Those who could afford it, were driving a Model T Ford to see the silent film, Tarzan of the Apes. Willa Cather authored her novel My Antonia, Georgia O’Keefe painted Three Women, and Pablo Picasso got married. Gilda Gray was beginning to dance “The Shimmy” to W.C. Handy’s “Saint Louis Blues.” The first pogo stick was patented, and Moon Pies were just coming out of Chattanooga, Tennessee. With the end of 1918, the dramatic social and political changes of the “Roaring Twenties” began to unfold. Come see what the streets of LaGrange, and the ladies’ fashions, looked like in 1918. Hear the music, and only see the silent movies, while viewing our exhibit 1918 LaGrange: Before the Roar.