The Odessa Record -

By Terrie Schmidt-Crosby
The Record 

This Week in Odessa History

Week of Dec. 24


Last updated 1/20/2021 at 2:50pm

100 years ago

Dec. 24, 1920

The Town of Odessa received one of the finest Christmas presents ever given a municipality of its size in the dedication of the new Community Hall [Editor’s note: Known today as the Old Town Hall] with a Christmas tree, and the interest shown exceeded expectations. Seating capacity of the new auditorium is 500, but the actual count by W.H. Luher, a local merchant, as the people left the hall showed that there were over 1100 people at the community tree. Not anticipating such a crowd, the Christmas tree committee had only mad arrangements for Christmas packages...

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