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Electric lights were introduced to the town. The 1926 town report notes that several homeowners had installed electric stoves and refrigerators.


Local policemen received twenty-five cents an hour for their services, and the town maintained a lock-up in the basement of the Central Fire House, on Middle St. where the prisoners were fed a breakfast of beans and coffee from Watson’s (a restaurant on West Main St.)


When America entered WWI, ninety-five Georgetown men saw service. Five men died serving their country: Rene J. Gagnon, Joseph Tidd, Bryant Brown, Harry Murch and Edward Nolin.


In the Second World War, two hundred and twenty-six Georgetown men were enlisted in the armed forces, more than ten percent of the town’s population. Eight of these men died while in the service, and their names are inscribed on a monument that was in front of the Peabody Library until its renovation. Its future resting place is to be determined. The men who died were S/Sgt. John E. Adams, Pvt. Neill C. Aiken, Cadet Edward A. Dunlap, Jr., Capt. Ralph Keeler, Pvt. Arthur E. Parkhurst, 3/c William R. Walker, P.F.C. Orin W. Woodman and Lt. Clarence E. Rice.

The Rene J. Gagnon Post 211, American Legion, was chartered on September 22, 1919. Georgetown Barracks 1914, Veterans of World War I, was instituted on January 22, 1963. Georgetown Post, 7608, Veterans of Foreign Wars, was instituted on February 3, 1963.

From Jane Field's A Brief History of Georgetown

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