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Through the Decades 1937

UMaine cabins circa 1937

The first Maine Day on May 1, 1935 was intended to lessen the rivalry between first-year and sophomore students; they planted trees and painted fences. Reginald Naugler was elected the first campus mayor.

South Hall, formerly the University Inn, opened in 1935 in Orono. It was the first cooperative self-help dormitory for female students.

Fire destroyed Oak Hall in January 1936.

A wildlife conservation course began in 1936.

In 1937, University cabins, which provided low-cost housing for students in need, were constructed. Students also could buy food and supplies at a cooperative store on campus.

The university celebrated its 75th Founders’ Day anniversary in 1940. A total of 2,100 students were enrolled at UMaine.

At a student assembly in 1942, President Arthur Hauck said, “No words of mine are needed to remind you this (World War II)  is a war for national survival.”

In 1943, student enrollment dropped from 2,200 to 1,300 due to male students leaving to serve in World War II. By the end of 1944, 69 alumni had died in the war.

A fire erupted in Wingate Hall in 1943. A university fire department formed, in part, because of the blaze.

In February 1944, two soldiers died and others were injured in a fire in Hamlin Hall.


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