South Main St Telephone Office Fire Today in Hanover and Dartmouth College History

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Michael Hinsley

February 8 1937

Today in Hanover and Dartmouth College History, February 8 1937, South Main St is visited by the ravages of fire. The building rebuilt to replace the Tontine building, after the January 4th 1887 fire that destroyed the east side of Main St are again are damaged by fire. The building held significant importance and revealed a dependency on the Telephone. The three telephone operators were rescued by a "salesman"  a young Dartmouth Student named John Rand Jr. John Rand Jr. may have been a recent arrival in Hanover, but the impact that Mr. Rand made still affects the Town and the College.

The East Side of South Main Street 1887

South Main St Hanover. When walking down the street look at the building and you can see where the sign and circular brick design were

Fire hose line advanced to the second floor to the Telephone Office attempting to extinguish the fire.

John Rand Jr. Dartmouth Undergraduate, Member of the 10th Mountain Division in World War 2, Director of the Dartmouth Outing Club and Oh Yeah a Hanover Firefighter!!!

Also on February 8th, 1881 the Estate of  Daniel Blaisdell on Elm Street, were Berry Library stands now was destroyed by fire. February 8th is not a good day historically to be in the insurance business in Hanover..

Photo credits and scrapbooks to Dartmouth College Rauner Library

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