1920s Timeline

December 16, 1929

Prohibition agents raid a house on Dartmouth and destroy a moonshine operation, dumping illegally made liquor and smashing glass bottles and jugs used to store the liquor.


Lamphere School rebuilt; now is part of Hiller Elementary.


Kroger opens grocery store at 11 Mile and Hampden.


First grocery store opens - Wood's Grocery and Meats at 629 W 11 Mile. Herman Herring opens a hardware store next door and George's Barber Shop opens next to the hardware store.


Doc Murray's Drug Store opens at 10 Mile and John R.


Edison School built at 27321 Hampden. The name of Kendall School, 26060 Wolverine, is changed to Roosevelt School.


First bank in the city, City Bank, opens.


Madison School District becomes a graded district, run by a five-member school board.


Schools in the district include Blanche Villa (now Edison Elementary), Vandenberg (at 11 Mile and Hales, formerly known as Koss School), Oakland (later annexed to Royal Oak), Kendall (now Roosevelt Elementary), Madison, and Monroe.

September 1924

Madison High School built. The building later became Wilkinson Junior High when a new high school was constructed. The first class - consisting of two pupils - graduated in 1929.


Lamphere School District Number 4 establishes a library.

August 1920

Section 23 of Royal Oak Township is subdivided between 10 and 11 Mile Roads. It's the township's first subdivision.


Mabel Baldwin becomes the first elected official of Royal Oak Township, when she wins an election for township treasurer.