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20s - Economic Growth Boom
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1920s: Economic Growth Boom

​The 1920s in America was a decade of vast economic growth. The labor shortage and need for increased production during WWI fueled a need for more efficient production methods. Technology improved standardized mass production with better machinery in factories, causing higher productivity and wages, stimulating demand for goods.

By 1923 classes included mechanical drawing and shop arithmetic, carpentry, sheet metal, millinery, cooking, sewing, letter writing, spelling, hygiene, citizenship, accounting, secretarial practices, office machines, academic work, and telegraphy. Chippewa Falls ran a separate machine shop behind the old high school.

That decade classes were added in home nursing, salesmanship, commercial law, agriculture lab, elements of banking, physical culture for girls, English for new Americans, papermaking, industrial safety, and agriculture, and a coordination program began for rehabilitation education. Eau Claire was among the first cities in the state to have daytime industrial classes.


Women receive voting rights.
First commercial radio broadcast occurs in Pittsburgh. University of Wisconsin begins voice broadcasts on public radio in 1921.
Chippewa Falls’ machine shop is located behind the old high school.
Wisconsin passes legislation requiring school attendance until age 18. Forty-one vocational schools nationwide serve more than 300,000 students.
Insulin is discovered.
Eau Claire uses space for agricultural classes in the Senior High School on Doty Street.
Harley Brook becomes Director of Eau Claire’s Board of Vocational Education
Invention of sliced bread modernizes food production. Discovery of penicillin advances medical science.
Stock market crashes.