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Bethlehem Timeline — 1900 through 1924
1901 First Free Public Library founded. Charles Schwab purchases the Bethlehem Steel Company.
1904 Consolidation of West Bethlehem with Bethlehem. Large influx of immigrants begins, from Central, Southern & Eastern Europe.
1915 Semi-Centennial of the Borough of South Bethlehem.
1918 Consolidation of Bethlehem, South Bethlehem and West Bethlehem. Archibald Johnston becomes 1st mayor; begins practice of annual mayor's report. Charles Schwab appointed Director General of Emergency Fleet Corporation.
1919 Bethlehem Community Chest incorporated.
1921 Hotel Bethlehem opens.
1922 Liberty High School built. James M. Yeakle becomes 2nd Mayor of Bethlehem.
1924 Hill to Hill bridge opens.
Excerpted in part from: Cressman, Austin M. Historical Bethlehem 1741-1950. c1941.