The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 1, 1936 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, July 1, 1936
Page 9
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^WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 1936 RLYTHEVILLE, (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Roimsaville Firs Mayor; Karly Record: Have Disappeared AHliough faete had been n vil 1 lagu liors (or some years, Blytlie vllle's official history dates from Ilic spring day in 1891, May 19. to be exact, when residents of Hie little community journeyed to Osceola tlic county seat, and presented a petition, signed liy as citizens, calling upon Hie county court to gran 1 a charter, creating the town of Ulytheville. The charter was granted anil the community actually became a corporate being with limited power to regulate its own affairs and those of Us resident.?, nut despite the relative "youth" of the city, which only recently entered upon Us 46111 official year, the first 10 ochl years of Its corporate existence are shrouded more or less in mystery— or nt least confusion—principally because the town's officials, if they kept any records at all, failed tr prepare nn<l keep them in perma- k nent form. Or. if they did. thr f records have since been destroyed Likely it is, however, that the town officials had little to occupy them for with the advent of the twentieth century the federal census (1300) gave Biytheville a population of only 302. Then the old St. Louis-Southeastern railroad, now part, of the Frisco, pointing toward Memphis, some 70 miles to the south, pushed its tracks southward to Blyt'neville and the town was soon a liirlvsns;, hustling community and shipping point for a vast timber area and there was ail influx of business men from other slates. J. T. Allison Second Marshal From about 1901 or 1902 the city's official evolution Is faily vv e!l recorded but back of that the fading memories of the years retained by the older residents must provide the record. Tt seems fairly certain t'nal Mack Rounsaville was the first mayor or head of the town, chartered In 1891. Tlic first law enforcement otlicei —or town marshal—has been forgotten, n seems, but J. V. Allison . who still lives here, served for a Short time as the town's second marshal. Two men who served as mayor of the town o f Blytheville after •'Rounsaville's term and before C. L Mitchell, it appears certain, were •Wallace Blylhc and Jack Bishop Prom i Mitchell to the present, the task' Is made easier by records ; ••most-of.-.wh.ith:.are-: c learly Icgible- ' though often lacking in details.. All ordinances passed by the town and , city councils, beginning with Mit- A clicll's time, are now being copied ^"and filed in permanently bound volumes as part of a WPA project. ..Mitchell apparently was inducted into office in early 1002, al.'" though it could have been 1901 •Minutes of council meetings • in those days, as recorded by Jini A. "Ashlin, town recorder anil a prominent .citizen, failed to disclose dates with the exception of one ordinance, No. 7, which was enacted, if a date inscribed in lead p2ii- cil is correct, in December, 1902. Sidewalk District Organized The town council was active in drafting laws by which the growing community was governed dur- '.. ing Mitchell's years in office (he served until about 1905) and the first ordinance of record at this numbered No. 1 and bears Ills signature and that of Aslilin It provided in simple words the style of all future laws to be enacted by the "Town Council of Blytheville." Probably the city's first improvement district ,wns organized while Mitchell was Mayor. Ordinance No 70 provided for Improvement District No. 1 for the purpose o! building sidewalks In a certain area within the town and for the levying of assessments. Tills method of building sidewalks appears to have been abandoned later, however, in favor of measures rcquirlnc; individual property owners to build sidewalks along their properties ,'• and prescribing penalties for lail- <, «rc to do so. i '' The first utility franchises grant- 1 cd by Blytheville were given almost f' concurrently in ID03 for the es- tablisTimenl and operation of a telephone exchange and system and a light plant and distributing sys- ' tern. The franchise granting R. c. Rose the exclusive rig'nt "to build, maintain and operate a telephone system" was granted n few days before the ligTit franchise was given S. E. Smith and W. w. HolliiKUr. Rose's franchise was for 10 years and the light franchise given Hol- lipster and Smith was (or 25 years H is interesting to note that even in 1903 the city demanded some concessions In granting franchises —something that Is not Included In any franchise In force at thir time—since ; Rose agreed to furnish the city with one free telephone for we of city officials and also agresil to Install a( nny time the council . ordered as iriany as tiiree free telephones nt places lo be designated by the councii for emergency use In reporting tiros. Sis Mile.rTop Speed Aniftng the ordinances of the ^city's early day^ that appear "musing.with tlid passing of years but were. certainly serious to the town's fathers iu\ the time was one prohibiting the) "fast and furi- r oiis" running of worses or other (Continued onVpage two) SECTION A PAGE 1 CJH S OUR (10VKRNMBNT— HOME FURNISHINGS MODERATELY PRICED MON .o ,, hll ' ln » the ! >;i " lw " >•«»•« In euconrutre RK'ITKK iS than kill Di'i-vinuslv teen dim? hi ;> K i>nenil!on. It has m v,, l.roYi.led the means hy which iudiw'rions dliwns may swire and liny for their homes. CITIZENSHIP— —sit its host, is a product of (he best humps. THIS STOKK YOU WILL— LIVING ROOM SUITES 2-piccc Living Room Suites in latest designs and coverings of Tapestries, Mohairs, etc., all priced low, quality and workmanship taken into consideration. More than a dozen different patterns from which you may choose. 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