Greene County Arkansas
Centennial Edition Section 1
8--Section 1, Centennial Edition Paragould Daily Press, Monday, August 29, 1983
Paragould City Hall 1929: Firefighters pose with the city's two engines in front of the city hall-fire station on North Pruett. From left are: John Butler, Guy McAllister G. W. "Bun" Miller, Pete Kitchens, Claud Highfill, George Rechtin, Ben Gregg, Ralph Nesler, E. O. Newsom, Ed Stanton, G. A. "Tuff" Baker and fire chief Jim Taylor with Leo Schmuecker in the background near the station entrance. On the far left can be seen a portion of the bandstand that graced the city park at the southeast corner of Pruett and Poplar. City Hall remained at this site until it was moved into the old Dickson Memorial Hospital in 1950.
Early Paragould Petitioners
The petition seeking incorporation of the town of Paragould was submitted to County Clerk R. H. Gardner at the Gainesville courthouse on Jan. 15, 1883 , by John B. Boykin and D. B. Warren legal representatives of the 77 petitioners.
County Judge John
Osteen heard the petition on March 3, 1883 "and ordered that said
territory described in the within petition be organized as prayed for
and that said town be incorporated according to law."
Paragould had just gotten its first paved streets
This crew appears to be laying a water line along a street
identified as being North Pruett near its intersection with Plum
Street. The cryptic hand-written legend on the back of this
photograph reads simply: "Herbert Thompson,
Livestock on the loose was a constant problem in Para-gould's early years. This pig was photographed ambling across Main Street in the direction of the Bertig brothers' homes. Most city residences at the times had fences -- wood or wire -- mainly to keep livestock, including cattle, from trespassing. A hotly-contested referendum election was said to have been held on an ordinance banning pigs from Pruett Street, with opponents of the measure arguing that the animals provided sanitary benefits by eating the garbage and sewage dumped in the streets.
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