THE ADVANCE REPORTER
The Advance Reporter's "Spotlight" invites you to meet Douglas
Bevins of Waldron. Doug is the superintendent of the city's water and
sewer department, and on April 27 he will have completed 25 years of
service as the head of the department. During this quarter of a century,
Waldron's water source has changed three times, from several wells to
Square Rock Lake which was completed in 1943, and to the new Lake Waldron
which was completed in 1964.
Doug was transferred to Waldron from Fayetteville in 1939 while in
the employ of the Southwestern Gas and Electric Company. He was a
"lineman." Due to injuries he received in a traffic accident he was unable
to continue this type of work. During CCC days he taught a class in
elementary electricity at Buck Knob CCC Camp.
Doug was asked by the City Council on April 27, 1942, to assume the
duties as head of the water and sewer department. City officials at that
time were James R. Cox, mayor; J.W. Black, recorder; Claud Harrison,
treasurer; E.T. Burnett, L.L. Thornton, Chas. W. Jones, Alton Rice, W.O.
Harrison, and Bethel Sherrill, members of the council.
In addition to his work with the water department, Doug is an active
member of The Waldron Volunteer Fire Department. The fire department
trucks are housed at the original water department facility where Doug
and his wife Avis have resided in an apartment on the second floor since
1942. He is a Mason and has served 14 years as secretary of the Lodge.
Both Doug and Avis are members of the Methodist Church. Doug also is the
reporter of area weather for the United States Weather Bureau.
With his complete dedication to his work and conservative management
of the department over a long period, Doug has an excellent record in the
administration and maintenance of the water system during its growth to
the present modern facility.
Thursday, March 30, 1967
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