Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Fiscal Court Meeting Jan. 29, 1929

The Crittenden County House before it was taken down in 1961 and a new modern one built. The present court house, no longer modern, was new and modern in it's day but it sure lacks the character and historical value that this one had.

From the archives of The Crittenden Press let's go back to January 1929 and see what is happening at the Fiscal Court meeting.

January 29, 1926

Judge L. E. Waddell called the magistrates of the county to a meeting of the fiscal Court and presided over the deliberations of the day.

Though the day was bitter cold, following one of the heaviest snow storms of the winter, every member was present except J. L. Rankin, of Fords Ferry. Long disagreeable rides on horseback, or in a buggy, held no terrors for these staunch men who had promised to look after the financial interests of the county for the next four years.

From way out near Rosebud came Squire W. A. Newcom; T. H. Chandler from near Sugar Grove; from Dycusburg neighborhood came C. B. Daughtrey; C. H. Bealmear from near Levias; U. S. Graves came in from his home in the Oak Hall community; P. P. Paris from hear Hill Springs and W. H. Hardesty from the Tolu section. (The communities of Dycusburg and Tolu are about seventeen miles from Marion. Quite a journey on a cold winter's day on a horse or even in a buggy.)

The new members of the court, after the first few minutes to get adjusted, conducted themselves like veterans in the discussion of the county affairs.

Considerable time was spent in the adjustment of claims for fencing the right of way of the Federal Highway, which were all satisfactorily adjusted. A considerable number of minor claims were also allowed.

County Clerk, D. A. Lowery, looked after the clerical duties connected with the meeting, and County Attorney Edward D. Stone was present in his official duty.

Though this was the first meeting of this new court under County Judge Waddell, he presided over the session as quietly and calmly as if he had spent a lifetime presiding over such meeting.

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