Feb. 7, 1930: By this date Iowa’s state funds were “near exhaustion.” Appanoose County reflected the whole. The county’s pauper fund was overdrawn. By late 1931 so was the general fund. The District Court processed more default cases. There were more foreclosures. There were more auctions. People sold their stocks and bonds from the south door of the Courthouse. Ten stores on the Square closed. Cars were not selling. Garage dealers were declared bankrupt. Owners stored their cars to avoid paying the tax. Wages for most people were cut. For two years — 1929 and 1930 — no advertisements appeared in the Centerville High School yearbook. In 1933 there was no yearbook at all. Local photographer R.C. Link took every senior’s photograph free of charge. (335-6)
Justice of the Peace D.W. Bryan resigned saying his office was not generating enough income to justify continuing.