March 20, 1929: With the Depression, the number of transients increased. They were not “bums” allergic to work. These were “hoboes.” They were men out of work and seeking employment. Many appeared respectable, clean, timid about asking for aid. They offered services in exchange for food. Jim Spooner, the night watchman, had the most contact with them. Throughout the winters he ran one of Centerville’s “hobo hotels” — the heated City Council’s chambers. The room had two nicknames: “Spooner Hotel” and “The Walled Off Astoria.” Arriving transients collected newspapers from the mayor’s office, spread them as mattresses on the pine board floor and rolled their coats for pillows. There was a separate room with a toilet, mirror, hot and cold water, soap and towels.(340-341)
By: Enfys McMurry
Restrict alley travel
Due to the current condition of our alleys, the city of Centerville recommends alleys be used for emergency travel purposes only. Also during this time the parking restrictions on Drake from Maple to Sheridan will be lifted. Finally, the city of Centerville encourages residents to not park on their front lawns to comply with the SUDAS ordinance. Your patience during this time is greatly appreciated.
Mayor Jan Spurgeon