Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

April 8, 2014

A.C. history by Enfys McMurry


The Daily Iowegian

---- — April 8, 1931-3: As banks closed and stores went out of business, state salaries were cut — so were grants to universities, institutions and hospitals. The salaries of Centerville’s mayor and all city employees were cut by 20 percent. Centerville School Board reduced the salaries of its teachers by 5 percent. Clarence McCracken, the Appanoose County superintendent, dropped $100 from his own salary. The manager of the Western Union office on South Main received instruction from headquarters that all money orders were not to exceed $50. Justice of the Peace D.W. Bryan resigned saying his office was not generating enough income to justify continuing. 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 offered a substitution. He took every senior’s picture free of charge. (335-336)