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A look back

By Staff
Researched by Dr. Bill Stewart
Mayor-elect Dwight Tankersley joins a long line of distinguished men honored by the citizens of Hartselle with both the honor and the responsibility of leading this community as "his honor, the mayor."
2002 -September 2, Mayor Clifton R. Knight aspires to provide the highest quality professional leadership for Hartselle. He plans to successfully complete 40 credit hours of training conducted or endorsed by the Alabama League of Municipalities. The work will be related to the critical functions of local government.
1945 -September 3, Mayor W. T. Stewart wants Hartselle to be a much cleaner community. He is urging all business establishments and residents to tidy up their premises and collect all rubbish so that it can be picked up and removed by the garbage truck.
1952 -September 4, Attorney Grady J. Long (later Hartselle mayor) is serving as manager of the municipal election and says that there will be four boxes at which citizens may conveniently cast their ballots for mayor and members of the city council.
1920 -September 5, As a result of the leadership of Mayor J. L. Day, Hartselle now has an impressive new city hall. The new seat of government was formerly the First National Bank, which Mayor Day acquired for a mere $20,000 last winter.
1948 -September 6, While serving as mayor of Hartselle, Mr. Steve Nelson, who is now soon to go out of office, purchased two fire trucks for the city. Mayor Nelson first served as chief executive of Hartselle in 1928-32. He is now finishing a second term through a vacancy and was appointed by the city council.
1900 -September 7, Mayor C. H. Cooper sees as one of his primary responsibilities the apprehension and prosecution of those who are defying the prohibition law in Hartselle. The purveyors of illegal liquor will have to stop their business of disorder and violation if the good citizens of Hartselle sustain him.
1955 -September 8, Mayor John O. Burleson has taken the leadership in seeing to it that the approximately 18,000 impoverished Morgan Countians who are eligible for free surplus food commodities get what they need and deserve. Last week, Mayor Burleson received a carload of butter; this week he got a carload of dry milk solids. Items en route include dried beans, rice, shortening, and cheese.