Clay County Democrat
Editor, Wendell Crow
December 25, 1958
Our column this week sends a 1958 Merry Christmas from the city officials of Rector. Second term Mayor, William H. Ahlf, moved to Rector from the Hopewell Community in the late 1920's. His children, by his first wife, Emma Wyatt, were Chester and Lola Ahlf
Recorder, Bowen Janes, was born in Rector. He and his wife, Polly Parrott, had two children, Mary Lee and Debbie Janes. Mr. Janes began in this city job in 1947. City Treasurer, Allene Bucy Crews, was in her 10th year at this job. She grew up in Rector and married Elbert Crews. They were the parents of Ruth Mildred and Jimmy Crews. Allene was widowed in 1946.
The City Attorney, Verlin E. Upton, grew up in West Virginia, moved westward to Paragould for one year, and then to Rector in 1925. He and his first wife, Norma Holifield, did not have children. In 1944, Mr. Upton married Mrs. Majie Stewart of Piggott. City Marshal, Hershel J. Hobbs, was the oldest son of Hershel H. Hobbs and wife, Ruth Stephens. His first term as Marshal began in 1953. Your writer does not know the names of the children of Hershel J. and his wife, Verla Christopher Hobbs.
Ira Sides, the Water Superintendent, was married to Venie Trantham. Their children were Melda and Muriel Sides. Mr. Sides had been the "water super" for at least 10 years. Claude Fielder and wife, Gladys, were the parents of a son, Rockey Fielder. Claude began serving as the Rector Fire Chief in July of 1953.
"Cupie" Mack and George Albert Glaub were in their second term as Alderman, and Donald Lamb and Earl Lyles were new to their elected jobs.
Can any of our readers offer further information?