Clay County Democrat
Editor, O.T. Ward
February 13, 1936
PITTMAN TO RUN
FOR CITY MAYOR
HAS BEEN MEMBER
OF CITY COUNCIL
FOR PAST TWO YEARS
In this week's issue of the Democrat we are authorized to announce the candidacy of Grover Pittman for the office of mayor of the City of Rector, in the election to be held in April.
Mr. Pittman has been a member of the city council of the City of Rector for two years, and has been actively connected with its working conditions during that time.
He asked us to state that it will be his purpose to see that the city ordinances are duly enforced, and that he will give his entire time to the duties of the office, in an effort to keep the business of the city in good shape.
Mr. Pittman is a World War veteran, having gone overseas and did his bit as best he could.
He also asked us to state that he would make no rash promises, but that if elected to the office of Mayor that he would give each and every person equal justice as he saw it, regardless of social standing.
Mr. Pittman has resided in and around Rector since 1907 and is well and favorably known to most of the voters, and he will make an effort to lay his claim before each and every voter by the time the election is held.
Grover Pittman was born in Northeast Arkansas in July of 1889, the son of John W. and Annie Pittman. This Pittman family moved around fairly often, living in the Senath, Mo., area by 1900, when Grover was 12 years old, and then in St. Francis, Ark., by 1910.
In 1914, Grover was still living in St. Francis and was 24 years old when he married 21-year-old Clara Lewis, who lived in Dunklin County, Mo. Your writer believes that when Grover's father, John W. Pittman, died in 1916, the family had moved to the Rector area. Plus, Grover's WWI military registration card from 1917 indicates that Grover was a resident of Rector at that time. Grover and his mother, Annie, both listed as widowed in the 1920 census, continued to live in Rector. Annie would marry E.L. Lavely, also of Rector, later in 1920.
Grover's second wife was widow Mary Graham Harris Sargent, the daughter of James D. Harris and Nancy Jane Warbritton of Greenway. I couldn't find their marriage date, nor could I find Grover and Mary in the 1930 Clay County census.
We do know that Grover and Mary were living in Rector by 1934, as Grover made his first attempt at being Mayor of Rector in that year, and he lost the election to Bruce McCord. And yes, our news item indicates that he ran again in 1936 against Mayor McCord, and Grover would once again come out on the "short end" of the votes.
By 1940, Grover and wife, Mary Graham Harris, had moved to Greenway and were operating a restaurant and grocery there. Your writer was not able to find more information about this couple until they died, Grover in 1957 and Mary in 1961. They are both buried in Mitchell Cemetery at Greenway.
I did not find obituaries for Grover nor for Mary, so I do not know whether they had any children. Any further information on the Pittman family would be appreciated.