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Dedication of the City Building Asheville NC

Dedication of the City Building Asheville NC, [Cover designed by Douglas Ellington]
D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, UNC at Asheville 28804
Title Dedication of the City Building Asheville NC
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Creator Jarrett's Press Inc, The Champion Fibre Company, Leigh Edwin Gill and Douglas D. Ellington
Subject Keyword Asheville, NC ; city and architecture; Asheville, NC ; City Building ; Douglas Ellington ; 
Subject LCSH Ellington, Douglas 
Asheville City Buildings in Western North Carolina (U.S.)
Architecture -- North Carolina
Architects -- North Carolina
North Carolina -- Asheville City History
Asheville (N.C.) -- Architecture
Date digital 2004-02-26
Publisher Jarrett's Press Inc.

The Champion Fibre Company, Leigh Edwin Gill and Douglas D. Ellington

Type Source type: Booklet, 12 pages 
Format [digital] image/jpeg/text ; [booklet] 13 pages : illustration, photographs, text
Source SpecColl F261 .W4 1880 
Language English
Relation E.M. Ball Photographic Collection, UNCA ; Edgar M. Lyda Collection, UNCA
Coverage temporal March 19, 1928
Coverage spatial Asheville, NC
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Description Dedication program of the City Building of Asheville, NC. Exercises March 19th, 1928. Includes information on the Contractors, the architect, Douglas Ellington, a brief history of Asheville, pictures of the leaders in the two administrations under which the City Hall was built, and a roster of City Commissioners from 1849 (prepared by Gallatin Roberts).
Acquisition 2003-05-01
Citation  D. H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804
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Exercises March 19th, 1928




Formal Opening and Dedication of City Hall Asheville, North Carolina


Gallatin Roberts, Mayor—Master of Ceremonies. Mayor and Commissioners Reception to the Public. Music on the Mezzanine Floor. General Inspection of the Building:

Elevators to 8th floor and stairways or elevators down to any desired floor.

Eighth floor—Rotunda and tower.

Seventh floor—Engineering Department.

Sixth floor—U. S. Forestry, Geological Survey and G. S. Park Commission.

Fifth floor—Unassigned.

Fourth floor—Public Welfare and Laboratories.

Third floor—Public Works & Safety Departments,

Second floor—Mayor's office, Public Accounts, Council Chamber.

First floor—Tax and Water Departments, Carolina Motor Club, Reception rooms.

Assistants on each floor will be pleased to guide and explain.

Souvenir booklets distributed by: Hall Fletcher High School David Millard High School Misses Ovedia Hammond Misses Aileen Stikeleather Mildred Jones Catharine Wright Virginia Jarrett Catharine McNeely




General Illumination of Building Dedication Ceremonies in Council Chamber, 8:45


America ...................................................................... Orchestra

Invocation.......................................................Dr. R. F. Campbell

Address....................................................Mayor Gallatin Roberts

Stars and Stripes Forever...............................................Orchestra

Address................................................Ex-Mayor John H. Cathey


Introduction of Visiting Mayors...................Mayor Gallatin Roberts

Southern Medley.,..........................................................Orchestra

National Anthem ............................................................Orchestra

Music Mezzanine floor by Dunn's Orchestra.

Music Eighth floor by Asheville High School Orchestra.

Souvenir booklets distributed by:

Hall Fletcher High School David Millard High School

Misses Lillian Jones Misses Kristine Gaither

Willie Henderson Martha Sue Buttrick

Margaret Byerly Sara Ownbey


At 12:00 midnight, lights extinguished, beginning at top floor, ending with front lanterns. One minute intervals.


Music by Dunn's Orchestra.


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Miller Engineering Corporation, General Contractor,


Siuder Bros., Asheville, N. C.t Plumbing Contractor.

Pickard & Co., Asheville, N. C., Heating Contractor.

Otis Elevator Co., Drhumor Bldg., Asheville, N, C., Elevator Contractor.

General Fireproofing Go., (B. L. Ownbey, representative) Youngs-town, Ohio, Steel Furniture Equipment.

Southern Desk Co., Hickory, N. C., Special Furniture.

Sikes Co., 23rd & Passyunk St., Philadelphia, Pa., Chairs.

Asheville Supply & Foundry Co., Asheville, N. C., Structural Steel.

Truscoo Steel Co., Youngstown, Ohio, Reinforcing & Metal Joists.

Georgia Marble Co., Marietta, Ga., Exterior & Interior Marble.

Atlantic Marble & Tile Co., Charlotte, N. C., Tile & Terrazzo.

Atlantic Terra Cotta Co., New York City, Architectural Terra Cotta.

Shuman Roofing Co., Charlotte, N. C., Roofing & Sheet Metal.

Metal Door & Trim Co., La Porte, Ind., Metal Doors.

Richey Browne & Donald, Long Island City, Metal Windows.

Thos. Moulding Brick Co., Chicago, 111., Composition Floors.

Chavannes Lumber Co., Knoxville, Term., Millwork.

Bussard & Co., Washington, D. C., Plastering.

O. K. Nestor, Norfolk, Va., Painting.

Virginia-Carolina Electrical Works, Norfolk, Va., Electric Work.

Biddle-Gaumer Co., Philadelphia, Pa., through Electrolier Company, Asheville, N. C., Electrical Fixtures.

J. D. Wilkins, Greensboro, N. C., Ornamental Sc Miscellaneous Iron.

Southern Steel & Cement Co., Asheville, N. C., Brick.

Lee Barrett, Asheville, N. C., Lathing.

Central Glass Co., Bristol, Va., Glazing.

Yale & Towne Mfg. Co., Stanford, Conn., (Brown Hardware Co., Asheville, N. C., representatives) Hardware.

Anchor Fireproofing Co., Detroit, Michigan, Fireproofing.

York Ice Machine Co., York, Pa., (Siuder Bros., Asheville, N. C., representatives) Ice Water Circulating System.

Johnson Service Co., New York City., Temperature Control.

Kewanee Boiler Co., Kewanee, 111., Boilers.

Spencer Turbine Co., Hartford, Conn.,. (Siuder Bros., Asheville representative) Vacuum Cleaner System.

Curtis Lighting, Inc., Chicago, 111., & Beardslea, Chicago, 111., Commercial Lighting Fixtures.

E. F. Hauserrnan Co., Cleveland, Ohio, (Rutherford & Atkinson, Asheville representatives) Metal Partitions.


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[Pictured] Douglas D. Ellington, Architect

American Institute of Architects

Society of Beaux-Arts Architects of New York

Beaux-Arts Institute of Design

Paris Prize—Rougevin Prize


The Architecture


Creative architectural design becomes possible only after past expression in architecture has been mastered. With this background fully understood it becomes possible for the architect to turn his eyes to the future. Originality in architecture, however, to be acceptable, must not be forced and must not be merely a revolt against tradition; and above all things it must be honest, which means that it must possess simplicity.

In the problem of the new City Building of Asheville the designer made a close study of Ashe-ville and its environs, what nature had done here and what man had added to it. The designer then discussed at length with the officials who had the project in hand, its site, its uses, its magnitude and the money appropriation available. Within twenty-four hours following this discussion a design was conceived and a sketch made. This first sketch contained all of the elements which have been carried into the final structure, except that the roof treatment and tower was projected beyond the point as first indicated, this coming about as an evolution of the desire that the contours of the building reflect the mountain background and that the building be equally presentable from all points of view, above and below.

The desire was to have the structure emerge from the ground in fortress-like strength and ascend to its full height with a sense of verticality

and inevitability. Throughout the making of the plans the material to be employed was in mind; the particular marble, brick and terra cotta having been selected to embrace a transition of shades paralleling the natural colors of the local Asheville soil. The details in connection with the marble and the brick were deliberately confined to the greatest simplicity, the more ornate capping motifs having been equally deliberate and having been studied in the light of the distance from the eye. All openings were of course studied with a view to having them conform to the general spirit sought for. The prevailing ornament, which may be described as a feather motif, was devised as being lightly reminiscent of the Indian epoch.

The interior arrangement of the building has been worked out on the basis of the greatest and most convenient use of areas. The interior painting and ornamental plaster and woodwork has been carried out in tones agreeable to the eye in the working spaces and restful and inviting in the special offices and rooms. The equipment, such as elevators, lighting fixtures, metal partitions and similar items, have been designed with harmony in mind. This aim has also guided the design and selection of the furnishings. The mural paintings for the council chamber are in subjects symbolizing the historical background of Asheville.


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"A Brief History of Asheville"

by Hon. Gallatin Roberts

Asheville was founded by John Burton in the year 1794. It was called Morristown for a while. John Burton was in fact a City Planner. He laid out a part of the grant which he secured from the State into forty-two (42) lots of one-half acre each, established streets thirty-three feet wide, and sold many of these lots for $2.50 each. (On the 2nd day of June, 1922, one of Asheville's streets was named for John Burton, and is known as Burton Street) This new town was sometimes called Buncombe Courthouse. In the year 1797 it was incorporated, and called Asheville, named for Samuel Ashe, an eminent jurist.



"An Act establishing a town at the court house in the county of Buncombe."


"Whereas, it is represented to this General Assembly that the establishing a town at the court house in Buncombe County would be of great utility and accord with the desire of the inhabitants of said county, and there being a number of lots already laid off at the said court house, and Zebulon Baird, Esq., the proprietor of lands adjoining the same, having signified his consent to lay off as much more land as will amount to sixty-three acres, including said lots for the purpose aforesaid.


"1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, that the aforesaid sixty-three acres of land be and the same is hereby constituted and established, a town by the name of Asheville, and that John Jarrett, Samuel Chunn, William Welch, George Swain and Zebulon Baird, Esq., be and they are hereby appointed, commissioners for the purpose of carrying into effect the plan of said town and disposing of the lots in such a manner as they or a majority of them shall think advisable; Provided, nevertheless, that nothing in this act shall be construed so as to prevent Zebulon Baird from having the power and right of executing titles of such lots as are yet not disposed of.


"2. And be it further enacted that, in all matters and things relative to said town a majority of the commissioners shall constitute a quorum, and in case of death, refusal to act, incapacity or removal of any of them, the remaining commissioners shall fill up such vacancies; and that their first meeting shall be held on the fourth Saturday in January, next, when they shall proceed to appoint a treasurer, who

shall be of their own body, and when chosen shall be considered as chairman, and into whose hands all monies collected for the use of said town shall be paid; and he shall give bond with sufficient security, payable to the remaining commissioners for the due application and accounting for all monies by him received; and it shall be considered his duty to cause all the laws, rules and regulations made for the order and government of the said town to be carried into effect.


"3. And be it further enacted that the said commissioners or a majority of them shall have full power and authority to make such by-laws and regulations as they may think necessary for the good government of said town and shall have and possess the same powers and authorities usually given to like commissioners, and such rules and regulations as they make shall be carried into effect by such penalties as they may deem necessary,


"4. And be it further enacted that the commissioners aforesaid shall be empowered to lay tax annually not exceeding the demands necessary for said town, either on the poll or the value of town property, or both if necessary, which tax shall be levied and collected in such manner as the said commissioners may direct."



For the next fifty years the growth of Asheville was exceedingly slow, and but little is known of the activities of the little municipality. From the time Asheville was incorporated up and until the year 1849, the town was governed by Commissioners elected from time to time, probably at irregular intervals.

Today we have no official minutes of the various town administrations of our City until the year 1849. On July 24, 1849, James M. Smith, James N. Patton, N. W. Wood-fin, Wm. D. Rankin, and M, Patton were elected Commissioners.

As far as we have any records to show, this board made the first effort to adopt rules and regulations to govern its deliberations and its official actions.

Isaac B. Sawyer was the first Mayor of Asheville. He was the father of the late James P. Sawyer.

Andrew Erwin was Asheville's first Postmaster. He came to Asheville from Wilkes County. In 1814 he removed to the state of Georgia.


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In 1806 George Swain, who lived at the head of Beaverdam Creek, was Postmaster. His second son, David L. Swain, became Judge, Governor, and President of the State University. Samuel Chunn was Chairman of the Buncombe County Court. From him Chunn's Cove took its name.


The first Court House erected in Asheville was built of logs and stood at the head of Patton Avenue, not far from where Vance Monument now stands.


The Legislature in 1849 passed an Act extending the corporate limits of Asheville. At this time there were not more than twenty-five residences and five brick buildings in Asheville. The old Presbyterian Church was on the site of the present one on Church Street, the Methodist Church property extended from Patton Avenue and Church Street to the Aston property, the old Episcopal Church on the site of the present Trinity Church, and the Jail stood on the east margin of what is now Pack Square.


In 1850 the white population of Asheville did not exceed three hundred, with probably one hundred seventy-five negro slaves.


In 1851, the Legislature incorporated the Asheville and Greenville Plank Road Company. This plank road was between Asheville and Greenville, S. C., and contributed much toward Asheville's growth. At the close of the war between the States this plank road was in very bad condition, and in the year 1866 the Charter of the Plank Road Company was repealed.

After the building of this turnpike, Asheville became a health resort and people came to Asheville from all parts of the South.


It is interesting to know that on the 28th day of March, 1855, Zebulon B. Vance was elected town Commissioner of Asheville, and served for one year. On the 4th day of February, 1861, R. B. Vance was elected town Commissioner of Asheville. Later in life these two brothers became famous. Zebulon B. Vance was elected Congressman, Governor, and United States Senator, and R. B. Vance served in Congress many years with distinction.

An inspection of the Minute Books of the City of Asheville fails to show anything of particular interest from 1861 until several years after the Civil War.


In the month of March, 1865, the Court House was burned. It stood near where Vance's Monument now stands. At this time the Court room was full of prisoners. The fire was first discovered in the top of the building by the guards. The fire had burned the cords of the weight-clock, and the weights which were very heavy dropped through three floors. This fire caused great excitement, and Otto Hildebrand dashed through the town on horseback crying, "The Yankees are here, and old Ashtown is burning up." This was before the day of water works in Asheville. The public well was near where the Jackson Building now stands, and during the progress of the fire the prisoners were taken out of the building, and huddled in the street under guard. The building was burned to the ground. Many of the records in the Court House were saved by H. S. Walton, Silas Stroup, and John Wilson, and other citizens. Buckets were taken from the Confederate Government Commissary, located where the Plaza Theatre now stands, and a bucket brigade attempted to carry water from the old well, above mentioned, to save the Court House and other buildings on old South Main Street.


The Board which was elected in January, 1869, fixed the tax rate as follows:

Each $100.00 worth of personal property.................16

Each $100.00 worth of real property.........................20


This Board also authorized its Secretary to "correspond with parties where India rubber or leather buckets could be procured to be used for carrying water in case of fire." They taxed all stores where silver and gold canes were sold twenty-five cents each respectively. During this administration the Board meetings were held in the private office of the Mayor, Thos. D. Johnston, and he was allowed twenty-five dollars per year for use of same. This is mentioned only for the purpose of showing conditions then and now.


We forget, or do not realize, how fast Asheville has grown during the last half century. The outstanding achievement of the Board of Commissioners elected in 1871, was the building of a calaboose for the sum of $200.00, and increasing the tax rate from .16 cents to .30 cents upon personal property.

About this time, Goodson M. Roberts had a large store...

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Three photographs of "The Former Administration":

John H. Cathey (Mayor),

Frank L. Conder (Commissioner of Public Works),

C. H. Bartlett (Commissioner of Public Safety)


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Three Photographs of "The Current Administration":

Gallatin Roberts (Mayor),

L. B. Rogers (Commissioner of Public Works),

C. H. Bartlett (Commissioner of Public Safety)


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...where the United Cigar Store now stands, and just back of this store was a farmer's Camping ground. There were no other buildings down to Church Street, except one small baker's shop.

An interesting event in those never-to-be-forgotten days was the arrival of the Stage Coach. The driver's bugle could be heard for miles. The arrival of the Stage created as much interest in those days as the arrival of a passenger train does in a small town now.

Judge James Henry lived just back of the present Bon Marche building, and had his stable on top of Battery Park Hill. That wonderful hill was a pasture fifty years ago. Many friends of nature and beauty were grieved to see the steam shovel biting into this old beauty spot known far and wide as "Battery Park". "You may break, you may shatter the vase if you will, but the scent of the rose will cling to it still."

In 1877, the Asheville Library Association asked for financial aid from the town and the request was respectfully refused for the reason that it had no authority to use public funds for such purposes. In 1879 The Asheville Public Library was started in a small way, and has grown to such an extent that now it is recognized as the leading library in North Carolina.

On the 28th day of February 1879, a great mass meeting was held in the Buncombe County Court House, and this meeting demanded that the City Officials issue $5,000.00 in bonds for the purpose of macadamizing Main Street.

Today we look with interest upon the early efforts of our fore-fathers to build a city.

On the 18th day of July, 1890, plans for the City Hall and Market House building were considered, and a special committee was appointed to go into the details of the construction of this new building. This building was soon afterwards constructed, and on August 26, 1892, the first meeting of the Mayor and Board of Alderman was held in the City Building at 5 o'clock P. M. This building was torn down in 1926.

In the year 1881, the first active steps were taken to secure a water supply for Asheville, and today we are still discussing the water situation.

In the year 1881, the first railroad train reached Asheville, and came over the Blue Ridge Mountains.

In the year 1882, under the administration of Col. V. S. Lusk, a Fire Department was organized. That is just a few days back as we count time.

At a meeting of the town Commissioners, May 14th, 1883, Dr. J. H. Williams was appointed to superintend the lighting of the street lamps, "and the town Marshal was authorized to procure a suitable place for empounding cattle that may be taken up for violation of ordinances."

On the 30th day of August, 1883, a jury was placed upon Chestnut Street for the purpose of widening same, and the jury awarded each property owner five cents as damages, and the report was duly approved by the Board.

In 1883 the Town of Asheville expanded and made the City of Asheville. The circle boundary was discarded, additional territory being annexed at the northeast and west. At the same time a strip of territory in the shape of a half moon, lying east of Beaucatcher mountain was dropped from the corporate limits.

In 1884 the Asheville Mission Hospital was opened in a five room house by a few noble women, who conceived the idea of such an institution.

On the 4th day of February, 1884, the City of Asheville purchased from Buncombe County the Jail property, where the old Market House formerly stood for the sum of $5,000.00.

In the year of 1885 was really an epoch in Asheville's history. The building of the Battery Park Hotel was an outstanding event, and was a great boom to Asheville, and in Sept. 1886, the City authorities passed an ordinance authorizing Asheville Street Railway Company to use the streets of Asheville for street railway service.


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9 dcb009 In 1886, the City of Asheville secured its water supply from the old pumping station on the Swannanoa river, near where the present Asheville Recreation Park is located. In the year 1902 the present North Fork sixteen inch main was built, and in 1920-21 the Bee Tree line was built. Both lines bringing a large supply of water into the City.

In 1887, the Asheville Female College was built. This institution meant much to Asheville in its day. It was located on Oak Street, where the David Millard High School now stands, and it was in 1887 that artificial gas was first used in Asheville.

The Asheville Normal & Associated Schools was established forty years ago, Oct. 5, 1887. The Normal department was added to this school is 1892, and during this time has graduated one thousand, two hundred and seventy teachers. During the past twelve years the course of study has been extended four years. This has built the Normal and Associated Schools up to a standard four years teacher's college, and now holds this rating as a standard teacher's college.

It is interesting to recall the early history of the Schools in Asheville. In January, 1888 six hundred white children started to school in an old building on Montford Avenue, known as the Asheville Military Academy, and one hundred and fifty negro children in an old wooden building on Catholic Hill. In the year 1888 Orange Street was at a cost of about $10,000. In the year 1892, a new building was provided at Montford Avenue, and Bailey Street, (now Ashland Avenue), was added to the list of Schools.

On the 21st day of October 1886, Grover Cleveland, then President of the United States, and Mrs. Cleveland visited Asheville and were enthusiastically received.

In the year 1888 the Southern Bell Telephone Company was granted permission to operate and maintain a general telephone business in Asheville. This system has grown tremendously, and today this company operates more than 12,000 telephones in Asheville.

An inspection of the minute Books of the City reveals that on the 6th of December 1889, a page was dedicated to the memory of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America. We are glad that this was done. The world is now leaning to appreciate the worth of this great man of unimpeachable, and one of the great men of history.

On the 17th day of October 1890, a building permit was issued for the First Baptist Church, corner of Spruce and College Streets. This Church building was just recently torn down and a fine new structure erected on the corner of Oak and Woodfin Streets.

In 1891 the Post Office was built.

On December 22, 1896, the corner stone for Vance Monument was laid with the North Carolina Grand Lodge of Masons officiating.

In 1905, the corporate limits of Asheville were again extended, making the city's area 5.60 miles , or the same as the city's present area lying on the east side of the French Broad river.

The Langreen Hotel was built in 1912, and Grove Park Inn in 1913.

In the year 1915 the Commission form of government was adopted, and in 1917 West Asheville was included in the corporate limits. West Asheville at that time was incorporated, so the move in 1917 was a merger of two incorporated cities, rather than a boundary expansion.

Since 1917 six new schools have been built, and another High School is under construction and today and the school Department is valued at $5,028,325.55.

In the last few years the Recreation Park, the McCormick Athletic Field, the Municipal Golf Course and the Athletic Stadium were built.

Since 1920, four modern fire stations have been constructed and full paid Fire Department added.

Asheville has shown a wonderful growth during the last decade. The real and personal property in Asheville is assessed at $104, 205, 000.00.

Today Asheville is one of the most outstanding communities in the State of North Carolina, and as the years come and go, our City will still continue to grow and develop.  

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Roster of City Commissioners from 1849

Prepared By Hon. Gallatin Roberts

July 24, 1849, James M. Smith, James W. Patton, N. W. Wood-fin, William D. Rankin, and Montraville Patton were elected Commissioners of the City of Asheville. James M. Smith was elected Chairman of the Board. At this meeting by-laws and regulations for governing the town of Asheville were adopted.

March 28, 1855, W. M. McDowell, A. T. Summey, Zeb. B. Vance, J. L. Smith and M. L. Ntilson were elected Commissioners.

April 18, 1857, Isaac B. Sawyer was elected Mayor, J. E. Pat-ton, A. S. Merrimon, W. M. Grains, and A. T. Summey, Commissioners.

April 24, 1858, Isaac B. Sawyer, was re-elected Mayor, E. Clayton, A. S. Merrimon, T. W. Atkins, J. B. Rankin, and Wm. D. Rankin, Commissioners.

April 16, 1860, E. J. Aston was elected Mayor, P. W. Roberts, G. B. Schackleford, Canada Cowan, Wm. A. Patton, Commissioners.

Feb. 4, 1861, Isaac B. Sawyer, Mayor, Wm. D. Rankin, J. F. E. Handy, G. W. Shackleford, R. B. Vance and P. W. Roberts, Commissioners.

Feb. 18, 1862, E. J. Aston was elected Mayor, A. S. Merrimon, Thomas W. Atkins, G. W. Shackleford, W. A. Patton, A. T. Summey, Commissioners.

March 2, 1866, Montraville Patton was elected Mayor, Wm. D. Hilliard, J. M. Israel, Hugh Johnston, and Isaac B. Sawyer, Commissioners. Mr. Patton resigned as Mayor, and J. W. Israel was elected.

Sept. 1, 1869, Oscar Eastmond was elected Mayor, Goodson M. Roberts, J. Hildebrand, S. K. Stanville, John Jones and Rev. T. Atkins, Commissioners.

Nov. 20, 1868, S. G. Kerr was elected Mayor, to fill out the unexpired term ot Mayor Eastmond, who resigned.

Jan. 4, 1869, Thomas D. Johnson was elected Mayor, Canada Cowan, Geo. T. Spears, James P. Sawyer, D. C. McGregor, and John B. Clayton were elected Commissioners, and on the 6th of January they were inducted into office.

January 3, 1870, M. E. Carter was elected Mayor, J. E. Rankin, D. C. McGregor, J. B. Clayton and Canada Cowan, Commissioners. Mr. Rankin was made Secretary of this Board.

May 1, 1871, John Jones was elected Mayor, M. L. Neilson, J. H. Lange, J. S. T. Baird, Wm. Weaver and John Hildebrand, Commissioners.

May 6, 1872, J. E. Rankin was elected Mayor, S. W. Burgin, J. W. Patterson, M. J. Fagg, J. M. Alexander and J. H. Lange, Commissioners.

Mayor Rankin was re-elected Mayor in May 6, 1873, Goodson M. Roberts, J. M. Alexander, G. W. Eve, F. M. Miller and M. J.

Fagg, Commissioners.

Mayor Rankin was again re-elected in 1874.

May 5, 1875, W. L. Milliard was elected Mayor, E. R. Hampton, A. E. Baird, Pinkney Rollins and W. A. Weddin and Goodson M.

Roberts, Commissioners.


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(Picture of the former City Hall replaced by new building and continuation of roster.)

May 10, 1876, J. E. Rankin was again elected Mayor, George Goodlake, Samuel Merrill, Pinkney Rollins and John Hampton, Commissioners.

May 9, 1877, A. T. Summey was elected Mayor, F. M. Miller, W, A. Weddin, G. W. Eve, John Clayton and Goodson M. Roberts, Commissioners.

May 6, 1879, A. T. Summey was re-elected Mayor, F. M. Miller, W. M. Cockera, W. A. Weddin, V. S. Lusk, and J. E. Rankin, Commissioners.

May 2, 1882, Col. V. S. Lusk was elected Mayor, F. M. Miller, J. E. Hampton, J, H. Williams, L. F. Sorrells and Newton Shep-pard, Commissioners.

Col. V. S. Lusk was re-elected Mayor in May 8, 1883, F. M. Miller, T. W. Patton, J. H. Williams, H. C. Hunt, Newton Shep-pard, J. E. Hampton and L. F. Sorrells, Commissioners.

May 6, 1884, E. J. Aston was elected Mayor, W. H. Penland, I. M. Gorenflo, T. C. Westall, J. P. Sorrells, and Wm. Weaver, Commissioners.

Mayor Aston was re-elected Mayor in 1885, Alonzo Rankin, Geo. F. Scott, J. L. Murray, I. M. Gorenflo, and N. W. Girdwood, Commissioners.

April 6, 1887, H. S. Harkins was elected Mayor, R. L. Fitz-patrick, F. M. Miller and W. E. Wolf, Alderman.

May 20, 1889, Charles D. Blanton was elected Mayor, J. H. McDowell, L. Pulliam and C. B. Leonard, Alderman.

May 18, 1891, Chas. D. Blanton was re-elected as Mayor, J. D. Brevard, T. C. Starnes, J. H. McDowell and C. B. Leonard at Alderman.

May 16, 1893, T. W. Patton was elected Mayor, B. H. Cosby, J. M. Gudger, H. F. Gudger, W. W. Jones, T. C. Starnes and J. M. Westall, Alderman.

May 20, 1895, Hon. T. F. Davidson was elected Mayor, M. H. Fletcher, D. D. Suttle, T. V. Terrill, W. A. Blair, Alderman.

May 18, 1896, William J. Cocke was elected Mayor, G. A. Mears, B. Burnette, Wm. Jones and D. D. Suttle, Alderman.

May 3, 1897, J. E. Rankin was elected Mayor, W. M. Hill, Geo. Scott, Samuel Kennedy, as Alderman, Alderman G. A. Mears, Wm. Jones and B. Burnette were re-elected.

May 16, 1898, F. M. Miller was elected Mayor, Capt. W. W. West, R. J. Sherrill, W. L. Connelly, J. H. Wood and A. Rankin, Alderman.

May 1, 1899, W. A. Blair was elected Mayor, S. T. Dorsett,

D. C. Waddell, Chas. T. Rawl, J. H. Wood and W. W. West, Alderman.

May 6, 1901, F. M. Miller, was elected Mayor, C. M. Baird, W. M. Hill, E. C. Chambers, Chas. T. Rawl, D. C. Waddell, and S. T. Dorsett, Alderman.

May 5, 1903, Chas. T. Rawl was elected Mayor, S. Lipinsky, W. F. Randolph, R. L. Fitzpatrick, C. M. Baird, W. M. Hill and

E. C. Chambers, Alderman.


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May 2, 1905, Alfred S. Barnard was elected Mayor, F. Stikeleatber, Benj. Burnctte, Robt L. Francis, W. F. Randolph, R. L.

Fitzpatrick, I. M. Jones, Herbert C. Allen, S. Lipinsky, and J. H. Wood, Alderman.

May 7, 1907, John A. Campbell was elected Mayor, J. H. Wood, Phillip C. Cocke, W. F. Randolph, J. Frazier Glenn, I. M. Jones, Robert L. Frances, Benj. Burnette and F. Stikeleather, Alderman.

May 4, 1908, John A. Campbell was re-elected Mayor, R. L. Fitzpatrick, Wm. R. Patterson, J. E. Hardin, J. J. Jones, J. H. Wood, J. Frazier Glenn, W. F. Randolph and Kingsland Van Winkle, Alderman.

May 2, 1911, J. E. Rankin was elected Mayor, R. L. Frances, C. W. Brown, A. V. Sites, W. E. Shuford, R. L. Fitzpatrick, and J. J. Jones, Alderman. (Commission form of government voted on but failed to be established at this election.)

May 6, 1913, J. E. Rankin was re-elected Mayor, W. E. Patterson, F. Stikeleather, W. E. Johnson, A. G. Barnett, A. B. Sites, W. F. Randolph and C. W. Brown, Alderman.

May 4, 1915, J. E. Rankin was re-elected Mayor, D. Hidcn Ramsey, Commissioner of Public Safety; J. G. Stikeleather, Commissioner of Public Works.

April 28, 1919, Gallatin Roberts was elected Mayor, R. J. Sherrill, Commissioner of Public Works; R. L. Fitzpatrick, Commissioner of Public Safety.

May 24, 1923, J. H. Cathey was elected Mayor, F. L. Conder, Commissioner of Public Works; C. H. Bartlett, Commissioner of Public Safety.

May 24, 1927, Gallatin Roberts was elected Mayor, L. B. Rogers, Commissioner of Public Works; C. H. Bartlett, Commissioner of Public Safety.


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[Back cover of booklet]

It was the good pleasure of


23 S. Lexington Ave.

To Print and Bind this booklet without cost to the City of Asheville.

By the generosity of Mr. Reuben B. Robertson, President,


Canton, North Carolina,

presented the paper used in the production of this booklet. The cover stock is "Champion Envelope Craft" and the inside is "Champion Bond," both manufactured in the company's big plant twenty miles West of Asheville.


8 1/2 Wall St. or 12-14 Government

Donated his services on the layout,

typography and design

DOUGLAS D. ELLINGTON drew the cover design


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