M.F. Collier - Township

1915

 

TRANSCRIBED BY : TINA EASLEY

tina@grnco.net

http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ar/county/greene/

FROM THE WEEKLY SOLIPHONE

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APRIL 23 , 1915 - FRIDAY

HEAD AND SHOULDERS AMONG THE MANY STRONG CHARACTERS WHO HAVE LEFT THEIR IMPRESS UPON THE HISTORY OF GREENE COUNTY IS THE UNIVERSALLY BELOVED AND NOBLE HEARTED COL. M.F. COLLIER WHO SPENT THE BEST YEARS OF HIS LIFE AND NEARLY ALL HIS FORTUNE HERE . NO MAN WAS MORE THOUGHTFUL OF HIS FELLOWS THAN WAS COL. COLLIER AND CERTAINLY THE CITIZENSHIP OF THIS COUNTY NEVER HAD A BENEFACTOR WHOSE DEEDS OF KINDNESS WERE SO UNSELFISHLY AND EVEN LAVISHLY SCATTERED AS WERE THOSE OF COL. COLLIER. HIS LIFE AND CHARACTER ARE AN INSPIRATION TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH HIM , AND HIS NAME OUGHT TO BE KEPT BEFORE THE BOYS AND GIRLS OF THIS COUNTY AS AN IDEAL TO WHICH TO ASPIRE.

IN NAMING THE NEW TOWNSHIP FOR COL. COLLIER I HAD TWO OBJECTS IN VIEW : ONE TO ERECT TO HIM A PERPETUAL MEMORIAL AND IN A SMALL DEGREE ACKNOWLEDGE THE OBLIGATION THE PEOPLE OF GREENE COUNTY OWE ; THE OTHER TO KEEP HIS NAME , HIS LIFE , HIS CHARACTER AND HIS ACTS BEFORE THE BOYS AND GIRLS OF THE COUNTY THAT THEY MAY USE HIS EXAMPLE AS A PATTERN BY WHICH TO SHAPE THEIR CONDUCT. "

COL. COLLIER WAS FOR YEARS A CITIZEN OF PARAGOULD AND DURING HIS RESIDENCE HERE HE WAS PROMINENTLY IDENTIFIED WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF PARAGOULD AND GREENE COUNTY AND WAS A LEADER IN EVERY GOOD CAUSE. FOR SEVERAL YEARS HE HAS BEEN A RESIDENT OF EL PASO, TEXAS , MAKING A VALIANT STRUGGLE AGAINST PHYSICAL INFIRMITIES. HIS HUNDREDS OF FRIENDS IN GREENE COUNTY ARE DEEPLY INTERESTED IN HIS WELFARE AND ARE CONSTANTLY INQUIRING ABOUT HIS CONDITION.

JUDGE LIGHT APPOINTED R.L. VANOVER OVERSEER OF COLLIER TOWNSHIP. IT WILL BE INCUMBENT UPON GOV. HAYS TO APPOINT A CONSTABLE AND TWO JUSTICES OF THE PEACE.

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