They were the decision makers of the time, and the law enforcers were Slim Weldon (city marshal), Otis Mink (night watchman) and Jim Strange (constable). Mr. Will Kilpatrick was the former night watchman and sat in the middle of town in a chair reared back on a wall asleep before going on his "door-rattling" rounds. He retired long before the group shown here was formed.
The mayor's office and jail was under the Palmer poolroom building once, but this photo was made at the city office on North Second Street across from Prather's Ford. If you recall, it was once damaged heavily by a fire that claimed two lives, but was repaired and is still in use. The city hall is now on South Second at Water Street in a newer building.
This is essentially the group I wrote about in an earlier blog post that previewed a movie entitled "The French Line" starring Jane Russell- that they deemed too risque to show to the Baldwyn patrons about 1954. The provocative dance number had to be removed. But, as I recall, they had to watch it twice just to be sure it was not proper and fitting for showing.
There was another city councilman that was pretty controversial in those days, James Preston McWhorter. He was the full-time city clerk if I am remembering correctly. I heard quite a few arguments between he and others many times.
Photo courtesy of Tootsie McVay via Dave Heflin