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In January 1923 the work of the city is divided into – city marshal, city engineer, and commissioner of streets, water and sewerage. City Marshal makes $50 per month, he is the peace officer and assesses and collects city taxes. City Engineer is paid $200 a month, he takes care of the water supply. The Commissioner of Streets, Water, and Sewerage is paid $100 per month, he drags the streets as needed, repairs bridges and culverts, check for water leaks, reads meters, looks after sewers, and bills and collects them. The City Engineer and Commissioner were employed by the city and could be removed by them if they failed to do their jobs.

In 1931 the city was in excellent financial condition. Mayor J. T. Horn recommended a raise for the aldermen to $60 and the mayor $144 per year. The city needed more water. A second well was drilled at a cost of $7,500.


A group of boys in the late 1920’s known as the Twenty Tough Tamales or T. T. T.’s were well known. The Tamales did many kind deeds in secret so as not to blow their tough image. They were never destructive just mischievous. A stop sign was erected during Mayor J. T. Horn’s terms. He instructed the City Marshal to “nab” people running it. The Marshal tried to catch the T.T.T.s running the stop sign. But he never could so he tried bringing them to court. They couldn’t prove anything.

Not long after this, Mayor Horn went to open his store and found a farm wagon on the metal awning of his store. He had to dismantle it to get it down. He couldn’t prove it was the Tamales although everyone suspected them. They were all in school that morning but did look sleepy.

A. R. Schell (Alex) Schell Jr. - pic (3)

The city’s next mayor was Alex Schell, Jr. He was mayor from April 5, 1932 to April 1948. He did many things for the city. “New water mains were laid, a disposal plant was built, he appointed the first Planning and Zoning Commission, he and City Council hired the first professional property appraisers for tax purposes, the first industry came to Plano, and he was instrumental in the development and acquisition of Lavon Reservoir as the source of water for Plano.”

Mr. Schell continued to work on Lavon Reservoir project. In 1951 the North Texas Municipal Water District was organized and he served on the board from 1951-1964. Plano began getting its water from Lavon in 1957. Mr. Alex Schell, Jr. was elected the first Outstanding Citizen by the Chamber of Commerce.

Next week we’ll look at the completion of Highway 75 and the changes that brought to Plano. If you want to learn more about the city council, mayors, and aldermen, check out the Plano, Texas Early Years found at the Plano Public Libraries to buy or checkout.


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