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PULASKI COUNTY

COMMUNITY

MOUNDS

Charter was issued in 1907 for Mounds. William Biggerstaff was the first mayor. The first telephone at Mounds was in the Woods Drug Store. The first church building was a Union Church and is now the Library and community center.

The Interurban Electric Railroad operated a line that had a car leaving Mounds every hour. L.H. Koonce was the agent for the railroad. He took orders for merchandise from local business owners daily, and sent the orders to Cairo by the train conductor. The orders were filled then sent to Mounds via freight cars. Later in the railroad history, funeral cars were added to be sent to Beechwood Cemetery.

It is to be noted that Mounds also was the home of a number of prominent black businesspeople. Some of them were:

Dr. Homer Chambliss

M.D

Dr. Homer Chambliss, Jr.

M.D

Dr. Seally

Veterinarian

R.W. England

Alderman

Virgil Chambliss

Alderman

Ralph Grisby

Alderman

Gwen Chambliss

Alderman

Robert (Rabbit) Scott

Negro League Baseball Player

Allen (Memphis) Johnson,

Manager Negro League Baseball

 

MORE PROMINENT BUSINESSPEOPLE

OF THE AREA

Henry Walbridge

Sawmill

Mr. Ent

General Store/Postmaster

L.H. Koonce

Ice and Coal Business

J.E. Herman

Automobile Agency

   
   
   
   
   
   

 

MOUNDS LINKS


Directions to Mounds

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