notable thing in Monroe county as the first 100 years comes
to an end is that only half the townships have legal law
enforcement officers. Although the statutes provide for
a constable in every township, Indian Creek, Union, Clay,
Washington and Woodlawn townships are worrying along without
such officials. In Indian Creek there has been no
constable for two generations. Those people, who are
about 95 percent Catholic, consider it a reflection on the
law-abiding citizenship to have a law enforcement officer,
so during all that time no citizen has been willing to hold
Gibbs is constable in Jefferson township; Tom Spalding,
Monroe township; O. C. Smith, Marion; C. M. Allen, Jackson;
James Roy Key, South Fork. Three townships have no
justices of the peace, local offices before whom certain
classes of cases can be tried. These are Clay, Indian
Creek, and Woodlawn. Justices of the Peace in the other
townships as the new century begins are:
– Earl Fowler and K. N. Garrison.
– E. C. Featherston and J. S. Bishop.
Fork – St. Clair Emmons and James Miller.
– T. W. McCrary and W. L. Crawford.
– J.W. James.
– E. C. Brooks.
– S. T. Pollard.
The Monroe County Appeal Centennial Edition dated 8-13-1931;
submitted by MaryBeth Kirtlink.