On Loyalton’s Incorporation
From The Loyaltonian, Jan. 1,1902
Courtesy of Marianne Moore
“The Incorporation seems to be moving along the even tenor of its way regardless of all that may be said to the contrary.
“Some mistakes may have been made, it is true, but none that may not be remedied, and no one can say but that we have a better town, a more orderly community and a brighter prospect than we would, had there been no incorporation and the liquor traffic, with its kindred evils been given a free rein.
The results, even so far, have amply repaid the effort, and as time goes by we will appreciate more and more the value and efficacy of the course we are now pursuing.”
Loyalton was a much bigger business community in 1902. Among advertisers in that 1902 issue were professionals: dentists Gruss and Leonard; physicians and surgeons Goodale, W. D. Coats and G. L. Coats and Loomis; District Attorney Frank R. Wehe. There was Loyalton Drug Store, Sierra Mercantile Co., Loyalton House, The Rees House, Loyalton Meat Market, Loyalton Stables, Loyalton Confectioner, and G. A. Wing groceries,boots and shoes and dry goods, a Tonsorial Parlor, a blacksmith, a Nonpareil, H. S. Waterman, a house, sign, carriage painter, paper hanger and decorator, an undertaker and the Boca and Loyalton Railway, Loyalton Lumber Co., and Plumas Box & Lumber Co. which was the first outside industry to locate in Loyalton, according to that issue of the Loyaltonian which reported:
“With a foresight that was able to grasp the possibilities of a situation the Plumas Box & Lumber Co. decided to locate their plant at this point. Their buildings and equipment evidence the fact that they have confidence in the future.
“From the beginning of the work till the present time the influence of this corporation has been for the advancement of the best interests of the community. And, of the future, we bespeak that their manager, O.E. Horton, may be able to look back with gratification upon the active part he is now taking in the business and social life of our town.”
That same issue stated, under “”Town Taxes - Low Taxes, Under the law the board to trustees of an incorporated town of this class have the right to levy taxes not exceeding 75cts on each $100.
“Again whenever taxes are levied within a corporation and money spent on the roads the county cannot collect road taxes, either general or special within the corporate limits, again when a road poll tax is levied in a town the county court collect the county poll tax, and the town is only allowed to levy a tax of $2 therefore you would save 50cts on your road tax.”
Information on incorporation was to be continued.