Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 3, Number 2, May, 1993 Page: 84
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On August 7, 1906, the corporation of the City of Columbus was dissolved
by a 99 to 35 vote of the citizenry, and the administration of the city fell to the county
government. In 1926, faced with a declining and almost dysfunctional waterworks
system, the residents of Columbus moved to reincorporate the city and reestablish a city
government. The city was reincorporated by a vote of 243 to 60 on January 10, 1927.22
On April 2, 1927, Frank Norris Davidson, the county surveyor, mapped the
city. His new plat, titled Town of Columbus, Texas and filed at the county clerk's office
on July 6, 1927, included 48 new blocks, numbered from 107 to 154, arrayed along the
western and southern edge of the city, and two new named streets, Harbert Street and
Tait Street. As they had been in Harrison's 1879 Map of Columbus, Blocks 101 through
106, the original Hancock and Henderson Addition blocks, were shifted to the north and
the east, so that Back Street rather than Hancock Street ran between them. Hancock
Street was left in its original location, but was greatly extended in length. The original
Hancock and Henderson Addition blocks were renumbered 109, 110, 111, 126, 127,
and 128, with parenthetical notations of their original numbers (101, 102, 103, 104,
105, and 106, respectively).23
Most of Blocks 122 and 123, as laid out by Davidson, were already part of
the existing city cemetery. The remainder of the cemetery was taken into the city limits
by action of the Town Commission on November 13, 1939.
Most of the new blocks described by Davidson were never developed and
few have survived. Only one of Davidson's twelve blocks between Harbert and Tait
Streets, Block 146, exists in its original form. Only thirteen such others, Blocks 138,
139, 140, 141 and 142, south of Wallace Street, the last two of which became part of
the Taylor Addition, and Blocks 108, 109, 110, 111, 126, 127, 128, and 129, six of
which formed the original Hancock and Henderson Addition, are in anything like their
original form. Many of the others have been subsumed by subsequent additions and
Gegenworth and Gregory Heights Addition
On December 11, 1928, George Gegenworth and Aubrey A. Gregory filed
the plat of the Gegenworth and Gregory Heights Addition at the county clerk's office.
The new addition was actually outside the city limits, west of town on the hill now
commonly called Glidden Hill, and occupied about 27 acres of land. It contained six new
streets: Gregory, Gegenworth, and Milentz Streets running north and south, and May,
Alice, and Vineyard Streets running east and west. The first two were named after the
developers, the third after the owners of the adjacent land, Albert R. and Winona Milentz.
22 See Minutes of the City Council of the City of Columbus 1903-1914, p. 70, Archives of the
Nesbitt Memorial Library, Columbus, Texas, Election Records, 1919-1935, p. 76, Office of the County Clerk,
Colorado County, Texas, and The Colorado County Citizen, January 13, 1927. Interestingly, both The Weimar
Mercury and The Eagle Lake Headlight, in their editions of August 11, 1906, erroneously reported that the
99 to 35 vote had been in favor of retaining the corporation. Two previous movements to reincorporate the
city had been defeated, the first, in March 1909, without an election, the second, by a vote of 127 to 8 on
June 7, 1910 (see The Colorado Citizen, March 19, 1909 and June 10, 1910).
23 See Slide 18 of Plat Records, Office of the County Clerk, Colorado County, Texas, and Minutes
of the City Council of the City of Columbus Book 4, p. 760, Archives of the Nesbitt Memorial Library,
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