Munford as a Thriving Town- Citizenship is prosperous and energetic

This little Inland Town Splendid Place to Live and Rear a Family – Plan to Establish a Creamery in Future – Much Attention Given to Diversification of Crops – Banks Giving Aid to Farmers

J. H. Curtis, in Memphis Commercial Appeal, April 17, 1920

Munford, two miles west of Atoka, Tenn., its nearest railroad station on the Illinois Central, is one of the thriving little towns on the main highway from Atoka to Randolph, located on the Mississippi river.

Citizens of Munford are wide-awake. They have proven that a town can survive being located directly on a railroad. There are two banks at Munford – the Citizens Bank & Trust Company, with a capital of $15,000, and the Munford Savings Bank, with a capital of $25,000. W. F. Posey is president of the Citizens Bank and Dr. J. B. Witherington is president of the Munford Savings Bank. Both institutions are doing well.

For generations farmers in the locality of Munford have grown vast acreages of cotton. There has been some corn grown from year to year, but the biggest crop was always cotton. Practically all of these farmers have gone in for diversification this year. They say low priced cotton has taught them a good lesson and from now on they expect to plant more grain, grasses and grow better livestock.

Numbers of farmers are putting out strawberries. J. F. Bryan, merchant and postmaster of the town, said more than 200 acres would be in strawberries this year and considerable more in another year.

Munford is a delightful little town of 500 population. Its inhabitants are very fine people, accommodating and cordial. There is a good public school, splendid churches, a hotel, and the citizens boast of owning their own light plant, by which the residences, business houses and streets are lighted.

There are rumors of establishing a co-operative creamery to help the farmers along with stock growing, but plans for this have not matured.

Banks in Munford are doing what they can to finance the good farmers and are back of the community in every way they can afford. The country around the town shows prosperity in spite of the fact that a number of men there are “overloaded” with cotton.

“Times are not the best,” said Postmaster Bryan. “But we are holding our own and by the grace of good management on the part of us all we will pull through.”

Munford is one of those interior towns in which it is good to rear a family. There are plenty of children there of all sizes. Their cheeks bear the bloom of good health. They, like the older citizens, are happy and proud of the fact that Munford is their home town. The Covington Leader, Covington TN April 21, 1921

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