Millyard Museum Musings

Sidewalks and streetlights, thanks to humble, heroic, teetotaling Mayor Frederick Smyth

His four terms as mayor were not without their controversies. City councilors balked at the extravagant notion of paying for city sidewalks, for example. Furthermore, Frederick Smyth’s efforts to upgrade conditions at the “House of Reformation for Juvenile Offenders ” were derided as “a $40,000 Palace for Prostitutes” – bet that headline got some pulses racing back in 1855 – but it was a time when Smyth was out of office, as was the case in July 1863, that his true commitment to public service was even more in evidence. READ MORE