Lowell 1926: City Government

Here is another in my series of excerpts from the 1926 Lowell City Directory. This post lists the job titles of Lowell city officials and the names of those who fill them:

Mayor – John J. Donovan (salary $5,000)

Councilors-At-Large (salary $500 each; two-year terms)

  • James J. Gallagher (president)
  • John J. McPadden
  • Frank J. Hubin
  • Daniel Cosgrove
  • Robert L. Thomas
  • Richard F. Preston

Ward Councilors (salary $500 each; two-year terms)

  • Ward 1 – Francis J. Haggerty
  • Ward 2 – John E. O’Brien
  • Ward 3 – Frank E. MacLean
  • Ward 4 – Edward T. Bailey
  • Ward 5 – Joseph A.N. Chretien
  • Ward 6 – Joseph F. Montminy
  • Ward 7 – Arthur Genest
  • Ward 8 – Abel R. Campbell
  • Ward 9 – Thomas F. Inglis
  • Ward 10 – Walter J. Cleary
  • Ward 11 – John R. Kiggins

City Officers

  • City Clerk – Stephen Flynn
  • Assistant City Clerk, William P. McCarthy
  • City Messenger – Owen A. Monahan
  • City Treasurer and Collector of Taxes – Fred H. Rourke
  • Auditor – Daniel H. Martin
  • Purchasing Agent – Edward J. Donnelly
  • Superintendent of Streets – Henry P. Doherty
  • City Engineer – Stephen Kearney
  • City Solicitor – Patrick J. Reynolds
  • City Physician – Dr. Michael A. Tighe
  • Civic Employment Bureau – Cornelius F. Cronin, Supt.
  • Inspector of Buildings – John E. Moynahan
  • Superintendent of Policy – Hugh Downey
  • Superintendent of Schools – Hugh J. Molloy
  • Chief Engineer of Fire Department – Edward F. Saunders
  • Forest Warden – Edward F. Saunders
  • Budget & Auditing Commission – Tyler A. Stevens, Albert Bergeron, John J. Flannery
  • Board of Public Service – Fred G. Leary, Dennis J. Murphy, Frederick F. Meloy
  • Assessors of Taxes – John H. Dwyer, Wilfred J. Achin, James E. Donnelly
  • Division Aid and Relief – Supt Stephen C. Garrity; Clerk William H. Gallagher; Visitors John J. Mahoney and Lazare Boule

There are several additional positions, most of which do not exist today. I’ll list the titles but omit the names of the office holders:

  • Medical Inspectors
  • City Pharmacist
  • Superintendent of Isolation Hospital
  • Board of Health
  • Election Commissioners
  • Park Commissioners
  • Board of Cemetery Commissioners
  • Fish Warden
  • Sealer of Weights and Measures
  • Superintendent of State Aid
  • Superintendent of City Seales and Measurer of Wood and Bark
  • Superintendent of Moth Extermination
  • Inspector of Animals
  • Inspector of Gas Piping
  • Inspector of Milk and Vinegar
  • Superintendent of Wires
  • Smoke Inspector
  • Registrar of Labor Clerk
  • Fence Viewers
  • Water Department
  • Commissioners to Qualify Civil Officers
  • License Commissioners
  • Fire Department
  • Library and Reading Room
  • Police Department
  • Constables to Serve Civil Process
  • District Court of Lowell

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