Today in Texas History – May 10

From the Annals of the Small Towns –  In1937, Life magazine featured Mary Lucy Kyle Hartson as the only woman mayor in Texas. The 72-year-old great-grandmother was elected mayor of Kyle by a write-in vote that year. She held office from 1937 until 1941 and again from 1944 until 1946 and was part of the celebrated “all-woman” city council elected in 1944.  As mayor, Hartson oversaw the building of a municipal water system, installed street lights and updated the fire department.  According to Hartson, “We balanced the budget, and cleaned up the town. Then when everything was under control, I retired.”


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