CATEGORY: Alcorn County


New town to sweat in officials

By Jane Clark Summers

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

FARMINGTON - Officers of the newly incorporated town of Farmington will be sworn in Sunday with Chancery Court Judge Charles Thomas administering the oath of office.

The slate of officers includes Mayor Ray Hughes, Aldermen Charles Curtis, Curtis Whittemore, Opal Strickland and Bill Hammett and Town Clerk Buddy Smith. The public is invited to attend the swearing-in ceremony Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Farmington Baptist Church.

These were the original officers on the application for incorporation, Hughes said. The officers will meet within 30 days of being sworn in, he said.

When the town limits were approved, Alderman Hammett ended up being outside the incorporated boundaries, Hughes said.

Hammett will have to resign after being sworn in, Hughes said. There will have to be an election to fill the vacancy, he said.

"This will be an historical event for the town of Farmington," Hughes said. "This is actually a reorganization of the old town of Farmington."

The town's name comes from a contraction of "farming town."

The community of Farmington was founded on 20 acres surrounding Farmington Baptist Church in 1838, Hughes said. The church and town prospered so that it was expanded in 1839 and again in 1842. It eventually increased to a square mile in territory, Hughes said.

Farmington Academy was chartered in 1839.

In 1849, a Masonic Lodge was chartered at Farmington. The lodge later merged with one in Danville to form a lodge at Corinth, maintaining Farmington's No. 116 F.&A.M.

The early town had several homes, general stores, a post office, blacksmith shop, saddle and harness shop and a wheat-fan manufacturing plant.

As the railroads built up in other areas of what was then Tishomingo County, Farmington declined. Many of its merchants moved to a little community known as Crosstown, which is known today as Corinth.

Alcorn County's fifth incorporated municipality now contains about four square miles or about 2,500 acres, reduced from the 12 square miles initially proposed by petitioners.

It's estimated that 1,200 to 1,500 residents are included within the boundaries. The original plan included 2,000 residents.

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