Hoopeston's Mayor Draws 50 and Alderman 25 cents annually
Jacob S. McFerren, mayor of Hoopeston, is perhaps the only mayor in the world who enjoys the distinction of presiding over the destinies of a city of 5,000 people which pays its mayor a salary of 50 cents a year. Mayor McFerren was the originator of this princely salary system, establishing this precedent when he was first elected to the office in 1877. There are four aldermen who draw on the city treasury for 25 cents each per annum. The city has never had a saloon, has many miles of paved streets, eight churches, five schools, electric lights and a $100,000 waterworks plant. Mayor McFerren is an Ohioan by birth, who moved to Hoopeston in 1872. He is the head of the First National Bank and one of the wealthiest men in that part of the state. He has bought and presented to the city a $6,000 piece of property for a park. ------ I am not related to nor researching this family and have no further information.