Fund awards $506,435.10
residents met September 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Tyson Library to
celebrate the legacy of James H. Tyson or Uncle Jim
by having a birthday party in his honor.
A total of $506,435.10 was awarded to three entities: the Town
of Versailles, Tyson Library and the Versailles Volunteer Fire
The Town of Versailles received $358,435.10 to be used
for the following:
Water Plant Bond, $156,190
Old Water Bond, $108,000
Sewer Bond, $71,290
Codify Town Ordinances, $10,000
Pumpkin Show, $8,000
Courthouse Clock, $3,500
Tyson Library: $110,000 to be used to maintain operating
costs of the library.
Versailles Volunteer Fire Department: $38,000 to be used
to make a truck payment.
The birthday party included good food, an excellent performance
by the South Ripley Young Confederates directed by Patsy Holdsworth,
and the disbursement of Tyson Funds.
The Tyson Fund was established in 1930 by Uncle Jim
as a gift to his community to promote religious, educational,
literary and social advancement in the town of Versailles and
to promote relief from a portion of the burden of taxation among
A large crowd gathered at the annual "birthday
party" to celebrate the legacy of James H. Tyson, or
"Uncle Jim" as he is affectionately referred to.
The meeting was held on Tyson's actual birth date, September
14. A fund to help the Town of Versailles was established
by Tyson and residents were at the meeting to see how the
half million dollars would be dispersed.