MPCA History

A Brief History of the Manor Park Citizens Association

“Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.”  Transcribed in terms of a community, we early inhabitants of this section have indeed seen a veritable city arise in our midst as a result of the united and earnest efforts of the citizens’ association and the parent-teacher group.  I am the oldest inhabitant of these parts, but I have lived here since July 1921, and have observed this development.  About that time certain individuals suggested the organization of a citizens’ association here, but it was not until the fall of 1923, when two neighbors, B.F. Allison, who conducted a grocery at 6218 3rd St., then the only business establishment here, and A.J. Casale, revived the question, that action was taken.

Mr. Allison offering his place of business as an assembly point.  On a rainy September night in that year Mr. Casale and I visited each of the then about 20 houses east of 5th Street, handing the residents a notice to meet at the store on a given date to organize.  Later that month 25 residents gathered about the vegetable bins, cracker boxes and counter, and by a vote of 19 to 6, decided to organize.  I was selected temporary chairman, and asked to prepare a constitution, which I modeled after that of the Columbia Heights Association, and presented at another meeting in October, when the new association was formally organized, elected officers, and applied admission to the Federation of Citizens’ Association, which was approved in January 1924, after the required three meetings.  Mr. Herbert S. Bryant, and I, who had been chosen president, were the first delegates, being introduced to the federation by Mr. John D. Smoot, then a delegate from Conduit Road, who later moved to Manor Park and has since been active in our ranks.  The name “Manor Park”  was obtained from the designation on this subdivision appearing in the deed to my property.

-Ernest H. Pullman
1st MPCA President – 1923