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Gillett

In 1888 a fruit farmer/nursery stock dealer, T.H. Leslie moved with his very large family to the prairie-land of southwest Arkansas where Gillett later came to be located. A street in present day Gillett is named after him, Leslie Avenue. He convinced other farmers to move to Arkansas as well, among them, several German immigrants. Stores were opened during 1888 and a post office was established. The residents of the town wanted the post office to be named Leslie but there was already a post office with that name in northern Arkansas. Instead the post office and the eventually the town came to be named Gillett after Francis Gillett of New York City, a underwriter for the railroad who visited the town in 1892.
Gillett's first school was called Prairie Cottage was used on Sundays as a sanctuary. In 1895 a new school building was erected and this one was made out of brick. The same year the town got a railroad station.
The town was incorporated in 1906 an Henry G. Leslie became its first mayor.
T.H. Leslie moved to Stuttgart in the middle of the 1890's but returned to the town that he helped found in the early 1900's. He passed away in 1903 and never lived to see the incorporation of the Gillett.

City Officials

Position Name
Mayor Jared Holzhauer
Recorder/treasurer Jennifer Lowe
District Judge Park Eldridge
City Attorney Christina Boyd
Fire Chief Monty Young
Director Of Public Works Bill Pratt
Council Member Matthew Knoll
Council Member Charles Larry
Council Member Shanna Place
Council Member Leslie Rone
Council Member Walt Sullivan
Council Member Brandon Truax

City Facts

County: Arkansas

Population: 691

Senate District: 25

House District: 12

Congressional District: 1

Classification: Second Class City

Contact Information

Address:
P.O. Box 367
GILLETT, AR 72055

Phone: (870) 548-2541

Fax: (870) 548-3121

Meetings:
Second Tuesday

Email: gillett003@centurytel.net

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The Arkansas Municipal League was founded in 1934 and exists for a threefold purpose:

  • to act as the official representative of Arkansas cities and towns before the state and federal governments;
  • to provide a clearinghouse for information and answers; and,
  • to offer a forum for discussion and sharing of mutual concerns.