Several citizens of early Red Bird were instrumental in the local development and management of the town. The McGowans
(top row, 4th & 5th photos) managed building projects and ran the local telephone exchange office. The long time Mayor, E. L. Barber (second row, 4th photo) was a great organizer, minister and business man as well. Mr. I. W. Lane (third row, 5th. photo) headed the effort of getting voting rights for blacks in the county (federal court case "I. W. Lane vs Wilson" -1939). He and Mr. Saub Bradley (photo on Lane's left ) owned and operated two cotton gins, a grain elevator and farmers/merchandise store.