The present charter governing the city was ten years old and outgrown by the booming town. The new charter nullified the certificate of incorporation granted by the circuit court of Brooke County ten years earlier. Among others matters, the new charter noted that the municipal authorities shall consist of a mayor and six councilmen, two from each ward, who with the city attorney, chief of police, city clerk, and treasurer, shall be elected for a term of two years.
- Mill Towns Review, “Provided for in House Bill No. 101..,” February 12, 1915, p. front page.