The city administration, various commissions and boards, and critics of the boulevard plan clashed.
About a dozen property owners sued over attempts to use their land for the boulevard.
Tension was clear in 1925, when the city council reduced the annual salary for Sewerage Commission members from $600 to $1.
"If the Commissioners have the interest of the city at heart to the extent they pretend, they will be glad to serve for nothing," then-Mayor Charles E. Bowman was quoted as saying in a Morning Herald story.
Nine months later, all three commission members resigned, claiming they were forced out after years of quarreling with the mayor.
Magruder said the original, lofty ideas for the boulevard didn't materialize.
For one thing, bickering derailed plans for a monument for veterans, aside from the name.
A few minutes after a new City Council took office in April 1921, a councilman tried to reject a previously approved report on opening Memorial Boulevard.