“The Board having convassed the votes cast at the election held on the 27th day of January 1891 at Sumner for the purpose of determining whether the Territory hereinafter described should be Incorporated as a Town of the Fourth Class under the name and style of the Town of Sumner and the election of Municipal Officers for the same, declared the result to be as follows

Certification2For Incorporation 110
Against Incorporation 21”

This is how the City of Sumner began 125 years ago.  The election was held on January 27, the election to incorporate was filed with the Secretary of State on February 7, and the first meeting was held on February 27.  In fact, the first Record of Proceedings of the Town Council of Sumner, Washington begins by noting, “The Certification of Election having been received February 27th, 1891, a meeting was called by Mayor Ryan for Friday evening for the purpose of organizing for business.”  Joining Mayor Ryan were Councilmembers W. R. Lindsay, Thomas Maloney, George E. Henton, J.R. Darr and W. L. Thompson as well as E.J. White as clerk pro tem, J. C. Kincaid as town clerk and W.H. Paulhamus as deputy.

Throughout this year, watch for more stories, facts and photos celebrating Sumner’s 125 anniversary!

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