Tuesday, August 23, 2016

PROBLEMS OF PAST CITY ADMINISTRATIONS By Daniel Rasmussen, 1928.



It appears from the limited record of the first administration that land matters, boundary lines and fences, were matters of concern. This from the record of March 7, 1869, "Moved and seconded that the south fence of the old field be removed to the north side of the street. Carried. Moved and seconded that the fence around the old field be rebuilt and that the land be squared up. Carried."

That the original council had extensive jurisdiction and varied duties is evidenced by a resolution April 4, 1870.

During the ten-year term of Joseph Page, considerable atten­tion was given to street and bridges. The supervisor, Paul Dehlin, "complained that he couldn't get teams to go after timber for bridges." Cyrus Wheelock suggested that they request the Bishop to make a call on the brethren. Someone else proposed to levy a tax instead. The proposition to tax won the day, and one-half per cent tax was levied.

In January 1871, the City Council granted to A. Day & Com­pany, the right to take water from Sanpitch River, to water land on the west side of the river to Moroni. The city had jurisdiction in those days three miles south and three miles east to the Colo­rado state line.

There is an odor of booze comes floating over the years since Joseph Page's administration. On December 24, 1873, a license was granted to A. O. Neyberg.

The "old settlers" as they are called in the record, had appro­priated the waters of the five creeks to lands lying below town. Appropriations were made of surplus water to higher lands by the "new settlers" and then the trouble began. At first appeared a spirit of generosity and the city council was inclined to grant liberal appropriations. During the six year term of C. N. Lund, the question evidently became one of bitter controversy. The record is fairly saturated with water.

I do not know what salaries were paid to the city officials in those days, whatever they were, I am sure they were earned in meetings with water-masters, aggressive appropriators of water, and "old settlers" and in carrying on their shoulders the burdens of all the irrigation systems in those days of struggle.

In 1889, the citizens were ordered to move their wood piles off of the streets.

While John Carter was mayor for two years, Plat "C" was added to the city. An estimate of the cost of building a water­works system was made at $20,949.64.

Cemetery improvement was given attention. A suggestion made by N. S. Nielsen was formulated as a motion and" carried to enclose the cemetery in a fence and the next spring, M. F. Rosenburg was authorized to obtain three hundred trees from Proctor's for plant­ing in the cemetery.

In January 1894, the city entered into contract with the Mt. Pleasant Electric Light Company for electrical service for lighting streets, and the old oil lamps were discarded. The first year's service cost was $441.00. In the same year, mention is made of a fire department.

During N. S. Nielson's term, 1896-1897, they had their hands full of business in connection with floods. A site for a flood dam cost $50.00 the record shows, and the expense items for 1896 con­tains one for $868.00 for damages caused because of the dam.

Ferdinand Ericksen's administration effected the purchase of a building from the school, made over into the City Hall, and created the first debt that appears on record. A note for $1,000.00 was given.

While John H. Seely was mayor, a piece of ground containing a spring, adjoining the cemetery, was purchased, and the water piped into the cemetery.

During George Christensen's term, they had no small job on their hands in constructing the waterworks system. A bond of $1,800.00 was floated but the system was not completed until the administration of H. C. Beaumann.

When James Monson became mayor, we were still wading in mud and getting up town as best we could. Sidewalk paving districts 1, 2 , and 3 were created, and sidewalks constructed.

While Ferdinand Ericksen was mayor, Mt. Pleasant voted to abolish the liquor traffic.


While James W. Anderson was mayor, the electric light plant became an accomplished fact. A bond of $38,000.00, was voted.

Daniel Rasmussen was mayor during the construction of the Carnegie Public Library. The City Hall was remodeled to its present condition. The bonded debt amounted to $56,000.00. The waterworks bonds were refunded by a serial issue so that one $3,000.00 bond could be paid each year, and one bond was paid.

The flood gave W. D. Candland and his associates financial and other troubles. A $25,000.00 bond issue was voted for the purpose of piping pure spring water into the waterworks system.



And now my friends, we are in the hands of the undertaker. (Note: The mayor at that time, Bent R. Hansen, was also an undertaker. )

Monday, August 22, 2016

MT. PLEASANT CITY ADMINISTRATIONS




Mt. Pleasant City Council, from the organization in May, A. D. 1868, under a charter granted by the Legislature of Utah, Feb­ruary 20, 1868, to the first Monday in January 1939, inclusive:

1868-9. Mayor, W. S. Seely; Councilors, Jacob Christensen,   
           Peter M. Peel, Jens Jorgensen, N. P. Madsen and Joseph Page.
      1870-1. Mayor, Joseph Page; Councilors, Abraham Day, Cyrus
           H. Wheelock, Andrew Madsen, Alma H. Bennett and Joseph  
           S. Day.
   1872-3 Mayor, Joseph Page; Councilors, Andrew Madsen, C. H.
            Wheelock, Orange Seely, A. H. Bennett and Joseph S. Day.
            (1) William F. Reynolds.
      1874-5. Mayor, Joseph Page; Councilors, Orange Seely, Peter
            Mogensen, A. H. Bennett, Andrew Madsen and Paul Dehlin.
            (2) John Waldermar.

      1876-7. Mayor, Joseph Page; Councilors, Andrew Madsen,  
           Orange Seely, A. H. Bennett, Peter Mogensen and
           Christian N. Lund.
      1877-8. Mayor, Joseph Page; (3) W. S. Seely; Councilors,
           Andrew Madsen, A. H. Bennett, Peter Mogensen, C. N. Lund,
           (4) John Carter, Edward Cliff, and J. W. Seely.

      1879-80. Mayor, W. S. Seely; Councilors, Andrew Madsen,
           A. H. Bennett, Peter Mogensen and N. P. Madsen.

      1881-2. Mayor, W. S. Seely; Councilors, Andrew Madsen,
            A. H. Bennett, Peter Mogensen, (6) Soren Jacobsen,
            J. W. Seely, N. P. Madsen, (7) Edward Cliff.
    1883-4. Mayor, W. S. Seely; Councilors, Andrew Madsen, J. W.
             Seely, Edward Cliff, A. H. 'Bennett, (8) E. A. Day, (9) J. K.
             McClenahan, Soren Jacobsen, (10) Joseph Page.
     1885-6. Mayor, C. N. Lund; Councilors, Andrew Madsen,
            John Carter, Hyrum Winters, Soren Jacobsen, Mortin   
            Rasmussen, (11) Niels L. Lund.
     1887-8. Mayor, C. N. Lund; Councilors, Andrew Madsen, Soren
            Jacobsen, L. J. Jordan, Alif Ericksen and S. H. Allen.
 

1889-90. Mayor, C. N. Lund; Councilors, Andrew Madsen, Soren Jacobsen, L. J. Jordan,  (12)Andrew J. Snydergaard, Alif Ericksen, (13) Hans Poulsen, S. H. Allen, (14) Peter Mogensen, Niels L. Lund and M. G. Rolph.
1891-2. Mayor, John Carter; Councilors, Andrew Madsen, Niels L. Lund, Hyrum Winters, M. G. Rolph, John H. Seely, Lars P. Madsen and Geo. Christensen.
1892-3. Mayor, Abram Johnson; Recorder, O. C. Anderson; Treasurer, H. C. Beaumann; Marshal, Thomas Braby; Assessor and Collector, W. E. Watson; Justice of the Peace, .Ferdinand Clark; Councilors, L. J. Jordan, N. S. Neilson, W. D. Candland, John H. Seely and Rudolph Strom.
1894-5. Mayor, Abram Johnson; Recorder, J. D. Page (*); Marshal, Thomas Braby; Justice of the Peace, Ferdinand Clark; Treasurer, H. C. Beaumann; Assessor and Collector, W. E. Watson; Councilors, N. S. Nielson, Abner Crane, Peter Matson, F. C. Jensen, W. D. Candland.
1896-7. Mayor, N. S. Neilson; Recorder, C. J. Jensen; Treasurer, Erastus Kofford; Marshal, Joseph Monsen; Justice of the Peace Andrew Neilson; Councilors, Hans J. Brown, Ferdinand Clark, H. C. Beaumann, Christian Jensen, William Olson.
1898-9. Mayor, Ferdinand Ericksen; Recorder, C. J. Jensen; Treasurer, Candace B. Wilcox; Marshal, Joseph Monsen; Jus­tice of the Peace, Andrew Neilson;" Councilors, James Larsen, William Olson, George H. Marshall, Rasmus Anderson, C. W. Sorenson, (15) F. C. Jensen.
1900-1. Mayor, John H. Seely; Recorder, J. M. Boyden; Treas­urer, Mrs. Christine Tuft; Marshal, John Knudsen; Justice of the Peace, C. J. Jensen; Councilors, James Monsen, L. P. Mad­sen, H. C. Beaumann, Ferdinand Clark, George Christensen.
1902-3. Mayor, George Christensen; Recorder, J. M. Boyden; Treasurer, Mrs. E. Ellis Day; Marshal, John Knudsen; Justice of the Peace, Andrew Neilson; Councilors, S. E. Jensen, Ferdinand Clark, Thos. Braby, Geo. P. Peterson, Andrew C. Madsen.


1904-5. Mayor, H. C. Beaumann; Recorder, A. H. Maiben; Treas­urer, E. Ellis Day; Marshal, Andrew S. Jensen; Justice of the Peace, A. B. Waldermar; Councilors, A. E. Mcintosh, (16) Joseph Monsen, A. C. Madsen, George H. Marshall, (17) A. C. Wall, S. E. Jensen, Bent R. Hansen.
1906-7. Mayor, James Monsen; Recorder, A. H. Maiben; Treas­urer, Sarah E. McClenahan; Marshal, Richard Hendricksen; Justice of the Peace, A. B. Waldermar; Councilors, Christian Johansen, A. Merz, A. O. Madsen, George Brand, Joseph Monsen.
1908-9. Mayor, James Monsen; Recorder, Lauritz Larsen; Treas­urer, Mrs. Rhea Wambolt; Marshal, Hans Poulsen; Justice of the Peace, A. B. Waldermar; Councilors, Thos. West, N. P. Madsen, E. W. Wall, Christian Madsen, Christian Johansen.
1910-11. Mayor, Ferdinand Ericksen; Recorder, Daniel Rasmus­sen; Treasurer, Authinal Carter, (18) William Hansen; Justice of the Peace, Justus B. Seely, (19) John Carter; Councilors, Lauritz Larsen, Christian Madsen, Jas. W. Anderson, Jas. D. Simpson, Thos. West.
1912-13. Mayor, James W. Anderson; Recorder, Daniel Rasmus­sen; Treasurer, Mrs. Elizabeth Larsen; Councilors, H. Leroy Neilson, A. E. Mcintosh, Justus B. Seely, (20) George C. Sorensen, A. Merz, Lauritz Larsen.
1914-15. Mayor, Abram Johnson; Recorder, Daniel Rasmussen; Treasurer, Elizabeth D. Larsen; Councilors, Nils Larson, four years; E. C. Johnson, J. C. Jordan, H. Leroy Neilson, Joseph Monsen. (Abram Johnson resigned during his term and Jos­eph Monsen was made mayor and Andrew Larsen became a councilman. )
1916-17. Mayor, Daniel Rasmussen; Recorder A. O. Neilson; Treasurer, Hannah Barnette; Councilors, A. E. Mcintosh, four years; Andrew Larsen, Parley Hansen, W. W. McKerahan, Nils Larson.
1918-19. Mayor, W. D. Candland; Recorder, A. O. Neilson;   
     Treasurer, Hannah Barnette; Councilors, John Gunderson, four


  

years; A. E. Mcintosh, James Monsen, O. M. Aldrich, Bent R. Hansen.
1920-21. Mayor, Thomas Braby; Recorder, N. O. Clemenson; Treasurer, Pauline M. Petersen; Councilors, H. C. Jacobs, four years; Bent R. Hansen, O. M. Aldrich, John Gunderson, Wm. L. Madsen.
1922-23. Mayor, Thomas Braby; Recorder, N. O. Clemenson; Treasurer, Effie R. Larsen; Councilors, P. A. Poulsen, four years; Earl H. Seely, Joseph Monsen Wm. L. Madsen, H. C. Jacobs. .
1924-25. Mayor, Robert H. Hinckley; Recorder, Calvin Christen­sen; Teasurer, Effie R. Larsen; Councilors, O. F. Wall, four years; P. A. Poulsen, Joseph Matson, M. C. Petersen, Joseph Johansen Jr.
1926-27. Mayor, Joseph Seely; Recorder, Calvin Christensen; Treasurer, Effie R. Larsen; Councilors, M. C. Peterson, four years; C. L. Stewart, Paul Monsen, Joseph Monsen, O. F. Wall.
1928-29. Mayor, Bent R. Hansen; Recorder, James Jordan (re­signed, and Calvin Christensen appointed; Treasurer, Effie R. Larsen; Councilors, Paul Monsen, four years; M. C. Peterson,
       E. W. Wall, Wm. L. Madsen, J. D. Meyrick.
1930-31. Mayor, Bent R. Hansen; Recorder, Calvin Christensen;
       Treasurer, Annie B. Syndergaard; Councilors, E. W. Wall,
       four years; Paul Monsen, O. M. Aldrich, Joseph Lund, Chesley
       P. Seely.
1932-33. Mayor, W. P. Winters; Recorder, Daniel Rasmussen;
       Treasurer, Pearl Larsen; Councilors, H. P. Olsen, four years;
       Ed. Johnston, John Fowles, Willis N. Madsen, E. W. Wall.
1934-35. Mayor, Ed. Johnston; Recorder, E. W. Wall; Treasurer,
       Pearl Larsen; Councilors, Willis N. Madsen, four years; Henry
       P. Olsen, John Fowles, Parley Hansen, Daniel Rasmussen,
       (21) Lawrence Winters.

1936-37. Mayor, Justus O. Seely; Recorder, E. W. Wall; Treas­urer, Mata Hutchison; Councilors, J. H. Stansfield, four years; P. A. Poulson, (Dr.) A. L. Peterson, Lawrence Winters, Bert Wright; W. K. Peterson and Sheldon Monsen appointed city Marshals.
1938-39. Mayor, Justus O. Seely; Recorder, E. W. Wall; Treas­urer, Mata Hutchison; Councilors, P. A. Poulson, four years; J. H. Stansfield, (Dr.) A. L. Peterson, (Dr.) L. A. Phillips, W. C. Olsen.





(1)William F. Reynolds appointed vice Joseph S. Day, re-si­gned.
(2) John Waldermar appointed vice Paul Dehlin, died.
(3)W. S. Seeley appointed vice Joseph Page, resigned. 
(4)John Carter appointed vice C. N. Lund, resigned.
(5)J. W. Seely appointed vice Edward Cliff, resigned.
(6)  Soren Jacobsen appointed vice Peter Mogensen, resigned. 
(7)Edward Cliff appointed vice  
    N. P. Madsen, resigned.
    E. A. Day appointed vice A. H. Bennett, resigned.
(8)E. A. Day, resigned. 
(9) J. K. McClenahan appointed vice
(10)Joseph Page appointed vice Soren Jacobsen, resigned.  
(11)N. L. Lund appointed vice Morten Rasmussen, died.
(12)  Andrew Syndergaard appointed vice L. J. Jordan, re­signed.
(13) Hans Poulsen appointed vice Alif Ericksen, resigned. 
(14)Peter Mogensen appointed vice S. H. Allen, resigned. 
(*)M. A. Boyden appointed vice J. D. Page, resigned. 
(15)F. C. Jensen appointed vice 
      C. W. Sorensen, resigned.
(16)Joseph Monsen appointed vice A. E. McIntosh, resigned.  
(17)A. C. Wall appointed vice G. H. Marshall, resigned.
(18)William Hansen appointed vice Authinal Carter, re-­
 signed.
(19)John Carter appointed vice Justus R Seely, resigned.  
(20)George C. Sorensen appointed vice Justus B. Seely resigned.
(21)Lawrence Winters appointed vice Willis N. Madsen, died.

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