W.W. Phalen was mayor of Columbia City in 1905 and in 1907, when Columbia was annexed to the City of Seattle. This picture was taken in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, about 1895. Before moving to Columbia City, Phalen had a successful grocery business in Mankato, Minnesota. In addition to serving as mayor, Phalen also ran a successful grocery business in Columbia City, and organized the first fire department and a baseball team.
Rainier Valley Historical Society, 93.001.261
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