1884-1890

Ward System Established

The City Charter was amended at the election of November 25, 1883, dividing the City into three wards and providing that the Common Council be increased to nine members, elected for two-year terms. At the election, Northrup and Keenan were added to the Council until the next election in 1884. At the 1884 election, one member was elected from each of the City's three wards for one year, and two others from each ward were elected for two-year terms. Thereafter, all members were elected to two-year terms.

1883-1884
Charles McDonald
Thomas Clancy
U.M. Rasin
John Keenan
B.F. Day
George W. Harris
Otto Ranke
F.W. Wusthoff
B.L. Northrup


1884-1885
Franklin Matthias
W.V. Rinehart
B.F. Day
B.L. Northrup
W.M. Latimer
Walter Graham
Charles F. Clancy
S.D. Crockett
William A. Harrington
Henry L. Yesler
Alfred Snyder
E.F. Sox
George F. Frye

  • Matthias resigned September 5, 1884; Rinehart was appointed on the same day to fill the vacancy.
  • Day resigned September 5, 1884; Northrup was appointed to fill the vacancy.
  • Latimer's seat was declared vacant May 15, 1885 (the record is not clear as to why); Graham was appointed the same day to fill the vacancy.
  • Clancy resigned June 3, 1885; Crockett was appointed on the same day to fill the vacancy.

1885-1886
Charles McDonald
George W. Hall
John Keenan
William A. Harrington
G.W. Young
Robert H. Calligan
J.J. Post
Jacob Furth
T.W. Lake


The City Charter was amended in February 1886 to decrease the size of the City Council to eight members, elected for two-year terms, and to increase the number of wards to four. At the general election of 1886, each of the City's four wards elected two Council members, one for a one-year term and the other for a two-year term. Thereafter, all members were to be elected for two-year terms.

1886-1887
Jacob Furth
T.W. Lake
T.D. Hinckley
J.M. Frink
Charles F. Reitze
R. Russell
C.W. Coulter
Joseph Green


1887-1888
Joseph Green
J.M. Frink
Charles F. Reitze
R. Russell
Jacob Furth
T.W. Lake
Robert Moran
Uriah R. Niesz


1888-1889
Charles F. Reitze
David E. Durie
F.J. Burns
Thomas E. Jones
J.F. McDonald
Uriah R. Niesz
Joseph Green
Terrence O'Brien

  • McDonald resigned in March 1889. O'Brien was elected on March 15 to take his place.

1889-1890
Harry White
John N. Wallingford
Frank A. Twichell
Uriah R. Niesz
George W. Hall
T.E. Jones
David E. Durie
F.J. Burns
Henry F. Phillips

  • Burns resigned on September 13, 1889 and Phillips was elected on September 20 to replace him.

1890-1891
John N. Wallingford
Henry F. Phillips
George W. Hall
David E. Durie
T.E. Jones
Donald A. McKenzie
Frank A. Twichell
Harry White
Alonzo Hull