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Records, 1893-1913

Overview of the Collection

Creator
City of Columbia (King County, Wash.)
Title
Records
Dates
1893-1913 (inclusive)
Quantity
4.8 cubic ft., (7 boxes and 6 volumes)
Collection Number
9112
Summary
The City of Columbia records include city council minutes, ordinances, City Clerk's files, demands and warrants, a register of warrants, and local improvement district files for the small municipality that was annexed to the City of Seattle in 1907.
Repository
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
98124-4728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-233-7807
Fax: 206-386-9025
archives@seattle.gov
Access Restrictions

Records are open to the public.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The 1890 establishment of the Seattle, Renton, and Southern Railway and aggressive promotion of real estate brought settlers to the mill town of Columbia. The town's thriving lumber industry helped supply Seattle with timber for reconstruction after the Great Fire of 1889, and many goods were also shipped to Columbia from Seattle via the railroad.

Columbia was incorporated in 1892 with a five-member Town Council which quickly established a Board of Health to employ a "reputable physician" charged with examining cases of contagious disease. A volunteer fire department was created in 1902 including a hose company and, soon thereafter, a chemical company. In 1903, Columbia reached a contractual agreement with the City of Seattle for the purchase of water. Also in that year, the Snoqualmie Falls Power Company received a franchise to install and operate an electrical power plant for the town.

Columbia achieved city of the third class status in 1905 when its population reached 1500, the required total established by State law. The Mayor called a special election in September of 1905 and the public voted in favor of the "advancement of the Town of Columbia to a city of the third class."

Annexation to the City of Seattle came in 1907 following a petition by citizens to the City Council to hold a special election on the matter. Although opposition to annexation had initially been strong, due to citizens' desire for local control, the March 5 vote was overwhelming, 109-3 in favor of annexation to Seattle. Consolidation occurred on May 3, 1907.

The Columbia City neighborhood, with much of its historical core intact, was designated a Seattle Landmark District in 1978.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

City of Columbia Mayors:

C. P. Hutchesen, 1893-1894

V. R. Peirson, 1895-1896

C. F. Reeves, 1897-1899

H. H. A. Hastings, 1900

J. Campbell, 1900

V. R. Peirson, 1900-1904

W. W. Phalen, 1905

A. G. Corbett, 1906

W. W. Phalen, 1907

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The City of Columbia records date from 1893 to 1913 and include proceedings of Columbia City Council meetings, ordinances passed by the City Council, administrative records of Columbia filed with the City Clerk, a register of demands against the City of Columbia, a register of warrants issued by the City, and local improvement district files. The City Clerk records include correspondence, reports of City officials, contracts, citizen petitions, permits, and other filings; the Local Improvement District files include majority petitions, assessment rolls, collection receipts, contracts, bonds, cost estimates, and reports. The bulk of the records covers the years 1905-1907.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], City of Columbia Records, Record Series 9112-[xx], [Record Series Title]. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series I (9112-01) :  Council Minutes, 1893-1907Return to Top

2 volumes

Proceedings of City of Columbia Council Meetings.

Container(s) Description Dates
Volume
1
Minutes
1892-1904
2
Minutes
1904-1907

Series II (9112-02):  City of Columbia Ordinances, 1893-1907Return to Top

3 volumes

Ordinances passed by the City Council and arranged in two series. Ordinances 1-185 cover the period 1893-1906. A second series, numbered 1-61, was begun when Columbia achieved city of the third class status in 1906.

Container(s) Description Dates
Volume
1
Ordinances 1-155
1893-1904
2
Ordinances 156-185 and 1-61
1904-1907

Series III (9112-03):  City Clerk's Files, 1893-1913Return to Top

2.4 cubic ft.

Administrative records of the City of Columbia filed with the City Clerk. The records cover the period from incorporation in 1893 to annexation in 1907; a few records relate to completion of local improvements in 1913. Materials include Council resolutions, committee reports, City Attorney opinions, contracts, correspondence, franchises, city officials' reports, local improvement district bonds, mayor's messages, oaths of office, petitions, ordinances, bonds, and bills and receipt.

Records are arranged alphabetically by subject and record type.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Affidavits of Publication
1903-1906
1/2
Affidavits of Publication
1906-1907
1/3
Affidavits of Publication, Land Improvement Districts
1907-1913
1/4
Applications to City Council
1903-1906
1/5
Bills and Receipts, A-B
1904
1/6
Bills and Receipts, C-E
1901-1904
1/7
Bills and Receipts, F-G
1903-1904
1/8
Bills and Receipts, H
1900-1904
1/9
Bills and Receipts, H-L
1902-1906
1/10
Bills and Receipts, M-O
1894-1907
1/11
Bills and Receipts, P-R
1903-1904
1/12
Bills and Receipts, S
1899-1904
1/13
Bills and Receipts, S
1904-1905
1/14
Bills and Receipts, W-Z
1903-1905
1/15
Call for Warrants
1904
2/1
City Attorney's Opinions
1905-1906
2/2
City Attorney's Receipts
1893-1901
2/3
City Council, Committee Reports
1906-1907
2/4
City Council, Resolutions, 1-12
1906
2/5
City Council, Resolutions, 13-17, 19, 22-32
1906
2/6
City Council, Resolutions, 33-44
1906-1907
2/7
City Marshall's Reports
1900-1907
2/8
Claims
1904
2/9
Contracts -- Water, Sidewalks, Streets
1903-1905
2/10
Contract Bonds
1903-1906
2/11
Contracts and Bonds, Water System
1902-1904
2/12
Correspondence, Mayor and City Council
1900-1906
2/13
County (King) Auditor's Reports, Tax Collection
1902-1906
3/1
Fire Department
1906-1907
3/2
Franchises -- Electric, Telephone, Gas
1905
3/3
Franchise -- Street Railways
1903-1907
3/4
Interest Coupons, Water Bonds and Land Improvement Districts
1903-1907
3/5
Lawsuit, Tenny vs. City of Columbia
1907
3/6
Local Improvement Districts, Bonds 1-12
1904
3/7
Local Improvement Districts, Bonds 13-33
1904
3/8
Local Improvement Districts, Bonds 1-6
1906
3/9
Local Improvement Districts, Correspondence
1907-1908
3/10
Mayor to City Council, Special Session
1906
3/11
Mayor's Messages
1906-1907
4/1
Oaths of Office
1903-1907
4/2
Official Bonds
1895-1898
4/3
Official Bonds
1899-1907
4/4
Ordinances, Second Series, 1-11
1906
4/5
Ordinances, Second Series, 12-21
1906
4/6
Ordinances, Second Series, 22-31
1906
4/7
Ordinances, Second Series, 32-41
1906
4/8
Ordinances, Second Series, 42-48
1907
5/1
Ordinances, Second Series, 49-60
1907
5/2
Payroll
1901-1902
5/3
Permits -- Streets, Sewers, Dynamiting
1905-1906
5/4
Petitions, City Status and Annexation
1905-1907
5/5
Petitions, Elections
1905
5/6
Petitions, Lighting and Street Improvements
1905-1907
5/7
Petitions, Pool Hall Hours
1890-1907
5/8
Petitions, Protesting Railroad Franchise
1907
5/9
Petitions, Street Vacations
1906
5/10
Petitions, Telephone Poles
1903-1907
5/11
Petitions, Telephone Poles and Vacations
1904-1907
5/12
Plats and Drawings
1904
6/1
Property Owners, Land Titles
1906
6/2
Protests of Assessments, Land Improvement Districts
1913
6/3
Street Vacations
1906
6/4
Surety Bonds
1899
6/5
Treasurer's Receipts
1903-1905
6/6
Treasurer's Reports
1903-1906
6/7
Treasurer's Reports
1905-1907
6/8
Water System
1903-1906

Series IV (9112-04):  Demands and Warrants, 1893-1907Return to Top

1 volume

Register of demands against the City of Columbia. Includes date of demand, name of claimant, amount, reason for demand, warrant number, and date issued.

Container(s) Description Dates
Volume
1
Demands and Warrants
1893-1907

Series V (9112-05) :  Register of Warrants, 1893-1907Return to Top

1 volume

Register of warrants issued by the City of Columbia. Includes warrant number, amount, date, to whom paid, and reason for payment.

Container(s) Description Dates
Volume
1
Register of Warrants
1893-1907

Series VI (9112-06):  Local Improvement District Files, 1904-1907Return to Top

.4 cubic ft.

Majority petitions, assessment rolls, collection receipts, contracts, bonds, cost estimates, and work completed reports relating to local street and sewer improvements.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Local Improvement District Files
1904-1907