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Records, 1902-1907

Overview of the Collection

Creator
South Park (Wash.)
Title
Records
Dates
1902-1907 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.8 cubic ft., ((3 boxes and 2 volumes))
Collection Number
9174
Summary
Records of the Town of South Park, 1902-1907, including City Council minutes and ordinances.
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 Town of South Park was incorporated December 9, 1902 and the Town Council held its first meeting on December 23. South Park was served by three mayors in its four-and-one-half years of existence. These mayors were S.J. Bevan (1902-1903), G.C. Lingenfelter (1903-1905), and A.G. Breidenstein (1906-1907). Bevan resigned for unknown reasons after serving less than ten months.

South Park was plagued by problems in securing adequate city services. Particularly vexing was the inability to obtain a decent water supply. Although the City of Georgetown owned mains that ran through South Park, it refused to supply water to the latter, occasioning a bitter court battle over legal rights to the water. In 1905-1906, the town contracted with an independent water company, but in April 1906 the water was found to be contaminated because South Park did not have a sewer system. The Town Council petitioned Seattle to run Cedar River mains to the edge of the Town.

In October of 1906, the electorate voted 131-59 for annexation to Seattle, but apparently no action was taken beyond the vote. On March 23, 1907, a second vote for annexation was 181-36 in favor and on May 3, 1907, South Park became part of the City of Seattle.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Town of South Park Records, 1902-1907, include City Council minutes, ordinances, contracts, bills and receipts, correspondence, town officials' reports, and petitions. Of particular interest are the records dealing with the issue of the town water supply.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Town of South Park Records, Record Series 9174-[xx]. 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 (9174-01):  City Council Minutes Return to Top

Proceedings of South Park City Council meetings.

Container(s) Description Dates
Volume
1
Minutes
1902-1907

Series II (9174-02):  OrdinancesReturn to Top

Ordinances passed by the South Park City Council.

Container(s) Description Dates
Volume
1
Ordinances
1903-1907

Series III:  City Clerk's Files (9174-03), 1902-1907Return to Top

1.2 cubic ft.

Administrative records of South Park filed with the City Clerk. Materials include contracts, bonds, correspondence, city officials' reports, oaths of office, petitions, and tax statements. Records relate to local improvements, franchises, elections, and licensing of saloons and sporting exhibitions.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Certificates of Nomination
1903-1906
1/2
City Contracts and Leases
1904-1906
1/3
City Council, Committee Reports
1905-1906
1/4
City Council, Resolutions and Amendments
1902-1906
1/5
Claims for Damages
1906
1/6
Claims, A
1903-1906
1/7
Claims, B
1903-1906
1/8
Claims, C-D
1905-1906
1/9
Claims, E-G
1903-1906
1/10
Claims, H-J
1904-1906
1/11
Claims, K-L
1903-1906
1/12
Claims, M-N
1903-1906
2/1
Claims, O-R
1903-1906
2/2
Claims, S
1903-1906
2/3
Claims, T-W
1903-1906
2/4
Contract Bonds
1904-1906
2/5
Correspondence, B-E
1904-1906
2/6
Correspondence, F-H
1903-1906
2/7
Correspondence, J-M
1904-1906
2/8
Correspondence, O-S
1903-1906
2/9
Correspondence, T-W
1903-1905
2/10
County (King) Auditor's Report
1906
2/11
Justice Court, Lawsuits
1905-1906
3/1
Marshall's Notices, Assessment Rolls
1906
3/2
Memoranda, Street and Water Improvements
1905-1906
3/3
Notices for Bids and Specifications
1904-1907
3/4
Oaths of Office
1903-1906
3/5
Official Bonds
1903-1906
3/6
Petitions, Annexation
1906
3/7
Petitions, Bonds for Liquor Licenses
1903-1907
3/8
Petitions, Boxing Exhibitions
1906
3/9
Petitions, Saloons
1905-1906
3/10
Petitions, Streets and Drainage Improvements
1904-1907
3/11
Petitions, Water System and Streetcars
1905-1907
3/12
Plat, Donovan Street and Valley Road
1902-1907
3/13
Tax Statements
1903-1907
3/14
Treasurer's Reports
1904-1905