Worthington 150: Worthington has had 36 mayors since founding

Prior to 1909, post was termed president.

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Worthington City Hall (Brian Korthals/Daily Globe)
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WORTHINGTON — The elected official to lead the city is the mayor, or before 1909, the president. That year, Worthington revised its charter and adopted the strong council, weak mayor form of city government, meaning the mayor only votes in the instance of a tie among council members. This is how it remains yet today.

A timeline that celebrates big moments in our town's history.

Following is a list of Worthington’s presidents and mayors since the city’s founding:

1873: N. Sater (city incorporated, first election)

1874: J.C. Craft

1875: Albert C. Robinson


1876: Peter Thompson

1878: Albert C. Robinson

1879: Daniel Shell

1882: C.H. Smith

1884: George W. Wilson

1885: Daniel Shell

1887: H.C. Shepard

1888: C.H. Smith


1889: Daniel Shell

1892: H.E. Torrance

1893: Daniel Shell

1896: Azom Forbes

1897: Frank Glasgow

1899: E.C. Pannell

1901: J.R. Conway

1902: Frank Glasgow


1903: J.N. Gould

1906: W.E. Madison

A timeline that celebrates big moments in our town's history.
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1909: William Ronan

1913: William Schrader

1915: A.J. Ward

1919: W.E. Oliver

1921: A.J. Goff

1923: E.J. Jones

1925: A.T. Latta

1930: E.O. Olson (resigned May 13, 1931)

1931: E.J. Olson

1937: H.O. Kragness (died July 7, 1944)

1944: H.E. Hagge (acting mayor)

1945: Alvin E. Graf

1947: L.V. Hartle

1949: J.C. Boote

1951: H.E. Davidson

1955: John E. Fenstermacher

1965: Joe Ross

1967: Robert J. Demuth

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1971: Ray F. Schisler

1977: Harlin Owens

1986: Robert J. Demuth

2003: Alan Oberloh

2015: Mike Kuhle

A timeline that celebrates big moments in our town's history.
The Indian culture along the shores of Lake Okabena remained undisturbed until the mid-19th century, when white settlers first moved into the area.
An addition to the junior and senior high complex, the auditorium was designed with the classic art deco features so popular at the time.
The first public school consisted of 49 students and two teachers who met in various rented rooms throughout the village.
At least 50 confirmed reservations were received from Midwestern windsurfers of various skill levels.
One night he ran smack-dab into a group of evangelists while staggering out of a saloon. He was converted on the spot. Since then he traveled all across the country preaching the gospel and convincing sinners to “get right with God.”
The city’s Army National Guard unit, Co. F of the 215th Coast Artillery, was ordered to active duty in 1940, a full year before the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.
First festival focused on playing soccer.
Committee member recounts sorting everything from dresses and suits to shoes.
It was a noisy, hilarious and potentially dangerous scene. But the merchants of 1934 declared it a huge success.
Ludlow a figure in Worthington's early history.
“Building international relations on a community-to-community basis … represents a new approach to democracy.”
Jack started as an immigrant shoemaker and went on to lead a flamboyant rags-to-riches life. He was part of an interesting era in Worthington’s history.
Last local casualties were from Vietnam war.
The founder of this unique partnership visited Crailsheim in 1958, when she was decorated with the “Bundersverdienstkreuz Erster Klasse.”
His home still stands today as a bed and breakfast.
The Mobergs and Larsons came to America together in 1870, an arduous journey by boat, foot, wheel car and railroad.
E. O. Olson was a prominent figure in Worthington's history
Worthington was a natural for the natural ice industry. The railroads were here. The lake was here.
Worthington’s economic base began to broaden from the narrow pedestal of farming to the much broader one of agriculture.
One Worthington woman who was close to the welfare scene expressed it another way: “I never told my kids how tough we had it. And I forgot it as soon as I could.”
Worthington soared to a new population of 3,481 persons by the 1920s.
In 1916, a hexagonal bandstand was built about 75 feet out on Lake Okabena at the foot of Third Avenue.
His most notable accomplishment was in 1911, when the four-story hotel which bears his name was built, with 118 feet of it faced on 10th Street and the courthouse square.
From the first permanent house to the largest King Turkey Day in 1966, Worthington has a storied past.
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