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Worthington 150: Worthington's city council members through the years

While Worthington City Hall maintains all council meeting minutes, the early minutes are handwritten.

Downtown Worthington in the early days
An undated street scene of downtown Worthington.
Nobles County Historical Society
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WORTHINGTON — Worthington’s official birthdate is March 8, 1873, the day it was incorporated by a small settlement of pioneers through an election of a mayor and council, and adoption of the city’s charter. Early city fathers selected a weak mayor-council plan form of government.

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

While Worthington City Hall maintains all council meeting minutes, the early minutes are handwritten and a complete and accurate record of elected city officials is not available.

1909-12: W.E. Bloom

1909-12: I.F. Kelley

1909-11: M.J. Barber

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1909-10: C.L. Maxwell

1909-13: W.M. Evans

1910-16: W.E. Oliver

1910-20: A.J. Goff

1911-13: William Schrader

1912-17: J.N. Gould

1913-18: G.W. Brammer

1913-17: A.E. Hart

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1916-20: M.G. Hurd

1917-19: George Wiedman

1917-19: Newton Fauskee

1918-22: L.M. Herbert

1919-23: Ernest Sterling

1919-23: A.T. Latta

1920-22: J.J. Kies

1920-26: J.A. Albinson

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1922-30: W.E. Madison

1922-24: H.W. Shore

1923-25: E.O. Olson

E. O. Olson was a prominent figure in Worthington's history

1923-25: Frank Baker

1924-30: C.M Smallwood

1925-37: A.J. Goff

1925-31: M.G. Hurd

1926-30: W.R. Graham

1930-38: William Schmidt

1930-35: David Anderson

1931-33: Carl Wolf

1931-36: Robert Wolff

1933-37: Ray Smith

1935-37: George Ehlers

1936-38: Ernest Sterling

1937-44: Alvin Graf

1937-38: J.A. Albinson

1937-41: P.O. Lien

1938-40: F. Hardy Rickbeil

1938-40: Edmund Swanberg

1938-50: Henry Hagge

1946-54: R.C. Madsen

1940-51: C.R. Kinsman

1941-47: G.E. Barber

1943-44: E.H. Ehlers

1944-54: R.C. Madsen

1944-46: D.R. Martin

1944-47: Louis Moeller

1947-49: H.E. Davidson

1947-57: C.C. Campbell

1949-55: Charles Knuth

1950-52: Geryl Gardner

1952-54: George Peterson

1952-54: Gaylord Hay

1954-56: Geryl Gardner

1954-62: J.C. Hagge

1955-64: Floyd Smith

1956-60: H. Dwight Ludlow

1956-58: W.F. Meyer

1957-61: Earl Roberts

1957-59: Charles Banister

1959-61: D.R. Martin

1960-65: Joe Roos

1960-65: Arthur Leistico

1961-66: Ervin Heintz

1961-65: Don Rickers

1962-64: Harold Collingham

1964-66: A.W. Koelz

1964-66: Ned Batcheller

1965-67: Robert Johnson

1965-66: Robert Demuth

Former mayor of Worthington to be remembered in Wednesday morning service following his Aug. 7 death at age 94.

1966-70: Leo Lester

1966-70: Woodrow Glad

1966-74: James Gay

1967-67: Donald Rickers

1967-67: Verlyn Meyer

1967-73: Karl Schafer

1967-74: Philip Fiola

1970-76: Elmer Kuhl

1970-74: Robert Taylor

1973-75: Bruce Lease

1974-79: Peter Kaiser

1974-78: Richard Osness

1974-76: Ernest Gould

1975-81: Maurice Rubsam

1976-78: Orville Appel

1978-80: Philip Fiola

1978-82: Leo Balk

1978-80: H. Edwin Roberts

1979-84: Ernest Gould

1980-82: Ron Heard

1980-85: Dewey Anderson

1981-84: Carol Dyke

1982-83: Elmer Kuhl

1982-84: Dennis Youngwirth

1983-86: Sterling Johnson

1984-90: Lloyd Phelps

1984-88: Earl Newburn

1984-88: Craig Deuel

1985-86: Jan Dybevick

1986-94: Jacob DeJong

1986-92: Don Gravon

1988-89: Gerald Hay

1989-2006: Leland Hain

1989-2000: Lloyd Standafter

1991-2000:Roland Bourassa

1993-95: Mike Driscoll

1995-2006: Roger Nelson

1995-2004: Jim Elsing

2001-2008: Bob Petrich

WORTHINGTON -- Worthington hasn't seen the last of Bob Petrich. Even after a recent vacation in an all-inclusive Mexican resort, he came back to the sub-zero temperatures of the place he calls home. "We went through a hundred-and-some degree temp...

2001-2012: Lyle Ten Haken

2005-2012: Mike Woll

2007-2014: Ron Wood

2007-2014: Mike Kuhle

2009-2016: Scott Nelson

2013-2016: Rod Sankey

2013-2016: Diane Graber

2015-2021: Mike Harmon

2015-Present: Larry Janssen

2017-2020: Alan Oberloh

2017-Present: Chad Cummings

2017-Present: Amy Ernst

2020-Present: Chris Kielblock

2021-Present: Alaina Kolpin

150 YEARS OF WORTHINGTON
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.
Adrian proposed dissecting Nobles County so it could reign over a new county.
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.
Prior to 1909, post was termed president.
Worthington Mayor Mike Kuhle shares thoughts on city's milestone anniversary.

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