The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
Cadillac, Michigan
including Clam Lake
Mayors, Postmasters, Village Presidents

Mayors of Cadillac, 1877-2013 (may be incomplete!)
George A. Mitchell 1877-78 Jacob Cummer 1878-79 Daniel McCoy 1879-82 Byron Ballou 1882-83 Eldon L. Metheany 1883-84 Frank H. Huntley 1884-85 James Haynes 1885-86 Jared H. Hixon 1886-87 James McAdam 1887-88 Wellington W. Cummer 1888-89 Levi J. Law 1889-90 Eldon L. Metheany 1890-92 Fred A. Diggins 1892-94 Samuel J. Wall 1894-96 Fred A. Diggins 1896-1900 Henry Knowlton 1900-01 George S. Stanley 1901-02 Charles C. Dunham 1902-04 James Johnston 1904-06 Eldon L. Metheany 1906-07 Bartlett H. McMullen 1907-08 Eldon L. Metheany 1908-10 Francis O. Gaffney 1910-11 Charles C. Dunham 1911-12 James Murphy 1912-13 James Johnston 1913-15 Bartlett H. McMullen 1916-17 James Johnston 1918-19 Perry F. Powers 1920-21 James Johnston 1922-23 Sair C. Moore 1924-28 Felix H. H. Flynn 1928-33 Walter E. Curry 1934-39 Leslie B. Donnelly 1940-41 Carl T. Johnson 1942 George G. Brown 1942-45 John D. English 1946-49 Walter H. Nelson 1950 T. Walter Kelly 1950-53 Robert L. Kendall 1954-55 Sol H. Young 1956-57 Everett G. Reiser 1958-59 T. Walter Kelly 1960-61 I. T. Wedin 1962-67 John D. English 1968-69 Ronald G. Wilson 1970-71 Raymond W. Wagner 1972-76 Robert J. Pranger 1976-79 Darrell D. Becker 1980-89 Ronald J. Blanchard 1990-2007 William S. Barnett 2008-13

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1895 Apr 1: Samuel J. Wall, elected; Levi J. Law, defeated.
  • 1896 Apr 6: Fred A. Diggins, elected; George S. Stanley, defeated.
  • 1897 Apr 5: Fred A. Diggins, elected; William Kaiser, defeated.
  • 1898 Apr 4: Fred A. Diggins, elected; John A. Gustafson, defeated.
  • 1899 Apr 3: Fred A. Diggins, elected; William H. Hardick, defeated.
  • 1900 Apr 2: Henry Knowlton (Rep), elected; George S. Stanley (Dem), defeated.
  • 1901 Apr 1: George S. Stanley, elected; Henry Knowlton, defeated.
  • 1902 Apr 7: Charles C. Dunham, elected; George S. Stanley, defeated.
  • 1903 Apr 6: Charles C. Dunham, elected; Axel G. Burnam, defeated.
  • 1904 Apr 4: James Johnston, elected; Darwin B. Kelly, defeated.
  • 1905 Apr 3: James Johnston, elected; George S. Stanley, defeated.
  • 1906 Apr 2: Eldon L. Metheany, elected; James Johnston, defeated.
  • 1907 Apr 1: Bartlett H. McMullen, elected; Eldon L. Metheany, defeated.
  • 1908 Apr 6: Eldon L. Metheany (Citizens), elected; Fred S. Lamb, defeated.
  • 1909 Apr 5: Eldon L. Metheany, elected; James Johnston, defeated.
  • 1910 Apr 4: Francis O. Gaffney (Citizens), elected; Charles C. Dunham, defeated.
  • 1911 Apr 3: Charles C. Dunham, elected; Francis O. Gaffney, defeated; George S. Stanley, defeated.
  • 1912 Apr 1: James Murphy (Rep), elected; Francis O. Gaffney, defeated; Dale B. Dayhuff, defeated.
  • 1913 Apr 7: James Johnston, elected; Sair C. Moore, defeated; Ansel P. Wilcox, defeated.
  • 1915 Nov 2: Bartlett H. McMullen, elected; James Johnston, defeated.
  • 1917 Nov 6: James Johnston, elected unopposed.
  • 1919 Nov 4: Perry F. Powers, elected unopposed.
  • 1921 Nov 6: James Johnston, elected; Leslie B. Donnelly, defeated.
  • 1923 Nov 6: Sair C. Moore, elected; Leslie B. Donnelly, defeated.
  • 1925 Nov 3: Sair C. Moore, elected; James C. Flynn, defeated.
  • 1927 Nov 8: Sair C. Moore, elected; Leslie B. Donnelly, defeated.
  • 1928 Oct 6: Sair C. Moore, resigned; Felix H. H. Flynn, appointed.
  • 1929 Nov 5: Felix H. H. Flynn, elected unopposed.
  • 1931 Nov 3: Felix H. H. Flynn, elected unopposed.
  • 1933 Nov 7: Walter E. Curry, elected; Charles J. Foster, defeated.
  • 1935 Nov 5: Walter E. Curry, elected unopposed.
  • 1937 Nov 2: Walter E. Curry, elected unopposed.
  • 1939 Nov 7: Leslie B. Donnelly, elected; Walter E. Curry, defeated; Fred T. Roussin, defeated.
  • 1941 Nov 4: Carl T. Johnson, elected; Leslie B. Donnelly, defeated.
  • 1942 Nov 9: Carl T. Johnson, resigned.
  • 1942 Nov 12: George G. Brown, appointed.
  • 1943 Nov 2: George G. Brown, elected; Leslie B. Donnelly, defeated.
  • 1945 Nov 6: John D. English, elected unopposed.
  • 1947 Nov 4: John D. English, elected; Leslie B. Donnelly, defeated.
  • 1949 Nov 8: Walter H. Nelson, elected; John D. English, defeated.
  • 1950 Oct 12: Walter H. Nelson, resigned.
  • 1950 Oct 16: T. Walter Kelly, appointed.
  • 1951 Nov 6: T. Walter Kelly, elected; Leslie B. Donnelly, defeated.
  • 1953 Nov 3: Robert L. Kendall, elected; William A. Fellows, defeated.
  • 1955 Nov 8: Sol H. Young, elected; William Bryan, defeated.
  • 1957 Nov 5: Everett G. Reiser, elected; Drexel Swartwood, defeated.
  • 1959 Nov 3: T. Walter Kelly, elected; Henry E. Kidder, defeated.
  • 1961 Nov 7: I. T. Wedin, elected; T. Walter Kelly, defeated; Douglas S. Fairbanks, defeated.
  • 1963 Nov 5: I. T. Wedin, elected; Fred Weber, defeated.
  • 1965 Nov 2: I. T. Wedin, elected; Tom M. Sulpher, defeated; Amanda R. Knudsen, defeated.
  • 1967 Nov 7: John D. English, elected; I. T. Wedin, defeated.
  • 1969 Nov 4: Ronald G. Wilson, elected; John D. English, defeated.
  • 1971 Nov 2: Raymond W. Wagner, elected.
  • 1976: Raymond W. Wagner, resigned.
  • 1995 Nov 7: Ronald J. Blanchard, elected.
  • 1999 Nov 2: Ronald J. Blanchard, elected unopposed.
  • 2001 Nov 6: Ronald J. Blanchard, elected; Haner, defeated.
  • 2003 Nov 4: Ronald J. Blanchard, elected; Bob Reddy, defeated.
  • 2005 Nov 8: Ronald J. Blanchard, elected; Arthur Stevens, defeated; Antoinette Schippers, defeated; Tony Garcia-Rubio, defeated.
  • 2007 Nov 6: William S. Barnett, elected; Gordon Baas, defeated.
  • 2009 Nov 3: William S. Barnett, elected; Jay Thiebaut, defeated.
  • 2011 Nov 8: William S. Barnett, elected; Carla Filkins, defeated.
  • 2013 Nov 5: Carla Filkins, elected; William S. Barnett, defeated.

    Postmasters at Cadillac, 1877-1971 (may be incomplete!)
    Jared H. Hixon 1877-86 James Croly 1886-90 Byron Ballou 1890-94 Levi J. Law 1894-98 Samuel J. Wall 1898-1905 Wallace J. Smith 1905-14 Francis O. Gaffney 1914-22 Perry F. Powers 1922-34 Mary E. Smith 1934-35 Henry W. Miltner 1935 Henry W. Miltner 1935-43 Ernest R. Brodeur 1943 Ernest R. Brodeur 1943-52 Fred T. Roussin 1952-53 Fred H. Lamb 1953-54 Bernard C. Shankland 1954 Bernard C. Shankland 1954-67 Robert Emmett Loughrin 1967-68 Robert Emmett Loughrin 1968-71

    Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1905 Sep 24: Samuel J. Wall, died in office.
  • 1922 Jan 18: Francis O. Gaffney, died in office.

    Clam Lake
    (renamed Cadillac in 1877)

    Village Presidents of Clam Lake, 1874-75 (may be incomplete!)
    George J. Shackelton 1874 George J. Shackelton 1875

    Postmasters at Clam Lake, 1872-77 (may be incomplete!)
    John S. McClain 1872 Henry F. May 1872-74 Byron Ballou 1874-75 Jayno A. Whitmore 1875-77

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