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Mason, Michigan
Mayors, Village Presidents, Postmasters

Mayors of Mason, 1875-1970 (may be incomplete!)
R. F. Griffin 1875-76 Daniel J. Darrow 1876-77 William Woodhouse 1877-78 Elias G. Hunt 1878-79 John H. Sayers 1879-81 William H. Clark 1881-82 William W. Root 1882-83 A. V. Peek 1883-84 Harper Reed 1884-86 Perry Henderson 1886-87 John C. Cannon 1887-89 Michael J. Murray 1889-92 Lawton T. Hemans 1892-93 Harper Reed 1893-96 Charles W. VanSlyke 1896-99 Lawton T. Hemans 1899-1900 Harper Reed 1900-01 Charles W. Whitman 1901-03 Elias Culver 1903-04 William W. Root 1904-06 Lawton T. Hemans 1906-10 John N. Thorburn 1910-12 Arlington A. Bergman 1912-16 Ira J. Kellogg 1916-18 David P. Whitmore 1918-20 James E. Waggoner 1920-21 Vernon J. Brown 1921-23 Harry J. Bond 1923-26 Clarence Bickert 1926-27 John E. Kennedy 1927-31 Leo H. Harrison 1931 Jason E. Taylor 1931-33 Arthur W. Jewett 1933-47 Sidney A. Morrison 1947-49 Cecil H. Hall 1949-53 Clairmont Everitt 1953-54 Gilson Pearsall 1964-67 Loren Shattuck 1967-68 Vaughn Snook 1968-69 DeWayne Evans 1969-70 Sue Ann Parsons 1970

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1875 Apr 5: R. F. Griffin, elected; Charles H. Darrow (Rep), defeated.
  • 1876 Apr 3: Daniel J. Darrow (Rep), elected; Henry P. Henderson (Dem), defeated.
  • 1877 Apr 2: William Woodhouse (Dem), elected.
  • 1878 Apr 1: Elias G. Hunt (Greenback), elected; S. J. P. Smead (Dem), defeated.
  • 1879 Apr 7: John H. Sayers (Rep), elected; C. D. Huntington (Dem & Greenback), defeated.
  • 1880 Apr 5: John H. Sayers (Rep), elected; Minos McRobert (Dem), defeated; Asahel W. Parkhurst (Greenback), defeated.
  • 1881 Apr 4: William H. Clark (Greenback), elected; Thaddeus Densmore (Rep), defeated.
  • 1882 Apr 3: William W. Root (Rep), elected; A. V. Peek (Greenback), defeated; George M. Huntington (Dem), defeated.
  • 1883 Apr 2: A. V. Peek (Greenback & Dem), elected; A. B. Campbell (Rep), defeated.
  • 1884 Apr 7: Harper Reed (Citizens), elected; James A. Sherwood (Anti-Monopoly), defeated.
  • 1885 Apr 6: Harper Reed (Rep), elected; Spencer H. Beecher (Dem), defeated.
  • 1886 Apr 5: Perry Henderson (Dem & Greenback), elected; John C. Cannon (Rep), defeated.
  • 1887 Apr 4: John C. Cannon (Rep), elected; James A. Sherwood (Union Labor), defeated; S. J. P. Smead (Dem), defeated.
  • 1888 Apr 2: John C. Cannon (Rep), elected; Michael J. Murray (Dem), defeated; James A. Sherwood (Union Labor), defeated; Frank Hoyt (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1889 Apr 1: Michael J. Murray (Dem), elected; Harper Reed (Rep), defeated; John G. Snook (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1890 Apr 7: Michael J. Murray (Dem), elected; Albert J. Hall (Rep), defeated; John G. Snook (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1891 Apr 6: Michael J. Murray (Dem), elected; Thaddeus Densmore (Rep), defeated; Edward E. Langley (Prohibition), defeated; T. M. Saraw (Industrial), defeated.
  • 1892 Apr 4: Lawton T. Hemans (Dem), elected; Charles J. Rayner (Rep), defeated; Edward E. Langley (Prohibition), defeated; R. F. Griffin (People's), defeated.
  • 1893 Apr 3: Harper Reed (Rep), elected; Lawton T. Hemans (Dem), defeated; Edward E. Langley (Prohibition), defeated; Ira J. Teall (People's), defeated.
  • 1894 Apr 2: Harper Reed (Rep), elected; John G. Snook (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1895 Apr 1: Harper Reed (Rep), elected; Charles W. VanSlyke (Dem), defeated; Samuel P. Stroud (People's), defeated; Harlan P. Williams (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1896 Apr 6: Charles W. VanSlyke (Dem), elected; Jesse Beech (Rep), defeated; John G. Snook (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1897 Apr 5: Charles W. VanSlyke (Dem & People's & Union Silver), elected; Rufus Raymond (Rep), defeated.
  • 1898 Apr 4: Charles W. VanSlyke (Dem), elected; George A. Earle (Rep), defeated.
  • 1899 Apr 3: Lawton T. Hemans (Citizens Union), elected; James A. Sherwood (Ind), defeated.
  • 1900 Apr 2: Harper Reed (Rep), elected; Frank P. Millbury (Dem), defeated.
  • 1901 Apr 1: Charles W. Whitman (Dem), elected; Harper Reed (Rep), defeated.
  • 1902 Apr 7: Charles W. Whitman (Dem), elected; Harrison O. Call (Rep), defeated.
  • 1903 Apr 6: Elias Culver (Rep), elected; John C. Fingerle (Dem), defeated; Albert L. Vandercook (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1904 Apr 4: William W. Root (Dem), elected; Elias Culver (Rep), defeated; Samuel Shaw (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1905 Apr 3: William W. Root (Dem), elected; Frank E. Thomas (Rep), defeated; Summit R. King (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1906 Apr 2: Lawton T. Hemans (Citizens), elected; Wilbur M. McCrosson (People's), defeated.
  • 1907 Apr 1: Lawton T. Hemans (Citizens), elected; John G. Snook (Law and Order), defeated.
  • 1908 Apr 6: Lawton T. Hemans (Citizens), elected; William W. Smith (People's), defeated.
  • 1909 Apr 5: Lawton T. Hemans (Citizens), elected unopposed.
  • 1910 Apr 4: John N. Thorburn (Citizens), elected; William B. Hallenbeck, defeated.
  • 1911 Apr 3: John N. Thorburn (Citizens), elected unopposed.
  • 1912 Apr 1: Arlington A. Bergman (Citizens), elected unopposed.
  • 1913 Apr 7: Arlington A. Bergman (Citizens), elected; F. G. Ellett (People's), defeated.
  • 1914 Apr 6: Arlington A. Bergman (Citizens), elected unopposed.
  • 1915 Apr 5: Arlington A. Bergman (Citizens), elected unopposed.
  • 1916 Apr 3: Ira J. Kellogg (Citizens), elected unopposed.
  • 1917 Apr 2: Ira J. Kellogg (Citizens), elected unopposed.
  • 1918 Apr 1: David P. Whitmore (Citizens), elected; Summit R. King (People's), defeated.
  • 1919 Apr 7: David P. Whitmore (Citizens), elected; Walter Hayner (People's), defeated.
  • 1920 Apr 5: James E. Waggoner (Citizens), elected unopposed.
  • 1921 Apr 4: Vernon J. Brown (Citizens), elected unopposed.
  • 1922 Apr 3: Vernon J. Brown (Citizens), elected unopposed.
  • 1923 Apr 2: Harry J. Bond (Citizens), elected unopposed.
  • 1924 Apr 7: Harry J. Bond (Citizens), elected unopposed.
  • 1925 Apr 6: Harry J. Bond (Citizens), elected unopposed.
  • 1926 Apr 5: Clarence Bickert (Citizens), elected unopposed.
  • 1927 Apr 4: John E. Kennedy (Citizens), elected unopposed.
  • 1928 Apr 2: John E. Kennedy (Citizens), elected unopposed.
  • 1929 Nov 5: John E. Kennedy (Citizens), elected unopposed.
  • 1931 Apr 30: John E. Kennedy, died in office.
  • 1931 Nov 3: Jason E. Taylor (People's), elected; A. B. Ball (Citizens), defeated.
  • 1933 Nov 7: Arthur W. Jewett, elected; Hugh W. Silsby (People's), defeated.
  • 1935 Nov 5: Arthur W. Jewett (People's), elected unopposed.
  • 1937 Nov 2: Arthur W. Jewett (People's), elected unopposed.
  • 1939 Nov 7: Arthur W. Jewett (People's), elected unopposed.
  • 1941 Nov 4: Arthur W. Jewett (People's), elected unopposed.
  • 1943 Nov 2: Arthur W. Jewett (People's), elected unopposed.
  • 1945 Nov 6: Arthur W. Jewett (People's), elected unopposed.
  • 1947 Nov 4: Sidney A. Morrison (Ind), elected; Arthur W. Jewett (People's), defeated.
  • 1949 Nov 8: Cecil H. Hall (People's), elected; Sidney A. Morrison (Ind), defeated; Anthony J. Betcher (Citizens), defeated.

    Village Presidents of Mason, 1865-75 (may be incomplete!)
    Minos McRobert 1865-66 Peter Lowe 1866-67 George M. Huntington 1867-68 Amos E. Steele 1868-69 Joseph L. Huntington 1869-70 John A. Barnes 1870-71 Minos McRobert 1871-72 Mason D. Chatterton 1872-73 S. J. P. Smead 1873-74 R. F. Griffin 1874-75 William Woodhouse 1875

    Postmasters at Mason, 1863-1971 (may be incomplete!)
    David B. Harrington 1863-66 Henry Linderman 1866 Franklin B. Seigfried 1866-67 Frank T. Albright 1867-83 Robert G. C. Knight 1883-88 Andrew W. Mehan 1888-89 Harry O. Call 1889-94 Morris A. Bement 1894 Charles W. Browne as of 1901-11 Ernest B. Kelly 1935-36 Ernest B. Kelly 1936-41 William J. Barber 1941-53 Leslie B. Palmer 1953-55 Leslie B. Palmer 1955-64 James M. Stubbert 1964-65 James M. Stubbert 1965-71

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