Guide to the Town of South Park Records

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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
Contact Information: Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-233-7807
Fax: 206-386-9025
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

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 Description

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 Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Records are open to the public.

Preferred Citation :  

[Item and date], Town of South Park Records, Record Series 9174-[xx]. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The Town of South Park Records are arranged in three series:

Series I: City Council Minutes (9174-01)

Series II: Ordinances (9174-02)

Series III: City Clerk's Records (9174-03)

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series I (9174-01):  City Council Minutes

Proceedings of South Park City Council meetings.

1 Minutes 1902-1907

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Series II (9174-02):  Ordinances

Ordinances passed by the South Park City Council.

1 Ordinances 1903-1907

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

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

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This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

    • Geographical Names :
    • South Park (Wash.)--Politics and government
    • Subject Terms :
    • Annexation (Municipal government)--Washington (State)--Seattle
    • City councils--Washington (State)--Seattle
    • Sewerage--Washington (State)--Seattle
    • Water utilities--Washington (State)--Seattle
      • Form or Genre Terms :
      • Minutes
      • Ordinances
      • Other Creators :
      • South Park (Wash.). City Council

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