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As early as 1896 there was some talk about incorporating the town of Klemme, however, it was only talk and not much was done about following through and making the town officially incorporated. Once again in 1897 the discussion of incorporating was debated on the streets and in the newspaper. By December 1897 the subject was hardly mentioned in conservations. The issue of incorporating wasn't discussed much during 1898 until September when Steven B. Day passed a subscription paper among the voters of Klemme. He obtained 24 signatures on the petition to start the work of officially incorporating the town.
|INCORPORATION PETITION SIGNERS
A. C. Ripley and Mr. Kelly from Garner were engaged to draw up the incorporation papers and submit the matter to the District Court on September 29, 1898. The court appointed John L. Harr, Steven B. Day, Henry W. Gruetzmacher, Frank Gruetzmacher and Walter R. Bloom to act as election commissioners to call a general election to vote on the question of incorporating.
Notices of the election were posted on October 3, 1898 in the Post Office, Peitzke Blacksmith Shop and Walter R. Bloom Elevator. The election was held on October 25, 1898 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM at the school house. There was a total of 84 votes cast in the election. The result of the elections was 49 for incorporation and 35 against.
|NAME and OCCUPATION OF INCORPORATION VOTERS
The results of the incorporation vote were presented in the District Court on November 15, 1898. The court accepted the results and ordered the commissioners to call an election for the purpose of electing one mayor, one clerk, one treasurer and six councilmen. The election notices were posted on December 28, 1898 in the John L. Harr Drug Store, Post Office, Gruetzmachers Brothers Store, Lewis Hafner's store and one at Frank Gruetzmachers Harness and Shoe store.
A caucus meeting was held the first week in January 1899 for the purpose of placing in nomination officers for the incorporated town of Klemme. It was attended by 57 voters, who nominated the following for the CITIZENS ticket: Henry Terhufen, mayor; Abdon B. Shafer, treasurer; Edwin P. Dow, clerk; Henry Gruetzmacher, George Kluckhohn, August Lau and Henry Peitzke, councilmen. The PEOPLES ticket candidates were: George Bartholomew, mayor; Elias P. Schaefer, treasurer; John Gruetzmacher, Herman A. Richter, John L. Harr, Tom Blank, August Ridder, Walter Bloom and Frank Gruetzmacher, councilmen.
The election was held on January 11, 1899 at the school house. There was a total of 68 votes cast in the election.
|FIRST CORPORATION ELECTION RESULTS
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