|First City Hall occupied the back rooms of Pioneer Electric Co., now Kit Kuhn's Jewelry store.|
Mayor Ryan, dentist, was conveniently next door.
CE Shaw, local sign painter and Gig Harbor promoter, was definitely against it. He felt the taxes would be too high. However, Judge H R Thurston was definitely for it. Letters were published in the Peninsula Gateway newspaper supporting each side.
The first vote was held September 1945. It failed by thirteen votes. The reason given was that the fishermen were still out of town fishing and thus many supporters were gone.
A second vote was held June 26, 1946. It passed 141 to 114. Ballots were easily available as they were printed in the newspaper. There were no polling booths.
Also on the ballot were the mayor and the town council. Harold Ryan, dentist, beat C O Austin, local mill owner, for mayor. Leander Finholm, local telephone company owner, was named Treasurer with grocers Keith Uddenberg, Tony Stanich, and John Finholm, and fisherman Emmett Ross forming the Town Council.
|First Gig Harbor Police Car, (l to r) Mayor Ryan, Tony Stanich, Judge H R Thurston,|
Marshal Chet Jones, Keith Uddenberg and Fred Perkins, undertaker
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