History of Elected Officials

 

History Of Elected Officals

1st District Norval Gorrie 1901 – 1902
2nd District Thomas J. Stephenson 1901 – 1902
Washington County, Territory of Idaho was officially created from Ada and Idaho Counties by act of the ninth territorial legislature the 20th day of February 1879.

William Allison of the Upper Valley, later named Salubria, and Thomas Gray of Gray Creek, Indian Valley, were members of the Ada County lower house delegation in the legislature. Mr. Allison and Mr. Gray were the fathers of the act creating Washington County.
Governor Mason Brayman signed the legislation into law, making Washington County the 10th or 11th county to come into being in the Idaho Territory. Cassia County was officially created on the same day. The act of the county’s creation also appointed a temporary board of county commissioners and what their first official duties would be, i.e. to call an election to decide upon a location for the county seat, elect a set of county officers, canvas the vote and declare the results. Isaac Spoor of Indian Valley, Nelson Haven and S. M. Jeffreys of lower Weiser were the appointees.
In 1869, it was established that each county must have a board of county commissioners consisting of three (3) members. Each member’s elected term of office would be for two years. The first session of the Board of County Commissioners was held the 10th day of March 1879, at the site known as Weiser Bridge with S. M. Jeffreys and Nelson Haven present. They performed their first official duty being the appointment of the first Auditor and Recorder of Washington County, Idaho Territory to hold his office until his successor is elected and duly qualified.
Their second official duty was to set the date for the first official election being the second Monday in April, that date being the 14th day of April 1879, for the election of one Sheriff, one Treasurer, one Auditor and Recorder, one Assessor, one Probate Judge, one Coroner, three County Commissioners, two Justices of the Peace for each precinct and one Constable for each precinct. They proceeded to name the persons to preside over the election and appointed them Judges of said Election. They also named the six precincts and fixed each polling location.
The history as known to Washington County at this time, does not indicate when or how Commissioner Jeffreys or Commissioner Haven was sworn into office. However, record indicates that during the second session proceedings held on the 24th day of April, 1879, Isaac Spoor came forward and took the oath of office as county commissioner of Washington County.
Record also does not indicate how the chairman of the Board was decided, just that S. M. Jeffreys signed as such.
4/14/1879 The first duly elected Board of County Commissioners for Washington County, Territory of Idaho was as follows:

Washington County Population

F. M. Mickey John Cuddy I. E. McKinney
192 votes 141 votes 116 votes

For County Seat the vote was as follows:

Weiser Bridge Upper Weiser I. E. McKinney
117 Votes 106 votes 116 votes

4/24/1879 After the canvass of votes, the Board established the location of the county seat by property description. S. M. Jeffreys agreed to donate five acres of his homestead for county purpose. By order of the Board the town was officially named Weiser City being county seat of Washington County Idaho Territory.

F. M. Mickey and I. E. McKinney being present took the oath of office as county commissioners.

The old Board adjourned.

5/01/1879 John Cuddy was sworn in office as county commissioner. He was the first elected chairman of the Board of County Commissioners.

NOTE: It had been established that the general election would be the first Tuesday following the first Monday of November of each even year.

11/02/1880 Duly elected county commissioners were as follows:

Marshall Everett F. M. Mickey W. C. Jennings
132 Votes 130 votes 124 votes

 

11/07/1882 Duly elected county commissioners were as follows:

M Everett S. M. Taylor John Cuddy
286 Votes 242 votes 224 votes

 

11/04/1884 Duly elected county commissioners were as follows:

E. S. Jewell John Cuddy I. M. Hart
326 Votes 320 votes 274 votes

7/15/1886 After three attempts, the county was divided into three Commissioner Districts for the first time being:

1st District 2nd District 3rd District
Weiser Precinct.. Ruthburg, Mineral, Mann Creek, Middle Valley, Paddock, & Crane Precincts. Salubria, Indian Valley, Council Valley & Salmon Meadows Precincts.
1st District 2nd District 3rd District
A. M. Williams Thos Mackey F. C. Wilkie
1887 – 1888 1887 – 1888 1887 – 1888

10/12/1887 The Commissioners declared the Town of Weiser incorporated under and by the name of Weiser (as provided in Section 2224 of Title XIII of the Revised Statutes of Idaho Territory) as petitioned for by a majority of the taxable inhabitants of the town. The boundary description was declared and the Trustees appointed to act until their successors were elected and qualified.

7/11/1888 Commissioner Districts as follows:

1st District 2nd District 3rd District
Weiser Precinct.. Ruthburg, Mineral, Mann Creek, Middle Valley, Paddock, & Crane Precincts. Salubria, Indian Valley, Council Valley & Salmon Meadows Precincts.
1st District 2nd District 3rd District
S. J. Durbin E. E. Utley M. S. Bramblee
1889 – 1890 1889 – 1890 1889 – 1890

10/17/1889 The Board took up the proclamation issued on the 2nd day of October 1889, by the Honorable Geo. L. Shoup, Governor of Idaho, regarding an election to be held in the various counties of this territory for the purpose of voting for or against the purposed Constitution of the new State of Idaho.

In compliance with said proclamation, the Board of County Commissioners of Washington County recommended that an election be held on the 5th day of November 1889 for the purpose of voting for or against said Constitution.

11/05/1889 Official Vote as follows:

For the Constitution Against the Constitution
442 Votes 173 votes

7/03/1890 IDAHO JOINED THE UNION AS THE 43RD STATE.
7/17/1890 Commissioner Districts as follows:

1st District 2nd District 3rd District
Weiser, Mann Creek and Lower Crane Precincts. Mineral, Middle Valley, Salubria and Ruthburg Precincts. Upper Crane, Indian Valley, Meadows and Seven Devils Precincts.

7/28/1890 Governor George L. Shoup ordered there be held on Wednesday, 1st day of October, 1890, an election for the purpose of electing the various state, county and precinct officers as provided for by the Constitution of the State of Idaho.

10/01/1890 The first duly elected Board of County Commissioner under statehood:

1st District 2nd District 3rd District
A. M. Williams John Cuddy John O. Levander
1891 – 1892 1891 – 1892 1891 – 1892

1/12/1891 It was determined that the newly elected Commissioners could not be sworn into office based on their failure to qualify in accordance with the provisions of Section 12 of the Constitution and the fact it was rumored that the State Legislature had passed a Bill giving the Governor the power to appoint persons to fill existing vacancies.

A dispatch from the state’s Attorney General confirmed the passage of the law giving the Governor power to appoint County Officers in place of those who failed to qualify according to the provisions of Section 12 of the Constitution.

1/16/1891 The Board heard the reading of the appointments of the Commissioners as elected for each district being:

1st District 2nd District 3rd District
A. M. Williams John Cuddy John O. Levander
1891 – 1892 1891 – 1892 1891 – 1892

7/14/1892 Commissioner Districts as follows:

1st Districtt 2nd District George V. Leighton
Weiser, Mann Creek and Mineral Precincts Middle Valley, Salubria, Ruthburg, Lower Crane and Upper Crane Precincts Indian Valley, Council, Seven Devils, Lick Creek and Meadows Precincts

NOTE: The official results of the election held November 8, 1892, were not listed per office as previously recorded in the minutes of the County Commissioners. The first recorded meeting being January 2, 1893, indicates the following persons were elected; districts were not noted.

A. F. Hitt Frank M. Mickey George V. Leighton
1893 – 1894 1893 – 1894 1893 – 1894

NOTE: Election results for the November General Elections from 1894 to 1916 were taken from the loose official abstract sheets given to the Idaho State Historical Society by Washington County.

1st District 2nd District 3rd District
A. J. Hopkins George Hoffstatter F. W. Beier
1895 – 1896 1895 – 1896 1895 – 1896

7/15/1896 Commissioner Districts as follows:

1st District 2nd District 3rd District
Weiser, Mann Creek and Lower Crane Precincts. Middle Valley, Salubria, Ruthburg, Lower Crane and Upper Crane Precincts. Indian Valley, Council, Meadows and Lick Creek Precincts.
1st District 2nd District 3rd District
Andrew B. Anderson Moses H. Hopper 1897 – 1898
1897 – 1898 1897 – 1898 1899 – 1900

11/08/1897 Filed his resignation with the County Auditor:

11/13/1897 Governor accepted said resignation and appointed Billie W. Wilson to fill the vacancy (3rd District Commissioner).

7/13/1898 Commissioner Districts as follows:

1st District West Weiser, East Weiser, Mann Creek and Mineral Precincts.
2nd District Middle Valley, Salubria, Ruthburg, Upper Crane and Lower Crane Precincts.
3rd District Indian Valley, Council, Meadows and Bear Precincts.

1st District 2nd District 3rd District
Norval Gorrie George W. Hoffstatter James I. Linder
1899 – 1900 1899 – 1900 1899 – 1900

7/16/1900 Commissioner Districts as follows:

1st District 2nd District 3rd District
East Weiser, West Weiser, Mann Creek, and Mineral Precincts. Middle Valley, Salubria, Cambridge, Ruthburg, Upper Crane and Lower Crane Precincts. Indian Valley, Council, Meadows, Bear, and Cuprum Precincts.

 

1st District 2nd District 3rd District
Norval Gorrie Thomas J. Stephenson Charles A. Campbell
1901 – 1902 1901 – 1902 1901 – 1902
1st District 2nd District 3rd District
James A. McCune Nelson G. Phillips Billie W. Wilson
1903 – 1904 1903 – 1904 1903 – 1904
1st District 2nd District 3rd District
John D. Robertson Henry Jesse Hauntz Billie W. Wilson
1905 – 1906 1905 – 1906 1905 – 1906
1st District 2nd District 3rd District
John D. Robertson Charles T. Reavis D. Kelsey Lindsay
1907 – 1908 1907 – 1908 1907 – 1908
1st District 2nd District 3rd District
John D. Robertson Harry M. Coon Carl L. Weed
1909 – 1910 1909 – 1910 1909 – 1910

8/30/1910 First Primary Election.

1st District 2nd District 3rd District
P. J. Gerhart William H. Towell George S. Mitchell
1911 – 1912 1911 – 1912 1911 – 1912

George S. Mitchell submitted his resignation. It was filed in the office of the Governor some time after 2/23/1911.

3/03/1911 Adams County was established from the northern part of Washington County. At that time, George S. Mitchell ceased to be a Washington County resident.

3/17/1911 On his appointment by the Governor, Samuel A. Swanstrom was sworn into office to fill the vacancy of George S. Mitchell caused by the creation of Adams County. This matter was not noted until the Board met the 10th day of April, 1911.
4/11/1911 Commissioner Districts as follows:

1st District Eaton, Hale, West Weiser, Weiser and Middle Weiser Precincts.
2nd District Mineral, Midvale, Mann Creek and East Weiser Precincts.
3rd District Cottonwood, Ruthburg, Cambridge, Salubria, Dixie, Upper Crane and Lower Crane Precincts.
7/26/1912 Commissioner Districts as follows:

1st District Eaton, Hale, West Weiser, Weiser and Middle Weiser Precincts.
2nd District East Weiser, Mann Creek, Mineral and Midvale Precincts.
3rd District Heath, Cambridge, Salubria, Dixie Lower Crane and Upper Crane Precincts.

1st District 2nd District 3rd District
William C. Wilson A. D. Redford Peter M. Gladhart
1913 – 1914 1913 – 1914 1913 – 1914

A.D. Redford Submitted a notice of permanent change of residency to the Auditor

1/16/1913 Appointed by the Governor, August Brockman took the oath of office to fill the 2nd District vacancy.

1st District 2nd District 3rd District
William C. Wilson August Broackman Peter M. Gladhart
1915 – 1916 1915 – 1916 1915 – 1916
1st District 2nd District 3rd District
James Pringle Joseph Wesley Hubbard J. A. Hudelson
1917 – 1918 1917 – 1918 1917 – 1918

NOTE: The official abstracts of the November General Elections from 1918 to 1930 cannot be located at this time. The elected persons are listed as taken from each January meeting noting their taking the oath of office; districts were not indicated.

William Maxwell John E. Alderson Marion Smith

1919 – 1920 1919 – 1920 1919 – 1920

Christian Meyer Sam Lund Alex Allison

1921 – 1922 1921 – 1922 1921 – 1922

J. H. AndersonL. M. DickersonS. A. Swanstrom

1923 – 1924 1923 – 1924 1923 – 1924

John J. McCrea Sam Lund S. A. Swanstrom

1925 – 1926 1925 – 1926 1925 – 1926

John J. McCrea Roy Brent J. A. Hudelson

1927 – 1928 1927 – 1928 1927 – 1928

John J. McCrea 1929 – 1930
Roy Brent 1929 – 1930
John G. York 1929 – 1930

Joe M. Stover 1931 – 1932
Roy Brent 1931 – 1932
John G. York 1931 – 1932

Election term by commissioner distrct

1st District 2nd District 3rd District
Joe M. Stover H. Raubach W. H. Eckles
1933 – 1934 1933 – 1934 1933 – 1934

NOTE: Ratified at the general election in November, 1934: that beginning with the general election of 1936, two (2) members shall be elected for a term of two (2) years and one (1) member for a term of four (4) years; at each biennial election thereafter, one (1) member shall be elected for a term of two (2) years and one (1) for a term of four (4) years.

1st District 2nd District 3rd District
Roy Brentr H. Raubach S. A. Swanstrom
1935 – 1936 1935 – 1936 1935 – 1936
1st District 2nd District 3rd District
Joe M. Stover Roy Brent J. L. Warren
1937 – 1940 1937 – 1940 1937 – 1940
1st District 2nd District 3rd District
W. A. Hemenway Roy Brent Carl Bumgarner
1941 – 1942 1941 – 1942 1941 – 1942
1st District 2nd District 3rd District
W. A. Hemenway Roy Brent S. A. Swanstrom
1943 – 1946 1943 – 1946 1943 – 1946

7/12/1944 Commissioner Districts as follows:

1st District 2nd District 3rd District
Eaton-Hale, West Weiser, Weiser and Middle Weiser Precincts. East Weiser, Mann Creek, Mineral and Midvale Precincts. Heath, Cambridge, Dixie, Lower Crane and Upper Crane Precincts.
1st District 2nd District 3rd District
W. A. Hemenway Roy Brent Fred M. Jewell
1947 – 1948 1947 – 1948 1947 – 1948
1st District 2nd District 3rd District
W. A. Hemenway Roy Brent Frank Ingebretsen
1949 – 1952 1949 – 1952 1949 – 1952

3rd District Frank Ingebretsen 1947 – 1952
1st District W. A. Hemenway 1953 – 1954

1955 – 1958
1959 – 1960

1st District Sim H. Baker 1961 – 1964

2nd District James Cahill, Sr. 1955 – 1956

1957 – 1960

3rd District Frank Ingebretsen 1953 – 1956
1957 – 1958
1959 – 1962
8/25/1962 Sim H. Baker passed away.

9/06/1962 Barton Sasaki having been appointed by the Governor of Idaho to serve interim, was duly sworn in as County Commissioner of the 1st District for the remaining year which ends January 13, 1963.
NOTE: Barton Sasaki was required to run in the November 6, 1962 election.

1st District Barton Sasaki 1963 – 1964
1st District Frank J. Kershisnik 1965 – 1966
2nd District F. Jim Anderson 1961 – 1962
1963 – 1966

3rd District Milton Branch 1963 – 1964

1st District 2nd District 3rd District
Arlo Alder F. Jim Anderson Lawrence E. Ford
1967 – 1970 1967 – 1968 1965 – 1968

6/27/1969 By Resolution, Commissioner Districts as follows:

1st District 2nd District 3rd District
Weiser, West Weiser and Eaton Hale Precincts East Weiser, Middle Weiser and South Weiser Precincts Midvale and Cambridge Precincts
1st District 2nd District 3rd District
Arlo Alder Clair Kirk Lawrence E. Ford
1971 – 1972 1969 – 1972 1969 – 1970
1st District 2nd District 3rd District
Arlo Alder Franklin D. Stirm Elvin O. Craig
1973 – 1976 1973 – 1974 1971 – 1974
1st District 2nd District 3rd District
Rex Winegar Franklin D. Stirm Lawson Howland
1977 – 1978 1975 – 1978 1975 – 1976
1st District 2nd District 3rd District
Garold D. Dick Kenneth R. Skow Lawson Howland
1979 – 1982 1979 – 1980 1977 – 1980
1st District 2nd District 3rd District
Dean J. Davies Kenneth R. Skow Jack Gardner
1983 – 1984 1981 – 1984 1981 – 1982

1983 – 1986

1984: Arthur A. Correia, Estus Webb and Dan Dymoke had a one (1) vote difference in the Primary Election. The winner was determined by the toss of a coin:

1st District 2nd District
R. Lee Peterson Arthur A. Correia
1985 – 1988 1985 – 1986

1987 – 1990

3rd District
Mildred M. Horton
1987 – 1988

9/12/88 Lee Peterson submitted his resignation to be effective 10/1/88.

Mildred M. Horton was the first woman elected as commissioner in the history of Washington County:

1/11/1988: Commissioner Districts as follows:

1st District 2nd District 3rd District
Eaton Hale, West Weiser, Pioneer and Weiser Precincts 2nd District East Weiser, South Weiser and Middle Weiser Precients 3rd District Midvale and Cambridge Precincts

10/14/88 Don Stephens was appointed to replace R. Lee Peterson:

1st District 2nd District 3rd District
Don Stephens Arthur A. Correia Mildred M. Horton
1989 – 1990 1991 – 1992 1989 – 1992

1/13/1992 Commissioner Districts as follows:

1991 – 1994

1st District 2nd District 3rd District
Anthony (Tony) Edmondson Franklin D. Stirm Roy Mink
1997 – 2000 1997 – 1998 1995 – 1998

Candidates ran from the following districts:

1998 Candidates ran from the following districts:November 2000 General Election:November 2002 General Election:

1st District 2nd District 3rd District
Diana L. Thomas Richard Michael Roy Mink
1997 – 2000 1997 – 1998 1995 – 1998%