Mayor's Office 1877 to 1900
From the City Directory 1900 W.A. Norton

GEORGE A. MITCHELL was elected first mayor, a well deserved compliment to Mr. Mitchell, and a judicious choice of a chief officer for the young city. In the following year, 1878 occurred the death of Mr. Mitchell. For some time he had been in feeble health, having been suffering from a bilious attack, and when 011 Monday morning, Aug. 5th the news went through the city, that he had been thrown from his buggy and severely injured, his head striking against a stump, the shock was felt throughout the community. The accident occurred while Mr. Mitchell was returning from his shingle mill 011 Pine street, west of the railroad. He was taken to a house near by, and Drs. Wardell and Leeson were immediately called. They found him in a comatose state with evidence that blood had been forced from his right ear by the severe concussion. They agreed that the injury might prove fatal. Dr. DeCamp of Grand Rapids was summoned by telegraph. Mr. Mithell was then removed to his residence. For a little time he partially returned to consciousness, so as to be able to answer yes and to questions asked him by doctors and friends, but after a little while he returned to his former condition in which he remained until his death. Mr. Mitchell lingered till late on Thursday, Aug. 8th, when he quietly passed away, surrounded by sorrowing relatives and neighbors. When his death was known great sorrow prevailed throughout the city, and as an expression of the great loss which all felt had been sustained, every business house in the city was profusely draped in mourning. His funeral took place from his late residence amid an immense assemblage of people. The religious services were conducted by Rev. A. Marsh assisted by Rev. C. A. Munn of Big Rapids.

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ELDON L. METHEANY was born at Lima, Ohio, Dec. 5, 1850. He attended the public schools at Lima until 1868. Commenced railroading, as ticket agent and freight clerk on the C. H. & D. at Lima. He left Ohio in February, 1877, coming to Michigan and located in Cadillac in its early day, and at once took charge of Cadillac station on G. R. & I. as station agent. At the spring election of 1881 he was elected alderman at large on republican ticket. In 1883 was elected mayor and served one term, was also appointed on the board of fire and police committee in 1895 and served two years. He was elected a member of the school board in 1890-91. Mr. Metheany is a charter member of K. of P. also a member of Elks, and Red Men. Is a member of the board of cemetery trustees. June 20, 1878 he was married to Miss Louisa Welker, a popular young lady of Kansas City, and is blessed with one son and a daughter of whom he is justly proud.