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One hundred and seventy-five years ago the world was a very different place.

In the spring of 1842 the Mexicans invaded Texas, ether was used as an anesthetic, and the Illustrated London News — the world's first illustrated weekly newspaper — began publication.

While world history was being made around the globe, there was a local event taking place that deserves recognition.

The first recorded meeting of an organized government body of the town of Wauwatosa was held April 5, 1842 at a place called Samuel Putnay's Inn. The inn is presumed to have been located near what is now known as the village area of Wauwatosa, but the specific location has not been confirmed.

To commemorate the anniversary the Wauwatosa Common Council made a proclamation at its April 4 meeting.

"While we are busy working toward the future of Wauwatosa," said Alderman Jason Wilke, "it's good to take time to recognize those who worked hard in the past to get us where we are today."

Text of the proclamation:

"WHEREAS; the area that is now called the City of Wauwatosa, was originally home to the Potawatomi and Menomonee Native Americans and later settled in 1835 by Charles Hart followed by other European-American immigrant families; and

WHEREAS; on April 30, 1840, the Town of Wauwatosa, with a population of 342, was created by act of the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature “for the purpose of local government”; and

WHEREAS; One Hundred Seventy Five years ago, on April 5th, 1842, the first recorded meeting of an organized government body of the Town of Wauwatosa occurred; and

WHEREAS; One Hundred Seventy Five years ago, on April 5th, 1842, the first recorded meeting of an organized government body of the Town of Wauwatosa occurred; and

WHEREAS; said first meeting of Wauwatosa was held at Samuel Putnay’s Inn, during which residents decide to raise $25.00 for contingent expenses, and elected by ballot Charles Hart chairman of the board, a clerk, treasurer, assessor, commissioner of highways, commissioner of schools, constables and a collector;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT KNOWN, The Common Council, present day governing body of the City of Wauwatosa, shall remember and commemorate the aforementioned milestone, and April 5, 2017 specifically celebrates the 175th Anniversary of that first governmental meeting, and we thank the generations of citizens and public officials who have contributed through civil democracy to the quality of life that is, and will continue"

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