First Mayor | Cle Elum, WA

Thomas L. Gamble was Cle Elum's first mayor, serving in that office from 1902-1903. A republican, he was elected mayor of Cle Elum in February 1902. During his administration, the Cle Elum water and sewage system was established.

Gamble was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania March 27, 1827 and attended the subscription school near his father's home during three months of the winter. He was a farmer and took care of his father's ranch until he came West in 1878.

He filed his first plat of Hazelwood in 1888. As soon as there were twelve families located in the district he organized a school district. He laid out 100 acres of land for a town site. In 1894 he discovered coal on his farm and leased his land for mining purposes to the Northwestern Improvement Company on a royalty basis.

Mr. Gamble was elected county commissioner in 1889 for four years and also acted as justice of the peace.

On the 11th of July 1905, Mr. Gamble was united in marriage to Mrs. Margaret J. Lytle of Alleghany County, Pennsylvania.

(ANOTHER STORY, A Collection of Stories About the Early History of the Upper Kittitas County in Washington State, published by Northern Kittitas County Historical Society, 2013, page 122)

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(Thomas L. Gamble, first mayor of Cle Elum. Photo courtesy of Ellensburg Public Library)






           

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