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Centennial Committee to meet

There is plenty of room for more Ceres residents to sit on a committee which will begin meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6 to plan the Ceres Centennial.

The meeting will take place at the Ceres Community Center, 2701 Fourth Street, and is open to the public.

"We did have a number of people who were interested in that committee who are going to be there," said City Manager Toby Wells. "If anybody is still interested in joining that committee they are welcome to attend. We're trying to kick that process off."

Wells said the celebration will likely be in February of 2018.

The centennial will mark the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the city of Ceres although Ceres itself traces its founding back to 1869. The first recorded map of the town of Ceres was filed Feb. 20, 1875. Ceres was incorporated as a city on March 4, 1918 and serving as the first mayor was S.W. Cartwright who served only a month and nine days until the first city election was held on April 8, 1918. Vaughn D. Whitmore beat out Cartwright by one vote to become Ceres' first elected mayor with 28 votes. Besides Whitmore and Cartwright elected to the first City Council were C.T. Haynes, J.U. Gartin and C.H. Sikes.