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Centennial event set at mansion, downtown Ceres on August 11
Whitmore Mansion
The Clinton Whitmore Mansion is owned by the city.

In the continuing celebration of Ceres and the Centennial celebration of the incorporation of the city this year, the Ceres Centennial Committee and Whitmore Mansion Foundation is hosting an Aug. 11 event billed as the “Centennial Stroll at the Mansion.”

Offering tours of the Clinton Whitmore Mansion north of North Street and between Fifth and Sixth streets, and the Daniel Whitmore Home, the event will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and includes displays of historical memorabilia and antiques. Commemorative Centennial coins will be sold. A Stroll Through Ceres map and guide to local businesses will be offered as will music and refreshments.

Commemorative coins will also be sold.

The event will also recognize sponsors of both the Mansion Mansion Foundation and Ceres Centennial.

The centennial marks 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 a single 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.

All proceeds will go to the Ceres Community Foundation designated for centennial activities.

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