Secretary of State Reed honors City of Ilwaco, fire department as Washington Territory entities

As part of low-key observances of the 150th anniversary of Washington Territory, Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed presided over a dinner last week honoring the city of Ilwaco and its volunteer fire department. TIMM COLLINS photo

ILWACO - Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed was in town April 30 to honor the Ilwaco Fire Department and the city of Ilwaco for being founded during Washington's territorial period.

As part of a sesquicentennial effort by the Secretary of State's Office, Reed dined with community members and presented certificates designating the city of Ilwaco as a heritage community and Ilwaco Hook and Ladder a heritage association.

Both the city and the Ilwaco Volunteer Fire Department (known as Ilwaco Hook and Ladder before the1940s) were founded before statehood in Washington's territorial period between 1853 and 1889.

Ilwaco Mayor Ed Leonard was presented with a heritage certificate on behalf of the city, and Gary Forner of Ilwaco Fire Department received a certificate on behalf of Ilwaco Hook and Ladder.

The presentations were held at Ilwaco Fire Hall. A potluck dinner was served after the ceremony. The event gave community members a chance to get to know their secretary of state and talk about the role of Ilwaco's volunteer fire department over the years.

The secretary of state is responsible for collecting and preserving the historical records of the state, and making those records available for research. Records dating back to 1854 are held by the agency's Archives Division at the state capital and at five regional repositories across the state.

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