Westlake celebrates 175th anniversary in 1986
Judy Burke, Ruth Hopkins, and Jean Dunham co-chaired the event, while Mayor Dennis Clough served as Honorary Co-Chairman. They all put together a wonderful celebration to commemorate the city's 175th birthday. As part of the special year, the Westlake Arts Council sponsored a tour of many of the city’s century homes. One of the favorite souvenirs was a limited edition commemorative plate, of which only 288 were made.
On Sept. 27, 1986, the anniversary celebration began with a parade from the high school to Clague Park. Many of the men in Westlake (including Mayor Clough) let their beards grow for several weeks in preparation for the beard judging later that day. It looks like Mayor Clough is sporting another fine beard this year in preparation for the 200th Birthday Celebration beard judging to take place soon!
As you might expect, this celebration included lots of displays, exhibits, and food. The Westlake Post Office even made a special 175th Anniversary stamp for cancelling mail. Many enjoyed the events of the day held at Clague Memorial Park until rain arrived late in the day.