Middleton Celebrates 50 Years of City Status

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Matt Geiger
City clerk August Dahlk and new Mayor A.M. McDermid looked on in 1963 as Wisconsin Secretary of State Robert Zimmerman signed the document changing Middleton from a village to a city. This image appeared on the front page of the Middleton Times-Tribune.

1963 was a busy year in the United States. Within the span of 12 months, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have A Dream” speech, John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Iron Man made his debut in Marvel Comics, and Beatlemania took off.

It’s also the year Middleton, which had already been a community for more than a century, officially became a city. It happened on Tuesday, April 9 at 3 p.m., according to that week’s Middleton Times-Tribune. City clerk August Dahlk and new Mayor A.M. McDermid, D.V.M, looked on as Wisconsin Secretary of State Robert C. Zimmerman signed the document changing Middleton from a village to a city.

McDermid had won election as Middleton’s first mayor one week earlier, receiving a minority vote of 680 out of 1,636 total votes cast for the office. His nearest opponent, Bruce Bennett, earned 565 votes. Leonard Bruce and Ben Denson came in third and fourth, respectively.

McDermid was an incumbent candidate, of sorts, because he was already Middleton’s chief executive when it was a village.

In the same election, all village trustees won re-election, and were given the new title of aldermen.

There will be events throughout 2013 to commemorate the city’s birthday. The official kickoff is Tuesday, April 9.

Here are some of the upcoming birthday events:


Nimble Fingers Craft Sale

Middleton Senior Center

(7448 Hubbard Avenue)

April 9from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Come peruse a variety of handmade items for sale and take a tour of the Middleton Senior Center.


Middleton 50th Anniversary Community Celebration

Middleton Fire Department (7600 University Avenue)

April 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

In honor of 50 years of cityhood, Middleton is hosting a community celebration on its golden anniversary.  All are invited to enjoy a slice of cake and the smooth sounds of the Madison Brass Band.


New Exhibit in

The Museum

at the Depot

(1811 Parmenter Street)

April 9 from 5 to 7 p.m.

A collection of local history, brought together by the Middleton Area Historical Society, will be on display starting on the first day of the celebration.


Kids Book Club Celebrates Middleton’s 50th

Middleton Public Library

(7425 Hubbard Avenue)

April 18
 from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.

Celebrate the City of Middleton’s 50th Anniversary with favorite books from the 1960s. The book club will also engage in fun activities, watch a short film, and eat some cake. All ages are welcome. Stop the Main Level Help Desk or call 608-827-7402 to sign up.


Tween Cupcake

Decorating Party

Middleton Public Library

(7425 Hubbard Avenue)

April 23
 at 2 p.m

Join the library to decorate cupcakes in honor of the city’s birthday. (This is an early release day in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District.) This event is for ages 8-12. Please register by April 20. Sign up at the Main Level Help Desk or by calling 608-827-7402.

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