Most area communities were incorporated in the 19th century and this provided with a municipal government to establish local rules and laws. Having a mayor and council allowed for improvements such as better police and fire protection, improved streets and sidewalks and eventually to have municipal electric lighting systems.
One Huron County community (Fitchville) did the opposite in 1907. It surrendered its corporate status after about 70 years as a village with a mayor and other elected officers. Two towns were incorporated in the 20th century North Fairfield and Wakeman. I've written about North Fairfield's incorporation, but the story of Wakeman Village becoming official had escaped me.
What happened was that in 1921 several Wakemanites wanted electric service in their homes as well as street lights. Power lines were built from Birmingham to Wakeman, 80 homes were wired and 32 street lights were installed. It was planned that the township trustees, who governed the village, would pay the bill for the street lights. It was quickly discovered that they could not legally expend public money for the street lights, so meetings were held and petitions circulated to have the trustees release the land from township government and allow for a special election in the question of establishing village government.
The election was held Dec. 31, 1921, with 201 votes cast. Of these, 171 were in favor of a village government and 30 were opposed. Village officers were elected on Feb. 28, 1922, with Frederick Burk elected the first mayor over W.W. Scutt by a vote of 82 for Burk and 69 for Scutt. Mr. Burk enjoyed his position for a little more than one year. He died Jan. 30, 1923, at the age of 70, and was followed by Charles Thomas, I believe. The newspapers were irregular in reporting Wakeman news, so I have express uncertainty on some matters.