During the 1890s, a community leader created a list of possible names for the post office and wrote, "Nowthen, one of these ought to do."
Historians say the post office came to be known as Nowthen.
Voters took the final step in the process by electing a mayor and four-member City Council.
The first council meeting will be July 8, and Nowthen plans a city incorporation celebration in September.
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