Service to Rochester
Not only did the Mayos move to Rochester and establish a growing medical and surgical practice, they chose to invest themselves in creating a better quality of life for all who lived in the city. Dr. William Worrall Mayo served his city in a number of capacities. In 1865, he became a member of the city board of health. He was a founder of the Rochester Public Library in 1866. He served on the Rochester Board of Education from 1867 to 1870 and 1883 to 1889. In the fall of 1869, he was elected county coroner.
Dr. Mayo was also instrumental in organizing the Rochester Board of Trade in 1881. He served as mayor of Rochester, 1882 to 1883, and alderman from his ward, 1885 to 1889.
Dr. Mayo's sons also had a variety of public service experiences. Beginning in 1907, Dr. William J. Mayo served for many years as a member of the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota. Dr. Charles H. Mayo became health officer of Rochester in 1912. Like his father, Dr. Charlie served on the Rochester school board. He was influential in replacing wooden school buildings with fireproof structures. He was influential in replacing wooden school buildings with fireproof structures. He promoted the establishment of Rochester Junior College in 1915, the first junior college in Minnesota. Along with his brother, Dr. Charlie presented funds to the school board for a number of years to employ a music director in the city schools.