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Polk County, Florida
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County Court Records

Canvasser's Minutes

Book B Part 3 pages 201-292
Submitted by Barbara VanDuser


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W. B. Gardner Gen fund Putting up Mile posts $ 5.00
F. M. Wilson
County Bd Health Special Quarantine Expenses $469.35
A. _. Patterson Gen fund 4 Wild cat scalps (Bounty ____) $ 12.00
A. W. Taylor “ “ 2 “ “ $ 6.00
John Brown “ “ Services as Inspector of Elections Mileage $ 5.00
Frank Rivers “ “ Bounty on 1 Wild cat scalp $ 3.00
John Knowles “ “ Bounty on 2 “ “ $ 6.00
Joe Cumbee “ “ Bounty on 1 “ “ $ 3.00
C. T. King “ “ Bounty on 1 “ “ $ 3.00
J. A. Fortner “ “ Auditing & Proving accts for scalps $ 3.70
J. H. Kirkland “ “ Services as Inspector bringing
Election Returns $ 3.65
A. J. Black “ “ Bounty on 1 wild cat scalp $ 3.00
G. W. Fussell “ “ Bounty on 1 “ “ $ 3.00
L. S. Oppenhiemer “ “ Books for Court Room $ 8.50
T. A. Wall “ “ Stationary for Election $ 1.20
M. M. Whilden “ “ Making Door for Wood Closet in CH $ 2.00
Tatum Brothers “ “ County Printing $ 18.55
E. Gibson “ “ 1 Bear scalp - 2 wild cat scalps $ 11.00
T. J. Altman “ “ Services as Inspector of Election $ 2.00
V. H. Surrency “ “ Services as Inspector bringing in Returns $ 1.00
O. H. Allbritton “ “ Services as Inspector $ 2.00
G. F. Altman “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
J. T. Wilson “ “ “ “ & bringing in Returns $ 4.40
V. B. Webster “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
E. M. Hayman “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
A. E. McKenney “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
J. A. Jerry for
Bd Inspectors “ “ Services as Inspector & Clerk $ 8.00
C. M. Boully “ “ Services as Inspector $ 2.00
J. J. Wiggins “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
W. A. Warren “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
J. H. Kirkland “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
F. W. Long “ “ “ “ & Bringing in Returns $ 7.00
Charles Paxton “ “ Services as Inspector $ 2.00
J. L. Bush “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
J. P. Wilson “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
R. H. Parrish “ “ “ “ $ 2.00


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S. C. Hancock Gen Fund Services as Inspector of Elections $ 2.00
J. G. Hatcher “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
T. H. Paine “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
L. L. Bryant “ “ “ “ & bringing in Returns $ 6.00
S. J. Hancock “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
W. H. Lanier “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
J. J. Simmons “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
T. A. Rogers “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
J. J. Robertson “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
D. M. Proctor “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
David Branch “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
W. P. Cox “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
W. R. King “ “ “ “ & bringing in Returns $ 4.80
J. W. Booth “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
Z. F. Booth “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
H. J. Davis(?) “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
Wm Winn “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
R. P. Jordan “ “ “ “ & bringing in Returns $ 3.00
W. R. Trask “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
A. W. Winn “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
F. A. K. Harris “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
H. C. Flowers “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
E. C. Johnson “ “ “ “ & bringing in Returns $ 4.40
H. M. Scott “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
T. J. Cowart “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
J. M. Brewer “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
D. S. Bunch “ “ “ “ &bringing in Returns $ 2.60
Wm Thayer “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
Irvin Raulerson “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
V. P. Simmons “ “ “ “ & bringing in Returns $ 6.00
W. H. Carney “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
M. McClelland “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
S. J. Hodgman “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
Wm Brown “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
F. M. McQueen “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
J. D. Tillis “ “ Com on Collections to Nov 8/88 $ 7.50


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J.A. McAulay Gen Fund Sum ____ Grand Jury $ 3.25
H. D. McLeod “ “ Building Bridge across Alafia $599.76
Geo S. Durrance “ “ Services as Bailiff $ 4.00
W. _. Ellis “ “ Work of C. H. Square $ 3.00
R. H. Look “ “ Medicine for Prisoners in Jail $ 6.60
W. H. Johnson “ “ Services as County Auditor $ 25.00
M. J. Miller “ “ Sheriffs fees $ 25.15
W. C. Hayman “ “ Delivering Ballot Boxes $ 8.20
C. E. Reed & Bros “ “ Fixtures for Jail Pump $ 5.50
B. F. Dalton “ “ Allowance as Pauper for 2 Months $ 12.00
W. W. Clark “ “ Work on Jail Sewer $ 6.50
H. E. Padgett “ “ Services of Registration officer $ 6.80
D. Quenn “ “ “ “ $ 7.20
Wm Lyle “ “ Locking up Court House & c $ 12.85
John Bishop “ “ Rent for Drill Room $ 45.00
John F. Guess “ “ Lumber for Bridge $ 2.76
E. J. Hilliard “ “ Services as Co Com $ 13.40
Geo R. Durrance “ “ “ “ $ 13.20
Thos Allbritton “ “ “ “ $ 17.20
T. W. Anderson “ “ “ “ $ 14.20
Approved Dec 3rd T. W Anderson Chairman


Page 204 County Commissioners Court 10 O clock A.M. Monday December the 3rd 1888. Commissioners present T. W. Anderson Chairman, Thomas Albritton, Geo. R. Durrance, E. J. Hilliard and N. B. Norton.
The minutes of last meeting were read and approved.
Ordered that upon complaint having been made by various citizens in reference to the Bridge across Laniers Mill creek not having been built according to contract. Whereupon Geo. R. Durrance and Thos. Albritton were appointed at the last meeting of the County Commissioners Court as a committee to investigate the matter and report their finding to the Court at the next regular meeting. Whereupon Thos. Albritton after having made an examination of Said bride made the following report.
Ordered that Mitchell Albritton be placed upon the Pauper list at five ($5.00) per Month from this date.
Ordered that J. A. Chester, J. W. Corbett, E. A. Brown and Nellie Maine are dropped form the Pauper list from this date,
AdJourned
Tuesday December the 4th 1888. Members present as on the previous day.
The collector filed Treasurers receipt the following of which is a true copy.
State of Florida County of Polk. Office of the County Treasurer Bartow Fla., Dec 5th 1888.
Received of J. D. Tillis collector of Revenue for Polk County, the Sum of Two hundred and thirty eight dollars and


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And thirty three cents ($238.33) these of being in United States currency and $ in County warrants) on account of taxes by him collected as follows, viz:
On account of County Revenue for the year 1888 $ 60.46
On account of County School fund for the year 1888 $ 96.69
On account of County Special fund for the year 1888 $ 40.59
On account of County Jail fund for the year 1888 $ 40.59
Total amount $238.33
J. W. Trammell County Treasurer
Also collector filed Treasurer receipt No 20, the following of whi the following of which is a true copy - State of Florida County of Polk. Office of the County Treasurer, Bartow Flas Dec 4th 1888. Received of J. D. Tillis collector of Revenue for Polk County, the Sum of 155.00 Dollars ($22.33 thereof being in united States currency; and ($132.67) in County warrants) on account of taxes by him collected as follows, viz:
On account of License for the year 1888 $155.00
Total amount $155.00 J. W. Trammell County Treasurer.
Ordered that the county auditor credit the collector with above amounts and charge Same to county Treasurer.
The Treasurer then filed his monthly statement ending Nov 30th 1888, as follows; (ledger of Gen’l fund)


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(ledger cont’d School, Special Jail funds) Dec 1 Balance $913.12
The commissioners examined the county Jail & found Same in an Excellent condition. It being cold and uncomfortable the commissioners ordered the Jailor to put a stove in the prison to render Same more pleasant for the inmates.
Ordered that witness payrolls in the case of the State of Florida vs. Miles Burleigh was Examined & approved.
The following accounts were approved and ordered paid.
L. Caruthers Gen allowance as pauper $ 4.00
W. H. Johnson “ allowance as county auditor $ 25.00
E. A. Brown “ allowance as pauper $ 5.00
Nellie Maine “ “ “ $ 4.00
Winnie Roberts “ “ “ $ 8.00
Martha Welch “ “ “ $ 5.00
J. A. Chester “ “ “ $ 4.00
Noah Waters “ “ “ $ 6.00
B. F. Dalton “ “ “ $ 6.00
Lucinda Mims “ “ “ $ 15.00
Mary Goss “ “ “ $ 4.00


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Rebecca Smith Gen allowance as pauper $ 4.00
J. W. Corbett Gen allowance as pauper $ 8.00
Andrew Bates “ “ “ $ 5.00
Geo. D. Banard Special Warrant Book for School Board $ 17.50
J. N. Hooker Gen for Quarantine expenses $290.67
Brady & Clark “ allowance as county atty $ 16.65
Wm McClelland “ Bounty for wild cat scalp $ 3.00
E. M. Baynard “ “ “ $ 3.00
Geo. R. Durrance “ for Services as County Com $ 7.20
A. T. Patterson “ Bounty for wild cat scalp $ 3.00
E. Gibson “ Bounty for wild cat scalp $ 3.00
Joe Cumbee “ Bounty for wild cat scalp $ 3.00
Stephen Hull “ Bounty for wild cat scalp $ 3.00
T. G. Tayler “ Bounty for wild cat scalp $ 3.00
John Patterson Jr “ Bounty for wild cat scalp $ 3.00
S. A. Edwards “ Bounty for wild cat scalp $ 2.00
A. T. Patterson “ Bounty for wild cat scalp $ 3.00
Joe Cumbee “ Bounty for wild cat scalp $ 3.00
J. M. Kilpatrick “ Bounty for wild cat scalp $ 3.00
E. Gibson “ Bounty for wild cat scalp $ 3.00
J. A. Fortner “ Bounty for wild cat scalp $ 3.00
G. A. K. Stephens “ for keeping minutes of court $ 24.00
Geo. S. Durrance “ for services as Bailiff G. Jury $ 3.00
V. M. Holman “ for making coffin for Pauper $ 5.00
C. B. Lightsey Spcil for Repairing Ft Meade Bridge $ 12.29
Gabe McClelland Gen Deputy sheriffs fees $ 1.90
R. H. Lock “ Medicine for prisoners $ 5.95
J. B. Wilsher “ Deputy sheriffs fees $ 3.60
W. K. Johnson “ Clerk General Court charges $ 78.25
Thos. Albritton “ Services as County Com’s $ 11.05
E. J. Hilliard “ Services as County Com’s $ 7.00
T. W. Anderson “ Services as County Com’s $ 13.10
M. J. Miller “ for services as Bailiff Petit Jury $ 3.00
Wm McClelland “ Deputy Sheriffs fees $ 8.90
Dan Clark “ for waiting on the court $ 2.25
N. B. Norton “ for services as county com’s $ 10.40
M. J. Miller “ Deputy sheriffs fees $ 8.50


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Harrison McClelland Gen Deputy sheriffs fees $ 1.__
H. D. McLeod Special for repairing Bridge $ 31.60
J. T. Tillis Gen Commissions of the Sales of 1883,4,5,6 &7 $132.67
J. Pierpoint “ allowance as pauper $ 8.00
James Harden Special for stationary to county $ 3.00
W. H. Rivers Gen Deputy sheriffs fees $ 18.50
R. T. Kilpatrick “ Sheriffs fees $ 83.00
Adjourned to meet again on the 20th day of December 1888. And in pursuance of Said adjournment the Board met again on December the 20th 1888. Present T. W. Anderson chairman, E. J. Hilliard, N. B. Norton, Geo. R. Durrance and Thomas Albritton.
The Board then proceeded to approved the Bonds of the following named County officers elected on the 6th day of November 1888, as follows to wit:
G. A. Mosely Assessor of Revenue,
H. D. Ballard Sheriff,
S. S. Niblack Superintendant of Public Instruction,
George S. Durrance County Judge,
W. H. Johnson Clerk of the Circuit Court
J. R. Davis Justice of the Peace for District no 3,
A. B. Carter Constable for District no 2,
J. H. Williams, Constable for district no 10.
Ordered that a former order of this meeting discontinuing Mrs. J. A. Chester from the Pauper list is hereby recinded and It is further ordered that Mrs. Chester be replaced upon the Pauper list at $5.00 per month from the date of discontinuance.
Ordered that Charity Williams if placed upon the pauper list at $4.00 per month from this date. Ad Journed
Approved Jan, 7th 1889 T. W. Anderson Chairman


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Page 210 County Commissioners Court 10 A. M. Monday, Jany. 7th 1889
Member present, T. W. Anderson, Chairman; N. B. Norton, E. J. Hilliard, Thomas Albritton, and G. R. Durrance.
The Minutes of last meeting were read and approved.
Ordered that L. D. Harvey is placed on the Pauper List at $6.00 per month from this date.
Bonds were approved for the following County officers, to wit:
Wm Thompson as Justice of the Peace for District No. 3,
J. J. Lewis as Justice of the Peace for District No. 5,
A. T. Williams as County Surveyor.
B. F. Holland County Treasurer,
The Road Petition of Jessie Keen & Et al, is granted, and Jessie Keen, H. H. English, and L. M. Ballard are appointed to mark out said road.
Mr. P. E. Warburton appearing before the Board and making it appear that the Acton Saw Mill Co. was included in his taxes for 1886 & 1887, it is therefore ordered that Collector Tillis make out a list of double assessment for the said mill for the amount of fifty dollars for 1886, and the amount of eighty two & 50/100 Dollars for 1887, and give Mr. Warburton credit on the taxes of 1888.
J. W. Emerson appearing before the Board and made it appear that his taxes were too high, and the Collector is instructed to collect two thirds of the amount and report the one third as erroneous assessment.
Petition of Thomas Albritton for Pension, was presented and approved, and forwarded to the Board of Pensions. Also the Petition of W. J. Albritton was approved and forwarded to said Pension Commissioners.
J. V. Tillis presented his account of Six Dollars for repairing Sandy Gully Bridge, which was ordered paid.


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To arrange for the convenient of the County Officers, it is hereby ordered that the Clerk and Treasurer are authorized to fit up the present Commissioner’s room in a neat, convenient, and comfortable manner, suitable for the convenience of the officers of Treasurer, Clerk and Collector. And the Abstract company is also permitted to use part of the room for his business, provided they rays one third of the expense of fitting up the room.
The account of T. H. Prine, presented and approved for posting the Lakeland and Dade City Road, for ten posts, and three sign Boards - amount $11.50.
The following named persons, were selected to serve as Grand and Petit Jurors, for the present year 1889:
Albritton, J. T.; Alderman, J. A.; Altman, G. F.; Anderson, L. D.; Adams, Harry M.; Albritton, A. H.; Anderson, L. P.; Albritton, J. W.; Blount, G. H.; Bunch, D. S.; Bunch, John; Brewer, J. M.; Bryant, Lorenzo; Bryant, Silas; Bryant, Augustus; Bryant, Joseph; Booth, B. S.; Bryant, Frank; Blount, Eugene; Bryant, L. L.; Baily, J. W.; Brown, P. M.;


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Boyd, J. W.; Baskins, D. J.; Blanks, S. L.; Ballard, L. M.; Blackburn, T. A.; Bryan, G. T.; Bowen J. E.; Bush, J. L.; Bryant, G. L; Battaile, H. T.; Butterworth, John; Collins, J. M.; Crews, Jefferson; Costine, W. H.; Crum, Z. L.; Carlton, T. L.; Clark, S. W.; Cox, J. W.; Davis, Samuel; Dewitt, W. A.; Durrance, E. F.; Dill, J. M.; Dunklin, F. T.; Durrance, D. C.; Durrance, N. B.; Daniels, W. J.; Drane, H. J.; Doby, G. G.; Dunlop, S. J. C.; Dunlop, R. B.; Driggers, Jacob; Durrance, J. W.; Evins, W. A.; Emmett, P. D.; Ellerbee, John A.; Emmerson, W. J.;


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Fortner, G. R.; Fortner, J. A.; Fussell, J. T.; Frier, O. J.; Faircloth, Levi; Fullwood, I. A.; Flye, James; Flowers, B. J.; Fields, W. H.; Fertie, Henry; Godwin, J. E.; Glover, B. J. Sr.; Gresham, C. C.; Gardner, W. B.; Godwin, Louis; Guyer, C. C.; Goode, T. A.; Gill, G. H.; Guess, J. F.; Gardner, E. G.; Garvin, C. E.; Gillispie, F. C.; Green, F. R. Jr.; Griffin, S. L.; Houze, W. D.; Hicks, Jessie Jr.; Hicks, W. Jr.; Hollingsworth, J. W.; Hancock, J. T. Jr.; Hayman, E. M.; Hamilton, Wade; Hancock, R. W.; Hull, E. W.; Hays, Oakly; Hutchinson, J. F.; Hart, S. A.;


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Hull, W. F.; Harris, J. O.; Harden, James; Hughes, T. L.; Hicks, James; Harmon, Wm H.; High, S. M.; Hancock, W. L.; Hooker, J. J.; Hilderly, D.; Hollarnd, S.; Hooker, L. W.; Harless, F. B.; Hutchison, P. F.; Holman, V. M.; Hoyt, Walter,; Hughy, Ira; Hart, J. A.; Harris, F. A. K.; Hitt, W. H.; Hebb, Wm.; Harris, F. B.; Ivey, W. A.; Ivey, J. A.; Jackson, B. F.; Jones, C. E.; Jones, N. D.; Jewell, W. L.; Jordan, C. E.; Jury, J. A.; Jump, J. H.; Keel, A. J.; King, W. E.; Kilpatrick, J. M.; Kersey, Thos.; Keller, Luther;


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Keen, Thomas; Keen, J. T.; King, W. T.; Kemmerlin, L. K.; Kilpatrick, R. T.; Lybass, T. M.; Langford, R. C.; Luke, G. A.; Lightsey, U. W. Lee, W. H.; Lytle, L.; Look, R. H.; Lang, S.; Segler, Henry; Long, F. W.; Lassiter, W. B.; McLeod, John; Mitchell, R. B.; McClelland, J. S.; Monroe, J. C.; Martin, Jordan; Man, A. O.; McQueen, F. M.; Millman, G. H.; Norton, W. R.; Oren, F. W.; Palmer, J. M.; Parish, Henry; Padgett, H. E.; Prine, T. H.; Peters, G. W.; Parish, R. H.; Proctor, J. H.; Park, J. T.; Parslow, A. H.; Roberts, J. I(?).;


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Ralls, J. _.; Roberson, Irving; Rhoden, Geo.; Ridgdill, R. W.; Reed, C. E.; Roberson, J. E.; Reif, Louis; Roberts, C. E.; Robertson, J. J.; Reynolds, S. M.; Robinson, J. M.; Reeves, J. E(?).; Russell, D. F.; Rhoden, W. W.; Ross, W. B.; Roquemore, J. L.; Rivers, Frank; Reid, S. B.; Roberson, Wily; Sherouse, Clayton; Sylvester, R. H.; Sheperd, I. C.; Smith, G. W.; Snoddy, John; Stephens, J. A.; Snow, Morgan; Surrency, V. H.; Stidham, R. M.; Singletary, G. W.; Sherouse, John; Simmons, J. J.; Snell, H. W.; Sheritz, W. P(?).; Scott, J. M.; Scott, A. A.; Stokes, T. J.;


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Sherouse, J. W.; Shuman, G. W.; Stephens, S. M.; Sloan, H. C.; Sloan, D. H.; Thomas, J. H. Jr.; Tillis, R. C.; Thornhill, C. L; Tatum, J. H.; Thompson, A. J.; Tucker, J. W.; Tilson, J. C.; Trammell, E. R.; Turner, W. A.; Tandy, O. E.; Tireman, W. L.; Thomas, J. A.; Underhill, Louis; Varn, F. N.; Vanhook, E. R.; Visage, J. E.; Voyles, J.A.; Watson, J. B.; Watson, T. J.; Wade, James; Watson, G. W.; Wilson, J. E.; Whidden, John; Wilson, L. G.; Windham, G. W.; Welch, Wright; Wilder, George; Weeks, T. J.; Woodhan, A. B.; Wineyard, Henry; Waters, F. B.; Walker, H. P.; Warren, W. A.; Whidden, John; Walker, W. S.; Wilson, C. L. Whitman, W. J.; Winn, Alfred; Yuomans, M. A.; Yowel, J. M.; McClelland, Wm.; Milton, W. N.; McCord, W. A.; McDaniel, J. F.; McKinney, R. C.; Anderson, A.; Altman, G. L.; Alderman, Harvy; Albritton, G. W.; Bowen, Wm.; Whidden, W. W.; Best, Peter; Bonaker, W. B.; Bullock, H. C.; Bemby, H. L.; Bryant, W. L.; Bryson, H. H.; Brown, John; Barker, J. L.; Baldrick, J. J.; Boss, H. H.; Berhites, Horace; Brown, Wm.; Banks, R. F.; Bird, D. M.; Bingham, J. A.; Collins, Joab;


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Cox. W. P.; Collins, Perry; Cates, C. F.; Cowdry, L. W.; Crawford, F. D.; Craig, Geo. McC.; Cordery, J. E.; Cowart, T. J.; Carny, W. H.; Costine, J. W.; Duglas, Wily; Durrance, T. J.; Dishong, E. D.; Darby, J. F.; Durrance, G. R.; Daugherty, W. P. Fortner, Daniel; Gaskins, W. H.; Graves, J. H.; Hiestan, J. T.; Jones, W. W.; Langmade, J. E.; McRary, C. S.; McAlpine, G. D.; Merriman, P. _.; Carlton, W. W.
Ordered that the following accounts were approved and ordered paid.
W. H. Johnson Genl Fund Allowance Co. Auditor $ 25.00
“ “ “ “ For Stamps & Stationary for Co. $ 6.05
Wm. Harmon Specl “ Desk & Scty for Co Judge $ 14.00
B. F. Dalton Genl “ Allowance as Pauper $ 6.00
Martha Welch “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
Mary Goss “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Rebecca Smith “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
J. A. Chester “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
Mitchell Albritton “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
Charity Williams “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Andrew Bates “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
Mrs. J. Pierpoint “ “ “ “ $ 8.00
Lucinda Mimms “ “ “ “ $ 8.00
Winnie Roberts “ “ “ “ $ 8.00
Noah Waters “ “ “ “ $ 6.00
T. H. Prine Spcl. “ Allowance for posting Public Road $ 11.50
G. _. Fortner Gen’l “ Full settlement as commissions on
Assessment of Taxes for 1887 $ 90.02
Jue Cumlin “ “ Bounty for 4 Wild Cat Scalps $ 12.00
John W. Patterson “ “ Bounty for 2 “ “ $ 6.00


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C. L. Wilder Gen Fund Bounty for 2 Wild Cat Scalps $ 6.00
G. W. Tucker “ “ Bounty for 1 “ “ $ 3.00
Joe Cumlin “ “ “ “ $ 3.00
Benson Snell “ “ “ “ $ 3.00
A. T. Patterson “ “ “ “ $ 3.00
E. M. Bazemore “ “ “ “ $ 3.00
C. R. Randall “ “ “ “ $ 3.00
J. W. Campbell “ “ “ “ $ 3.00
John Patterson “ “ “ “ $ 3.00
J. G. Durrance “ “ “ “ $ 3.00
T. J. Smith “ “ “ “ $ 3.00
Joseph Cumlin “ “ “ “ $ 3.00
T. M. Kellogg “ “ “ “ $ 3.00
J. A. Fortner “ “ Making & approving 11 scalp accts. $ 2.75
Brady & Clark “ “ Salary as County Attorneys $ 16.65
J. B. Young “ “ Extracting tooth for Prisoner $ 1.00
W. H. Costine Spec. “ Building Bridge & repairing causeway
Mear C. M. Dobon’s $ 5_.00
J. V. Tillis “ “ Repairing Bridge - Sandy Gully $ 6.00
J. H. Pike Gen “ Bounty for 5 Wild Cat Scalps $ 15.00
John W. Trammell “ “ Commissions as Co. Treasurer $142.12
R. L. Johnson “ “ Bounty for 1 Wild Cat Scalp $ 3.00
A. T. Patterson “ “ “ “ $ 3.00
J. C. Burleigh “ “ “ “ 2 “ “ $ 6.00
C. L. Thompson “ “ “ “ 1 “ “ $ 3.00
Geo. S. Durrance “ “ Approving 6 Scalp accts. $ 1.50
H. M. Thompson “ “ Deputy Sheriffs Fees $ 8.75
R. T. Kilpatrick Spec. “ Jail Improvements $ 15.10
James O’Kane Gen’l “ Deputy Sheriff’s Fees $ 1.30
D. C. Ferguson Gen. Fund Medical attention to Prisoners $ 5.00
F. M. Wilson Spec. “ Quarantine Expenses $285.11
T. H. Albritton “ “ Repairing Bridge near Chicora $ 75.00
J. M. Dill “ “ 2 Lamps for Court House $ 1.00
T. W. Anderson Gen “ Services as Commissioner $ 12.40
E. J. Hilliard “ “ Services as Commissioner $ 16.00
Thos. Albritton “ “ Services as Commissioner $ 18.40
G. R. Durrance “ “ Services as Commissioner $ 16.40


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N. B. Norton Gen Fund Services as Com’s & Inspecting Bridge $ 40.80
L. L. Bryant “ “ Inspecting Bridge $ 2.00
C. E. Redd & Bros. Specl “ Hardware for Jail $ 7.55
Walker Evans &
Cog____ll Co “ “ Stationary for Clerk’s Office $ 13.50
Adjourned.
Tues, Jany 8th 1889 Members present as on yesterday.
Ordered that the Sheriff in future will when receipting for Prisoners from other Counties insert in said receipt that the Counties must pay for Medicines, Medical attention, clothes, washing and bedding, for their Prisoners.
Treasurer filed his Quarterly Report and Canceled Warrants, which was examined and found correct.
Co. Treasurer’s Statement, Quarter Ending Dec. 31st 1888. (ledger for General, School, & Special Funds)


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The Board of Health filed their final report of the expenses of the Quarantine amounting to two hundred & eighty eight & 11/100 Dollars, and report that all Quarantine has been raised.
J. W. Trammell presented his account for the sum of one hundred & forty two & 11/100 Dollars, & Warrant issued for Balance Dec. 31 1888.
Road Commissioners, were appointed for the present year, as follows:
No. 1 District G. M. Shaman, J. A. Alderman, Sol. Watson
No. 2 District James F. Hancock Jr., A. J. Pollard, R. H. Peeples
No. 3 District J. A. Wilson, S. A. Smith, A. H. Leonard
No. 4 District J. H. Kirkland, Jake Driggers, J. A. Kilgore
No. 5 District J. T. Poppel, A. A. Lewis, George Bryant
No. 6 District Wade Hamilton, J. H. Graves, J. A. Tayler
No. 7 District J. J. E. Brown, J. G. Hatcher and N. B. Norton (scratched R/B. W/K. Costine, B. M. Tyre)


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No. 8 District [nothing listed]
No. 9 District John Brown, J. H. Johnson Jr., R. W. Rigsdel
No. 10 District J. J. Keen Sr., W. R. King, L. P. Anderson
No. 11 District G. H. Knellinger, J. W. Maloy, Wade Stawls
No. 12 District Henry Fertic, W. H. Gaskins, W. H. Flowers (scratched out H. T. Battail)
No. 13 District Judson Pylant, S. L. Pearce, J. W. Hollingsworth
No. 14 District J. T. Pollard, S. A. Hart, John C. Burleigh
No. 15 District M. S. Knox, J. F. Hutchinson, John S. Crane. Adjourned.
Wed. Jany 9th. 1889 Members present as on yesterday.
This being the beginning of a New Year, and new officers entering upon their duty, we hereby authorize the Sheriff for the year 1889, five dollars per month for his services of locking the Court House, and keeping the yard clean of litter.
Wm. Lyle’s contract for said work, is hereby annulled from this date.
G. R. Fortner presented his account for ninety five


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& 02/100 Dollars, Bal due on assessment for 1887, and Warrant ordered for the same.
Wm. Rivers, Judson Pylant, and D. E. Saxton, are hereby appointed to mark out a road from Homeland to Crooked Lake; said Commissioners will also locate the site of Bridge, and report length of same to this Board.
The Auditor will in future present his Ledger to the Board of Commissioners at their regular meeting, with all entries of the previous month properly made.
Harden & Stevens are authorized to print two thousand copies of Blanks for County Accounts, for the sum of eleven Dollars.
The Road Commissioner L. L. Bryan, examined and reported that W. H. Costine had faithfully performed the work on the crossing near E. M. Robinson’s; said report rec’d, and; and same ordered paid, together with six dollars additional for extra work, making the sum of fifty dollars due Mr. Costine.
The Sheriff presented his Bill, for approval for the feed of Prisoners, amounting to 104, & _2/100 Dollars.
The Board agreed with W. W Clark to pave the walk from the Court House to the gate, the width of the steps, filled in with stone, and covered with the best cement. The amount to be paid said Clark, when the work is completed, and received by the Baord, is sixty Dollars.
Thursday Jany. 10th. 1889.
The Commissioners, upon examination of Tax Books find that Mrs. W. W. Cunningham’s tax is bouble what it should be, therefore the Collector will collect one half the Taxes on said lands, same as collected last year.
Ordered that the Collector allow a rebate on T. T. Griffin, from thirty, to five dollars per acre, as was reduced last year.


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Commissioners examined the Jail, and found it in good sanitary condition, and Prisoners well cared for.
The bonds of Judson Jacob; J. P. of District No 15; Pierpont, J. P. of District No. 12, were approved. J. D. Tillis Bond for Collector was approved; and in case the present written Bond is not approved, by the Comptroler we will approve a new Bond when presented. Approve Feb 4th 89 T. W. Anderson Chairman


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County Commissioners Court 10 Oclock A.M. Monday Feby 4th 1889.
Member present T. W. Anderson chairman, N. B. Norton, G. R. Durrance, E. J. Hilliard and Thos. Albritton. The minutes of last meeting were read and approved.
The Bond of James Pierpont Justice of the Peace for district No 12. Polk County was presented & approved.
Ordered that Mrs. E. A. Brown is replaced on the pauper list at five dollars per month from this date.
Ordered that Mrs. E. L. Senucker is allowed a rebate on the (land description) to one half as the present assessment 1888, and that the is instructed to collect only half the taxes assessed against Said land for Said year.
Also the assessment on James H/K______ 28 acres in the (land description) assessed as $1000 is reduced to $200.00 also Lot beginning 10 chains S & 180 feet west of (land description) & running 113 feet N, W 50 feet, S 113 feet, E 50 feet, assessed as $1200 be reduced to $200.00
Ordered that the Bond of D. C. Lancaster as Justice of the Peace for district no 1, is approved.
The clerk is instructed to issue notices to road Commissioners and have Same Served By the Sheriff.
The Application of M. B. Swearingen, J. A. Fortner & R. H. Parish for Pension were this day approved.
Ordered that the Bond of J. D. Tillis as tax collect for Polk County was approved.
Ordered that the following accounts were approved and ordered paid to wit:
Lucinda Mims Gen allowance as pauper $ 8.00
Winnie Roberts “ “ “ $ 8.00
Charity Williams “ “ “ $ 4.00
Mrs. J. Pierpont “ “ “ $ 8.00
Mitchell Albritton “ “ “ $ 5.00
Noah Waters “ “ “ $ 6.00


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Andrew Bates Gen allowance as pauper $ 5.00
Martha Welch “ “ “ $ 5.00
Mary Goss “ “ “ $ 4.00
J. A. Chester “ “ “ $ 5.00
Rebecca Smith “ “ “ $ 4.00
B. F. Dalton “ “ “ $ 6.00
N. B. Norton “ aloowance as co. com’s $ 10.00
J. B. Young “ for extracting teeth for prisoners $ 2.00
W. H. Johnson Specl for Book & Stationary to co $ 2.00
W. W. Hankins “ for making Key to C. H. $ 1.50
V. M. Hollman “ for fix 3 shelves in Co. Judges Safe $ 0.85
H. D. Ballard Gen for locking C. H. & fixing
___ pits in Jail $ 15.50
Beeville & Potter “ fixin doors & locks in C. H. $ 2.00
W. H. Johnson “ allowance as co. auditor $ 25.00
J. L. Wirt “ furnishing coffin to pauper $ 10.00
Thos Albritton “ for services as co Com $ 8.20
T. W. Anderson “ allowance “ “ $ 5.20
S. J. Hilliard “ “ “ $ 7.00
Geo. R. Durrance “ “ “ $ 7.20
Geo. S. Durrance “ auditing 9 cat Scalp $ 2.25
Henry Hicks “ Bounty on wild cat scalp $ 3.00
B. C. Jameson “ Bounty on wild cat scalp $ 3.00
A. T. Patterson “ Bounty on wild cat scalp $ 3.00
E. M. Baynard “ Bounty on wild cat scalp $ 3.00
John Starts/Stuts “ Bounty on wild cat scalp $ 3.00
A. T. Patterson “ Bounty on wild cat scalp $ 3.00
J. M. Kilpatrick “ Bounty on wild cat scalp $ 3.00
Brady & Clark “ for services as co. attys $ 16.68
Lang Bros “ Blankets for Jail $ 4.50
W. W. Clark Specl for Building walk in C. H. Y. $ 60.00
W. W. Clark Specl for Building walk in C. H. Y. $ 60.00
B. F. Holland Gen Treasurers commissions $ 44.04
J. J. Simmons Gen for services as manager of election $ 2.00
C. J. Hilliard “ Allowance as co. com’s $ 2.00
T. W. Anderson “ “ “ $ 2.00
Geo. R. Durrance “ “ “ $ 2.00


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Thos. Albritton Gen allowance as co. com’s $ 2.00
A. T. Patterson “ Bounty on wild cat scalp $ 3.00
Wm Layle “ for locking C. H. 2 months $ 10.00
John Sterts “ Bounty on wild cat scalp $ 3.00
J. D. Tillis “ collector commissions $240.88


Tuesday Feby 5th 1889. Members present as on the previous day.
Ordered that the Bond of John Acree as Constable for District no 6, is approved.
Ordered that in as much as the former Treasurer J. W. Trammell has turned over the office to B. F. Holland his successor, to gestion with the Books, Vouchers Money & C, He has this day filed with the board the receipt of B. F. Holland for the sum of Two thousand five Hundred & eighty four & 57/100 Dollars ($2584.57/100) Dollars as follows, on Gen Fund $320.63/100 on School Fund ($1237.83/100) on Special Fund ($810.32/100) on Jail Fund ($213.77/100)
Also receipt of Treasurer B. F. Holland for Voucher Signed by Warren Tyler Treasurer Polk County Bank for fifteen Hundred and fifty three dollars and forty two cents ($1553.42/100) on Jail Warrant no 772, and the Auditor instructed to credit J. W. Trammells account with the above amounts and charge Treasurer B. F. Holland with the Same.
The commissioners examined the Jail and found it in good Sanitary condition, and the premises well cared for .
In as much as W. W. Clark on account of the bad weather has not finished the work on the walk, It is therefore ordered that a warrant be issued for the amount due him when the work there in is complete and left with T. W. Anderson to be turned over to Mr. Clark when the work is done to the Satisfaction of Mr. Anderson, according to the contract.
Collector J. D. Tillis presented his receipts no 21, from John W. Trammell former county Treasurer for amounts as follows:


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on the Gen Fund $328.63, on county school Fund $532.55, on county Special Fund $213.77, on Jail Fund $213.77, making a total of $1281.07. And the auditor is instructed to credit Mr. J. D. Tillis with the Same & charge Treasurer J. W. Trammell with Said amounts on the several Funds therein mentioned.
Ordered that R. T. Kilpatrick having turned over to J. W. Trammell the former county Treasurer Seven hundred and Six dollars, therefore the auditor will credit Mr. Kilpatrick with the Same and charge J. W. Trammells account with that amount, J. J. Mills having turned over to the county treasurer one dollar, the auditor is instructed to charge the Treasurer with the Same.
Treasurer B. F. Holland presented his monthly statement ending Jany 31st 1889, as follows; (ledger)


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he also presented his account for receiving and disbursing funds for January 1889, amounting to forty four 04/100 Dollars which was ordered paid.
Noah Waters having died these will no more warrants issued in his name.
Collector J. D. Tillis filed receipt no 22 from B. F. Holland County Treasurer for the Sum of Three thousand Three hundred and seventy dollars and Seventeen cents, on the Several Funds as follows; on Gen Fund $863.55, on County Special Jail Fund $575.70, on County School Fund $1310.65, on Licinse tax $44.57, on county Special Fund $575.70. The auditor will credit J. D. Tillis with the several amounts on the several Funds and charge B. F. Holland County Treasurer with the amounts including the above mentioned receipt.
Ordered that H. D. Ballard pay over to B. F .Holland county Treasurer five dollars received from ____ingly & cost shown. Said amount to be place in Said Fund.
J. D. Tillis presented his account for commissions on $5044.50/100, Dollars collected on (assessment) of 1888, and warrant issued for the Same. Approved March 4th, 1889 T. W. Anderson Chairman


Page 230 (pic 173) County Commissioners Court Monday Mch 4th 1889 10 O’clock A.M. Members present, T. W. Anderson Chairman, N. B. Norton, Geo. R. Durrance, Thos Albritton and E. J. Hilliard. The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.
Ordered that the assessment on the land of Thos Blackburn viz: (land description) each is recinded and J. D. Tillis Collector is instructed to refund to Thos Blackburn the amount he paid on said land, and report the same in his report of erroneous assessments this being being Government Land.
Ordered that G. Darbyshue’s assessment on (land description) each assessed at $1,000.00 be reduced to $200.00 and the Collector J. D. Tillis be instructed to refund the excess, and make report of same on his report of erroneous and double assessments &c &c.
Ordered that Jasper Summerlin’s Lands to wit: The (land description) each assessed at $2500.00 be reduced to $610.00 and Collector instructed to collect the taxes on reduced valuation $610.00.
Ordered that E. J. Hilliard is instructed to let he repairing of the Public Bridge across Whidden Creek.
N. M. Reynolds presented his Bond as Constable for District $3, Polk County which was approved: also the Bond of R. R. Foote as Justice of the Peace for District $6, which was approved.
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list at $8.00 per month from this date.
Ordered that the Commissioners appointed to mark out a Public Road from Homeland to Crooked Lake have filed their report, and said report received and Commissioners discharged, and the said Road as marked is declared a Public Road.
Ordered that the allowance of Minnie Roberts and family be increased from $8.00 to $12.00 for the present month on account of sickness in said family.
Ordered that J. A. Williams be appointed road commissioner for District #11, instead of J. M. Maloy, exempt also J. J. Wiggins for District # 4 instead of J. H. Kirkland exempt.
The Bridge across Peace River at Ft. Meade being in a dangerous condition, it is ordered that the Clerk give notice by publication in The Courier Informant that the County Commissioners will receive on the first Monday in April next bids for repairing same reserving to themselves the right to reject any or all bids.
Ordered the following accounts be approved and paid.;
L. D. Harvey, pauper Gen Fund Monthly allowance $ 12.00
E. A. Brown, pauper “ “ $ 5.00
F. B. Dalton, pauper “ “ $ 6.00
Rebecca Smith, pauper “ “ $ 4.00
Mary Goss, pauper “ “ $ 4.00
Martha Welch, pauper “ “ $ 5.00
Andrew Bates, pauper “ “ $ 5.00
Mitchell Albritton, “ “ “ $ 5.00
Mrs. I. Pierpont, “ “ “ $ 8.00
Charity Williams, “ “ “ $ 4.00
Winnie Roberts, “ “ “ $ 12.00
Lucinda Mims, “ “ “ $ 8.00
W. H. Johnson Co Aud “ “ $ 25.00
Cannon Spl. Work on Bridge $ 17.10
Morgan Snow “ Work & Material on Bridge $ 27.25
Brady & Clark Gen County attys $ 16.65


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Link Pipkins Gen Scouring Court House $ 10.00
R. H. Look “ Medicine for prisoners $ 6.50
John Bishop “ Rent for armory $ 90.00
H. D. Ballard “ Sheriffs Fees $ 42.75
J. C. Burleigh “ 20 Wild cat scalps $ 60.00
C. F. Brown “ 1 “ “ $ 3.00
E. M. Baynard “ 1 “ “ $ 3.00
J. E. Brown “ 2 “ “ $ 6.00
W. E. King “ 1 “ “ $ 3.00
A. I. Patterson “ 2 “ “ $ 6.00
L. P. Brown “ 1 “ “ $ 3.00
A. W. Lunn “ 1 “ “ $ 3.00
John Starts/Stark “ 1 “ “ $ 3.00
G. L. Dudley “ 1 “ “ $ 3.00
W. M. McAulay “ Ex. Ft. Meade Bridge $ 3.00
S. C. Brannon “ Relief on account sickness $ 10.00
Frank Bowman “ Cleaning Court room $ 1.00
Mary Tucker “ Washing for Prisoners $ 5.00
Walker, Evans &
Cogswell Spl Books & Stationary Co Judge $112.44
“ “ “ “ Books & Stationary Clerk Office $ 71.60
T. A. Wall Gen Services Supt at Registration $ 62.50
Holland & Johnson Spl. Office Furniture, fixtures, fl____ $186.91
Geo. S. Durrance Gen auditing Cat Scalps $ 8.00
C. E. Reed & Bros Spl For Gate Courthouse yard $ 7.70
H. A. Streeter “ Cell in Jail $2800.00
H. A. Sheeter “ “ “ $2000.00
“ “ “ “ “ $2000.00
T. W. Anderson “ Inst on Warrants issued 1888 $272.00
pay out to I. A. Streeter for cells
“ “` Gen as County Commissioner $ 7.20
Geo. R. Durrance “ “ “ $ 9.20
E. J. Hilliard “ “ “ $ 11.00
N. B. Norton “ “ “ $ 12.40
Thos Albritton “ “ “ $ 10.20
J. W. Trammell “ amt over pd on Spl. Fund $231.86
B. F. Holland “ amt pd for Printing for Co. $ 3.00
Adjourned until tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.


Page 233 Tuesday Morning Mch 5th 1889. Met according to adjournment. Members present T. W. Anderson Chm., N. B. Norton, Geo R. Durrance and Thos Albritton and E. J. Hilliard
Having come to the knowledge of the count Board that Mrs. Brannon is sick and distressed circumstances it is Therefore ordered that a warrant for Ten Dollars be issued for her benefit.
Ordered that the assessment on Mrs. Lucinda M. Kinney’s land, Lot 2, Block 3, Robert’s addition to Ft. Meade assessed at $2000, be reduced to $1000, and Lots 1 & 2 Block 4, Roberts addition to Ft Meade assessed at $3000, to reduced to $1000, and Collector instructed to collect taxes at above reduced assessment.
The county being unable financially to pay warrants #886, 887 & 888 issued in payment for the cells in the new County Jail it is ordered that the Board issue a Warrant _ T. W. Anderson for the sum of $272.00 to pay the interest on said warrant for six months from the time said warrants become due and that new warrants be issued for same amount as the original with number and dates as follows: #645 for $2800.00 #646 for $2000.00, and #647 for $2000.00, all bearing date 4th Mch, 1889, in favor of H. A. Streeter and turned over to T. W. Anderson chrmn to be forwarded to H. A. Streeter who will return, cancelled original warrants issued to him.
Ordered that the auditor charge B. F. Holland Treasurer with $974.00, on School Fund, said amount having been sent by the Comptroller Gen’l to him.
The County Commissioners realizing the necessity of a Bridge across Peace River near Homeland on the Public Road just established from Homeland to Crooked Lake it is Therefore ordered that as the citizens in said community agree to pay one half the cost of said Bridge that the Clerk of this Board give notice by public-


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ation in the Courier Informant that bids will be received on the first Monday in April next, for the erection of said Bridge and the necessary grading from high land to abutments of same reserving the right to reject any or all bids.
As there are only a four road hands on the Lakeland and Leesburg Road and there being a necessity for a causeway on said road it is therefore ordered That a warrant for Fifty Dollars be issued and placed in the hands of N. B. Norton to be expended on building said causeway.
Adjourned until tomorrow, Wednesday, morning.

Wednesday Morning Mch 6th 1889. Met according to adjournment, Members of previous day present.
Ordered that a warrant be issued Miss Holland and Johnson for $186.91 being ___ _____ of the expense of fitting up Treasurer, Recorder and Abstract office they having paid the entire expense for the work.
Ordered that the land of V. C. Reeves on East half of Lot four Block Ten in Bartow assessed at $2000, be reduced to $1500, the same as in 1887.
Collector Tillis filed Treasurer receipts #23 23 for amounts as follows, on assessment of 1888
On General Fund $1539.33
On County School Fund $2155.38
On Special Fund $ 126.22
On Special Jail Fund $1026.22
Total $4847.15
also Receipt #24, for County License $42.57/100
A mistake having been in settlement between J. W. Trammell Ex Treasurer and J. D. Tillis in Receipt #5, it is ordered that j. W. Grammell be credited with the amount of said error $55.52/100 and J. D. Tillis be charged with same amount.


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Ex Treasurer J. W. Trammell having paid out on the special Fund $231.89 more than he received on said Fund it is ordered that a warrant be issued in favor of T. W. Trammell for said amount $231.89.
Ex Treasurer J. W. Trammell presented Treasurer B. F. Holland recept #5 for the sum of $303.15/100, on the several Funds as follows Gen’l Fund $242.62
School Fund $ 49.71
Jail Fund $ 10.83
Total $303.16
These several amounts are the balance due from Ex Treasurer J. W. Trammell to the County of Polk and he is hereby released from any further claims to the County by this final settlement, as this balances all of his accounts and releases him and his Bondmen from any further claim.
The relation between the Board and Ex Treasurer J. W. Trammell have ___ been of the most pleasant nature and are severed with much regret.
Auditor will charge B. F. Holland with the amounts of receipt given to Ex. Treasurer J. W. Trammell viz: $303.16/100.
Adjourned Approved T. W. Anderson Chairman


Page 236 (pic 175) County Commissioners Court Monday April 1st 1889, 10 O’clock AM
Members present T. W. Anderson Chrm., Thos Albritton, N. B. Norton and G. R. Durrance. The minutes of last meeting were read and approved.
On motion of Thos. Albritton the rule established heretofore in reference to building small Bridges in the County where the citizens pay one half the cost of same is hereby suspended in the building of a Bridge across Melton Branch, in District No. 5, in which case the County Commissioners agree to pay the entire cost of said Bridge.
T. W. Anderson filed receipt from H. A. Streeter for $272.00 interest due on warrant no. 886, 887 & 888 issued I the name of H. A. Streeter for Cells in Jail, said warrants having been issued on the 5th day of January 1888. The aforesaid warrants have been returned to the Board and have been destroyed, and new warrants, No. 645, 646 & 647, were issued instead.
E. C. Stewart having paid the sum of one Hundred and forty-one dollars and seventy-five cents balance due on Lot one, Block “F” in the original survey of the Town of Bartow as deeded to J. R. Stewart & S. D. Caboneiss(?) said deed having been executed on the 5th day of January 1888, and the Auditor is instructed to charge Treasurer B. F. Holland with said amount on the Special Fund.
The Comptroller General having sent to the County Commissioner a list of certificates of Land sold for Taxes to the amount of $339.54/100 it is ordered to be charged to the County Treasurer on the several Funds as follows, to wit:


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On Special Fund $ 56.34
On Jail Fund $ 79.51
On School Fund $122.68
The Board entered into contract with D. H. Brown for the building of a public Bridge across Milton Branch at and for the sum of $1.50/100 per lineal foot and that Comm’r N. B. Norton is authorized to inspect and receive same.
Ordered that the assessment on the land of A. Kirkpatrick assessed at $400.00 be reduced to $100.00 described as follows: (land description) and running west to Lake McLeod thence south along the short of said Lake 2 63/100 chains, thence … to the place of beginning, also Lot 1, Tigner Subdivision of Lytles first addition to the town of Bartow assessed at $300.00 be reduced to $200.00
The claim of G. W. Peters for damages sustained to a horse in crossing causeway on publid road is rejected on the grounds that the proof presented was insufficient to authorize the payment of damages.
Ordered that the following accounts are approved and that warrants be issued in payment of same as follows
J. M. Scott Spec. Material & work on Bridge $ 62.92
L. D. Harvey GenL allowance as pauper $ 6.00
Sarah Hays “ “ “ $ 8.00
R. H. Look “ Medicine for prisoners $ 5.00
H. D. Ballard “ Sheriffs Fees & C $ 48.65
Walker Evans &
Cogswell Spec. Seal stationary Error
G. A. K. St Genl printing for County $ 18.75
Geor R. Durrance “ County Comm’r $ 6.40


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J. M. Dill Spec for work for County $ 15.00
Smith & McLeod “ for Lumber for county $ 25.__
Morgan Snow “ for Repairing Bridge $ 16.65
Smith & M Leod “ for Lumber for Bridge $ 50.07
J. Q. Adams “ for Lumber and work on C.Way $ 50.00
E. A. Brown Genl for allowance as pauper $ 5.00
Winnie Roberts “ “ “ $ 12.00
Mrs. I. Pierpont “ “ “ $ 8.00
B. F. Dalton “ “ “ $ 6.00
S. C. Brannon “ “ “ $ 10.00
Rebecca Smith “ “ “ $ 4.00
Lucinda Mims “ “ “ $ 8.00
Mr. Noah Water “ “ “ $ 6.00
Martha Welch “ “ “ $ 5.00
Andrew Bates “ “ “ $ 5.00
Mary Goss “ “ “ $ 4.00
Mitchell Albritton “ “ “ $ 5.00
Charity Williams “ “ “ $ 4.00
W. H. Johnson “ County auditor $ 25.00
I. A. Jury “ appropriation Polk Co Exhibit $ 30.00
Brady & Clark “ County attorneys $ 16.65
Walker Evans
& Cogwell “ appropriation ____ for County $ 3.00
Polk County Bank “ Balance due Sub Tropics $1090.00
“ “ “ “ “ $1060.00
Warren Tyler Spec. __st due on Warrant #772 $220.45
J. D. Tillis Genl Collector Comms $169.36
N. B. Norton “ County Comm $ 14.46
E. J. Hilliard “ “ “ $ 15.00
Thos. Albritton “ “ “ $ 12.20
T. W. Anderson “ “ “ $ 9.20
B. F. Holland “ Comms as Treasurer $234.34
Adjourned until tomorrow morning.


Page 239 Tuesday Morning April 2nd 1889. Met according to adjournment. Members present the same as yesterday.
Ordered that Mrs. Noah Waters be placed on list as pauper at an allowance of $6, per month from this date.
Various bids were received for the building of a Bridge across Peace River near Homeland. That of Samuel P. Leigh being the lowest bid for same the contract was awarded him at and for the sum of one dollar and sixty-five cents per lineal foot for Bridge work, and the sum of Seventy-five cents per lineal foot for the grading necessary at the abutment estimated at 4 ft high at highest point.
Ordered that A. Keen is appointed Road Commissioner for District No. 2 in place of I. T. Hancock Sr/Jr., he having moved out of said District.
Ordered that John Elerby is appointed as Road Commissioner in District No. 10, in place of J. J. Keen who is exempt by reason of being over age.
Collector J. D. Tillis filed his receipt from B. F. Holland, County Treasurer for the sum of Five Thousand Two Hundred & four 06-100 Dollars on the several funds, as follows:
County Revenue for the year 1888 $1312.70
County Public School $2007.76
County Special $ 941.80
County Jail $ 941.80
Also Receipt #27 for nine hundred dollars on Special Fund to make good the amount due on said Fund in February 1889.
Also Receipt #28 for Twenty-one 33-100 Dollars License Tax, Auditor will credit J. D. Tillis Collector with the several amounts above specified and charge B. F. Holland Treasurer with the same.


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The contract of McEwen & lightsey was signed and filed with the Clerk for the repairs of the Ft. Meade Bridge. Said McEwen & Lightsey agree to repair said Bridge according to the report of W. N. McAulay - which is attached to contract, for the sum of Three Hundred and Eighty-nine dollars. Bond and Security given for fulfilment of contract.
Adjourned until tomorrow morning.
Wednesday morning April 3rd 1889. Met according to adjournment - Members present T. W. Anderson Chrm., N. B. Norton, Thos. Albritton and E. J. Hilliard.
Having awarded the building of the Homeland Bridge to Samuel P. Lee on yesterday, the Board have this day entered into contract with him for the payment of one half the said Bridge, the citizens of that community to pay the other half.
The $2000.00 warrant #834, issued Dec 7th 1887 for defraying expenses of Polk County exhibit at the Subtropical Exposition, Jack.ville Fla, was presented for payment, and not having collected amount sufficient to satisfy said warrant, the Commissioners paid $1000.00 and the interest due thereon to date, ___ up and canceled the old warrant #834, and issued instead a warrant #686, for $1090, for balance of old warrant and interest due on same payable 28th Dec. 1889.
Ordered that a warrant be issued Warren Tyler for the sum of $220.45/100 interest due on warrant #772 in favor of Thompson & Co for $3000.00 on Jail Building. Adjourned until tomorrow morning.


Page 241 Thursday Morning April 4th 1889. Met according to adjournment. Members present same as yesterday.
Ordered that the contract for building fence around the Jail be awarded J. M. Dill at and for the sum of $19.00, Contractor agreeing to do the work in a good and workman-like manner. The county to furnish the material for the same.
Treasurer B. F Holland presented a list of canceled warrants, all of which were examined and found Correct. He also presented his quarterly report for the first quarter ending Mch 31st 1889, as follows; (ledger for General, School, Special and Special Jail funds)


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Warrant #694, for $234.14/100 was issued to Treasurer B. F. Holland Commissions on Receipts and Disbursements for First quarter ending 31st March 1889.
The Board appoint T. W. Anderson and E. J. Hilliard Committee to examine the repairs on the Ft. Meade Bridge and when done according to contract to receive the same.
Ordered that T. W. Anderson be appointed to examine the location for the Public Bridge near Homeland.
Ordered that warrant be issued J. D. Tillis Collector of Revenue for amount of Commissions due him to Mch. 31st 1889. #689 for $169 36/100. Adjourned Approved May 6th 1889 T. W. Anderson Chairman


Page 243 County Commissioners Court Monday May 6th 1889 10 Oclock A.M. Present; T. W. Anderson Chairman, N. B. Norton, Thos. Albritton, G. R. Durrance and E. J. Hilliard. Minutes of last meeting were read and approved.
Lewis M. Ballard presented his Bond as Justice of the Peace for District #11 which was approved.
Sheriff H. D. Ballard presented account of $85.25 for feeding prisoners which was approved.
Collector J. D. Tillis filed his Receipt #29 from B. F. Holland County Treasurer as follows, Currency $7480 12/100, Warrants $2896 82/100, Total $10376. 96/100,
On account of County Revenue 1888 $2803.77
On account County School Fund 1888 $3814.82
On account Special Fund for the Yr 1888 $1879.18
On account Special Jail Fund $1879.18
Total $10376.95
Also Receipt #30 for Six Dollars and Twenty-five cent on account of License.
The auditor is ordered to Credit Collector J. D. Tillis with above amounts and charge same to Treasurer B. F. Holland.
A petition was presented asking an appropriation to aid in building a Bridge across Peace River near Bowling Green, on the county line between Polk and DeSoto Counties, and in furtherance of the object the Board appointed T. W. Anderson and E. J. Hilliard a committee to confer with the Commissioners of DeSoto County in regard to constructing a Bridge at point above mentioned; and further agree to pay the sum not to exceed Two Hundred and Fifty dollars, to aid in building said Bridge, provided that DeSoto County will pay the same amount, the citizens in the vicinity paying the remainder.


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And we authorize our Committee to act in Concert with Commissioners of DeSoto County as their committee in Contracting said Bridge to any good and responsible workmen.
T. W. Anderson and E. J. Hilliard Committee appointed at last meeting “To examine repairs on Ft Meade Bridge and when done according to contract to receive same, respectfully submit the following, The Bridge is repaired according to contract together with other repairs not included in contract, it is Therefore ordered that a warrant be issued to Mess. McEwen & Lightsey for the amount of Contract $389, and for Extra work and material $127.84 Total amt. $516 84/100.
Rowland Thomas presented Petition for Pension which was approved.
The Board appoint as Road Commissioner in District #12, F. A. K. Harris and J. T. Wear in District #2, B. F. Moody instead of A. Keen.
Ordered that the name of Mrs. Pierpont be erased from the list of paupers on account of d___.
The following accounts were approved and ordered that warrants be issued in payment of same as follows,
L. D. Harvey Genl allowance as pauper $ 6.00
Mrs. J. Pierpont “ “ “ $ 8.00
Andrew Bates “ “ “ $ 5.00
Mary Goss “ “ “ $ 4.00
Mitchell Albritton “ “ “ $ 5.00
E. A. brown “ “ “ $ 5.00
Sarah Hays “ “ “ $ 8.00
Rebecca Smith “ “ “ $ 4.00
B. F. Dalton “ “ “ $ 6.00
Charity Williams “ “ “ $ 4.00
S. C. Brannon “ “ “ $ 10.00
Lucinda Mims “ “ “ $ 8.00


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Winnie Roberts Genl allowance as pauper $ 8.00
Mrs. Noah Waters “ “ “ $ 6.00
Martha Welch “ “ “ $ 5.00
W. H. Johnson “ as County auditor $ 25.00
J. M. Dill “ Enclosing Jail yard $ 19.00
S. P. Leigh Spec. part pay Homeland Bridge $250.00
S. P. Leigh Spec. part pay Homeland Bridge $250.00
S. P. Leigh Spec. part pay Homeland Bridge $250.00
McEwen & Lightsey “ Repairs Ft. Meade Bridge $516.84
Looks Drug Store Gen Medicine for prisoners $ 9.95
H. D. Ballard Sheff “ Locking C. H. $ 25.55
J. D. Tillis Collector “ Comms $103.83
J. N. Hooker Spec Quarantine $ 1.95
Dr. Ferguson Gen Medical Services prisoners $ 8.00
T. W. Anderson “ Ser County Comm $ 11.20
E. J. Hilliard “ Services “ “ $ 9.00
Thos Albritton “ “ “ $ 8.20
N. B. Norton “ “ “ $ 10.40
Geo. R. Durrance “ “ “ $ 7.40
Mrs. Farless “ allowance as pauper $ 4.00
Adjourned until tomorrow morning.
Tuesday Morning May 7th 1889 10 O clock A.M. Met according to adjournment. Members present same on yesterday.
Ordered that William Starling be and is hereby appointed Recorder of Marks and Brands for District #10.
Ordered that a warrant issue for J. M. Dill for $19, amount contract for enclosure of Jail yard.
Ordered that the contract for painting Jail yard fense be awarded O. M. Taylor for the sum of $22.50 he furnishing all the material, said work to be done in a good workman like manner.


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The committee H. H. English and Jesse Keen appointed to mark out a public Road from Lakeland, to County line I the direction of Plant City, report the duty performed, and Road Commissioner in said District is hereby ordered to have same opened and we declare same a public highway.
Bond of S. P. Leigh for fulfilling Bridge Contract was filed and approved.
Ordered that three warrants be issued in favor of S. P. Leigh for $250.00 each in part payment for Homeland Bridge.
Treasurer B. F. Holland is authorized to have the floor of the Recorder’s and Treasurer’s office properly supported, and present bill for cash of same to this Board.
The Board authorize Chairman T. W. Anderson to furnish plan and specifications for a Bridge across Bowlegs Creek in the Avon Park road, and to let contract for building same. Bids to be received on the ground on Friday 17th inst
Trial Justice A. J. Mills reported and turned over to Treasurer B. F .Holland $20 Collected for fines. Ordered that auditor charge Treasurer with said amount and credit same to account of County School Fund.
Ordered that two grandchildren of Mrs. Farless be enrolled as pauper with an allowance of $4.00 for Month. Warrant issue to Mrs. Farless.
The Board this day addressed to over Representatives, a communication, enclosing a statement of the amount expended for Quarantine purposes in the years 1887 and 1888 ($5634.53) requesting that they make an earnest effort to have our County reimbursed, and if necessary, to have an act passed for said purpose.


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There being no further business the Board adjourned.
Approve June 3rd 89 T. W. Anderson Chairman


County Commissioners Court Monday June 5th 1889 10 Oclock AM
Present T. W. Anderson, E. J. Hilliard, H. Schipman and Harrison Jones. On account of the absence of Mr. Thompson the new member elect the Board did not organize. T. W. Anderson was made temporary chairman.
The minutes of last meeting were read and approved.
Commissioner N. B. Norton who was appointed to examine the New Bridge across Milton’s Branch reports that the Bridge is contracted according to contract and extra work and material done and furnished on same by contractor D. H. Brown.
Commissioners T. W. Anderson and E. J. Hilliard appointed to let contract for building a Bridge across Bowlegs Creek on Avon Park road contracted same to Mess. M Ewen & Lightsey at $1.79 per lineal foot.
Ordered that Commissioners Anderson and Hilliard, when contractor have completed said Bridge to examine same, and if contract is complied with to receive same.
A petition for public road from Haskell, a Station on South Florida Rail Road to intersect the Lakeland and Medulla road at or near Rev. R. P. McCrary’s residence, on the line a rep-


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resented in said petition, is hereby granted and R. P. Duvernch(?), L. M. Ballard and Thomas Taylor appointed to mark out said road.
Two petitions having been presented asking Bridges across McCollough Creek within a short distance of each other, the Board respectfully recommend that the several petitioners consult together, and if possible agree up on a point at which to construct a Bridge as it would be impracticable to build more than one.
Dr. Welsh of Auburndale presented a bill for medical services of $88.50 rendered Mrs. Mims pauper $20.00 of which is approved by the Board.
Commissioners T. W. Anderson and E. J. Hilliard appointed to confer and co-operate with Commissioners of DeSoto County in regard to constructing a Bridge across Peace River on the County line between the Counties of Polk and DeSoto, report that they with Commissioners of DeSoto on county line at Peace River, and after consultation and examination of the ground, for___ decided to let the Contract to lowest bidder, as several parties had collected on the ground prepared to bid, and upon offering same, S. P. Leigh being lowest bidder, the Contract was awarded him at the sum of $$2.25 per lineal foot. Contract for same was signed by the Chairman of each of the counties Polk and DeSoto and S. P. Leigh. Said Bridge to be the joint property of Polk & DeSoto Counties each to pay one half of two thirds of the cash at Construction, the citizens in the locality to pay the balance, and in all repairs or damages the Said Counties are equally bound. Said Bridge is located about 75 yards south of County line


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By mutual consent of both counties.
Ordered that the assessment of C. C. Wilson’s land the (land description) be reduced from $600 to $200.
Also Lot 2, Block B, of Summerlin’s School addition the property of E. C. Wilson ___ assessed at $600 be reduced to $300.
Owing to the death of L. D. Harvey it is ordered that his name be dropped from the list of pauper.
The following accounts were approved and ordered to be paid and warrants issued for same.
D. H. Brown Spec Contract Bridge & Melton Prch(?) $108.11
L. D. Harvey Gen allowance as pauper $ 6.00
N. B. Norton “ Ex & Rec. Bridge Com D. H. Brown $ 5.60
Sarah Hays “ allowance as pauper $ 8.00
E. A. Brown “ “ “ $ 5.00
Winnine Robert “ “ “ $ 8.00
B. F. Dalton “ “ “ $ 6.00
T. C. Brannon “ “ “ $ 10.00
Rebecca Smith “ “ “ $ 4.00
Lucinda Mims “ “ “ $ 8.00
Mrs. Noah Waters “ “ “ $ 6.00
Martha Welch “ “ “ $ 5.00
Andrew Bates “ “ “ $ 5.00
Mary Goss “ “ “ $ 4.00
Mitchell Albritton “ “ “ $ 5.00
Charity Williams “ “ “ $ 4.00
W. H. Johnson “ pay as auditor $ 25.00
Bradey & Clark “ pay as County atty - 2 ms $ 33.30
Thos Albritton “ pay as County Comm $ 8.20
T. W. Anderson “ “ “ $ 14.50
W. J. Hilliard “ “ “ $ 15.80
Dr. Welch Spec Services to pauper Mims $ 20.00
G. A. K. Stevens Gen Printing $ 8.66
T. A. Wall “ Supervisor of Registration $ 31.25
J. W. Brooks “ Material & Work on Bridge $ 7.86


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Sol Page Spec pay for Lumber & hauling same $ 3.72
McEwen & Lightsey “ Contract Bridge Bowleg Creek $157.09
John Bishop Gen Contract rent of armory Quarter $ 45.00
W. S. Taylor “ Contract Hauling dirt repair Bridge $ 12.00
C. E. Reed Bros Spec Material(?) for Jail yard $ 46.09
O. M. Taylor “ Material for painting Jail yard $ 25.00
J. M. Dill “ Material for Water Closet $ 7.00
J. D. Tillis, Collector Gen Comms on $7868.12 $ 78.68
Wm. Lyle Spec Shingles W. Closet Jail $ 2.16
H. Schipman Gen Services County Comm $ 7.60
H. D. M Leod Spec Lumber Jail Fence $ 1.75
B. F. Holland Gen Comms $11243.35 2% $224.86
“ “ “ Repairs on Re____ office $ 9.70
Harrison Jones “ Services County Comm $ 11.00
Adjourned to meet tomorrow morn’g.
Tuesday June 4th 89. 10 O’clock A.M. Board met according to adjournment. Members present same as yesterday.
The Board examined Jail and find the prisoners (six in number) well provided for, and the Jail in good sanitary condition.
Ordered by the Board the lands of “The Florida Land & Improvement Company” assessed at one dollar per acre be reduced to fifty cents per acre.
Inasmuch as the “Atlantic Gulf Coast Canal & Okeechobee Land Company” and Kissimmee Land Company have paid ____ on an excessive valuation of one dollar per acre for the year 1888, the assessor is hereby authorized by this Board to assess their land at a valuation of twenty-five cents per acre for the year 1889.
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the dead bodies of Edwin Denham and Miss Minnie Sheretz(?) is by the Board Disapproved.
Sheriffs H. D. Ballar bill in case of Coroners inquest over the bodies of Edwin Denham and Miss Minnie Sheretz is also Disapproved.
Ordered that the County Treasurer B. F. Holland is authorized to accept all unpaid Warrants drawn on the School Fund upon presentation, and write upon the face of said Warrants so accepted “Interest allowed at ten per cent per annum from date of endorsement until March 1st 1890.”
The above order has been made to make those holding Warrants on the School Fund to receive interest on the same, and further to provide a way that the School Board may be enabled to pay the Teachers, apart at least, of their Salaries for 1889 until taxes for said year are collected.
The deficiency provided for above, rose from the fact that the old School Board drew Warrants amounting to $1400, on the fund of 1888, for payment of Furniture of Summerlin Institute, where no no such estimate had been provided for in the assessment when made for School purposes for the year 1888, a further deficiency occur on account of not having received the amount expected from the State, and also a further deficiency on account of failure to properly assess the polls for the year 1888, said deficiency amounting to a shortage of fourteen hundred polls.
Adjourned until tomorrow morning.


Page 252 (pic 184) Wednesday June 5th 89 10 Oclock A.M. Board met accoding to adjournemtn. Members present same as yesterday.
Collector J. D. Tillis filed receipt of B. F. Holland Treasurer, as follows No 32, for $4508.85 No 33, for $60.53 No. 34 for $2398.78 No. 35, for $900. Making a Total of $7868.16, with which the auditor will cridit Collector J. D. Tillis, and charge same amounts to Treasurer B. F. Holland.
Treasurer B. F Holland presented cancelled warrants on the several Funds as follows, May & April
For General Revenue $2158.69
For School Fund $7418.16
Special Fund $1665.50
All of which were examined and found correct.
Commissioer T. W. Anderson is authorized by the Board to correspond with H. A. Streeter who holds Warrants Nos. 645, 646 & 647, and request that he forward same to the Polk County Bank that they may be cancelled at an early day.
Treasurer B. F. Holland filed his report for the Months of April and May as follows, (ledger entry for General Revenue)


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It is ordered that the County Auditor do credit the Treasurer with said amounts on the different Funds respectively.


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Owing to the rigid and in many instances, unjust criticisms of the action or seeming want of action of The Board of County Commissioners in reference to the case of Ex-Treasurer F. F. Beville, the Board will publish through the Courier Informant, in the issue of the 12th instant a communication setting forth the facts in the case.
There being no further business the Board adjourned. Approved July 1st 1889 T. W. Anderson Cha. Pro. Tem


County Commissioners Court Monday July 1st 1889, 10 Oclock A.M. Present T. W Anderson, E. J. Hilliard, H. Schepman, Harrison Jones, and A. C. Thompson. Proceedings of last meeting were read and approved.
Commissioners T. W. Anderson and E. J. Hilliard committee appointed to examine New Bridge across Bowlegs Creek on Avon Park road, and if contract fully complied with to receive same and turn over Warrant to Contrator M. Ewen & Lightsey report the duty performed.
Ordered that the land of J. N. Hooker the (land description) assessed at $5000.00 be reduced to $60.00.
Also the Homestead of Jonathan Watson the (land description) erroneously assessed is so marked by Collector.
Ordered that the petitions for Roads, Bridges & C now before the Board be referred to the Super-


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intendants hereinafter appointed.
Ordered that the case of G. W. Peters for damage to horse sustained in crossing causeway be re opened, and Tuesday of the August meeting set apart for hearing said cause.
Ordered that the names of J. Warren Corbett and Jacob Tucker be enrolled as paupers with allowance of eight dollars each.
The following accounts were approved and ordered paid and warrants issued for same.
Sarah Hays Gen allowance as pauper $ 8.00
E. A. brown Gen allowance as pauper $ 5.00
Winnie Roberts Gen allowance as pauper $ 8.00
B. F. Dalton Gen allowance as pauper $ 6.00
S. C. Brannon Gen allowance as pauper $ 10.00
Rebecca Smith Gen allowance as pauper $ 4.00
Lucinda Mims Gen allowance as pauper $ 8.00
Mrs. Noah Waters Gen allowance as pauper $ 6.00
Martha Welsh Gen allowance as pauper $ 5.00
Andrew Bates Gen allowance as pauper $ 5.00
Mary Goss Gen allowance as pauper $ 4.00
Mitchell Albritton Gen allowance as pauper $ 5.00
Charity Williams Gen allowance as pauper $ 4.00
R. R. Foote “ Coroners Fees $ 3.96
“ “ “ Burial Exp C. Bauchman $ 7.50
R. H. Look “ Drug bill $ 4.95
A. J. Mills(?) “ Services as Coroner $ 3.70
“ “ “ Cost of Jurors in Inquest $ 2.70
H. D. McLeod Spec Lumber & Labor Bridge $ 50.38
H. D. Ballard Sheriff Gen Summoning Jurors $ 53.90
“ “ “ “ Case of C. House for May $ 16.00
“ “ “ “ Case of C. House for June $ 16.00
“ “ “ “ Summoning 2 Ven_____ $ 44.80
H. D. McLeod Spec Lumber & Labor on Bridge $ 44.26
S. H. Page “ Lumber Water Closet Jail $ 10.85


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Dr. F. M. Wilson Sec/Trea Spec a/c Board of Health $
Dr. F. M. Wilson Sec/Trea Spec a/c Board of Health $ 26.80
“ “Gen a/c Board of Health $ 24.80
A. T Mann “ Services as Bailiff $ 11.2_
Thos Harrison “ Servt. During Court - 13 days $ 9.75
H. D. Ballard Sheriff “ Stationary - Court $ 16.2_
“ “ “ Summoning Jurors $157.8_
“ “ “ Waiting on Court $ 28.__
W. T. Hull “ Services as Bailiff $ 15.00
Brady & Clark attys “ Services for June $ 16.67
W. H. Johnson “ Services Auditor $ 25.00
G. A. K. Stevens “ Services Minute Clerk $ 34.67
W. H. Johnson “ Services to Court $ 36.70
B. F Holland Treas “ Commissions $118.83
Eppes Tucker “ Coroner Walter Wilson(?) $ 14.82
G. A. K. Stevens “ printing a/c $ 20.45
T. W. Anderson “ Services County Comm $ 11.80
A. C. Thompson “ “ “ $ 8.20
H. Jones “ “ “ $ 11.00
H. Schipman “ “ “ $ 7.60
E. J. Hilliard “ “ “ $ 11.6_
G. A. Mosely “ part pay out as assessor $100.00
Adjourned to meet tomorrow morning.


Tuesday July 2nd 9 O clock A.M. Member present same as yesterday.
Petition of J. E. Wilson et al to change Bartow and Ft Meade road is rejected for the reason that the Board has no right to put a road on private property without the consent of the owner.
Ordered that the (land description) 10 acres property of the Town of Bartow erroneously assesses be so marked by Collector.
Ordered that all county officers who now have any moneys in their hands be belonging to the county will at or before the next meeting of this Board turn over to


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the county Treasurer all such Funds; and officers whose duty it is to collect Fines or other money belonging to the County will in future report to this Board on the first Monday in each Month all moneys so collected, and they will make report whether they have collected money or not. Said report can be mailed to the Chairman of said Board with certificate of the correctness of such report.
In as much as the Books of the auditor and Treasurer show that Collector J. D. Tillis has paid over to the Treasurer all funds due for the year 1886, to the county, ordered that his Bondmen for the year 1885 & 1886 be released as to this county.
In compliance with the late act of the Legislature in regard to public roads, bridges, & c, this Board appoint as Superintendants in the in the respective County Commissioners District the following named persons,
For Dist No. 1. J. H. Kirkland Lakeland Fla.
For Dist No. 2. Irwin Keck Bowling Green, Fla.
For Dist No. 3 C. L. Wilson Homeland, Fla.
For Dist No. 4. F. W. Inman Winter Haven, Fla.
For Dist No. 5. F. C. Melton Kathleen, Fla. Adjourned.
Wednesday July 3rd 9 Oclock A.M. Members all present.
Treasurer B. F .Holland presented cancelled warrants of the several Funds as follows
General Fund $ 766.27
Special Fund $ 183.29
Special Jail Fund $4000.00
School Fund $ 886.99
All of which were examined and found correct.


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The county Jail was examined. The prisoners Six in number properly care for, and the prisoners as a whole in good Sanitary condition.
The proposition of G. A. K. Stevens to do the printing for the County Commissioners for $25.00 per month for one year from this date is accepted, and agreement filed.
Treasurer B. F. Holland presented his report of 2nd quarter including June 30th 1889 as follows; (ledger for General Revenue, School Fund, Special Fund, Special Jail Fund) {total balance $10757.85}


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Treasurer B. F .Holland presented his monthly report for June 1889, as follows, (ledger for General Revenue, School Fund, Special Fund, Special Jail Fund) Balance on hand all fund July 1st 89 $10757.85
The Board organized permanently by electing A. C. Thompson Chairman, and Epps Tucker attorney for the Board with a Salary of $200, per year payable monthly.
There being no further business the Board adjourned. Approved August 5th 1889, A. C. Thompson Chrm.


Page 260 (pic 188) County Commissioners Court Monday Augst 5th 10 O clock A.M. 1889 Commissioners all present.
The minutes of last meeting were read and approved.
Ordered that Jacob I. Wilson be appointed Superintendent of Public Roads for District No. 4, instead of F. W. Inman who declined said appointment.
Ordered that John McLeod be enrolled as a pauper at an allowance of $6 per month, Alex Taylor at $5.00 and Mrs. Theny(?) Smith at $5.00 also.
Ordered that Martha Welch be dropped from the pauper list Treasurer’s B. f. Hollands receipt for $5, To Trial Justice J. Jacobs for fines collected presented, and said amount ordered credited to School Fund.
Ordered that voting precinct #11 be changed from Moseley’s School House, to Haskell Station, and in District #14 precinct changed from Raulerson’s School House to Midland.
Ordered that permission be granted H. M. Day Laundryman to connect by a wooden and clay pipe his Laundry sum with the Jail sewer at or near the Tank; the work to be done by a good workman and to the satisfaction of the Board, and said laundry service to be subject to discontinuance by the Board at its discretion.
Ordered that John Patterson Jr. be appointed Recorder of marks and Brands for District #6, said appointment to expire 7th June 1891.
The resignation of Jasper Summerlin as Recorder of marks and Brands for District #3, presented and accepted, and Louis H. Parker appointed to fill said vacancy appointment to expire 1st June 1891.
Ordered that the hearing of the matter of Mr. Peters for damages to a horse be continued to Tuesday of Sept meeting.
Ordered that petition asking a new election district with voting precinct at Homeland


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be granted described and bounded as follows. Beginning at Peace River at a point three miles north of the line dividing Townships 30 & 31, running thence west to the western boundary of District #3. Thence south _____ said line six miles. Thence east through the middle of Township 31, to Peace River. Thence north along said River to place of beginning, and Known as District #16.
Also, petition asking new election District with voting place at Cincinnatti granted, described as follows. Beginning at the place where the range line dividing Ranges 28 & 29 intersect the south boundary of Polk County and run north along said line until it intersects the north boundary line of District number 13. Thence east along said district line to the east boundary line of Polk County. Thence ___ along said boundary line to the south boundary line of Polk County, and thence west along said boundary lie to the place of beginning - to be Known as District #17.


Tuesday Augst. 6th. Commissioners all present.
The Board in a body examined the new Bridge near Homeland across Peace River, which they found fully up to contract, but the approaches were not satisfactory. T. W. Anderson, N. Schipman and E. J. Hilliard were appointed a committee to re examine said approaches and when made satisfactory to ____ same.
Ordered that one half of Warrant #645 for $2800, held by H. A. Streeter be paid in order to make up and ___ It is ordered that the sum of $902.47 be transferred from the General to the Jail Fund. It is further ordered that a new warrant for the balance ($1400) and interest on same for six months at the rate of 8%amt of interest $56. Total $1456, be issued to H. A. Streeter as payable 5th February 1890.


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By request Collector J. D. Tillis appeared before the Board and stated that owing to the unusual amount of land sold for taxes it was impossible for him to make his report within the time prescribed by Law, said reason being satisfactory to the Board he was granted further time.
Ordered that W. W. Clark be authorized to connect the east window of the front room in lower story of Jail into a door of same width, cost of said work completed not to exceed Fifteen dollars.
Ordered that old Records of Mark and Brands be transcribed by the Clerk of the Court in a new book provided for that purpose.


Wednesday Aug. 7th - Commissioner all present.
Collector J. D. Tillis filed the Treasurer Receipts as follows $1603.06/100. Office of the County Treasurer Bartow Fla Aug 5th 1889.
Received of J. D. Tillis collector of Revenue for Polk County the sum of sixteen hundred and three 06/100 Dollars ($1285 60/100 thereof being in U. S. currency and $317 76/100 in county warrants) on account of Taxes by him collected as follows, viz: for months of June and July, 1889
On acct of County Revenue for the year 1888. $ 431.28
On acct of County School Fund for the year 1888. $ 597.04
On acct of County Spec. Fund for the year 1888 $ 287.52
On acct of County Special Fund for the year 1888 $ 287.52
Total $1603.36
#37 B. F. Holland County Treasurer
Also Receipt #38, for month of June & July 89, on account of License for 88 & 89 $76.44
Also Comptroller Barnes ____ for the sum of $25.85 Collected for taxes from the International Ocean Telegraph Company distributed among the several funds as follows, County Revenue 88 - $7.05, County School Tax 88 $9.40, County Special Tax 1888 $4.70, and County $4.70 B. F. Holland Treasurer


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Treasurer B. F. Holland presented cancelled warrants of the following funds viz.
General Revenue $1051.70
Special Fund $ 221.95
All of which were examined and found correct. Treasurer Monthly Report for July ‘89, as follows, (ledger Gen’l Revenue, School Fund, Special Fund, Special Jail Fund) on hand all Funds $9698.32 B. F. Holland Co. Treasurer


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The following accounts were approved and ordered to be paid and warrant issued for same.
Sarah Hays Gen pauper allowance $ 8.00
E. A. Brown Gen pauper allowance $ 5.00
Winnie Roberts Gen pauper allowance $ 8.00
B. F. Dalton Gen pauper allowance $ 6.00
S. C. Brannon Gen pauper allowance $ 10.00
Rebecca Smith “ “ “ $ 4.00
Lucinca Mims “ “ “ $ 8.00
Mrs. Noah Waters “ “ “ $ 6.00
Andrew Bates “ “ “ $ 5.00
Mary Goss “ “ “ $ 4.00
Mitchell Albritton “ “ “ $ 5.00
Charity Williams “ “ “ $ 4.00
Jacob Tucker “ “ “ $ 8.00
F. C. Milton Spec Services as Road Superintendent $ 7.00
Irvin Keck “ “ “ $ 6.00
J. I. Wilson “ “ “ $ 6.80
C. L. Wilson “ “ “ $ 3.30
J. A. Kirkland “ “ “ $ 4.80
Irving Keck for Superin “ Stationary a/c $ 4.33
Warran Corbett Gen pauper allowance $ 8.00
Wm King “ Damages to Wagon $ 25.00
C. B. Lightsey “ Repair to Ft Meade Bridge $ 3.90
J. R. Davis J.P. “ Cost re. State vs. R. Wright $ 2.52
C. E. Jordan “ Witness fees “ “ $ 2.10
N. M. Reynolds Constb. “ Costs re. State vs. R. Wright $ 3.20
J. R. Davis J.P. “ Costs Case State vs. C. White $ 2.30
N. M. Reynolds Constb. “ Cost “ “ $ 2.__
J. D. Tillis Collector “ Comms on $1705.65 $ 17.05
A. J. Mills J.P. “ Costs State vs. B. Hamilton $ 2.34
“ “ “ Costs State vs. H. McInnis $ 1.58
“ “ “ Costs State vs. H. Johnson $ 1.36
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Walker, Evan &
Cogswell Gen Stationary a/c County $ 98.13
Bartow Tube Well Co “ Repair on Jail Well $ 1.00
Geo. S. Durrance “ assistance drawing Jury $ 1.00
W. H. Johnson “ R___ a___ list ____ Term $ 17.00
“ “ “ Work in Clerk office $ 9.90
G. A. K. Stevens “ Monthly _____ C___ $ 25.00
W. H. Johnson “ Services as auditor $ 25.00
J. B. Young Dentist “ Ext. Teeth prisoner $ 2.00
H. D. Ballard “ Table & chairs for Court Room $ 4.60
R. N. Look “ Medicines for prisoners $ 10.63
H. D. Ballard “ Locking C. H. Washing for prisoners $ 23.00
Brady & Clark “ County Atty for July $ 16.65
S. P. Leigh Spec part payment Homeland Bridge $550.00
G. A. K. Stevens “ Insurance on C. H. $ 40.00
H. D. McLeod “ Repair __ Bartow(?) Bridge $ 41.60
E. J. Hilliard Gen Services as Co Comm $ 15.00
A. C. Thompson “ “ “ $ 14.20
Harrison Jones “ “ “ $ 17.00
H. Schipman “ “ “ $ 13.60
H. A. Streeter Spec part paymt Jail Cont $1400.00
“ “ payable 5th Feby ‘90 “ Bal “ “ “ $1456.00
Board of Health Gen a/c for Services __ $ 74.75
Martha Welch “ pauper allowance $ 5.00
B. F. Holland “ Comm $1283.48 at 2% $ 25.67
Board of Health “ For L_____ $ 40.00
S. P. Peigh Gen ___ ____ in County line Bridge $158.00
A. C. Thompson “ Services as Co Comm $ 12.00
E. J. Hilliard “ “ “ $ 10.00
H. Schipman “ “ “ $ 12.00
Harrison Jones “ “ “ $ 6.00
T. W. Anderson “ “ “ $ 21.80


T. W. Anderson appointed by the Board to act with the committee of DeSoto County in examining and receiving County line Bridge reports the Bridge satisfactory and fully up to contract and that the same be paid for.


Page 266 (pic 191) Thursday Augst 8th Commissioner all present.
Jail examined and found in good sanitary condition and prisoners properly cared for.
Superintendent of Roads & Bridges recommended that an assessment of two (2) mills be made for Road purposes.
The Board continued the work begun yesterday. The examination of the Books of the assessor and continued from day to day, until Saturday the 17th making a thorough and careful inspection, and after equalizing the assessment, make the following levy for County proper three (3) Mills, for Public Roads __; two (2) Mills for Special one and a half (1 ½) Mills for Board of Health; one half (½) of a Mill.
After a tedious and tiresome season of ____ days the Board adjourned this Saturday Aug 17th 89.
Approved Sept 2nd 1889 A. C. Thompson


Page 267 County Commissioners Court Monday Sept 2nd 1889 - 10 Oclock AM Commissioners all present except Harrison Jones Esq.
The Land Agent and Attorney of the South Florida Rail Road and Plant Investment Companies appeared before the Board and petitioned for a reduction in the valuation of their lands for taxes for 1889. And it appearing to the Satisfaction of the Board that the valuation placed on the lands of these Companies as well as on the lands of the Jacksonville Tampa and Key West Rail Road Company and the Florida Southern RR Co is excessive, It is therefore Ordered that a rebate of Four tenths be allowed on the taxes on all of the lands of all of the said Companies, and the Collector is hereby instructed to Collect only Six tenths (6/10) of the amount of taxes assessed on the lands of said Companies. This does not includehouse property.
Ordered that the Petition of W. A Rivers et al - praying that the dividing line between Election Districts Numbers Two and Thirteen be so changed as to follow the Township line dividing Townships Thirty and Thirty one where it originally was, - be granted.
Ordered that John Prevatt be placed on the Pauper list and be allowed $5.00 per Monday for (the present) his support .
Ordered that William Dalton be placed on the Pauper list and be allowed $5, per month.
Collector J. D. Tillis filed Receipts from the Treasurer as follows:
$460.92 Bartow Fla Sept 2nd 1889. Received of J. D. Tillis Collector of Revenue for Polk County the sum of Four Hundred and Sixty and 92/100 Dollars, ($410.92 thereof being in Uninted State Currency and $50, in County warrants) on account of taxes by him collected as follows, viz:
On account of County Revenue for the year 1888 $124.23
On account of School Fund for the year 1888 $165.64
On account of Co Special Fund for the year 1888 $ 82.82


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On acct Special Jail Fund for the year 1888 $ 82.82
On acct License for August 1889 $ 5.41
Total $460.92
No 39 B. F. Holland, County Treasurer


$1000 Bartow Fla Sept 2nd 1889. Received of J. D. Tillis Collector of Revenue for Polk County the sum of One thousand Dollars on account of taxes by him collected as follows, viz:
On account of County Revenue for the year 1887 $ 250.00
On account of School Fund for the year 1887 $ 333.34
On account of Co Special Fund for the year 1887 $ 166.66
On acct. Special Fund for the year 1887 $ 250.00
Total $1000.00
No 40 B. F. Holland, County Treasurer


Received from William D. Barnes Comptroller of the State of Florida for account of J. D. Tillis Collector of Revenue in and for Polk County, the sum of Nine Hundred and Nineteen & 14/100 Dollars. Said sum having been Collected from the Florida Southern Railway - Charlotte Harbor Division - Company for taxes of 1888 on the road-bed and rolling stack as Assessed by the Comptroller and to be distributed among the several funds as follows:
County Revenue 1888 $ 250.67
County School Tax 1888 $ 334.23
County Special Tax 1888 $ 167.12
County Jail $ 167.12
Signed in duplicate B. F. Holland
$919. 14/100 County Treasurer Polk Co.
It is Ordered that the Collected be Credited with the amounts of the above receipts on the several funds and the Treasurer be charged with the same.
Adjourned until 9 Oclock A.M. tomorrow.


Page 269 Tuesday Sept 3rd 1889. 9 Oclock A.M.
E. J. Hilliard and T. W. Anderson who were appointed to examine the Bridge across Peace River near Homeland, together with Citizens W. Rivers, Robert McCauly, H. F. Blood(?) and J. S. Waters, Reported the Bridge in every way satisfactory and it is Ordered that the balance due on said Bridge be paid.
In the case of G. W. Peters against Polk County claiming damages for injuries to a horse, the evidence on the side of the Plaintiff was heard and reduced to writing the testimony of witnesses for the County will be heard at the October meeting of the Board.
The Board examined the Jail and found the same in good condition.
County Treasurer B. F. Holland filed his monthly report for August as follows; (ledger for General Revenue, School Fund, Special Fund, Special Jail Fund) Bal on hand all funds $9489.27


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County Treasurer B. F. Holland filed his lists of cancelled Warrants for the month of August amounting on the several funds as follows:
General Revenue $ 560.09
School Fund $1285.98
Special Fund $ 843.65
It is ordered that the Treasurer be credited with said amounts on the several funds.
A petition from sundry citizens in regard to changing the voting precinct in District No 17, from Cincinnati to some other point but as the petition was indefinite and the wishes of the petitioners not clearly set forth no action was taken in the matter.
The following accounts were approved and ordered to be paid and warrants issued for same
John McLeod Gen Allowance as Pauper $ 5.00
Sarah Hays “ “ “ $ 8.00
Winnie Roberts “ “ “ $ 8.00
E. A. Brown “ “ “ $ 5.00
Warren Corbett “ “ “ $ 8.00
Jacob Tucker “ “ “ $ 8.00
Andrew Bates “ “ “ $ 5.00
Mrs. Noah Waters “ “ “ $ 6.00
Mary Goss “ “ “ $ 4.00
Mitchell Albritton “ “ “ $ 5.00
Charity Williams “ “ “ $ 4.00
Lucinda Mims “ “ “ $ 8.00
Rebecca Smith “ “ “ $ 4.00
S. C. Brown “ “ “ $ 10.00
B. F. Dalton “ “ “ $ 5.00
Prevatt “ “ “ $ 10.00
T. M. Wilson Sec’ty
Bd Health Spl Sanitary Inspectors expenses $ 59.50
J. H. Watson Gen Making Coffin for Pauper $ 5.00
John Bunch Spl Repairs on Bridge $ 0.75
T. A. Wall Gen Salary as Registration Officer $ 30.25


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Geo A. D. Steven Gen August Printing $ 25.00
W. H. Johnson “ Salary as Co Auditor $ 25.00
J. D. Tillis “ Commissions as Collector $ 23.87
Geo S. Durrance “ Fees as Co Judge $ 5.00
C. L. Wilson “ Labor on Road $ 11.50
F. C. Melton “ Services Road Supervisor $ 21.40
Irving Keck “ “ “ $ 23.30
A. C. Thompson “ Services Co Comm $ 6.50
S. J. C. Dunlop “ Transcribing Record of Marks & Brands $ 13.00
W. H. Johnson “ Fees as Clerk Court $ 18.00
Herman Schipman “ Services as Co Com $ 5.60
T. W. Anderson “ “ “ $ 7.60
E. J. Hilliard “ “ “ $ 10.80
Alex Taylor “ Allowance as Pauper $ 5.00
S. P. Leigh Spl Work on Homeland Bridge $150.00
Theny Smith Gen Allowance as Pauper $ 5.00
H. D. Ballard “ Attention to CH & Jail $ 16.44
Eppes Tucker “ Salary as Co Atty $ 16.65
Bishop & Clark “ Putting Door in Jail $ 15.00
B. F. Holland “ Commissions as Treasurer $ 71.8_
Aproved Oct 7th 1889 A. C. Thompson Chairman Board County Commissioners
PAGES 272 & 273 BLANK


Page 274 (pic 194) County Commissioner Court Monday Oct. 7th A.D. 1889. 10 O’clock A.M. Members present A. C. Thomason, E. J. Hilliard, H. Schipman, T. W. Anderson and Harrison Jones.
The minutes of last meeting were read and approved.
The testimony of N. B. Norton, R. H. Parish & W. N. Rushing in the case of G. W. Peters vs. Polk County for damages to a horse, was heard and reduced to writing.
Wm Brown was appointed inspector of marks and Brands for District No. 15, to take effect from this date and expire June 1st 1891.
Ordered that the following person s be placed on the Pauper list as per date and allowance as follows: Geo W. Dooley at an allowance of $6.00 per month from this date. John Prevatt at allowance of $8.00 per month from 1st Sept last. Elizabeth Fewhawk at an allowance of $4.00 per month from this date. Louis Samuels(?) at allowance of $4.00 per month from this date, and Mrs. Welch at allowance of $4.00 per month from date.
Ordered that the allowance of Mary Goss as pauper be increased one dollar per month from date.
Ordered that Chrm. A. C. Thompson is hereby authorized to make arrangements for the transportation of B. F. Dalton and family to Columbus Ga, where they desire to go to work in a Factory, and that a warrant for the sum of $85.00 be issued to pay the said expense.
Ordered that a warrant for $317.00 be issued to G. A. Moseley Tax assessor, to pay for extra help in assessing the Taxes of 1889, as per instruction from Comptroller.
The assessor brought in the Tax Books, and the examination of same was postponed until Monday Oct 16th

Page 275 Tuesday, Oct 8th A.D. 1889 All members present.
The following accounts were approved and ordered to be paid, and warrants issued for same.
A. J. Mills J.P. Gen Justice Fees $ 6.00
L. M. Ballard “ Dep Sheriffs Fees $ 7.56
N. B. Norton “ Services as witness in Peters case $ 8.40
R. H. Parish “ Services as witness in Peters case $ 8.40
W. N. Rushing “ Services as witness in Peters case $ 6.00
Sarah Hays “ Pauper allowance $ 8.00
Winnie Roberts “ “ “ $ 8.00
Jno McLeod “ “ “ $ 5.00
E. A. Brown “ “ “ $ 5.00
Warren Corbett “ “ “ $ 8.00
Jacob Tucker “ “ “ $ 8.00
Andrew Bates “ “ “ $ 5.00
Mrs. Noah Waters “ “ “ $ 6.00
Mary Goss “ “ “ $ 4.00
Mitchell Albritton “ “ “ $ 5.00
Charity Williams “ “ “ $ 4.00
Lucinda Mims “ “ “ $ 8.00
Rebecca Smith “ “ “ $ 4.00
S. C. Brannon “ “ “ $ 10.00
B. F. Dalton “ “ “ $ 6.00
Alex Taylor “ “ “ $ 5.00
Theny Smith “ “ “ $ 5.00
John Prevatt “ “ “ $ 3.00
J. Jacob J. P. “ Fees as Justice Peace $ 5.32
C. D. McLeod Spec Lumber $ 10.92
W. L. Tinman Gen’l Coffin & burial pauper $ 18.00
F. M. Wilson Sec
Bd Health “ Ex Bd Health for Sept $ 71.10
W. H. Johnson “ Auditor $ 25.00
Geo S. Durrance “ Services drawing G. Jury $ 1.00
W. H. Johnson “ Pringing list Lands for Taxes $ 12.75
Wm Harrison “ Desk for Clks Office $ 15.00


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G. A.. K. Stevens Gen For Printing $ 25.00
John McLeod “ allowance as pauper $ 2.
J. D. Tillis “ Commissions $194.
H. D. Ballard “ Cleaning Cess poll $ 11.
A. C. Hankins “ Medicines for prisoners $ 7.
Clark & Bishop “ work on Jail Lawn(?) $ 5.
Dr. D. C. Ferguson “ Med. Attention to prisoners $ 6.
N. L. McDowell “ Burial Ex. Jerry Wilson $ 8.
C. L. Wilson “ Services as Road Supervisor $ 16.
J. I. Wilson “ “ “ $ 21.
J. N. Kirkland “ “ “ $ 19.
Irving Keck “ “ “ $ 11.
F. C. Melton “ “ “ $ 11.
Eppes Tucker “ County atty. $ 16.
J. D. Tillis “ Comm’s as Collector $ 6.
“ “ “ amt due on errors 1886 $ 68.
Wm Thompson “ Fees as Coroner $ 10.
A. B. Carter “ Fees as Constable $ 5.
A. C. Thompson “ Ex. Dalton family to Ga. $ 85.00
B. F. Holland “ Coms a Treasurer $ 72.
D. W. Stanley “ order G. A. Mosely $ 58.12
T. W. Anderson “ Services Co. Comm $ 7.20
A. C. Thompson “ “ “ $ 8.25
Harrison Jones “ “ “ $ 11.00
H. Schipman “ “ “ $ 7.
E. J. Hilliard “ “ “ “ $ 9.00
G. A. Moseley, assessor “ Extra half for assessing $317.


J. D. Tillis of Lands sold July 1st 1889 for Taxes of 1888 and the Board examined and approved the same, and it is ordered that he be credited with $8869.36, on the several funds as follows
On General Revenue $1055.28
On School Fund $1407.04
On Special Fund $ 703.52
On Jail Fund $ 703.52 $3869.36


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and for taxes for the year 1887 $14.80 as follows,
On General Revenue $3.45
On School Fund $5.60
On Special Fund $2.30
On Jail Fund $3.45 $14.80


Collector Tillis also filed his list of Errors. Double assessments and Insolvents for the year 1886 amounting to $68.88 and having already paid the full amounts charged to him for that year, it is ordered that a warrant be issued to him for said amount of Errors, Double assessments and Insolvents.
Collector Tillis also filed a similar list as above for the 1887, amounting to $116.10 and it is ordered that the auditor credit him with said amounts on the several funds as follows,
On General Revenue $33.34
On School Fund $38.48
On Special Fund $19.64
On Jail Fund $24.64 $116.10


and also for the year 1888 amounting to the sum of $1336.50 and it is ordered that the auditor credit him with said amount on the several funds as follows, to wit:
On General Revenue $364.50
On School Fund $486.00
On Special Fund $243.00
On Special Jail Fund $243.00 $1336.50


Wednesday Oct 9th A.D. 1889. - all member present
J. D. Tillis Collector of Revenue filed Receipts from the Treasurer as follows,
Bartow Fla. Oct 9th 1889
Received of J. D. Tillis, Collector of Revenue for Polk County the sum of $196.78/100 ($156.78/100 thereof


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being in United States Currency and $40, in County warrants) on account of taxes collected by him as follows, viz:
On account County Revenue for the yr. 1888 $50.94
On account School Fund for the yr. 1888 $77.92
On account County Special Fund for the yr. 1888 $33.96
On account County Special Jail for the yr. 1888 $33.96 $196.78
No. 41 B. F. Holland County Treasurer


Bartow Fla. Oct 9th, 1889
Received of J. D. Tillis Collector of Revenue for Polk County the sum of $500 - ($455, thereof being in United States Currency, and $45, in County Warrants) on account of taxes by him collected as follows, viz;
On acct. of County Revenue for year 1887 $ 124.98
On acct of School Fund for year 1887 $ 166.72
On acct. of Special Fund for year 1887 $ 83.32
On acct of Special Jail Fund for year 1887 $ 124.98 $ 500.00
No 42 B. F. Holland County Treasurer


It is ordered that the auditor credit the Collector with the amount of the above Receipts Nos. 41 & 42 on the several funds respectively, and charge the Treasurer with the same.
B. F. Holland County Treasurer filed his list of cancelled warrants for the month of September amounting on the several funds as follows; General Revenue $ 382.85
School Fund $1412.20
County Special Fund $ 428.23
Special Jail Fund $1400.00 $3623.28
It is ordered that the Treasurer be credited with said amounts on the several funds.


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Treasurer Holland filed his monthly Report as follows; (ledger General Revenue, School Fund, Special Fund, Special Jail Fund); Balance all funds $7798.45. B. F. Holland, County Treasurer


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Treasurer B. F. Holland filed his Quarterly Report Beginning July 1st and ending Sept. 30th 1889. Filed Oct 9th 89 (ledger General Revenue, School Fund, Special Fund, Special Jail Fund); Total Balance all Funds $7798.45. B. F. Holland, County Treasurer.
Comptroller’s Report Rec’d for $178.10 and ordered charged to Treasurer.
The testimony of the witnesses in the case of G. W. Peters vs. Polk County for damages for injuries to a horse were read and considered, and the action of the former Board sustained.


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Ordered the furnishing of medicines and filling prescriptions for the County is awarded to L. S. Oppenheimer.
Tax assessor G. A. Mosely presented his Books to the Board and the examination of the same was postponed until Wednesday Oct. 16th. Adjourned to meet Wednesday Oct. 16th



County Commissioners Court
Wednesday Oct. 16th A.D. 1889 - all members present.
The examination of Books of the assessor G. A. Mosley was resumed, and found practically correct. A Warrant for the sum of $646.29 balance due on the four-fifths upon the reception of the Books, was issued to assessor Mosely.
Ordered that Miss Fannie Geddings be enlisted as a pauper from first of this month with an allowance of $5, per month.
Maj. J. W. Boyd filed his report of the investigation of Ex-Treasurer’s F. F. Beville’s account as follows,
“To the County Commissioners of Polk County, Florida. The undersigned would respectfully report that he has carefully examined the several accounts of F. F. Beville late Treasurer of Polk County; having carefully checked the several items therein with the records and papers on file in the Clerk’s office, and such other data as he could command, including the report of funds __mitted said Beville by the State Comptroller, and find said accounts correct with the following exceptions.
From the report of the State Comptroller I find that the following items have not been charged.


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1882 Dec. 31, County Tax proper
For redemption and Sale of Tax Certificates $ 3._6
1882 Dec. 31, County Special Tax
For redemption & Sale of Tax certificates $ 1.2_
1882 Dec. 31, County & State School Tax
For redemption and sale of Tax certificates $ 2.42
1881 July 18, Warrant #38, Com School apportionments for 1881 $ 98.41
1882 Dec. 21, Warrant #28, “ “ for 1882 $165.00
1883 June 4, Warrant #25, “ “ for 1883 $195.00
1885 Apl 20, Warrant #680, “ “ for 1884 $263.50
1886 Feby 22, Warrant #418, “ “ for 1886 $463.20
1887 Feby 7, Warrant #213, “ “ for 1887 $569.__
1886 Mch 8, Warrant #503 one Mill State School Tax 1884 $395.21
“ “, Warrant #504, “ “ 1885 $390.42
1886 Nov 13 Warrant #1807, “ “ 1886 $101.12
1882 Aug 8 J. H. Humphries Justice peace fines $ 20.00
Total $2668.58
The same added to the several accounts mill produces the following balances due Polk County. (ledger General Fund, Special Fund, School Fund,


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Total due County from all services $9930.53
Respectfully submitted
Oct 15 1889. J. W. Boyd, Special Commissioner
Ordered that the auditor charge the account of Ex. Treasurer F. F. Beville the amounts on the several funds as specified in the above report as follows,
On General Fund $ 3.06
On Special Fund $ 1.28
On School Fund $2664.24
Total $2668.58


By order of the Board a cop of the following warrants is recorded in the minutes in Refer _ margins and page 294.
State of Florida}
County of Polk}
I hereby certify that the warrants given under the hand of G. A. Moseley Tax Assessor for J. D. Tillis Tax Collector and attached to the assessments Roll for the county of Polk for the year eighteen hundred and eighty-nine has been duly recorded on page 283, of the minutes of the board of County Commissioners in and for the County aforesaid as requested by Section 29 of Chapter 3681 Laws of Florida.
Given under my hand and seal of office this the 16th day of Oct. 1889.
{SEAL} W. H. Johnson Clerk Circuit Count in and for Polk County.


Page 284 (pic 199) Warrant,
The State of Florida to J. D. Tillis Tax Collector of the County of Polk. You are hereby commanded to collect out of the Land and from each of the persons and Corporations named in the annexed roll, The Taxes set down in each roll opposite each name, corporations or parcel of land therein described and in case the taxes so imposed are not paid at the time prescribed by law, you are To Collect the same by levy and sale of the goods and chattels, lands and remnants so assessed or of the person or corporation so Taxed, and all sums collected for State Taxes, you are to pay to the State Treasurer at such time as may be required by law, and at the same time you are to pay to the County Treasurer all sums collected for County Taxes and to the Treasurer of the County Board of Public Instruction all sums collected for school Taxes, and you are further required to make all collections on or before the first Monday in March, and in or before the Third Monday in March you will make a final report to and settlement with the Comptroller and County Commissioners.
Given under my hand and seal this day of October in the year 1889.
G. A. Moseley
Assessor of Polk County,
Approved Nov. 4, 1889 A. C. Thompson Chairman Board County Commissioners


Page 285 County Commissioners Court
Monday Nov. 4, AD 1889 10 Oclock A.M.
Members present A. C. Thompson, Chrm., E. J. Hilliard, H. Schipman and Harrison Jones.
Minutes of last regular, and also adjourned meeting were read and approved.
Ordered that the names of Lucinda Mims, Jacob Tucker (Dead) E. A. Brown, Winnie Roberts, Mrs. Noah Waters, B. F. Dalton and Wm Dalton be dropped from the List of paupers.
Ordered that by recommendation of the Inspector of Roads a warrant is issued to Homer Surrency, contractor, in part payment for repairs on the Bridge across Alafia Creek near Chicora for the sum of ($99.00) Ninety-nine Dollars.
The Board through a committee examine the Jail and find the same well kept, in good sanity condition and the prisoners well provided for.
W. H. Johnson paid into the County Treasurer the sum of one hundred and eighty-one ($181.00) Dollars the “remainder of the money in his hands, appropriated by the County for the benefit of the Subtropical Exposition at Jacksonville Fla,” and it is ordered that the Treasurer be charged with the above amount, on the Special fund.
The following accounts were approved, and ordered to be paid warrant issued for same to wit:
Wm Dalton - Bd approved Gen allowance as pauper $ 4.00
Mrs. Ledia Welch “ “ “ $ 4.00
Louis Samuels “ “ “ $ 4.00
Elizabeth Fewhawks “ “ “ $ 4.00
G. W. Dooley “ “ “ $ 6.00
Fannie Geddings “ “ “ $ 5.00
Jacob Tucker “ “ “ $ 8.00
Warran Corbet “ “ “ $ 8.00
John McLeod “ “ “ $ 6.00
Winnie Roberts “ “ “ $ 8.00
Sarah Hays “ “ “ $ 8.00


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Wm Dalton Gen allowance as pauper $ 5.00
John Bush(?) “ “ “ $ 8.00
Theney Smith “ “ “ $ 5.00
Alex Taylor “ “ “ $ 5.00
B. F. Dalton “ “ “ $ 6.00
S. C. Brannon “ “ “ $ 10.00
Rebecca Smith “ “ “ $ 4.00
Lucinda Mims “ “ “ $ 8.00
Charity Williams “ “ “ $ 4.00
Mitchell Albritton “ “ “ $ 5.00
Mary Goss “ “ “ $ 5.00
Mrs. Noah Waters “ “ “ $ 6.00
Andrew Bates “ “ “ $ 5.00
E. A. Brown “ “ “ $ 5.00
E. C. Stuart “ Minutes Clerk of Court $ 54.00
John Brown “ Burying pauper J. Tucker $ 10.00
W. H. Johnson “ County Auditor $ 25.00
W. H. Johnson “ Court account $ 34.24
A. B. Carter(?) “ Deputy’s fees $ 6.70
A. B. Carter “ Deputy’s fees $ 3.00
John Ellerbe “ Ex burying pauper $ 4.95
G. A. K. Stevens “ Printing & Stationary $ 45.00
N. M. Reynolds “ Bailiff for G. Jury $ 13.75
John Hull “ Guard prisoner $ 16.00
C. H. Smith “ Servant Courtroom $ 13.50
A. T. Mann “ Bailiff Petit Jury $ 20.00
H. D. Ballard Shff. “ acct. $ 34.00
“ “ “ “ $ 13.00
Dr. F. M. Wilson Sec Treas Spec a/c - Board Health $ 59.00
H. D. Ballard Shff. Gen a/c $325.50
Homer Surrency Spec. Bridge work $ 99.00
Harrison Jones Gen’s Services County Comm $ 11.00
E. J. Hilliard “ “ “ $ 9.00
H. Schipman “ “ “ $ 7.60
A. C. Thompson “ “ “ $ 8.20
Eppes Tucker “ County atty $ 16.65
Geo. S. Durrance “ Drawing Jury $ 2.00
B. F. Holland “ commissions $ 44.15
J. W. Boyd “ Investigation in Beville matter $ 50.00


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Tuesday Morning - Nov. 5th 1889, 10 O’clock A.M.
Collector J. D. Tillis filed Treasurer Receipts as follows, viz:
$362.00 State of Florida County of Polk
Office of the County Treasurer, Bartow Fla, Nov. 5th 1889. Received of J. D. Tillis, Collector of Revenue for Polk County the sum of Three Hundred & Sixty-two Dollars, ($362, thereof being in United States Currency and $_____ in warrants) on account of Taxes by him collected as follows, viz:
On account of County Revenue for the year - $362.00
No. 43 B. F. Holland County Treasurer


$234.14 State of Florida, County of Polk
Office of the County Treasurer, Bartow Fla, Nov. 5th 1889. Received of J. D. Tillis, Collector of Revenue for Polk County the sum of Two Hundred & Thirty-four 14/100 Dollars ($185.__, thereof being in United States Currency, and $53.80 on County Warrants) on account of Taxes by him collected as follows, viz:
On acct. of County Revenue for the year 1888 $ 63.53
On acct. of County School Fund for the year 1888 $ 86.31
On acct. of County Special Fund for the year 1888 $ 42.15
On acct. of County Fund for the year 1888 $ 42.15
Total $234.14
No. 44. B. F. Holland County Treasurer
It is ordered that the auditor credit the Collector with the amount of the above receipts No’s 43, 44, on the several funds respectively, and charge the Treasurer with the same.
B. F. Holland County Treasurer filed his list of cancelled warrants for the month of October amounting on the several funds as follows,
General Revenue $1716.00
School Fund $ 428.80
Special Fund $ 63.05 Total $2207.85


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Treasurer B. F. Holland filed his Monthly Report as follows, (ledger General Revenue, School Fund, Special Fund, Special Jail Fund) Balance on hand all Funds $6287.38 B. F. Holland County Treasurer
Approved Dec 2nd 1889 A. C. Thompson


Page 289 County Commissioners Court Monday Dec 2nd 1889 - 10 Oclock A.M.


Commissioners present: A. C. Thompson Chairman, E. J. Hilliard, T. W> Anderson, Harrison Jones and H. Schipman.
Minutes of last meeting were read and approved,


A. C. Thompson presented Receipt of C. H. Keller Agent of the South Fla R R at Lakeland for Eight five & 30/100 Dollars paid for Tickets for the Dalton family - paupers - to transport them to Ga.
Fannie Geddings having died, her name was ordered Stricken from the pauper list.
Ordered that Collector, J. D. Tillis is hereby authorized and instructed to Collected taxes from W. W. Davis on the S½ of Sec 29 and all of Sec 32 in Tp 31 Range 27 on a valuation of one dollar and twenty five cents per acre instead of two dollars as assessed.
Ordered that notice be given by publication that the Board will hear all complaints of excessive and erroneous assessment of taxes at the January meeting.
Ordered that Collector J. D. Tillis is hereby authorized and instructed to allow the legal exemptions from taxes to Widows and Maimed persons in such cases as the Assessor omitted to make said exemptions.
Collector J. D. Tillis filed the Treasurers Receipts Nos 45, 46, 47 & 48 as follows:
$348.37/100 Office of County treasurer Bartow Fla Dec 2, 1889
Received of J. D. Tillis Collector of Revenue for Polk County the sum of three hundred and Forty Eight & 97/100 Dollars ($308.97 thereof being in Uninted States currency and $40, in County warrants)
On account of Taxes by him Collected as follows,
On account of General Revenue for 1889 $ 77.87
On account of School Revenue for 1889 $167.16


Page 290 on account of Co Special fund for the year 1889 $ 51.97
On account of Special Road fund for the year 1889 $ 51.97
$348.97
No 45 B. F. Holland County Treasurer


$15.00 Office of the County Treasurer, Bartow Fla, Dec 2nd 1889. Received of J. D. Tillis, Collector of Revenue for Polk County the sum of $15.00 in Uninted States Currency, on account of taxes collected by him as follows, viz;
On account of County License for Nov /89 $ 15.00
No 46 B. F. Holland County Treasurer


$200. Office of County Treasurer Bartow Fla Dec 2, 1889. Received of J. D. Tillis Collector of Revenue for Polk County the sum of Two Hundred Dollars in Uninted States currency, on account of taxes by him Collected as follows, to wit
On account of County Revenue for 1888 $ 54.54
On account of School fund for 1888 $ 72.74
On account of Co Special fund for 1888 $ 36.36
On account of Special Jail fund for 1888 $ 36.36
$200.00
No 47 B. F. Holland County Treasurer


$200. Office of County Treasurer Bartow Fla Dec 2, 1889. Received of J. D. Tillis Collector of Revenue for Polk County the sum of Two Hundred Dollars in Uninted States currency, on account of taxes by him Collected as follows, to wit
On account of County Revenue for 1887 $ 49.98
On account of School fund for 1887 $ 66.72
On account of Co Special fund for 1887 $ 33.32
On account of Special Jail fund for 1887 $ 49.98
$200.00
No 48 B. F. Holland County Treasurer


Page 291 Dec 2 & 3 1889
It is ordered that the auditor credit the account of the Collector with the foregoing warrants (contained in receipts Nos 45, 46, 47 & 48) on the several funds respectively, and charge the same to account of Treasurer B. F. Holland.
Ordered that the following rates of toll be and the same are hereby fixed as the amounts to be charged for crossing the toll Bridge built across Peace River in Township Thirty two by George R. Langford, and he is authorized to collect the same, to wit;
For person Crossing on foot each $0.05
For persons Crossing on Horse-back each $0.15
For vehicles of any kind drawn by one animal each vehicle $0.30
For vehicles of any kind drawn by two animals each vehicle $0.40
For vehicles of any kind drawn by three animals each vehicle $0.50
For vehicles of any kind drawn by four animals each vehicle $0.60
And for each additional animal over 4 to any one vehicle $0.10
For loose Horses and mules each $0.08
For Cattle each $0.05
For Hogs, Sheep, and goats each $0.02
The above rates are authorized to be charged and Collected after the said Langford has filed a good and sufficient Bond and complied with the law in all respects. Adjourned until 9 Oclock AM Tomorrow


Tuesday 9 Oclock AM Dec 3rd 1889 Commissioners all present - Except H. Schipman, who was excused,
County Treasurer B. F. Holland filed his list of Cancelled warrants for the Month ending Nov 30/89 which in the aggregate on each fund is as follows, viz;
Amount Disbursed General Revenue $1069.97
“ “ School fund $1028.90
“ “ Special fund $ 169.67
$2268.54
Ordered that the Auditor Credit the account of the Treasurer with the above amounts on the several funds respectively.


Page 292 (pic 203) Tuesday Dec 3 1889



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