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Polk County, Florida
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County Court Records

Canvasser's Minutes
Submitted by Barbara VanDuser


Book B Part 1 1-100


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Monday Jany 4th 1886 10 Oclock A.M. Commissioners present J. N. Hooker, Chairman N. B. Norton, B. F. Holland, J. H. Kirkland
Then minutes of the last meeting were read and approved,
The Petition of Geo. C. Wolf and others of Sanitaria asking leave to change the Bartow and Sanitaria Wagon Road is granted as petitioned, provided said Petitioners will put the new Road in as good condition as the old one is. The Clerk is hereby ordered to notify Petitioners as above.
Mrs. Elizabeth B. Minshall came in and paid to the Board the balance due by her in Lot 2 Block E in Barton, amounting to one hundred and eleven dollars and forty cents including interest.
Commissioners then proceeded to take up the unfinished work of comparing the Registration list with the Census Report which was Commenced at a called meeting on Dec. 14th 1885.
Adjourned

Tuesday Jany 5th 10 Oclock A.M. Commissioners present J. N. Hooker Chairman, N. B. Norton, B. F. Holland, J. H. Kirkland.
The Commissioners continued with the work of comparing the Registration List with the Census Report.
The Petition of Mess Johnson, Daniels & Co. praying for a permit to sell Liquors, wines and Beer in Election District No. 2 was presented by their attorney, Frank Clark, and Commissioners proceeded to consider same.
Adjourned.

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Wednesday Jany 6, 1886 10 Oclock A.M. Commissioners present, J. N. Hooker, Chairman. N. B. Norton, B. F. Holland, J. H. Kirkland
Commissioners continued the work of considering the Petition of Mess Johnson Daniels & Co until H. B. Daniels, one of the Petitioners, asked leave to withdraw the said petition admitting that said petition did not contain a majority of the legally registered voters in said Election District No. 2. He was therefore, allowed to withdraw said Petition..
R. T. Kilpatrick, Sheriff paid in the following amts collected by him; Fine of T. B. McKinney $10.00. Fine of James Goldon $10.00, Fine of Burt Joyner $10.00. The above amts were ordered to be placed on the school fund. Sheriff also paid the amt of amt collected from Mess Humphries and Nilson for rent of room in Court House $24.00 August 1885 to 24th Dec 1885 amounting to $40.00, which amt was ordered placed on the Special Fund account.
Adjourned
Thursday, Jany. 7, 1886 10 Oclock A.M. Commissioners present. J. N. Hooker Chairman, N. B. Norton, B. F. Holland
Commissioners completed the work of comparing the Registration List with the Census Report and struck from said Registration List two hundred and sixty four (264) names that did not appear on the Census Report according to the Census Act of the Legislature of 1885.
Ordered that the Clerk transcribe the Registration List alphabetically to new pages.
Commissioners then proceeded to select names of persons to serve as Grand and Petit Jurors during the year 1886.
Adjourned


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Friday Jany 8 - 1886 9 Oclock A.M. Commissioners present, J. N. Hooker Chairman, N. B. Norton, B. F. Holland.
The Commissioners continued the work of selecting names for Jurors of which the following is a complete list.
A. G. Zipprer, A. H. Zackry, J. E. Wilson, Henry Winegord, Mathew Walker, Geo. Wilder, W. D. Wheeler, J. L. Wread, T. B. Watkins, J. A. Wilson, G. L. Wilson, J. C. Wright, W. T. Whitledge, E. G. Wilder, A. T. Williams, J. A. Whidden, Bennett Whidden, J. B. Watson, A. H. Scott, J. W. Vineyard, Jefferson Varn, Fred N. Varn, W. B. Varn, G. W. Turner, W. S. Thompson, J. W. Tramwell, Jno. D. Torrence, Geo. H. Thomas, J. T. Tice, L. T. Taylor Sr., W. W. Tillis, J. E. Tixon, R. M. Stidham, J. M. Scott, Orville Slean, J. J. Sikes, W. A. Shepperd, J. O. Shoud, W. P. Sheretz, Geo. W. Smith, Geo. W. Singletary, H. Schepman, E. E. Shipper, H. H. Smith, Robt. H. Sylvester, Jas. W. Singletary, Clayten Sherouse, I. E. Sherouse, M. P. Riggins, J. W. Reed, W. F. Rivers, Luzerne Roberts, C. E. Reed, William Raulerson, E. M. Robinson, W. H. Roberts, J. R. Raulerson, J. J. Robertson, C. E. Roberts, J. _. Rushing


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J. E. Robeson, W. B. Raulerson, M. D. Raulerson, A. E. B. Roberts, L. D. Robertson, S. H. Raulerson, J. C. Rutledge, J. _. Roberts, E. T. Pell, J. W. Powell, W. H. Parker, J. A. Pearce, J. T. Poppell, E. E. Polk, John Patterson, R. H. Parish, L. H. Parker, S. R. Powell, A. E. Potter, A. J. Pollard, H. E. Padgett, J. B. Pylant, J. M. Manby(?), J. C. Pearce, Thos. K. Prine, I. W. Pr____, Thos. H. Parker, W. H. Pearce, Henry Parish, R. H. Peeples, H. A. Prine, S. H. Page, E. F. Orin, C. S. McCrary, A. P. McLeod, David McMullen(?), B. E. Murphy, A. Newburn, G. L. Newburn, W. B. Neel, J. D. McLeod, John McDermott, John Mullen, D. A. Moore, J. F. McCormick, I. N. Morrison, J. A. Mayo, A. H. Mosely, G. A. Mosely, B. F. Moody, W. E. McMullen, H. D. McLeod, J. J. Mills, J. C. Mimms, E. E. Mizell, R. A. McRuley(?), H. W. Lewis, R. H. Look, H. J. Little, A. H. Leonard, Littleton Lytle, W. H. Lee, G. W. Land, A. A. Lewis, T. M. Lybose, Geo. A. Luke, Geo. R. Langford, J. W. Lanier, Sr., C. B. Lightsey, A. J. Knight, Luther Keller, E. H. Kingsbury,


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G. H. Kanellinger, J. G. W. Kirkland, Reuben Kent, J. M. Kilpatrick, Jesse Keen, A. Keen, B. F. Jackson, J. H. Johnson Jr., John R. Johnson, W. J. Johnson, R. P. Jordan, W. A. Ivey, D. Hilderly, James Hicks, F. F. Hendry, W. T. Hyers, M. R. Hopper, Willoughby Holland, J. T. Hancock Jr., J. L. Hart, J. T. Hart, T. E. Hollingsworth, S. J. Hancock, J. A. Hancock, J. W. Hampton, John Harris, Henry Hays, Darin High, A. C. Hankins, W. H. Harmon, W. C. Hayman, J. A. Hoke, T. L. Hughes, James Harden, W. M. High, Joseph Heard, W. T. Hull, F. A. Hough, H. J. Hancock, G. W. Hicks, E. Z. Hull, E. M. Hayman, Barney Hart, Henry Hollingsworth, Henry Hicks, S. G. Hayman, J. T. Hancock Jr., Theophilus Hill, S. T. Hollingsworth, Stephen Hull Jr., E. J. Hilliard, G. W. Hendry, D. W. Hughes, H. W. Hancock, Wiley Hicks, F. M. House, G. D. Gillespie, J. P. Glover, T. B. Greene, W. E. Goode, F. R. Greene, J. H. Graves, E. K. Gibbon, H. T. Gay, S. L. Griffin, D. A. Gaffney, J. E. Godwin, W. H. Gaskins, P. G. W. Gaffney, P. G. Glover, J. H. Griffin, A. E. Godwin,


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G. W. Gandy, W. H. Flowers, O. J. Frier, R. R. Foote, A. B. Ferguson, J. A. Frier, Geo. R. Fortner, M. G. Fortner Jr., M. G. Fortner Sr., C. E. Fortner, W. P. Ferrell, J. W. Futch, H. H. English, D. A. Duckworth, G. I. P. Deialynski(?), E. F. Durrance, W. T. Denham, E. J. Devane, G. L. Dudley, E. D. Deshong, Joe L. Durrance, Geo. R. Durrance, J. H. Durrance, F. J. Durrance, J. W. Durrance, W. A. Dewitt, J. L. Durrance, Mathew Davis, J. H. Durrance Sr., S. S. Coacheran, L. W. Cowdery, C. F. Cates, T. A. Connery, C. F. Carpenter, W. R. Collins, P. J. Carlton, J. A. Chapman, S. D. Cabahuss(?), Z. L. Crews, J. H. Cloud, S. W. Campbell, M. Courtney, J. L. Carney, J. D. Crews(?), S. E. Carleton, John Chapman, W. H. Costine, J. M. Crews, William Collins, J. D. Crum, Hamp Combee, T. Q/O Butler, Joe L. Bush, J. W. Brooks, Frances S. Brooks, E. B. Blount, James Benedict, G. W. Black, F. M. Beall, W. B. Bonacker, Jas. W. Bryan, L. L. Brastom(?), G. H. Bryant, John Bryant, W. W. Bridgers, J. O. C. Blount, Geo. H. Blount, D. J. Baskin, G. Burrows, D. D. Blount, John Box, Peter Best,


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J. J. Bryant, Frank Bryant, B. S. Boothe, Joseph Bryant, J. C. Blount, N. A. Boothe, Lorenzo Bryant, J. M. Brewer, Darik Branch, Travis Bryant, J. W. Bryant, B. F. Blount, M. O. Arnold, T. W. Anderson, G. L. Altman, T. J. Altman, James Alderman, Timothy Alderman, Geo. J. Alderman, M. M. Acree, Henry Albritton, Thomas Albritton, John Altman.


I hereby certify that the foregoing list was selected from the Registration List of Polk County to serve as Petit and Grand Jurors for the year 1886, This Jany 8, 1886
J. H. Hooker, Chairman, Board of Commissioners
Commissioners then proceeded to appoint the following persons to serve as Road Commissioners during the year 1886
For District No. 1 - J. C. Pearce, H. H. Smith, Jno. R. Johnson
For District No 2 - J. W. Durrance, W. W. Tillis, F. N. Varn
For District No 3 - Jasper Summershire, J. M. Crum, Walter Varn
For District No 4 - J. W. Futch, J. A. Kilgore, H. A. Boothe
For District No 5 - James Lamer(?) Jr., D. H. Browne, Alex Bryant
For District No 6 - J. I. Roberts, S. L. Bryant, F. W. Long
For District No 7 - L/D. K. Parish, D. A. Gaffney, D. H. Hancock
For District No 8 - E. G. Wilder, J. W. Platt, John Sherouse
For District No 9 - Geo. R. Fortner, J. A. Lewis(?), Thomas Kersey
For District No 10 - S. H. Raulerson, Joab Collins, Wm Futch
For District No 11 - Henry Zegler(?), W. M. High, A. H. Mosely
For District No 12 - E. G. Horey, D. N. Bullard, W. Gaskins
For District No 13 - Michael White, D. S. bunch, L. E. Mobley
For District No 14 - A. E. Godwin, A. E. B. Roberts, Henry Winegood
For District No 15 - F. J. Hinson, A. H. Zackry, Geo. B. Doby


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Ordered that G. A. Hanson is requested as County attorney to see Jacob Summerlin and have the discrip___, in the description of the Original County lands as donated to the County Commissioners of Polk County by the said Jacob Summerlin, corrected have the said lands properly described, giving the proper metes and bounds of same.
Ordered that the Petition of G. R. Langford and others asking for funds to build a bridge across Peace River be deferred to some future meeting.
W. B. Neel paid balance on Lot 2 Block F amounting to $109.05 including interest, ordered that the same be charged to the Treasurer on the Special Fund account. Also A. T. Kilpatrick paid in the whole amt due on Lots 1 & 2 Block G in Bartow amounting to $262.50.
All of the above amts were paid over to the Treasurer in the presence of the Board.
Ordered that the Board has this day Deeds as follows to lots in fractional Blacks in Bartow
To R. T. Kilpatrick Deeds to Lots 1 & 2 in Block D.
To E. B. Minshall Deeds to Lot 2 in Block E
To S. I. Pearce Deeds to Lot 2 in Block C
To A. J. Blount Deeds to Lot 1 in Block E
To. Sam’l McMillan Deeds to Lot 1 in Block C
To Cabaniss and Stuart Deeds to Lot 1 in Block F
To W. B. Need Deeds to Lot 2 in Block F
Ordered that the deeds for R. J. Blount, S. I. Pearce, Samuel McMillan and Cabaniss & Stuart be left in the custody of the Clerk to be turned over to the respective grantees when the balance of consideration mention each deed with the interest due there on shall have been paid in.
The following accounts were approved and ordered to be paid;


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James Gill allowance as pauper $10.00
Lucretia Caruthers allowance as pauper $04.00
J. H. Kirkland allowance as Co. Commissioner $06.80
J. C. Wright allowance for Paint Bill $20.75
Jno. Snoddy allowance Supt. Public Instruction $33.33
Geo. S. Durrance allowance Justice of the Peace $16.00
W. H. Johnson allowance County Auditor $5_.00
Wake Hart allowance as pauper $08.00
W. H. Johnson allowance for Recording (Election Dists) $01.50
G. A. Hanson allowance as Co. Atty $41.66
Mrs. J. A. Chester allowance as Pauper $08.00
Mortimer Courtney allowance for Painting Court House $75.00
M. J. Miller allowance for Dpty Sheriffs fees $06.05
Wash Mitchell allowance for Witness fees $00.70
R. T. Kilpatrick allowance for Sheriffs fees $67.21
Mers S. W. Hicks allowance for Pauper $10.00
J. N. Hooker Chairman


Page 10 Monday February 1st 1886 10 Oclock A.M.
Commissioners present, J. N. Hooker Chairman, N. B. Norton, J. H. Kirkland
The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.
It is hereby ordered that Church Street in the town of Bartow be so changed that the North line of said Street shall correspond with the South line of the Hughes and Baptist Church additions to the town of Bartow and to be of the same width with in the original town of Bartow as set forth in the plan of said original town, and that portion of the original street lying on the South side of said street so changed and vacated by said change shall revert to Polk County, The County surveyor is instructed to report to the County Commissioners at their next meeting, the amount of land returned to Polk County on each block on Church Street in the original town of Bartow, no order that the County Commissioners may put a price on the same.
It is hereby ordered that the Board has this day appropriated Fifty dollars to be used in advertising Polk County, to confute false statements made by certain news paper reporters in writing up the effects of the late freeze in South Florida.
In the matter of complaint by Jasper Summerlin and A. G. Zipprer against the Road opened by T. J. Williams and the crossing on the branch made by him -- the Clerk of this Board is instructed to inform Mr. Williams to make the Road and the crossing on said Branch to fonform to the terms of the original Petition as prayed for and granted by the Board of County Commissioners.


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In the matter of the appropriation of fifty dollars to advertise Polk Count as above mentioned, It is hereby ordered that a warrant for said amount be issued in the name of J. N. Hooker, Chairman Board County Commissioners.
It is hereby ordered that the Petition of W. E. King and others, praying the Board to open a public Road from Auburndale to Bartow by way of W. E. King’s and B. G. Glover’s and to intersect the Bartow and Orlando Road at or near the seven mile post, be and the same is hereby granted.
The Following accounts were approved and ordered to be paid:
Geo. D. Barnard & Co Books & Stationary $241.60
N. B. Norton Services as Co. Coms. $ 14.50
Wake Hurt Allowance as Pauper $ 4.00
J. N. Hooker Advertising County $ 50.00
John Snoddy Supt Bab. Inst. $ 33.33
W. H. Johnson Allowance as Co. Auditor $ 25.00
W. H. Johnson Blanks for County $ 6.00
Mrs. S. W. Hicks Allowance as pauper $ 10.00
J. N. Hooker Co. Coms. $ 55.00
Mrs. J. A. Chester Pauper $ 4.00
Mrs. Lucretia Caruthers Pauper $ 4.00
Geo S. Durrance Justice fees $ 14.50
J. H. Kirkland Services as Co Coms $ 2. 2_
Franklin Peid & Co Flue for Clerks office $ 53.__
M. J. Miller Depty Sheriffs fees $ 2.2_
R. T. Kilpatrick Sheriffs fees $ 5.__
J. N. Hooker Chairman


Page 12 Monday March 1st 1886 -- 10 Oclock A.M.
Commissioners present: B. F. Holland, N. B. Norton, and L. I. W. Anderson,
There being no chairsman present, on motion of N. B. Norton, B. F. Holland was elected chairman frs. Teno. -- The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.
T. W. Anderson, J. A. Nelson and J. B. Crum, Commissioners appointed to mark out a Settlement road in the Bethel Neighborhood, made their report which was received and the Commissioners discharged from further duty.
Received of A. T. Kilpatrick, Sheriff, the sum of $110.78 in County Scrip, and $110.81 in money amounting in the aggregate to $221.59 balance due by S. I. Pearce on lot 210 2 on Block C of the lands sold by the County Commissioners the 28th day of February 1885, including interest thereon said amts to be charged to the Treasurer.
B. G. Glover, W. E. King and L. T. Taylor, appointed Road Commissioners to mark out a public road from Auburndale to intersect the Bartow and Orland Road at a near the 7 mile post.
Johnson, Daniels & Co. presented their Liquor Petition, and after a careful examination of the same, the Commissioner find that they have a majority of the legally registered voters of Election District No. 2 on their Petition, It is therefore ordered that Johnson, Daniels & Co have a permit to sell Liquors wines and Beer in Election District No. 2 of Polk County from this date to expire on the 1st day of Oct. 1886.
Ordered that the Petition of D. W. Bullard & others be & the same is hereby granted, and D. W. Bullard, E. C. Johnson & P. S. Carsies(?) be appointed road


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Commissioners to mark out said road,
Also, Ordered that the Petition of E. W. Fullwood & others is granted and that C. W. Fullwood, J. A. Ray & H. H. Ray are appointed Road Commissioners to mark out said road.
Adjourned


Tuesday March 2nd 10 Oclock A.M.
Commissioners Present: B. F. Holland Chairman Pro tiem, N. B. Norton. T. W. Anderson
It appearing to the satisfaction of the Road that the following described land has been erroneously assessed: viz - Beginning at the N E Corner of N E4 of S E4 of Sec 5 Tp 30 R 25, Thence West 10 chn 13 ½ link South 9 chns 91 ½ lins, East 10 chs 12 ¼ links, North 9 chs, 91 ½ links contain any 10 acres assessed at $2850, which assessment seems to be too great according to other assessments in the same locality. It is therefore ordered that the assessment or said land be reduced from $2850 to $1500, and the Collector is instructed to Collect such amt of Taxes as may appear due thereon at the same rate per cent,
Ordered that the Clerk give the Collector credit on his account for 1885 for the sum of $15.53
It appearing to the satisfaction of the Board that the NW of SE4 of Sec 9 Tp 50 R 25 has been erroneously assessed at $500, and it appearing to the Board that $150 would be a fair reduction for the same, it is ordered that the assessment be reduced from $500, to $150, and the Collector is instructed to collect taxes on said land at the assessed value of $150 at the rate per cent levied for the year 1885, and the Clerk is ordered to credit the Collector with the sum of $4.03.
It appearing to the Satisfaction of the Board that t Lots 9, 10, 11 & 12 of Lot 12 of Baskins Subdivision


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Of Lytles first addition to Bartow has been erroneously assessed at $400. It is ordered that the said assessment be reduced from $400, to $250. And the Collector is instructed to Collect the taxes due thereon at the valueation of $250. And the Clerk is instructed to Credit the Collector with the sum of $1.73 on his acocunt for 1885.
The Road Petition of Geo. R. Langford and others is rejected for apparent irregularity and the Clerk is ordered to inform Mr. Langford to that effect,
Ordered that the Board has this day employed M. Courtney to put one coat of paint on West side and North end of Court House and Cupalo.
F. F. Beville Treasurer filed duplicate lists of cancelled warrants as follows: Gen Rev. Fund $423.34, on Special Fund $355,11, on School Fund $182l.46.
Ordered that the above amounts be placed to the Credit of the Treasurer. The following accounts were approved and ordered to be paid:
J. P. Statham Et al Special Fund Medicine for Mrs. Brandon $28.12
M. Courtney Special Fund Paint & Painting C. H. $58.74
J. A. Fortner Gen Rev Fund Drawing Jurors 1885 $ 4.28
J. A. Fortner Gen Rev Fund Justices Fees $10.31
John Brown Jr. Gen Rev Fund Apprehension Silas Clark $ 3.10
N. D. L. Mayo Gen Rev Fund Member School Board $23.48
J. W. Brandon Gen Rev Fund Member School Board $11.28
G. A. Hanson Gen Rev Fund County Attorney $41.__
W. H. Johnson Gen Rev Fund County Auditor $25.__
Hanson & Holder Special Fund Printing Road laws $10.00
Bartow Furtre Co Special Fund 1 Mattress for jail $ 5.00
Thos. Fussell Gen Rev Fund Deput Sheriffs fees $ 5.2_
N. B. Norton Gen Rev Fund County Commissioner $ 6.4_
R. T. Kilpatrick Gen Rev Fund Sheriffs fees $ 6.00


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Geo. S. Durrance Gen Rev Fund Fees on Justice of the Peace $16.00
W. H. Johnson Special Fund Stone for County $15.40
William Harmon Special Fund Desk for County $14.__
J. T. Wilson Gen Rev Fund Member School Board $38.4_
M. J. Miller Gen Rev Fund Deputy Sheriffs fees $ 3.10
R. T. Kilpatrick Gen Rev Fund Sheriffs fees $39.45
C. E. Reed Special Fund Oil for County $ 1.25
J. A. Fortner Gen Rev Fund Justice fees $ 9.13
J. A. Fortner Gen Rev Fund Justice fees $ 7.91
J. A. Fortner Gen Rev Fund Justice fees $ 2.13
J. A. Fortner Gen Rev Fund Justice fees $ 7.25
J. A. Fortner Gen Rev Fund Justice fees $ 4._4
J. A. Fortner Gen Rev Fund Justice fees $ 4._4
J. A. Fortner Gen Rev Fund Justice fees $18.10
S. W. Hick Gen Rev Fund Allowance as Pauper $10.00
L. Caruthers Gen Rev Fund Allowance as Pauper $ 4.__
F. F. Beville Gen Rev Fund Treasurers Commissions $48.98
B. F. Holland Chairman Pro Tem


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Monday April 6th 1886. 10 Oclock A.M. Commissioners Present: J. N. Hooker Chairman, B. F. Holland, T. W. Anderson, J. H. Kirkland, N. B. Norton.
Then minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.
The Road Petition of Geo. R. Langford and others asking that the Settlement Road leading from the Public Road at Geo. R. Langfords place and intersecting the Public Road at or near Calhoun Tilles’ place, be made a public road, was presented to the Board and A. B. Bryant, E. D. Dick__ and William Whitfield are appointed Commissioners to mark out said Road on the most practicable route observing the land lines. The duty of said Commissioners shall be to locate the place for a bridge where said Road shall cross Peace River and to furnish in their report the entire dimensions of said proposed bridge and the approaches thereto.
The request of the Fla. Southern Rail Road Company asking that the public road leading from Lakeland to Bartow be changed from the point of its entrance into the Town of Haskell, making Second Street the road to its junction with First Street, there making 1st Street the road to its intersection with the said Lakeland and Bartow Road on the South , is hereby granted.
The Petition of D. C. Lancaster and others asking that a public road be laid out leading from Chicora to Bartow on the most direct and practicable route to intersect the Bartow and Keepville Road at or near the 5 mile post near Sweet Water Branch, is hereby granted and Milton Surrency, John R. Johnson and Joseph C. Pearce are hereby appointed Commissioners to mark out


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Said road.
Ordered that Wm. L. Bailey be placed on the Pauper list and that he be allowed five dollars per month from this date until changed.
Ordered that William A. Dickson be be placed on the Paulper list at twelve Dollars per month from this date until changed.
Ordered that Joseph Jones be placed on the pauper list at ten Dollars per month from this date until changed.
R. T. Kilpatrick Sheriff is hereby authorized to deliver Raymond Hunter to the sheriff of Hillsboro County.
R. T. Kilpatrick paid in five Dollars ($5) amt of fine imposed on I. N. Morrison in Justice Court, said amt to be turned over to the Treasurer and charged to him.
Ordered that the assessment on 22 lots in Block 1 and 14 Lots in Block 2 & 20 Lots in Block 6 on Lytles Second addition to Bartow, seeming to be excessive the same is hereby reduced as follows:
On 23 Lots on Block 1 from $880 to $440
On 14 Lots on Block 2 from $560 to $280
On 20 Lots on Block 6 from $800 to $400.
And the Collector is instructed on the above amount at the rate levied for 1886, and the Clerk is hereby instructed to credit the Collector with the Sum of $12.85 distributed for vote among the several funds.
Adjourned.
Tuesday pril 7th 1886 10 Oclock A.M. Commissioners Present J. N. Hooker, Chairman, B. F. Holland, J. C. Kirkland, N. B. Norton, T. W. Anderson.
Henry Legler having tendered his resignation as Road Commissioner in District 1(?) he being over 45 years old, the Same is hereby accepted


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and Herman Scepman appointed in his stead.
The Road Commissioners in District No. 4 having removed or being exempt, the following persons are appointed: Jesse Wiggins, Peter Turner and Geo. Hicks.
The Petition of J. H. Humphries and others asking for a sidewalk on the South side of the Public Square is hereby granted and the Sheriff is hereby instructed to have a Sidewalk built on the South Side of Public Square at such time as the Town Council Shall build crossing on Broadway and Central Avenue to connect with said Sidewalk. Dimension of side walk to be as follows: 8 feet wide on Sabutling(?) 2x4, said Sidewalk to extend the full width of the Court House Block.
Ordered that a bridge be placed across the Melton Branch on the road leading from Lakeland to the Bartow & Leesburg Road, and that the same be advertised in the Bartow Informant until the first Monday in May. Specifications of said proposed bridge to be filed with the Clerk.
In the matter of the strip of land belonging to the County on the South side of Church Street, the County Surveyor is hereby instructed to ascertain by actual survey and measurement the quanty of land contained in said strip adjoining each Block on south side of Church Street, and it is hereby ordered that the parties owning the said blocks shall have the refusal of the strip adjoining the respective Blocks at the same rate as the adjoining blocks are valued, said blocks wo value as follows. Block A $500. Block 1 $600


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Block 2, $800. Block 3 $1000. Block 4 $1000. Block 5 $800, Block 6 $600. Block F $500.
The Petition of E. M. Robinson pryaing for permission to change the wire Road running through Section 28 in Township 27 Range __ is granted provided Petitioner confines the new road strictly to the Section & quarter section lines.
The following accounts were audited and approved:
Wm. L. Bailey Gen Rev Allowance as Pauper $ 5.00
Wm. A. Dickson Gen Rev Allowance as Pauper $12.00
Joseph Jones Gen Rev Allowance as Pauper $10.00
John Snoddy Gen Rev Supt. Pub. Instruction $66.67
G. A. Hanson Gen Rev Allowance as Co Atty $24.53
J. W. Brandon Gen Rev Member School Board $14.__
N. B. Norton Gen Rev Member Bd. Co. Coms. $12,40
Geo. H. Blount Gen Rev Irons for Prisoners $ 3.40
Ben Parks Gen Rev Arresting Prisoners $ 7.00
Lott D. Anderson Gen Rev Depty Sheriffs Fees $ 9.55
J. C. Wilbur Gen Rev Arresting Prisoners $ 4.20
Wm. C(?) Lee Gen Rev Chains for Prisoners $00.75
Geo. D. Barnard Special Fund Books for County $133.00
Geo. S. Durrance Gen Rev Justice Fees $18.00
Geo. S. Durrance Gen Rev Coronor’s Fees $13.24
_. H. Johnson Gen Rev County Auditor $25.84
R. T. Kilpatrick Gen Rev Sheriffs Fees $14.85
R. T. Kilpatrick Gen Rev Sheriffs Fees $58.40
M. Courtny Gen Rev Oil for P______ Court House $ 1.45
Jeff Varn Special Setting trees on Square $13.50
Barton Furniture Co Special Carpet for Court House $126.65
J. N. Hooker Chairman


Page 20 Monday May 3rd 1886 10 Oclock A.M.
Commissioners present. J. N. Hooker, Chairman, B. F. Holland, T. W. Anderson, J. H. Kirkland.
The County Surveyors report of the survey of the strip of land belonging to the County on the South side of Church Street is hereby approved and ordered to be recorded in the Deed Records of Polk County.
Ordered that James A. Brown and Ellen Brown be placed on the pauper list and that the he allowed five dollars per month each until changed.
In the matter of the Petition for a road from Winter Haven to the Kissimmee Road, it is hereby ordered that all actions on said matter be suspended and the matter referred to next meeting of the Board
Ordered that the order in the Petition of E. M. Robinson, presented at last meeting be rescinded and the Petition granted as prayed for.
The Petition of the citizens of Fort Meade praying that a committee be appointed to estimate the cost of repairing the bridge across Peace River at that place is granted and Geo. W. Hendry, Fred N. Varn, Wm. McCuley and C. B. Lightsey are hereby appointed as a committee to examine said bridge.
The Petition of E. T. Hill and others praying for a discontinuance of the road leading from Fort Meade to the Hammock Pond and praying for are order to open a road leading from the Depot near Ft. Meade intersecting the Mitchellville Road at Horse Creek by way of Turkey Prairie or Big Payne’s Creek, and the Flt Ford on Whidden’s Creek, is granted,


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Provided Petitioners follow Section and quarter Section lines as near as possible until they get out of the near Settlements. The following persons are appointed to mark out said road Jesse Durrance, Jno W. Durrance and James H. Parrish(?).
In the matter of the Salary of John Snoddy Supt Pub Instruction, The Board of Education the Board of Education fixed his salary at Six hundred dollars dating from Feby 2/86. Ordered that the Board County Commissiioners refuse to accede to the ____ order and that they allow him $400, as heretofore.
Ordered that F. A. K. Harris and P. S. Orasier(?) be appointed road commissioners for District No. 12 instead of W. H. Gaskins who resides out of the District and E. T. Hoary(?) removed.
Adjourned.
Tuesday May 4, 1886. Commissioners met pursuant to adjournment, Present J. N. Hooker Chairman, B. F. Holland, J. H. Kirkland, T. W. Anderson.
Commissioner proceeded to compare Treasurers duplicate lists of cancelled warrants and ordered the County Auditor to credit the Treasurer as follows; on Gen Rev. $2366.02, County School $3759.13, County Special $1235.43.
Commissioners approved witness and Jurors payrolls on the Inquisition of J. H. Monhice/Mo_hrice(?), Thre witnesses for $1.50 and six Jurors $18.10, Also on the body of an infant, three witnesses $1.90 Six Jurors $8.50
Ordered that H. N. Allen is appointed road Commissioner in Dist. No. 4, in place of G. W. Hicks who is exempt, having held the position


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last year. Also Joe R. Wilson is appointed road Commissioner in District No. 6 in place of W. N. Melton who is exempt having held the position last year.
Ordered that Geo. S. Durrance, Justice of the Peace is hereby instructed to withhold prosecution against road defaulters in District No. 12 as reported by J. F. Clarke, road Supervisor for said District, the Board having given more time to settle a dispute about the Legality of said road.
The following accounts were approved and ordered paid:
Joseph Jones Gen Rev Allowance as pauper 10.00
J. A. & Ellen Brown Gen Rev Allowance as pauper 10.00
Lucretia Caruthers Gen Rev Allowance as pauper 4.00
S. W. Hicks Gen Rev Allowance as pauper 20.00
Lucretia Caruthers Gen Rev Allowance as pauper 4.00
Wm. Hermon Special Work for County 17.00
Nathe(?) Gaddish Special Laying sidewalk 14.00
G. A. Hanson Gen Rev Services as Co Atty 20.83
Sinai Brandon Gen Rev Allowance as pauper 25.00
N. H. Johnson Gen Rev Transfering Registration List __.00
N. H. Johnson Gen Rev Services as Co. Auditor 25.00
R. T. Kilpatrick Gen Rev Sheriffs fees 51.20
Bartow Furt. Co Special Carpet for C. H. 89.80
J. W. Boyd Gen Rev Surveying for Co. 15.00
D. J. Baskin Gen Rev Assting Co Surveyor 3.00
M. J. Miller Gen Rev Assting Co Surveyor 3.00
M. Courtney Special Painting C. H. 40.00
W. C. Gilbert Gen Rev Nails for Co 2.30
J. H. Kirkland Gen Rev Services as Co Court 7.00
J. H. Kirkland Gen Rev Services as Co Court 5.40
M. Ray St. Gen Rev Nursing pauper 17.10
Geo. S. Durrance Gen Rev Justices Fees 12.00
George Allen Gen Rev Digging grove/grout 1.10
W. R. Neel Gen Rev Casket for pauper 9.50
J. N. Hooker Gen Rev Services as Co Court 8.00


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G. A. Hanson Special Polk Co. ____ 5.00
M. Ray Gen Rev Nursing pauper 21.00
John Snoddy Supt Pub Instruction 33.33
J. N. Hooker Chairman


County Commissioners Court 10 Oclock A.M. Monday, May the 10th A.D. 1886.
Present J. N. Hooker Chairman, T. W. Anderson and B. F. Holland
The board met pursuant to adjournment for the purpose of considering bids to build a bridge across Peace River at or near ___ B. Langfords place, there were three bids presented and after due consideration of same the contract was awarded to C. B. Lightsey at the sum of Five hundred and ninety four $594.00 dollars. Said bride to finished in sixty day from signning the contract therefore.
The Petition of James A. Wilson and others for a public road from the Depot at Houseland to Crooked Lake along the township line between Townships 30 & 31, is hereby granted and R. A. McAuley, J. E. Wilson and Robert Humphries are appointed as road commissioners to mark out said road to be notified at once of said appointment and make report of their action in ___ matter at the next meeting of this board.
In the matter of the bridge across Peace River mentioned above, it is understood that the County pays one half, and the citizens pay the atty half of the loan(?) mentioned in said contract. J. N. Hooker Chairman


Page 24 Monday June 7th 1886 10 Oclock A.M. Commissioners present; Jas H. Hooker, Chairman, B. F. Holland, T. W. Anderson, N. B. Norton..
The minutes of the last meeting were read and after some correction, were approved by the Board.
The following letter was read before the Board and ordered spread on the minutes of the Court;
Bartow Fla. June 7/86
To the Board of County Commissioners of Polk County:
Gentlemen. I have the pleasure of reporting that the two cases brought by Mess. Johnson, Daniels & Co and E. A. Brantley of Polk County were read by the Hon E. K. Foster at the lat term of the Circuit Court, and the Desse_rrers were sustained and the suit dismissed, the Plaintiffs prayed on appeal, but will not likely prosecute it.
Very Respectfully, G. A. Hanson Atty


In the matter of the Bridge across Peace River at Geo. R. Langfords place, Mr. C. B. Lightsey to whom the contract was aawarded to build said Bridge reports that the petitioners asking for said Bridge are not willing to pay one half the expense of building said Bridge, to be put where designated; that he could get only $46.00 subscribed for that purpose. It is hereby ordered that all action by the County in the matter be suspended until


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the matter is adjusted by Petitioners for Bridge.
In the matter of the New Bridge across the Gully Branch; It is hereby ordered that a warrant be issued for $17.__ to pay for lumber hauling and nails for said Bridge, as ordered at a preceding meeting; the amount of $5.00 claimed for labor in building said Bridge is not allowed.
In the matter of the Bridge across Peace River at Fort Meade; The Committee appointed by the Board to estimate the cost of repairing said Bridge made their report and estimate the cost of said repairs to be one hundred and fifteen dollars; It is hereby ordered that the matter be referred to the Road Commissioners of said District to contract for said repairs.
The Commissioners appointed to mark out the Road leading from the Depot near Ft Meade intersecting the Mitchellville Road at or near Horse Creek, presented their report ____ was accepted.
The Agent for the Home Insurance Co. having notified the Board that his company had instructed him to cancel the policy on the Court House; It is hereby ordered that Jas N. Hooker Chairman of the Board is Authorized to act for the Board in placing insurance in other companies.
The Board has this day received the supplementary report of the road Commissioners at Winter Haven, and it is hereby ordered that said Commissioners be discharged from further duty.
Robert Walter Hardaker, son of E. Hardaker thirteen years old is hereby appointed to the State Seminary at Gainesville, as one of the


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students from Polk County
In the matter of the road leading from Chicora and intersecting the Keepville & Pine Level Road near the Bridge across the South Prong of the Alafia River, the Committee appointed to mark out said road presented their report which was accepted and the Committee discharged.
It is hereby ordered that the County will not appropriate exceeding $10.00 for the burial of any pauper.
The Board has this day closed a contract with Joseph Bryant for the construction of a wagon bridge across Milton Branch on the Lakeland and Leesburg Road at $7.20 per foot as per contract. To examine and receive or reject said bridge for the Board, Mr. N. B. Norton is appointed, taking with him another person of his own selection.
Adjourned to Tuesday
Tuesday June 8th 1886 10 Oclock A.M. Commissioners Present J. N. Hooker, Chairman, B. T. Holland, T. W. Anderson, N. B. Norton.
It is hereby ordered that T. W. Anderson be appointed by the Board to contract with Geo. A. Langford to construct a Bridge across Peace River instead of C. B. Lightsey withdrawn.
It is hereby ordered that the Board has this day entered into a contract with R. D. England to place Lightening Rods on the Court house, the work to be completed within twenty days from date of contract, the consideration in said contract is one hundred dollars to be paid in County Warrants as soon as the said work shall have been accepted by the Board.
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J. A. & Ellen Brown Gen Rev Allowance as Pauper 10.00
W. L. Bailey Gen Rev Allowance as Pauper 5.00
Lucretia Caruthers Gen Rev Allowance as Pauper 4.00
Joab Collins Special For building Bridge 14.25
Joseph Jones Gen Rev Allowance as Pauper 10.00
Effel Tucker Gen Rev Justice Fees 87.69
S. I. Pearce Special Repairing Bridge 100.18
Heard & F___ Gen Rev Hauling Pauper 1.50
M. J. Miller Gen Rev Attending on J. P. 1.00
Geo. S. Durrance Gen Rev Justices Fees 12.00
Lang/Long Bros. Gen Rev Suit for Pauper 10.50
Mrs. J. A. Chester Gen Rev Allowance as Pauper 12.00
Daniel Mann Gen Rev Depty Sheriffs Fees 0.75
M. J. Miller Gen Rev Work for County 10.50
W. G. Goddard Gen Rev Depty Sheriffs Fees 1.68
John Brewer Gen Rev Depty Sheriffs Fees 1.00
M. J. Miller Gen Rev Services as Bailiff 10.00
Jno. M. Kilpatrick Gen Rev Deputy sheriffs Fees 1.30
B. S. Booth Gen Rev Deputy sheriffs Fees 0. 15
Hanson & Holder Gen Rev Advertising for County 3.50
W. H. Castine Gen Rev deputy sheriffs Fees 3.20
W. A. Dewitt Gen Rev Justices Fees 7.15
S. Hull Jr. Gen Rev Dpty Sheriffs Fees 3.15
G. L. Altman Gen Rev Dpty Sheriffs Fees 1.75
W. B. Neel Special Awnings for C. H. 20.00
W. R. Jones Gen Rev Depty Sheriffs Fees 14.30
Geo. R. Langford Gen Rev Depty Sheriffs Fees 2.20
Eppel Tucker Gen Rev Depty Sheriffs Fees 6.70
Danield T. Fortner Gen Rev Depty Sheriffs Fees 1.75
James Harden Gen Rev Provisions for Pauper 4.50
J. N. Hooker Gen Rev Sundries(?) to County 2.46
Dr. Wilson Gen Rev Attendance onMrs. Hicks 75.00
M. J. Miller Gen Rev Depty Sheriffs Fees 6.70
Wade Hamilton Gen Rev Depty Sheriffs Fees 9.00
C. L. Thornhill Gen Rev Depty Sheriffs Fees 2.00
S. R. Powell Gen Rev Bailifs Fees 1.75


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Geo. S. Durrance Gen Rev Coroners Fees 40.00
F. T. Kilpatrick Gen Rev Sheriffs Fees 4.05
John A. Williams Gen Rev Deputy Sheriffs Fees 1.60
R. T. Kilpatrick Gen Rev Sheriffs Fees 6.00
Andy Morrel Gen Rev Servant of Court 7.55
F. F. Beville Gen Rev Treasurer Com. S. 152.76
D. R. England Gen Rev Dpty Sheriffs Fees 4.45
G. A. Hanson Gen Rev County Atty’s Fees 20.83
J. H. Spence Gen Rev Depty Sheriffs Fees 6.70
G. W. Smith Special Rev Lumber for Co. 42.00
J. N. Hooker Gen Rev Services as Co Coms. 6.00
G. W. Whidden Gen Rev Erecting Mile Posts 6.00
John Snoddy Gen Rev Services as Supt Pub Int 33.33
Effer Tucker Gen Rev Drawing Jury 1.00
R. T. Kilpatrick Gen Rev Sheriffs Fees 124.95
Wm. Collins Gen Rev Depty Sheriffs Fees 1.00
Thos. Kersey Gen Rev Depty Sheriffs Fees 1.05
Bartow Transfer Co Gen Rev Hauling Pauper 2.00
M. J. Miller Gen Rev Depty Sheriffs Fees 1.90
Lang Bros Gen Rev Shroud for Pauper 0. 95
Mrs. S. M. Hicks Gen Rev Allowance as Pauper 20.00
J. N. Hooker, Chairman


Page 29 Monday July 5th 1886 10 Oclock A.M. Commissioners Present
James N. Hooker Chairman, B. F. Holland, T. W. Anderson, N. B. Norton , J. H. Kirkland
The contract and Bond of Geo. R. Langford, to build a bridge across Peace River as per contract, is this day filed with the Board.
The report of the Commissioner appointed to inspect the bridge across the Melton Branch has this day been received and accepted, and the Commissioner discharged. It is hereby ordered that a warrant for $162.50 be issued to pay for building said bridge.
The Petition of W. W. Bridges and other praying for a discontinuance of the Road leading from Sanitaria in the direction of Leesburg to the County line is here by granted and the Clerk is instructed to notify the Road Commissioners to that effect.
It is hereby ordered that Elizabeth Newman be placed upon the Pauper list at $8.00 per month from this date until discontinued.
The commissioners appointed to mark out a public Road from Homeland to Crooked Lake presented their report which was received and the Commissioners discharged from further duty, and the Clerk is instructed to notify the Road Commissioners to that effect.
It is hereby ordered that James Smith and Mrs. Therra Smith be placed on the pauper list at five Dollars each for month subject to change as may be required.
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Board for a Permit to sell Liquors wines and Beer in Election District No. 10, was carefully examined and rejected for the reasons:
1st That he has not a majority of the registered voters in Election District No. 10. There being twenty four names on his list and appearing also in his publication, which do not appear on the registration list now on file in the office of the Clerk Ct. Ct., and furthermore Eight other parties make affidavit showing that they did sign for said petition for a permit from Oct. 1885 to Oct. 1886, and not for the ensuing year from Oct. 1886 to Oct 1887.
The following accounts were approved and ordered to be paid,
Joseph Bryant Special Building Bridge 162.50
Lucretia Caruthers Gen Rev Allowance as pauper 4.00
Joseph Jones Gen Rev Allowance as pauper 10.00
J. A. Chester Gen Rev Allowance as pauper 4.00
Wm. Bailey Gen Rev Allowance as pauper 5.00
Jas. A. & Ellen Brown Gen Rev Allowance as pauper 10.00
Eliabeth Newman Gen Rev Allowance as pauper 8.00
H. Passer Gen Rev Coffins for pauper 18.00
J. W. Brandon Gen Rev Service as School Coms. 16.80
John Snoddy Gen Rev Services Supt. Pub Inst 33.33
Louis Griffin Gen Rev Depty Sheriffs Fees 4.40
J. Q. Stroud Gen Rev Depty Sheriffs Fees 6.60
W. H. Johnson Gen Rev Salary as Co. Auditor 50.00
C. _. Lightsey Special Repairing Bridge 115.00
W. H. Johnson Gen Rev Stationary for Co 3.53
W. H. Flowers Gen Rev Burying Pauper 6.50
N. B. Norton Gen Rev Services as Co. ComS. 18.80
J. H. Kirkland Gen Rev Services as Co. ComS. 4.20
Geo. S. Durrance Gen Rev Justice’s Fees 12.00
R. T. Kilpatrick Gen Rev Sheriffs Fees 6.00
Eppes Tucker Gen Rev Justices Fees 7.78


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R. D. England Special Rodding Court House 100.00


Adjourned
Confirmed J. N. Hooker Chairman


Page 32 Monday August 2nd A.D. 1886 10 Oclcock A.M. Commissioners Present,
J. N. Hooker Chairman, J. H. Kirkland , N. B. Norton, T. W. Anderson and B. F. Holland.
The minutes of last Meeting were read and approved.
The road from Auburndale to intersect with the Leesburg and Sanitaria road is suspended until furher notice.
Owing to the ill condition of Mrs. Lucretia Caruther health, It is ordered that her monthly allowance as pauper be raised from four to eight dollars per diem____. Ordered that R. S. Kilpatrick is hereby instructed to have the old public well filled up with dirt around the shaft of the Pump.
In the matter of bridging the Six mile creek at the crossing of the Bartow and flat ford road near the residence of J. C. Mims, the board has this authorized B. F. Holland to arrange for the construction of the same and order a bill for the material used in the construction of said Bridge. The citizen paying for the construction thereof.
R. T. Kilpatrick came forward and paid over to the County three hundred and seventy eight dollars and fifty cents as purchase money on Dist One (1) in Block C. Money due by Samuel McMillan on said List of this amount $239.)) to be charged to the county treasurer on the Gen Revenue Fund account and $138.76 to be charged to the Special Revenue Fund account.
Ordered that the following accounts were approved and ordered paid to wit:
Jas Jones Gen Rev Allowance as pauper $ 3.00
Jas Jones Gen Rev Allowance as pauper $ 7.00


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L. Caruthers Gen Rev Allowance as pauper $ 8.00
J. T. Tice Gen Rev for Measuring road & erecting mile post $ 10.00
John Snoddy Gen Rev allowance as Co Supt Inst Schools $ 33.20
D. E. Saxton Gen Rev for Medical attention to pauper $ 5.00
Eppes Tucker Gen Rev holding inquisition G. B. Bi___ $ 5.86
G. A. Hanson Gen Rev allowance as County Atty $ 41.66
G. A. K. Stevens Gen Rev rebate over paid H____ _______ Co $ 20.00
Reed Bros Special putting in well for County $ 54.50
M. J. Miller Gen Rev Deputy Sheriffs fees $ 19.55
N. B. Norton Gen Rev allowance as county comm $ 8.00
R. T. Kilpatrick Gen Rev Sheriffs fees $ 33.40
Elizabeth Newman Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 8.00
Polk County Informant Gen Rev advertising for county $ 5.00
Mrs. J. A. Chester Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 4.00
Wm. Bailey Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 5.00
J. A. & Ellen Brown Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 10.00
H___ & Has Smith Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 10.00
Statham & Co Gen Rev Medicine to pauper $ 3.20
Dr. C. R. Oglesby Gen Rev Medical attention to pauper $ 20.00
B. F. Holland Gen Rev for services a Co. Comms $ 30.00
A. H. Mosley Gen Rev Deputy sheriffs fees $ _4.20
Geo. S. Durrance Gen Rev Justices fees $ 12.00
R. T. Kilpatrick Gen Rev Sheriffs fees $ 6.00
M. C. Surrency Gen Rev Deputy Sheriffs fees $ 2.05


Page 34 County Commissioners Court 10 O clock A.M. Monday September 6th 1886. Commissioners Present J. N. Hooker Chairman, N. B. Norton, J. H. Kirkland, T. W. Anderson.
The minutes of last Meeting were read and approved. Ordered that work on the road leading from Homeland to Crooked Lake is hereby suspended until further orders from this Board.
Ordered that a change in the Bartow and Kissimmee road is changed to run to the ¼ mile line on the West Side of Section Two (2) thence to follow said ¼ mile line to the South line of Section Eleven (11) also the Fort Meade road is changed to the Same line to follow said line to the same point.
Ordered that the Bartow and Okeehumpkee road be changed back where it was on the branch between T. J. Williams and A. H. Leonard’s places or residences, the said change to be directly from the corner of Leonards fence to the old crossing, thence on the old road bed back to the present road at the end of the lane South of Mr. T. J. Williams new residence.
Ordered the Petition of John M. Brewer and other is granted asking for a change in the Public road Known as the Fort Gardner road as follows, Said change to begin (this was stricken “where said road strikes Lake Garfield”) at John Waters South east corner & J. F. McCoys Thence to West corner of section five (5) Thence South along section five (5) until it intersects Fort Garner road again, this change is granted on the condition that owners of the land over which this road is to run does not object to it, and is to be made without any expense to the county .
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and others is granted asking for a change in the Public road leading from Auburndale to Dooley run provided that the Petitioners open the new road created by said change and put in good condition before closing the old road and that William Collins, Charles Paxton and Frank. W. Long are appointed as commissioners to mark out said change.
Ordered that Martha Welch is placed on the pauper list at five dollars per month from this date. Adjourned.
Tuesday Sept 7th 1886. Members present J. N. Hooker Chairman, N. B. Norton, J. H. Kirkland and T. W. Anderson.
The board then proceeded to Equalize the Tax assessors books and continued said Equalization all day. -- Ad Journed.
Wednesday Sept 8th 1886. Member present J. N. Hooker chairmand, T. W. Anderson, N. B. Norton and J. H. Kirkland.
The board resuned their work equalizing the Assessors Books --- Ordered that the county treasurer be credited on the General School Fund with $885.51 -- Ordered that the board has compared Treasurers duplicate lists of cancelled Warrants and instructed the County Auditor to credit the Treasurer as follows, on County School Fund account $255.76, on the General Revenue Fund account $1122.71, on the Special Fund account $774.58.
The commissioners having completed the equalization of the Tax books proceeded to make the following appropriation for county Expenses for the ensuing year as follows to with; For General County purpose One Mill Tax - For County School


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purposes Three Mills -- For county Special Tax One Mill -- For county Road Tax One Mill -- Making in all for county purposes Six Mills.
Ordered that the Clerk is instructed to call the Tax Collectors attention to section two (2) Chap (1935) Revenue Laws of Florida. Ordered that B. F. Holland and J. N. Hooker is appointed as a committee to confer with the County Treasurer and See what amount of County Funds he has on hand belonging to the county and report to same to the next meeting of this board.
Ordered that the following accounts were approved and ordered paid.
H___ & James Smith Gen Rev allowance as paupers $ 10.00
Statham & Co Gen Rev Medicine furnished to pauper $ 3.20
C. R. Oglesby Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 20.00
B. F. Holland Gen Rev allowance as county commissioner $ 30.00
(the above items were all scratched out)
Joseph Jones Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 10.00
Lucretia Caruthers Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 8.00
Robert Caruthers Gen Rev Hunting prisoner $ 2.00
J. R. Caruthers Gen Rev Hunting prisoner $ 3.00
Elizabeth Newman Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 10.00
J. P. Fore Gen Rev for carrying pauper to grave(?) $ 1.50
J. C. Rawls Gen Rev for chaining & posting road $ 8.00
J. C. Rawls Gen Rev for chaining & posting road $ 7.__
G. A. Hanson Gen Rev allowanced as county atty $ 20.85
Geo. S. Durrance Gen Rev Justices & sheriffs fees $ 45.50
E. Tucker Gen Rev Justices fees $ 13.50
Missippi H___ B Spel Rev Insurance on Court House $ 40.__
(Insurance Company)
Statham & Blount Gen Rev Medicine to pauper $ 3.00
Geo. S. Durrance Gen Rev Justices fees $ 16.00
R. T. Kilpatrick Gen Rev Sheriffs fees $ 8.00
R. T. Kilpatrick Gen Rev Sheriffs fees $ 67.6_
J. A. Chester Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 4.00


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Wm. Bailey Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 5.00
J. A. & Ellen Brown Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 10.00
Thena & Jas Smith Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 10.00
W. H. Johnson Gen Rev allowance as co. auditor $ 50.00
Martha Welch Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 5.00
John Snoddy Gen Rev for services as Supt Pub Inst $ 33.__
J. H. Kirkland Gen Rev for services as county commissioner $ 3.50
J. H. Kirkland Gen Rev for services as county commissioner $ 8.90
N. B. Norton Gen Rev for services as county commissioner $ 12.40
T. W. Anderson Gen Rev for services as county commissioner $ 32.40
Wm Williams Gen Rev for waiting on Wm Riley $ 10.00
T. J. Adelman Specl Rev filling Public Well $ 6.00


J. N. Hooker Chairman


Page 38 County Commissioners Court 10 O clock A.M. Monday October 4th 1886
Members Present J. N. Hooker Chairman, N. B. Norton, B. F. Hooland and J. H. Kirkland.
The Minutes of last Meeting were read and approved.
Ordered that the Petition of J. C.A. Polk and others is granted discontinuing the Public road leading from Acton to the Bartow road..
Ordered that William Bailey is this day dropped from the Pauper list until further ordered by this board. AdJourned.
Tuesday Oct 5th 1886. 10 O clock A.M. Commissioners Present as yesterday.
The Petition of F. B. McKinney for a License to sell Liquors wines & Beer in Election District (No 2) was presented. The commissioners after an examination of the same found that the Petitioner had not a majority of the registered voters in District (No 2) on comparing the Published list with the registration list and the Original Petition. One name that of J. L. Bettes was not Published under the Law requiring the Petitioners to be published. The Name of J. L. Bettes was not counted for the applicant and therefore not having a Majority Published as the Law requires the Petition was not granted.
J. D. Tillis collector of Revenue presented Treasurers Receipt (No 3) dated September 6th 1886. Ordered that the Treasurer be charged as follows; on the County Fund proper $1800.00, on License Tax $1600. And that the Collector be credited on the same funds with


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the same amounts
The board then Proceeded to appoint Inspectors of Election as follows;
For District No 1. B. S. Boothe, H. E. Padgett & D. C. Lancaster
For District No 2. W. W. Tillis, S. G. Hayman & W. S. Thompson
For District No 3. Jas Harden, S. D. Cabaniss & Jefferson Varn
For District No 4. J. J. Wiggins, Elias Turner & G. W. Hicks
For District No 5. Robt Bryant, A. A. Lewis & J. R. Frier
For District No 6. J. W. Hampton, F. W. Long & Jos(?) P(?). Wilson
For District No 7. D. C. Bridges, D. N. Hancock & R. H. Perish
For District No 8. J. J. Robertson, J. A. Hancock & John Sherouse
For District No 9. W. H. Kern, J. H. Johnson & D. W. Proctor
For District No 10. O. J. Frier, W. B. B___ker & S. T. Hollingsworth
For District No 11. H. Schipman, W. B. Hick & A. H. Mosley
For District No 12. F. A. K. Ha__is, J. R. Boyd & I. A. Fulwood
For District No 13. T. J. Cowart, H. J. Goddard & Michael White
For District No 14. Wm Raulerson, E. F. O_en & A. E. Godwine(?)
For District No 15. Harrison Jones, W. K. Norton & Wm Brown.
Posters were then issued according to Law for each Election District. Commissioners then proceeded to revise the registration list which work consumed the remainder of the day. AdJourned.
Wednesday October 6th 1886. Members present as on yesterday, the board resumed their work revising the registration list, and completed the same, the following is the list of Names Stricken from the registration list to wit: A. S. Blanchard, R. H. Barnett, J. L. Bettes, A. M. Cowart, S. W. Campbell, W. N. Cone, J. N. Cochran, J. M. Clough, Frank Clark, Geo A. Devane, Samuel Douglass, H. J. Durrance, W. M. Fa___, P. G. W. Gaffney, J. F. Grantham, L. C. Green, H. W. Hancock, James Hamilton, A. M. Holcomb, T. C. Hunter, Joseph__ Hill, T. J. H____ex, A. W. Hardee, G. B. Heard,


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Reuben Kent, J. F. Keller, C. L. Lawten, H. J. Little, D. J. M____, G. W. McGee, J. G. Mifflington, B. E. Murphy, John Morgan, J. P. Randall, John R. Sharpe, S. D. Periman(?), J. E. Tison, J. D. Torrence, T. E. Williams, W. H. Willingham.
Ordered that the board will hear complaints from those who may have been improperly eraced from the registration list on Monday Oct 18th 1886.
V. L. Tillis presented his petition for a License to sell Liquors Wines & Beer Election District (No. 2) And after a careful examination of the Published list and comparing same with the Registration list, and also with the original Petition it was found that the Petition did not contain the majority of the registered voters in Election District No 2. Therefore the Petition was not granted.
Ordered that the board has appropriated twenty five Dollars for Mrs. Lucy Key as part of expenses to pay her way back to her home in Athens Georgia.
The treasurer presented his duplicate lists of canceled warrants. And upon comparison of the same they were found correct and it was therefore Ordered that the Treasurer be credited on the County School Fund with $160.36/100, on the Gen Rev Fund account with $638.06/100. AdJourned.
Thursday October 7th 1886. Commissioners present as on yesterday. J. N. Hooker & B. F. Holland appointed at the September Meeting to make Settlement with F. F. Beville county Treasurer. Make report as follows; we find in the Treasurers hands on actual count in cash checks and warrants the Sum of $6769.52. The report


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is hereby received and the commissioners discharged. On making complete settlement of Treasurers accounts on all funds the Board finds to day the aggregate balance against the Treasurer on the counties Ledger the Sum of $6389.24. Showing that the amount of unds in Treasurers hands, Not Short, but in Excess.
Ordered that the following accounts were approved and Ordered paid to wit:
Joab Collins Special Material furnished for Bridge $ 8.50
J. W. Brandon Gen Rev for services as Mem School Bd $ 14.00
Lucretia Caruthers Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 8.00
J. A. Chester Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 4.00
Martha Welch Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 5.00
Lucy K. Kay Special Money to pay way to Athens Geor $ 25.00
W. L. Bailey Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 5.00
Joseph Jones Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 10.00
J. A. & Ellen Brown Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 10.00
R. T. Kilpatrick Gen Rev Sheriffs fees $ 54.60
C. E. Reed & Co. Gen Rev repairs & chamber for jail $ 2.25
M. J. Miller Gen Rev Deputy Sheriffs fees $ 6.10
F. F. Beville Gen Rev Treasurers commissions $ 15.96
R. T. Kilpatrick Gen Rev Sheriffs fees $ 8.00
Geo S. Durrance Gen Rev Coroners fees $ 6.00
M. J. Miller Gen Rev Deputy fees $ 11.20
Geo S. Durrance Gen Rev Justices fees $ 16.00
C. J. Swain Gen Rev for coffin & hauling $ 4.50
Jno Snoddy Gen Rev for services as Supt Pub Inst $ 33.33
G. A. Hanson Gen Rev allowance as Co. Atty $ 20.86
J. A. Fortner Gen Rev Justices fees $ 2.00
F. F. Beville Gen Rev Treasurers commissions $ 17.70
F. F. Beville Gen Rev Treasurers commissions $ 88.90
N. B. Norton Gen Rev allowance as Co. Comm $ 18.40
B. F. Holland Gen Rev allowance as Co. Comm $ 12.00
E. Newmans Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 10.00
J. N. Hooker Gen Rev allowance as Co. Comm $ 22.00


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W. H. Johnson Gen Rev allowance as Co. Auditor $ 25.00
H___ & Jas Smith Gen Rev allowance as paupers $ 10.00
J. H. Kirkland Gen Rev carrying Book to registration offices $ 1.50
J. H. Kirkland Gen Rev allowance as Co. Comm $ 14.20
H. Talmadge Gen Rev Witness fees $ 6.82
J. C. Ba____ Gen Rev Witness fees $ 00.52
S. H. Tigner Gen Rev Witness fees $ 00.52
G. W. Mann Gen Rev Witness fees $ 00.52
R. D. Loften Gen Rev Witness fees $ 00.52
F. W. Page Gen Rev Witness fees $ 00.50
W. W. Hankins Gen Rev Witness fees $ 00.50
C. E. Reed & Bros Gen Rev Witness fees $ 00.50
Rev Dye Gen Rev Witness fees $ 00.50
F. M. WIlson Gen Rev Witness fees $ 00.50
J. N. Tatum Gen Rev Witness fees $ 00.50
Ordered that an advertisement be inserted in the Bartow Informant for bids for rebuilding the Cause way across Saddle Creek. Adjourned. J. N. Hooker.


Page 43 County Commissioners Court Special Meeting
Monday Oct. 18/86 10 Oclock A.M. Commissioners Present: J. N. Hooker, Chairman, B. F. Holland, J. H. Kirkland and N. B. Norton
In the matter of rents due the County by occupants of offices in the Court House, the Sheriff is hereby instructed and authorized to require all rents due on the same, and make report to this Board on the first Monday in November.
It is hereby ordered that the Collector be credited with the following Amounts on the different Funds as follows: On the Gen. Rev. Fund $375.03, On School Fund $1687.33, On Special Fund $844.96. Ordered that the above are to be properly charged to the Treasurer.
It is hereby ordered that the Collector be credited with the following amts. on Insolvent Lists for 1883 and 1884 on Gen Rev County Fund $18.71, on County School $4.50, on county Special $3.30, on C. H. Land $6.24 of Insolvent List 188_ on Gen Rev $141.42, on Co. Schl $116.43, on Co. Special $60.56.
The Collector has a credit with the Comptroller for County Taxes paid to him, which when remitted by the Comptroller to the Collector, will entitle the latter to a credit for the same.
The Commissioners having met to hear Complaints from those persons whose names were stricken from the Registration List when the same was revised at the Oct regular meeting, and no one appearing to complain, the Commissioners having no further business before them.
The following accounts were approved and ordered paid to wit:


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Acct of Thos Hopper Special For the relief of Hooper $ 15.00


AdJourned. J. N. Hooker Chairman


Page 45 County Commissioners Court Monday, November 1st 1886. 10 Oclock A.M.
Commissioners Present: J. N. Hooker Chairman, B. F. Holland, T. W. Anderson.
The Minutes of the last regular meeting and also the Minutes of the Special meeting held on the 18th day of October were read and approved.
Whereas the Collector is charged with $2600.84, the amount of General School Tax for 1886 and has collected and paid of that amount to the county Treasurer $1537.03 for which he has credit on General School fund. After this amount had been paid as above, the Collector was ordered by the Comptroller to remit the balance of this fund, it being $1063.81, as collected to the State Treasurer. Now to clear this account from our records, it is hereby ordered that the collector be credited with $1063.81 as above.
In the matter of the contract and bond with Geo. R. Langford, for the construction of a bridge across Peace Creek; the contract being forfeited, the bond is hereby cancelled.
The Petition of W. T. Denham and others is hereby granted and W. T. Denham, James A. Wilson and V. B. Webster are appointed to mark out said road and make their report at the next regular meeting of this Board.
It appearing to the Board that on Oct. 4th 1886 License Tax Receipt No. 3 for $1600 was credited on the Special fund to J. D. Tillis, Collector of Revenue, when it should have been credited to him on the General Revenue fund account. It is therefore ordered that these entrees be corrected.
Tuesday Nov. 2/86
Election Day


Page 46 Wednesday November 3rd 1886 Commissioners Present: J. N. Hook Chairman, B. F. Holland, T. W. Anderson/
The Board proceeded to compare the Tax Books


Thursday November 4th 1886 Commissioners present as on yesterday.
The Board completed the work of comparing the Tax books and issued a warrant to the Collector as follows:
State of Florida. To J. D. Tillis, Collector of Revenue of the County of Polk.
You are hereby commanded to Collect from each of the persons and corporations named in the amened roll, and of the owners of the real estate described therein, the taxes set down in each roll opposite their names and to the several parcels of Land therein described; and in call any person or corporation upon where any such tax be imposed shall refuse or neglect to pay the same, You are to collect the same by buy and sales of the goods and chattels, lands and tenements as assessed, or of the person or corporation so taxed; and all sums collected for the state taxes You are to pay to the State Treasurer at such time as may be required by Laws and at the same time You are 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 on or before the first Monday in March, on which day you will make a fixed report to and settlement with the Comptroller and County Commissioners.
Given under our hands and seals this 4th day of November in the Year 1886.
J. N. Hooker Chairman B. County Comms.
T. W. Anderson
B. F. Holland


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The following accounts were approved and ordered to be paid.
T___ and James Smith Gen Rev Allowance as Pauper $10.00
Martha Welch Gen Rev Allowance as Pauper $ 5.40
Joseph Jones Gen Rev Allowance as Pauper $10.00
Lucretia Caruthers Gen Rev Allowance as Pauper $ 8.00
J. A. Chester Gen Rev Allowance as Pauper $ 4.00
J. A. and Ellen Brown Gen Rev Allowance as Pauper $10.00
Bartow Informant Special Printing and Advertising $17.00
James union Special 2 Record Books $26.00
H. H. Smith Gen Rev Services as Registration Officer $ 4.60
William Thompson Gen Rev Services as Registration Officer $18.00
W. T. Hull Gen Rev Services as Registration Officer $18.60
T. J. McMullen Gen Rev Services as Registration Officer $ 4.50
A. A. Lewis Gen Rev Services as Registration Officer $ 6.30
J. W. Hampton Gen Rev Services as Registration Officer $ 6.00
R. C. Parish Gen Rev Services as Registration Officer $ 7.20
J. J. Robertson Gen Rev Services as Registration Officer $ 6.50
E. Z. Hull Gen Rev Services as Registration Officer $ 4.20
A. A. Scott Gen Rev Services as Registration Officer $27.20
A. Schipman Gen Rev Services as Registration Officer $ 2.30
L. B. Boyd Gen Rev Services as Registration Officer $ 4.00
D. S. Bunch Gen Rev Services as Registration Officer $ 2.60
J. E. Godwin Gen Rev Services as Registration Officer $ 6.00
A. H. Zackry Gen Rev Services as Registration Officer $11.00
John Snoddy Gen Rev Supt Public Instruction $33.32
W. K. Johnson Gen Rev Auditors Salary $25.00
Geo. S. Durrance Gen Rev Justice Fees $ 8.00
L. B. Lanham Gen Rev Ballot Boxes $29.25
R. T. Kilpatrick Gen Rev Sherif Fees $ 4.00
R. T. Kilpatrick Gen Rev Sheriff Fees $56.30
G. A. Hanson Gen Rev Co Attys Salary $24,83
M. J. Miller Gen Rev Deputy Fess $34.40
J. J. Robertson Gen Rev Inspector of Elections $10.15
A. A. Lewis Gen Rev Inspector of Elections $ 8.75
R. T. Kilpatrick Gen Rev Sheriffs Fees $17.82
V. A. Lightsey Gen Rev Assessor of Taxes $303.33
J. N. Hooker Gen Rev County Commissioner $ 8.00
R. N. Parish Gen Rev Inspector Elections $12.75


Page 48 County Commissioners Court 10 Oclock A.M. Monday Dec 6th 1886. Commissioners Present J. N. Hooker Chairman, J. H. Kirkland, N. B. Norton, B. F. Holland and T. W. Anderson.
The Minutes of the last (Two) meeting were read and approved. The report of the commissioners appointed to mark out a road from Fort Meade to Homeland is received and commissioners discharged from further duty.
Ordered that Florida Ridgway is placed on the pauper list at three $3.00 per month from this date until otherwise ordered
M. H. Baldwin having presented his Liquor Petition for a permit to sell Liquors, Wines & Beer in Election District Number Ten (10) of Polk county. And having a majority of the legally registered voters of said District, the Same is hereby granted and a permit is hereby issued to the said M. K. Baldwin to sell Liquors, Wines & Beer in Election District Number Ten (10) of said County, from this date to exprie on the first day of October A.D. 1887.
Ordered that the Road Petition of Joseph Bridgers and others is granted asking for a Public road extending eastward from the west line of Section eighteen (18) to the North east corner of the lane of Wm. Chambers, designated as _est No 20, of Blount & Whitledges subdivision of the Same to east corner of section eighteen (18). Thence South to or near Lake Cannon & continuing around the North and east sides of Lake Cannon between it and Middle or little Lake Cannon and between the latter & Lake Howard to the Town of Winter Haven. And that the following named persons are appointed as commissioners to mark out said Road as follows’ Joseph Bridges & O/Q. B. Carpenter and E. D. Tandy.
Ordered that the Road Petition o9f H. T. Battaile, Ex al is granted to run as follows, commencing at the angle in the Bartow and Fort Meade road at or near the North east corner of the North west quarter of


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the South west quarter of section Two (2) in Township Ninety (90) South of Range twenty five (25) east. Thence in a northerly direction past the east part of D. S. Bunchs residence, and in a diagonal direction across the North West quarter of the Northeast quarter of section Two (2) to the South west corner of section Thirty five (35) in Township Twenty nine (29) south of Range twenty five (25) east. Thence to follow the west line of section Thirty five (35) as near as practicable across Peace River. And thence to Eagle Lake by way of Gordonsville on the most practicable route.
The following named persons were appointed as commissioners to mark out said Road, to wit: H. J. Battaile, W. H. Gaskins and S. Q. Pearce.
Ordered that the Road Petition U. A. Haines, Et. al, is granted asking for a public road leading from the Wise road Two (2) miles north of Lakeland to the county line dividing Polk and Hillsborough counties as asked for in said Petition. And that U. A. Haines, Isham Walker and S. H. Raulerson are appointed as commissioners to mark out said road.
Ordered that the Petition of G. H. Knellinger, Et al, is granted asking for a Public road leading from the South west corner of the north east quarter of the North West quarter of section Four (4) in Township Thirty (30) of Range Twenty four (24) East, on the Public road near Bennie Lake. And to new north between the North east quarter and the north west quarter of the North west quarter of section four (4) in Township Thirty (30) South of Range Twenty four (24) East, to the Township line. Thence west on Said Township line about twenty nine (29) chains. Thence north and west to the line dividing section Thirty (30) of Township Twenty-nine (29) South of Range Twenty four (24) east, north & South. Thence north on said line


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through section Thirty (3) and nineteen (19) to a point near the old Bartow and Medulla road which is near James Ballards place. Thence North & West to the Range line dividing Ranges Twenty three (23) and Twenty four (24) east. Thence North on said line as near as practicable until said road shall connect with the road running to Lakeland. And the following named person are appointed as commissioners to mark out said road to wit: G. H. Knellinger, W. A. Warren(?) and G. W. Hicks.
Whereas the Grand Jury have repeatedly recommended that a better Jail be erected and the board being of the opinion that a good Substantial Jail is absolutely required for the Safe keeping of criminals in Polk county. It is therefore ordered that notice be published as required by law, That at the January term of the Commissioners Court 1887, of this Board, the question of selected a site. And erecting a Jail will be considered. It is further ordered that notice also be given inviting Plans and Specifications for a substantial Jail Building.
Ordered the Winnie Roberts is placed on the pauper list at five $5.00 per month from this date.
Ordered that Joseph Jones is dropped from the pauper list from this date until otherwise ordered,
Humphries and Wilson having paid in to the County fifty dollars for office rent, the same is ordered turned over to the County Treasurer and the County auditor is instructed to charge said amount to Treasurers account.
V. L. Tillis having presented his Liquor Petition and after a careful examination of the same it h___ found that the said Tillis had a majority of the legally registered voters of Election District No 2. It is therefore ordered that the said V. L. Tillis do have a permit to sell Liquors Wines and Beer in Election District No 2, from this date to expire on the first day of October A.D. 1887.


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The following accounts were approved and ordered paid.
Lucretia Caruthers Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 5.00
Geo. D. Bernard Special Rev for Books and Stationary to County
Wilson & Tyner Special Rev for lumber to county
Wilson & Tyner Special Rev for lumber to county
H___ & Jas Smth Gen Rev allowance as pauper
E. Newman Gen Rev allowance as pauper
Andy Moore Gen Rev As Servant of Court
J. D. Gatlin Gen Rev As Bailiff for Grand Jury
J. A. Chester Gen Rev allowance as pauper
John Williams Gen Rev Depty Sheriffs fees
Martha Welch Gen Rev allowance as pauper
C. E. Fortner Gen Rev Depty Sheriff fees
E. Tucker Gen Rev Justices & other costs
R. T. Kilpatrick Gen Rev Sheriffs fees
Geo. S. Durrance Gen Rev as County Commissioner
E. Tucker Gen Rev Justices & other costs
Geo. S. Durrance Gen Rev Justices fees
W. H. Johnson Gen Rev Clerks fees
Joseph Jones Gen Rev allowance as pauper
Jno. Snoddy Gen Rev As Supt ___ Pub Istr
M. D. L. Mayo Gen Rev As member School Board
J. A. & Ellen Brown Gen Rev allowance as pauper
J. H. Smith Gen Rev Depty Sheriffs fees
W. H. Johnson Gen Rev Cloth to cover Table
W. B. Neel Gen Rev Nails for Bridge
G. A. Hanson Gen Rev allowance as county atty
Bartow Iron Work Gen Rev Iron Bolts for Bridge
B. F. Holland Gen Rev As member Bd County Coms
N. B. Norton Gen Rev As member Bd County Coms
J. A. Fortner Gen Rev As county canvassor
J. T. Wilson Gen Rev As member Bd of Pub Instr
R. T. Kilpatrick Gen Rev Sheriffs fees
W. H. Johnson Gen Rev Clerk General charges
Winnie Roberts Gen Rev allowance as pauper
Ben G. Glover(?) Gen Rev Depty Sheriffs fees
W. H. Johnson Gen Rev allowance as co auditor
W. H. Johnson Gen Rev making registration lists & delivering to court
E. Tucker Gen Rev coronors fees


Page 52 County Commissioners Court 10 O clock A.M. Monday January 3rd AD 1887
Commissioners present J. N. Hooker Chairman, B.F. Holland, N. B. Norton, J. H. Kirkland and W. Anderson.
The minutes of last meeting were read and approved
Ordered that Delila Gaffney be and she is hereby placed on the pauper list at $5.00 per month from this date.
Ordered that Joseph Jones who was dropped from the pauper list at the last term of the Commissioners Court, And sufficient _____ being made known to this Board the said Joseph Jones is hereby reinstated on the pauper list at $5.00 per month from this date.
Ordered that T___ & James Smith be this day dropped from the pauper list until otherwise orders of
Ordered that Thomas Hopper be this day placed on the Pauper list at $5.00 per month from this date.
The following is the list of names to serve as Grand and Petit Jurors for the year 1887: Wm. B. Whitfield, Geo. W. Winegood, W. J. Azline, Wm. T. Sands, Joseph L. Shipper, Thos. J. Slater, Henry G. St___, Louis Reif, Wm. B. Rose, N. E. B. Roberts, James T. Powell, Joseph C. Overmeyer, Geo. H. Millman, Wm. M. McAuley, Irving A. Kecks, David Branch, Frank B. Harbor, Frank Hy___, Lester Haskell, Christopher C. Guyer, Joseph A. Edwards, Joseph P. A___ams, Wm. R. Durrance, John L. Ca___y, E. Alonzo Cordary(?), Jason E. Cook, Frank Crawford, Wm. M. Ball, Henry C. Bullock, John H. Burges, Soloman Holland, E. N. Hull, John Brown, J. C. Blount, Harrison Jones, Patrick P__ie
Alford H. Parslow, F. M. McQueen, Walter H. Hitt, William Brown, W. R. Norton, J. A. Hoke, Wm. Raulerson, Jacob Godwin, Louis M. Whidden, T. J. Muir, J. J. Wiggins, W. K. Morgan, L. W. Co__dery(?), James B. Turner, J. S. Lanier(?), J. L. Bryant, F. C. Milton, P. D. Ewell, J. L. Rogersomon(?), T. F. Griffin, W. H. Reynolds, Herbert J. Dr___, William P. Lewis, H. B. Lewis, E. S. Mo___, M. J. McLeod, W. S. Donah__, J. S. Hollingsworth, J. J. Baldwick, G. L. Schwin, T. E. Moody, J. M. Robison,
F. W. Broward, W. E. Riggins, Geo L. B____st, Louis P. Anderson, H. N. Best, J. M. McMullan, A. H. S____, C. W. Waggoner, J. _. Proctor, D. D. Middleton, L. J. J. N_____kamp(?), R___ Jenkins, D. A. Robertson, T. J. Cowart, J. F. McCay, W. F. Rivers, J. W. Hollingsworth, N. T. Battaile, S. C. Hill, G. L. Freeman, B. B. Tatum, Sam Long/Lang, J. R. Davis, E. L. Brown, Henry Payne, T. A./S. Wall, B. R. Thompson, Robt. E. Stone, J. R. Durrance,


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H. C. Fannin, W. B. Thompson, A. E. Rooser, E. Y. Watts, J. L. Wirt, H. S. Hilliard, Q(?). R. Wright, V. Hamilton, W. T. Mansford, James M. Lewis(?), F. B. Swearingin, Franklin Reid, A. S. McK___, B. F. Blount, J. F. Ga__m, V. M. Hollman, G. A. Lewis, Chas. F. Thompson, Walter H_gh, E. W. Pooser
L. B. Durham, B. S. B__t__, W. A. Barclay(?), J. J. B_g____, S. S. Wright, J. W. Watkins, H. W. Smith, J. C. Culb__son, U. U. Demlops(?), A. O. Woodf__, W. T. Martin, D. T. Fortner, H. H. Bryson, F. _. Harris, N. M. Harvey, Kenny M. Scott, B. E. Tandy, C. F. Holden(?), John Pollock, W. J. Whit___, Henry Legler, J. _____, J. G. Holdin, D. A. Hancock, A. H. Zachry, Matthew Walker, J. L. Norend(?), G. J. Williams, J. C. Wright, W. T. Whittedge, E. G. Wilder, Joseph Walker, A. _. Williams, Bennett Whiddon, J. B. Watson, A. J. Baskins, F. A. Varn, W. B. Varn, E. R. __mmell, S. A. Rogers, J. T. Tice/Leis, M. _. Rowell, Peter Purner(?), W. R. Trask, W. W. Tillis, A. Heath, A. M. Steadham, J. M. Scott, G. M. Shannon, Orvill Sloan, W. A. Stafford, W. P. Shurety(?),


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G. W. Smith, G. W. Singletary, Roan Sapp, H. Schepman, V. H. Surrency, E. E. Skipper, Ellois Surrency, J. W. Singletary, J. E. Sherouse, Jasper Summerline, J. W. Read, D. F. Russell, C. E. Reed, E. M. Robinson, J. J. Robertson, C. E. Roberts, M. D. Aulerson, L. D. Robertson, S. H. Raulerson, J. S. Roberts, W. H. Parker, J. T. Poppell/tt, R. H. Parish, S. R. Powell, A. C. Potter, A. J. Pollard, G. W. Peters, D. W. P___t__, W. H. Pearce, J. Henry Parish, R. H. P__ples, S. H. Page, W. B. Neel(?), G. L. Newburn, A. R. McLeod, David McMullan, J. A. Mayo, A. H. Mosley, B. F. Moody, D. A. Moore, H. D. McLeod, J. J. Mills, J. C. Mims, E. E. Mizell, R. A. McAuley, H. W. Lowe, R. H. Look, A. H. Lumont(?), L. Lytle, W. H. Lee, A. S. Lewis, T. M. Lyb___, J. W. Lumis/Lewis, C. B. Lightsey, Arthur Keen, Joseph Bryant, J. N. Bryant, J. A. Kilgore, J. J. Keen, Jesse Keen, Lester Keller, B. F. Jackson, J. H. Johnson Jr., R. P. Jordan(?), James Hicks, F. F. Henday(?), S. F. Hollingsworth, J. A. Hancock, L. B. Boyd, John Harris, A. C. Han___, W. A. Harman,


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W. C. Hayman, Thoms. L. Hughes, James Hardon, F. A. Hough, H. J. Hancock, G. W. Hicks, E. M. Hayman, Henry Hollingsworth, S. G. Hayman, J. L. Hancock Sr., Stephent Hall Jr., J. P. Glover, F. R. Greene, C. C. Gresham, H. T. Gay, J. C. Godwin, W. H. Gaskins, J. H. Griffin, A. E. Godwin, Geo. Gandy, W. H. Flowers, B. J. Frier, M. G. Fortner Jr., C. E. Fortner, W. R. Ferrell, H. A/H. English, F. R. E___s, G. _. Dozinlym___, W. T. Denham, E. J. D_____, J. A. Durrance, J. M. Dill, G. L. Dudley, E. P. Dishong(?), J. L. Durrance Jr., F. J. Durrance, J. N. Durrance, Mathew Durrance, C. F. Cates, T. A. Connery, P. J. Carlton, E. R. Childers, S. D. Cabani___, Z. L. Carson, S. E. Carolton, John Chapman, Joab Collins, W. _. Castant, Jefferson Crews, J. M. Crane, Hampton Camber, T. O. Butler, Jose R. Busts, G. W. Black, W. B. Boucher/Counder, James W. Bryan, W. W. Bodges(?), J. O. C. Blount.


State of Florida; County of Polk: I hereby certify that the foregoing list was selected from the registration list of Polk County to serve as Grand and Petit Jurors for the year 1887.
This Jany 3rd 1887. J. N. Hooker Chairman, Board County Commissioners


Page 57 Tuesday January 4 1887 Commissioners Present : J. N. Hooker Chairman, F. B. Holland, N. B. Norton, J. H. Kirkland & T. W. Anderson.
The Board examined plans submitted for County J____.


Wednesday January 5th 1887 Commissioners Present : J. N. Hooker Chairman, Ted Anderson, B. F. Holland, J. H. Kirkland and N. B. Norton.
The Tax Collector is instructed to collect of H. R. Logan only one half of assessment made against him. There being an over assessment for the year 1886 made against him on his Real Estate.
The Report of S. I. Pearce and W. H. Gaskins Commissioners appointed to work out a road as petitioned for by S. I. Pearce and others from Winter Haven to intersect with the Bartow and Kissimmee road, is read and Commissioners discharged.
The petitions of James Be_idich/Benidich and others, asking for a Public road running west from Fort Meade to intersect the Bartow and Fort Green road is granted James A. Stevens, W. B. Ross and E. M. Hayman are appointed Commissioners to mark out said road as agreed on by parties interested in same.
It is ordered that Isham Walker be allowed ten dollars ( ) the same being the amount of burial expenses of James A. Brown the pauper.
N. B. Norton was appointed by the Board to see that the Lanier(?) bridge be


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_____ order and for such the bill for payment.
The Tax Collectors is instructed to collect on the assessment against Ferguson and Householder on property in the C___f__ster addition to the town of Bartow only two thirds of the amount according to the assessed Valuation it being shown that the valuation was too high.
The following were appointed Road Commissioners for the year 1887 to wit: For
Dist No 1. Matthew Walker, John Starling and John Chapman
Dist No 2. Lester Haskell, W. T. Denham and Irving Kock(?)
Dist No 3. J. W. Watkins, J. C. Blount and F. B. Swearingen
Dist No 4. J. A. Kilgore, Peter Parner(?) and J. J. Wiggins
Dist No 5. James B. Turner, E. M. Robinson, and W. H. Lenoir(?)
Dist No 6. H. H. Bryan, W. A. Shepherd and Irving Harris
Dist No 7. A. T. Williams, D. C. Bridges and J. G. Hatcher
Dist No 8. J. J. Robertson, J. J. Platt and J. J. Simmons
Dist No 9. John Brown, Ergon(?) Hall, and R. W. Ridgdill
Dist No 10. L. D. Robertson, J. L. Wri__d, and H. H. English
Dist No 11. David High,W. H. K____ll__yer/ger and R. P. Jordan
Dist No 12. E. C. Johnson, H. M. Scott, and H. D. McLeod
Dist No 13. J. F. McCoy, T. J. Cowart and R. R. Kilpatrick
Dist No 14. J. E. Godwin, T. J. Monier(?) and W. H. Carney(?)
Dist No 15. Walter J. Robinson, W. R. Norton and C. C. Singleton


Two petitions for Jail was submitted to and examined by the Board & that of Wm. T. Carter was adopted as this one for Polk Co Jail. Mr. Carter is to furnish full plans & specifications for construction of Jail by next meeting of the Board.
In the matter of an appropriation as _____ for by numerous Petitions from different petitions/per___ of the County, of one thousand dollars, out of the public funds of the County, to aid in


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the publication of a Pamphlet description of our County & its advantages, the following order as pro____tain is agreed on by the Board.
The Committee hearing(?) the work in hand to have published 30,000 copies of such a Pamphlet as submitted for our Consideration, the work to be completed & ready to be presented to this Board by the first Monday in April 1887. ____ this Board will issue its warrant for $400.00, otherwise this order is null & void.


Thursday January 6th 1887. Present J. N. Hooker Chairman, G. W. Anderson, B. F. Holland, and N. B. Norton.
Board examined duplicate list of cancelled warrants presented by Treasurer F. F. Beville finding them correct, the Clerk will credit the Treasurer account as follows:
On General Revenue Fund $1430.28
On School Fund $ 531.76
On Special Fund $ 649.74
$2611.78


Paul Purvis being mashed and mangled by saw mill is put on pauper list at $20.00 per month for the p_________.
The Board decided to put County Jail on Lot 7, Block No 5, Hughes addition to Bartow, the same belonging to Mers N_ L. Snoddy and it is hereby ordered that the County purchase same at cost of $650.00 & that a warrant be issued for said ________.
Mers Minnie Roberts pauper is raised from 5 dollars to 10 dollars per month.
The Collector presented Treasurers re-


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ceipts as follows
For County School fund in assessed of 9f 1885 $208.29
For County School funds on assessed of 1886 $275.93
For County Gax P__f___ on assessed of 1886 $111.39
For License Tax collected in 1886 $512.79
For County Road Tax Fund Assessed 1886 $ 92.19
For County Special Fund assessed 1886 $ 92.19
Ordered that the Collector be credited with the above amounts and that the County Treasurer be charged with the same.
On the matter of bids on Saddle Creek the Commissioners being of the opinion that it was too high & more than they could reasonably pay rejected the same,
Isham Walker Gen Rev for burial expenses of J. A. Brown $10.00
Ellen Brown Gen Rev allowance as pauper $10.00
E. Newman Gen Rev allowance as pauper $10.00
Lucretia Caruthers Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 8.00
Geo. S. Durrance Gen Rev Justices fees $10.00
S. L. Griffin Gen Rev work on bridge $ 9.28
J. N. Kirkland Gen Rev services as county commissioner $18.60
Mrs. M. L. Snoddy Spcl Rev for purchase of cots(?) for Jail $650.00
R. T. Kilpatrick Gen Rev Sheriffs fees $ 32.29
N. K. Johnson Gen Rev services as county auditor $ 25.00
John Snoddy Gen Rev for services as Supt Pub Inst $150.00
John Snoddy Gen Rev for services as Supt Pub Inst $50.00
F. F. Beville Gen Rev Co. Treasurers commissions $117.22
N. B. Norton Gen Rev for services as co. coms $ 14.41
Paul Purvis Gen Rev as pauper $ 20.00
Hana & Jas Smith Gen Rev as pauper $ 10.00
J. A. Chester Gen Rev as pauper $ 4.00
Delila Gaffney Gen Rev as pauper $ 5.00
Winnie Roberts Gen Rev as pauper $ 10.00
R. T. Kilpatrick Gen Rev Sheriffs fees $ 5.00
Thos. Hopper Gen Rev as pauper $ 5.00
D. N. Brown (stricken) Gen Rev Extention of L____ bridge (stricken) $104.00


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W. F. Prince S Rev as Bailiff for Grand Jury $ 5.00
W. N. Brown S Rev as Bailiff for Grand Jury $ 0.50
M. J. Miller S Rev as Bailiff for Grand Jury $ 11.50
S. A. Hart S Rev Depty Sheriffs fees $ 1.70
Andy Moore S Rev as Servant of court $ 4.50
R. C. Palmer S Rev Depty sheriffs fees $ 2.90
W. H. Costine Gen Rev Depty sheriffs fees $ 2.50
M. J. Miller Gen Rev Depty sheriffs fees $ 2.00
J. C. Wilbur Gen Rev Depty sheriffs fees $ 14.65
Stephen Jackson Gen Rev digging grave for pauper $ 1.50
M. J. Miller Gen Rev Depty Sheriffs fees $ 43.35


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10 O clock A.M. Monday Feby 7th 1887.
Commissioners present J. N. Hooker Chairman., T. W. Anderson, N. B. Norton and J. H. Kirkland.
The Minutes of last Meeting were read and approved.
Ordered that the board has this day granted the citizen Petition asking for an appropriation to build a foot way at the Parker ford to connect with each end of the bridge to extend to dry land on either side of creek.
Where ever; in the Judgment of the County Commissioners a bridge is necessary to be built in the County, and the same being petitioned for by the citizens, the county will pay one half of the cost of said bridge provided it is built under the supervision of the county commissioners and the bridge to be counties property.
The Petition of J. A. Fortner & others is post poned until next Meeting first Monday March.
Betsey Fewhawks is this day put upon the pauper list from this date at $4.00 per month.
Feby 8th 1887.
Members present J. N. Hooker Chairman, N. B. Norton, J. N. Kirkland & T. W. Anderson.
The Petition of the citizens of District No 2 Two, asking county to furnish lumber and nails for a bridge a cross Peace River below the Mouth of Bowlegs I is granted provided the citizens comply with the general Bridge order made and spread on our minutes at this meeting.
Mrs. Delila Gaffney is dropped from the pauper list from this date.
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The following accounts were approved and ordered paid.
D. H. Brown Gen Rev for building extention of Bridge $104.00
W. F. Prince Gen Rev as Bailiff for Grand Jury $ 5.00
W. K. Brown Gen Rev as Bailiff for Grand Jury $ 0.50
M. J. Miller Gen Rev as Bailiff for Grand Jury $ 4.50
S. A. Hart Gen Rev Deputy sheriff fees $ 1.70
Andy Moore Gen Rev as Servant of court $ 11.50
R. C. Palmer Gen Rev Deputy Sheriffs fees $ 2.90
W. H. Costine Gen Rev Deputy Sheriffs fees $ 2.50
W. F. Prince Gen Rev Deputy Sheriffs fees $ 1.00
M. J. Miller Gen Rev Deputy Sheriffs fees $ 2.00
J. C. Wilbur Gen Rev Deputy Sheriffs fees $ 14.60
Stephen Jackson Gen Rev digging grave for pauper $ 1.50
M. J. Miller Gen Rev Deputy sheriffs fees $103.85
Andy Moore Gen Rev as servant of court $ 3.75
S. I. Pearce Gen Rev for distributing Registration list $ 3.75
Polk County Informant Gen Rev advertising for county $ 15.75
Robt Hancock Gen Rev Deputy Sheriffs fees $ 8.95
M. J. Miller Gen Rev Deputy Sheriffs fees $ 2.00
Harrison Jones Gen Rev Bringing Election returns $ 6.05
Elias Turner Gen Rev Bringing Election returns $ 3.25
W. B. Neel Gen Rev case for Pauper burial $ 10.00
C. H. Thompson Gen Rev for surveying for county $ 2.00
J. W. Boyd Gen Rev for Surveying for county $ 2.00
Geo. S. Durrance Gen Rev Justices fees $ 12.00
R. T. Kilpatrick Gen Rev Sheriffs fees $148.05
G. A. Hanson Gen Rev for Services as county atty $111.50
J. A. Fortner Gen Rev Justices fees $ 8.00
G. A. Hanson Gen Rev for services as county atty $ 41.60
M. J. Miller Gen Rev Deputy sheriffs fees $ 1.00
Polk County Informant Gen Rev advertising for county $ 12.00
J. W. Brandon Gen Rev for services as member school Bd $ 8.40
T. M. Wilson Gen Rev for Medical attention to pauper $ 30.00
J. D. Tillis Gen Rev Collectors Commissions $485.12
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Wm. Raulerson Gen Rev bringing Election returns $ 5.62
N. B. Norton Gen Rev for services as commissioners $ 10.42
Thos Hopper Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 5.00
Ellen Brown Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 5.00
W. H. Johnson Gen Rev as county auditor $ 25.00
J. W. Boyd Gen Rev for Keeping Minutes of Ct. $ 33.00
W. H. Johnson Gen Rev for freight & desk & Books $ 5.00
Winnie Roberts Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 10.00
J. A. Chester Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 4.00
E. Newman Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 10.00
Jos. Jones Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 5.00
Martha Welch Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 10.00
L. Caruthers Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 8.00
J. H. Kirkland Gen Rev as member Co. Coms. $ 6.20
Delila Gaffney Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 5.00
J. A. C. Blount Spcl Rev Money _________ as _____ $
Robert Hancock Gen Rev Deputy sheriffs fees $ 0.95
Geo. D. B____ & Co Spcl Rev Desk for county $ 50.00
H. E. Padgett Gen Rev bringing Election returns $ 4.25
Jeremiah Poppell Gen Rev distributing Ballot Boxes $ 3.25


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Page 65 County Commissioners Court 10 O clock A.M.
Monday March the 7th A.D. 1887. Members present J. N. Hooker Chairman, J. N. Norton, T. W. Anderson, J. H. Kirkland and B. F. Holland. The minutes of last meeting were read and approved.
Ordered first that an order made at the December meeting 1886, of this board granting a public road leading from Bonnie Lake to Lakeland is hereby recinded.
The Bond of Geo. R. Fortner as Tax Assessor for this county has this day been approved.
Ordered that J. D. Swann is appointed as road commissioners in District No 9, in place of John Brown who is exempt the present year by reason of having served as road supervisor for the year 1886.
Ordered also that Barney Brown is appointed as a road commissioners in District No 9, in the place of Esra Hull who has moved out of said district.
Ordered that a petition for a public road commencing at the intersection of the Fort Mead road at D. S. Bunches place, Hence North and a little west on the east side of the Bay head to the west side of Picketts clearing. Hence on the west side of B. F. Jacksons Grove to the south west corner of S. _. Pearce’s land. Hence on first quarter section line west of section line to S. J. Pearce’s Orange Grove. Hence North and a little east to Peace River. Hence on the most practicable route by or near Gordonville to Eagle Lake. The present Road from Peace River to Eagle Lake to be adopted with proper straightening.
The commissioners appointed to mark out said road is as follows; on the South side of Peace River James T. Tice, D. S. Bunch & Cyrus Pickett, on the north side of the river T. G. Taylor, S. F. Pearce & H. M. Scott.
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to treat Allen Joyner is accepted. That is to say that this board will pay to the said Dr. Gullett Twenty dollars $10.00 for the first month, fifteen $15.00 for the second month, Ten dollars for the third month and five dollars for the fourth month. Here to said Gullett to furnish board, clothes, washing and treatment and medicines.
The contract to build causeway at Saddle Creek has been awarded to James T. Pollard, at 17, Seventeen cents per running foot, Said causeway to be built according to specifications.
Tuesday March 8th 1887.
The Same members were present as on the preceeding day.
The plans and specifications for a new Jail was taken up and considered by the board.
Ordered that H___ Foster be allowed Three dollars for the past month, And the sum of Four dollars for the present on account of disability to work.
Wednesday March 9th 1887.
The Same members present as on yesterday.
The Board proceeded to examine and correct specifications and working details of County Jail and the same being approved by the Board. This ordered that a Tax of Three (3) Mills be levied for the current year to pay on the construction of said Jail, the balance of the cash of Jail to be provided for by a sufficient levy for the year 1885. It is further Ordered that Publication be made inviting Bids or proposals for the erection of said Jail until first Monday in April ____.
Notice having been given from W. D. Barnes State Comptroller of a remittance Sent by him to F. F. Beville County Treasurer, to the amount of Two hundred and Fifty six dollars & twenty six cents $256.26. It is therefore ordered that the county auditor charge the Treasurer with amounts as follows --
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of $85.46 on the county School Fund account the Sum of $85.06, on the Special Revenue Fund account the Sum of $85.34. This amount is for Funds on Lands redeemed by S. I.(?) Wailes & others on assessment of 1885.
It is hereby ordered that in the future no lawyer will be allowed to occupy any office with a County officer.
And it is further ordered that the plans & specifications for the new Jail be kept by the Clerk in his office ready for Inspection by parties interested therein, And in no case allow them taken from his office.
It is further Ordered by the Board that J. N. Hooker and B. F. Holland are authorized to take the necessary steps to protect the Court House Square and the public property and to so arrange that parties desious of beautifying the grounds may safely do so. And the board hereby grants permission to all, to plant trees, grasses & __ in the public Square.
L. Caruthers Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 8.00
T. W Anderson Gen Rev allowance as B. Commissioner $ 28.10
M. J. Miller Gen Rev Deputy Sherifs fees $ 93.35
R. T. Kilpatrick Gen Rev Sherifs fees $ 81.00
R. T. Kilpatrick Gen Rev Sherifs fees $ 5.00
Eppes Tucker Gen Rev Justices fees $ 3.18
Eppes Tucker Gen Rev Justices fees $ 4.95
Geo. S. Durrance Gen Rev Justices fees $ 10.00
G. H. Blount Gen Rev Irons for Jail $ 5.00
J. H. Goodson Gen Rev Guarding Jail $ 43.16
J. H. Kirkland Gen Rev allowance as Co Commissioner $ 6.20
N. B. Norton Gen Rev allowance as Co Commissioner $ 10.00
T. M. Wilson Gen Rev Visit to Jail $ 2.18
J. N. Smith Gen Rev Medical visit to Lucy Key $ 15.10
B. C. Tatum Gen Rev assisting Co Surveyor $ 1.80
W. H. Johnson Gen Rev Recording Deeds for Co. $ 2.50
W. H. Johnson Gen Rev allowance as Co. Auditor $ 25.00
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M. S. L. Mayo Gen Rev allowance as member School Board $ 5.20
G. A. Hanson Gen Rev allowance as Co. Atty $ 20.83
G. Le Moyne(?) Gen Rev Brick work for County $ 56.65
Florida Ridgway Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 3.00
Ellen Brown Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 5.00
Thomas Hopper(?) Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 5.00
Winnie Roberts Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 10.00
J. A. Chester Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 4.00
Martha Welch Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 5.00
Jas Jones Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 5.00
E. Newman Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 10.00
Co. Commissioners Special Hauling Safe to Court House $ 40.50
Settleton Lytle Special Hauling Safe to Court House $ 7.50
Bd. Co. Commissioners Special Amt. Pd for Jail Site $250.00
Bd. Co. Commissioners Special Freight on Safe $ 38.64
Bd. Co. Commissioners Special Expense of Safe Co Judge $ 11.75
Bd. Co. Commissioners Special Amt paid on fright on Safe Co Judge $156.00
J. C. Wilbur Gen Rev Deputy Sherifs fees $ 7.50
J. H. Goodson Gen Rev Assisting Co. Surveyor $ 1.50
J. _. Boyd Gen Rev Work for County $ 6.00
J. A. Fortner Gen Rev Justices fees $ 2.00
J. A. Fortner Gen Rev Justices fees $ 2.00
N. B. Norton Gen Rev County Commissioner $ 2.00
J. H. Kirkland Gen Rev County Commissioner $ 2.00
Co. Commissioners Special Cash payment on Safe $400.00
T. W. Anderson Special Work on Bridge $ 3.40
S. L(?) Griffin Special Work on Bridge $ 4.00
H___ Tatum Gen Rev as pauper $ 3.00


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Called Meeting County Commissioners Court 10 O clock A.M. Tuesday March 14th 1887.
Members present J. N. Hooker Chairman, T. W. Anderson, And B. F. Holland.
In pursuance to a journment the commissioners met to examine the collectors _______ list for 1886. And after examing the Same made the following order, which is as follows. Ordered that the Collector be credited on the County Fund proper for the year 1883 & 1884 with the Sum of $3.74, on the County School Fund for 1883 & 1884 with the Sum of $2.71, on the County Special Fund for 1883 & 1884, with the Sum of $1.50, on the Court house fund for 1883 & 1884 with the Sum of $6.72, on the County Fund proper for the year 1885, with the Sum of $46.27, on the County School Fund for 1885, with the Sum of $39.26, on County Special Fund for the year 1885, with the Sum of $17.86.
The above amounts came under the head of Errors” Insolvencies and Double assessments.
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County Commissioners Court 10 O clock A.M. Monday April the 4th 1887. Members present J. N. Hooker Chairman, T. W. Anderson, N. B. Norton, J. H. Kirkland and Geo. R. Durrance.
The Minutes of last meeting were read and approved.
Ordered that work is Suspended on the Public road leading from D. S. Bunches place to cross Peace River at T. I. Pearce’s place, Hence by way of Gordonsville to Eagle Lake.
Ordered the assessment on the E½ of N W¼ sec 27, & N E¼ of N W¼ sec 34 in Tp 32 S. R 25 E is reduced from $500 to $240 and the Tax Collector is thereby instructed to collect only the taxes due on $240 of assessment.
Mr. Geo. R. Durrance one of the newly elected members of the Board of County Commissioners came in and presented his commission as such and taken his seat on the board.
Ordered that the Public Road running by Bonnie Lake is changed in the land line between A. L. Bennetts & A. J. Greenwalts places in section 5 Tp 30 S, R 24 W to the Knellinger branch where the old Road crosses the same.
The Petition of J. H. Kirkland Et. al. for a public road leading from Wm. McMullens place to Lakeland was presented and laid over until the next meeting of the Board.
The Petition of Maurice T/F. Jones Et. al. was received & filed & to be considered at the next meeting of the board.
Ordered that J. A. Wilson is appointed Road Commissioner in District No. 3, in place of F. B. Swearingen who has moved inside the corporate limits of the Town of Bartow.
Ordered that the county commissioners has this day employed J. F. McCormick at five Dollars per month as watchman to look after the court house and see that the doors are securely locked up whenever the county offices close their offices.
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present as on yesterday.
Ordered that the following road petitions were granted, R. O. Langford Et al to discontinue the wire road from the county line North to Sand Gulley where the road leading from Wm Smiths settlement ____ ___ to Ft. Meade Road intersects with the road, and make the said Smith Road a Public road, upon the grounds the wire roe having been discontinued from county line South to Popash.
The petition of Jesse Hicks is granted to change the Public road running from Fort Meade south, Said road to run on the east side of his place instead of the West side.
Also the Petition of Lester Haskell et al, is granted asking that road beat No. be changed So as to run into Fort Meade on the Section line dividing Sections 2 & 3 -- 34 & 35 -- 26 & 27, Tp 31 S R25 East.
Ordered that Elizabeth Newmans is this day dropped from the Pauper list.
Wednesday April 6th 1887.
The Same members present as on yesterday.
An examination of the County’s Ledger and Treasurers cash Book. The following differences occuri on the County’s Ledger -- on the General Revenue Fund account $5.93, on the School Fund account $8.52, these amounts are ordered charged to the County Treasurer to correct Errors.
Ordered that the board has examined the Treasurers List of cancelled warrants and find that he is entitled to a credit on the Special Fund account of $553.39, on the General Revenue fund account $1050.35, on the County School Fund account $4,037.61.
The board then fixed the incoming county Treasurers Bond at Twenty thousand dollars.
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County Jail and after having received and examined a numbers of bids from various builders and contractors, the Commissioners awarded the building of the Said Jail to one George Lemoyne, he having ____ the lowest responsible bid therefrom which was the Sum of Ten thousand and eight ($10,008.00) Dollars. Contract being entered into by the board . Board of County Commissioners and the said George Lemoyne,
Also the bid of the Globe Iron works of Chicago Illinois made by one Grant Goddard as agent therefore was accepted to put in Said Jail Six Steel cells at the price of six thousand and eight ($6,800.00) Dollars. The payment for Said Jail is to be made as follows; Sixteen hundred and Sixty eight Dollars is to be paid when the foundation of the building and first floor joists are put on, the Second payment is to be made of sixteen hundred and sixty eight Dollars when the second floor joists are put on, the third payment of sixteen hundred and sixty eight Dollars is to be made when the roof is put on and trimmed. The balance of five thousand and eight dollars is to be paid when the Grand Jury of Polk County Examines the building and recommends final payment therefore. Said payments to be made by warrants drawn by the chairman of the board of County Commissioners to the county Treasurer of Polk County.
Ordered that the following accounts were approved and ordered paid to wit;
P. R. McCrary Gen for services as Sup Pub Inst $191.__
G. A. Hanson Gen as county atty $ 20.__
J. M. Forsyth Gen for stationary to Co. $ 50.3_
Polk County Informant Gen advertising for county $ 6.00
L. S. Oppenheimer Gen Medical attention to pauper $ 11.00
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J. A. Chester Gen allowance as pauper $ 5.00
Joseph Jones Gen allowance as pauper $ 5.00
Hewe(?) Foster Gen allowance as pauper $ 4.00
Winnie Roberts Gen allowance as pauper $ 10.00
Martha Welch Gen allowance as pauper $ 5.00
L. Caruthers Gen allowance as pauper $ 5.00
Florida Ridgway Gen allowance as pauper $ 3.00
J. N. Smith Gen professional services on pauper $ 25.00
J. P. Glover Gen Mattress for county $ 8.00
B. F. Holland Gen for services as county commissioner $ 10.00
F. F. Beville Gen Money Paid for county $ 4.00
W. H. Johnson Gen allowance as county auditor $ 25.00
Wm. Thompson Gen Justices fees $ 9.87
S. L. Griffin Gen Constable fees $ 2.90
S. L. Griffin Gen Constable fees $ 11.10
E. Tucker Gen Justices fees $ 16.28
E. Tucker Gen Justices fees $ 13.08
Wm. Thompson Gen Justices fees $ 5.82
E. Newmans Gen allowance as pauper $ 10.00
G. A. Hanson Special costs paid in _____________ $ 15.35
W. H. Johnson Gen Clerks Gen charges spcl term188_ $ 25.00
R. T. Kilpatrick Gen Sheriffs fees $ 5.00
P. D. Holland Gen Justices fees $ 2.25
E. Tucker Gen Justices fees $ 2.25
E. Tucker Gen Justices fees $ 4.00
M. J. Miller Gen Deputy sheriffs fees $ 51.40
R. N. Goodson Gen for guarding Jail $ 40.50
Geo. S. Durrance Gen Justices fees $ 10.00
R. T. Kilpatrick Gen Sheriffs fees $ 82.00
J. T. Pollard Special building causeway at S. Creek $ 70.75
Geo. D. Barnard Special Books & stationary to county $ 80.00
J. N. Hooker Gen for services as co. coms $ 12.00
J. H. Kirkland Gen for services as co coms $ 8.20
Geo. R. Durrance Gen for services as co. coms $ 9.60
N. B. Norton Gen for services as co coms $ 12.40
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County Commissioners Court. 10 O clock A.M. Monday May 3rd A.D. 1887. Present T. W. Anderson, N. B. Norton, G. R. Durrance, E. J. Hilliard and Thomas Albritton.
Before proceeding to business the board organized by Electing T. W. Anderson permanent chairman of the Board. The Minutes of last meeting were then read and approved.
Mes. G. R. Langford presented a bill for repairing a bridge across Bowlegs Creek in District No 3, which was approved for one hundred and twenty five dollars.
Mes Frank W. Page presented a petition asking for a rebate of taxes of ($6.00) on the S½ of NE¼ & N½ of S E¼ sec ___ Tp ___ S. R. ___ E containing about sixty acres, and part of S_ of S E _ sec ___ Tp ___ S, R ___ E containing about 5 acres, which was also assessed to Victoria A. Manager who had paid the taxes on the same which petition was granted and the Tax Collector ordered credited with Said Amt of ($6.00) assessment of 1886.
Bill of J. H. Johnson for building a ____ on the Bartow and Callsville road amounting to ($5.55) was filed and approve.
Mers Philip Dzialynski and other citizens of Fort Meade appeared before the board and reported the Bridge across Peace River at Fort Meade in a Dangerous condition especially the approach of the east end of said Bridge and asked for said Bridge to be repaired and extended about fifty feet further east.
A Petition of the citizens of District (No. 2) asking for a change of the new Fort Meade road was rerecieve & filed.
Also a petition for a Pulic road from Winter Haven to Buffalo Ford on Peace River was received & filed.
Also a petition asking for a change in the Public road beginning at Rattlesnake ford and running south east to Haskell, thence on to Bartow and Medulla road, received & filed.
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for a discontinuance of the present road from Bartow to Smiths Store on Byrds Branch in said district and for the opening of a new road received and filed.
The Petition filed at the April term of the Commissioners Court by Maurice T. Jones et al, is granted asking for a public road from Medulla and Lakeland road to Bartow and Lakeland road., South of Lake Hollingsworth and Mers J. W. Tramwall(?), P. V. Jones and H. Berhite are appointed commissioners to mark out the Same.
Also the Petition of M. D. Kirkland et al is Granted asking for a Public road leading from a point on the Keysville & Medulla road near William McMullens place in section 22 Tp 2_ S, R 23 E, thence in a northerly direction via J. H. Kirklands place to cross Poley Creek at the new bridge, thence by James W. Futches place in section 5 Tp 29.3 R 23 E, thence by C. F. Hines(?) following the old Settlement road north east with old road to the Town of Lakeland, and and were appointed to mark out said road.
The Contract entered into by George Lemoyne & the board of county commissioners at the April term of the commissioners court to build a new county Jail having been transferred to Joseph H. Thompson. The board hereby accepts notice of Said transfer, also of the transfer of the contract for the cell work by George A. Goddard to Herbert A. Streeter and approved the Bond filed by George A. Goddard. AdJourned to meet again at 10 O ck May 3rd 1887.
Tuesday May 3rd 1887. 10 oclock A.M. Members present T. W. Anderson Chairman, N. B. Norton, G. R. Durrance, E. J. Hilliard and Thomas Albritton.
Ordered that the Board has this day granted the citizens Petition asking for an appro-


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priation for the purpose of putting in repairs the Public Road in District No 7, as described in Said Petition.
Ordered that fifty dollars is appropriated for repairs on Said road to be paid when said work is done.. Ordered that the Board will advertise for bids to repair and extend the Bridge on Peace Rivers at Fort Meade.
A Bill was received from the G___ City Planning Mills for one set of Plans & specifications for the new county Jail, which Bill was filed to be examined and acted upon when the contract is completed.
A bill from Judge Fortner for costs in the case of the State of Florida vs. James E. Ballard was presented, examined and returned to be Itemized.
Ordered that Joseph Jones is dropped from the Pauper list from this date.
Ordered that Allen Joyner be furnished a Rail Road Ticket as a pauper to convey him to Savannah Georgia and that Sheriff R. T. Kilpatrick be requested to draw and appropriate the Same as herein directed.
Ordered that the Board has this day Employed W. H. Johnson as county auditor at Twenty five Dollars per month ___ this date for the period of Two years from date.
Ordered that Col. G. A. Hanson has been employed the county attorney at a Salary of two hundred fifty dollars per annum from this date.
Ordered that J. N. Hooker and T. W. Anderson be and they are hereby appointed as a building committee to Supervise the building of the new county Jail until the next regular meeting or until their successors are appointed.
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_. _. Langford Special Fund Building Bridge $125.00
_. E. Pollard Gen Rev ______ __________ $ 8.00
Martha Welch Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 5.00
Winnie Roberts Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 10.00
J. A. Chester Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 4.00
L. Caruthers Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 8.00
Florida Ridgway Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ 5.00
H___ Foster Gen Rev allowance as pauper $ _.00
_. _. Barnard(?) Special Books and Stationary for county $ 30.25
N. H. Johnson Gen Rev allowance as Co Auditor $ 25.00
_. _. Hanson Gen Rev allowance as Co Attorney $ 20.__
J. H. Johnson Gen Rev Building Bridge $ 5.35
_. F. McC_____ Gen Rev as Janitor for Court House $ 5.00
M. J. Miller Gen Rev Deputy Sherifs fees $ _7.50
Blount(?) and ___ Gen Rev $ 10.00
_____ and _____ Gen Rev $ 10.00
R. T. Kilpatrick Gen Rev Sherifs fees $ 12.00
R. T. Kilpatrick Gen Rev Sherifs fees $
R. T. Kilpatrick Gen Rev attending Justices Court $ 6.00
Geo. S. Durrance Gen Rev Justices fees $ 12.00
J. _. Wilbur Gen Rev Sheriffs fees
N. B. Norton Gen Rev as Co Commissioner $ 10.00
J. A. Fortner Gen Rev Justices fees $ 4.__
G. B. Locke(?) Gen Rev as Jail Guard $ _7.50
J. A. Fortner Gen Rev
R. T. Kilpatrick Special
C. E. Reed Gen Rev Material to County $ 2.
Dill and Mull(?) Gen Rev _____ and work to county $ 18.
F. _. Beville Gen Rev Treasurer Court $112
U. H. Johnson Gen Rev
_. _. Anderson Special Lumber for Bridge $ 7.20
Geo. R. Durrance Gen Rev as Co. Commissioner $ 7.00
Thos Albritton Gen Rev as Co. Commissioner $ 8.6_
E. J. Hilliard Gen Rev as Co. Commissioner $ 7.00
Ordered that the Bond of George Lemoyne ________ ferred to Thompson & Co has this day been approved.
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County Commissioners Court 10 O clock A.M. Monday June 6th A.D. 1887. Present T. W. Anderson Chairman E. J. Hilliard, Thomas Albritton, D. R. Durrance and N. B. Norton. The Minutes of last meeting were read and approved.
Ordered that the bond of George K. Fortner Co Tax Assessor with Mitchell C. Fortner and G. W. Smith(?) as securities has this day been approved.
On petition of W. B. Ross to change public road so as to place same on to ____ the Section line on the N W ?/r of Section Fifteen (15) Tp 31 S Range Twenty five (25) East the same was granted.
The report of the Commissioners Z. W. Futch, G. K. L____ and J. J. Wiggins on the public road from the Keysville road near William McMullens via Henry Kirkland’s and James Futches to Lakeland was received and the road ordered opened and the Commissioners discharged.
The petition of B. H. Buckner, E. M. Baynard, W. P. Knowles and others asking for a public road from the North County line of Polk county Commencing near Elbert Howe’s(?) and running via J. _. Reeves and J. J. Bryant and intersecting the Auburndale and Leesburg road at or near a point on Lake Arianna was granted and R. O. Woodfin, J. J. Bryant and W. N. Milton were appointed as Commissioners to mark out said road.
The board of Commissioners executed a Quit Claim deed to A. G. Zipprer to lots No One Two Three and Four in Block seventeen as shown on the original plan of Bartow to cure defects of


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original deed which was not executed according to law having but two names of the County Commissioners and no attesting witnesses to the original deed.
The petition of F. A. K. Harris, E. C. Ho_ey, C. A. Joyce and others asking for a public road from Winter Haven to Buffalo Ford commencing at Magnolia Avenue in Winter Haven. Thence following one of the laid out streets through the Chase Addition to the Center of Section Thirty three (33) Thence by the most practicable route to intersect the present settlement road between Lakes Otis and Roy. Thence following on or near said road through Sections Thirty Four and Thirty five Tp 28S R 26.E, and sections (2 and 1) Two and one of Tp 29 S, R 26 E and sections 7 & 18 and intersecting the public road known as the Batow and Fort Gardner road near Buffalo Ford in Sec 17 Tp 29 S, R 27 E was granted and Richard Tucker, Louis Griffin and Geo(?) H. Gibbons were appointed as Commissioners to mark out said road.
The Board recommended that F. M. Griffin and Geo W. Griffin be placed on the Pension Roll at Tallahassee.
The petition to discontinue the present road from Bartow to Smiths Store on Bird Branch was granted.
The petition asking for a public road on the nearest and most practicable route from Bartow to Smiths Store on Bird Branch was granted and J. A. Lunn(?), G. W. Watson and J. H. Johnson were appointed as commissioners to mark out said route


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Ordered that eighteen dollars be paid to S. M. Stephens to reimburse him for attorneys fees paid out in the discharge of his duty as supervisor of a public road.
The Board recommend that J. B. Arnold be place on the State Pension Roll at Tallahassee.
The board signed a petition to the Governor as King that a Board of Health be appointed for Polk County Consisting of Drs. D. C. Ferguson, F. M. Wilson, F. L. Brooks and James Thompson and Mes J. N. Hooker.
Ordered that the petition of George R. Langford and others be rejected as the bridge asked for is considered not necessary.
Ordered that the petition of F. F. Hendry and others be rejected .
Ordered that the petition of R. P. Jordan and others asking to change the public road commencing at rattleshake ford and running in a south eaterly direction to the town of Haskel from Thence along the section line dividing sections 12 & 14 & 23 & 24 to the Bartow and Medula road Thence along the old road to A. G. Zipprers Thence in a southern direction between Hanson’s & Zipprers fields to intersect with the old road between the Five Mile post and the bridge be granted and R. P. Jordan, James Pollard and W. R. Trask be appointed as commissioners to mark out the route of said road.
Ordered that the petition of C. A. Bryant and others asking that the voting Precinct District No 5 be changed from Laniers Miller to Cathlene be and


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is hereby granted
Second Day
10 O’clock A M Tuesday June 7th AD 1887. Present . W. Anderson Chairman, E. J. Hilliard, Thos Albritton Geo R Durrance and N. B. Norton.
Ordered that Florida Ridgeway be stricken from the Pauper list.
A contract was made and entered into between the Board of County Commissioners and James G. Gice to build a foot bridge across the __________ Peace River at the bridge known as Parker’s Ford at Twenty cents per running foot.
Ordered that John W(?) Collins be appointed cattle inspector for District No (9) and Thomas W. Albritton for District No (1).
Ordered that a warrant be issued to Halls Safe and Lock Co for the amount of ($425.00) and one dollar and twenty five cents to pay for New York exchange.
Ordered that a warrant be issued to Thompson & Co and left with T. W. Anderson Chairman to be delivered to the said Thompson & Co where the first payment on jail building is due.
The Board then entered into a contract with C. B. Lightsey to extend the Bridge at Fort Meade at one Dollar and seventy nine cents per running foot and also to repair the old bridge form the Sum of Thirty dollars.
Ordered that E. J. Hilliard be appointed to inspect and report to the Board at the July meeting upon the work done on the Fort Meade Bridge by the contractor C. B. Lightsey.


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Ordered that Clerk of the Circuit Court transfer the names of all the registered voters of Polk County to the large registration Book.
Ordered that the following accounts were approved and ordered paid.
Martha Welch G. R. as Pauper 5.00
J. A. Chester “ “ 4.00
Ellen Brown “ “ 10.00
Hero Foster “ “ 4.00
Winnie Roberts “ “ 10.00
J. A. Fortner “ Special Venire 2.00
S. M. Stephens “ Reimbursment 18.00
W. T. Hull “ Justice Court 4.00
Geo S Durrance “ Justice Fees 14.00
Lang Bros “ as Pauper 2.00
Walden and Fernald “ Guard Duty 4.50
J. P. Glover “ Furniture for jail 9.50
Andy Moore “ Servant 9.00
Steve Hull “ Dpt Sherif Fees 1.70
J. O. Stroud “ “ 1.50
S. H. Page “ “ 2.__
W. F. Prince “ Bailiff 2.00
D. J. Baskin “ “ 9.00
J. E. Reid “ Guard Duty 19.50
Polk Co Informant “ Printing 3.00
R. t. Kilpatrick “ Pauper Fund 9.00
Chas M Boully “ Dept Sherf fee 1.50
G. B. Locke “ Guarding Jail 52.50
James McClellan “ Dept Sherf fee 5.00
R. T. Kilpatrick “ Sherif Fees 215.__
D. S. bunch “ Dept Shef fee 0.50
M. J. Miller “ Dept Sherf 95.25
J. H. Gordson “ Dept Sherf 35.22
S. I. Pearce “ “ 1.__
J. J. McKinney “ “ 29.84


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W> H. Johnson Gen Rev Clerks Fees 30.85
W. H. Johnson Genl Aulditor 25.00
U. A. Lightsey Rev Genl Rev 67.32
J. T. Hancock “ Dept Shrf 3.75
S. L. Griffin “ “ 34.65
J. A. Fortner “ Justice Fees 1.58
John Taylor “ Dept Shef 1.95
L Caruthers “ Pauper 8.00
Halls Safe & Lock Co Special Fund Safes 426.25
E. Y. Watts Gen Rev Feeding Prisoners 12.00
N. B. Norton “ County Commissioner 10.00
Thompson & Co Jail Fund Jail Fund 1680.00
Thomas Albritton Gen Rev County Com 8.60
E. J. Hilliard “ “ 7.00
Geo R Durrance “ “ 7.60
T. W. Anderson “ “ 19.00
James O Kane “ Dept Sherf 1.45
H. H. Smith “ “ 2.55
Joseph L Wread “ “ 4.85
Blount & Statham “ Medicine for Prisoners 6.15
V. M. Holman “ Repairs 15.25
James L. Parish “ Repairing bridge 25.00
Wilson & Oglesby “ Medical Service 30.00
J. F. McCormack “ Guard 5.00
G. A. Hanson “ Counsel 20.83
J. T. Sheritt “ Pauper burial 10.00
L. S. Oppenheimer “ Medicine 1.60
J. J. McKinney “ Dept Sherf 4.00
Florida Ridgeway “ Pauper 3.00
A. Gullett “ Medical Service 17.50
W. T. Hull “ Dept Sherf 12.50
J. A. Fortner “ Justice Fees 7.12
The Board adjourned to meet on the first Monday in July. T. W. Anderson Chairman


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Bartow Fla July 5th 1887. The Board met this day at 10 Oclock A.M. Present, T. W. Anderson, Chairman, G. R. Durrance, N. B. Norton, E. J. Hilliard and Thomas Allbritton.
The Minutes of last meeting were read, and after instructing the Clerk to make some slight corrections, were approved.
A Petition was received, signed by H. E. Padgett and others, asking for an Extension of the Bridge over the “South Prong Alafia,” “where it is crossed by the Fort Green and Keysville road.” It is Ordered that said Petition be Granted, and that Commissioners George R Durrance and Thomas Allbritton be authorized to let out the work of same and when completed to examine and report to this Board.
A Petition was received from Citizens at and near “Bowlegs Bridge” on the Wire road, asking the Board to furnish Lumber to repair and extend said Bridge. It is Ordered that said petition be granted and Commissioner E. J. Hilliard is authorized to furnish the Lumber for the same.
It is Ordered, that J. W. Corbett be placed upon the Pauper list and allowed Five Dollars per month for his support.
It is Ordered that a warrant on the County Treasurer be issued to J. N. Hooker as President of the County Board of Health for $100 for the purpose of Co operating with the “Florida Protective Association” for Quarentine purposes. The Board signed a Certificate recommending that A. J. Dowless be placed upon the State pension Roll at Tallahassee.
Commissioner Hilliard reported that he had examined the repairing and extention of the Fort Meade Bridge and that the same has been properly executed and he recommends that Mr. C. B. Lightsey be paid for the same according to contract, Upon which recommendation


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and report. It is Ordered that a warrant be issued to C. B. Lightsey for the amount due for said work said amt being $277.52. The Board then adjourned until tomorrow morning at 9 Oclock.
Wednesday July 6th 1887 9 Oclock A.M. Pursuant to adjournment the Board met this day. All the members present.
J. D. Tillis, Collector of Revenue filed the following receipts from F. F. Beville County Treasurer
One dated Nov 2, 1885, for $400.00 Collections on General Revenue fund.
One dated Nov 2, 1885, for $206.20 Collections on Special Revenue fund
These amounts were collected out of the assessment for 1884 but having been mislaid were not filed until this date. Collector Tillis also filed the following receipts
One for $399.28 on General Revenue, Assessment of 1886
One for $125.00 on Special Revenue, Assessment of 1886
One for $136.66 on School Fund, Assessment of 1886
These last three Receipts were dated May 27, 1887. All of which receipts are Ordered to be placed to his Credit on the County Ledger.
John W. Trammell County Treasurer filed the following Report.
Bartow Fla. July 1st 1887
John W. Trammell Treas
1887 In A__ with Polk County
June 30. To Cash from Ex Treas $1879.66
“ “ “ “ “ Sheriff $ 132.52
$2012.18


J. D. Tillis Collector filed a receipt this day, dated July 5/87 from John W. Trammell as follows
On General Revenue $607.42 on assessment for 1886
On Special Fund $454.56 on assessment for 1886
On School Fund $679.60 on assessment for 1886
Which is Ordered placed to his Credit on County Ledger.
A petition signed by numerous Citizens asking that an election be held on some day in the near future


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to decide as to whether Liquor4s of any Kind shall be sold in Polk County or not.
The Board carefully examined the petition and compared the names of the Petitioners with the names on the Registration Books and found that More than one fourth of the Registered Voters of Polk County have Signed the Petition.
The Board then Adjourned to meet tomorrow 9 Oclk A.M. Pursuant to adjournment the board met this day All members present.
Msr Norton Reported that he had examined the work and material used in the foot bridge across the Marsh at Parkers Ford Bridge on Peace River, which has been recently built by J. T. Tice, by Order of this Board. And that he finds the Material very good and the work properly executed and recommends that J. T. Tice be paid according to contract. Upon which recommendation It is Ordered that a warrant be issued to J. T. Tice for the amount due on said work. (said amount being $234.00)
Commissioner Norton Also recommended that the obstruction in Peace River at the above mentioned Bridge be removed and that J. T. Tice be paid Ten dollars when said obstruction is removed. Whereupon it is Ordered that a warrant be issued in favor of J. T. Tice for $10 and that he be instructed to remove said obstruction at once.
Ordered that an election be held on Thursday the first day of September AD 1887 for the purpose of deciding whether or not the sale of Spirituous, vinous or malt-liquors shall be prohibited within the limits of Polk County.
It is Ordered that the following Gentlemen be and the same are hereby appointed Inspectors or Managers to hold said Election at the several voting places in the County.


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District No 1 D. C. Lancaster, T. J. Allman, H. E. Padgett
District No 2 W. S. Thompson, S. G. Kayman, Robert Hancock
District No 3 B. F. Blount, S. H. Tigner, S. C. Hill
District No 4 J. J. Wiggins, G. W. Hicks, J. H. Kirkland
District No 5 E. G. Wilder, J. S. Lanier, L. D. Robertson
District No 6 F. W. Long, J. W. Hampton, J. L. Bush
District No 7 D. C. Bridges, J. G. Hatcher, S. T. Hancock
District No 8 J. A. Hancock, W. J. Platt, J.J. Simmons
District No 9 D. W. Proctor, C. E. Fortner,. John Brown
District No 10 A. A. Scott, J. W. Trammell, S. H. Raulerson
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District No 11 H. Schepman, J. L. McClelland, W. M. High
District No 12 E. G. Ho__y, S. I. Pearce, L. B. Boyd
District No 13 D. S. Bunch, H. F. Battle, H. J. Goddard
District No 14 N. E. B. Roberts, Irvin Raulerson, L. M. Whidden
District No 15 N. C. Bryan, W. R. Norton, Walter Keith/Hitt.
Ordered that the Clerk give Notice of said election according to law
Ordered that a warrant be issued in favor of Thompson & Co for the amount of the second payment on the Contract for building the Jail (being $1680.) and be left with Mes T. W. Anderson to be turned over when that part of the work is complete.
Ordered that Hero Fosters name be stricken from the Pauper list from this date.
W. R. J. Blount filed his affidavit that a certain deed which was executed to him by the Board of County Commissioners in 1885 for Lot 1 in Block E in the Town of Bartow, has been lost or mislaid and asked that the Board execute another deed to him for said Land. The Board granted his request and signed a deed conveying said Lot.
Ordered that the Sheriff have the Court House scourered and well cleaned up.
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district Except Districts Nos 5 and 8, both of which together shall constitute one Justice district to be known as district No 5.
Ordered that J. P/D. Glover be and he is hereby appointed to act as a member of the building Committee to supervise the building of the Jail, M__ J. N. Hooker having resigned his position on said Committee.
Ordered that F. F. Beville Ex ___ Treasurer be credited with warrant No 537 for $227.78 the amount of his Commissions as Treasurer, and that said warrant be cancelled.
The following claims were approved and ordered paid
C. B. Lightsey Special Rev Repairing & Extn’g Bridge $277.02
G. A. Hanson General Rev Salary as Counsel $ 20.83
Walker E___ & Co
_____ Special “ Books for Clerks Office $163.35
S. L. Griffin Special “ Repairing Bridge $ 3.00
Geo S Durrance Genl “ Fees as Justice Peace $ 15.00
G. H. K Stevens “ “ ___ Court House $ 40.00
J. N. Hooker “ “ Quarentine purposes $100.00
A. S. Akins “ “ H___ to Quar Camp $ 5.50
Simmons Barker &
Kilpatrick “ “ P____ $ 10.00
Riggins & Waggoner “ “ Supplies for Q Camp $ 1.90
F. M. Wilson “ “ S__ ___ Bd Health $ 15.00
R. B. Shell “ “ “ Q Inspector $ 18.30
G. D. Gillespie “ “ “ Q Guard $ 45.00
David McMullen “ “ “ Q Inspector $ 21.66
C. C. Gresham “ “ “ Q Inspector $ 50.00
W. B. Bonaker “ “ Supplies for Q Camp $ 8.20
J. A. Fortner “ “ Fees as County Judge $ 7.26
J. A. Fortner “ “ Fees as Justice Peace $ 20.97
J. A. Fortner “ “ Fees as Justice Peace $ 1.70
J. A. Fortner “ “ Fees as Justice Peace $ 12.02
W. H. Johnson “ “ Salary as __ B Co Com $ 25.00
J. H. Goodwin “ “ Salary as Constable $ 6.00
J. F. McCormick “ “ Locking ____ for C H $ 5.00
Dr. Jno Thompson “ “ Pictures(?) $ 8.20
M. J. Miller “ “ Exp to Orlando $ 57.20


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Look & Scott General Revenue Bucket & Dipper for C Room $ 0.75
B. B. Blount “ “ Service as Constable $ 2.30
R. T. Kilpatrick “ “ Boarding Prisoners ___ $ 76.85
R. T. Kilpatrick “ “ allowance on Justice D_ Court $ 6.00
J. D. Gatlen/Gaslew(?) “ “ Guarding Prisoners $ 12.00
G. B. Locke “ “ Serv as Jail Guard $ 42.00
Blount & Statham “ “ Bal on Med Bill $ 4.00
S. L. Griffin “ “ Service as Dpty shff $ 2.55
Thomas Stokes “ “ Witness $ 3.40
S. L. Griffin “ “ Witness $ 3.40
J. W. Boyd “ “ Keeping Minutes of Court $ 36.00
David Alderman “ “ Setting up Mile posts __ $ 4.00
S. L. Griffin “ “ Service as Dpty shff $ 11.55
W. H. Johnson “ “ Recording Tax sales $ 5.75
Wm Thompson “ “ Fees as Justice $ 3.81
So. Holland “ “ Setting Mile posts $ 5.00
G. I. P. Dredynski “ “ Witness Newcastle Trial $ 5.40
J. T. Tice Special “ Building footway __ $234.00
L. W. Cowdery General “ Supplies for Q Camp $ 29.00
Walker Evans &
Cogswell Co Special “ Books for County Judge $ 73.70
L Caruthers Genl “ Allowance as Pauper $ 8.00
Martha Welch “ “ “ “ $ 5.50
Winnie Roberts “ “ “ “ $ 10.00
Ellen Brown “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
J. A. Chester “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Hero Foster “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
N. B. Norton “ “ Services as Co Com $ 12.40
Geo R Durrance “ “ “ “ $ 9.20
E. J. Hillard “ “ “ “ $ 9.00
Thos Allbritton “ “ “ “ $ 10.20
T. W Anderson “ “ “ “ $ 7.20
F. F. Beville “ “ Commissions as Co Treas $227.78
Thompson & Co Special “ Building Jail (2nd payment on) $1680.00


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Boundaries of the Justice Districts
District No 1 - Commencing at the South West corner of the County and running East along the Township line dividing Polk and Manatee Counties, to the Section line dividing Sections thirty-four and thirty five. Township thirty two South, of Range Twenty four East, Thence North on the Section line to the Section line one mile South of the Township line dividing Townships Thirty and thirty one, Thence West on this Section line to the Range line dividing Polk and Hillsborough Counties, then South on the Range line to the place of beginning -- Voting District -- Live Oak.
District No - is bounded on the West by the Eastern boundary line of District No 1, on the South by the County line, On the East by the Center Section line of Range twenty Six, on the North by the Section line One mile South of the Township line dividing Townships Thirty and thirty One, -- Voting Precint -- Fort Meade.
District No 3 - is bounded on the West by the Section line beginning at the South West corner of Section two in Township Thirty one South, of Range Twenty four East, and running North on said line to the South West corner of Sectio twenty three, Township twenty nine South, of Range twenty four East, thence East on the Section line two miles North of Township line dividing Township Twenty nine and thirty to Saddle Creek, On the East by Saddle and Peace Creeks, On the South by the Section line one mile South of the Township line dividing Townships Thirty and Thirty one -- Voting Precinct -- Bartow.
District No 4 - Number four (4) Comprises Township Twenty nine, Range Twenty three, -- Voting Precinct located at Hay’s Hill
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District Number five (5) is bounded on the West by the County line, On the South by the Township line dividing Townships Twenty Seven and Twenty Eight, On the East by the Center Section line of Range Twenty four, On the North by the Center Section line of Township Twenty Six, -- Voting Precinct -- Lanier’s Mill
District Number Six is bounded on the West by the Range line dividing Ranges Twenty four and five to a point where the same intersects the Township line dividing Townships Twenty Seven and Twenty eight, Thence West along said Township line to the Center Section line of Range Twenty four, Thence North on said Section line to the Center Section line of Township Twenty Six, On the North by the Center Section line of Township Twenty Six, On the East by the Range line dividing Ranges Twenty five and Twenty Six, On the South by the Township line diving Townships Twenty eight and Twenty nine -- Voting Precinct -- Auburndale.
District Number Seven is bounded on the North by the County line. One the West by the Range line dividing Ranges Twenty three and Twenty four. On the South by the Center Section line of Township Twenty Six. On the Range lie dividing Ranges Twenty Six and Twenty Seven. -- Voting Precinct -- Green Pond School House
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On the East by the Range line dividing Ranges Twenty three and Twenty four. -- Voting Precinct -- Branchborough.
District Number Nine is bounded on the West by the County line. On the South by the Section line one mile South of the Township line between Townships thirty and Thirty one. On the East by the Section line two miles West of the Range line between Ranges Twenty four and five. On the North by the Township line between Township Twenty Nine and thirty -- Voting Precinct located at Smith’s Store.
District Number Ten comprises Township Twenty Eight Ranges Twenty three and Twenty four -- Voting Precinct -- Lakeland.
District Number Eleven comprises Township Twenty Nine. Range Twenty four. Except Sections 25, 26, 35, and 36. -- Voting Precinct -- Measleys School House.
District Number Twelve comprises all of Township Twenty Eight Ranges 26, 27, 28, & 29, and the North half of Township Twenty Nine. Ranges 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and all Range Thirty to the County line. -- Voting Precinct -- Winter Haven
District Number Thirteen is bounded on the West by Peace and Saddle Creeks. On the North by the Center Section lie of Township Twenty Nine. On the East by the County line. On the South by the Section line one mile South of Township line dividing Townships thirty and Thirty one. -- Voting Precinct -- Gandy School House.


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District Number fourteen (14) is bounded on the West by the Center Section five of Range Twenty Six. On the South and East by the county line. One the North by the Section line one mile South of the Township line dividing Townships Thirty and thirty One. -- Voting Precinct at the Raulerson School House.
District Number Fifteen comprises Township Twenty Seven. Ranges 26, 27, 28, 29, and all of Range Thirty to the County line. Also Township Twenty Six Ranges 27, 28, 29 to the County line. Also the South half of Township Twenty Six Range Twenty Six -- Voting Precinct -- Haines City.
On motion the Board adjourned to meet on the next regular day - the first Monday in August.
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County Commissioners Court Monday August 1st 1887 -- 10 oclock AM. Commissioners present S. W. Anderson Chairman, N. B. Norton, Thomas Allbritton, E. J. Hilliard and George R Durrance.
The Minutes of last meeting were read and approved.
Lewis Griffin, Richard Tucker and Geo H Gibbons the Commissioners the Commissioners appointed to mark out a Public Road from Winter Haven to the Fort Gardner and Bartow road near Buffalo Ford filed their report this day. Upon which report It is Ordered that said Commissioners be discharged and that said road be opened as laid out by said Commissioners and the same is hereby declared a Public Highway.
Ordered that Mrs Ellen Brown be this day dropped from the Pauper list.
Ordered that Mrs Nellie Maine be placed on the Pauper list and be allowed $4.00 per month from this date.
It appearing to the Board that heretofore this Board appointed three Commissioners to lay out a Public road from Lakeland to intersect the Bartow and Leesburg road at or near the 24th mile post and that said Commissioners laid out said road and that the same has been opened for Public use, but that no report was ever made by said Commissioners. It is therefore Ordered by the Board that J. W. Bryant, Joseph Bryant and D. H. Brown be and the same are hereby appointed a Commission to lay out or review said road and report their action and the true condition of said road and whether or not it is in conformity to law, or should be changed, and if so, How? and that they report to the September Session of this Court.


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Upon receiving satisfactory information the Board signed the necessary certificates recommending that James M. Manley, David Branch and H. A. Goddard be placed on the State Pension Roll at Tallahassee.
Capt James N. Hooker, President of the County Board of health reported that the Board of Health did not consider it advisable to put the County to any expense to co-operate with “The Florida Protection Association” for Quarantine purposes and he then fore returned the warrant which was issued for $100, for that purpose at the July term of this Court, upon which report it is Ordered that said warrant be cancelled.
Commissioners Durrance and Albritton report that they have let the contract to build the Bridge over South prong Alafia to T. W. Allbritton for the sum of Sixty nine cents per running foot.
Ordered that the County Treasurer be and he is hereby Authorized and instructed to pass the amount of the warrants which were improperly drawn on the General revenue fund (and which should have been drawn on the special fund) from the special fund to the General fund, said amount being $343.59.
County Treasurer John W. Trammell filed his monthly report which is as follows: John W. Trammell Treas -- “ledger of revenue funds “


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Cont’d “ledger of revenue funds “
In pursuance of Chapter 3723 (No 43) laws of Florida approved May 30th AD 1887, providing for the division of the several Counties in this State into County Commissioner Districts.
At a regular Meeting of the County Commissioners’ Court held at Bartow Florida August 1st AD 1887 A Special meeting having been ordered by the Governor for the above purpose, the following proceedings were had,
Ordered that the Board of County Commissioners for Polk County has this day divided said County into County Commissioners Districts as follows to wit:
County Commissioners District Number One (1) is bounded on the West by the County line dividing Polk and Hillsborough Counties. On the South by the County lie dividing Polk and Desota Counties. On the East by the Section line two miles west of the Range line dividing Ranges Twenty four (24) and Twenty five (25 to where said Section line intersects the Section line two Miles North of the Township line dividing Townships Twenty Nine (29) and Thirty (30) thence


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East along said Section line to the Range line dividing Ranges Twenty four (24) and Twenty five (25). Thence North on said Range line to the Township line dividing Townships Twenty eight (28) and twenty Nine (29). Thence West on said Township line to the County line between Polk and Hillsborough Counties.
County Commissioners District Number two (2) is bounded on the South by the county line dividing Polk and Desota Counties. On the East by the County line dividing Polk and Brevard Counties. One the North by the Section line One Mile South of the township line dividing Townships Thirty (30) and Thirty one (31). On the West by the Section line two miles West of the Range line dividing Ranges Twenty four (24) and Twenty five (25).
County Commissioners District Number Three (3) is bounded on the South by the Section line One Mile South of the Township line dividing Townships Thirty (30) and thirty One (31). One the West by the Section line two miles west of the Range line dividing Ranges Twenty four (24) and Twenty five (25) to where said Section line intersects the Section line two miles North of the township line dividing Townships Twenty Nine (29) and Thirty (30) thence East on said Section line to the Range line dividing Ranges Twenty four (24) and twenty five (25). Thence North on said Range line to where the same intersects the Section line running through the Center of Township Twenty Nine (29). Thence East on said Section line to the County line dividing Polk and Brevard Counties. On the East by the County line dividing Polk and Brevard Counties.
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is bounded on the South by the Section line running through the Center of Township Twenty Nine (29). On the East by the County line dividing Polk and Osceola Counties. One the North commencing at the intersection of the Range line dividing Ranges Twenty Seven (27) and Twenty eight (28) with the Township line dividing Townships Twenty five (25) and Twenty Six (26). Thence west on said Township line to the Range line dividing Ranges Twenty Six (26) and Twenty Seven (27). Thence South on said Range line three Miles to where the same intersects the Section line running through the Center of Township Twenty Six (26) thence west along said Section line to the Range line dividing Ranges Twenty five (25) and Twenty Six (26). Thence South along said Range line to the Township line dividing Townships Twenty eight (28) and Twenty nine (29). Thence West along said line to the Range line dividing Ranges Twenty four (24) and Twenty five (25). Thence South along said line to the Section line running through the Center of Township Twenty Nine (29).
County Commissioners District Number Five (5) is bounded on the South by the Township line dividing Townships Twenty eight (28) and Twenty Nine (29). On the East beginning at a point where the the Range line dividing Ranges Twenty five (25) and twenty Six (26) crosses the Township lines dividing Townships Twenty eight (28) and Twenty Nine (29) thence North on said Range line to the Section line running through the Center of Township Twenty Six (26) Thence East on said Section line to the Range line dividing Ranges Twenty Six (26) and Twenty Seven (27). Thence North on said Range line to the Section line One Mile South of the Township line dividing Townships Twenty four (24)


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and Twenty five (25). Thence West on said Section line to the Withlacoochee River. Thence along the said River to where the line dividing Ranges Twenty two (22) and Twenty three (23) Crosses the same. Thence South along said Range line to the Hillsborough River thence down said River to the line dividing Townships Twenty Six (26) and Twenty Seven (27). Thence East along said line to the Range line dividing Ranges Twenty two (22) and Twenty three (23). Thence South on said Range line to the Township line dividing Townships Twenty eight (28) and Twenty Nine (29).
On Motion the Board adjourned to meet Tuesday morning.
Tuesday Morning 9 Oclock Aug 2. 1887; Pursuant to adjournment, the Court convened with all the Commissioners present.
Ordered that Mrs Fewaw (?) be placed on the Pauper list and be allowed Four dollars per month from this date.
The Chairman being called away he was excused and Mr. N. B. Norton was elected Temporary Chairman.
Ordered that J. C. Mimms be and he is hereby approved as a member of the Board of Commissioners of roads for District Number Three (3) in lieu of J. W. Watkins who is over age.
Ordered that Robert Trask, R. P. Jordan and James Pollard be and the same are hereby appointed a Committee to locate the Bartow and Leesburg Road through the lands of T. J. Williams and to report their action to the Chairman of this Board and upon receiving said report the


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