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Canvasser's Minutes
Submitted by Barbara VanDuser


Book B Part 2 101-200


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Chairman of this Board will extend the order to the Road Commissioners to have said Road opened immediately, as located by said Committee and put in good condition for Public use at once.
F. F. Beville as County treasurer filed with the Board a Certificate from B. F. Holland certifying that he received the money for Mrs. M. L. Snoddy, for warrant No 249 for $650 for the purchase of the Jail Cot said warrant was issued January 3, 1887, Mr. Beville having last said warrant after paying out the money. It is Ordered that he be Credited with said amount of $650.
The Board signed to Certificates recommending that C. C. Gresham will be placed on the State pension Roll at Tallahassee.
The Board examined the work now in progress to the new Jail and found the same going on in a satisfactory manner. -- adjourned till Wednesday A.M.
Wednesday Aug 3rd 1887 9 Oclock AM
The Board met in pursuance of adjournment, all the members present.
It appearing to the Board of Commissioners that Frances F. Beville late County Treasurer has not made his settlements as required by law, and is in default on General, Special and School Tax funds to a large amount. It is then fore Ordered that he appear before this Board as the next meeting, Monday Sept 5th 1887 and exhibit his books and accounts to the Board and make full settlement of all moneys of the County in his hands. It is further ordered that the Clerk issue and caused to be served on said Beville a copy of this order Instant.
It appearing to the Board of Commissioners that J. D. Tillis Tax Collector has not made returns or reports, as provided by law, or paid over the


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Moneys collected for fees, and that he is largely in arrears. It is therefore ordered that the Collector appear before the Board of Commissioners at the next regular Meeting on Monday Sept 5th 1887 and make due returns and pay over to the Treasurer all moneys due to the General County funds and that a copy of this order be served on said Collector Instanter.
The Board signed a certificate recommending that E. J. Hilliard be placed on the State pension Roll at Tallahassee.
Ordered that eh Clerk have the necessary Sh____ placed in the vault of the Clerks Office for the protection of the Books and that he present the bill to this Board.
The Board in a Body visited the Jail and found it in an unsatisfactory condition, therefore it is Ordered that the Sheriff be requested to see that the Jail is put in good sanitary He will at once have the cells properly cleaned, And in future have the cells cleaned at least once a Month as the Board will inspect the Jail Monthly and see that it is kept in good sanitary condition. The Sheriff will also purchase one pair of pants and one shirt each for the colored prisoners who are now in Jail without clothing and present the bill for the same to this Board.
The Sheriff will also see that the Chambers from the cells in the Jail are emptied at least morning and night for it is very unhealthy for the excrement to remain in the cells for such a length of time.
As the prisoners are human and complain of needing more food, the Sheriff will therefore give them all the food the law will allow and feed them at least twice a day.


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Whereas from an examination of the Minutes of past meetings of the Board it appears that certain receipts from the County Treasurer to the Collector have been presented to the Board a second time, and a second time ordered to be placed to the Credit of the Collector. It is therefore ordered that the Order of the July Term of this Board directing that two receipts - one for $400, on the General fund dated Nov 2nd 1885, and one for $256._- on the Special fund of the same date be placed to the Credit of Collector Tillis; be and the same is hereby recinded and annulled.
Ordered that a warrant be drawn in favor of Thompson & Co for the sum of Sixteen hundred and eighty dollars, to be left in the hands of T W Anderson, to be turned over to said Thompson & Co when the work on the new Jail is sufficiently advanced and the third payment becomes due as per contract.
Accounts were approved and ordered paid and warrants issued as follows
J. S. Kilpatrick for Special fund P___ for __ in Newcastle $ 21.60
S_____ Parker & Kilpatrick Gen fund Printing Election Notice $ 23.25
J. C. Wilbur “ “ Fees as Dpty Shff $ 32.90
Geo R Durrance “ “ Services as Co Coms $ 9.20
E. J. Hilliard “ “ “ “ $ 9.20
Thos Allbritton “ “ “ “ $ 10.20
N. B. Norton “ “ “ “ $ 12.40
C. W. Turner Spcl “ Hauling for Quar Camp $ 7.75
A. L. Akins “ “ “ “ $ 2.50
M. J. Miller Gen “ Guarding Jail $ 16.00
C. E. Reed & Bros “ “ Repairing Pump $ 6.25
David McMullen Spcl “ Quarantine Inspector $ 1.60
G. A. Hanson Gen “ Services as Co Solicitor $ 20.83
C. C. Gresham Spcl “ Services Quarantine Inspector $ 38.90
J. F. McCormick Gen “ Services Locking Court House $ 5.00


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Wm H. Kern(?) Gen fund Services E__________ JP Court $ 3.00
John A. L__n “ “ Services as Constable $ 1.00
“ “ “ “ Services as Witness $ 1.00
G. S. M. Wilson “ “ Attending Prisoners in Jail $ 3.50
L. M. Ballard “ “ Justice fees $ 7.37
R. T. Kilpatrick “ “ Sheriffs fees $ 6.00
“ “ “ “ “ “ $ 7.85
“ “ “ “ “ “ $ 64.15
Henry Parish Spl “ Repairing Bridge $ 10.00
I. H. Goodson Gen “ ___ Dpty Shff $ 2.00
G. S. Durrance “ “ Salary of Jusitce $ 12.00
C. F. Fernald “ “ Dpty Sheriff $ 3.00
J. A. Fortner “ “ Fees as Justice $ 10.52
“ “ “ “ Fees for Juryman $ 3.00
I. H. Goodson “ “ cleaning Court Yard $ 24.00
John W. Clark “ “ Guarding Jail $ 35.25
G. B. Locke “ “ “ “ $ 46.75
L. Caruthers “ “ allowance as Pauper $ 8.00
B. Y(?) Aland(?) “ “ Telegram to Governor $ 1.50
J. I. Glover “ “ Cots for Jail $ 3.00
Martha Welch “ “ Allowance as Pauper $ 5.00
Winnie Roberts “ “ Allowance as Pauper $ 10.00
Ellen Brown “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
J. A. Chester “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
W. H. Johnson “ “ Allowance as County Auditor $ 25.00
Eppes Tucker “ “ Costs & fees in Justice Court $ 43.21
“ “ “ “ “ “ $ 9.33
T. W. Anderson “ “ Service as Co Com Court $ 7.20
W. H. Johnson “ “ writing Election notices $ 10.25
Thompson & Co “ “ ____ payment on new Jail 1680.00
Wm. Thompson “ “ fees as Justice $ 27.44
S. L. Griffin “ “ “ “ $ 16.60
J. A. Fortner “ “ “ “ $ 8.20
C. F. Fernald “ “ Services as Constable $ 5.10
T. W. Anderson Chairman


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County Commissioners Court Special Meeting Thursday August 11th 1887 - 10 Oclock A.M.
Commissioners present T. W. Anderson, Thomas Allbritton, E. J. Hilliard and G. R. Durrance.
The Chairman called a Meeting of the Board this day for the purpose of examining and approving the Bond of T. A. Wall as Supervisor of Registration for Polk County, Upon examination it was found that D. J. Basking and M. D. L. Mayo had signed said Bond, and the Board consider said Bond satisfactory, it is Ordered that the Bond of T. A. Wall as Supervisor of Registration for Polk County, be and the same is hereby approved.
This being the only business under consideration for this meeting the Board adjourned to meet on the next regular day - 1st Monday in September.
T. W. Anderson Chairman


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County Commissioners Court Monday September 5th 1887, 10 Oclock AM
Commissioners present T. W. Anderson Chairman, N. B. Norton, E. J. Hilliard, Thomas Allbritton and Geo R Durrance.
The Minutes of last Regular meeting and of a Special Meeting held August 11th were read and approved.
The Commissioners who were appointed at the August Meeting to inspect lay out or review the road leading from Lakeland intersecting the Bartow and Leesburg road at or near the 24 Mile post, filed their Report recommending that said road be received and accepted, Upon which report and recommendation It is ordered that said road is hereby declared a public Highway and that said Commissioners be discharged.
The Board signed certificats recommending that Henry Prince and Andrews J. Allbritton be placed on the State pension Roll at Tallahassee.
Ordered that George Langford be authorized to build a Bridge across Grace Creek on the Road leading from Ft. Meade South to the County line and that when said Bridge is completed and accepted by the Commissioners that a warrant be drawn for the sum of $200, in favor of said Geo Langford in payment of for said Bridge.
Ordered that Miss E. A. Brown be placed on the pauper list and be allowed $5, per Month from this date.
The County Treasurer filed his Monthly report as follows (ledger of General Fund)


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(Ledger of Special & School Funds)
Ordered that the County Treasurer be authorized to pass $18.00 to the credit of the General Fund and charge the same to the Special fund said amount having been improperly drawn on the General fund by warrant No 572 for Quarantine purposes.
Ordered that William Mimms be placed on the Pauper list and be allowed $10, per month from August 1st.
Ordered that the opening of the new road, which was Petitioned for by J. H. Kirkland & others and which has been ordered to be opened from a pint on the Keesville road to Lakeland, be suspended until the further order of this Board.
Ordered that J. B. Turner, W. H. Lanier and E. M. Robinson Road Commissioners Inspect the new road as made by E M Robinson and make their report at the October meeting of this Board.
The Board signed and executed a Quit Claim deed to C. H. Oglesby to part of Lot 2 in Block 8 of the Original town of Bartow the first deed to Lot 2 as said Block which was executed to Wm Allen being defective.
Tuesday Morning Sept 6, 1887 - 9 o’clock. All the members of the Board present.
James Collard, Ruffus Jordan and W. R. Trask Commissioners appointed to mark out a new Road from
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Rattle ___ ford to the 2 mile post on the Bartow and Leesburg road filed their report upon which report it is Ordered that the said Road be accepted and ordered a Public Highway and that said Commissioners be discharged.
John A. L____ and G. W. Watson two of the three ____ Commissioners appointed to mark out a public road leading from Smith Store on Byrd Branch be District No 9 to intersect the Public Road leading from Bartow by way of Bonnie Lake filed their report and it is Ordered that said report be accepted and said Road is hereby declared a Public Highway and said Commissioners are discharged.
Since the last meeting of the Board the ____ of Health upon examination of the Quarantine force and regulations on the coast reconsidered their action in withdrawing from the Florida Protection Association and finding the Quarantine Satisfactory decided that it is best for Polk County to Unite with said Association, And in order to carry out this arrangement the Secretary of the Board of Health borrowed $310 to pay Polk County’s ___ of the expense of said Quarantine, And a warrant has this day been drawn for said amount of $310 in favor of Dr F M Wilson as Secretary of the Polk Co Board of Health in payment of said money as borrowed.
A Petition from Thomas Bryant & others was received asking that the Wire Road running through the Homestead of E M Robinson remain as it is this petition was rejected as the change has already been granted and much as been done to make the new road a good one.
J. D. Tillis, Collector appeared before the Board in obedience to the order made at the August meeting of this Board which was served upon him and made a Satisfactory drawing and was granted until the


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October Meeting of the Board to complete his final settlement.
Ordered that the County Auditor to credit J. D. Tillis ___________ with $144 __ 50 the amount charged to him as County taxes on land which was sold for t___ and was bid in for the State for the years from 1853 to 188_ inclusi___
Wednesday Sept 7, 1887 9 Oclock A.M. All the members being present the Board proceeded Examine the _____ Book and to equalize the _____ment of property for taxation.
At 2 Oclock PM the Board visited the new Jail and found the work satisfactory, And also inspected the old Jail and found it kept in good sanitary condition.
It is Ordered that J. H. Jones be placed on the Pauper list and be allowed $5 per month from this date.
It is also Ordered that T W Smith be placed on the pauper list and be allowed $5 per month from this date.
The Board then proceeded to divide the County into Election Districts as provided by law as follows,
District No 1 Is bounded as follows; Commencing at the South west corner of the County and running east along the Township line to the Section line dividing Section thirty four and thirty five Township Thirty two South of Range Twenty four east, thence south on this section line to the Section line one mile South of the Township line dividing Township Thirty and Thirty one thence West on this Section line to the Range line dividing Polk and Hillsborough Counties thence South on the Range line to the place of beginning, Voting Precinct -- Hammock Road/Pond
District No 2 Is bounded on the West by the Eastern boundary line of District No 1. On the South by the county Line,


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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 Township Thirty and Thirty one - Voting Precinct -- Ft. Meade


District No 3 Is bounded on the East by Peace Creek beginning on the Section line one Mile South of the Township line dividing Township Thirty and Thirty one, Thence along said Creek to the Range line dividing Ranges Twenty five and Twenty six, Thence North along said Range line to the Section line running through the center of Township Twenty Nine. Thence West along said Section line to the Range line dividing Ranges Twenty four and Twenty five. Thence South one mile to the Section line 2 miles North at the Township line dividing Townships Twenty Nine and Thirty, Thence West 2 Miles to the Section line two miles West of the Range line dividing Ranges twenty four and twenty five, Thence South to the Township line dividing Township twenty nine and thirty, Thence West along said Township line to the Section line 2 Miles East of the Range line dividing Ranges twenty three and twenty four, Thence South along said Section line to the Section line one mile South of the Township line dividing Townships Thirty and Thirty one, Thence east along said Section line to the starting point at Peace Creek, -- Voting Precinct -- Bartow.
District No 4 Comprises Township Twenty Nine Range Twenty three, -- Voting Precinct -- located at Hay’s Mill.
District No 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 -- Laniers Hill


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District No 6 Is bounded on the West by the Range line dividing Ranges Twenty four and Twenty 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 dividing Townships Twenty eight and twenty nine, -- Voting Precinct -- Auburndale.
District No 7 Is bounded on the North by the County line, On 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 east by the Range line dividing Ranges Twenty six and twenty seven, -- Voting Precinct “ Green Pond School House.”
District No 8 Is bounded on the North and West by the County line, On the South by the Center Section line of Township Twenty Six, On the east by the Range line dividing Ranges twenty three and twenty four, -- Voting Precinct -- “Branchborough,”
District No 9 Is bounded on the West by the County line, on the South by the Section line one mile South of the Township line dividing Township Thirty and Thirty one, On the East by the Section line two miles East of the Range line dividing Ranges twenty three and twenty four, On the North by the Township line dividing Townships Twenty nine and Thirty -- Voting Precinct -- located at Smith’s Store.
District No 10 Comprises Township twenty eight, Ranges Twenty Three & twenty four, -- Voting Precinct -- “Lakeland”

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District No 11 Comprising Township Twenty Nine, Range Twenty four except Sections Twenty five, Twenty Six, Thirty five and Thirty Six, -- Voting Precinct -- Moseleys(?) School House
District No 12 Is bounded as follows, beginning where the Range line dividing Ranges Twenty Nine and Thirty is crossed by the Township line dividing Township Twenty seven and twenty eight, Thence West along said Township line to the Range line dividing Ranges Twenty five and Twenty Six, Then South along said Range line to the Township line dividing Townships Twenty eight and twenty Nine, Thence West along said Township line to the Range line dividing Ranges Twenty four and Twenty five, Thence South along said Range line to the Section line running through the center of Tp 29. Thence East along said line to the Range line dividing Ranges 25 & 26, Thence South along said Range line to Peace Creek, Then up said creek to the Range line dividing Ranges 26 & 27, Thence South along said Range line to the Tp line between Tps 29 & 30, Then East along said line to the Eastern boundary line of the County. Thence said ___ ___ to ______
District No 13 Is bounded on the West by Peace Creek commencing at the Section line one mile south of the Township line dividing Townships Thirty and Thirty one, thence up to the junction of Peace and Saddle Creeks, On the North by Peace Creek to the Range line dividing Ranges twenty Six and twenty seven, Thence South along said Range line to the Township line dividing Townships Twenty Nine and Thirty, Thence East along said Township line to the eastern County line, thence Southeasterly along the county line to the Section line one mile South of the Township line dividing Townships Thirty and Thirty one, thence West along said section line to the starting point, -- Voting Precinct -- “Gandy’s School House,”
District No 14 Is bounded on the West by the Center Section line of Range Twenty Six, On the South and east by the County line, On the North by the Section line one Mile South of the Township line dividing Townships Thirty and Thirty one, -- Voting Precinct -- at Raulerson School House


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District No 15 Comprises Township Twenty seven, Ranges Twenty Six, twenty Seven, Twenty Eight, Twenty nine and all of Range Thirty to the County line, Also Township Twenty Six Ranges twenty seven, twenty eight, and twenty nine to the County line, Also the South half of Township twenty Six Range Twenty six, -- Voting Precinct -- Haines City.
It is ordered that the said descriptions of Justice Districts be published.
It is agreed to received bids at the October meeting of this Board from the News papers of Bartow for the County Printing.


Thursday Sept 8th 1887, 9 Oclock AM
The Board resumed the work of equalizing the Assessment of property for taxes and after completing the Same made the following Levy for County taxes
For General Revenue 3 Mills
For School Fund 4 Mills
For Special Fund 3 Mills for Jail
For Special Fund 1 Mill
For Special Fund ½ Mill for Roads & Bridges
For Special Fund ½ Mill for Quarantine Expenses


F. F. Beville Ex County Treasurer filed an affidavit of J. Z. Dunlop stating that he (Dunlop) received the money from said Beville as Treasurer in payment of warrant No 313 dated Febry 7th 1887 for $400. And said Beville being unable to produce said warrant as a voucher, - it having been stolen from him, as he alleges - it is Ordered that he be Credited with said Amt of $400 on the county Ledger.
Francis F. Beville County Treasurer having failed to make settlement and pay over funds as the law requires, It is Ordered that the facts be reported to the States Attorney, by the Chairman and Clerk of


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This board, and that said States Attorney T. L. Wilson be requested to take such action on the case as the law and his Official duty requires and that the County Solicitor assist in such suits or proceedings as may be instituted,
The Board sent the names of suitable persons to the Governor of the State and recommended that the be appointed Justices of the Peace for the several Justice of the Peace Districts in Polk County.

Friday Morning Sept 9th 1887, 9 Oclock.
Ordered that the following persons be and the same are hereby appointed Recorders of Marks and Brands of Stock for the following districts respectively: T W Allbritton for District Number one, Jasper Summerlin for District Number Three, John Collins for District Number Nine, and that the Clerk do notify them of this appointment.
Ordered that E. J. Hilliard be authorized to let out the work of building a new Bridge across Bowlegs Creek on the Ft Meade and Raulerson Road.
It appearing to the Board from an examination of the Act of the last Legislation that there will be no Grand Jury for Polk County at the regular fall term of the C____ Court in November next,
The Board signed a Petition __ request to His Honor Judge Mitchell asking that he appoint the State Attorney or some one to act in the place of the Grand Jury in the Matter of examining and receiving the Jail and Ordering the final payment made for same,
Ordered that T W Anderson be authorized, in case the Bondsman of F F Beville Late County Treasurer do execute a note for the sum of $2000, payable to the Board of County Commissioners at the Polk County Board on the first Monday - the 3rd day, - of October 1887, to order a stay in the proceedings against said Bondsman for thirty days.


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It is hereby agreed that T W Anderson is empowered to make a contract for the erection of a good substantial brick Privy on the Jail lot for the use of the County officers and Jurors of this County, said privy to be supplied with all water appliances which shall connect with the flushing tank by which all accumulations from the privy will be conveyed from the premises.
The following petions were received and filed to be considered at the October meeting of the Board, viz
A Petition from Wm. Futch that to do away with Road oc
A Petition from Wm Futch, Jesse Keen, et al that for a new road oc
A Petition from G. A. Moseley et al to discontinue Road oc
A Petition from J. T. Wilson et al for a Public Road oc
A Petition from A. G. Zepprer et al for a pubic Road
A Petition from S M Reynolds et al for Continuance of order for Road
A Petition from M D L Mayo, J B Crum/Green et al for Public Road
A Petition from F R Green that for Public Road
The following account were approved and ordered to be paid and warrants drawn for the same
W H Johnson Gen Rev Transcribing Registration List $ 10.00
“ “ “ “ Affidavits (Fletcher case) $ 12.00
“ “ “ “ Services as County Auditor for Aug $ 25.00
Wm Mimms “ “ Allowance as Pauper for August $ 10.00
F. M. Wilson, Secty
Bd Health Sepcial Rev Quarantine purposes $ 10.00
Charlotte Harbor Beacon Gen Rev Printing $ 5.00
G. L. Poole “ “ Lumber for Bridge $ 7.50
Florida Cracker “ “ Printing $ 7.50
S__one Barker &
Kilpatrick “ “ Printing $ 32.25
F A Wall “ “ Stationary $ 1.10
J W Follanstice(?) Special Rev putting ____ in ___ & co office $ 14.50
T. W. Allbritton “ “ Building Bridge $ 42.98
F. M. Wilson “ “ Services ___ in ____ Bd Health $ 25.00
Decashe(?) Printing
House Special Rev Treasurers Book $ 13.95
J C ____son
Shff Orange Co “ “ Boarding Prisoners ___ New Castle $ 12.40
C W Turner Gen Rev delivering Election Laws $ 8.50
J. T. Pollard Special Rev Repairing Bridge $ 50.00


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G. A. Hanson Gen Rev Services as Co Atty for Aug $ 20.80
“ “Special Rev Lumber & Nails for Bridge $ 8.30
Jno W Trammell Gen Rev Commissions $121.05
Holder & Talconer(?) “ “ Printing $ 9.70
L Caruthers “ “ Allowance for Aug as Pauper $ 8.00
Winnie Roberts “ “ “ “ $ 10.00
J A Chester “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Mrs. E Tewakes “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Martha Welch “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
Mrs. Nillie Maine(?) “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
J W Corbett “ “ “ “ $ 10.00
J D Tillis “ “ Commissions Aug 2/87 $252.44
“ “ “ “ Commissions Sept 6/87 $ 46.48
C. R. Oglesby MD “ “ Attention to Prisoners $ 6.00
W. J. Platt “ “ Carrying Election Returns $ 8.00
H. E Padgett “ “ “ “ $ 4.40
E. G. Wilder “ “ “ “ $ 6.00
Jno. W. Trammell “ “ “ “ $ 3.80
J. G. Hatcher “ “ “ “ $ 7.40
Geo W Hicks “ “ “ “ $ 3.40
W. H. Hitt “ “ “ “ $ 5.80
T. A. Wall “ “ Registering voters $ 14.40
M. J. Miller “ “ Guarding Jail $ 61.35
_____ Booth “ “ carrying Election law & D____ $ 2.95
Geo R. Fortner “ “ Part payment as assessor $100.00
S. I. Pearce “ “ carrying Registration __ F W H___ $ 2.25
J. B. Wilcker “ “ ____ ____ to Ballot B___ to Managers $ 9.45
Irvin Raulerson “ “ Bringing Election Returns from Dist No 1 $ 6.00
Ed Lake “ “ Carrying ___ to District 1 & 4 & 9 $ 3.80
G. B. Locke “ “ Guarding Jail $ 54.00
S. I. Pearce “ “ delivering Election Returns $ 2.25
J. A. Fortner “ “ Serv on Board Coovessors $ 2.00
R. W. Hancock “ “ Bringing Election Returned from Ft. Meade $ 3.40
John Patterson “ “ Registration ______ $ 2.95
R. T Kilpatrick Sheriff “ “ Sheriffs fees $112.15
I. L. Griffen “ “ Deputy fees $ 13.70


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E. G. H__ey Gen Rev Registering Voters & Mileage $ 3.50
Statham & Blount “ “ Medicine for Prisoners $ 4.15
A. T. Williams “ “ Registering Voters & Mileage $ 6.80
W. H. Hitt “ “ “ “ $ 0.70
J. J. Mills “ “ “ “ $ 3.70
John Godwin “ “ “ “ $ 7.70
M. W. Simmons “ “ “ “ $ 6.10
Herman Schipmon “ “ “ “ $ 3.00
C. E. Fortner “ “ Registering & delivering Elec R___ $ 3.10
E. J. Hilliard “ “ Service Co Comms $ 18.00
Thomas Allbritton “ “ “ “ $ 20.40
N. B. Norton “ “ “ “ $ 18.40
Geo R Durrance “ “ “ “ $ 18.40
T W Anderson “ “ “ “ $ 14.40
R T Kilpatrick “ “ attending Justice Court $ 6.00
C. F. Fernald “ “ “ “ $ 6.00
On Motion the Board adjourned to meet first Monday in October. Aprove Oct 3rd 1887
T. W. Anderson Chairman


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County Commissioner Court Monday Oct 3rd 1887 10 Oclock AM
T W Anderson Chairman, N. B. Norton, E. J. Hilliard, Geo R Durrance and Thomas Allbritton, present
The Minutes of last meeting were read and with some slight corrections was approved.
The Report of J. B. Turned and W. H. Lanier, two of the Commissioners appointed to inspect the new road which runs through the Homestead of E. M. Robinson was received and the same is referred to Commissioner N. B. Norton with authority to inspect said Road and if he finds it in good condition to instructed Mr. E. M. Robinson to close the old road upon the condition that Mr. Robinson will keep the said new Road in good condition for twelve months.
Ordered that work on the Bartow and Keysville Road be suspended until further orders from this Board.
Ordered that the Supervisor of District No 9 Excuse T. W> Kersey from Road duty provided he repairs the Bridge across Boggy Branch.
The Petition from S___e M Reynolds and others; asking that the order to cut a new road from the Keysville road near Henry Kirkland’s to Lakeland be countermanded was considered & reject4ed as the Road had been partially cut before the Petitioners presented this petition the Board permit’s the signers of the original petition to cut the road themselves without calling upon other hands in the District.
A petition from T J Williams and others was received and action upon it postponed until the November meeting.
Ordered that Hero Foster be placed on the Pauper list and be allowed $4 per Month from this date.


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The Board then began the revision of the registration lists.


Tuesday Oct 4th 1887 9 Oclock A.M. All the members of the Board present.
The Board completed the revision of the registration Lists and it is
Ordered that the Clerk have the names of the voters which have been stricken from the lists, Published.
The Tax Collector appeared before the Board and paid over the funds Collected and made satisfactory Statements in regard to the future settlement of his accounts.
Ordered that the Auditor Credit the Collector with receipts dated Sep 6th and Sept 30th 1887 for the sum of Five Thousand five hundred and Ninety five and 03/100 Dollars (inclusive)
The Board upon the petition of a number of friends of Miss Frankie Durrance, appropriated One hundred dollars from the Special Fund to aid in having a surgical operation performed on her eye.
Bids for the County printing were received from the news papers of the County, and the bid of the Polk County Informant being the lowest was accepted, said bid being at ½ cent per line, and the Minutes of the Commissioners Court be published free,


Wednesday Oct 5th 1887 9 Oclock A.M. All present
The Petition of Wm Futch, Jesse Keen et al asking for a Public Road from Lakeland parallel with the S_ Fla RR to the Hillsborough County line was granted and W. M. Futch, Jesse Keen and H. H. English are appointed commissioners to mark out said road.
The consideration of the petition from J. T. Wilson that was postponed until the November meeting


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Ordered that Noah Waters and his wife be placed upon the pauper list and be allowed $6 per Month from this date.
Also that A. A. Bryant be placed on the Pauper list and be allowed $6 per Month from this date.
Ordered that the petition of Wm. Futch, H. H. English, et al asking that the New road from the Wire road near Lakeland leading North to the County line; be not opened, be granted and that the Road Commissioners be notified not to open said Road.
Ordered that J. W. Corbett and Mrs E Fewawks be dropped from the Pauper list from this date.
Ordered that the County Treasurer be instructed to pass from the Special funds to the General fund the Sum of $98.25/100 the amount of Expenses of Election and $54.20/100 the Amount of Registration Expenses for the recent Special Election, Said amounts having been drawn on the General fund when it should have been drawn on the Special fund.
The Board Executed a deed to May Wall for part of Lots of Block 3 of the Original town of Bartow, to be delivered when the money is paid over,
Ordered that the Treasurer be charged with $156.62 the amount due the County on land which was sold for non-payment of taxes and afterwards sold by or redeemed from the State.
Ordered that the Town Council be permitted to remove the Shelter which stands over the Pump at the SW Corner of the Court House Square and also the Fruit Stand which was recently put up by D. R. Thomas, he having died since its erection.
County Treasurer Jno W Trammell made his quarterly Report as follows
Jno W Trammell Treas
1887 In a/c with Polk County Quarter Ending Sept 30th 1887


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(Ledger for General, Special, and School funds)
It is Ordered that the County Auditor Credit the Treasurer with said amounts on the different funds respectively.
The following account were approved and ordered to be paid and warrants drawn for the same
E. F. Durrance Special Fund _____ ______ Miss Frankie Durrance $103.80
F. M. Wilson “ “ Serv Secty Board of Health $ 14.40
J. H. Humphries “ “ Serv Quarantine Inspector $ 4.00
R. B. Shell “ “ ___ Board of Health $ 2.65
A. B Ferguson “ “ Table ___ in Clks office $ 2.00
G. A. Hanson Gen Fund Serving as Co atty $ 20.85
G. B. Locke “ “ Serving Jail Guard $ 40.50
M. J. Mills “ “ “ “ $ 40.50
O. H. Dishong “ “ Sheriffs Fees $ 2.65
W. H. Johnson (for Specl Fund Blank/Block accounts $ 10.00
Polk County Printing Co Gen Fund Pub Justice Districts $ 50.00
E. J. Hilliard “ “ Services as Co Coms $ 9.00
Thos Allbritton “ “ “ “ $ 10.20
Geo R Durrance “ “ “ “ $ 9.20
T. W. Anderson “ “ “ “ $ 7.20
N. B. Norton “ “ “ “ $ 12.40


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Mrs. Nellie Maine “ “ allowance as Pauper $ 4.00
T W Smith “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
F. F. Dossey “ “ Returning Bal Box from Dis ___ $ 3.40
C. B. Baclay(?) “ “ Bear Scalps $ 10.00
G. W. Singletary “ “ 1 Wild Cat Scalp $ 3.00
Mathew T Tucker “ “ 1 Panther Scalp $ 5.00
“ “ “ “ 1 Wild Cat Scalp $ 3.00
G. A. Mosely Special Fund Returning Bal Box from Dist 10 $ 2.65
J. A. Chester Gen Fund allowance as Pauper $ 4.00
Martha Welch “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
Mrs. E Fewawks “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Winnie Roberts “ “ “ “ $ 6.00
W. K/H. Johnson “ “ Services as County Auditor $ 25.00
Wm Mimms “ “ allowance as Pauper $ 7.00
J. W. Corbett “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
J. H. Jones “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
Mrs. E. A. Browns “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
L Caruthers “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
G. W. Turner Spl Fund Serving Bd of Health $ 2.80
W. H. Johnson for ____ “ “ Paid Mrs. Mison(?) to leave the Co $ 15.00
J. H. Humphries “ “ Quarantine Inspector $ 66.00
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County Commissioners Court Monday November 7th 1887, 10 Oclock AM
Present, T. W. Anderson, Chairman, N. B. Norton, E. J. Hilliard, Geo R Durrance and Thomas Allbritton. The Minutes of last meeting were read and approved.
Joseph L Read and H. H/K English two of the Road Commissioners for District No 10 filed their report stating that the new Road leading from the Keysville road to Lakeland, has been opened and put in passable condition by the Original Petitioners for said road, which Report is accepted and It is ordered that said Road is hereby declared a public road,
William Futch, H. H. English and Jesse Keen the Commissioners appointed to mark out a new road from Lakeland parallel with the South Fla RR to the western line of the County, filed their Report which was accepted, and it is Ordered that said Road is hereby declared a public road and said commissioners discharged.
A quorum of the Polk County Board of Health came before the Board and presented a bill of $800, as Polk County’s share of Quarantine Expenses for the month of October, and requested that a warrant be issued for $600, to meet Polk County’s share of Quarantine expenses for the Month of November, And It is Ordered that a warrant for $1400, be issued to cover the above amounts with the understanding that if so much as $600, is not required for Polk County’s share of said Expense for November; the balance shall be subject to the Order of this Board.
Ordered that Laura Horseford be placed on the Pauper list and be allowed $4, per month from this date.
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Section 5 Tp 31 R 25 to its Southern boundary, Thence in a Southwest direction to intersect the Road at the South of Hooker Prairie at or near A. J. Manns’; was granted and B. Whidden, A. Taylor and E. B. Blount are appointed Commissioners to mark out the same.
In the Matter of the various Petitions relating to the location of the road which passes through the lands of T. J. Williams et al North of Bartow, the Board appointed Thomas H. Parker, J. Mathew Greene and V. Hamilton as Commissioners to locate said Road and report to this Board at this meeting. Adjourned
Tuesday November 8th 9 Oclock A.M. Commissioners all present.
Commissioner Norton reported that he has examined the new road which runs through E. M. Robinsons Homestead and found the same in good condition and that he instructed Mr. Robinson to close the old road in accordance with the Authority and instructions given him by the Board at the October Meeting, Mr. Nortons report was approved.
The Board appointed J. P. Glover, W. W. Clark, V. M. Hallman, C. E. Reed and W> H. Johnson as a Committee to examine the new Jail to ascertain whether or not the same has been built in accordance with the contract, plans and specifications, with the request to make their report to this Board at this meeting.
The Board then began the work of Comparing the Tax Books and continued the same until 5-30 Oclock P.M.
Adjourned
Wednesday Nov 9th 9 Oclock A.M. Commissioners all present.
The Board resumed the work of comparing the Tax Books.
As 11-30 Oclock A.M. the Committee appointed to examine the new Jail brought in their Report which sets forth that the building has been completed in accord


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ance with the contract, which report was accepted and the thanks of the Board tendered to the Committee.
The Board then continued to compare the tax Books the balance of the day. Adjourned
Thursday Nov 10th 9 Oclock A.M. Commissioners all present.
The Board continued to compare the tax books, and completed the Same
John W. Trammell County Treasurer filed his Monthly report which is as follows (General, Special & School fund Ledger)
It appearing to the Board that Harrison Jones has declined to accept the appointment as Justice of the Peace for District No 15 and that V. H. Surrency has declined to accept the appointment as Justice of the Peace for District No 1 the Board recommended M. S. Knox for appointment


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to fill said vacancy for District No 15, and Thomas J. Altman to fill said Vacancy for District No 1, Adjourned.
Friday Nov 11 9 Oclock A.M.
Commissioner Hilliard reported that he let the contract for building the Bridge across Bowlegs Creek to V. L. Tillis and that the same has been properly built upon which report it is ordered that a warrant be issued in favor of said V. L. Tillis for $32.10 for building said Bridge
The Board looking to the interest of the County decided that they will receive bids at the December Meeting from the Physicians of Bartow for Medical attention to the Prisoners in the Polk County Jail at so much per visit and prescription, The Physition whose bid is accepted must arrange with some other Phyician to act in his absence at the same rate as his bid.
It is Ordered that T. W Anderson is Authorized to Examine the new Jail and see if it is practicable to put the force pump inside of the Prison, and if so and it does not cost too much (in his opinion) he is to have if be arranged.
It is Ordered that the following persons be placed up on the Pauper list and be allowed the following amts respectively, Nancy Goss $4, per month; Matilda Douglas $5, per month; Andrew Bates $4, per month and J. W. Corbett $4, per month,
Ordered that A. A. Bryant be dropped from the Pauper list from this date.
A Committee of Citizens came before the Board, and a petition numerously signed was also received; asking that the Board appropriate a sum of money to be expended in making an Exhibit of the products of Polk County at the Subtropical Exposition at Jacksonville. The Board decided to give until Monday Nov 21st to


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circulate petitioners to ascertain whether or not a majority of the Citizens of the County desire an appropriation made for said purpose, at which date an adjourned meeting will be held to decide the matter.
The Commissioners who were appointed, on Monday the 7th ____ to locate the road which runs through the Lands of T. J. Williams et al North of Bartow, filed their report which was accepted and said Commissioners discharged and said Road is hereby declared a public Road as located by said Commissioners.
The following accounts were approved and Ordered to be paid and warrants issued for the same
State Health
Protective Association Special Fund Quarantine Expenses for October $400.00
J. W> Trammell Gen Fund Commissioner as ______ $ 83.50
L Caruthers “ “ Allowance as Pauper for Oct $ 4.00
Mrs. E A. Brown “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
J. H. Jones “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
William Mimms “ “ “ “ $ 7.00
Winnie Roberts “ “ “ “ $ 6.00
Martha Welch “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
J. A. Chester “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
T. W. Smith “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
Nellie Maine “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
J. B. Turner Special Services as Registration officer $ 2.20
C. B. Lightsey “ “ Repairing Peace River Bridge $ 17.00
D. S. Bunch “ “ Returning Ballot Box $ 1.70
Advance Courier “ “ Printing $ 3.00
T. J. McMullen “ “ Services as Registration officer $ 2.55
Noah Waters Gen Fund Allowance as Pauper for Oct $ 6.00
A. A. Bryant “ “ “ “ $ 6.00
T. M. Wilson Secty Special “ Quarantine Expenses $ 8.20
Geo R Langford “ “ Building Bridge across Peace Creek $200.00
V. L. Tillis “ “ Building Bridge across Bowlegs Creek $ 32.10
Statham & Blount Gen Fund Medicine for Prisoners in Jail $ 30.80
W. L. McDowell Special Fund Putting Glase on CH Windows $ 10.25
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John H. Smith Gen fund 1 Wild Cat Scalp $ 3.00
B. A./N. Robertson “ “ 2 “ “ $ 6.00
R. Kirkland “ “ 1 Bear Scalp $ 5.00
W. H. Johnson “ “ Copy of record in case of F. A. Johnson $ 21.00
“ “ “ “ Costs in case of F. A. Johnson $ 7.42
“ “ “ “ _____ _____ Book & Expenses $ 6.75
R. T. Kilpatrick “ “ Clothing for L___ B____ Pauper $ 6.00
R. T. Kilpatrick “ “ Sheriffs fees $ 44.50
John W. Cl___ “ “ Jail Guard $ 39.20
T C Nall “ “ “ “ $ 56.00
G. B. Locke “ “ “ “ $ 7.50
J. B. Cumbee “ “ 3 Wild Cat Scalps $ 9.00
Jacob Brooks “ “ 1 “ “ $ 3.00
Frank Fussell “ “ 1 Bear Scalp & 1 Wild Cat Scalp $ 8.00
T G Pell(?) “ “ 1 Wild Cat Scalp $ 3.00
John Patterson Jr “ “ 1 “ “ $ 3.00
C. E. Reed & Bros “ “ Repairing Public Pump $ 4.20
Fo__ Gatlin “ “ Medicine for Prisoners $ 2.35
Mathew Tucker “ “ 1 Panther scalp $ 5.00
R. H. Humphries “ “ 1 Wild Cat scalp $ 3.00
R. H. Parrish “ “ “ “ $ 3.00
Geo R. Fortner “ “ Commissions as Tax Assessor $ 56.98
“ “ “ “ “ “ $100.00
“ “ “ “ “ “ $100.00
“ “ “ “ “ “ $100.00
“ “ “ “ “ “ $100.00
Lang Bros “ “ Clothing for Prisoners $ 8.45
G. A. Moseley “ “ Returning Ballot Box $ 2.65
D. S. Bunch Special Services as Registration officer $ 2.30
Daniel M. Pipkin Gen Fund 1 Wild Cat Scalp $ 3.00
W. H. Johnson “ “ Services as Co Auditor $ 25.00
M. J. Miller “ “ Guarding Jail $ 45.60
Jacob W. Brooks “ “ 1 Wild Cat Scalp $ 3.00
A. Fountain “ “ 2 Wild Cat Scalps & 1 Panther scalp $ 11.00
Thompson & Co Special C___ of land payment on new jail $3000.00
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G. A. Hanson Gen Fund Services as County Solicitor $ 20.53
Thos Allbritton “ “ Services Co Com $ 14.20
Geo R. Durrance “ “ “ “ $ 13.20
N. B. Norton “ “ “ “ $ 16.40
T. W. Anderson “ “ “ “ $ 11.20
E. J. Hilliard “ “ “ “ $ 13.00
C.R. Oglesby “ “ Medical attention to Prisoners $ 40.00
Prince Johnson “ “ Digging _____ burrying Pauper $ 1.00
M. J. Miller “ “ Attendance on County Court $ 10.00
Geo S. Durrance “ “ “ “ $ 10.00
J. M. Green Special Fund 1 day Locating Road $ 1.50
_. H. Parker “ “ “ “ $ 1.50
V. Hamilton “ “ “ “ $ 1.50
Aproved T. W. Anderson Chairman


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County Commissioners Court Monday December 5th 1887 10 Oclock A.M.
Commissioners present, T. W> Anderson Chairman, N. B. Norton, E. J. Hilliard, G. R. Durrance and Thomas Allbritton.
The Minutes of last meeting were read and approved.
The Board signed a certificate recommending that Regan V. Bryant be placed upon the State Pensio Roll at Tallahassee.
Capt J. N. Hankin as President of Polk Co Board of health presented a bill for $400, to pay Polk County’s share of a balance still due on Quarantine Expenses for the Month of November and also to meet the espenses of same for the month of December. An it is Ordered that a warrant be issued for said amount for said purpose.
John W. Trammell; County Treasurer, filed his monthly report which is as follows (Ledger for General, School, and Special funds. Adjourned.
Tuesday Dec 6th 1887 - 9 Oclock AM. Commissioners all present.
The Board signed a recommendation; recommending that Gov Perry appoint David C. Lancaster as Justice of the Peace for District No 1 (Thomas J. Altman who was recommended at the Nov Meeting for said appointment having declined


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to accept) and that H. P. Walker be appointed as Justice of the Peace for District No 6.
Ordered that L. M. Smith be allowed a reduction of one half in the assessed valuation of his 15 acre of land in Sec 11, Tp 29, R 25, and that Josie C. Reif be allowed a reduction on the assessed valuation of her property in Ft Meade as follows; Lot 2 in Blk G in Mitchells Addition for $100, to $50. House and Lot in Frenchs Addition from $1000, to $500, and it is Ordered that the Collector collect their taxes in accordance with the reductions.
J. D. Tillis Collector of Revenue presented the Treasurers receipts as follows
Receipt dated Dec 5th 1887 for $450.08 on Collections of 1886 as follows
On General Revenue $139.10
On Special Revenue $160.98
On School Revenue $150.00$450.08
And it is Ordered that the Collector be credited with the same on the County Ledger
The Board appointed V. M. Hollman, W. H. Johnson, P. Glover, Samuel Stebbins, C. E. Reed and E. W. Coddington as a Committee to inspect the Cells and work of putting them up in the New Jail; with instructions to report at this meeting of the Board as to whether or not the same has been done in accordance with the Contract and specifications.
At the request of a majority of the Tax payers of the County by Petition, the Board granted an appropriation to make Polk County’s exhibit at Jacksonville and it is therefore Ordered that an appropriation of $2000, is made for the purpose of making an exhibit of the products of Polk County at the Sub Tropical Exposition at Jacksonville and the following Financial Committee is appointed to control and pay out the same, J. M. Hayman, J. B. Crum, Robt Bryant, J. J. Mills, Richard R. Foote, and W> H. Johnson is appointed Treasurer, and W. S. Thompson and C. I. Page are appointed


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to go to Jacksonville and take charge of, arrange and keep in Order the said Exhibit of Polk County and It is Ordered that the said Thompson and Page be allowed Three Dollars per day each to be paid out of the said appropriation, for their services, they paying their own expenses. Adjourned.


Wednesday Dec 7 - 1887 9 Oclock A.M. Commissioners all present.
The Committee appointed to inspect the Cell work in the New Jail made their report, which was accepted and the Committee discharged with the thanks of the Board.
It is Ordered that the Board will hear complaints as to excessive assessments of property on the first Tuesday in January next.
The Board opened the several bids of the Physicians of Bartow for Medical Attention to the Prisoners in Jail and Dr. D. G. Ferguson’s bid being the lowest, at Fifty cents per visit and prescription, was accepted,
Dr. R. H. Look submitted a proposition to the Board offering to furnish Medicines and Drugs on pre____ or att_____ for the Prisoners in Jail at 10% profit on cost of same which proposition was accepted.
The Board accepted an offer from J. P. Glover to furnish Mattrasses for the new Jail at $2.50/100 each Exclusion Mattrasses to be used.
Mr. I. J. Williams agreed with the Board that he will make a Deed to the Board of County Commissioners for Polk County, to the Right of way through his Lane 30 feet wide in the SE¼ of NW¼ of Sec 25, Tp 29, R 24, said County to have the use of the same as long as used for a County Road, the Shade trees in said Lane Not to be cut down or injured by choping or otherwise mutilating them.
Ordered that the Contract to build a Bridge across


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the Branch North of A. H. Leonard be let to T J. Williams for Fifty dollars.
Ordered that the Road Commissioners for District No 3 be instructed to have the Road opened and put in good condition as recently located near the residences of A. H. Leonard and T. J. Williams by a Committee appointed for that purpose,
Ordered that J. W. Boyd be employed to see that the grading of the drain from the New Jail is properly carried out and that the Clerk employ Mr. Bishop to see that the pipe of said drain is properly laid in cement.
Ordered that a warrant be issued in favor of H. A. Streeter for $6800, in payment for bills and fixtures furnished for Polk County Jail as per Contract made with G. A. Godard and also that a warrant be issued in favor of W. T. Coller/Cotter for $420.20/110 in payment of ____ for Plans and Specifications of Polk County Jail and that the Warrant in favor of said H. A. Streeter be left with T. W. Anderson to be delivered when all of said Cell work is satisfactorily completed.
The following accounts were approved and ordered to be paid and warrants issued for same.
J. H. Kirkland Special fund Material for Bridge $ 33.24
J. W. Corbett Gen Fund Allowance as Pauper for Nov $ 4.00
L Caruthers “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Andrew Bates “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Matilda Douglas “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
Nancy Goss “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Laura Horseford “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Hero Foster “ “ “ for Oct & Nov $ 8.00
Noah Waters & wife “ “ allowance as Pauper for Nov $ 6.00
T. W. Smith “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
J. A. Chester “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Martha Welch “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
Winnie Roberts “ “ “ “ $ 6.00
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J. H. Jones Gen Fund Allowance as Pauper for Nov $ 5.00
Mrs. E. A. Brown “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
J. H. Hooker Pres to
Bd Health Special Expenses of Quarantine Nov & Dec $400.00
G. A. Hanson Gen Fund Salary as County Solicitor $ 20.83
J. M. Forsythe “ “ Paper for the Clerks office $ 2.15
Lightsey & Canter Special Repairing Peace River Bridge $221.96
W. H. Johnson for
J. T. U “ “ Record Deed Book $ 19.75
W> H. Johnson Gen Fund Salary as Co Auditor $ 25.00
Joseph Pearce “ “ 2 Wild Cat Scalps $ 6.00
J. W. Powell Special Material for Bridge $ 24.60
Dr. D. C. Ferguson Gen Fund Med attention to Prisoners $ 7.00
T. A. Wall “ “ Salary as Supervisor of Reg $ 25.00
R. T. Kilpatrick “ “ Sheriffs fees $ 23.35
T. C. Noll “ “ Jail Guard $ 40.50
M. J. Miller “ “ “ “ $ 40.50
J. B. Turner Spl Fund Services as Registration officer $ 3.30
R. T. Kilpatrick Gen Fund Cot for Prisoners in Jail $ 2.00
Lang Brothers “ “ Blankets for Jail $ 5.65
M. T. Tucker “ “ 1 Panther Scalp $ 5.00
J. M. Cumbee “ “ 1 Bear Scalp $ 5.00
J. H. Pike “ “ 2 Wild Cat Scalps $ 6.00
John A. McIntosh “ “ 1 “ “ $ 3.00
A. J. Block “ “ 1 Bear Scalp $ 5.00
M. T. Tucker “ “ 1 Wild Cat Scalp $ 3.00
A. Fountain “ “ 1 “ “ $ 3.00
J. H. Smith “ “ 1 “ “ $ 3.00
A. D. Young “ “ 1 “ “ $ 3.00
J. H. Pike “ “ 1 Bear Scalp $ 5.00
E. J. Hilliard “ “ Services as Co Com $ 9.00
N. B. Norton “ “ “ “ $ 12.40
Thomas Allbritton “ “ “ “ $ 10.20
Geo R Durrance “ “ “ “ $ 9.20
T. W. Anderson “ “ “ “ $ 8.20
W. H. Johnson Treas
F____ Com “ “ “ “ $2000.00
W. T. Cotter Special Commissions on Plan & Expense of Jail $420.20
Nellie Maine “ “ Allowance as Pauper for No $ 4.00
H. A. Streeter Jail Fund Cells & fixtures for Jail $6800.00


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J. D. Tillis Tax Collector presented the Treasurers Receipts as follows on assessment for 1887
Receipt dated December 5th 1887 for $503.70 on the several funds as follows;
On General Revenue $117.20
On Special Revenue $ 78.10
On Jail Revenue $117.20
On School Revenue $191.20
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County Commissioners Court Monday January 2nd 1888 - 10 Oclock A.M. Commissioners present;
T. W. Anderson, Chairman, Thomas Allbritton, E. J. Hilliard, Geo R Durrance and N B Norton.
The Minutes of last Meeting were read and approved.
Ordered that the Petition from E. B. Blount et al; asking that a Public Road be opened as has once been blazed and marked out between E. B. Blount’s and Z. L. Crum’s, be granted and said road is declared a Public road as blazed out.
Ordered that the Petition from James Benedict et al for a Public road from the West end of Main Street in Ft Meade to the Public road leading from Bartow to Fort Green be granted and that said road be ordered opened and the same is declared a Public road.
The Board approved the Bond of M. S. Knox as Justice of the Peace for District No 15
Ordered that John Dasher be allowed ten dollars as a Pauper to aid him to leave the County.
The following persons are appointed as Road Commissioner to serve for 1888
For District No 1. J. J. Mills, John Waters, and Geo Alderman
For District No 2. Augustus Bryant, Geo Singletary and E. J. Stinsman
For District No 3. T. R. J. Brooks, John D. Green and Solomon H. Page
For District No 4. J. Taylor, J. A. Okane and Henry Hicks
For District No 5. J. A. Hancock, J. W. Tucker Jr and Luther Bryant
For District No 6. F. B. Harris, John Costine Jr, and Daniel Fortner
For District No 7. J. Rutledge, J. R. Raulerson and G. M. Parrish
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Road Commissioners Continued
For District No 9. Chas Fortner, E. W. Dineviddy and W. J. Pearce
For District No 10. V. W. Stephenson, James Cumbee, and J. L. Wread
For District No 11. J. C.Ballard, C. C. Giddens and J. L. McLelland
For District No 12. C. F. Cates, F. K. Harris and John C. Clark
For District No 13. D. S. Bunch, R. B. Gandy and John Waters
For District No 14. Henry Winegourd, Irvin Raulerson & L__rs Godwin
For District No 15. N. C. Bryan, J. Jacob, and T. O. Butler (F. M. McQueen is scratch out)


Tuesday January 3rd 9 Oclock AM Commissioners all present
Commissioners Norton and durance reported that they have examined the Bridge built by T. J. Williams and that they find that the same is built in accordance with the Contract -- and also that the Bridge has been made longer and wider than the contract calls for; which required additional lumber to the amount of $3.24, which the Board agrees to pay and It is Ordered that the Bridge is accepted and that a warrant for $53.24 be issued to T J Williams in payment for said Bridge.
The Board approved the Bond of H. P. Walker as Justice of the Peace for District No 6.
Ordered that the following reductions be made in the assessed valuation of property for Taxes and that the Collector make collections in accordance with these reductions and that the Auditor credit the Collectors account with the amounts of the reductions in the taxes: S. P. Hazelton (from 400 to 200); F. B. Harris (from 600 to 300); F. B. Harris (from 600 to 300); J. C. Titson [land description] - Collector will not collect this as if is _____ __ to T B Harris


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T. F. Griffin (from 300 to 100); B. F. Moody (from 850 to 50); M. W. Fuller (from 400 to 300); John Mull___ Lot H in Blk B Auburndale (from 1000 to 500); John T All Britton (from 400 to 250); J. B. Keen (from 400 to 200); E. B. Blount (from 600 to 200); William Clay (from 500 to 260); R. B. Mitchell [land description and Lot 3 ___ Mitchells add to Ft Meade] (from 5000 to 2000); Albert Lay [land description in Polk 88 in Haines City] (from 2150 to 530); J. A. Wilson (from 600 to 400); James M. Manley Jr (from 400 to 200); W. C. Jordan (from 3000 to 2000); S C & J H Hill [is assessed with __ them by ___ on which Collector will not collect Lots 8 & 11 in Dudleys 1st Add & Bartow (2 acres)] (from 1000 to 500); L. Lytle (from 650 to 50); F. M. Wilson (from 300 to 100); T. R. Barkalaw (from 5600 to 4000); John E. Wilson [Lot 1 Blk E Mitchells Add to Ft Meade (from 650 to 50); E. J. Hilliard [as ass’d by Error with 3 acres in …description .. Upon which the Collector will not collect, it being properly ass’d ___ - Armstrong]; G. A. Hanson (from 2000 to 1500); Mrs. L. W. Collins (from 200 to 50); C. D. Kellogg (from 200 to 160); Jasper Summerlin (from 1600 to 800); Solomon H. Page [ is ass’d with … description … which do not belong to him & on which Collector will not Collect …description] (from 1000 to 100); J. W. Ridgdill (from 500 to 250); Anna Varn [Lots 1 & 2 in Blk D] (from 1000 to 500) [Lots 3 & 4 in Blk 18 (from 2000 to 1000); H. W. Snell (from 400 to 200)
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G. J. Alderman, H. Allbritton, James Alderman, T. J. Altman, O. H. Albritton, J. W. Albritton, R. J. Blount, David Branch, D. C. Bridges, J. L. Brooker, B. F. Blount, Robert Bryant, J. W. Bryant, George Bryant, Frank Bryan, G. A. Bryant, F. W. Broward, Hampton Combee, J. M. Crum, J. D. Crum, Perry Cowart, Peter J. Carlton, John Clark, J. M. Collins, Mathew Davis, Geo S. Durrance, G. L. Dudley, J. A. Durrance, Philip Dzalynski, W. T. Denham, R. W. Daniel, J. R. Davis, H. T. Dial, M. M. Dunlope, F. T. Dorsey/Dossey, E. W. Dinewiddie, F. R. Eaves(?), C. H. Everett, H. H. English, J. McEvans, Wm Futch, W. R. Ferrell, C. E. Fortner, M. G. Fortner, J. R. Frier, M. W. Fuller, Reuben Fuller, R. R. Foote, W. H. Flowers, C. F. Fernald, C. L. Fries, G. R. Freeman, G. W. Gandy, A. E. Godwin, H. J. Goddard, D. A. Gaffney, C. B. H. Glover, Geo W Griffin, Thomas D. Greene, J. R. Glover, D. D. Gardner, T. F. Griffin, N. C. Gresham, F. M. Howze, Joseph Hicks, G. W. Hendry, Stephen Hull, S. T. Hollingsworth, J. T. Hancock Sr., S. G. Hayman, V. Hamilton, Henry Hollingsworth, J. A. Hancock, J. J. Hatcher,


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Barney Hart, G. W. Hicks, J. N. Hooker, Joseph Heard, W. M. High, W. C. Hayman, ERROR, A. C. Hawkins, John Harris, J. W. Hampton, J. T. Hart, W. T. Hyres(?), W. B. Holland, L. Haskell, B. F. Holland, R. H. Humphries, W. H. Hayes, J. Y. Hatcher, D. H. Hancock, E. G. Hovey, W. H. Hitt, R. P. Jordan, J. R. Johnson, J. H. Johnson Jr., J. L. Jones, L. W. Johnson, J. C. Jordan, Jesse Keen, C. T. King, J. H. Kirkland, G. H. Knellinger, Luther Keller, A. Keen, J. B. Keen, Thomas C. Keller, Irvin Keck, C. B. Lightsey, J. W. Lanier, I. W. Lunn, L. L. Langford, A. H. Leonard, W. H. Lewis, L. B. Lanham, R. A. McAuley, E. E. Mizell, D. G. Moore, J. J. Mills, B. F. Moody, J. E. Maloy, A. H. Moseley, I. N. Morrison, W. N. Melton, John Mullen, John McDermott, David McMullen, W. M. McAuley, W. T. Munfort, A. S. McKillop, F. C. Milton, D. G. Moore, F. M. McQueen, A. Newburn, W. S. Odom, S. H. Page, H. A. Prince, R. H. Peeples, J. T. Pollard, T. H. Parker, D. W. Proctor, J. M. Palmer, G. L. Poole, J. C. Pearce, J. B. Pylant, A. J. Pollard, W. L. Patterson, J. P. Poppell, B. F. Perry, R. R. Platt, W. F. Reynolds, J. C. Rutledge, S. H. Raulerson, L. D. Robertson, N. E. B. Roberts, W. H. Rivers, J. H. Rushing, E. M. Robinson, Moris W. Rowell, N. A. Riggins, Jasper Summerlin, I. E. Sherouse, Thomas Sulliven, J. W. Singletary, J. J. Sutton, M. C. Surency, H. H .Smith, H. Schepman, Roan Sapp, C. M. Stidham, J. O. Stroud, Orvil Sloan, G. M. Sherman(?), G. W. Sanders, Richard Story, J. T. Sheritt, J. Stalvey, V. M. Stevenson, W. W. Tillis, J. D. Taylor, W. R. Track, H. M. Thompson, J. T. Tie_, Henry Talmadge, E. W. Toney, A. H. Thompson, E. H. Tison, W. B. Varn, J. W. Vineyard, J. B. Watson, Ancil Walker Sr., Bennett Whidden, Thomas Wade, Joseph Walker, E. G. Wilder, W. T. Whitledge, T. J. Williams, J. A. Wilson, J. L. Wread, Mathew Walker, G. W. Winegard, A. V. Wright, W. B. Whitfield, E. Y. Watts, J. H. Watson, J. J. Wiggins, C. W. Waggoner, A. G. Zipprer, A. H. Zachry, W. J. Azline, A. H. Adams, W. M. Bow___(?), D. S. Bunch, Joseph Bryant, Peter Best, P. M. Brown, J. W. Boyd, R. J. Brooks, J. O. C. Blount, J. C. Ballard, James Benedict, T. A. Blackborn, J. E. Bowen, F. L. Brooks, J. L. Bush, T. O. Butler, H. C. Bullock, J. F. Black, J. J. Bazemo__e, J. J. Baldrich, C. H. Billings, Horace Berhite(?), H. T. Battaile, Wm Collins, Perry Collins, C. F. Carpenter, T. A. Conery, J. C. Cull___son, J. W. Cox, E. A. Cordery, J. L. Carney, A. B. Carter, J. W. Durrance, J. H. Durrance Jr., E. D. Dishong, Nathan Durrance, G. G. Doby, J. D. Foster, W. H. Gaskins, G. D. Gillespie, W. G. Gaddard, E. M. Hayman, W. T. Hull, James Harden, D. Hilderly, Walter Hoyt, J. F. Joyner, J. J. Keen, J. M. Kilpatrick, R. G. Langford, G. A. Luke, A. A. Lewis, Sam Lang, J. S. Lanier, Henry Legler, J. J. McKinny, J. R. Marshall, H. D. McLeod, J. J. Menges, L. J. Marquis, S. D. McKean, Dozier McKinny, Aaron Martin, G. L. Newborn, T. W. Norwood, L. S. Oppenhiemer, J. Henry Parish, W. H. Pearce, S. I. Pearce, Ace Pellum, W. H. Parki_, S. R. Powell, T. J. Parker, J. I. Roberts, J. E. Rol__son(?), D. F. Russell, J. W. Reed, Wm B. Ross, J. M. Reed, Franklin Reid, J. L. Roguemore(?),


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R. H. Silvester, E. E. Skipper, G. W. Singletary, V. H. Surrency, J. M. Scott, F. B. Swearingen, T. J. Stakes, H. W. Snell
Thursday Jany 5th 1888 9 Oclock AM
The Board signed a certificate recommending that Joseph B Rogers be placed upon the State pension Roll at Tallahassee.
The Sheriff is allowed to remove a partition in the Jail at his own expense.
Ordered that S.S. Niblack be appointed as Agent to go to Jacksonville in the interest of Polk County’s Exhibit at the Sub tropical exposition, to go when ever the Financial Committee sees proper to send him.
Ordered that T W Anderson be and he is hereby empowered to see the old County Jail.
Ordered that Hero Foster be dropped from the Pauper list from this date.
Ordered that J.W. Corbett be allowed $6, per Month from this date.
Ordered that Lizzie Newmans be placed upon the Pauper list and be allowed $4, per month from this date.
The following account were approved and ordered to be paid and warrants issued for same
J. W. Corbett Gen fund Allowance as Pauper for Dec $ 4.00
Wm Mimms “ “ “ “ $ 7.00
John Dasher “ “ “ “ $ 10.00
T. J. Williams “ “ Building Bridge $ 53.04
Dr. A. Gullett “ “ Medical attention to Paupers $ 47.25
J. W. Trammell “ “ Com as Treasurer $350.00
Nellie Maine “ “ Allowance as Pauper for Dec $ 4.00
Mrs. E. A. Brown “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
J. H. Jones “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
Winnie Roberts “ “ “ “ $ 6.00
Martha Welch “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
J. A. Chester “ “ “ “ $ 4.00


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T. W. Smith Gen fund Allowance as Pauper for Dec $ 5.00
Noah Waters “ “ “ “ $ 6.00
Hero Foster “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Laura Horseford “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Nancy Goss “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Matilda Douglas “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
Andrew Bates “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
L Caruthers “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
G. A. Hanson “ “ Salary as Co Solictor $ 20.83
J. P. Glover “ “ Mattrasses for Jail $ 25.00
W. H. Johnson for
Walker Es C Spl fund Books & Stationary for Clerks office $ 38.65
N. B. Norton Gen fund Service as Co Com $ 12.40
Drs. J. H. Perry &
W. B. Marshall “ “ Examining Lunatic $ 10.00
W. H. Johnson “ “ Salary as Co Auditor $ 25.00
Lang Bros “ “ Blankets for Jail $ 2.00
C. E. Reed “ “ Rubber Pipe & Repairing Pump $ 11.50
W. B. Nell “ “ Coffin for Pauper $ 10.00
L. S. Oppenhiemer “ “ Supplies for Prisoners $ 1.25
J. H. Jones “ “ Moving Log out of Creek $ 1.00
T. A. Williams “ “ 1 Wild Cat Scalp $ 3.00
M. T. Tucker “ “ 1 “ “ $ 3.00
David Turrell “ “ 1 “ “ $ 3.00
Jno R. Yoemans “ “ 2 “ “ $ 6.00
Joe P. Cumbee “ “ 2 “ “ $ 6.00
A. E. Sloan “ “ 1 “ “ $ 3.00
M. M. Snow “ “ 1 “ “ $ 3.00
J. W. Boyd “ “ Leveling Jail Drain pipe $ 5.00
T. C. Nall “ “ Guarding Jail $ 42.00
M. J. Miller “ “ “ “ $ 42.00
R. T. Kilpatrick “ “ Sheriffs fees $ 24.02
Dr. F. M. Wilson “ “ Med attention to Prisoners $ 3.50
J. C. Wilber “ “ delivering Ballot Boxes $ 12.00
G. A. K. Stevens Agt “ “ Insurance on Court House $160.00
H. A. Streeter “ “ In place of warrant No 837 Comtroller $6800.00
Geo R. Durrance “ “ Services as Co Com $ 11.20
Thos Allbritton “ “ “ “ $ 12.20


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E. J. Hilliard Gen fund Services as Co Com $ 11.00
T. W. Anderson “ “ “ “ $ 9.20
Thompson & Co “ “ Bal on Cash payment on Jail $4493.00/1493.00


Ordered that J. W. Trammell be allowed until the February Meeting of this Board to make his quarterly report as County Treasurer for the Quarter including Dec 31/87. Approved Feb 6th 1888 T. W Anderson Chairman


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County Commissioners Court Monday February 6th 1888, 10 Oclock A.M.
Commissioners present; T. W. Anderson: Chairman, Thomas Allbritton, Geo R. Durrance and E. J. Hilliard,
The Minutes of last Meeting were read and approved.
The Board postponed action on the petition of Cyrus Pickett that for a public road in District No 13, until the first Monday in March to allow more time for objections to be filed.
Ordered that the allowance of Winnie Roberts as Pauper be increased from $6 to $8 per Mon from this date.
Ordered that T. O. Butler be appointed Road Commissioner for District No 15 in place of F. M. McQueen who was appointed but was over age and that Lewis Godwin be appointed Road Commissioner for District No 14 in place of O. S. Price who has moved from the County.
The Board signed a correction Deed part of Lots 1 & 4 in Block 16 in Bartow to Charles F. Chase the former Deed being defective.
A petition from T. O. Atkins; E. J. Stinsnean(?) et al for a public road was filed for action at the March Meeting of the Board,
A petition from J. N. Hooker to change a public road was also filed for action at the March Meeting of the Board.


Tuesday Febry 7th 1888. 9 Oclock AM Commissioners all present -- except N. B. Norton
The Board visited the Jail and found it well Kept and the prisoners generally in good condition,
Treasurer J. W. Trammell filed his Quarterly report for the Quarter ending Dec 31, 1887 and the Board proceeded to Examine his Vouchers and Statements and found the same correct, which statement is as follows
General fund
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Oct 1 To Bal on hand 407.50
Dec 31 To Bal Amt Rec’d from Col 354.13
Credits 761.63
Dec 31 By Disbursements 761.29
Bal 000.34
Special fund
Oct 1 To Bal on hand 1738.46
Dec 31 To Amt Rec’d from Col 316.69
2455.15
Dec 31 By Disbursement 2455.15
School fund
Oct 1 To Bal on hand 2246.80
Dec 31 By Disbursement 1563.39
Dec 31 3814.19
Dec 31 By Disbursement 3342.40
Bal $467.79
Special Jail fund
Dec 31 To Amt Rec’d from Col $117.20
Ordered that the auditor and the Treasurer with the above amounts on the several funds respectively,
The Board approved the Bond of D. C. Lancaster as Justice of the Peace for District No 1,
Ordered that J. H. Jones be dropped from the Pauper list.
The Board sent a communication to Gov Perry requesting him to extend the time for Collecting taxes until April 1st.
Collector Tillis filed a Receipt from the treasurer for $1808.09 on assessment of 1887 as follows
On General fund 424.89
On Special fund 287.39
On School fund 670.92
On Jail Special 424.89
$1808.09
Ordered that the Auditor credit the Collector with the above amts on the several funds respectively.


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Ordered that Collector Tillis and Treasurer be allowed until the March Meeting of the Board to make their reports for January,
Ordered that J. W. Boyd be employed to record the public Road of Polk County in the Road record book.
The following accounts were approved and ordered to be paid and warrants issued for same as follows,
J. W. Corbett Gen fund Allowance as Pauper $ 6.00
Lizzie Newman “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
L Caruthers “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Andrew Bates “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Matilda Douglas “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
Nancy Goss “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Laura Horseford “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
J. A. Fortner “ “ Presiding as County Judge $ 10.00
Noah Waters “ “ Allowance as Pauper $ 6.00
T. W. Smith “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
J. A. Chester “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Martha Welch “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
Winnie Roberts “ “ “ “ $ 6.00
Lucinda Mimms “ “ “ “ $ 7.00
E. A. Brown “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
Nellie Maine “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
G. A. Hanson “ “ Services as County Atty $ 20.83
j. M. Forsythe “ “ Stationary $ 0.85
J. L. Hart “ “ Super_____ Jail drain $ 26.25
Lang Brothers “ “ Blankets for Jail $ 4.00
J. W. Durrance “ “ Attention to Pauper for A Chester $ 15.10
G. A. Hanson “ “ Expenses to Tallahassee $ 40.25
W. H. Johnson “ “ Salary as Co Auditor $ 25.00
J. A. Fortner “ “ Presiding as County Judge $ 15.00
F. M. Wilson “ “ Med attention to Paupers $ 17.50
J. A. Fortner “ “ Presiding as Co Judge $ 15.10
S. L. Griffin “ “ Serving Notices to Road Com’s $ 10.00
R. T. Kilpatrick “ “ Sheriffs fees $ 10.80
M. J. Miller “ “ Cleaning Jail $ 1.40


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T. G. Taylor Gen fund 1 Wild Cat Scalp $ 3.00
Joe Cumbee “ “ 1 “ “ $ 3.00
J. M. Kilpatrick “ “ 1 “ “ $ 3.00
Joe P. Cumbee “ “ 3 “ “ $ 9.00
J. E. Bowen “ “ 2 Bear scalps $ 10.00
T. L. Gavin “ “ 1 Wild cat scalp $ 3.00
Geo R. Durrance “ “ Services as Co Com $ 7.20
E. J. Hilliard “ “ Services as Co Com $ 7.00
Thos Allbritton “ “ “ “ $ 8.20
T. W. Anderson “ “ “ “ $ 5.20
R. T. Kilpatrick “ “ Summoning Jury Inquest $ 4.15
Fare & Gatlin “ “ Medicine for Prisoners $ 4.90
J. H. Humphries “ “ Fees of Inquest $ 4.18
Approved March 5th 1888 T. W. Anderson Chairman


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County Commissioners Court Monday March 5th 1888, 10 Oclock AM


Commissioners present: T. W. Anderson Chairman, N. B. Norton, Thomas Allbritton, George R. Durrance and E. J. Hilliard,


The Minutes of last meeting were read and approved,


Ordered that the petition of Cyrus Pickett et al for a Public road in District No 13, - Beginning at a point near the second mile post from Bartow on the Bartow and Fort Meade road - East side of Peace River - and running thence to the corner of Sections 34 and 35 on the South line of Township Twenty nine (29) devisting from said Township line slightly in order to avoid Bogs and Ponds, thence along the above mentioned Township line as nearly as practicable to a point on the Bartow and Fort Gardner road near the outlet of Lake Polk; be and the same is hereby granted, and said road is hereby declared a public road -- Upon the condition that Cyrus Pickett shall keep the same in repair sufficient for his own use for Five years or until the said road shall be changed from its present location -- which if done within Five years shall termenate the obligation of the said Cyrus Pickett to keep the same in repair.
Ordered that the petition of E. J. Stinsman et al to make the present “Neighborhood” road which “Begins at the Fort Meade Bridge on Peace Creek following a neighborhood road and running East abut One Mile and a half, connecting with a Road running directly east on the Section line between Sections 25, 26, & 27 on the North side of said line and Sections 31, 32, & 33 on the South side of said line, then following neighborhood Road which still runs east intersecting with the old Kississmmee Road at BowLeg Bay - a public road; be granted and said Road is hereby declared a Public Road,
Ordered that the pitition of J. N. Hooker asking permis-


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-sion to change the Road which runs through his lands in Section 10 Township 29 Range 25 so as to straighten the same putting it on the quarter Section, - be granted, Bartow & Auburndale Road
Ordered that the petition of Marion Tillis, J. R. Smith et al to change the Fort Meade and ____ Li_t Road, “Commencing at or near the residence of Marion Tillis and run due South for one half Mile more or less,” be granted,
Ordered that G. R. Langford be allowed to change the Road which passes his residence so as to make the same run on the first quarter Section line east of the line dividing Sections 22 and 23 Tp R said line running North and South.
Ordered that G. R. Langford be paid Two hundred Dollars as Balance and First payment for building the Bridge across Peace Creek near Fort Meade, on the Ft Meade & Popash Road.
The Board signed a certificate recommending that J. B. Rogers be placed upon the State Pension Rolls at Tallahassee.
Ordered that Lucinda Mims be dropped from the Pauper list from this date,
Tuesday March 6th-- 9 Oclock AM
J. D. Tillis Tax Collector filed filed the Treasurers receipts as follows
Received Bartow Febry 14th 1888 of J. D. Tillis Tax Collector for Polk County Fla Ten Thousand one hundred Thirty oen and 28/100 Dollars in County funds collection of 1887 as follows to wit:
Gen’l Fund in Warrants $1189.08
Gen’l Fund in Cash $1262.59 $2451.67


School Fund in Warrants $2843.93
School Fund in Cash $ 756.26 $3600.19
Over
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Special Fund in Warrants $ 315.11
Special Fund in Cast $1312.64 $1627.75


Jail Fund in Warrant $ 475.00
Jail Fund in Cast $1976.67 $2451.67
Collections for the Month of January 1888
Jno W. Trammell Treas
Also
Bartow Florida March 6th 1888
Received of J. D. Tillis Tax Collector of Polk County Six Thousand Three hundred Eighty Eight and 71/100 dollars County funds Collections of 1887 as follows
General Fund Warrants $ 644.81
General Fund Cash $ 917.70
Special Fund warrants $ 119.35
Special fund Cash $ 921.08
School Fund Warrants $1127.26
School Fund Cash $1496.00
Jail Fund Cash $1562.51 $6388.71
Jno W. Trammell Treas
Ordered that the Auditor credit the Collector with said amounts on the different funds respectively.
The Board made a requisition on the Secretary of State for the necessary Registration Books and blank Registration certificates as provided for by Act of the last Legislature.
John W. Trammell County Treasurer filed his reports for the Months of January and February 1888 as follows:
County Treasurers Monthly Statement -- January (ledger amounts)


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(continuation of ledger amounts)


The Board examined the Jail and found the same


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properly kept and the prisoners in good condition.
The following accounts were approved and ordered to be paid and warrants issued for same
Geo R. Durrance Gen fund Services as County Com $ 5.20
R. T. Kilpatrick “ “ Opening & closing CH & Com Ct $ 10.35
G. R. Langford “ “ Bal on Building Bridge $200.00
J. C. Wilbur “ “ Sheriff fees $ 33.15
W. H. Johnson “ “ Salary as County Auditor $ 25.00
Dr. J. R. Smith “ “ Med attention to Pauper $ 38.00
Sol. H. Page “ “ Lumber for Bridge $ 12.00
Joe P. Cumbee “ “ one wild cat scalp $ 3.00
J. Watson “ “ “ “ $ 3.00
Solomon Watson “ “ “ “ $ 3.00
C. L. Wilder “ “ “ “ $ 3.00
Charlie Cherry “ “ “ “ $ 3.00
E. Gibson “ “ 2 Tiger cat scalp $ 10.00
C. L. Wilder “ “ one wild cat scalp $ 3.00
R. K. Look “ “ Medicine for Prisoners $ 2.65
F. F. Beville “ “ Stamp for Cancelling Warrants $ 3.75
E. Gibson “ “ Two wild cat scalps $ 6.00
T. A. Wall “ “ Ser as Supervisor Registration $ 25.00
Dr. J. B. Young “ “ Extracting teeth for Prisoners $ 3.75
Geo Walker “ “ one wild cat scalp $ 3.00
J. L. Bryant “ “ “ “ $ 3.00
G. A. Hanson “ “ Service as County Atty $ 20.83
Laura Horseford “ “ allowance as Pauper $ 4.00
Noah Waters “ “ “ “ $ 6.00
T. W. Smith “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
J. A. Chester “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Martha Welch “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
Winnie Robberts “ “ “ “ $ 8.00
E. A. Brown “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
Nellie Maine “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Lucinda Mims “ “ “ “ $ 7.00
J. W. Corbett “ “ “ “ $ 6.00


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Lizzie Newman Gen Fund allowance as Pauper $ 4.00
L Caruthers “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Andrew Bates “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Matilda Douglas “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
Nancy Goss “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Dave Fussell “ “ One wild cat scalp $ 3.00
E. J. Hilliard “ “ Service as Co Com $ 7.00
Thomas Allbritton “ “ “ “ $ 8.20
J. C. Glover “ “ Mattresses for Jail $ 5.00
Geo H. Blount “ “ Work on Jail Door $ 1.50
Geo R. Durrance “ “ Service as Co Com $ 2.00
N. B. Norton “ “ “ “ $ 10.40
J. A. Fortner “ “ Making Affi____ Voting M_____ $ 16.50
M. S. Knox “ “ Summoning Jury of Inquest $ 4.30
T. W. Anderson “ “ Serv as Co Com $ 5.20
A. W. Hitt M.D. “ “ Post Mortem at Inquest $ 10.25
Geo Walker “ “ One Wild Cat Scalp $ 3.00
J. D. Tillis “ “ Com on Collections $462.87


On Motion the board Adjourned
Approved April 2nd 1888 T. W. Anderson Chairman


Page 156 (pic 136) County Commissioners Court Monday April 2nd - 10 Oclock A.M. 1888 Commissioners all present
The minutes of last meeting were read and approved.
Ordered that W. N. Rushing be allowed to close the road as it now runs when he opens the Road as asked for in his petition.
Ordered that Lucinda Mims be placed on the Pauper list and be allowed $8, per Month from this date.
Ordered that the Petition of the Road Commissioners of District No 13 for the Bridge across the outlet of Lake Garfield on the Bartow and Fort Gardner Road be repaired - is granted and it is further ordered that Green Gandy be awarded the contract to make said repairs at $30, he furnishing all Material.
Ordered that Shade M. Reynolds be paid $1.50 for repairs the Cumbee Mill and Keyville Road.
Ordered that the Auditor charge County Treasurer John W. Trammell with $320.84/100 the amt received from the Comptroller; as taxes due the County on lands sold for non-payment of taxes, which have been sold by or redeemed from the State since July 1st 1887.
Ordered that C. B Lightsey be and he is hereby appointed Inspector of Marks and Brands for District No 2 in Polk Co.
Ordered that Thomas Godwin be and he is hereby appointed Inspector of Marks and Brands for District No 14 in Polk County.
The Board executed a Deed to W. B. and Amanda F. Thompson to the strip of land on the North side of Lot 2 in Block 1 in Bartow the


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consideration of which is Fifteen 36/100 Dollars, and a Deed to W. B. Thompson to the strip of land on the North side of Lot 1 in Block 1 in Bartow the consideration of which is Sixteen & 08/100 Dollars, that it is ordered that the said deeds be held by W. H. Johnson Clerk of this Court to be delivered to the said grantees upon the payment of the said amounts by them.


Tuesday April 3rd -- Commissioners are present
J. D. Tillis Tax Collector filed the Treasurers Receipts as follows; $200.00 Received Bartow Fla April 30, 1888 of J.D. Tillis Collector of Rev for Polk County Two hundred Dollars to be entered to the o/c of the several County funds as follows to wit: Collection of 1886,
Gen Rev $50.00
School Rev $50.00
Special Rev $50.00
Co Road fund $50.00 $200.00 Jno W. Trammell, Treas Polk County


$9534.39 Received Bartow Fla April 3, 1888 of J. D. Tillis Collector Rev for Polk County Nine Thousand Five hundred Thirty four and 39/100 Dollars to be entered on o/c of the several County funds as follows to wit: Collections of 1887}
Genl Rev Cash $1835.75
Genl Rev Warrants $ 536.07
School Rev Cash $2254.64
School Rev Warrants $ 954.48
Special Rev Cash $1581.63
Jail Rev Cash $2371.82
$9534.39 Jno W. Trammell, Treas Polk County


$326.68 Received Bartow Fla April 3, 1888 of J. D. Tillis Collector Rev for Polk County Three hundred Twenty Six and 68/100 Dollars Liscence Tax Collections of 1887 & 88. Jno W. Trammell Treas Polk County over


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Wednesday April 4th Commissioners all present except T J Hilliard
Ordered that C. I. Page and S. S. Niblack be instructed to close out on April 20th what they have on hand of the exhibits of Polk County, at Jacksonville, that was furnished to be sold, and to return such articles as were placed in their care for exhibition - but not for sale - to their respective owners at the expense of the County and present the bills for said expense to the Finance Committee, and that they report their action to this Board on the first Monday in May next.
Ordered that the offer of $100 by the Town Council of Bartow for the old Jail building is accepted.
John W. Trammell County Treasurer filed his Quarterly report for the Quarter ending Mch 31/88 as follows:
Special Fund To Amt Received $2983.88
By Disbursements $1397.69
Bal April 1st $1586.19


General fund To Bal Jany 1st $0000.34
To Amt Received $4495.11
$4495.45
By Disbursements $3261.72
$1233.73


School Fund To Bal Jany 1st $ 467.79
To Amt Received $7187.38
$7655.17
By Disbursements $7679.21
Over Draft $ 24.84


Special Jail Fund To Bal Jany 1st $ 117.20


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To Amt received $4439.07
$4556.27
By Disbursements $3968.00
Bal April 1st $ 588.27


The Board examined the cancelled warrants as presented by the Treasurer as Vouchers and found the same in accordance with the above statement, and it is Ordered that the Auditor credit him with the amounts of the cancelled warrants on the several funds respectively as shown by said statement.
Ordered that the Ladies of Polk County are permitted (through their Committee) to adorn the Court House yard by planting grasses, shrubbery and trees etc in the same at their own expense and that W. H. Johnson is authorized to have the most approved style of gates put to the enclosure, that the work of the fair Ladies who have undertaken the Noble work of beautifying the Court House Yard may be protected, and we the Board County Commissioners extend our thanks to the Committee of Ladies and through them to the Ladies of Polk County for undertaking the Noble work.
The following accounts were approved and ordered to be paid and warrants issued for same
R. T. Kilpatrick Gen fund Sheriffs Fees $ 21.80
Dr. D. C. Ferguson “ “ Med attention to prisoners $ 11.00
Laura Horseford “ “ Allowance as Pauper $ 4.00
Noah Waters “ “ “ “ $ 6.00
T. W. Smith “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
J. A. Chester “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Martha Welch “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
Winnie Roberts “ “ “ “ $ 8.00
E. A. Brown “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
S. M. Reynolds Spl fund Repairing Bridge $ 1.50
Nellie Maine Gen fund allowance as Pauper $ 4.00
J. W. Corbett “ “ “ “ $ 6.00
Lizzie Newmans “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
L Caruthers “ “ “ “ $ 4.00


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Andrew Bates Gen Rev allowance as Pauper $ 4.00
Matilda Douglas “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
Nancy Goss “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
G. A. Hanson “ “ Services as County Atty $ 20.83
Lang Brothers “ “ Blankets for Jail $ 3.25
D. M. Sykes “ “ One Wild Cat Scalp $ 3.00
_. J. McKenney “ “ “ “ $ 3.00
Leander Underhill “ “ “ “ $ 3.00
J. A. Fortner “ “ “ “ $ 0.75
C. E. Reed & Bros “ “ “ “ $ 8.80
W. H. Johnson “ “ Salary as Co Auditor $ 25.00
Walker E__ & Co ____ “ “ Stationary for Probate office $ 17.60
E. J. Hilliard “ “ Salary as Co Com $ 7.00
Thos Allbritton “ “ “ “ $ 10.20
N. B. Norton “ “ “ “ $ 12.40
Geo R. Durrance “ “ “ “ $ 9.20
Jno W. Trammell “ “ Commissions as Treas $226.84
J. W. Boyd “ “ Indexing Com Record $ 20.00
T. W. Anderson “ “ Salary as Co Com $ 7.20
Approved May 7th 1888 T. W. Anderson Chairman


Page 161 County Commissioners Court Monday May 7th 1888 -- 10 Oclock A M
The minutes of last meeting were read and approved.
Ordered that F. A. K. Harris and Charles F. C/Gates be and they are hereby appointed Road Commissioners for District No 12.
A Petition from N. C. Bryan et al asking for a Public Road leading from Haines City in an Easterly and Northeasterly direction to the Osceola County line, was received, and in consideration of the fact that it appeared that all or nearly all of the parties interested are in favor of the Road and also in consideration of the shortness of the time before the “Rainy Season” begins; the Board suspended the rule in such cases and It is Ordered that said petition is granted and that Harrison Jones, W. R. Norton and Wm Brown are appointed Commissioners to locate and mark out said Road, and that the Board agrees to appropriate the sum of $200, to be applied to building the necessary causeway and Bridge on the same.
Ordered that the Petition of C. E. Roberts that for a Bridge across the Gully on the on the Avon Park road is granted, and Com. E. J. Hilliard is authorized to let the Contract for building said Bridge, the County paying one half of the expense of building the same.
The Board Executed a Deed to Guilbert Burrows for strip of land on the north side of Lot 2 in Block 5 lying between Church Street and said Lot 2, the consideration of which is Fourteen & 72/100 Dollars ($14.72) And It is Ordered that the Clerk of this Board deliver said Deed to Gilbert Burrows upon the payment of said amount by him.


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John W. Trammell County Treasurer filed his Monthly report which is as follows 1888 (ledger for General, School, Special and Special Jail Funds listed)
Tuesday May 8th
Mr. C. Irving Page filed his final Report as Commissioner from Polk County to the Sub-Tropical Exposition at Jacksonville which was accepted.
Ordered that the Sheriff make out a bill for the burial expenses of the Prisoner George Johnson from Pasco County and present the same to the Commissioners of said County for payment.
Collector J. D. Tillis filed the Treasurers receipts as follows $2097.33 Received of J. D. Tillis Col of Revenue for Polk County Two Thousand & Ninety Seven and 33/100 Dollars to be entered to the a/c of several County funds as follows


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General Rev $541.54
School Fund $654.90
Special Fund $359.35
Special Jail Fund $541.54 $2097.33
Received In Cash $ 723.73
Received in checks $1285.95
Received in War Gen Rev $0004.00
Received in War Schools $0083.65
$2097.33
J. W. Trammell Treas By Warren Tyler; Gaskin, Polk County B___


It is ordered that the Auditor Credit the Collector with the above amount on the several funds and charge the same to the Treasurer.
Ordered that the Board has this day reached Col Hanson’s Hall for an Armory and Drill room for the “Bartow Rifles” at $15, per Month,
The Board examined and compared the collectors list of Insolvents and Errors for 1886 and allowed the same and it is ordered that the Auditor Credit the Collector with the following amounts on account of said list, viz; on County Revenue $160.92, on County School $229.06, on County Road $75.92, Special Court House tax $75.92.
The Board Inspected the Jail and found the same in good condition.
The following accounts were approved and ordered to be paid and warrants drawn for same
D. H. Brown Special Fund Putting up Mile posts $ 15.00
G. W. Gandy “ “ Repairing Bridge $ 30.00
Laura Horseford Gen “ allowance as Pauper $ 4.00
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T. W. Smith Gen Rev Allowance as Pauper $ 5.00
J. A. Chester “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Martha Welch “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
Winnie Roberts “ “ “ “ $ 8.00
Lucinda Mims “ “ “ “ $ 8.00
E. A. Brown “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
Nillie Maine “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
J. W. Corbett “ “ “ “ $ 6.00
L. Caruthers “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Andrew Bates “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Lizzie Newman “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Matilda Douglas “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
Nancy Goss “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
L. L. Griffin “ “ Summoning Grand Jury $ 3.90
H. D. Ballard “ “ “ “ $ 3.55
R. T. Kilpatrick “ “ Sheriffs Fees $ 29.05
G. A. Hanson “ “ Services as County Atty $ 20.83
R. H. Huddleston “ “ Bed clothes for Jail $ 7.00
C. E. Reed & Bros “ “ Repairing C. H. Roof $ 27.95
S. I. Pearce Special Repairing Bridge $ 7.35
E. Gibson Gen R 4 Wild Cats & 1 Panther Scalp $ 17.00
J. F. Sater “ “ 3 Wild cats scalp $ 9.00
J. L. Wirt “ “ Burying Prisoner $ 10.50
Hicks, Evans & Cogerwill “ “ Blanks for Clerks office $ 21.60
R. H. Look “ “ Medicine for Prisoners in Jail $ 11.30
A. _. Williams “ “ 1 Bear Scalp $ 5.00
J. H. Pike “ “ 1 “ “ $ 5.00
Jno Allbritton “ “ 1 Wild cat scalp $ 3.00
J. P. Combee “ “ 1 “ “ $ 3.00
Wise Perry “ “ 1 “ “ $ 3.00
James Hicks “ “ 1 “ “ $ 3.00
James Houze “ “ 1 “ “ $ 3.00
J. A. Fortner “ “ Fees as County Judge $ 3.70
W> H. Johnson “ “ Salary as Co Auditor $ 25.00
N. B. Norton “ “ Salary as Co Com $ 10.40
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Geo R. Durrance Gen Rev Service as Co Comm $ 7.20
Thos Allbritton “ “ “ “ $ 8.20
J. W. Boyd “ “ Investigating F___ ___ $ 20.00
T. W. Anderson “ “ Service as Co Com $ 5.20
Thos Allbritton “ “ Quarantine Services $ 11.75
J. W. Allbritton “ “ “ “ $ 14.35
Geo R. Durrance “ “ “ “ $ 2.05


Ordered that T. J. Hilliard be authorized to purchase Medicine for Mrs. Martha Carlton and present the bill for same to this Board.
Ordered that Lizzie Newman be dropped from the Pauper list from this date.
Approved June 4/88 T. W. Anderson Chairman


Page 166 (pic 141) County Commissioners Court Monday June 4th 1888 - 10 Oclock A.M.
Commissioners present; T. W. Chairman, N. B Norton, E. J. Hilliard, George R. Durrance and Thomas Allbritton.
The minutes of last meeting were read and approved.
A warrant for $70.42/100 was drawn in favor of and delivered to Mr. U. A. Lightsey in final payment of his Commissions as Assessor on the Tax Assessment for 1886.
Ordered that the Petition of J. T. Hancock et al to change the Fort Mead and Tampa Road so as to run as follows; “Leaving the present Fort Meade and Tampa Road at or near J. T. Hancock Jr and running on the South side of his place in a Southeasterly direction to the West end of the Sunny Side Nursery at Fort Meade to where it will connect with the Streets of Fort Meade” - be granted, and that J. T. Hancock Jr, W. McClelland and D. F. Russell be and they are hereby appointed Commissioners to mark out the same.


Ordered that the Petition of F. A. K. Harris, E. C. Johnson et al for aid to complete the causeway and Bridge on the Bartow and Winter Haven Road between Lakes Howard and Shipp be granted and that a warrant be issued for $150, to be applied to building the necessary causeway and Bridge on said Road between said Lakes. Said warrant to be issued when said Bridge is completed and received by the Road Commissioners.
The Petition of Thomas Mims, Jasper Cox et al to change a Road in District No 2, and that of Isaac Brown, Henry Ritter et al to change the Road from Auburndale to the Withlacoochee River were both rejected.
Ordered that the Petition of M. B. Pierpont, E. B. Carpenter et al for a settlement Road Beginning at the proper Street on


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Plat of the town of Winter Haven and running East between Lake Otis and Elbert to about the Center of Section 27. Thence Northerly on the Quarter Section line to the Center of Section 22. Thence Northeasterly to the Center of Section 14 on Lake Fanney be granted, and that F. W. Inman, C. B. Basley and E. C. Johnson are appointed Commissioners to mark out the same.
Ordered that a warrant be issued in favor of Dr. F. M. Wilson for $151.64 and one in favor of Eppes Tucker for $1019.95 with which they are to pay the balance due to citizens of Polk County for Quarantine service rendered during the late epidemic in Hillsboro County.
The County Treasurer filed the following as a Corrected Report for the Month of April 1888 the report filed at last meeting being erroneous.
Treasurers Statement Month ending April 30, 1888 (ledger for General, School, Special & Special Jail funds)


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County Treasurers Statement Month ending May 31/88 (ledger for General, School, Special, & Special Jail funds)
Tuesday June 5th
Ordered that Matilda Douglas be dropped from the Pauper list from this date.
Ordered that the allowance of J. W. Corbett as a pauper be increased from $6, to $8, per month, and that M. W. Rowell is appointed to received the same and see that it is used for the benefit of said Corbett,
J. D. Tillis Tax Collector filed the Treasurers Receipts as follows: Received of J. D. Tillis, Collector of Revenues for Polk County, the sum of $2225.04/100 -- $1939.14/100 thereof being in United States currency, and $286.00 in County warrants, on account of Taxes by him collected as follows, viz.
On acct of County Revenue for the Year 1887 - $ 549.77


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On acct of County School Fund for the Year 1887 - $ 758.12
On acct of County Special Fund for the Year 1887 - $ 367.48
On acct of County Special Jail Fund for the Year 1887 - $ 549.77 Jno W. Trammell County Treasurer


It is ordered that the Auditor Credit the Collector with the above amounts on the several funds respectively and charge the Treasurer with the same.
Ordered that the Contract for locking up the Court House at Night and Keeping the Court House Square clean of all trash and weeds be let to William Lyle at $5.00 per month, and that he is Authorized to have the Gates and fence around the Court House repaired and the square cleaned of all rubbish now on it and present the bill for the same to this Board.
Ordered that in as much as Col Hanson’s Hall is not suitable for an Armory and Drill Room for the “Bartow Rifles” the Board discontinue the meeting of same.
Ordered that the Board have this day rented from J. Bishop his Hall on the South East corner of Block Seventeen (17) in Bartow, for an Armory and Drill Room for the “Bartow Rifles” at $15.00 per month, for one year, payment of rent to be made at the expiration of each Quarter.
J. W. Boyd Treasurer of the town of Bartow paid to T. W. Anderson; Chairman, $100, in payment for the Old County jail, which amount is to be turned over to the County Treasurer on the special Jail fund and the Treasurer is to be charged with the same by the Auditor,
Ordered that the Auditor turn over to the County Treasurer the several amounts paid to him by various


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parties for Lots or parts of Lots in Bartow, and Charge the Treasurer with the same.
Ordered that the Contract for repairing the the Court House be let to W. L. McDowell for the sum of $205.00 and that T. W. Anderson is Authorized to purchase the Material for same and to enter into a Contract with said McDowell for the performance of said work,
Ordered that N. B. Norton be and he is hereby appointed a delegate to meet with the delegates from the other Counties at the Meeting of the South Florida Board of Health at Orlando June 14, 1888. And this Board pledges Polk County to bear its prorata share of all Quarantine expenses necessary to protect the County of the organization from any infectious disease, Provided that the other Counties send delegates authorized to bind their Boards of County Commissioners in like Manner,
The following accounts were approved and ordered to be paid and warrants issued for same
U. A. Lightsey Gen Fund Commissions as Assessor ______ $ 70.42
J. W. Corbett “ “ allowance as Pauper $ 6.00
Geo Fussell “ “ 1 Wild Cat Scalp $ 3.00
C. E. Reed “ “ Repairing Public Well $ 15.00
E. J. Hilliard “ “ Medicine for Paupers $ 3.25
J. M. Brewer “ “ Subpoena Grand Jury $ 1.65
Wm McClelland “ “ “ “ $ 15.15
W. H. Rivers “ “ “ “ $ 14.70
Lang Brothers “ “ Shirts for Prisoners $ 1.80
F. H. Wall “ “ Services as Super. Registration $ 25.00
Jno W. Trammell “ “ Blank Receipt book $ 5.00
G. W. Gandy “ “ Repairing Bridge $ 5.60
J. R. Glover “ “ Mattrass for Jail $ 3.00
J. R. Welcher “ “ Serving Subpoena Grand Jury $ 4.15
S. L. Griffin “ “ Serving as Bailiff $ 7.00


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John Waters Gen Fund Serving as Bailiff $ 4.00
Sandy Thompson “ “ Repairing Jail drain $ 5.00
F. F. Beville “ “ Summoning Witnesses $ 4.00
R. E. Ha__man “ “ Summoning Jury $ 3.65
J. H. Humphries “ “ Holding Inquest on J. H. Clay $ 12.97
Lucinda Mims “ “ Allowance as Pauper $ 8.00
Nancy Goss “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Matilda Douglas “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
Andrew Bates “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
L Caruthers “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Nellie Maine “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
E. A. Brown “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
Laura Horseford “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Winnie Roberts “ “ “ “ $ 8.00
Martha Welch “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
J. A. Chester “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
T. W. Smith “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
Noah Waters “ “ “ “ $ 6.00
Dr. F. M. Wilson “ “ Quarantine Expense $151.64
Eppes Tucker “ “ “ “ $1019.95
D. H. Brown “ “ Lumber & Nails for Bridge $ 3.00
W. H. Johnson “ “ Service as Co Auditor $ 25.00
Wm King “ “ 1 wild cat scalp $ 3.00
Geo W. Tucker “ “ 1 Bear scalp $ 5.00
Jos T. Keen “ “ 1 wild cat scalp $ 3.00
V. P. Simmons “ “ 1 “ “ $ 3.00
L. Underhill “ “ 1 “ “ $ 3.00
Henry Smith “ “ 1 “ “ $ 3.00
Walker Ennis &
Cogerwell “ “ Books for County Judges office $118.80
G. A. Hanson “ “ Service as County Atty $ 20.83
J. A. Fortner “ “ Examing a/c(?) $ 8.00
J. R. Glover “ “ Matrass for Jail $ 3.00
S. D. Osteen “ “ 1 wild cat Scalp $ 3.00
M. J. Miller “ “ Summoning Jury & Witnesses at Inquest $ 14.55
R. T. Kilpatrick “ “ Sheriffs fees $ 76.70
E. J. Hilliard “ “ Service as Co Com $ 7.00


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N. B. Norton Gen Fund Service as Co Com $ 10.40
Geo R. Durrance “ “ “ “ $ 7.20
T. W. Anderson “ “ “ “ $ 5.20
Thomas Allbritton “ “ “ “ $ 8.20
V. L. Tillis “ “ Building Bridge $ 10.00
T. W. Anderson Chairman


Page 173 County Commissioners Court Monday July 2nd 1888 - 10 Oclock AM Commissioners present: T. W. Anderson, Chairman, E. J. Hilliard, G. R. Durrance, Thomas Allbritton and N. B. Norton
The Minutes of last meeting were read and approved.
Commissioner N. B. Norton reported that he met the Delegates from the other Counties at the meeting of the “South Florida Board of Health” at Orlando on the 14th of June as directed by the Board, and that no action was taken at said meeting owing to the fact that the other delegates were not authorized to enter into any obligation or contract for their respective Counties, But that the said Board of Health would meet again at Orlando on July 9th for the purpose of making another effort to organize the several Counties and perfect said Board of Health.
Ordered that N. B. Norton be and he is hereby instructed to meet the South Florida Board of Health at Orlando on the 9th of July -- under the same instructions and with the same Authority with which he was sent at last meeting.
Ordered that the petition of E. D. Dishong et al for a Public Road Commencing at the “Sandy Gully” one half mile west of Dock Robert’s residence, running West to Wm Bowens, thence Northwest to the ½(?) mile stake on the East boundary of Section 11 Tp 32 R 25 or as near as practicable, then run West to public Road running from G. R. Langford’s to public Bridge or Snow Shoals on Peace River - be granted, and W. Brown, F. C. Gillespie and E. D. Dishong are hereby appointed Commissioners to mark out the same.
Ordered that the petition of E. E. Mizell, E. G. Wilder et al for a Public Road in District No 5, Beginning at or near the 25 Mile post on Wire Road and running in the direction of Lakeland by the way of J. R. Frier’s, J. H. Paine’s and Mrs. Hagers to


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the Bridge to the Leesburg and Lakeland Road two miles North of Lakeland be granted, and that E. E. Mizell, F. C. Melton and J. H. Paine are appointed Commissioners to mark out the same.
Ordered that the petition of L. W. Johnson, Jas R. Tyler et al for a Public Road in District No 2 to begin at or near the point where the old road intersects the Quarter Section line in the N E ¼ of N W ¼ of S W ¼ of Section 14, Thence with said Quarter Section line South to the DeSoto County line - be granted,
Petitions from Sundry citizens was presented to the Board asking the Board to appropriate the amount assessed by the “State ___gration Association” as Polk County’s share of the ___gration fund, and upon a vote being taken the petitions were rejected and no appropriation made.
The Contract for repainting the fence around the Court yard was awarded to J. H. McQueen, He is to do the work of putting on two Coats of paint for $46.00 the Board furnishing the material.
Ordered that the allowance of Andrew Bates as Pauper be increased from $4.00 to $5.00 per Month from this date.
Ordered that Lucinda Mims be dropped from the Pauper list from this date.
J. W. Trammell County Treasurer filed his list of Cancelled warrants for the Quarter ending June 30/88 as follows;
On General fund $3233.39
On School fund $4_34.36
On Special fund $ 107.50
On Jail fund $3821.00
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J. D. Tillis, Collector of Revenue, filed the Treasurers receipts as follows;
On General Revenue for 1886 $13_.33 1/2
On School Revenue for 1886 $100.00
On County Special Revenue for 1886 $133.33 1/3
On Special Revenue for 1886 $133.33 1/3
$500.00
On County Revenue for 1887 $518.37
On County School Revenue for 1887 $738.04
On County Special Revenue for 1887 $344.57
On County Jail Revenue for 1887 $518.37
On Liscence Tax Revenue for 1887 & 88 $200.00
Ordered that the Auditor Credit the Collector with the above amounts and charge the Treasurer with the same.
J. T. Hancock Jr et al Commissioners appointed to mark out the change in the Road near the residence of J. T. Hancock Jr made their report which was accepted and the Commissioners discharged.
Ordered that the Board agrees to furnish information description of Polk County and its resources, to the South Florida RR Co (which offers to publish the same free) and that T. W. Anderson is Authorized to collect and compile the same and forward to said Company.
The following accounts were approved ordered to be paid and warrants issued for same.
Lucinda Mims Gen fund Allowance as Pauper $ 8.00
J. W. Corbett “ “ “ “ $ 8.00
Nancy Goss “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Andrew Bates “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
L Caruthers “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Nellie Maine “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
E. A. Brown “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
Laura Horseford “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Winnie Roberts “ “ “ “ $ 8.00
Martha Welch “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
J. A. Chester “ “ “ “ $ 4.00


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T. W. Smith Gen Fund Allowance as Pauper $ 5.00
Noah Waters “ “ “ “ $ 6.00
Geo A. K. Stevens “ “ Insurance on Court House $ 40.00
Geo A. K. G____s “ “ Keeping Minute Circuit Court $ 33.00
J. N. Hooker “ “ Expense to Meet Board Health $ 6.50
M. J. Miller “ “ Sum Jurors, Serve as Bailiff $ 23.50
G. R. Langford “ “ “ “ $ 2.50
J. A. Grady “ “ Sum witnesses $ 6.85
S. L. Griffin “ “ Sum witnesses & Serve as Bailiff $ 6.08
F. B. Swearenger “ “ “ “ $ 2.00
Joab Collins “ “ Sum Jurors $ 3.45
M. J. Miller “ “ “ “ $ 3.55
John Waters “ “ Serve as Bailiff $ 4.00
Wm McClelland “ “ Sum Jurors & witnesses $ 4.30
W. H. Rivers “ “ “ “ $ 11.70
Andy Moore “ “ Service as Servant to Circuit Court $ 9.00
A. H. Zackry “ “ 1 wild cat scalp $ 3.00
Joseph Cumbee “ “ 2 “ “ $ 6.00
W. L. McDowell “ “ Part payment of Painting Court House $ 75.00
J. A. Whidden “ “ 1 wild cat scalp $ 3.00
E. R. Goddard “ “ “ “ $ 3.00
Joseph Cumbee “ “ “ “ $ 3.00
J. A. Fortner “ “ Transcribing Mutilated records $ 37.07
J. M. Dill “ “ Repairing Court House $ 14.65
J. M. Scott “ “ Sum witnesses $ 2.05
J. J. McKinney “ “ Attention to Pauper $ 6.00
R. T. Kilpatrick “ “ Sheriffs fees $ 46.35
John Stansfield “ “ Fees as Dpty Shff $ 11.25
Sandy Thompson “ “ Work on Jail privies $ 12.00
W. H. Johnson “ “ Salary as Clerk Bd Co Com $ 25.00
H. D. Ballard “ “ Sum witnesses $ 7.92
E. J. Hilliard “ “ Service as Co Com $ 7.00
Geo R. Durrance “ “ “ “ $ 7.20
N. B. Norton “ “ “ “ $ 10.40
“ “ “ “ Expense to meet Board Health Orlando $ 5.90
T. W. Anderson “ “ Service as Co Com $ 5.20


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Thomas Allbritton Genl fund Service as Co Com $ 8.20
Approved Aug 6th 1888 N. B. Norton Chair Protem


Page 178 (pic 147) County Commissioners Court, 10 O clock A.M. Monday Augt 6th 1888. Members present; N. B. Norton Chairman Protem, E. J. Hilliard, Thomas Albritton and George B. Durrance.
The minutes of last meeting were read and approved.
Ordered that James E. Prine is authorized to receive from the clerk the warrant issued monthly to Mrs. Nellie Maine.
Ordered that the Board has approved the application of Henry R. Hill for )____.
Ordered that the County Commissioners has agreed to furnish the fl__ing and nails for a bridge across McCullough Creek in District Number two (2) the road Hands to do all necessary work on Said bridge.
Ordered that the Petition granted at the July term 1888, to open a Public road Beginning at the bridge on Sandy Gulley near N. E. B. Roberts place leading in a westerly direction to the South east corner of section eleven (11) in Township thirty two (32) S, R twenty five (25) East, thence north one half mile, thence west to intersect the Fort Meade road, be and the Same is hereby discontinued,
Ordered that the Petition of J. H. Williams and others asking for a Public bridge to be built across the Alafia River at the Wiggins ford on the Keysville and Medulla road is granted, And that the Commissioners will receive bids plans and specifications for the same at the regular meeting of the Commissioners Court in September, and that notice of their action be published in the Courier Informant for the space of thirty days.
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is authorized to repair the Bridge a cross the Bunter Hammond Gulley on the Public road leading from Bartow to Fort Meade, on the east Side of Peace River And present his account at the September term of this Court.
Ordered that the following accounts were approved and ordered paid.
Nellie Maine Gen Allowance as pauper $ 4.00
W. L. McDowell Special for painting Court house $264.24
Sandy Thompson Gen Pipes in Jail $ 10.00
R. T. Kilpatrick Spcl Cleaning cesspool & c $ 12.35
G. W. Hanson Gen Allowanced as Co Atty $ 41.66
Noah Waters “ allowance as pauper $ 6.00
J. A. Fortner “ County Judges fees $ 40.10
A. J. Black “ Wild cat scalp $ 4.00
J. D. Tillis “ Expenses of tax Sales $740.51
A. Fountain “ Wild cat scalp $ 3.00
J. W. Boyd “ Keeping minutes of court $ 15.00
J. P. Glover “ Mattresses for Jail $ 6.00
J. H. Pike “ Two Wild cat scalps $ 6.00
A. H. Zachry “ Wild cat scalp $ 3.00
Jos. Cumbee “ “ “ $ 3.00
W. H. Johnson “ allowance as county auditor $ 25.00
B. B. Tatum “ letter head & envelopes for co. $ 5.75
W. H. Johnson “ freight on stationary $ 2.49
Wm Lyle “ cleaning out Public Square $ 5.90
Wm Lyle “ Locking & looking after C. H. $ 5.00
J. A. Chester “ allowance as pauper $ 4.00
W. H. Johnson “ Clerks general charges $ 33.70
Martha Welch “ allowance as pauper $ 5.00
T. W. Smith “ “ “ $ 5.00
Laura Horseford “ “ “ $ 5.00
Winnie Roberts “ “ “ $ 8.00
E. A. Brown “ “ “ $ 5.00
L. Caruthers “ “ “ $ 4.00
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J. W. Corbett Gen allowance as pauper $ 4.00
Mary Goss “ “ “ $ 4.00
Andrew Bates “ “ “ $ 4.00
Frank Smith Special cleaning Jail Pipes $ 6.__
Geo R. Fortner Gen Assessors commissions $200.00
J. B. Wilcher “ Deputy sheriffs fees $ 2.10
Thos. Allbritton “ allowance as county com $ 14.__
Geo R. Durrance “ “ “ $ 13.20
N. B. Norton “ “ “ $ 26.__
E. J. Hilliard “ “ “ $ 13.00
Walker Evan & Cag__ Spcl for Books and Stationary $109.__
Walter Hogh(?) “ Work on Jail $ 18.00
Richard Quaker Gen Wild cat Scalp $ 3.00
(AdJourned)
Tuesday August 7th 1888, Members present N. B. Norton Chairman Protem, E. J. Hilliard, Thomas Albritton and Geo. R. Durrance.
Ordered that Rebecca Smith is placed upon the pauper list at $4.00 per month from this date.
Upon receiving Information of the death of J. K. Stuart, It was ordered that the Board do now adjourn until two (2) Oclock P.M. and in a body attend the funeral Services at the cemetery.
Ordered that J. D. Tillis collector of Revenue for Polk County, be credited with amounts of tax Sales, Sold to the State of Florida for the years as follows: On assessment of 1880 & 1881.
On General Revenue fund account $ 28.78
County School fund account $ 19.10
County Special fund account $ 11.37
On assessment of 1884
Gen Revenue fund account $ 12.73
County School fund account $ 15.27


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On County Special fund account $ 5.07
On County Court House fund account $ 209.35
On assessment of 1885
On Gen Revenue fund account $171.78
On County School fund account $170.94
On County Special fund account $ 79.06
On County Court House fund account $108.39
On assessment of 1886
On Gen Revenue fund account $155.52
On County School fund account $402.46
On County Special fund account $145.46
On County Special fund account $140.28
On assessment of 1887
On Gen Revenue fund account $285.40
On County School fund account $404.64
On County Special fund account $191.92
On County Jail fund account $285.40


Ordered that the Board do no proceed to equalize the Tax Books for the present year. Ad Journed.
Wednesday August 8th 1888. Members (present) N. B. Norton Chairmand Protem, Thos. Albritton, E. J. Hilliard & Geo. R. Durrance.
The Board then resumed work on the Tax Books, And made the following changes to wit:
M. D. Raulerson (land desciption) raised from $1050.00 to $2000.00
W. I./T. Reynolds (land description) raised from $150.00 to $500.00
A. T. Gilmore (land description) raised from $800.00 to $1200.00
J. P. Morton (land description) raised from $800.00 to $1200. Ad Journed.
Thursday August 9th 1888. Member preset as on yesterday.


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Herbert A. McMullen having made application for a Scholarship in the East Florida Seminary and he being the only applicant was assigned a Scholarship st______.
The Board then resumed work on the Tax Books,
Barney Brown (land description) raised from $180.00 to $350.00
J. J. Hatcher (land description) raised from $480.00 to $800.00
J. W. Ridgdill Sr. (land description) raised from $220.00 to $400.00
R. W. Ridgdill (land description) raised from $660.00 to $800.00
S. J. C. Dunlap (land description) raised from $500.00 to $1000.00
S. H. Page (land description) raised from $1500.00 to $2500.00
G. W. Watson (land description) raised from $300.00 to $500.00 as Journed.
Friday August 10th 1888. Members present as on yester, the Board resumed work on the Tax Books
M. W. Fuller (land description) raised from $200.00 to $400.00
Anne Coddington (land description - in Carpenters 2nd addition to the Town of Bartow) raised from $1200.00 to $1800.00
T. W. Lunn (land description) raised from $480.00 to $600.00
R. N. Pylant (land description) raised from $2000.00 to $2500.00
Richard N. Pell___ (land description) raised from $580.00 to $700.00
J. H. Durrance Sr. (land description) raised from $1000.00 to $2000.00
Ordered that the Board of County Commissioners have made the following appropriations for county expenses for the year 1888, as follows to wit: For General Revenue purposes 3 Mills,


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For county School tax 4 Mills, For County Special fund 2 Mills, out of which is to be paid Special road tax and quarantine and or the incidental expenses. For County Jail Tax 2 Mills.
Ordered that Commissioner Hilliard is empowered to let a contract to have the Public bridge repaired across Bowlegs Creek at Avon Park crossing and report his action to this Board at their next regular meeting.
Ordered that Commissioner Norton is empowered to a contract for a Public bridge across the stream near Auburndale on the Auburndale and Leesburg road and make report of his action to the next regular meeting of this Board.
The County Treasurer filed his monthly statement ending July 31st as follows. (ledger of General, School Special and Special Jail Funds)


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Ordered that notice be given that the board will be in session at the September meeting to hear complaints of persons whose taxes have been raise. AdJourned. T. W. Anderson Chairman



County Commissioners Court 10 O clock A.M. Monday September 3rd A.D. 1888
Members present T. W. Anderson Chairman, N. B. Norton, E. J. Hilliard, Thomas Albritton and G. R. Durrance. The minutes of last meeting were read and approved.
Bruce M. Wade made application for a Scholarship in the East Florida Seminary and was awarded the Same. Completing the number allowed by this county for the present year.
Ordered that reductions in assessments were made as follows, W. F. Reynolds land were reduced for $500.00 to $150.00 his improvements being mostly on lands not taxable, A. T. Gillmores land was reduced form $1200.00 to $800.00. Also J. P. Mortans land was reduced from $1200.00 to $800.00, S. H. Pages land was reduced form $2500.00 to $2000.00, G. W. Watsons land was reduced from $500.00 to $300.00, M. W. Fullers land was reduced from $400.00 to $200.00, Barney Browns land was reduced from $350.00 to $150.00
Ordered that B. F. Dalton is placed on the pauper list at $6.00 per month from this date.
The Plans for a bridge across the Alafia River were examined and none were received, But Plans were drawn and submitted to the bidders.


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And H. D. McLeod being the lowest bidder ____for was awarded the contract at $1.47 per lineal foot - for which the Board entered into written contract with McLeod for the Same. And that D. W> Proctor, Earley Wiggins Sr., and J. W. Ridgdill Sr., was appointed as a committee to select a location and determine the necessary length of Said Bridge, the Clerk to notify them of their appointment and when to meet & c.
The Board of health made report of their proceedings for the months of August. And the Board approved an account for $448.66, twenty dollars of which had been previously paid by W. H. Johnson out of funds in his possession belonging to the county, and issued their warrant for the Same to Dr. F. M. Wilson who is a member of the board of health for Polk County.
Ordered that the following accounts were ordered approved and ordered paid to wit:
J. A. Kayles(?) Special for building Public bridge $ 37.50
F. M. Wilson Special for quarantine expenses $423.66
J. E. Shannahan Special repairing bridge $ 9.50
J. H. McQueen “ for painting fence around Pub Square $ 50.00
W. H. Johnson Gen allowance as county auditor $ 25.00
R. T. Kilpatrick Special for material for Jail $ 1.80
N. E. B. Roberts Gen one wild cat Scalp $ 3.00
W. L. McDowell Special material to pain fence $ 11.05
G. A. Hanson Gen allowance as county attorney $ 20.83
T. A. Wall “ for services as supervisor of registration $ 25.00
James Hicks “ for 3 wild cat Scalps $ 9.00
W. M. Driggers “ for 1 “ “ $ 3.00
W. D. Liens “ for 1 “ “ $ 3.00
J. A. Fortner “ Examing & auditing 4 cat scalps $ 1.00
E. A. Brown “ allowance as pauper $ 5.00
Winnie Roberts “ “ “ $ 8.00
Laura Horseford “ “ “ $ 4.00
T. W. Smith “ “ “ $ 5.00


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Martha Welch Gen allowanced as pauper $ 5.00
J. A. Chester “ “ “ $ 4.00
Noah Waters “ “ “ $ 6.00
Andrew Bates “ “ “ $ 5.00
Mary Goss “ “ “ $ 4.00
J. W. Corbett “ “ “ $ 6.00
L. Caruthers “ “ “ $ 4.00
Nellie Maine “ “ “ $ 4.00
Rebecca Smith “ “ “ $ 4.00
Clark & Bishop Special work on Jail $ 44.20
Wm Haman “ making Book case for county $ 10.00
V. L. Tillis “ repairing bridge at Bowlegs Creek $ 15.00
R. H. Lock Gen medicines for county $ 7.50
M. J. Miller Special work for county $ 13.52
H. D. McLeod “ repairing bridge $ 4.16
R. T. Kilpatrick “ washing for prisoners $ 8.00
R. t. Kilpatrick Gen Sheriffs fees $ 3.25
James Okane “ “ “ $ 1.70
Wm Lyle Special making Gates for county & C $ 42.00
J. D. Tillis Gen collectors commissions $254.50
Jno. W. Trammell “ commissions for receiving $1095.00(?) $109.00
Geo S. Durrance “ for carry registration Books $ 21.50
N. B. Norton “ allowance as co. com $ 10.40
E. J. Hilliard “ “ “ $ 7.00
Thos. Albritton “ “ “ $ 8.20
Geo R. Durrance “ “ “ $ 7.20
T. W. Anderson “ “ “ $ 5.20
AdJourned.
Tuesday September 4th 1888. Members present T. W. Anderson Chairman, N. B. Norton, E. J. Hilliard, Thomas Albrittan and Geo. R. Durrance.
Ordered that T. J. Williams is authorized to repair the Public bridge a cross Hill branch and present his account for the Same at the meeting of


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this board. Hes to be paid $2.00 per day for his time.
The Comptroller having sent in a list of lands sold to the State for taxes, and which have been redeemed The amount of which have been sent to the county Treasurer, It is therefore ordered that the Treasurer be charged with amounts as follows:
On Gen Revenue fund account the sum of $ 42.71
On County School fund account the sum of $117.73
On County Special fund account the sum of $ 29.21
On County Jail fund account the sum of $ 39.21
The Treasurer filed his monthly statement ending August the 31st 1888, as follows, (ledger account of Gen, School, Special, & Special Jail funds)
Ordered that Mes Wm B. Mims is replaced on the pauper list at $5.00 per month from


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This date.
The County Judge filed License reports for the months ending as follows, March 31st, April 30th, May 31st, June 30, and July 31st 1888, also August 31st 1885.
Ordered that the Collector be charge with the sum of $167.83, Amount of the county’s part of said License for said months.
The collector filed Treasurer receipts as follows; $170.26 State of Florida County of Polk office of the County Treasurer Bartow Fla. Sdpt 3re 1888. Received of J. D. Tillis collector of Revenue for Polk County, the sum of One hundred and Seventy two & 36/100 Dollars $172.26 short of being in ____ States currency; and ---- in county warrants, an a__ount of Taxes by him collected as follows viz:
On account of county Revenue for the year $ 4_.07
On account of county School fund for the year $ 6_.0_
On account of county Special fund for the year $ 28.03
On account of county Special Jail fund for “ $ 4_.__
Total $172.26 John W. Trammell County Treasurer
Ordered that the Treasurer be charged with said amounts and the collector be credited thereupon(?)
AdJourned. T. W. Anderson Chairman


Page 189 County Commissioers Court 10 O clock A.M. October 1st 1888 Members present
T. W. Anderson Chairman, N. B. Norton, E. J. Hilliard, Thomas Albritton and G. R. Durrance. The Minutes of last Meeting were read and approved.
The report of reviewers appointed to mark out the Public road Known as the Lakeland and Dade City road was received and approved & the same declared a public road & reviewers discharged from further duty,
Ordered that John Hancock upon a petition presented to the Board by his neighbors is placed upon the Pauper list at Five Dollars per month from this date.
G. A. Hanson having been appointed Judge of the Circuit Court tendered his resignation as county attorney for this County in con_____ as thereof, and was accepted with regret, as he has been a faithful advisor of our board and the business relating between him and counselors as a board have and been of a most pleasant nature.
Ordered that the road Petition of L. M. Ballard and others if Granted, and J. L. Wread, J. H. Cumbee and L. G. Grimes are appointed Commissioners to mark out Said road.
This being a year in which a General Election is to be held, In conformity to the Law the board appointed Inspectors & clerks of Election as follows to wit:
For Election District No 1. D. C Lancaster, J. A> Alderman & V. H. Currency & George Altman as Clerk of Election for said District.
For District No 2. V. B. Webster, J. T. Wilson & Martin Hayman & F. F. Hendry for Clerk of Election fo said District.
For District No 3. B. F Blount, C. E. Reed & J. A. J__sy & J. R. Davis


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For clerk of Election for Said District.
For District No 4. J. H. Kirkland, J. J. Wiggins & G. W. Hicks & W. A. Warren as clerk of Election for Said District.
For District No 5. E. G. Wilder, Thos. H. Prine & L. L. Bryant & W. H. Lanier as Clerk of Election for Said District.
For District No 6. Frank W. Long/Lang, R. R. Foote, & J. L. Bush & J. P. Wilson as Clerk of election for Said District.
For District No 7. R. H. Parish, D. C. Bridgers & G. W. Gaffney & J. G. Hatcher as clerk of election for Said District.
For District No 8. J. J. Simmons, W. J. Platt & I. A. Rodgers & J. J. Robertson as Clerk of election for Said District
For District No 9. David Branch, D. W Procter & John Brown & W. P. Cox as clerk of electio for Said District.
For District No 10. W. B. Bonacker, A. A. Scott & J. H. Williams & O. J. Frier as Clerk of election for Said District
For District No 11. W. M. High, Henry Segler & R. P. Jordan & Winn as Clerk of election for Said District.
For District No 12. E. C. Johnson, F. A. K. Harris & Joseph Walker & H. M. Scott as Clerk of election for Said District.
For District No 13. D. S. Bunch , I. J. Cowart & J. M. Brewer & E. K. Schuyler as clerk of election for Said District
For District No 14. Quin Raulerson, V. P. Simmons & W. F. Pollard & D. Quinn as clerk of election for Said District.
For District No 15. W. H. Hitt, William Brewer & M. S. Knox & F. M. McQueen as Clerk of election for Said District.


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It is ordered that N. B. Norton is authorized to go and examine the bridge at Laniers Mill and if Necessary he is empowered to advertise for bids to rebuild said bridge, Let out the contract for the building of the Same And N. B. Norton is also authorized to examine the Bridge on the New road cut out by E. M. Robinson & if Needed have the bridge repaired,
Ordered that Brady & Clark is employed as county attorneys at $16.66/100 Sixteen dollars & Sixty six cents per month for the remainder of the present term of the present Board who came forward and accepted Said position at & for the Said sum of ($16.66/100)
W. H. Johnson is hereby instructed to turn over to the county treasurer the remainder of the money in his hands appropriated by the county for the ____it of the Subtropical Exposition at Jacksonville amounting to to One hundred & ninety one ($191.00) dollars - after having deducted the sum of Ten Dollars out of Said fund to be paid to Thomas Albritton for Exhibits & c.
It is ordered that James A. Smith at the request of Neighbors was placed upon the pauper list at three dollars per month.
The report of the commissioners to mark out settlement road from Winter Haven towards Haines City was received & commissioners discharged.
It being the time by Law that the Commissioners revise the registration list, They proceeded to do so and erased ____ from the following named persons to wit: Armstrong W. E., Adelman I. J., Brooker J. L., Bough I. S., Bender Jas. S., Cochran S. C., Copeland K., Childres E. R., Carley A. G., Danields W. A. J., Dunlop J. P., Edwards J. A., Edens(?) F., Forbes J. A., Forsyth J. M., Gandy G. W., Gay H. T., Griffin W. J., Humphries J. H., Holland C. F., Hiltabiddle H. S., Hancock. W. S., Jefcott William, Jefcott John,


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Jefcott J. C., Jones W. R., Jones Maurice I., Jim Charley, Kling Ira, Lewis G. D., Lawrence L. B., Mosely A. H., M____son I. N., Mims W. B., Mullen John, Milner Q. A., McNeill Cyrus, Mull S. P., McRae A. D., Morgan W. K., Moody _. E., Middleton D. D., McCoy J. F., Nixon I. J., Nall T. C. AdJourned.
Tuesday October 2nd 1888. Members present as on yesterday.
The Board resumed work revising the registration list as follows - Oglesby C. R., Pollard W. D. K., Pollard G. W., Polk E. E., Pymell(?) R. H., Poosen(?) A. E., Parson E. W., Prichard S. W., Reed J. W., Riggins W. E., Rundall J. D., Stuart J. K., Shackelford J. H., Stuart V. J., Thompson H. M., Vane W. L., Wilbur J. C., Wilson W. C., Watkins H.
J. W. Trammell County Treasurer presented his quarterly report (List of cancelled warrants) and Exhibited his account of Money on Deposit which was found correct the following of which is a true copy.
County Treasurers statement. For quarter ending Sept 30th 1888. (ledger of General School & Special funds)


Page 193 (cont’d ledger of Special and Special Jail funds.) Adjourned.
Wednesday October 3rd 1888. Members present as on yesterday.
J. W. Boyd having completed the work of the Books of the former Treasurer, a warrant was ordered issued in his favor for twenty five Dollars.
The County Jail was then Inspected and found in a good Sanatary condition and the prisoners healthy.
All bids for fence around the County Jail lot were rejected on account of price being too high. It was then ordered that Commissioner T. W Anderson make out a Bill for lumber for fence around the Jail lot and have the same delivered on the ground, and also purchase wire and Employ a workman to set the posts & put up wire fence around the Jail. Adjourned
Thursday Oct 4th 1888. Members present as on yesterday.
Ordered that the following accounts were approved and ordered paid to wit:
Nellie Maine Gen allowance as pauper $ 4.00
Maxfield McClelland “ Bounty for wild cat scalp $ 3.00
T. A. Wall (Void) “
J. L. Wi__ Specl for Awnings to court House $ 13.50
N. B. Norton Gen for services as registration officer $ 7.70
T. W. Anderson “ for services as Co Coms $ 9.20


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Never issued -- ------------
L. Caruthers Gen allowance as pauper $ 4.00
Winnie Roberts “ “ “ $ 5.00
E. A. Brown “ “ “ $ 5.00
F. W. Smith “ “ “ $ 5.00
Martha Welch “ “ “ $ 5.00
J. A. Chester “ “ “ $ 4.00
Laura Horseford “ “ “ $ 4.00
N. Waters “ “ “ $ 6.00
Andrew Bates “ “ “ $ 5.00
Mary Goss “ “ “ $ 4.00
Rebecca Smith “ “ “ $ 4.00
J. W. Corbett “ “ “ $ 6.00
T. B. Watkins “ for Services as registration officer $ 8.00
J. B. Turner “ for Services as registration officer $ 7.__
David Branch “ for Services as registration officer $ 3.60
W. W. Jones “ for Services as registration officer $ 16.20
W. H. Johnson “ for recording Tax Sales $ 5.00
F. M. Wilson Special for Quarantine Expenses for Sept 1888 $441.8_
E. G. Hovey Gen for Services as registration officer $ 3.00
D. S. Bemah “ for Services as registration officer $ 1.2_
Wm Thompson “ for Services as registration officer $ 8.70
T. J. McMullen “ for Services as registration officer $ 3.60
T. A. Wall “ To Express on Registr Books $ 0.50
J. W. Boyd Special for addition work at adjusting acct of
F. F. Beville $ 25.00
M. M. Whidden “ for lumber & work for court $ 2.75
J. H. McQueen “ for Painting Court House roof $ 76.00
J. J. Robertson Gen for Services as registration officer $ 6.20
Thos. J. Williams Special for work on Bridge $ 11.78
W. R. Trask Gen for Services as registration officer $ 3.10
J. H. Smith “ Bounty for wild cat Scalp $ 3.00
D. C. Ferguson “ for medical attention to co prisoners $ 14.00
C. E. Reed Special for nails & wire netting for county $ 4.8_
C. E. Reed “ for sundries to county $ 5.65
J. A. Fortner “ auditing 9 cat Scalps $ 2.25


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G. S. Durrance Gen for Services as registration officer $ 17.30
Harrison Jones “ for Services as registration officer $ 2.00
W. L. McDowell Special for Material to paint Court House $ 69.25
M. W Fuller Gen Bounty for wild cat Scalp $ 3.00
Fred A. Dalton “ “ “ $ 3.00
G. A. Hanson “ allowance as county attorney $ 20.83
R. B. Carson “ Bounty for wild cat scalp $ 3.00
R. H. Lock “ for medicines to county prisoners $ 7.85
R. Kirkland “ Bounty for wild cat scalp $ 3.00
R. E. Gandy “ Bounty for wild cat scalp $ 3.00
Jos P. Cumbee “ Bounty for wild cat scalp $ 3.00
Barney Brown “ Bounty for wild cat scalp $ 3.00
R. T. Kilpatrick “ for white washing Jail __ing for prisoners $ 8.00
H. D. McLeod “ for repairing Bridge $ 9.00
Warren Johnson “ Bounty for wild cat scalp $ 3.00
Warren Johnson “ Bounty for wild cat scalp $ 3.00
W. H. Johnson “ allowance as county auditor $ 25.00
J. H. Ivey “ for Services as Juror on Inquest $ 9.50
Wm Thompson “ for services acting coroner $ 0.60
J. P. Glover Special for one mattress for Jail $ 3.00
W. E. Middleton Gen for services as Juror at Inquest $ 9.50
R. R. Thompson “ for services as Juror at Inquest $ 9.50
R. R. Ivey “ for services as Juror at Inquest $ 9.50
S. L. Griffin “ for Deputy Sheriffs fees $ 13.70
J. H. Killop “ for services as Juror at Inquest $ 9.50
E. J. Hilliard “ for services as county commissioner $ 11.00
Thos. Albrittan “ for services as county commissioner $ 12.20
Geo. R. Durrance “ “ “ $ 11.20
H. B. Norton “ “ “ $ 14.40
T. W. Anderson “ “ “ $ 9.50
Wm Thompson et al “ for time Guarding prisoners $ 14.00


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Court Adjourned till Wednesday Nov 7th 1888


Wednesday November 7th 1888 - 10 Oclock AM Commissioners present, T. W. Anderson, N. B. Norton, George R. Durrance, Thomas Allbritton and E. J. Hilliard.
D. W. Proctor, John Brown and R. N. Pylant, the Committee appointed to examine the new bridge across the Alafia Made their Report, and the Bridge was received, and a warrant ordered be issued for $599.76 in payment for same.
W. L. & Joseph Bryant presented their account for work on Laniers Mill Creek according to the Contract with Commissioner N. B. Norton for the sum of one hundred and twenty Nine dollars and Mr. Norton having inspected said work and reported to the Board that the same has been done in accordance with said contract. It is ordered that a warrant for said amount be issued to said parties in payment of same.
The Contract with W. H. Costine was received and filed until the Board can obtain information as to the fencing of the Rail Road Right of way.
Resolved that in the opinion of the Board the inspection of Election and the Clerks of same should be paid for service in holding elections and It is Ordered that the said inspectors and Clerks be paid two dollars for the day’s service and ten cents per mile to the one who brings in the ballot Box and Returns,
The Assessor brought in the Tax Books for 1888 and the Board proceeded to compare the same.
Thursday Nov 8th
The Board continued the work of comparing the Tax Books through the day
The County Treasurer filed his Monthly Statement for the Month ending Oct 31 - 1888 as follows


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Friday Nov 9th
The Board completed the work of comparing the Tax Books and accepted the same, and It is Ordered that the Warrant from the Assessor to the Collector be here recorded, which is as follows: - Warrant
State of Florida, To J. D. Tillis Tax Collector of the County of Polk, you are hereby commanded collect out of the lands and from each of the persons and corporation named in the amended roll, the taxes set down in each roll apposite each name, Corporation or parcel of land therein described, and we Ease the taxes so imposed are not paid at the time presented by law, you are to Collect the same by levy and sale of the Goods and Chattels, lands and tenements so assessed, or of the person or corporation so taxed, and all sums collected for State taxes you are to pay to the State Treasurer at such time as may be required by law, and at the same time you are to pay to the County Treasurer all sums collected for County Taxes, and to the Treasurer of the County


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Board of Public Instruction, all sums collected for School taxes, and you are further required to make all collections on or before the first Monday in March, and on or before the their Monday in March you will make a final report to and settle with the Comptroller and County Commissioners.
Given under my hand and seal this 10th day of November in the year 1888 Geo R. Fortner Assessor of Polk County
Collector J. D. Tillis filed Receipts from the County Treasurer J. W. Trammell of which the following is a true copy,
Lakeland Florida July 6th 1888 Received from William D. Barner, Controller of the State of Florida for account of J. D .Tillis Collector of Revenue in and for Polk County the sum of Forty three & 20/100 Dollars, said sum having been collected from the International Ocean Telegraph Company for the taxes of 1887 on the road bed and rolling stock as assessed by the Comptroller, and to be distributed among the several funds as follows: County Revenue for 1887 $10.80, County School tax 1887 $14.40, County Special Tax 1887 $7.20, County Road tax 1887 $10.80. $43.20
Signed in duplicate Jno W. Trammell, County Treasurer, Polk County
Office of County Treasurer Bartow Fla Oct 1, 1888. Received of J. D. Tillis Collector of Revenue for Polk County the sum of 382.34/100 Dollars ($212.84 thereof being in United State Currency; and $169.50 in County Warrants) on account of taxes by him Collected as follows; viz: on account of County Revenue for the year 1887 $82.94. On account of Co School fund for the year $160.50. On account of Co Special fund for the year $55.96. On account Special ----fund for year $82.94. Total $382.34 No 17. Jno W. Trammell, County Treasurer
Office of County Treasurer Bartow Fla Nov 8th 1888


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Received of J. D. Tillis Collector of Revenue for Polk County the sum of One hundred and ninety & 52/100 Dollars ($135.52 thereof being in Uninted State Currency, and $55.00 in County Warrants) on acocunt of taxes collected by him as follows, viz: On account of County Revenue for the year ‘87 $35.82, On account of Co School fund for the year - $55.00, On account of the Special fund for the year - $23.88, On acct of special Jail fund $35.52, On acct of Liscence for year - $40.00 Total $190.52 No 18
Jno W. Trammell, County Treasurer
Ordered that the Auditor charge the several amounts of the three foregoing receipts to the County Treasurer on the several funds respectively and credit the same to the account of Collector J. D. Tillis on the Count Ledger.
Saturday Nov 10th
Collector J. D. Tillis filed his list of Errors, Insolvents and double Assessments which was examined, found Correct and Allowed and the County Auditor is Ordered to Credit his account with the amounts o the several funds as follows; to wit: On General Co Revenue $309.97, On County School fund $545.02, On County Special fund $208.32, On special Jail fund $309.97.
Monday Nov 12th
Ordered that at present and in future the Sheriff will be allowed ten cents per mile for delivering ballot and other matter pertaining to Elections such carrying Registration books & C and that no per diem will be allowed.
Ordered that Mrs. J. Pierpont be placed on the Pauper list at Eight dollars per month from this date.
Ordered that the newly elected County Officers be required to give Bonds in the following amounts to wit: The Cunty Judge in the sum of Three Thousand dollars


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The Clerk of the Circuit Court in the sum of Three Thousand Dollars, The Sheriff in the sum of Six Thousand Dollars, The Collector of Revenue in the sum of Thirty Thousand Dollars, The County Treasurer in the sum of Eighty Thousand Dollars, The Justices of the Peace each Two hundred Dollars, The Constables each Five hundred Dollars.
The Board inspected the Jail and found it well kept and the prisoners properly cared for.
The Petition of John Guess et al asking that the old Road from Ft. Meade to Homeland be discontinued, was considered and rejected for informality.
Ordered that John Hancock, T. W. Smith and Laura Horseford be dropped form the Pauper list from this date.
Ordered that the following accounts are approved and that Warrants be drawn in payment of same as follows:
Brady & Clark Gen Fund Salary for Oct as Co Attys $ 16.65
Jos & W. L. Bryant Special Fund Work on Bridge $129.00
J. W. Corbett Gen Fund allowance as Pauper $ 8.00
Nellie Main “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
Winnie Roberts “ “ “ “ $ 8.00
E. A. Brown “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
T. W. Smith “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
Martha Welch “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
A. J. Platt “ “ Delivering Ballot Box Ins of Elect $ 9.00
M. S. Knox “ “ “ “ $ 9.00
G. W. Gaffney “ “ “ “ $ 8.60
J. A. Chester “ “ Allowance as Pauper $ 4.00
Noah Waters “ “ “ “ $ 6.00
Andrew Bates “ “ “ “ $ 5.00
Mary Goss “ “ “ “ $ 4.00
James Hicks “ “ 3 Wild cat scalps $ 9.00
Rebecca Smith “ “ allowance as Pauper $ 4.00
N. B. Norton “ “ Services as Co Com $ 12. 40
Geo R. Fortner “ “ Commissions as Assessor $344.00


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