Dearborn County Commissioners Proceedings – Jun 1889

Proceedings of the June 1889 Session of the Dearborn County, Indiana Commissioners appeared in:

Lawrenceburg Register – 13 Jun 1889 – Page 3, Column 4


Josiah Duncan, Trustee of Manchester township, submits his report showing receipts and disbursements of the money donated by the Commissioners for building bridge at Hogan Hill on the State road, and foot bridge over Tanner’s Creek at Manchester Station. The report was accepted and approved.

Refunders were granted as follows: To Jonathan Rannels, $1.75; Emma Homan, $2.40; Sarah J. Allen, $23.76; A. A. Bloom, 79 cts; Martin Schuerman, $1.

John Roser and fifty-three other citizens and freeholders of Harrison petition the Commissioners to purchase the toll road in Harrison township known as the Mt. Carmel and Johnston Fork Turnpike, and Harrison, New Trenton, Rochester and Brookville Turnpike; and in order to determine the wish of the people of said township on the question of purchasing said turnpike, ask that the same be submitted to a vote of the township. The Commissioners grant the prayer of the petition, provided the petitioners defray all of the expenses of the election, viewing, &c., and said purchase is to be made by the Trustee of Harrison township, and he shall reimburse the petitioners. A. T. Gridley, County Surveyor, and George C. Columbia are selected as surveyor and appraiser.

Henry Glazier, a member of the Bright House Thief Detective Association, appointed Constable.

Liquor license granted unto the following: Joseph Bechtel, Stephen Meyers, Anthony Gardner, John Bamart, Adam Kastner, Stahl & Harry, George Fahlbush, Michael Klein, George Fahlbush, Michael Klein, W. H. Charlton, Thomas Nees, all of Lawrenceburgh; Gerhardt Martin, David Peters, Peter Zimmerman, John H. Siemantel, John Pelgen, Adolph Schulze, Anthony Kastner, Jacob Kirsch, all of Aurora.

Henry C. Assche, Trustee of Jackson township, asks permission to borrow $600 for the purpose of building a school house in District No. 8 in said township.

Charles Bowton, Lawrence Kappes and T. B. Cottingham, viewers appointed to view a proposed road in Harrison township, report in favor of said road. The same gentlemen, acting as reviewers, reported that the following named persons would suffer damages by reason of the opening of the proposed road: Benj. Holden, $35; Barney Simonson, $60; Henry Kolb, $25; and Anthony Healy, $25. The Board accept the report, and authorize the payment of the damages.

Sam B. Sanks, J. W. Johnson and Benj. Wethered, viewers and reviewers, report in favor of the proposed road in Hogan township, and report the following damages: Lytle W. Parks, $120; Cyrus Canfield, $75.

John Renck, Joseph Wilhelm and Fred Moerling, viewers and reviewers, report in favor of proposed road in York and Miller townships, and assess the damages of Rebecca Robertson at $200. This makes a bee line road from Guilford to Wrights Corner.

John Huddleston Sr., Wolfgang Dennerline and William Fox were appointed viewers to view proposed road in Manchester township, near Wrights Corner.

$100 was allowed to John Armstrong, Trustee of Hogan township, for the building of a bridge over the branch at Plum Point Schoolhouse.

It is ordered that no clothing or supplies be furnished to patients sent to the Insane Hospital unless there is first filed an affidavit that neither the patient nor relatives have any means to furnish the same.

A. J. Cheek, Superintendent of the County Asylum, reports that for the quarter ending June 1st there were 37 inmates in the asylum. Twenty-four of the inmates are upwards of fifty years of age—the oldest being Frederick Finkey, aged eighty-five years. Only nine are fit for work. The youngest inmate is one of the Carpenter family, having been born in the asylum in 1884.

Liquor license granted unto John Philip Ebel, Charles Martin, George Frank, Simon Siemantel and Louis Weiss, all of Aurora.

In the matter of the incorporation of the Manwaring burying ground in Harrison township, the consideration of the same was postponed until the next session.

For many years the citizens of Kelso and adjoining townships have petitioned and prayed for a bridge across Tanner’s Creek, and now that long needed  want will be supplied, as the Commissioners on Tuesday arrived at the following decision: “The Board having under construction of a bridge over Tanner’s Creek, at the point where the Harrison and Napoleon State Road crosses the same in Kelso township, and being of the opinion that a bridge should be built at that point, now order and direct that the Auditor cause a survey and location of site for said bridge to be made, and that he cause plans and specifications for the construction of said bridge to be made and placed on file in the Auditor’s office, and that said survey be made and specifications be placed on file not later than July 5th, and that the Auditor cause advertisement for bids for erection of said bridge to be received up to 12 noon August 1st, 1889.”

After a personal examination of the Hogan Creek Bridge at Aurora, the Board accepted the same, and ordered warrants drawn in favor of the contractors.

Lawrenceburg Register – 20 Jun 1889 – Page 2, Column 3


The reports of the Receipts and Disbursements for the past fiscal year of Auditor Moore and Treasurer Probst were approved, and will be found in another column.

David H. Stapp, attorney for Joseph G. Parks Jr. and others, asked for a re-opening of the reviewers report in the matter of damages for a new road in Hogan township. It seems that Lytle W. Parks put in a claim for damages on account of right of way for the new road, and it now transpires that Parks does not own the land, having transferred it to his sons did not put in any claim, and having slept on their rights, it is very probable that they will not receive any damages. Mr. Parks’ forgetfulness in regard to transferring his property may cost his sons $200, as that was the amount awarded him for damages.

Liquor license was granted unto Michael Braunagel, of Aurora, and George H. King, of Weisburg.

The Township Trustees filed their levies for next year with the Commissioners, and the rate will show a slight reduction from last year. The reform Trustee of Sparta township wanted 12 ½ cents for one fund and 3 ½ cents for another fund, but the Commissioners took compassion upon the employees of the Auditor’s office and cut off the ½ cent. Charley Walser was on the verge of turning gray when he thought of computing ½ cent rates for weeks during the hot days of July and August.