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Record Descriptions – County Board of Supervisors/Board of County Commissioners

Animal Bounty Register

Record of payments for wolf scalps, fox scalps, and sparrows. Each entry gives the number and date of the order, to whom the order was paid, the amount, and the date paid.

Blind Pension Applications

Applications show the applicant's name, age, marital status, address, and current total income; a certificate from two witnesses; a report on the condition of the applicant; and a certificate of verification of the applicant's blindness signed by the examiner of the blind. Applications may also contain records of the applicant's interview with the county clerk and information on the applicant's occupation and the effect of loss of sight on the applicant's job.

Blind Relief Application Record

Record shows the name and address of the applicant, the date examined, the results of the examination, the names of witnesses, and a record of payments including the date, the name of the recipient, and the amount of the payment.

Board of Supervisors' Minutes

Minutes show the date and place of meetings, the names of those present, and the motions, petitions, and claims acted upon. Continuing business of the board is commonly handled by committees. Minutes contain abbreviated accounts of all of the items of business of the board. Settlement of all claims against the county by the issuance of orders drawn on the county treasury is a constant item of board business. Boards must examine the accounts of all county officials, who make semi-annual reports to this body. Boards are charged with providing relief for the indigent and infirm. This was accomplished by constructing and maintaining almshouses, county homes, and county farms. Superintendents of these institutions reported at frequent intervals to the board. Blind residents of the county were granted relief payments by the board. The board selected grand and petit jurors and supervised elections, including the creation of election districts and the appointment of election judges and clerks. Boards levy taxes within a county, and equalize assessments between townships. They franchise utility companies for operation within a county, license businesses, act on zoning appeals, and construct and maintain county roads and bridges. These tasks are reflected in the minutes.

Board of Supervisors' Minutes Index

Index shows the type of proceeding, the date, and the book and page of entry.

Board of Supervisors' Proceedings

Proceedings contain all business of the board, including committee and other reports, appointments, oaths and bonds, resignations, petitions from citizens, treasurer's and collector's receipts, bills and vouchers, orders, bids and contracts, plats and surveys, elections, roads and bridges, jury duty, licenses, the county jail, tax levy, assessment, delinquency, and sale, indentures, applications for relief, and care of the poor and indigent.

Civil War Dependents' Relief Record

Record of payments to soldiers' wives shows the wife's name, the number of children, the husband's regiment, and notes to the clerk requesting payment.

Claims against Highway Fund

Claims show the date, the receipt, the amount, an itemized list of expenditures, the names and addresses of recipients of road district orders, the amounts of the orders, and the fund balance. Ledger sheets show route, construction, engineering, personnel, and office expenses.

Commissioners' Court Orders

Record shows the number of the order, the amount due, the name of the plaintiff or the defendant, and the cause of the case.

County Claims

Record of bills submitted to the county includes such items as printing, insurance, construction and maintenance of roads and buildings, care of paupers, and salaries and expenses of county officials and employees, signed by the person performing the service.

County Commissioners' Minutes

Minutes show the date and place of meetings, the names of those present, and the motions, petitions, and claims acted upon. County commissioners lack the committee structure of the board of supervisors. Minutes contain abbreviated accounts of all of the items of business handled by the commissioners. Settlement of all claims against the county by the issuance of orders drawn on the county treasury is a constant item of business. Commissioners must examine the accounts of all county officials, who make semi.-annual reports to them. Commissioners are charged with providing relief for the indigent and infirm. This was accomplished by constructing and maintaining almshouses, county homes, and county farms. Superintendents of these institutions reported at frequent intervals to the commissioners. Blind residents of the county were granted relief payments by the commissioners. Commissioners selected grand and petit jurors and supervised elections, including the creation of election districts and the appointment of election judges and clerks. Commissioners levy taxes within a county. They franchise utility companies for operation within a county, license businesses, and construct and maintain county roads and bridges. These tasks are reflected in the minutes.

County Commissioners' Proceedings

Proceedings contain all business of the commissioners, including reports, appointments, oaths and bonds, resignations, petitions from citizens, treasurer's and collector's receipts, bills and vouchers, orders, bids, and contracts, plats and surveys, elections, roads and bridges, jury duty, licenses, the county jail, tax levy, assessment, delinquency, and sale, indentures, applications for relief, and care of the poor and indigent.

Crow Bounty Certificates

Certificates show the name of the person claiming the bounty, the date and township, the number of crows or eggs, the amount of bounty paid and the signature of the county clerk.

Crow Bounty Orders

Record shows the number of the order, the date, the name of the person receiving the order, the number of crows or eggs claimed, the amount paid, and the signature of the county clerk.

English Sparrow Bounty Certificates

Certificates show the name of the person claiming the bounty, the date and township, the number of sparrows killed, the amount of bounty paid, and the signature of the county clerk.

Fox Bounty Certificates

Certificates show the name of the person claiming the bounty, the date and township, the number of foxes killed, and the signature of the county clerk.

Ground Hog Bounty Certificates

Certificates show the name of the person claiming the bounty, the date and township, the number of ground hogs killed, the amount of bounty paid, and the signature of the county clerk.

Motor Fuel Tax Claims Registers

Registers show expenditures for construction, maintenance, purchase of machinery and equipment, land and buildings, and operations, with the account, the amount, and the date and number of the warrant. Claims include the date, the warrant claim number, the purchase order, the name and address of the claimant, the reason for the claim, and the warrant claim totals.

Road Bond Issue Committee Minutes

Minutes list the members present and provide a voting record. Discussion at meetings concerns advertising and reviewing bids, awarding contracts, purchasing, and determining routes, and minutes also include petitions and letters to the committee, with official highway maps.

Wolf Bounty Certificates

Certificates show the name of the person claiming the bounty, the date, the township, the number of wolves killed, and the signature of the county clerk.

Wolf Scalp Certificate Register

Register shows the date of the certificate, to whom paid, and the amount of the payment.