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Cabins for the Poor Not Good Enough

From Lawrence County Commissioner’s Book

 June Term 5th day of 1843


County Commissioners Victor Buchanan and James Nabb ordered that Dr. William G. Anderson be paid $23.92, for services and medicine for a pauper staying with Nathan Rawlings.


A second invoice was presented by Dr. Anderson for $7.58, again for medicine and services for the same patient. It was also paid.


A.W. Hull/Hall was paid $10.84 for nails furnished at the courthouse. (The County Commissioners were in the process of building the second courthouse built on the site of the present courthouse.)


David D. Lanterman paid George W. Kinkade, Treasurer, $3.00 for a fine collected of Daniel Ridgley.


William R. Jackman, School Commissioner of Lawrence County, came into court and made a report of the financial situation of the school funds rec’d and paid out, together with the amount on hand, which said report was received and approved by the court and ordered to be filed.


The Commissioners after having examined the two log cabins built by Joseph Stewart for the use of the poor of Lawrence County found that they were not built in conformity with the plans and agreement made; therefore, they were rejected by the Commissioners.

September Term 1st day of 1843 Commissioners J. Nabb, Victor Buchanan, and A. D. Emmons.

 Jacob Hershey filed his petition with the requisite number of signers, praying the appointment of commissioners to view and locate a road commencing at the western line of the said county of Lawrence between T 2 & 3 and thence, running East on the nearest and best ground to the State Road leading from Lawrenceville to Mount Carmel, Illinois to intersect said State Road between T2&3.

The Commissioners ordered that Anderson Underwood, Samuel Schrader and James Lanterman were to be appointed to review the proposed roadbed and afterward report to the Court at the next Term. Jacob Hershey deposited nine (or three, handwriting hard to decipher) dollars to pay the expenses of the viewers if their report should be unfavorable to the request of the said petitioner.

Ed Note: John King added that there is a lot of road information in County Commissioners Book B at the courthouse, if you are in to the birth of roads......

Jacob Hershey lived in Section 1, T2N, R12W and received the patents on his land in Section 1 in the spring of 1843--evidently, he wanted an east-west road past his house. This road is now known as 500N or Gillead Lane in the western part of Lukin Twp. and Collins Lane in the eastern part of Lukin Twp. and in Denison Twp. The 500 N road doesn’t go all the way through because the bridge across the Raccoon Creek washed out about 100 years ago and was never replaced. And this is why we don't let John write the blogs.........

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