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Jackson County Commissioners' Journals 1853-60
Minutes of the governing body of Jackson County, Oregon. Transcribed by the indefatigable Mary Tsui.
   

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Territory of Oregon
    Jackson County
        March 7th, 1853
Be it Remembered
    That on the seventh day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-three, James Clugage, Nathaniel C. Dean and Abel George, County Commissioners of the County aforesaid, by appointment of the Legislative Assembly of said Territory met at the Court-House in the Precinct of Jacksonville, County and Territory aforesaid and are duly sworn into office by Daniel M. Kenney, P.M. [postmaster] in said Precinct.
    The first action of the Board is to select one of their number to act as President. Whereupon James Clugage is duly chosen to preside at the meetings of said Board of Commissioners.
    It is now ordered that Dr. C. E. Alexander be and is hereby appointed Clerk of the Board, to act as such until a successor be elected and qualified.  Whereupon the said C. E. Alexander is duly sworn into office.
    The Board being now complete, it proceeded to fulfill the duties as is in such case made and provided.
    It is now ordered that Dr. John W. McCully be and is hereby appointed Justice of the Peace for the Precinct of Jacksonville to act as such until a Successor be elected and qualified and it is further ordered that Hiram Abbott be and is hereby appointed Justice of the Peace for the aforesaid Precinct to act as such until a Successor be elected and qualified as aforesaid, both of said Justices so appointed being present are duly sworn into office, the Bonds of said Justices having been severally approved by the Board.
    And it is further ordered that Morgan W. David and M. G. Kennedy be and are hereby appointed Constables for the aforesaid Precinct of Jacksonville to serve as such until Successors be elected and qualified. The Bonds of said Constables is now approved by the Board and both are duly sworn into office by the Clerk.
    There being no other business before the Board it is Resolved that the Board do now adjourn until next regular session unless sooner convened for some special purpose.
    I certify the foregoing to be a correct record of the proceedings of the Board of C.C.
Attest: C. S. Drew, Clerk
[unsigned]
President of the Board of County Commissioners


Second Session of the Board of Commissioners
April 4th, 1853  9 O,Clock [sic] A.M.
    The Board meets pursuant to the adjournment of March 7th.
Commissioners present James Clugage, Nathaniel C. Dean and Abel George.
    Now comes Dr. C. E. Alexander and presents his Resignation as Clerk of this Board.
    It is therefore Ordered that the resignation of said Clerk be accepted and that C. S. Drew, Deputy Clerk, be and is hereby appointed to fill the vacancy occasioned by such resignation and in accordance with said order, the said C. S. Drew is hereby sworn into office as Clerk of this Board.
    I hereby certify that the foregoing is a correct Record of proceedings of the Board of C.C.
[unsigned]
President, Board of County Commissioners
Attest: C. S. Drew, Clerk


    It is now Ordered that some person be selected to serve as Elisor until a Sheriff be elected and qualified. Thereupon E. H. Blanchard is appointed to serve in said capacity. The said Blanchard now appears and presents his Official Bond which is approved and the said Elisor is duly sworn into office.
    I certify the foregoing to be correct.
[unsigned]
President of the Board of County Commissioners
Attest: C. S. Drew, Clerk


Record of Proceedings of Board of County Commissioners
1st Regular Session
And it is further Ordered
    That for the better convenience of the citizens of this county, Election Precincts be established at the following places, namely:
    One at Emery & Company Saw Mill and to be known as Ashland Precinct. Elections to be held at the house of Eber Emery, John Gibbs and Patrick Dunn be and are hereby appointed Judges of Elections therefor.
    One at Dardanelles and to be known as Dardanelles Precinct. Elections to be held at the house of William Lawless and that said William Lawless, John W. Patrick and Isaac Woolen be and are hereby appointed Judges of Elections therefor.
    One at Perkins Old Ferry on Rogue River, to be known as Perkinsville Precinct. Elections to be held at the house of Benjamin Halstead, and that said Benjamin Halstead, William Rose and _____ Brown be and are hereby appointed Judges of Elections therefor.
    One at Grave Creek to be known as Grave Creek Precinct. Elections to be held at the house of Bates & Twogood and that A. S. Bates, 
_____ McRice and Thomas Raymond be and are hereby appointed Judges of Elections therefor.
    One at Cow Creek to be known as Cow Creek Precinct. Elections to be held at the House of Hardy Elliff and that said Elliff, 
_____ Wiley and John Fortune be and are hereby appointed Judges of Elections therefor.
    One on Applegate Creek, to be known as Applegate Precinct. Elections to be held at the House of Dr. Edward Sheil, and that John Gheen, William Thompson and 
_____ Hart be and are hereby appointed Judges of Elections therefor.
    One on Illinois River to be known as Cañon Creek Precinct. Elections to be held at the House of Miller & Company, and that James Mooney, 
_____ Miller and _____ Rhoda be and are hereby appointed Judges of Elections therefor.
    One on Althouse Creek, to be known as Althouse Precinct. Elections to be held at the House of J. C. Anderson & Company, and that said Anderson, William Chapman and Robert Magruder be and are hereby appointed Judges of Elections therefor.
    One at Jacksonville, to be known as Jacksonville Precinct. Elections to be held at the Robinson House and that L. A. Rice,  H. A. Overbeck and Hiram Abbott be and are hereby appointed Judges of Election therefor.
    Ordered that this Board do now adjourn until tomorrow at 10 O,Clock A.M.


Second day of Second Session
    The Board meets agreeable to the adjournment of the evening previous.
    Commissioners present: James Clugage, Nathaniel C. Dean and Abel George.
    The minutes of the proceedings of the preceding day were read and approved.
    Ordered that a Precinct be and is hereby established at Port Orford, to be known as Port Orford Precinct. Elections to be held at the house of Gambel & Tichenor and that said Gambel, 
_____ Lount and _____ Hall be and are hereby appointed Judges of Elections therefor.
    I certify the foregoing Record to be correct.
[unsigned]
                    President, Board of County Commissioners
Attest: C. S. Drew, Clerk

    Ordered that each Precinct within this County be and is entitled to One Justice of the Peace and one Constable, Provided however that the Precincts of Jacksonville and Althouse be and are hereby entitled to two Justices of the Peace and two Constables each.
    I certify the foregoing to be correct.
[unsigned]
                    President of Board of County Commissioners
Attest: C. S. Drew, Clerk

    Ordered that Thomas McF. Patton be and is hereby appointed Prosecuting Attorney for said County, whereupon the said Patton was duly sworn into office.
    I certify the foregoing record to be correct.
[unsigned]
President of Board of County Commissioners
Attest: C. S. Drew, Clerk

    Ordered that Richard Dugan be and is hereby appointed County Treasurer to serve until a successor be elected and qualified.
    I certify that the foregoing Record is correct.
[unsigned]
President of Board of County Commissioners.
Attest: C. S. Drew, Clerk

    Ordered That the Clerk of this Board be and is hereby authorized to procure the requisite number of Seals for this County with such Device or Devices thereon as he may deem proper.

    I certify that the foregoing is a correct Record.
[unsigned]
President, Board of County Commissioners
Attest: C. S. Drew, Clerk

    Ordered That all Peddlers within this county shall pay the yearly sum of Twelve and a half Dollars each for a License therefor.
[unsigned]
President of Board of Co. Commissioners.
Attest: C. S. Drew, Clerk.

    Now comes Messrs. Tufts & Barnes by their Attorney James Strawbridge and petition the Board for a License to keep a Ferry on Rogue River at a point on said River now occupied by the petitioners for said purpose.
    Ordered that the prayer of said petitioners be granted and that Petition granted. The said Tufts & Barnes be and are hereby entitled to receive the following rates of Toll, Namely
Rates of Toll. 
For each loaded Wagon ($1.50/100) one dollar and a half,
For each unloaded Wagon ($1.--) One dollar
For each Yoke of Oxen (.25¢) Twenty-five cents
For each loaded Animal (.25¢) Twenty-five cents
For each Unloaded Animal except Sheep & Hogs, Twelve & a half cents
For Sheep and Hogs each (5¢) Five cents
For Horse or Mule and Rider (25¢) Twenty-five cents
For Footman each (12½¢) Twelve and a half cents.
[unsigned]
President of the Board of County Commissioners
Attest: C. S. Drew, Clerk

    Whereas, it is the opinion of this Board that it is absolutely necessary for the Public good, and the citizens of this county generally, that "Public Roads" should be laid out and located throughout this entire valley. It is therefore ordered,
    That the trail as now traveled from its intersection with the Northerly end of Oregon Street in the Precinct of Jacksonville to its junction with the old Oregon Trail (so called) near the Residence of Nathaniel C. Dean (at what is known as "The Willow Springs") be and the same is hereby declared a "Public Highway."
    And furthermore that all the portion of the said Oregon Trail, from its junction aforesaid to the boundary line of Douglas County in said Territory, be and the same is hereby declared a "Public Highway" and also that portion of the said Oregon Trail from the Junction aforesaid to the Northern boundary line of California as now traveled.

[unsigned]
President of the Board of County Commissioners.
Attest: C. S. Drew, Clerk

Ordered also
    That the following described trails be and are hereby declared "Public Highways," namely:
    The trail as now traveled from its junction with the Oregon & California Trail (alluded to in the preceding order) at the "forks" so called near Evans Ferry to Althouse.
    The trail as now traveled from what is known as "the Crossing of Applegate Creek" to the Southerly end of Oregon Street in Jacksonville, thence along said Oregon Street to its crossing with California Street, thence along said California Street to its crossing with fourth Street, thence through said fourth Street to its intersection with the trail as now traveled on the Easterly bank of Jackson Creek, thence along said trail to the Residence of A. A. Skinner.
    And the trail known as the "Mountain Trail" leading from the Easterly end of California Street in said Jacksonville to the Oregon & California trail aforesaid. 
    And it is furthermore ordered that James Clugage be allowed two months' time from this date to open that portion of the Road recently laid out from Jacksonville to A. A. Skinner, which lies within his enclosed grounds.

[unsigned]
President of the Board of County Commissioners
Attest: C. S. Drew, Clerk

Agreeable to the Laws of Oregon as is in such case provided, it is ordered
    That all persons applying for a Grocery or Tavern License within this County shall pay to the County Treasurer the annual sum of Fifty Dollars.
    Provided, however, that all persons applying for a License to keep a Grocery or Tavern within the limits of the Town of Jacksonville shall pay the annual sum of One hundred Dollars therefor.
[unsigned]
President, Board of County Commissioners
Attest: C. S. Drew, Clerk. 

    The minutes of the proceedings of today are read by the Clerk and approved by the Board.
[unsigned]
President of the Board of County Commissioners
Attest: C. S. Drew, Clerk

    Resolved that this Board do now adjourn to meet on the first Monday in May next unless sooner convened for some special purpose.
[unsigned]
President of the Board of County Commissioners
Attest: C. S. Drew, Clerk


Proceedings of the Board of Commissioners,
adjourned Session, May 2nd.

    Pursuant to adjournment of April fifth, the Board meets this Second day of May.
    Commissioners present James Clugage, N. C. Dean and Abel George.
    A Petition is now presented by the citizens residing at the mouth of Cave Creek, by their Attorney W. G. T'Vault, praying that a Precinct may be established thereat.
    Ordered that the prayer of said Petitioners be granted and that a Precinct be established agreeable to said Petition to be known as Meadows Precinct, Elections to be held at the Camp of 
_____ Howard and that _____ Johnson, _____ Springer and Davis be and are hereby appointed Judges of Elections therefor. 
    And it is further ordered that a Precinct be and is hereby established at the mouth of Applegate Creek, to be known as Beaver Precinct, Elections to be held at the house of Patrick Kane and that Walker,
_____ Niday and _____ Cooper be and are hereby appointed Judges of Elections therefor.
[unsigned]
President of the Board of County Commissioners
Attest: C. S. Drew, Clerk

    Now comes Patrick Kane and petitions the Board for a License to keep a Ferry on Rogue River at the mouth of Applegate Creek.
    Ordered that the prayer of said petitioner be granted and he be allowed to collect the following rates of Toll, to Wit:
Rates of Toll allowed: 
For each Wagon (Loaded): ($1.50/100) One dollar & fifty cents
For each Wagon (Unloaded): ($1.00) One Dollar
For each Yoke of Oxen or pair of mules or Horses: Twenty-five cents
For each loaded animal (except sheep or hogs): Twenty-five cents
For Sheep and Hogs: Five cents each
For Horse or Mules with Rider: Twenty-five cents
For Footmen: Twelve and a half cents
[unsigned]
Prest. Board of County Commissioners
Attest: C. S. Drew, Clerk

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Special Session, January 10th, 1854
    The Board of Commissioners met today, present Martin Angel and B. B. Griffin.
    Ordered that the Robinson house be used for the sittings of the next term of the District Court of the United States.
    The following individuals were duly selected to serve as Grand and trial Jurors, to wit--
Grand Jurors, February Term, 1854
J. Kennedy G. G. Kerr
Aaron Chambers M. B. Morris
A. Welton W. Ballard
A. Tenbrook T. Pyle
J. C. Anderson J. H. Davis
George Dart Wm. Hughes
Jesse Walker _____ Fisher
W. W. Brown J. McDonough
O. D. Hoxie Col. Wells
J. E. Ross B. Armstrong
J. Russell
J. M. McCall
J. W. Morris
Trial Jurors
James Hamlin Samuel Lowe
Geo. T. Vining J. B. Wagner
D. T. Kersey Frederick Furbay
Peter Miller E. McCarty
Samuel Hall J. J. Holman
Robert Hargadine W. Spencer
Robert Henderson Frederick Heber
J. J. Cook George Ross
_____ Hoffman _____ Pinkham
Morris Howell J. R. Davis
_____ Wright _____ Lake
N. B. Evans

    Application is now made by W. H. Harris for a Ferry to be established across Coos Bay at Empire City. It appearing evident to the said board that a Ferry is absolutely necessary at the place aforesaid and that the requisition of the Laws in such case made and provided had been observed, it is now Resolved that a Ferry be now established at the place aforesaid agreeably to an Act regulating Ferries, and that the Clerk issue to said applicant a License therefor and

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March Session 1854
. . . lands of A. Chambers, Martin Angel, the enclosure of _____ Beall, the lands of Drew & Clark over the Bridge known as Clark's Bridge, thence continuing along said Trail through the land of Wheelock and Watson, _____ Rankin & _____ to the Ferry on Rogue River known as Thompson's Ferry. It is
    Ordered that O. D. Hoxie, George T. Vining and G. G. Kerr be and they are hereby appointed viewers for said road so to be laid out and that they meet at the Auditor's Office on the 25th day of March ensuing, be sworn and proceed to discharge the duties of their appointment and report to this Board at its next regular session.
    On the application of George C. Pearson, A. A. Hunter, Wm. M. Hughes, W. J. Newton and others for a road to be viewed and laid out, "from a certain point near the dwelling house of Martin Angel in said County to a point on the Military Road near the dwelling house of W. G. T'Vault, running as follows, commencing at the 'forks' of the trail near the residence of the said Angel and running thence along the trail as now and formerly traveled, through the enclosure of Beall, Brother & Co, thence continuing along said trail through the lands occupied by W. W. Brown, Henderson & Co., John and A. J. Coakley, Overbeck & Hall, Pearson & Hunter,
_____ Hull, William M. Hughes, William J. Newton and Peninger to Fort Lane, thence to the Military road aforesaid at a point near the said W. G. T'Vault's dwelling house, there terminating. 
    It is ordered that John E. Ross, A. J. Welton & Capt. J. F. Miller be and they are hereby appointed viewers for said road so to be laid out and that they meet at the Auditor's Office on the 22nd day of March ensuing, be sworn and proceed to discharge the duties of their appointment and report to this Board at the next regular session thereof.
    Adjourned.


April Session, 1854
    The Board of Commissioners of Jackson County met on the 3rd day of April 1854 pursuant to adjournment. Present Martin Angel, Patrick Dunn & B. B. Griffin.
    Ordered that S. H. Taylor be and he is hereby appointed a Justice of the Peace to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of A. Waterman.
    On the petition of James Hamlin, James W. Collins, A. F. Thompson, William Wright and others for a road to be viewed and laid out Commencing at or near William Wright's, N.E. of corner of the West quarter, running thence south, to John Johnson's southeast corner, thence west of south to its termination and junction with the U.S. military road" it is
    Ordered that Samuel Low, Frederick Heber and David Clinton be and they are hereby appointed viewers to locate said road, that they meet at _____ on the day of _____ ensuing, be sworn and proceed to discharge the duties of their appointment and report to this Board at its next regular session.
    Ordered that a Precinct be and is hereby established at Cow Creek and known as Cow Creek Precinct and that Peter Miller, Hardy Elliff and
_____ Hall be appointed Judges of election and that the elections be held at Hall's Store.
    Ordered that a Precinct be established at Galice Creek, elections to be held at the Store of Bates & Twogood and that James Twogood, Michael Bushy, & Joseph Burpee be appointed Judges of elections.
    Ordered that a precinct be established at Butte Creek, elections to be held at Little & Co.'s store and that _____ Collier, _____ McDaniels and _____ Corder be appointed Judges of elections.
    Ordered that a Precinct be established at Gold Beach, elections to be held at the trading post of F. H. Pratt and that G. B. Gobey, S. J. Jett and John W. Reed be appointed Judges of Election.
    Ordered that T. K. Lawson be and he is hereby appointed Justice of the Peace for Gold Beach Precinct and that James Stewart be and he is hereby appointed constable for said Precinct.
    On the Petition of J. Riley and M. D. Sanford per C. Sims, attorney, it is ordered that a license be issued to said petitioners to establish a ferry at the mouth of Illinois River, and that the following rates of toll be and is hereby allowed, namely, For each loaded animal, 50 cents; For each unloaded Animal, 25 cents; For each loaded wagon & two animals, $3.00, each additional Animal 25 cents. Each unloaded wagon and two Animals, $2.00, each additional Animal 25. For each 100 pounds freight, 12½ cents. Sheep & Hogs, 5 cents each. Each footman 25 cents.
    Ordered that G. C. Pearson be allowed Seventy dollars for services making out census roll.
    Now comes W. G. T'Vault and by petition prays an additional allowance of $375 for prosecuting Indians. The Board after due deliberation decided that the prayer of said petitioner be not granted.
    The Bond for a Road to be laid out from W. Wright's to the military Road is approved.
    And the Court now adjourns to Second Monday in May next.


May Session
Jacksonville, May 8th, 1854
    The Board of Commissioners met today, pursuant to adjournment.  Present--Patrick Dunn and B. B. Griffin--Absent M. Angel.
    On the petition of O. B. McFadden, John Anderson, Pearson & Hunter, Drew & Clark, Smith & Chase and others, for the appointment of viewers to view and mark a road "commencing at the 'Salt Spring' on the road leading from Martin Angel's to a point on the Military road near W. G. T'Vault's, thence running through the low 'pass' south of 'Fort Lane' and across the land claims occupied by J. C. Anderson, Pearson & Hunter, O. B. McFadden, John Coakley, John Watson, Stephen Watson, Drew & Clark, Thomas Hopwood, Isaac Constant, A. A. Skinner, L. A. Rice, A. J. Butler, J. S. Miller, Petry & Blake, N. B. Evans, D. Jones, R. R. Gates, Geo. & O. D. Hoxie, E. Gore & Brother, S. D. Van Dyke, _____ Arundell, H. & S. Culver, Smith & Chase, John Coleman & Wagner & McCall to the east end of the Military road and from thence the most feasible route to the summit of the Siskiyou mountains at a point where the new trail crosses the same and there terminating." It is
    Ordered, that George H. Ambrose, F. R. Furbay and Enoch Walker be and they are hereby appointed Viewers to view and mark out the said road in accordance with the prayer of the petitioners if they deem the public interests to require it, that they meet at the _____ on the
_____ day of _____ ensuing, be sworn and proceed to discharge the duties assigned them by this appointment, and make their report to this Board at its next regular session.
    Ordered that Lycurgus Jackson be allowed the sum of one hundred dollars and that Warrants issue therefor.
    Ordered that the bill of M. G. Kennedy be approved and that warrants be issued therefor as follows: Territory vs. Rouse $19.56; Ter.
vs. Mitchell $18.00; Ter. vs. Dodson $21.00; Ter. vs. Unthank $60.50; Ter. vs. Kane $23.55; Ter. vs. Indian Bill $50.25; Office rent $300.00; Ter. vs. Starr $537.25; Ter. vs. Coakley $15.50; Summoning Grand Jury 84.75; Summoning Petit Jury $83.25; Order of District Judge $200.00; Territory vs. Indian Dave & Jackson--House for Jail 4 months $100.00; Miscellaneous $287.50. Total $1840.51.
    On the Petition of M. Russell, Cyrus Lomas, J. W. Farnsworth & others for the appointment of viewers to view and mark out a road, beginning at Jacksonville and running from thence to Applegate Creek Valley touching at or near Spencer's ranch and from thence down the Valley of said Creek to the most practicable place to cross the mountain to Deer Creek Valley touching at or near Mooney's Ranch and from thence to Illinois Valley and so the most practicable route towards Crescent City, California as far as the above said County may extend."  It is
    Ordered that W. W. Fowler, G. B. Davidson and Daniel Newcomb be and they are hereby appointed Viewers, to view and mark out a road as designated in the foregoing petition in accordance with law, that they meet at the Auditor's Offices on the _____ day of May ensuing, be sworn and proceed to discharge the duties of their appointment and make their report at the next session of this Board.
    The Petition for a Road running from near the line of Clugage and Pool and Cozart & Phillips to some point near Petry & Blake's is now withdrawn by F. Heber, by reason of its not being in conformity with the notices of such petition. Adjourned.


Special Session May 17th 1854
    The Board of Commissioners met today. Present Martin Angel, P. Dunn & B. B. Griffin.
    Ordered that the election in Dardanelles Precinct be held at A. J. Kane's Grocery on Big Bar and that George H. Ambrose & John Swinden serve as Judges.
    Ordered that Isaac Hill, Asa Fordyce and Morris Howell serve as Judges of Election in Ashland precinct.
    Ordered that Archibald Wilton, Frederick Heber and Honicle Bellinger serve as Judges in Jacksonville Precinct. Adjourned.


Special Session June 1st, 1854
    The Board of Commissioners met today, present M. Angel & P. Dunn.
    Ordered that elections be held in the following precincts--to wit:
    In Dardanelles Precinct, at the house of A. J. Kane.
    In Perkinsville Precinct, at the house of Schieffelin & Co.
    In Applegate Precinct at the house of George Long
    Adjourned


July Session, A.D. 1854
Jacksonville, July 3rd, 1854
    At a regular session of the Board of Commissioners, held this day, Present P. Dunn. Henry C. Rowland appeared and was sworn into Office, M. Angel being absent.
    Now comes Thomas Pyle, Sheriff elect, and presents his official bond which is approved by the Board and the said Thomas Pyle is duly sworn into Office by the Clerk in the presence of the Board.
    The petition of Cozart & Phillips and R. E. Miller for Damages by reason of Road was considered and N. C. Dean, Jesse Robinson and H. Bellinger were appointed to assess Damages.
    Board adjourned to meet July 10th, 1854.


Session July 10th, 1854
    The Board met pursuant to adjournment, Present M. Angel, P. Dunn & H. C. Rowland.
    Mr. Phillips petitioned the Board to reconsider the appointment of the persons appointed heretofore to assess damages in the case of Cozart & Phillips & R. E. Miller--which was granted, and the Board now reconsider said appointment. After due deliberation, the petition of Cozart & Phillips and R. E. Miller was withdrawn.
    In the matter of the Road leading from Jacksonville through to the Upper Ferry on Rogue River, the Petition was withdrawn.
    In the matter of the Petition for a Road from near Jacksonville to some point near O. D. Hoxie's, it is--
    Ordered--that L. A. Rice,
_____ Williams and James R. Davis be and they are hereby appointed viewers to view and mark out said road--that they meet at the house of F. Heber on the 17th July ensuing, be sworn and proceed to discharge the duties of their appointment and report to this Board at its next regular session.
    Bills in favor of M. G. Kennedy, Sheriff, heretofore passed, amounting to $1140.51 inclusive of L. H. Zigler's Bill.
    Ordered that the following witnesses at the May Term of the U.S. District Court, be allowed their fees as follows--
    Jesse Walker $1.60, A. Ward $1.70, L. Jackson $1.60, W. G. T'Vault $2.30, David Johnson $10.50, J. H. Brause $10.50, David Haynes $2.30, C. H. Crane $2.30, Wilson Whitworth $1.60, Rufus Turner $1.60, J. McKay $1.60, John Low $1.60, E. H. Cleavland $1.60, B. Davis $1.60, John Taylor $1.60, H. Smith $1.60, H. Hanley $1.60, Lafayette Witt $1.60, F. Smith $1.60, F. McManus $1.60, S. C. Graves $1.60.
    Ordered that J. W. Inman be allowed Eighteen dollars and forty cents and that warrants issue for the same.
    Ordered that A. D. Avery be allowed Sixteen dollars and fifty cents and that warrants issue for the same.
    Ordered that Hiram Abbott be allowed Sixty-five dollars and forty-five cents and that County warrants issue for the same.
    Ordered that U. S. Hayden be and he is hereby appointed a Justice of the Peace for Sterling precinct.
    Ordered that George W. Anderson be and he is hereby appointed Constable for Sterling precinct.


Session July 11th, 1854
    Ordered that George H. Ambrose, F. R. Furbay and E. F. Walker heretofore appointed as viewers of a Road from Salt Spring to the summit of the Siskiyou Mountain, be notified of their appointment.
    The order allowing the Petition for the Road from Jacksonville to the Upper Ferry on Rogue River to be withdrawn on the day previous, is hereby rescinded.
    Ordered that E. H. Cleavland be allowed Seventy-five dollars for three months office rent.
    On the Petition of James Leslie, J. W. Sutton, Chauncey Nye and others, for the appointment of viewers to view and mark out a road "from Brownlee's Ferry on Rogue River to the southern boundary line of Douglas County in said Territory at a point where the 'new trail' known as the 'Table Rock Trail' crosses the same," it is ordered that Samuel Colver, Jacob Wagner and James Bruce be and they are hereby appointed viewers to view and mark out said road--that they meet at _____ on the _____
  day of _____  ensuing, be sworn and proceed to discharge the duties of their appointment and report their proceedings at the next session of this Board.
    In the matter of the assessment of damages for Cozart & Phillips and R. E. Miller, it is
Ordered that B. B. Griffin, James Hamlin and John M. McCall be and they are hereby appointed viewers to assess the same, that they meet at the Auditor's Office on the
_____ day of _____ be sworn and proceed to discharge the duties of their appointment and report their proceedings at the next session of this Board.


Reports of Viewers of Roads in Jackson County, O.T.
Road from Jacksonville to John Patterson's via Upper Ferry
    We the undersigned viewers duly appointed and qualified according to law--would respectfully report:  That in obedience to the order issued from your Hon. Board, to view and locate a County road from Jacksonville to John Patterson's via of Upper Ferry, we met at Jacksonville on Monday, the 26th Inst. and after having been duly sworn, proceeded to view and locate said Road as follows, to wit, Commencing at the Corner of Oregon & California Streets in Jacksonville and having passed over the Road as proposed from said Commencement to termination proceeded to mark out said road on our return by means of a blaze on both sides of trees in course along said Road. We would also report that the character of the Country over which the proposed road passes is principally rolling, except along the River--and the character of the soil granite & clay, and are of the unanimous opinion that said Road should be located as desired and prayed for by the petitioners.
Yours,
James Dawson
Isaac Constant
R. E. Miller
    Viewers
For action of the Board, see Session April 2nd & 5th 1854.

Road from Aaron Chambers' claim to the Military road near T'Vault's.
    To the Hon. Board of Commissioners for the County of Jackson in the Territory of Oregon:
    In compliance with your order of the 6th Ultimo to view and lay out a road or highway from some point near Martin Angel's to the Military Road at a point near W. G. T'Vault's, we have the honor to report: That after due deliberation and a thorough examination of the section of Country through which the proposed Road is to pass, we are of the opinion that such road should be established agreeably (or nearly so) to the prayer of the petitioners for the same, namely: Commencing at a stake on the East bank of Jackson Creek & on the claim occupied by Aaron Chambers, thence crossing said Creek and running through said Aaron Chambers' claim, that of Martin Angel, Thomas Beall & Co., W. W. Brown, Henderson & Co., John Coakley, A. J. Coakley, O. B. McFadden, Pearson & Hunter, Samuel Hall, William M. Hughes, W. J. Newton,
_____ Peninger and the lands belonging to Fort Lane, thence through the Pass south of said Fort along the Trail now traveled via the "Salt Spring" and to a

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thence leaving said trail to the right and running a nearly straight course across the claim occupied by the said W. G. T'Vault to a point on the said Military road marked by an Oak tree, blazed on four sides. The entire route is designated by blazed trees and posts.
    We have the honor to remain
Yours respectfully,
John E. Ross
A. S. Welton

Road from Jacksonville to Brown Lee & Company's Ferry
    To the Hon. the Board of Commissioners of Jackson County, O.T.
    In compliance with your order of the sixth Inst. to view and lay out a road or highway from Jacksonville to Brownlee & Company's Ferry (formerly Thompson's Ferry) on Rogue River, We have the honor to report that we are unanimously of opinion that such road should be established agreeably to the prayer of the petitioners for the same, namely: Commencing at the North end of E Street in said Jacksonville, County and Territory aforesaid, thence running along the trail as now traveled to the south end of the lane made through Messrs. Clugage & Pool's land claim, thence running a straight course through said claim and the claim occupied by Cozart and Phillips to a high point in the trail on the east bank of Jackson Creek near the dwelling house of Miller, thence along said trail through the said Miller's claim, Clinton & Welton's claim, passing between the Buttes so called to the southwest corner of John E. Ross' claim, thence along the division line between the said Clinton & Welton's claim and that of John E. Ross aforesaid to the South boundary line of Aaron Chambers' land claim at a point where the said boundary line crosses the trail before alluded to, thence along said trail, through the claims occupied by Aaron Chambers aforesaid, Martin Angel's to the south boundary line of Thomas Beall & Company's land claim, thence through said claim last aforesaid on the ground where the said trail formerly run, to the south boundary line of W. W. Brown's land claim, thence continuing along said trail through the claims of the said W. W. Brown and Drew & Clark across Stuart's Creek bridge through Wheelock & Watson's land claim and the claims severally owned by--Rankin and Robert Pitkin, thence continuing along said trail to the Ferry before mentioned, there terminating.
    We have the honor to remain
Yours respectfully,
G. G. Kerr
O. D. Hoxie
G. T. Vining

Road from Jacksonville to Road near Petrey's
    To the Hon. the Commissioners of the County of Jackson, Territory of Oregon.
    In compliance with your order of  _____
to view and lay out a road from Jacksonville to or near A. Petrey's, we the viewers make this report: That we are of the opinion such road should be established agreeable to the prayer of said petition: Commencing at the north end of E. Street in said Town, from thence to the head of the lane of Pool & Clugage, thence in a straight line to the mouth of said lane, continuing the same course until it strikes the line dividing Miller & Hathaway's land, thence south dividing the lands of Pinkham & Overbeck to the S.W. corner of Dr. Overbeck's land, thence in an easterly direction until it strikes the old road near Petry's.
    August 11th, 1854
L. A. Rice
[omission]
Viewers

Road from "Salt Spring" to the summit of Siskiyou Mountain
    Territory of Oregon, Jackson County, &c.
    We the undersigned "Road Viewers" appointed to lay out a road or highway from "Salt Spring" near Fort Lane to the summit of the Siskiyou Mountains and who are not interested in the lands through which the highway hereinafter described is proposed to be laid nor of kin to the owners or occupants thereof, having met at the office of C. S. Drew in the precinct of Jacksonville in said County do hereby certify that after having been duly sworn we personally examined the route of said proposed highway and that in our opinion it is necessary and proper to lay out such road or highway pursuant to the application of J. C. Anderson, O. B. McFadden, Drew & Clark and others. Commencing at the aforesaid "Salt Spring" which said highway will pass through the lands of J. C. Anderson, O. B. McFadden, John Coakley, Wheelock & Watson, C. S. Drew, Isaac Constant, A. A. Skinner, L. A. Rice, A. J. Butler, Petrey & Blake, N. Evans, O. D. Hoxie & Co., Gore & Brother, S. D. Van Dyke,
_____ Arundell, Samuel & Hiram Colver, Smith & Chase, _____ Wagner, _____Rockfellow, _____ Royal, _____ Dingman, _____ Barrett, William Chase, Emery & Co., passing directly in front of the Flouring Mill of Helman & Co. along the road as now traveled to the land of David Smith thence through the land occupied by the said David Smith, Robert Wright, A. B. Jennison and across the "deep hollow" so called, through the lands occupied by Fred. Alberding, P. Dunn, William Taylor, _____ Hiatt, D. Evans, Isaac Hill & Russell & Barron, thence continuing along the "new trail" to the summit of Siskiyou Mountain, there terminating. In testimony whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names this 23rd day of August, A.D. 1854.
Geo. H. Ambrose
Fred. R. Furbay
    Road Viewers.

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September Session
September 18th A.D. 1854
    The Hon. Board of County Commissioners within and for the County of Jackson met this day, present Patrick Dunn and Henry C. Rowland, Commissioners, and T. McF. Patton, Acting Auditor Pro Tem.
    In pursuance of the Statute in such cases made and provided the following list of Jurors were duly selected to serve as Grand & Petit jurors for the ensuing year within and for said County: to wit
Names. Residence. Occupation.
    1 Jourdan Ashmead Stuart's Creek Farmer
2 Fred Alberding Ashland Farmer
3 Thomas Arundell Stuart's Creek Farmer
4 John Anderson Jacksonville Merchant
5 David N. Birdseye Lower Rogue River Farmer
6 Thomas F. Beall Near Jacksonville Farmer
7 Jeremiah Brock Near Jacksonville Farmer
8 W. W. Fowler Near Jacksonville Farmer
9 Hugh F. Barron Ashland Farmer
10 A. M. Berry Jacksonville Carpenter
11 Jas. Barrett Ashland Farmer
12 Jno. Beeson Ashland Farmer
13 Jas. Bruce Rogue River Farmer
14 Jos. Burpee Jacksonville Carpenter
15 W. N. Ballard Jacksonville Farmer
16 James Bishop Applegate Farmer
17 Honicle Bellinger Jacksonville Farmer
18 A. J. Butter Stuart's Creek Farmer
19 Jno. H. Blake Stuart's Creek Farmer
20 J. A. Brunner Jacksonville Merchant
21 Fred. Rosenstock Dardanelles Farmer
22 James Vannoy Lower Rogue River Farmer
23 Jno. Rankin Stuart's Creek Farmer
24 Jacob Wagner Ashland Farmer
25 A. G. Rockfellow Ashland Farmer
26 Asa Fordyce Ashland Farmer
27 Thos. Smith Ashland Farmer
28 Furney Condrey Ashland Farmer
29 M. B. Morris Ashland Miller
30 E. G. Briggs Illinois Valley Farmer
31 Geo. Holmes Illinois Valley Farmer
32 Abram Tenbrook Jacksonville Farmer
33 Abram Petrie Jacksonville Farmer
34 Geo. C. Pearson Jacksonville Farmer
35 James Pool Jacksonville Farmer
36 David Clinton Jacksonville Farmer
37 Fred Heber Jacksonville Farmer
38 Chas. Casey Jacksonville Grocer
39 Addison Ball Jacksonville Farmer
40 B. F. Myers Ashland Farmer
41 Enoch F. Walker Ashland Farmer
42 Dr. George H. Ambrose Dardanelles Farmer
43 John E. Ross Jacksonville Farmer
44 Aaron Chambers Jacksonville Farmer
45 Horace Ish Jacksonville Farmer
46 Isaac Constant Jacksonville Farmer
47 Jesse Robinson Jacksonville Farmer
48 Geo. H. C. Taylor Jacksonville Farmer
49 Lewis H. Zigler Jacksonville Blacksmith
50 William Thompson Applegate Farmer
51 B. H. Quigley Ashland Farmer
52 Chauncey Nye Rogue River Farmer
53 Reason B. Packard Stuart's Creek Farmer
54 Fred Westgate Butte Creek Farmer
55 Pleasant W. Stowe Butte Creek Farmer
56 Champaign Collier Butte Creek Farmer
57 Daniel Newcomb Butte Creek Farmer
58 Joseph H. Davis Jacksonville Liveryman
59 Thomas S. Harris Sterlingville Merchant
60 Gideon G. Kerr Jacksonville Merchant
61 William Ducher Butte Creek Farmer
62 James R. Davis Jacksonville Farmer
63 Silas J. Day Butte Creek Farmer
64 Willard Spencer Applegate Farmer
65 L. J. C. Duncan Applegate Farmer
66 Edward McCarty Jacksonville Tinner
67 James M. Matney Butte Creek Farmer
68 H. W. Wixom Illinois Valley Farmer
69 Samuel Low Stuart's Creek Farmer
70 James Leslie Jacksonville Farmer
71 David Linn Jacksonville Carpenter
72 M. G. Kennedy Jacksonville Merchant
73 R. B. Morford Jacksonville Merchant
74 A. J. Kane Jacksonville Farmer
75 William Wright Jacksonville Farmer
76 O. D. Hoxie Stuart's Creek Farmer
77 N. B. Evans Stuart's Creek Farmer
78 George Long Applegate Farmer
79 N. C. Dean Jacksonville Farmer
80 John Kennedy Jacksonville Farmer
81 Samuel Hall Jacksonville Farmer
82 W. W. Brown Jacksonville Farmer
83 Thomas Holman Jacksonville Farmer
84 B. B. Griffin Jacksonville Farmer
85 Joseph Griffin Jacksonville Farmer
86 Jno. F. Miller Jacksonville Farmer
87 Peter Miller Jacksonville Farmer
88 William J. Newton Jacksonville Farmer
89 Davis Evans Rogue River Farmer
90 John Pardee Applegate Creek Farmer
91 Chas. Haniford Deer Creek Farmer
92 Woodford L. Hurst Jacksonville Farmer
93 William Hoffman Jacksonville Farmer
94 Thomas Hopwood Jacksonville Farmer
95 Freeman Smith Jacksonville Farmer
96 Jno. S. Miller Stuart's Creek Farmer
97 Abel D. Helman Ashland Miller
98 Isaac Woolen Jacksonville Farmer
99 Thomas Whitworth Ashland Farmer
100 Robert Wright Jacksonville Farmer
101 A. S. Welton Table Rock Farmer
102 Jno. B. Wrisley Stuart's Creek Farmer
103 Geo. W. Cool Jacksonville Farmer
104 Samuel Colver Stuart's Creek Farmer
105 Thomas Chase Stuart's Creek Farmer
106 Joshua Compton Stuart's Creek Farmer
107 Thomas H. Redick Stuart's Creek Farmer
108 S. M. Wait Stuart's Creek Miller
109 J. J. Cook Stuart's Creek Farmer
110 Issachar Williams Stuart's Creek Farmer
111 William M. Hughes Stuart's Creek Farmer
112 Eber Emery Ashland Farmer
113 Hyman Fairchild Jacksonville Farmer
114 N. W. Fiske Ashland Farmer
115 N. D. Smith Ashland Farmer
116 Washington French Jacksonville Saddler
117 William Kahler Jacksonville Miner
118 Emerson E. Gore Jacksonville Farmer
119 Milton Smith Stuart's Creek Farmer
120 Morris  Howell Ashland Farmer
121 Robert Hargadine Ashland Farmer
122 John S. Herrin Stuart's Creek Farmer
123 George T. Vining Jacksonville Farmer
124 E. K. Anderson Ashland Farmer
125 Samuel Vandyke Jacksonville Farmer
126 J. Bolivar Wagner Stone Creek Farmer
127 Jacob Gall Dardanelles Farmer
128 Alex Gordon Jacksonville Farmer
129 Frank Scarbrough Jacksonville Farmer
130 Washington Pearce Jacksonville Farmer
131 Milton Lindley Ashland Miller
132 J. W. Masterson Ashland Farmer
133 D. C. Stevens Jacksonville Hotel Keeper
134 Jno. McDaniels Butte Creek Farmer
135 Daniel O'Neal Butte Creek Farmer
136 Granville Naylor Ashland Miller
137 Jas. Fryer Butte Creek Farmer
138 William McLain Butte Creek Farmer
139 Samuel Mooney Illinois Creek Farmer
140 Jno. P. Burns Jacksonville Farmer
141 Reason Corder Butte Creek Farmer
142 John Peninger Jacksonville Farmer
143 Ebenezer Pinkham Jacksonville Farmer
144 Waldo Jewett Rogue River Farmer
145 Clinton Schieffelin Rogue River Farmer
146 O. H. Miller Jacksonville Grocer
147 G. B. Davidson Applegate Farmer
148 James Tufts R. River Farmer
149 J. Sampson Ashland Farmer
150 James Thornton Ashland Farmer
    We hereby certify that the foregoing list contains a correct and true list of the names of one hundred and fifty jurors selected by us in accordance with the statute in such cases, made and provided this 18th day of Sept., A.D. 1854.
    Witness our hands this 18th day of Sept. A.D. 1854
Patrick Dunn
Henry C. Rowland
    Board of Commissioners for said County
Attest: T. McF. Patton
    Acting Clerk of said Board

    On motion this Board adjourned until tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock. A.M.


Tuesday Morning, 9 O'clock A.M.
    The Board met pursuant to adjournment. Present: P. Dunn & Henry C. Rowland, Commissioners and T. McF. Patton, Acting Clerk Pro tem.
In the matter of Thomas Randolph
    The Petition of Thomas L. Randolph heretofore filed, praying for relief was this day read by the Clerk to the Board, and it appearing satisfactorily to the said Board that the Petitioner is properly a County charge and in a destitute condition,
    It is ordered that the Rev. William Royal be and is hereby authorized to procure a suitable place for this said Petitioner, where he will receive proper care and attention at the expense of the County.
    It is further ordered that the sum of one hundred and fifty-six dollars be allowed to the Rev. William Royal out of any money in the County Treasury not otherwise appropriated for services rendered and care bestowed upon the said Petitioner. 


Sept. Term, Sept. 19th 1854
    The account of Thomas Pyle, Sheriff, for fees in sundry cases (as per account now on file) was examined and approved and the Clerk ordered to issue warrants for the sum of four hundred and forty-three dollars and five cents:  $443.05
    The account of Lycurgus Jackson, District Clerk, for fees in the following cases, to wit:
    Territory of Oregon 
vs. Columbus Sims: Amount of fees     $29.16
    Territory of Oregon 
vs. Daniel M. Kenney: Amount of fees  $26.30
    Territory of Oregon 
vs. James M. Laney: Amount of fees     $17.08
                         Witness fees              3.70                                 
                            $76.24                                 
was this day examined and approved, and the Clerk ordered to draw warrants for the above amount.
    The account of S. H. Taylor, Justice of the Peace, for fees in sundry cases amounting to thirty-one dollars and seventy-one cents, was examined and approved and a warrant ordered to be drawn on the Treasury for the above amount.
    The account of T. McF. Patton, for office rent for Probate Judge's Office, was this day examined, approved, and a warrant ordered to be issued for one hundred and forty-four dollars.  $144.00
    Application was this day made by A. P. Stearns, Probate Judge, for the procuring of a Seal.
    Therefore, it is ordered that said Applicant be and is hereby authorized to procure a Seal for Probate Court, at the expense of the County.
Ordered
    That the Building owned by Drew & Pyle on Church Street be fitted and used by the County for Offices and Court Room, and that from and after October 1st, A.D. 1854, that the Sheriff, District Clerk, Treasurer, Probate Judge and County Auditor are required to occupy said building with their respective officers, or present no bills for rent.
    The Bill of Fred Alberding for damages occasioned by the locating of a Public highway through his claim was this day presented for the action of the Board.
    Ordered that William J. Newton and Ebenezer Pinkham and James Leslie be and are hereby appointed viewers to view and assess the damages so claimed as aforesaid.
    The account of A. P. Stearns, Probate Judge, for one quarter's salary, was presented and allowed and an order ordered to be drawn for the amount of twenty-five dollars.
    There being no further business, On motion the Board adjourned until the 1st Monday in Oct. A.D. 1854.
[unsigned]
Board of County Commissioners
Attest: T. McF. Patton
    Acting Clerk Pro Tem of said Board


Monday, Oct. 2nd, A.D. 1854
    The Board of County Commissioners met pursuant to adjournment. Present: P. Dunn & H. C. Rowland, Commissioners, and T. McF. Patton, acting Clerk of said Board.
    The assessment Roll for the present year was presented for inspection, examined and corrected.
    The viewers heretofore appointed to view and assess damages done to the premises of F. Alberding on account of the public highway leading from Salt Spring to the summit of Siskiyou Mountains, running through said premises
    Reported, that they had viewed the said premises and are of the opinion that the said Fred Alberding has sustained damages thereby to the amount of one hundred and fifty dollars $150.
    Therefore it is ordered that a Warrant issue to the said F. Alberding for the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars.
Ordered
    That a Tax of seventeen mills on the dollar be levied for County purposes, two mills for school purposes, and one mill for Territorial uses, making in all a Tax of two percent to be assessed on all the taxable properties as exhibited on the assessment Roll for the present year.
Ordered
    That an Election Precinct be and is hereby established at Sailor Diggins known by the name of "Waldo Precinct" with the following boundaries, to wit:  All that portion of Jackson County lying west of Cañon Creek Precinct and South of Althouse Precinct.
Ordered
    That Geo. Sam Rice be and hereby is appointed a justice of the Peace in and for said Precinct to exercise the duties of said office until the next general election.
Ordered
    That James B. Hendershott be and hereby is appointed Constable in and for said Precinct to exercise the duties of said office until the next General Election, and that the Clerk of this Board cause to be transmitted to said appointees certificates of their respective appointments, and request that they immediately qualify.
    On motion, Board adjourned until tomorrow at 9 o'clock A.M.


Extra Session, October 3rd
Tuesday Morning, Oct. 3rd, 1854
    The account of Christopher Hess, for care and attendance on Patrick Lanon, a County Charge, was this day presented, and upon investigation, it appearing that the said P. Lanon was properly a County Charge, it is
Ordered
    That the said Christopher Hess be allowed the sum of sixty-six dollars for the care and attention given to said charge for the period of eight weeks. It is further
Ordered
    That the Sheriff be and is hereby authorized to procure some suitable place for the said Charge and until such times as he may be able to care for himself.]
    The account of Thos. Pyle, Sheriff, for fees in the following cases to wit:
    Territory 
vs. L. T. Smith: Charge of Larceny, Before S. H. Taylor, J.P.
    Territory 
vs. Robt. Williams: Charge of Murder, Examination before S. H. Taylor, J.P.
    Territory 
vs. T. P. Binns: Same charge as above, Examination before S. H. Taylor, J.P.
    Amount of fees in all cases: Seventy-Eight dollars which account was examined, approved, and warrants ordered to be drawn for the amount.
    Lycurgus Jackson account for fees as District Clerk, Stationery, office rent &c. was presented and approved.
    Amount ordered to be audited $182.14
    The account of Dr. Chas. B. Brooks for professional services rendered to P. Lanon, a County Charge, presented, approved and warrant ordered for the sum of fifty dollars.
    There being no further business, on motion, the Board adjourned.
[unsigned]
Board of County Commissioners
Attest: T. McF. Patton
    Acting Clerk of said Board


Extra Session, Oct. 18th A.D. 1854.
    At an extra session of the Board of County Commissioners, within and for the County of Jackson on the 18th day of Oct., A.D. 1854
    Present P. Dunn and H. C. Rowland & Martin Angel, County Commissioners, and T. McF. Patton, acting Clerk of the Board pro tem.
Ordered
    That the tax heretofore ordered to be levied and apportioned at the session of Oct 3rd be and the same is hereby reduced to one percent and shall be apportioned as follows to wit: Seven mills for County purposes, two mills for school purposes, and one for Territorial uses, in all a tax of one percent.
Ordered
    That the taxable property of Russell and Barron be and the same is hereby reduced $140.85.00 which said reduction is made on account of the Assessor having assessed the Land claim as real estate.
Ordered
    That the assessment made on the property of Clugage & Pool be and is hereby reduced to $6765.00 on same account as above.
    The account of George C. Pearson, County Assessor, for services rendered as such was this day presented, examined and approved, and warrants ordered to be drawn.
Ordered
    That the appointment of Samuel Smith be now entered of Record as Special Surveyor to survey a public highway from Salt Spring to Summit of Siskiyou Mountains, and that the said Appointee be notified to perform said service immediately.
There being no further business,
    On motion the Board adjourned until the next regular session unless sooner convened for special purposes
[unsigned]
Board of County Commissioners
Attest: T. McF. Patton
    Acting Clerk of said Board


Special Session, Nov. 13th, 1854
    Be it remembered that on this 13th day of November, A.D. 1854, the Board of County Commissioners within and for said County met in Special Session.
    Present P. Dunn & Henry C. Rowland, Commissioners, and T. McF. Patton, Acting Clerk of said Board pro tem.
    The Petition of Thomas H. Gilson, for relief on account of care and attention bestowed on John McCaran, a County Charge, was this day presented and by the Clerk read to the Board, and the contents and prayer of said petition having been duly considered, it is
Ordered
    That the said Petitioner, Thomas H. Gilson, be allowed the sum of six dollars per week furnished to said County Charge which amounts to $45.00 and the further sum of two hundred and seventy-five dollars and twenty-five cents be allowed to said petitioner for nurse hire, board &c.
    The account of Jno. Beeson for Board, Lodging & professional care bestowed upon Thomas T. Randolph, a County Charge, was this [day] presented, and the subject of this account having before the Board at a prior session, It is
Ordered
    That the account filed for allowance Oct. 27th amounting to one hundred and thirty-three dollars for clothing, attendance &c. be and is hereby allowed. Also that the said John Beeson be allowed the further sum of twelve dollars per week from and after Sept. 23 for Board & care of said charge, and that the auditor is hereby authorized to audit said accounts when presented at the above rate.
    The account of A. Bush for printing, amounting to thirty-seven dollars was this day presented and approved and a warrant ordered to be drawn.
    And now comes Dr. E. H. Cleavland, County Treasurer, and asks for a Special Settlement with the County, which request being granted.
    The following statement was made to wit:
    Amount received from various sources, including: License, fees, tax &c. in County scrip, the sum of four thousand one hundred and thirty-four dollars and fifty-nine cents $4,134.59.
    This being the total amount received during his term of office, it is
Ordered
    That the Auditor [omission] the above amount of redeemed scrip and receipt for the same.
    The Account of Dr. E. H. Cleavland, Treasurer, for office rent and percentage on the amount received as Treasurer was presented and allowed. Therefore, it is
Ordered
    That the Auditor issue Warrants for the sum of two hundred and seventy-seven dollars and forty-eight cents $277.48
    On motion Board adjourned until 9 o'clock tomorrow.

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Special Session Nov. 14th 1854
    Tuesday morning, Nov. 14th. The Board met pursuant [omission]. Present--the same Commissioners and Clerk.
    The Resignation of Dr. E. H. Cleavland, County Treasurer, was this day presented, and by the said Board received.
Ordered
    That David Linn of Jacksonville be and hereby is appointed Treasurer within and for the County of Jackson, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of E. H. Cleavland.
    Thereupon the said David Linn appeared, accepted said appointment and was duly sworn into office.
Application for Licenses.
    The following applications for Grocery License, Billiard Rooms and Bowling Alleys, heretofore made and the granting of Licenses by the Clerk during vacation is hereby confirmed, to wit:
Names Residence Date of License
A. Little & Co. Jacksonville Oct. 7th 1854
Wm. Hess & Co. Jacksonville May 1st 1854
Fowler & Brown Jacksonville Oct. 1st 1854
D. C. Stevens Jacksonville Oct. 1st 1854
O. Case Jacksonville Oct. 1st 1854
George Adams Sterling Oct. 1st 1854
D. Evans Sterling Oct. 1st 1854
Buch & Potter Sterling Oct. 20th 1854
Wm. Gardinier Sterling June 18th 1854
Jno. Todhunter Sterling Oct. 1st 1854
D. Evans Ferry License Rogue River Oct. 12th 1854
D. Evans Grocery Rogue River Oct. 12th 1854
Russell & Barron Mountain House Nov. 4th 1854
A. P. Turner & Co. Illinois Valley Nov. 15th 1854
William Thompson Applegate Oct. 1st 1854
G. B. Truchot Jacksonville Oct. 1st 1854
H. M. Hart Waldo City Nov. 20th 1854
R. Jewett R. River Nov. 10th 1854
    The Account of L. Jackson, Dist. Clerk: amounting to thirty-six dollars and eighty-three cents $36.83, was this day presented and approved and warrants ordered to be drawn.
    There being no further business, on motion the Board [adjourned] until the next regular Session, Dec.
_____ 1854.
[unsigned]
Board of County Commissioners
Attest: T. McF. Patton
    Acting Clerk Pro Tem


Special Session January 5th 1855
    Be it remembered that on the 5th day of January A.D. 1855 the Board of County Commissioners within and for the said County met in Special Session.
    Present--Martin Angel & H. C. Rowland, Commissioners and T. McF. Patton, Acting Clerk of said Board pro tem.
    The petition for the appointment of Francis H. Freeman of Sterling as Justice of the Peace in said Precinct was read and the prayer of said petition granted. It is therefore ordered that the said Freeman be and is hereby appointed Justice of the Peace.
    The account of William Kahler, amounting to two hundred and fifty-four dollars and fifty cents, for expenses of keeping John McKearnan, a County charge, was presented, examined, approved and warrants ordered to be drawn.
Ordered
    That Dr. C. E. Alexander be and is hereby appointed County Physician and is hereby authorized to attend to all County Paupers and all persons having charge of said paupers are hereby instructed to secure the services of Dr. Alexander.
    The amount of S. H. Taylor for Clerk's fees &c. amounting to Seventy-six dollars and thirty-five cents was examined, approved and allowed and an order for the amount ordered to be drawn.
    There being no further business, on motion, the Board adjourned until the next regular session unless sooner convening for special purposes.
[unsigned]
Board of County Commissioners
Attest: T. McF. Patton
    Acting Clerk pro tem


Special Session March 5th 1855
    At an extra session of the Board of County Commissioners within and for the County of Jackson on the 5th day of March, A.D. 1855:
    Present Martin Angel, Henry C. Rowland and T. McF. Patton, Acting Clerk of said Board pro tem.
    The bill of H. Abbott, J.P. was presented for fees (in the case of Territory of Oregon vs. Theodore Williams for an assault with intent to kill) amounting to twelve dollars and fifty cents, which was examined and allowed.
Ordered
    That William Kahler be and is hereby appointed coroner in the place of E. Emery. Bonds with Jas. Clugage and Jesse Walker as sureties filed.
Ordered
    That the Bill of Thomas Pyle, Sheriff, for seven hundred and seventy-two dollars and seventy cents be allowed.
Ordered
    That the Petition of citizens for a County Road from Jacksonville to the upper Ferry on Rogue River, known as Jewett's Ferry, be granted and Emmet E. Miller, Isaac Constant & James Dawson appointed viewers.
Ordered
    That the Bill of Wm. Kahler for Keeping John McKearnan, invalid, Amounting to four hundred and twenty-eight dollars and fifty cents, from January 4th to March 5th at Fifty dollars per week be allowed.
    Agreed to allow Jaby Kincade Fifty dollars per week for taking care of John McKearnan and Eight dollars per day for taking care of John Evans.
Ordered
    That T. F. Royal be allowed for services as Superintendent of County Schools
Ordered
    That T. McF. Patton be allowed Five Hundred and thirty-five dollars and Forty-Seven Cents for Services as Auditor &c. to date.
    There being no further business,
    On Motion, the Board adjourned until the next regular Session unless so convened for Special purposes.
[unsigned]
Board of County Commissioners
Attest: T. McF. Patton
    Acting Clerk Pro Tem


April Session
April 2nd, A.D. 1855
    The Hon. Board of County Commissioners within and for the County of Jackson met this day.
    Present Martin Angel, Patrick Dunn and H. C. Rowland and T. McF. Patton, Acting Clerk Pro Tem.
    The report of the viewers duly appointed to view and locate a County Road from Jacksonville to John Patterson's view of the Upper Ferry was read and ordered to pass to a Second reading on tomorrow--
    The account of Lycurgus Jackson, Deputy Sheriff, was presented, examined and approved.  $141.40.
    The account of Hiram Abbott was approved.
    The account of Geo. Sam Rice, Justice of Peace, for fees in case of Territory vs. Moses Reader presented and allowed.
    The account of Jas. M. Woods presented and approved.
    The settlement of Thomas Pyle, Sheriff, for the collection of Taxes for the year 1854 before the Board and interest to lie over until tomorrow.
Ordered
    That an Election Precinct be and is hereby established at 
Sterling Precinct and that the Election be held at the House of Helms & Davis, and that Jason Braman, Benjamin Armstrong and L. J. C. Duncan be and are hereby appointed Judges of Election.
Ordered
    That H. M. Hart, W. H. Watkins and J. M. Woods be and are hereby appointed Judges of Election in Waldo Precinct and that the Election be held at Waldo City.
Ordered
    That an Election Precinct be and is hereby established at Clover Valley Known as Clover Valley Precinct and that the Election be held at the House of Mooney, J. Wixom and Sam'l. Mooney, Mr. Hay and Mr. McMullen be and are hereby appointed Judges of election.
Ordered
    That William Chapman, Mr. Mann and Robert Elder be and are hereby appointed Judges of Election in Althouse Precinct.
Ordered
    That the Election in Cañon Creek Precinct be removed to Pond Town and that Noah Bowers, Saml. Crandall and Saml. Hill be and are hereby appointed Judges of Election in Said Precinct.
Ordered
    That John E. Ross, A. A. Skinner and N. C. Dean be and are hereby appointed Judges of Election in Jacksonville Precinct.
Ordered
    That William Thompson, George Long and G. B. Davidson be and are hereby appointed Judges of Election in Applegate Precinct.
Ordered
    That James C. Tolman, Samuel Grelb and Isaac Hill be and are hereby appointed Judges of Election in Ashland Precinct

Ordered
    That A. J. Kane, John Swinden and John Benjamin be and are hereby appointed Judges of Election in the Precinct of Dardanelles.
Ordered
    That John McDaniels, Daniel Newcomb and Reason Corder be and are hereby appointed Judges of Election for the Precinct of Butte Creek.
Ordered
    That James M. Twogood, Mr. Patterson & _____ be and are hereby appointed Judges of Election for the Precinct of Grave Creek.
Ordered
    That _____ be and are hereby appointed Judges of Election for Galice Creek Precinct.
Ordered
    That B. F. Myers be and is hereby appointed County Surveyor to serve until the next Annual Election and that the Clerk of the Board issue a certificate of appointment to that effect.
On Motion
    The Board adjourned until tomorrow morning at 8 o'clock A.M.


April Session, April 3rd, 1855
Tuesday morning, April 3rd 1855
    The Board met pursuant to adjournment. Present Martin Angel & P. Dunn
    The report of viewers on the review of the road from Jacksonville to John Patterson's via of the Upper Ferry was read for the 2nd time this morning and ordered to lay over until the next regular Session of the Board.
    The Settlement of Thomas Pyle Sheriff in the collection of Taxes was again resumed and the following statement was made:
    Amount Collected as per Receipts $5706.93
Amount Delinquent   2385.48
$8092.41
    Amount Assessed $8385.00
  8092.41
$    292.59   Amount not accounted for by the Sheriff and which he is charged with.
    There being no further business, on motion the Board adjourned.
[unsigned]
Board of County Commissioners
Attest: T. McF. Patton, Clerk

Special Session May 19th A.D. 1855
    Be it remembered that on the 19th day of May, A.D. 1855 the Hon. Board of County Commissioners within and for the County of Jackson, O.T. met in Special Session.
    Present Martin Angel and Patrick Dunn and T. McF. Patton, Acting Clerk of said Board pro tem.
Ordered
    That an Election Precinct be and is hereby established in Eden, Known as Eden Precinct and bounded as follows: Commencing on the West side of Wagner's running from thence to and including O. D. Hoxie's and from thence straight across the valley both ways. And that the election be held at the School House near Lindley's Mill, and that the following named persons be the judges of election, O. D. Hoxie, Milton Lindley and Samuel Colver.
Ordered
    That an election precinct be established in Illinois Valley to be known as Illinois Valley Precinct and the the election be held at A. Y. Parkinson's Tavern and that the following named persons are appointed judges of Election: James Kirby.
    There being no further business, on motion the Board adjourned until the next regular session unless sooner convened for special purposes.

[unsigned]
Board of County Commissioners
Attest: T. McF. Patton
   Clerk Pro Tem


July Session A.D. 1855
Auditor's Office, July 2nd, 1855
    The Board of Commissioners of Jackson County, Oregon Territory, met this day, present Martin Angel, President of the Board and Henry C. Rowland.
    S. D. Van Dyke, Commissioner-elect, appeared, was qualified and took his seat at the Board.
    W. G. T'Vault presented an account for defending John Miller at the May Term of 1855 of the District Court of the United States for Jackson County. Ordered--that W. G.F. T'Vault be allowed the sum of Fifty Dollars for services in defending John Miller, indicted for assault with intent to kill. 
    Now comes John Beeson and presents to the consideration of the Board the allowances of the Board made in his favor November 13th last and after hearing his statements, the Board refuse making any additional allowance or any alteration in the same. 
    Ordered that Doct. Jason Braman be allowed the sum of Eighteen Dollars for medical services &c. to John McKearnan. 
    On the petition of Thomas Smith, Richard Evans, John W. Riddle & others for the appointment of viewers to view and lay out a County Road, beginning at a point in front of the house of John Barrett at the Territorial road, as reviewed in the early part of May, 1855 by Messrs. Dean, Myer and Lupton at a stake for the beginning thence leaving the territorial road and turning to the right, passing the house of William Chase, thence keeping along the road as now traveled via Helman & Co.'s Mills, David Smith's House, Robert Wright's, A. Jennison's, J. Johnson's, thence to continue on as now traveled, leaving the enclosed lands of James Tolman and Thomas Smith to the left and A. Hedden to the right, the enclosed land of Richard Evans to the left and Isaac Hill's field on the right and thence to continue along the said road as now traveled until it reaches a point near the upper end of Isaac Hill's field, thence to intersect the territorial road near his house. The petition being read and proof of notice of the application for viewers having been made and bond being filed by Thomas Smith and J. R. Helman according to law, it is ordered by the Board that Burrell B. Griffin, John Miller and George T. Vining be and they are hereby appointed Viewers to view and lay out a road so far as circumstance will allow, in accordance with the prayer of the petitioners and that the said Viewers or a majority of them meet at the office of the County Auditor on the 20th day of August ensuing, be sworn and proceed to discharge the duties assigned them as such viewers and report their proceedings to this Board at their next regular session.
    Ordered, that A. J. Kepler be allowed the sum of One hundred and six dollars for boarding, lodging and attendance on Ray Giddis, a County Pauper. 
    Ordered, that Charles Casey be allowed the sum of Forty dollars for the use of a room for the Sessions of the Grand Jury at the May Term of the U.S. Circuit Court, A.D. 1855.
    Ordered, that Rev. T. F. Royal be allowed the sum of Three hundred and fifty dollars, over and above the allowance made  by the Statute, to wit, One hundred dollars and fifty per centum thereon, for services as Superintendent of Common Schools in Jackson County.
    Ordered, that the Judges and Clerks of election and the Messengers making returns of the same for the election held on the 4th day of June 1855 be allowed the compensation and mileage prescribed by law and that the Auditor issue Warrants for the same respectively, as follows, to wit--
Judges
    A. K. Barrow 3.00 John Swinden 3.00
A. B. Drumb 3.00 J. C. Winburn 3.00
J. W. Jones 3.00 William Ewing 3.00
Saml. Grubb 3.00 McD. Harkness 3.00
J. C. Tolman 3.00 Walter Carey 3.00
Isaac Hill 3.00 George W. Harris 3.00
William Thompson 3.00 W. R. Walker 3.00
Levingston Beatty 3.00 John McCall 3.00
George Hays 3.00 W. H. Pennington 3.00
Daniel Newcomb 3.00 J. L. Frye 3.00
Reason Corder 3.00 William Smith 3.00
Jackson Rader 3.00 James Kerby 3.00
Saml. Mooney 3.00 John E. Ross 3.00
Wm. McMullen 3.00 H. D. Phillips 3.00
Marcus Brown 3.00 N. C. Dean 3.00
Thomas Reid 3.00 D. Birdseye 3.00
N. Bowers 3.00 C. Schieffelin 3.00
Samuel Crandall 3.00 W. Jewett 3.00
J. S. Bridges 3.00 William B. Broadnar 3.00
B. L. Armstrong 3.00 W. J. Morrison 3.00
Jason Braman 3.00 J. M. Wood 3.00
C. T. Sprague 3.00
Clerks
    John R. Hale 3.00 J. H. Twogood 3.00
J. V. R. Witt 3.00 W. M. Rice 3.00
P. Dunn 3.00 H. C. Wiggins 3.00
W. J. Allen 3.00 Wm. N. Alden 3.00
Simon Rodgers 3.00 Wm. Reeves 3.00
Isaac Suellen 3.00 J. D. Mason 3.00
Thomas Baley 3.00 C. Westfeldt 3.00
William J. McClain 3.00 M. Caton 3.00
H. W. Wixom 3.00 James Savage 3.00
J. H. Dickerson 3.00 J. C. Morrison 3.00
William A. Patterson 3.00 T. J. Gardner 3.00
Thomas N. Drew 3.00 Ira W. Barber 3.00
J. B. White 3.00 P. Comstock 3.00
O. R. P. Cain 3.00 Geo. E. Logan 3.00
W. P. Wing 3.00 Jeremiah Yarnell 3.00
Messengers
Saml. Cornelius 120 miles 24.00 McD. Harkness 94 miles 18.80
Isaac Hill 40 miles 8.00 W. H. Pennington 120 miles 24.00
Wm. Thompson 24 miles 4.80 James Kirby 100 miles 20.00
Daniel Newcomb 30 miles 6.00 D. Birdseye 36 miles 7.20
Samuel Mooney 74 miles 14.80 Jason Braman 16 miles 3.20
James Kishey 116 miles 23.20 W. J. Morrison 22 miles 4.40
John Swinden 20 miles 4.00 Horace G. Thomas 120 miles 24.00
    I certify that the foregoing is a true and correct list of the Judges and clerks of the election held on the 4th day of June, A.D. 1855. Also a list of the Messengers who made the returns of said election with distance traveled coming and going and the amount of fees due to each respectively.
    Witness my hand this 25th day of June, A.D. 1855.
Wm. Hoffman
Clk. Bd. Commissioners, J.C., O.T.
    Ordered that the Auditor issue Warrants in favor of Grand and Trial Jurors who attended at the May Term 1855 of the District Court, in accordance with the lists furnished by the Clerk of said Court, as follows, to wit:
Grand Jurors
    John S. Herrin 34.40 L. H. Zigler 33.20
Honicle Bellinger 32.80 T. S. Harris 35.20
A. M. Berry 35.20 William Thompson 36.00
N. B. Evans 34.40 M. G. Kennedy 32.40
J. H. Blake 34.40 G. H. C. Taylor 34.40
Willard Spencer 24.00 Silas J. Day 38.00
Enoch F. Walker 36.40 G. S. Holmes   4.40
Chauncey Nye 36.40 Wesley Fields 12.40
Jordan Ashmead 37.60 Francis Scarborough   4.40
Milton Lindley 35.20
David Clinton 33.20
James P. Tufts 32.00
Trial Jurors
David Linn 28.40 Isaac Constant 30.40
Thomas Smith 31.20 A. J. Butler 24.40
John Pardee 36.80 Waldo Jewett 35.20
John Anderson 28.40 O. D. Hoxie   4.40
John Rankin 30.80 Theodric Cameron   4.40
Asa Fordyce 35.20 Jesse Poole   4.40
Thomas Arundell 26.80 John F. Miller   4.40
Woodford L. Hurst 31.20 J. L. Badger   4.40
Madison B. Morris 34.40 Saml. R. Taylor   4.40
Washington French 30.00 James Burke   4.40
Ebenezer Pinkham 30.00 William Elliott   4.40
Robert Hargadine 34.40 Robert Mulligan   4.40
Samuel Lowe 32.00 A. D. Phillips   4.40
N. C. Dean   6.40
    And the Board adjourned until tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock.
Signed
M. Angel
President of the Board
Attest: Wm. Hoffman
    Clerk of the Board


July Session
2nd day, Tuesday morning July 3rd 1855
    The Board met this morning, pursuant to adjournment, present Martin Angel, President of the Board and Henry C. Rowland and S. D. Van Dyke.
    The Board of Commissioners proceeded to select a list of Grand and trial Jurors for the several Terms of the United States District Court of Jackson County, for the ensuing year ending April 1856, as follows, to wit:
No.   Names Residence Occupation
1 Burrell B. Griffin Jackson Precinct Farmer
2 James Pool Jackson Precinct Farmer
3 Freeman Smith Jackson Precinct Miner
4 Henry W. Wixom Clover Valley Precinct Farmer
5 James Barrett Ashland Precinct Farmer
6 William M. Hughes Dardanelles Precinct Farmer
7 James R. Davis Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
8 N. W. Fisk Ashland Precinct Farmer
9 George E. Briggs Illinois Valley Precinct Farmer
10 Samuel K. Scott Waldo Precinct Farmer
11 H. M. Hart Waldo Precinct Merchant
12 A. P. Turner Waldo Precinct Farmer
13 Jordan Ashmead Perkinsville Precinct Farmer
14 Thomas F. Beall Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
15 Jeremiah Brock Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
16 William W. Fowler Jacksonville Precinct Grocery Keeper
17 James Bruce Butte Creek Precinct Farmer
18 James Vannoy Perkinsville Precinct Farmer
19 John Rankin Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
20 Jacob Wagner Ashland Precinct Farmer
21 Furney Condrey Ashland Precinct Farmer
22 Addison Ball Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
23 Benjamin F. Myer Ashland Precinct Farmer
24 James Twogood Grave Creek Precinct Farmer
25 John Lowrey Galice Creek Precinct Trader
26 Daniel Newcomb Butte Creek Precinct Farmer
27 Granville Naylor Ashland Precinct Farmer
28 Rezin Corder Butte Creek Precinct Farmer
29 Hugh F. Barron Ashland Precinct Farmer
30 Giles Wells Ashland Precinct Farmer
31 James Hays Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
32 William Matthews Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
33 Harvey Oatman Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
34 Jerasney Crawford Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
35 Wayne Oliver Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
36 B. H. Quigley Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
37 Clark Taylor Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
38 William Thompson Applegate Precinct Farmer
39 Willard Spencer Applegate Precinct Farmer
40 Perry Bowen Dardanelles Precinct Farmer
41 John Pardee Perkinsville Precinct Farmer
42 Jonathan Sampson Ashland Precinct Farmer
43 John S. Coleman Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
44 Louis Sisley Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
45 Legrand J. C. Duncan Sterling Precinct Miner
46 James T. Tucker Butte Creek Precinct Farmer
47 James W. Collins Butte Creek Precinct Farmer
48 Hiram Fairchild Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
49 John E. Ross Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
50 George Ross Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
51 Norman Harris Waldo Precinct Merchant
52 William Chapman Althouse Precinct Farmer
53 Alexander McBride Waldo Precinct Blacksmith
54 Charles F. Jones Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
55 David Overton Applegate Precinct Farmer
56 Gideon B. Davidson Applegate Precinct Farmer
57 George Manville Applegate Precinct Farmer
58 William Cantrall Sterling Precinct Miner
59 Jacob Hoffman Sterling Precinct Miner
60 John Robinson Ashland Precinct Farmer
61 David E. Stearns Ashland Precinct Farmer
62 John M. McCall Ashland Precinct Farmer
63 Isaac Woolen Ashland Precinct Farmer
64 Cortes Myer Ashland Precinct Farmer
65 Daniel Carlisle Jacksonville Precinct Carpenter
66 Stephen Watson Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
67 Andrew Davidson Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
68 John Watson Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
69 John Kennedy Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
70 William N. Ballard Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
71 Luzerne Bradley Butte Creek Precinct Farmer
72 Aaron Chambers Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
73 Frederick Westgate Butte Creek Precinct Farmer
74 William Ducker Butte Creek Precinct Farmer
75 Jackson Rader Butte Creek Precinct Farmer
76 Solomon Rader Butte Creek Precinct Farmer
77 William Griffin Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
78 Augustus Taylor Jacksonville Precinct Merchant
79 John S. Miller Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
80 Rezin B. Packard Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
81 Patrick Dunn Ashland Precinct Farmer
82 Robert C. Armstrong Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
83 Lewis Zigler Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
84 Napoleon B. Evans Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
85 Waldo Jewett Perkinsville Precinct Farmer
86 John B. Wrisley Butte Creek Precinct Farmer
87 Thomas Worman Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
88 Dennis McFeely Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
89 Hiram Wade Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
90 Eber Emery Ashland Precinct Farmer
91 David Clinton Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
92 Robert S. Jewett Perkinsville Precinct Farmer
93 William Bybee Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
94 John K. Jones Perkinsville Precinct Farmer
95 Samuel M. Tillard Perkinsville Precinct Farmer
96 Albert Jennison Ashland Precinct Farmer
97 Cyrus Jacobs Sterling Precinct Farmer
98 Emory Gore Jacksonville Precinct Farmer & Miller
99 Issachar Williams Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
100 A. W. Butler Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
101 James Leslie Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
102 Minus Walker Ashland Precinct Farmer
103 Jacob Gall Perkinsville Precinct Farmer
104 Charles S. Drew Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
105 William Gardiner Sterling Precinct Merchant
106 Walter R. Davis Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
107 Rollin Hall Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
108 James Sterling Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
109 Francis Smith Butte Creek Precinct Farmer
110 William Smith Ashland Precinct Farmer
111 Henry Amerman Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
112 Benjamin Armstrong Sterling Precinct Miner
113 James Hamlin Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
114 John L. Badger Butte Creek Precinct Millwright
115 Charles Linksweiler Butte Creek Precinct Farmer
116 John W. McCully Jacksonville Precinct Dairyman
117 James Clugage Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
118 Merit Bellinger Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
119 William Elliott Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
120 Woodford Reames Jacksonville Precinct Blacksmith
121 John Beeson Ashland Precinct Farmer
122 Granville Sears Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
123 George Rockfellow Ashland Precinct Farmer
124 Alison Rockfellow Ashland Precinct Farmer
125 James P. Burns Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
126 Andrew J. Layton Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
127 George T. Vining Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
128 John Swinden Dardanelles Precinct Farmer
129 Joseph H. Davis Jacksonville Precinct Liveryman
130 Isaac Hill Ashland Precinct Farmer
131 William Chase Ashland Precinct Farmer
132 Jonathan Bozarth Butte Creek Precinct Farmer
133 Sylvester Pease Butte Creek Precinct Farmer
134 Robert Henderson Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
135 Lewis Rothermel Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
136 Abraham Petry Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
137 Thomas Low Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
138 George W. Hoxie Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
139 Andrew J. Matoon Butte Creek Precinct Farmer
140 John Forsythe Jacksonville Precinct Miller
141 Thomas Chase Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
142 Larkin McDaniel Butte Creek Precinct Farmer
143 Henry Brown Butte Creek Precinct Farmer
144 J. Bolivar Wagner Grave Creek Precinct Farmer
145 James P. Burns Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
146 Benjamin T. Davis Jacksonville Precinct Merchant
147 George Carter Jacksonville Precinct Laborer
148 William Kahler Dardanelles Precinct Farmer
149 Archibald S. Welton Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
150 Alexander Ward Jacksonville Precinct Farmer
    We hereby certify, that the foregoing list contains a correct and true list of the names of One hundred fifty Jurors selected by us in accordance with the Statute in such cases made and provided, this 3rd day of July A.D. 1855.
M. Angel
H. C. Rowland
S. D. Van Dyke
Board of Commissioners of Jackson County
Attest: Wm. Hoffman, Clerk
Board Comrs., J.C., O.T.


2nd Day.   July Session A.D. 1855.
    Ordered that Hiram Abbott, Esq., J.P. be allowed the sum of Four dollars and seventy cents for services attending with the Clerk of the Board of Commissioners in opening the Polls of election June 4th, 1855.
    Ordered that Thomas H. Gilson be allowed the sum of One hundred and Seventy-seven Dollars for board, nursing &c. of John McKearnan a County Pauper. 
    Ordered that Hiram Abbott, Esq. J.P. be allowed the sum of Thirteen dollars and nine cents, his fees in the cause entitled The Territory of Oregon 
vs. Philander Simmons. 
    Ordered that the following witnesses in the cause Territory of Oregon 
vs. Philander Simmons, be allowed their fees as follows, Doct. Alexander $1.70, Doct. Brooks $1.70, Horace Reed $1.70.
    Ordered that the following Jurors be allowed their fees in the Cause Oregon Territory 
vs. Philander Simmons, to wit, D. T. Pleasants $1.70, J. W. McCully $1.70, M. G. Kennedy $1.70, Charles Casey $1.70, John Anderson $1.70, David Linn $1.70.
    Ordered that G. W. Anderson be allowed his fees as Constable in the cause of the Territory of Oregon 
vs. Philander Simmons amounting to Twenty dollars and Twenty cents.
    Ordered that P. P. Prim be allowed Ten dollars for prosecuting Philander Simmons in the cause of the Territory of Oregon Pltff.
    Ordered that Doct. Charles B. Brooks be allowed the sum of One hundred dollars for medical services rendered to Paupers.
    Ordered that Drs. Crane and Alexander be allowed the sum of Five hundred dollars for medical services rendered to Paupers from November 19th 1854 to June 25th 1855. 
    Ordered that the Clerk of this Board be and he is hereby authorized to record all such minutes of the Board as have not been placed upon record so far as the same may be practicable and that he be allowed his regular fees for such service. 
    Ordered that J. P. Stearns be entitled to the sum of Twenty-five dollars for three months Salary as Probate Judge of Jackson County.
    Ordered that G. Karadine Elliott be allowed the sum of Two hundred and seven dollars for medical services to Ray Giddis a County Pauper.
    Ordered that the Witnesses before the Grand Jury at the May Term 1855 of the U.S. District Court as presented in a list by the Clk. of said Court, be allowed their fees and mileage as follows, to wit:
    Robert Mulligan 14.80 S. Mendenhall 32.00
G. W. Vanwinkle 18.80 G. H. Helms 36.00
J. Todhunter 14.80 O. D. Hoxie 10.40
D. Helm 18.80 Isaac Hill 12.00
D. W. Wilkins 14.80 Samuel Lowe   6.80
G. W. Buck 18.80 Irvin Smith   6.80
    Ordered that Thomas J. Gregory be allowed Four dollars & twenty-two cents constable's fees in the cause entitled Territory of Oregon vs. J. Inman as per certificate of S. H. Taylor, J.P.
    Ordered that Thomas Pyle  be allowed the sum of Eleven Hundred and Sixty-three dollars and fifteen cents, for services as Sheriff and also for rent of Court room and County offices until the 1st day of October, A.D. 1855.
    Ordered, that Lycurgus Jackson be allowed the sum of twenty-three dollars and sixty cents for his fees in the cause entitled the Territory of Oregon 
vs. Davis Evans. 
    Ordered that Lycurgus Jackson be allowed the sum of One hundred and forty-three dollars and ninety cents for services attending sessions of Probate Court and fees. 
    Ordered that Lycurgus Jackson be allowed One hundred & fifty-four dollars for fees in various cases as per bill on file.
    Ordered that Lycurgus Jackson be allowed the sum of Three hundred and thirty-eight dollars and forty cents for services and mileage in posting election notices in the different election precincts in this County.
    Ordered that David Linn be allowed the sum of Two hundred and Eight Dollars & Seventy-nine cents for his percentage as Treasurer of Jackson County and also for Books and Stationery.
    Ordered that S. H. Taylor be allowed the sum of Three hundred and ninety-five dollars and thirty-seven cents for his fees in sundry cases in the U.S. District Court and also for rent of Office, Seal, and Stationery.
    Ordered that Peddler's Licenses shall be at the following rates until otherwise ordered, to wit, For one year, One hundred dollars; for Six months, Fifty dollars; for Three months, Twenty-five dollars and for One month, Ten dollars.
    On motion, Martin Angel was elected President of the Board of Commissioners of Jackson County for the term of twelve months.
    Now comes David Linn, Treasurer of Jackson County, and presents statements of his account as follows
Treasurer of Jackson County
    In settlement with the Bd. of Commrs.
    Amount received from Collector for Taxes 3129.87
Amount received from Collector for Licenses   1128.00
$4257.87
Supra Cr.
By Auditor's Recpt. for canceled warrants $200.00
By Auditor's Recpt. for canceled warrants 3985.56 4185.56
$  72.31
Treasurer Dr.
For amount of School funds recd. from Taxes $  837.06
For amount of School funds recd. from Fines     165.50
1002.56
Supra Cr.
Amount paid District Number 1 $215.13
Amount paid District Number 2 141.06
Amount paid District Number 3
Amount paid District Number 4 102.17
Amount paid District Number 5 153.17
Amount paid District Number 6 134.01
Amount paid District Number 7   59.95
Amount paid District Number 8 126.95 $  934.45
In Treasurer's bonds $    68.11
Recapitulation                
Amount of School fund from Taxes $837.06
Amount of School fund from Fines 165.50
Amount of Territorial Taxes   418.36 $1420.92
Amount of Vouchers of School fund $934.44
Amount of balance of School fund in Treasrs. hands 68.12   1002.56
Amount of Territorial Taxes in Treasurer's hands $  418.36
    There being no other business before the Board, the Board adjourned until next regular session.
M. Angel
President of the Board


Special Session July A.D. 1855
    The Board of County Commissioners of Jackson County met this day, the 21st of July A.D. 1855 at the Office of the County Auditor in pursuance of a call made by the said Auditor for a special session of the Board.
    Present Martin Angel, President of the Board, and Henry C. Rowland and S. D. Van Dyke, Commissioners.
    The subject of building a Jail was presented to the consideration of the Board by sundry citizens of the County and requesting the official action and sanction of the Board in the premises.  
    After due deliberation upon the matter the following proceedings were had--
    Whereas--a private subscription has been gotten up for the purpose of raising funds to defray the expenses of building a County Jail, it is resolved by the Board--That so soon as the said Jail shall have been completed & paid for by private subscription in coin, the subscribers to such private subscription who shall have paid towards raising said funds shall be entitled to receive County Warrants for the amounts respectively subscribed by such subscribers and paid by them.
    The said Commissioners further agree that they will each take a Copy of the subscription paper with the view of securing additional subscribers to raise the amount of funds requisite to defray the expenses of building said Jail.
    The following are the dimensions of and the kind of materials to be used in the construction of said Jail--to wit--the dimensions to be twenty-five (25) feet by thirty-four (34) feet--one story high, to be built of hewed logs, the walls to be of three tiers or thicknesses--the out and inside tiers to be laid horizontally and solid and the middle tier to be put in perpendicularly, the floors are also to be of hewed logs and the lower floor to be laid double or two thicknesses of logs, the whole to be under the supervision and management of a Committee appointed by the subscribers, to wit, W. W. Fowler, M. G. Kennedy and S. H. Taylor--who are hereby authorized to erect the said Jail upon a certain Block of ground on the Town Plat of Jacksonville, donated to the County Commissioners by James Clugage, for the purpose of being used as the site for County buildings and selected by the Board.
    Now comes James Clugage and offers to donate to the Board of County Commissioners and their successors in office, a certain Block of Ground on the Plat of the Town of Jacksonville on the condition that the said Board or their successors shall erect thereon a County Jail and such other County buildings as may be necessary for the use of the County at such times as may be deemed proper by the said Board or their successors. The said Block of ground so donated is designated on the Plat of the Town of Jacksonville as Block number Nineteen (19)--which ground, the said James Clugage agrees to convey to the Board of Commissioners, absolutely, for the purposes aforesaid, whenever he the said James Clugage shall receive a Patent from the United States for the land upon which said Town Plat is laid out.
    The Report of J. A. Lupton, N. C. Dean and B. F. Myer, viewers of the Territorial road named in said report, was read a first time and laid over until the next meeting of the Board in regular course--which said report is in the words and figures following, to wit:
Report of Road Commissioners.
    By an Act of the Legislature of the Territory of Oregon appointing J. A. Lupton, B. F. Myer and N. C. Dean a Board of Commissioners to view and locate a territorial road from the southern boundary line of the Territory of Oregon at a point where the proposed Sacramento Valley road terminates in Siskiyou County, California to a point on the Military road near the residence of George H. Ambrose in the County and Territory aforesaid, Report as follows, to wit: J. A. Lupton, N. C. Dean met at the house of B. F. Myer on the 19th of March--Agreed to meet the 7th of May legally qualified to discharge the duties of viewers of said road adjourned. J. A. Lupton, N. C. Dean and B. F. Myer met the 7th of May duly qualified as viewers of said road and proceeded to the work of examining the route and have located, plainly marked and staked the road agreeably to the plat and survey herewith returned, beginning at Station No. 1, terminating at Station No. 200 and consider that a good practicable road can be made on the aforesaid route.
June 22nd, 1855
J. A. Lupton
N. C. Dean
B. F. Myer
    Viewers
    And the Diagram of the survey mentioned in the foregoing report is ordered to be filed in the office of the Auditor for reference. See back part of this Book for diagrams.
    Ordered by the Board--that Jabez Kincaid be allowed the sum of Seven hundred and fifty dollars for Keeping John McKearnan, a pauper, from the 3rd day of April 1855 to the 17th day of July 1855, inclusive, being 15 weeks at fifty dollars per week, agreeably to contract made with the said Kincaid March 5th 1855 of record.
    It is further ordered that the claim presented with reference to keeping John Evans be laid over until the next meeting of the Board and that the said John Evans be discharged from further charge to the County. It is further ordered that the Clerk of this Board take measures to have John McKearnan taken care of &c.
    Ordered that County Warrants issue to Henry C. Rowland, Esq. one of the Commissioners, for Thirty Dollars in part for his fees.
    Ordered that William Hoffman be allowed Seventy-three dollars and Seventy-two cents Auditor's & Clerk's fees--also Seventy-One dollars and ten cents, fees as examining Justice in the cause entitled the Territory of Oregon vs. James S. Oldham.
    And the Board adjourned to next session in course.
[unsigned]
Prest. of the Board
Attest: Wm. Hoffman, Clk.


September Session 1855
    The Board of Commissioners of Jackson County met at the Auditor's Office on the first Monday, being the 3rd day of September A.D. 1855--Martin Angel, President of the Board and W. G. T'Vault, Prosecuting Attorney appeared, there being, however, no quorum to transact business, adjourned until tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock.


Tuesday Morning September 4th 1855
    The Board met this morning pursuant to adjournment, present Martin Angel, President of the Board and Henry C. Rowland, Commissioners and W. G. T'Vault, Prosecuting Attorney.
    Ordered by the Board that Licenses issued by the Auditor in vacation to the following individuals be and the same are hereby confirmed, to wit:
    Isaac Ritenburg, Peddler--1 month issued July 6th 1855
    George Adams, Billiard Table--6 months July 14th 1855
    J. Marks & Co., Peddler--1 month July 23rd 1855
    Harris & Wright, Liquor License--6 months July 25th 1855
    Isaac Ritenburg, Peddler--1 month Aug. 6th 1855
    Ludlow, Fryer & Co., Liquor License--6 months Aug. 9th 1855
    Ordered, that the following rates of taxes be and are hereby levied, to be collected for the ensuing years, to wit, for County purposes, thirteen mills, on the dollar, for territorial purposes; one mill on the dollar and for common school purposes one mill on the dollar, making in the aggregate fifteen mills on the dollar. Also, that a poll tax of One dollar be levied on each white male inhabitant, between the ages of twenty-one and fifty years, within the County of Jackson.
    Ordered, that the Auditor issue Warrants to the Grand and trial Jurors, who attended at the U.S. District Court, expected to have been held on the first Monday in February A.D. 1855, to wit
Grand Jurors
    Abram Tenbrook $6.80   Robert Wright $9.20
John S. Miller 6.80 George T. Vining 7.00
Champaign Collier 9.20 Joseph Griffin 6.80
Daniel O'Neil 9.20 James Leslie 7.40
Thomas Holman 6.20 Thomas Whitworth 7.20
Davis Evans 11.00 A. S. Welton 6.60
Addison Ball 7.20 Harvey T. Reddick 8.60
Daniel Newcomb 9.20 Alexander Gordon 7.40
James M. Matney 9.20 Abram Petrie 6.80
Hugh F. Barron 10.00
Trial Jurors
  James R. Davis $6.60 Jeremiah Brock $7.40
Jacob Wagner 8.40 William Wright 7.20
Gideon B. Davidson 8.00 C. H. Miller 6.20
William McLain 8.40 Francis Scarborough 7.20
James Thornton 8.40 Isaac Woolen 8.60
S. D. Van Dyke 7.60 W. W. Fowler 6.20
James Fryer 7.60 R. B. Morford 6.20
Samuel Mooney 15.00 John Beeson 8.20
Obadiah D. Hoxie 7.60 William Kahler 7.60
John Pengra 7.60 Thomas Hopwood 7.40
Jonathan Sampson 8.20 Frederick Heber 6.80
John E. Ross 6.80 J. J. Cooke 7.60
    Ordered that the Auditor issue Warrants to the Grand and Trial Jurors and Witnesses at the August Term of the District Court of the United States for the County of Jackson A.D. 1855 as per certificates of the Clerk of said Court, to wit:
Grand Jurors
James R. Davis $32.80 U. S. Hayden $32.80
H. W. Wixom 50.00 Granville Sears 32.80
Woodford Reames 36.00 James Hendershot 56.00
James Barrett 37.60 Clifton Riley 38.40
W. W. Fowler 32.40 Thomas Bailey 36.00
Isaac Woolen 35.20 John Morton 18.80
John Kennedy 34.00 B. B. Griffin 13.20
James Pool 32.40 N. W. Fisk 12.00
N. B. Evans 35.20 William Ducker 16.00
Eber Emery 37.60 E. B. Ball 24.00
Trial Jurors
Granville Naylor $27.20 George T. Vining $  9.60
Perry Bowen 40.80 Jourdan Ashmead 43.20
Samuel R. Scott 36.00 John B. Wrisley 41.60
Hugh F. Barron 40.00 Justus Wells 41.60
William Kahler 58.80 Milo Caton 8.00
Stephen Watson 38.40 Allen Lee 11.20
Benj. F. Myer 28.00 Jefferson Bailies 4.40
Jacob Gall 32.00 John A. Smith 4.40
Jeremiah Brock 71.20 William H. Davidson 12.40
David E. Stearns 27.20 J. P. Burns 6.00
John W. McCully 68.40 John M. McCall 24.00
Jerasney Crawford 59.20 Elijah Hills 7.20
Thomas Lowe 39.20 David T. Geiger 8.80
Furney Condrey 44.00 William S. Roupe 5.60
Robert Wright 30.00 Jackson Rader 7.20
Harvey B. Oatman 11.20 Merit Bellinger 4.80
John Robertson 8.00 Pleasant W. Stowe 36.80
James Sterling 19.20 John W. May 4.40
Andrew Davidson 27.20 John B. White 24.00
Robert Hills 28.00 M. B. Morris 4.40
James T. Tucker 7.20 William Collier 4.40
William Elliott 37.60 Eli Branson 4.40
James Hays 8.00 S. H. Taylor 8.00
Sewell Truax 4.40 John Wheeler 8.00
William Ewing 8.80 J. P. Hawks 8.00
Allen Avery 4.40 J. Hathaway 4.40
W. W. Brown 4.40 Augustus Taylor 8.40
Jonathan Sampson 30.00 P. B. Hendershot 28.00
J. M. Owens 8.80 John F. Miller 8.80
Adam Linn 4.40 John Tenaw 12.80
G. Goodrich 4.40 William Morrison 12.80
W. Hutchinson 4.40 Andrew McNeal 12.00
B. F. Rogers 4.40 George Dillard 11.20
Irvin Smith 6.40 Isaac Swinden 8.40
Haskel Amy 4.40 T. L. Linksweiler 12.40
Samuel Hix 4.40 G. W. Manville 4.40
A. J. Layton 4.40 Lewis Calhoun 4.40
James King 4.40 James Collins 4.40
Mark Watkins 4.40 Champaign Collier 4.40
Isaac Hargrove 7.20 Samuel Hawkins 4.40
B. F. Elliott 21.60 Curtis Davenport 4.40
John Coleman 7.20 William Cantrall 8.40
H. Amerman 7.20 Levi Tinkham 11.20
W. A. Gridley 6.40 Sanford Palmer 4.40
John S. Herrin 22.40
Witnesses
Saml. R. Scott, Ter. vs. Ish $36.00 Lewis Calhoun, Ter. vs. Oldham $27.20
P. B. Hendershot, Ter. vs. Ish 36.00     William Cantrall, Ter. vs. Oldham 27.20
James Hendershot, Ter. vs. Ish 36.00 John Van Dyke, Ter. vs. Oldham 11.20
Isaac Hill, Ter. vs. Ish 20.00 Alexander Harris, Ter. vs. Oldham 14.00
Irvin Smith, Ter. vs. Ish 15.60 John Sumner, Ter. vs. Oldham 27.20
John Gregory, Ter. vs. Oldham 43.20 O. P. Cain, Ter. vs. White 12.80
Irvin Smith, Ter. vs. Oldham 35.60 Patrick Dailey, Ter. vs. White 12.80
M. Baldwin, Ter. vs. Oldham 18.00 Thomas C. Banning, Ter. vs. Oldham 35.20


2nd Day.    September Session 1855
    Ordered that W. McAlister be allowed the sum of ninety dollars and twenty cents for services as witness in the District Court at May term 1855 as per certificate of the Clerk of said Court.
    Ordered that Granville Naylor be allowed the sum of Twelve dollars for making a Coffin for Thomas Randolph, a County charge at the time of his decease.
    Ordered, that Asahel Bush be allowed the sum of Forty dollars for printing two thousand county warrants Blanks.
    Ordered that A. S. Welton be allowed the sum of Eight dollars for services as viewer of a road from Martin Angel's to W. G. T'Vault's.
    Ordered at Hiram Abbott be allowed the sum of Seven dollars and fifty cents for his fees as Justice of the peace in the cause entitled Territory vs. J. S. Oldham.
    Ordered that S. H. Taylor be allowed the sum of Two hundred and forty-nine dollars, his fees in Criminal cases in the United States District Court at the August Term thereof A.D. 1855 and for Stationery.
    Ordered that William Kahler be allowed the sum of Fifteen dollars and fifty cents for services as Coroner in holding an inquest.
    Ordered--that the following named persons be allowed each the sum of three dollars for attending as Jurors on an inquest held by Wm. Kahler, Coroner, to wit:
    Davis Evans, J. B. Wagner, Samuel Tillard, Oliver J. Evans, William King, John K. Jones.
    Ordered--that Thomas Arundell be allowed Sixteen dollars and ten cents for his fees as Coroner in holding an inquest on the body of Juan Pueblo Buteros at Fort Lane.
    Ordered that the following named persons be allowed each the sum of Four dollars and forty cents for attending as Jurors and for mileage, on an inquest held by Thomas Arundell, Coroner, on the body of Juan Pueblo Buteros, at Fort Lane, to wit--E. S. Kearney, John Rankin, Charles Armstrong, Wm. Pibum, Stephen H. Titus, William Hughes.
    And the Board now adjourn until tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock.
[unsigned]
Prest. Board
Attest: Wm. Hoffman, Auditor
    & Ex. Off. Clerk Board


Wednesday September 5th 1855
    The Board met this morning pursuant to adjournment, present the same as yesterday.
    Ordered that County warrants issue in favor of Jabez Kincaid for the sum of Ten hundred and Eighty-three dollars for taking care of John C. Evans and John McKearnan up to the time specified in the annexed statement, to wit--
For keeping John C. Evans from March 6th 1855 to July 17th 1855 when he was discharged, say 133 days at $8.00 per day $1064.00
For keeping John McKearnan 6 months at $200 per month up to September 5th 1855   1200.00
Total   $2264.00
Less amount of Warrants issued to him since March 6th, 1855 when contract was entered into   1181.00
Amount due to September 6th 1855 as above $1083.00
    Now comes David Linn, County Treasurer, and returns into the Auditor's Office canceled County Warrants to the Amount of Three hundred and seven dollars and forty-one cents.
    Ordered that George W. Anderson be allowed the sum of Twenty-One dollars for his fees in the cause entitled Territory of Oregon 
vs. Oldham and also for summoning a Jury on an inquest before the Coroner.


3rd Day.    September Session 1855
    Now comes T. F. Royal, superintendent of Common Schools of Jackson County and tenders his resignation of said office, which said resignation is accepted by the Board.
    Ordered that S. H. Taylor be and he is hereby appointed Superintendent of Common Schools in Jackson County, Oregon Territory, until the next annual election and until his successor is elected and qualified.
    Ordered that G. K. Elliott, M.D. be allowed the sum of Three hundred and Sixty-seven dollars for medical attendance and boarding of Ray Geddis, a county charge--and the said Ray Geddis is hereby discharged from further expense to the County.
    Ordered that Thomas Holman be allowed the sum of Thirty-five dollars for rent of room for the Grand Jury at August Term A.D. 1855.
    Ordered that J. A. Lupton be allowed Forty dollars for services as Commissioner to view a Territorial road from the southern boundary of the Territory to a point on the Military road near Dr. G. H. Ambrose's claim.
    Ordered that N. C. Dean be allowed the sum of Forty dollars for services as Commissioner to view a Territorial road from the southern boundary of the Territory to a point on the Military road near Dr. G. H. Ambroses's claim.
    Ordered that B. F. Myer be allowed the sum of Forty dollars for services as Commissioner to view a Territorial road from the southern boundary of the Territory to a point on the Military road near Dr. G. H. Ambrose's claim.
    Ordered that B. F. Myer be allowed the sum of Forty dollars for services surveying Territorial road from the Southern boundary of the Territory to a point on the military road near Dr. G. H. Ambrose's claim.
    Ordered that Peter Smith be allowed Twelve dollars for services as Chainman in survey of Territorial road as mentioned in above order. 
    Ordered that Stephen Trask be allowed the sum of Twelve dollars for services as chainman in survey of Territorial road.
    Ordered that Walter Clark be allowed Twelve dollars for services as marker in survey of Territorial road.
    Ordered that Sewell Truax be allowed the sum of One hundred dollars for 20 maps of Townships in Jackson County, O.T.
    Ordered that warrants issue to Henry C. Rowland in part for $20.00, his fees as Commissioner of Jackson County, O.T.
    Ordered that the report of J. A. Lupton, N. C. Dean and B. F. Myer, Commissioners appointed by the Legislative assembly to view and lay out a Territorial road commencing at the Southern boundary of the Territory and terminating near Doct. Ambrose's, be and the same is hereby confirmed and that the Diagram of the survey of said road be recorded in the Auditor's office for reference--which said report is in the words and figures following, to wit:
Report of Road Commissioners
    By an act of the Legislature of the Territory of Oregon, appointing J. A. Lupton, B. F. Myer, and N. C. Dean a board of Commissioners to view and locate a territorial road from the southern boundary line of the Territory of Oregon at a point where the proposed Sacramento valley road terminates in Siskiyou County, California, to a point on the Military road near the residence of George H. Ambrose in the County and Territory aforesaid--Report as follows, to wit:
    J. A. Lupton, N. C. Dean met at the house of B. F. Myer on the 19th of March, Agreed to meet the 7th of May, legally qualified to discharge the duties of viewers of said road--adjourned.
    J. A. Lupton, N. C. Dean and B. F. Myer met the 7th of May duly qualified as viewers of said road and proceeded to the work of examining the route and have located, plainly marked and staked the road agreeable to the plat and survey herewith returned, beginning at Station No. 1, terminating at station No. 200 and consider that a good practicable road can be made on the aforesaid route. June 22nd, 1855.
J. A. Lupton
N. C. Dean
B. F. Myer
    Viewers
(See back part of this Book for diagrams)

    Ordered that William Hoffman, Auditor, be allowed the sum of One hundred and nineteen dollars and sixty cents for services as Auditor, Clerk of the Board, and for stationery.
    Ordered that the Recorder of Jackson County be authorized to record the Plat of the Town of Jacksonville at the expense of the County.
    Ordered that D. S. Kenyon be allowed the sum of Five dollars for wood heretofore furnished for the Auditor's office.
    There being no other business before the Commissioners, the Board adjourned to meet in special session on the first Monday in November, 1855.
Signed,
Prest. of the Board
Attest: Wm. Hoffman, Auditor
    and Ex-Off. Clk. of the Board

    The Board of Commissioners of Jackson County, O.T. met at the Office of the County Auditor, this day, being the 5th day of November, pursuant to adjournment. Present, Martin Angel, President of the Board and S. D. Van Dyke, Commissioners, Wm. G. T'Vault, Prosecuting Attorney and William Hoffman, Clerk.
    Now comes James H. Russell and presents the petition of certain Citizens of the County praying for a change in the Territorial road therein mentioned, which said Petition is in the words and figures following, to wit:
    "We the undersigned Citizens of Jackson County, O.T. respectfully petition your honorable body to grant them a review of so much of the Territorial Road as viewed by J. A. Lupton, N. C. Dean and B. F. Myer, Commissioners appointed by the Legislative Assembly, as hereinafter described, to wit:  Commencing on the Territorial Road, at or near Thomas' (Eagle) Mill and running thence on the old road or near the old road to the house of Samuel Grubb, thence on the Territorial road located by said Commissioners to Isaac Hill's house, thence to the right of the Butte beyond Isaac Hill's, thence to intersect the Territorial road again at the nearest and best point beyond the Butte Sept. 14th 1855" which petition being read and it appearing by the affidavit of James H. Russell that notice of said application or petition had been posted thirty days previous to the presentation of the same to the Board of Commissioners, it is ordered by the Board, that Thomas Arundell, Rezin B. Packard and Nelson D. Smith be and they are hereby appointed viewers to view and change said road if deemed of public utility and report their proceedings to this Board at the next session thereof--
    And the Board now adjourn to meet in Special Session on the 19th day of November 1855.
Signed,
Prest. of the Board
Attest: Wm. Hoffman, Auditor &
    Ex-Officio Clerk of the Board


Special Session November 19th 1855
Jacksonville November 19th 1855
    Pursuant to adjournment, the Board met this day. Present S. D. Van Dyke, Commissioner, Wm. G. T'Vault, Prosecuting Attorney and William Hoffman, Clerk.
    There being no quorum to transact business, the Board adjourned to the next regular session on the first day of December next.
Signed,
Prest. of the Board
Attest: Wm. Hoffman, Auditor &
    Ex-Off. Clerk of the Board


December Session, A.D. 1855
Jacksonville, December 3rd, 1855
    The Board of Commissioners met today, present S. D. Van Dyke, Comr., W. G. T'Vault, Prosecuting Attorney & William Hoffman, Clerk of the Board. There being no quorum present to transact business, the Board adjourned until tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock.


Tuesday morning, Dec. 4th, 1855
    The Board met pursuant to adjournment this morning, present, the same as yesterday; there being no quorum present to transact business, the Board adjourned until tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock.


Wednesday morning, Dec. 5th, 1855
    The Board met this morning pursuant to adjournment. Present--H. C. Rowland, Commissioner, W. G. T'Vault, Prosecuting Attorney, and William Hoffman, Clerk.


December Session A.D. 1855
Jacksonville December 17th 1855
    The Board of Commissioners met today pursuant to adjournment. Present Martin Angel, President of the Board, Samuel D. Van Dyke, Commissioner and William Hoffman, Clerk of the Board.
    Ordered by the Board that S. H. Taylor be allowed the sum of One hundred and Nine dollars and fifty cents for fees as Clerk of the District Court & Stationery. Also Twenty-one dollars and fifty cents for Wood & Stationery for Office &c.
    Ordered that William Cantrall be allowed Nine Dollars for services as witness in the cause Territory of Oregon 
vs. J. S. Oldham and also Three dollars and twenty cents mileage.
    Ordered that Isaac Constant be allowed Twelve dollars for his services as Road viewer on Road from Jacksonville to Patterson's.
    Ordered that A. R. Stearns be allowed Twelve dollars for Stationery, furnish for Probate Court.
    Ordered that the Auditor issue Warrants to the Grand and Trial Jurors and Witnesses, attending at October Term 1855. 
Grand Jurors
  Walter R. Davis $22.40 John L. Badger 26.00
John M. McCall 24.80 Harvey B. Oatman 11.20
Solomon Rader 24.00 John S. Miller 22.40
Jacob Wagner 24.80 John Beeson 24.80
Archibald S. Welton 17.20 George T. Vining 22.40
Jackson Rader 20.00 Lewis H. Zigler 21.20
Merit Bellinger 21.20 T. J. Jewett 12.40
Henry Amerman 24.80 Lafayette McHenry 8.40
Alexander McBride 44.00 Thomas Snee 8.40
Lewis Sisley 24.00 C. B. Smith 8.40
T. S. Linksweiler 8.40
Trial Jurors
Andrew J. Matoon 24.00 Clark Taylor 22.80
David Clinton 17.20 William Matthews 22.80
Aaron Chambers 21.60 William Griffin 17.20
James W. Collins 23.20 William Chase 26.00
George Manville 23.20 James Sterling 24.00
Robert C. Armstrong 21.20 John Coleman 20.00
John Watson 22.40 John Lowery 20.00
Granville Sears 21.20 Andrew Davidson 21.60
William Bybee 20.40
Witnesses
David Courtney 12.40 C. Schieffelin 12.00
John P. Baker 6.20 James Rayburn 12.00
    Now comes Lewis H. Zigler and represents to the Board that the Assessments of his property by the Assessor is incorrect and after hearing his statements, it is ordered by the Board that the sum of twelve hundred dollars be deducted from the amount assessed against him, the said Lewis H. Zigler.
    The Report of B. B. Griffin and George T. Vining, two of the viewers appointed by the Board at their July Session, 1855, to view and lay out a road therein mentioned and described, as follows,
    "We, the undersigned viewers duly appointed and qualified according to law, would respectfully report that in obedience to the order received from your honorable Board to view and locate a County road from a point in front of the house of John Barnett thence to intersect the Territorial road near the house of Isaac Hill; commenced at the Territorial road in front of John Barnett's house, passed over the Road as described in the order--also report that the character of the Country over which said road passes is practical and that a majority of us are of opinion that said road should be opened or kept opened. We would recommend for your further consideration that said Road in place of intersecting the territorial road in front of Mr. Hill's house, should be continued on to the Mountain house as now traveled.
Burrell B. Griffin
George T. Vining
Jacksonville, Sept. 4th, 1855
    Which said report being read and after due deliberation and consultation and for reasons which the Board deem sufficient the said report is not confirmed.
    Ordered that B. B. Griffin be allowed the sum of Four dollars for services as Road viewer.
    Ordered that George T. Vining be allowed the sum of Four dollars for services as Road viewer.
    Ordered that Charles B. Brooks, M.D. be allowed the sum of Two hundred dollars for medical services to Pauper.
    Ordered that Charles Casey be allowed One hundred and twenty dollars for use of Rooms for the Grand Jury at August & Oct. Terms 1855 of the U.S. District Court.
    Ordered that A. P. Stearns be allowed the sum of Eighty dollars for the purpose of procuring a Seal & Press for the use of the Probate Court of Jackson County.
    Ordered that the Auditor and Probate Judge of Jackson Co. be and they are hereby authorized to procure a suitable room for their Offices and also procure a Stove and fuel for the same at the expense of the County and that the Auditor issue Warrants in payment of the same.
    Ordered that William Burk be allowed Twenty-seven dollars for furnishing Suppers to Jurors at August Term 1855 of the District Court of the United States.
    Ordered that Judge L. A. Rice, assignee of C. Westfeldt, assignee of T. McF. Patton, be allowed the sum of One hundred and Seventy-three dollars and ten cents, being the balance audited on T. McF. Patton's bill for services as County Auditor.
    Ordered that T. McF. Patton be allowed the sum of Sixteen dollars and Eighty-seven cents for making out the delinquent list of taxes for 1854.
    Ordered that James Kilgore be allowed the sum of Three hundred dollars for taking John McKearnan, a County Charge, to Scottsburg.
    Ordered that Licenses issued in vacation by the Auditor to the following persons be confirmed and that the Bonds filed by said persons respectively be and are hereby approved.
Licenses Issued
1855 To Whom Time   For What
Sept. 13 Hunter & Howell Althouse 6 mo.   Grocery
Sept. 20 Simonsfeldt & Cohen Althouse 6 mo. Grocery
Sept. 21 Isaac Ritenberg County 1 mo.   Peddler
Oct. 3 Frank Brown Jacksonville 12 mo. Billiard Saloon
Oct. 6 Harkness & Twogood Grave Creek 6 mo. Grocery
Oct. 13 George Adams Sterling 6 mo.
Oct. 15 J. M. Malone Dardanelles 6 mo. Grocery
Oct. 26 McBride & Luther Waldo 6 mo. Grocery
Nov. 21 Davis Evans Rogue River 12 mo. Ferry
Nov. 21 Tobias Thomas Ashland 6 mo. Grocery
Dec. 10 Badger & Smith Jacksonville 6 mo. Grocery (Union Hotel)
Dec. 13 R. S. Jewett Rogue River 12 mo. Ferry
Dec. 14 George A. Long Applegate 6 mo. Grocery
Dec. 17 Charles Casey Jacksonville 6 mo. Grocery
    And the Board adjourned until tomorrow morning at 8 o'clock.


2nd Day.    Tuesday Morning December 18th 1855
    The Board met this morning pursuant to adjournment. Present the same as yesterday.
    Ordered that Sewell Truax be and he is hereby appointed County Surveyor of Jackson County O.T. until his successor is elected and qualified.
    Comes Thomas Pyle and presents to the Board a bill for office rent in favor of B. J. Drew for Two hundred & twenty dollars, being for the County Auditor, which was not allowed on the ground that the rent claimed was with the exception of a few days during the time in which the Auditor and other County Officers were required to occupy the Court house building.
    Ordered that Doct. A. Shone be allowed One hundred and fifty-six dollars for medical services for paupers as per bills rendered.
    Ordered that Thomas Pyle be allowed the sum of One thousand Seven hundred and Ninety-eight dollars and Seventy-five cents for services as Sheriff up to
_____ $1798.75
    Ordered that Charles Casey be allowed the sum of Twenty-five dollars for the use of a room for holding the Special election December 15th 1855.
    The Application of John Beeson, for additional allowance for attendance and medical services, was read to the Board and after due deliberation and consultation, it was ordered by the Board that in addition to the allowance made to said John Beeson at November Session 1854, the said John Beeson be allowed the sum of twelve dollars per week for services rendered to Thomas Randolph, a Pauper.
    Ordered by the Board that the Auditor issue County Warrants to P. J. Ryan for the sum of Two hundred and fifty-five dollars and Ninety cents in lieu of Warrants to that amount destroyed by fire at the destruction of his store in Jacksonville.
    Ordered that the appointment of viewers to review and change so much of the Territorial Road as is designated in the Petition of sundry inhabitants of Jackson County, presented at the November Session 1855 of the Board, be and the same is hereby rescinded on the ground that there having been no claim presented for damages to the Board, the change prayed for could not be legally made.
    Ordered that the following Persons be and they are hereby appointed Supervisors of Roads, to wit:
Road District No. 1    Giles Wells
Road District No. 2    Eber Emery
Road District No. 3    Jacob Wagner
Road District No. 4    Samuel Colver
Road District No. 5    Rezin B. Packard
Road District No. 6    Isaac Constant
Road District No. 7    W. G. T'Vault
Road District No. 8    Clinton Schieffelin
    Ordered that the second Monday in January next (14th day) be appointed by the Board to hear complaints and correct assessments made by the Assessor of Jackson County.
    Ordered that William Hoffman be allowed Twelve dollars and thirty cents, Justice's fees in the cause Territory against John Dutcher.
    Ordered that the following individuals be allowed the sums annexed to their respective names as Jurors and Witnesses in the cause entitled Territory of Oregon against J. Dutcher to wit:
        John Carter 2.40 A. K. Williams 2.40 A. Walker 3.40
Jos. H. Davis 2.40 Charles Williams 2.40 P. P. Prim 3.40
J. B. Wagner 2.40 J. K. Lamerick 3.40 J. B. White 3.40
Thos. Gregory 2.40 James Stewart 3.40
    Ordered that William Hoffman be allowed Two hundred and Eighty dollars and Ninety-eight cents for services as Auditor and for Stationery for Office.
    Ordered that A. B. Carter be allowed the sum of Five hundred and Eighty-four dollars for Seventy-three days Services as Assessor of Jackson County at Eight dollars per day.
    Ordered that the Auditor issue County Warrants to the Judges & Clerks of Election and to the Messengers making the returns of the Special Election held on the 15th day of December A.D. 1855 as follows, to wit:
Messengers
  D. N. Birdseye $  7.20 O. D. Hoxie $  3.20
James Kerby 20.00 T. A. Jackson 24.00
McD. Harkness 16.80   Lycurgus Jackson 3.20
T. F. McManus 14.00 D. Newcomb 6.00
J. C. Tolman 6.80 ------
D. S. Kenyon 6.40 D. S. Kenyon, J.P. 4.00
Samuel Mooney 4.00 Lycurgus Jackson, Dy.A. 4.00
Gustaf Wilson 25.00
H. W. Wixom 24.00
Judges
    Isaac F. Mann 3.00 T. L. Linksweiler 3.00
B. F. Robinson 3.00 W. R. Walker 3.00
W. J. Matthews 3.00 H. L. Williams 3.00
S. V. Knox 3.00 Jason Braman 3.00
F. J. Simpson 3.00 S. R. Scott 3.00
J. L. Ware 3.00 J. A. Frye 3.00
D. N. Birdseye 3.00 J. M. Woods 3.00
J. C. Walker 3.00 G. B. Davidson 3.00
C. Schieffelin 3.00 B. D. Beatty 3.00
Richard G. Allen 3.00 S. Mooney 3.00
Benjamin Taylor 3.00 Charles Abraham 3.00
McD. Harkness 3.00 James Kerby 3.00
Thos. Wm. Reid 3.00 William Hyde 3.00
Samuel Crandall 3.00 John E. Ross 3.00
N. Bowers 3.00 Derick J. Kenyon 3.00
J. C. Tolman 3.00 Archibald S. Welton 3.00
Samuel Grubb 3.00
J. B. Emery 3.00     Clerks
O. D. Hoxie 3.00 H. W. Wixom 3.00
Samuel Colver 3.00 Robert Day 3.00
Samuel H. Miller 3.00 Patrick Dunn 3.00
D. Newcomb 3.00 Eber Emery 3.00
J. Rader 3.00 J. M. McCall 3.00
H. H. Church 3.00
    Clerks Levi Tinkham 3.00
Wm. M. Evans 3.00 Thomas Bailey 3.00
B. B. Brockway 3.00 Patt. F. McManus 3.00
T. J. Gardner 3.00 W. B. Lewis 3.00
J. C. Morrison 3.00 James A. Riley 3.00
James Savage 3.00 L. H. Guthrie 3.00
F. G. Birdseye 3.00 George N. Edes 3.00
E. R. Fisk 3.00 Henry W. Stanton 3.00
H. F. Stratton 3.00 M. G. Kennedy 3.00
T. N. Drew 3.00
J. L. Frye 3.00


Special Session January 14th 1856
    The Board of Commissioners of Jackson County, Oregon Territory, met at the office of the County Auditor on Monday the 14th day of January 1856, Present Henry C. Rowland and Samuel D. Van Dyke, Commissioners and William Hoffman, Clerk of the Board.
    Ordered by the Board, that H. C. Rowland be allowed the sum of One hundred and Sixty-two dollars and forty cents for services and mileage as Commissioner of Jackson County, up to and including the 14th day of January 1856, deducting therefrom the sum of One hundred and twenty-six dollars and fifty cents, the amount of County Warrants heretofore issued to him, leaving a balance due him of Thirty-five dollars and Ninety cents.
    Ordered that Samuel D. Van Dyke be allowed the sum of Seventy-Six dollars and eighty cents for services and mileage as Commissioner of Jackson County, Oregon Territory, up to and including the 14th day of January 1856, deducting therefrom the sum of Forty-two dollars and thirty cents for the amount of Warrants heretofore issued to him, leaving a balance of Thirty-four dollars and fifty cents due him.
    Ordered that George W. Anderson be allowed the sum of Fifty-six dollars, his fees as Constable & expenses in arresting J. G. Dutcher in the cause entitled "Territory of Oregon 
vs. J. G. Dutcher."
    Ordered that B. B. Griffin be allowed the sum of One hundred and Seventeen dollars for Boarding, Medicines, Shroud &c. for an old Englishman, a pauper.
    Ordered that the following deduction be made on the assessment of John J. Cook, on the valuation of improvements Two hundred and Sixty dollars and on the valuation of Personal Property Four hundred and Sixty-two dollars.
    Ordered that there be deducted from the assessment of Wm. Hoffman, four hundred dollars.
    Ordered that William Hoffman, Auditor, be allowed the sum of Ninety-two dollars and thirty cents for services as Auditor.
    There being no further business before the Board, they adjourned sine die.
Attest: William Hoffman, Clerk Board

Auditor's Office January June 16th 1856
    The Board of Commissioners of Jackson County met this day in Special Session, present S. D. Van Dyke, Commissioner and Wm. Hoffman, Clerk of the Board. Mr. Frederick Heber, Commissioner-elect in the place of Martin Angel, deceased, and Doct. G. W. Davidson, Commissioner-elect in the place of H. C. Rowland, appeared, were qualified and took their seats at the Board.
    On motion, S. D. Van Dyke was elected Chairman of the Board to serve until the regular session in July next.
    The Auditor presented the Bonds of individuals to whom Licenses were issued in vacation and the Bonds of the following persons were approved by the Board--to wit:
    W. & H. White J. B. Truchot
Frank Brown T. Thomas
Malone & McKay C. H. Miller & Co.
Austin Badger
    And the Board confirmed all Licenses, issued by the Clerk of the Board in vacation as follows, to wit:
  George Adams 6 months Jan. 12th, 1856 Sterling, Grocery
W. & H. White 6 months Feb. 11th, 1856 Ashland, Tavern
J. B. Truchot 6 months Feb. 15, 1856 Jacksonville, Grocery
Frank Brown 6 months April 9, 1856 Jacksonville, Grocery
T. Thomas 6 months May 17, 1856 Ashland, Grocery
Malone & McKay 6 months April 19, 1856 Dardanelles, Grocery
James J. Fryer 6 months April 22, 1856 Sterling, Grocery
Charles C. Miller & Co. 6 months April 22, 1856 Jacksonville, Grocery
M. G. Kennedy 3 months May 28, 1856 Jacksonville, Peddler
Austin Badger 6 months June 2, 1856 Jacksonville, Hotel
    Ordered that Patrick Dunn, Esq. be allowed the sum of Sixteen dollars & forty-seven cents as special Constable in the case of the Territory of Oregon vs. John Murphy.
    Ordered that Isaac Hill, Esq. J.P. be allowed the sum of Nine dollars and sixty cents in the same cause.
    Ordered that Allen Lee be allowed the sum of Three dollars & Sixty cents as witness in the same cause.
    Ordered that John Farley be allowed Two dollars and Sixty cents as witness in the same cause.
    Ordered that Martha Condrey be allowed Two dollars and sixty cents as witness in the same cause.
    Ordered that F. G. Condrey be allowed Two dollars and Sixty cents as witness in the same cause.
    Ordered that Jonathan Sampson be allowed the sum of One dollar and forty cents as Juror in the same cause.
    Ordered that Isaac Hill, Esq. be and he is hereby appointed Supervisor of Road District No. 1 in the place of Giles Wells, who declined serving.
    Ordered that A. D. Helman be and he is hereby appointed Supervisor of Road District No. 2 in place of Asa Fordyce who declined serving.
    Ordered that Allen Lee be and he is hereby appointed Supervisor of Road District No. 4 in place of Saml. Colver.
    Ordered that Issachar Williams be and he is hereby appointed Supervisor of Road District No. 7 in place of Isaac Constant, who declined serving.
    Ordered that Jacob Wagner be and he is hereby appointed Supervisor of Road District No. 3.
    Ordered that Rezin B. Packard be and he is hereby appointed Supervisor of Road District No. 5.
    Ordered that Honicle Bellinger be and he is hereby appointed Supervisor of Road District No. 6.
    Ordered that Aaron Chambers be and he is hereby appointed Supervisor of Road District No. 8.
    Ordered that James Dawson be and he is hereby appointed Supervisor of Road District No. 9.
    Ordered that Chauncey Nye be and he is hereby appointed Supervisor of Road District No. 10.
    Ordered that W. G. T'Vault be and he is hereby appointed Supervisor of Road District No. 11.
    Ordered that Frederick Westgate be and he is hereby appointed Supervisor of Road District No. 12.
    Ordered that Thomas Smith be allowed the sum of Seven dollars and fifty cents ($7.50) Expenses for conveying Revised Statutes.
    In the matter of the action of the Board in relation to the Report of B. B. Griffin and G. T. Vining, viewers of a certain road therein named, made at the December Session A.D. 1855 which said Report was not confirmed by the Board; after hearing the statements of parties in relation to the proceedings of the Board thereon, and after deliberating upon the same, the Board conclude to take no further action on the proceeding at said December Session.
    Now comes James C. Tolman, and presents to the Board the Petition heretofore filed with the Clerk, of sundry citizen householders, praying for the appointment of Viewers to view and lay out a certain Road named in said petition "commencing at a point in front of the Eagle Mills, on the Territorial Road, thence on the nearest and best route to the Ashland flouring mills, thence in a southeasterly direction on the best and nearest route passing on the north side of Robert Wright's improvement and through the land of Jennison, Tolman and Dunn, to a point intersecting the aforesaid Territorial Road between the S.E. corner of P. Dunn's and the Northwest corner of Wm. Taylor's land claims, to be the termination of said County road."  And proof of notices having been posted as required by Statute, by the affidavit of James C. Tolman, the Board order and direct that the further action of the Board be deferred until their next regular session in July next.
    Now comes Thomas Smith and presents to the Board the petition of Sundry citizen householders, praying the appointment of viewers to view and lay out a certain Road named in said petition "commencing in front of the Eagle Mills, thence in the most direct route to Chase's bridge, thence with road as now traveled via the 'Ashland Mills,' thence with said road leaving the house of J. D. Smith to the left, the enclosed land of Robert Wright to the left, thence along the road as now traveled leaving the enclosed lands of James C. Tolman and Thomas Smith to the left, thence along said road as now traveled to the neighborhood of the Mountain House" which said Petition being read and proof of notices having been posted as required by Statute by the affidavit of Thomas Smith, the Board order and direct that the further action of the Board be deferred until their next regular session in July next.
    The Petitions of Chase and Good, Bennett Million and James H. Russell for damages, on account of the Territorial Road passing through their respective Land Claims, were presented to the Board, the said Petitions having been heretofore filed with the Clerk of the Board which, having been read and it appearing that the said Petitions were filed more than six months after the time of the filing of the Report and Plat of the Commissioners appointed to locate said Territorial Road, the Board can take no action on said Petitions as to the appointment of viewers to assess damages as prayed for by said Petitioners.
    Ordered by the Board that the Messengers who made the returns of the Elections held on the
_____ day of April 1856 and on the 2nd day of June A.D. 1856 be allowed their mileage as per Statute and that the Clerk of the Board issue County Warrants to each respectively for the amount due for such services--as follows, to wit:
  Isaac Hill, 34 m. 6.80 George Long, 24 m. 4.80
D. Newcomb, 28 m. 5.60 A. W. A. McConnell, 28 m. 5.60
O. D. Hoxie, 16 m. 3.20 Gustaff Wilson, 20 m. 4.00
Robert Wright, 34 m. 6.80 James Savage, 32 m. 6.40
Allen Lee, 16 m. 3.20 Thomas C. Banning, 30 m. 6.00
T. S. Harris, 16 m. 3.20


Special Session June 18th 1856
    Ordered that S. H. Taylor be allowed the sum of Three dollars for 1 day's services districting Road Districts.
    Ordered that Sewell Truax be allowed the sum of Three dollars for 1 day's services, furnishing names for Road Districts in the several Road Districts.
    Ordered that Wm. Hoffman be allowed the sum of six dollars for services in districting Road Districts and assisting S. Truax in furnishing the names of Claim holders to the several Road districts.
    Ordered that W. G. T'Vault be allowed the sum of Thirty dollars for services as Pros. Atty. attending the meetings of the Board up to this date.
    Ordered that Charles Casey be allowed the sum of Twenty-five dollars for the use of a room for the sessions of the Grand Jury April Term 1856.
    Ordered by the Board that the following Officers-elect file their Bonds with the amount named in each respectively, to wit: 
Thomas Pyle, Sheriff, Ten thousand Dollars ($10,000.)
John Q. Tabor, Assessor, One thousand Dollars ($1000.)
David Linn, Treasurer, Six thousand Dollars ($6000.)
Sewell Truax, Surveyor, Two thousand Dollars ($2000.)
    And the Board adjourned to the next regular Session in July ensuing.
(Signed) [blank] Chairman
William Hoffman, Clerk


Auditor's Office Jacksonville July 7th 1856
    The Board of Commissioners of Jackson County, Oregon Territory, met this day at the Auditor's Office, Present S. D. Van Dyke, Chairman, and Gideon B. Davidson, Commissioner and William Hoffman, Clerk of the Board.
    The Petition of Isaac Constant, A. French and others for the appointment of viewers to view and lay out a County road, commencing at the west end of the Lane between Aaron Chambers and Mrs. Angel and terminating at the N.E. corner of L. A. Rice's claim was read and proof of notice having been made as required by law, It is ordered by the Board that B. B. Griffin, William Elliott and Gideon G. Kerr be and they are hereby appointed viewers of said road "beginning at the West end of the lane between A. Chambers and Mrs. Angel, thence to connect with the road running from Jacksonville to Fort Lane and from that point run East, dividing the lands of Chambers, Angel, Beall, Plymale, Skinner, Rice and Williams to L. A. Rice's, Northeast corner" and that the said viewers meet on the first Monday in August at the office of the Auditor, be qualified and proceed to discharge the duties of their appointment and report their proceedings at the regular session of the Board on the 1st Monday in September next.
    The petition of Levi Tinkham, Champaign Collier and others for the appointment of viewers, to view and lay out a road "commencing at the Saw-mill on Butte Creek and terminal at Jacksonville," was read and proof of notices having been made according to law, It is ordered by the Board, that Jacob Wagner, Nelson D. Smith and Woodford Reames be and they are hereby appointed Viewers, to view and lay out said road, and that they meet on the first Monday in August at the Office of the Auditor, be qualified and proceed to discharge the duties of this appointment and that they report their proceedings to the Board at their next regular Session in September next.
    Now comes Reid, Attorney for James C. Tolman and others, Petitioners for the appointment of viewers, to view and lay out a County road therein mentioned and also comes Brenan, Attorney for Thomas Smith and presents his Petition to the Board, resisting the said petition of said Tolman and others, and thereupon James H. Russell, Austin Badger, Clifton Riley, Isaac Hill and Thomas Smith were sworn as witnesses and after the examination of witnesses and canvassing the Signatures to the said Petition of said James C. Tolman and others, and proof of notices having been posted, being made according to the Statute made and provided, It is ordered by the Board that L. A. Rice, Aaron Chambers, and John F. Miller be and they are hereby appointed viewers to view and lay out said road "commencing at a point in front of the Eagle Mills on the Territorial road, thence on the nearest and best route, to the Ashland flouring Mills, thence in a southeasterly direction on the best and nearest route, passing on the North side of Robert Wright's improvement and through the lands of Jennison, Tolman, and Dunn's to a point intersecting the aforesaid Territorial Road between the S.E. corner of P. Dunn's and the N.W. corner of Wm. Taylor's land claims to be the termination of said County Road," that the said viewers meet on the first Monday in August, at the office of the Auditor, be qualified and proceed to discharge the duties of their appointment and report their proceedings to the Board at their next regular Session on the first Monday in September next.
    Now comes Brenan, and presents the Petition of H. W. Clayton, and others, for the appointment of viewers to view and lay out a certain road therein mentioned, and after canvassing the signatures of the said Petition and proof of notices having been posted, being made in according to law, It is ordered by the Board that L. A. Rice, Aaron Chambers and John F. Miller be and they are hereby appointed viewers to view and lay out said County road "commencing in front of the Eagle Mills, then in the most direct route, to Chase's bridge, thence with the road as now traveled, via the Ashland Mills, thence with said road, leaving the house of J. D. Smith to the left, the enclosed land of Robert Wright to the left, thence along the road as now traveled, leaving the enclosed lands of James C. Tolman and Thomas Smith to the left, thence along said road as now traveled to the Mountain House," that the said viewers meet on the 1st Monday in August next at the Office of the Auditor, be qualified and proceed to discharge the duties of their appointment and report their proceedings to the Board at their next regular Session to be held on the first Monday in September next.
    Now comes Isaac Hill, Supervisor of Road District No. 1 in Jackson County, O.T. and resigns his office as such Supervisor, which resignation is accepted by the Board.
    Ordered by the Board--that James H. Russell be and he is hereby appointed Supervisor of Road District No. 1 in place of Isaac Hill, resigned.
    And the Board now adjourn until tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock.
S. D. Van Dyke, Chairman
Wm. Hoffman, Clerk


Tuesday Morning July 8th 1856
    The Board met pursuant to adjournment; Present, the same as yesterday--the minutes of the proceedings of the Board were read and approved.
    Ordered by the Board--that A. D. Helman, Supervisor of Road District No. 2, be exempt from opening the Territorial Road within the boundaries of his District for the present, with the view of affording the claim-holders within said District, through whose claims said road passes, the opportunity of petitioning the Legislature for a change in said Territorial Road.
    Ordered by the Board that S. H. Taylor be allowed Forty dollars for 2 months rent of office for the Auditor.
    Also, One hundred and ten dollars for rent of Office for the Clerk of the U.S. District Court 5½ months to March 15th 1856.
    Ordered by the Board, that S. H. Taylor be allowed the sum of Seventy-five dollars for Services as Superintendent of Common Schools 9 months.
    Ordered by the Board that the Auditor issue County Warrants in favor of those persons who served as Grand & Trial Jurors at the April Term A.D. 1856 of the United States District Court in accordance with the Certificate of the Clerk of said Court.
Grand Jurors
George W. Hoxie 7.20 Emory Gore   7.20
  Jacob Huffman 7.60 John E. Ross   6.60
John Forsythe 7.20 Hiram Fairchild   6.80
Talisman
P. W. Stowe 6.00 J. Q. Tabor   6.00
Washington Pearce 6.00 R. B. Packard   6.00
Theodric Cameron 6.00 M. W. Hale   6.00
Peter E. Miller 6.00 Geo. H. C. Taylor   6.00
John H. Blake 6.00 James Simpson   6.00
Trial Jurors
Thomas F. Beall 8.80 Frederick Westgate 10.80
James Hamlin 9.00 James. R. Davis   8.00
Joseph H. Davis 8.10 T. J. Walker   8.00
L. J. C. Duncan 9.60 William Bybee   8.00
    Ordered by the Board that the following Persons be and they are hereby appointed Judges of Election in the several Precincts of Jackson County O.T., to wit:
Ashland
Giles Wells Isaac Woolen Enoch F. Walker
Eden
John Robinson Woodford Reames Wayne Oliver
Jacksonville
D. M. Kenney Aaron Chambers Robert E. Miller
Sterling
Thomas Wright Peter Simons Thomas C. Banning
Applegate
Benjamin Armstrong Willard Spencer John O'Brien
Star Gulch
William Carberry _____ Gibson William Morris
Butte Creek
James M. Matney Isaac Skeeters Champaign Collier
Dardanelles
Frederick Rosenstock William Kahler John Swinden
Perkinsville
Dr. William Miller David N. Birdseye C. Schieffelin
    The Board now proceed to select a list of One hundred and fifty names of individuals from the Assessment Roll of 1855, for Jurors for the District Court of the United States for the County of Jackson, Territory of Oregon, in accordance with the Statute in such case made and provided as follows, to wit:
No.   Names of Persons Occupation Residence
1 Jesse Armstrong Miner Jacksonville Pr.
2 John Anderson Merchant Jacksonville Pr.
3 Henry Amerman Farmer Eden Pr.
4 Robert S. Armstrong Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
5 Haskel Amy Farmer Butte Creek Pr.
6 Miles T. Alcorn Farmer Butte Creek Pr.
7 Eli K. Anderson Farmer  Eden Pr.
8 Allen D. Avery Miner Jacksonville Pr.
9 William Bybee Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
10 Joseph S. Burpee Cabinet Maker Jacksonville Pr.
11 Douglas Ballard Carpenter Eden Pr.
12 David N. Birdseye Farmer Perkinsville Pr.
13 Mahlon Baldwin Teamster Eden Pr.
14 John H. Blake Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
15 James Burgett Lumberman Eden Pr.
16 Robert V. Beall Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
17 Merit Bellinger Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
18 Samuel Bowen Farmer Eden Pr.
19 Jacob W. Broadwell Miner Sterling Pr.
20 Thomas C. Banning Trader Sterling Pr.
21 Francis Ball Farmer Eden Pr.
22 Edward R. Ball Miner Star Gulch Pr.
23 Samuel Babcock Butcher Sterling Pr.
24 Amasa Bigelow Farmer Dardanelles Pr.
25 Jeremiah Brock Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
26 John Bigham Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
27 James P. Burns Farmer Eden Pr.
28 David Clinton Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
29 Dennis Crawley Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
30 John Coleman Farmer Eden Pr.
31 Samuel Colver Farmer Eden Pr.
32 Aaron Chambers Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
33 Thomas Coates Miner Sterling Pr.
34 Champaign Collier Farmer Butte Creek Pr.
35 James W. Collins Farmer Butte Creek Pr.
36 William Chrisman Farmer Butte Creek Pr.
37 Nicholas Cook Farmer Butte Creek Pr.
38 Thomas X. Clark Miner Jacksonville Pr.
39 Robert Casteel Miner Sterling Pr.
40 Jerome B. Coates Miner Sterling Pr.
41 Andrew J. Coakley Farmer Dardanelles Pr.
42 Isaac Constant Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
43 Jerasney Crawford Farmer Eden Pr.
44 Theodric Cameron Grocery Keeper Sterling Pr.
45 William Chase Farmer Ashland Pr.
46 James R. Davis Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
47 Patrick Dunn Farmer Ashland Pr.
48 James Downing Farmer Eden Pr.
49 Andrew Davidson Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
50 Joseph Crain Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
51 James Dawson Farmer Dardanelles Pr.
52 Walter R. Davis Farmer Dardanelles Pr.
53 Curtis Davenport Miner Jacksonville Pr.
54 Neman Deming Farmer Sterling Pr.
55 Davis Evans Farmer Perkinsville Pr.
56 Napoleon B. Evans Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
57 Benjamin F. Elliott Miner Jacksonville Pr.
58 Asa G. Fordyce Farmer Ashland Precinct
59 [omitted]
60 John Firestine Miner Jacksonville Pr.
61 F. J. Fryer Baker Sterling Pr.
62 Columbus Gall Farmer Dardanelles Pr.
63 Emerson Gore Farmer Eden Pr.
64 Samuel Grubb Farmer Ashland Pr.
65 Wallace A. Gridley Farmer Eden Pr.
66 Burrell B. Griffin Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
67 Joseph F. Griffin Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
68 Thomas H. Gilson Miner Sterling Pr.
69 George Good Miner Sterling Pr.
70 John Holton Farmer Ashland Pr.
71 James Houston Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
72 Thomas Hopwood Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
73 William M. Hughes Farmer Dardanelles Pr.
74 Morris Howell Farmer Ashland Pr.
75 Alexander Harris Farmer Eden Pr.
76 Lewis Hiatt Farmer Ashland Pr.
77 H. B. Hays Blacksmith Eden Pr.
78 David N. Herrin Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
79 Charles H. Hamlin Farmer Eden Pr.
80 Obadiah D. Hoxie Farmer Eden Pr.
81 Stephen J. Henderson Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
82 John Hulse Farmer Dardanelles Pr.
83 T. Smiley Harris Merchant Sterling Pr.
84 John J. Holman Brewer Jacksonville Pr.
85 William Hesse Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
86 Samuel Hall Farmer Dardanelles Pr.
87 Robert Hargadine Farmer Ashland Pr.
88 Lafayette Johnson Thresher Eden Pr.
89 John W. Jarvis Miner Sterling Pr.
90 William K. Ish Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
91 William Justus Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
92 Gideon G. Kerr Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
93 John P. Walker Farmer Ashland Pr.
94 Alexander Ward Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
95 Robert Wright Farmer Ashland Pr.
96 Giles Wells Farmer Ashland Pr.
97 Enoch P. Walker Farmer Ashland Pr.
98 Daniel Newcomb Farmer Butte Creek Pr.
99 John Watson Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
100 George T. Vining Farmer Eden Pr.
101 James C. Tolman Farmer Ashland Pr.
102 James S. Toffelmier Farmer Applegate Pr.
103 Thomas Thompson Farmer Butte Creek Pr.
104 Levi Tinkham Farmer Butte Creek Pr.
105 William H. Tinsley Farmer Sterling Pr.
106 William Spicer Miner Sterling Pr.
107 Willard Spencer Farmer Applegate Pr.
108 Benjamin Armstrong Farmer Applegate Pr.
109 William Carberry Farmer Applegate Pr.
110 Woodford Reames Blacksmith Eden Pr.
111 Clifton Riley Farmer Ashland Pr.
112 Albert G. Rockfellow Farmer Ashland Pr.
113 Hugh F. Barron Farmer Ashland Pr.
114 John McDaniel Farmer Butte Creek Pr.
115 Rezin B. Packard Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
116 A. W. A. McConnell Farmer Butte Creek Pr.
117 Felix O'Neal Farmer Butte Creek Pr.
118 E. C. Pelton Farmer Butte Creek Pr.
119 Joseph Satterfield Farmer Butte Creek Pr.
120 Francis D. McClain Farmer Butte Creek Pr.
121 Benjamin F. Myer Farmer Ashland Pr.
122 Bennett Million Farmer Ashland Pr.
123 Robert E. Miller Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
124 Peter E. Miller Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
125 John F. Miller Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
126 John M. McKay Grocery Keeper Dardanelles Pr.
127 Milton Lindley Lumberman Eden Pr.
128 James Lesley Farmer Butte Creek Pr.
129 Nathan B. Lane Farmer Dardanelles Pr.
130 Matthew G. Kennedy Tinner Jacksonville Pr.
131 Harvey T. Reddick Farmer Ashland Pr.
132 Samuel Low Farmer Eden Pr.
133 R. F. Maury Merchant Jacksonville Pr.
134 S. Ettlinger Merchant Jacksonville Pr.
135 Samuel E. Stearns Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
136 John Swinden Farmer Dardanelles Pr.
137 Joseph P. Walker Farmer Perkinsville Pr.
138 Harvey B. Oatman Hotel Keeper Eden Pr.
139 John O'Brien Farmer Applegate Pr.
140 William Shoudy Farmer Applegate Pr.
141 Isaac Skeeters Farmer Butte Creek Pr.
142 George H. C. Taylor Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
143 John T. Layton Miner Jacksonville Pr.
144 Joseph H. Davis Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
145 Andrew J. Butler Farmer Jacksonville Pr.
146 William Welsh Farmer Eden Pr.
147 James McDonough Farmer Dardanelles Pr.
148 James T. Glenn Clerk Jacksonville Pr.
149 Justus Wells Miner Jacksonville Pr.
150 Lewis Sisley Farmer Eden Pr.
Territory of Oregon, Jackson County
    We the undersigned Commissioners of said County, do hereby certify, that the foregoing contains a true and full list of the names of One hundred and fifty Jurors, selected by us, in accordance with the Statute in such case made and provided. Given under our hands this 8th day of July A.D. 1856.
S. D. Van Dyke
G. B. Davidson
    Board of Commissioners of Jackson County, O.T.
Attest: Wm. Hoffman, Clerk   
    And now the Board adjourns until tomorrow morning at Nine O'clock.
S. D. Van Dyke, Chairman
Attest: William Hoffman, Clerk


Wednesday July 9th 1856
    The Board met pursuant to adjournment, present S. D. Van Dyke, Chairman, Doct. Gideon B. Davidson and Frederick Heber, Commissioners, and William Hoffman, Clerk.
    The Board proceeded to elect their Chairman for the ensuing year--and S. D. Van Dyke was duly elected such Chairman.
    Ordered by the Board that Austin Badger be allowed Forty-one dollars and twenty-five cents for boarding prisoner Squire Butcher.
    The Petition of John F. Gray, Harvey B. Oatman and others was presented for the appointment of viewers to view and lay out a road, commencing at a point on the Military Road from Jacksonville to Yreka, known as the Mountain trail near the S.W. corner of James R. Davis' field and terminating near Lindley's Saw Mill on the Territorial Road leading from G. H. Ambrose's to the Southern Boundary of the Territory, being read and proof of notices having been posted, according to law. It is ordered by the Board that William N. Ballard, Thomas F. Beall and Dennis McFeely, be and they are hereby appointed viewers, to view and lay out said road, to wit: Beginning at a point on the Military Road from Jacksonville to Yreka, known as the Mountain Trail, near the Southwest corner of James R. Davis' field, thence running between the claims of said James R. Davis and A. P. Stearns, John Lacy and N. Klopfenstein to the South line of David N. Herrin's Claim, thence to the "White house," the residence of W. Hoffman, thence by the most direct route and as near as may be suitable, on the road now traveled, through the claims of James T. Tucker, John W. Johnson, James Hamlin and others, to intersect the Territorial Road running from G. H. Ambrose's to the Southern boundary of the Territory, at a point near Lindley's Saw Mill"; that the said viewers meet on the 1st Monday in August, at the Office of the Auditor, be qualified and proceed to discharge the duties of their appointment and that [they] report their proceedings to the Board at their regular Session on the 1st Monday in September next.
    Ordered by the Board, that the Auditor, Sheriff, Treasurer, Clerk of the United States District Court, and the Judge of the Probate Court, be and they are hereby required to hold their respective Offices in the Building owned by Rev. F. F. Royal in Jacksonville from and after this Session of the Board and in default thereof or failing to so occupy said building for the purposes aforesaid, no allowances for office rent shall be allowed.
    The Board of Commissioners have this day contracted with Rev. John Flinn, as Agent for Rev. T. F. Royal, for the renting of the Building owned by said Royal in Jacksonville for the term of 12 months from the 9th July 1856 at the rate of twenty-two dollars and fifty cents per month, payable in County Warrants, quarterannually, said building to be occupied for the County Officers, to wit:  The Auditor, Treasurer, Sheriff, Clerk of the District Court and Probate Judge.
    Ordered by the Board, that William Hoffman be allowed the sum of Two hundred and Eighty-three dollars and ten cents for fees and Stationery for the Auditor's Office from January 12th 1856. Also the sum of One hundred and fifty dollars for extra Services as Auditor.
    Now comes John Q. Tabor, Assessor elect, and presents his Bond to the Board, with M. G. Kennedy and A. Badger as sureties, in the sum of One thousand dollars, which is approved by the Board.
    Now comes Thomas Pyle, Sheriff-elect, and presents his Bond to the Board, with W. R. Davis, Wm. K. Ish and P. W. Stow and S. M. Wait as sureties, in the sum of Ten thousand dollars, which is accepted by the Board.
    Now comes David Linn, Treasurer-elect, and presents his Bond to the Board, with Jos. S. Burpee, P. J. Ryan, L. H. Zigler and R. F. Maury as sureties in the sum of Six thousand dollars, which is accepted by the Board.
    Ordered by the Board, that so much of Road District No. 2 as includes the Claims of Barretts, be so altered as to place those claims within District No. 3 and that the claims of W. Reames, M. J. Anderson, E. K. Anderson, J. F. Anderson and Hiram Colver in District 4, be so altered as to be placed in District No. 3.
    Now comes the Sheriff, T. Pyle, and presents certain receipts with reference to taxes collected by him and the settlement of his account as Collector, and the said settlement is postponed until the next session of the Board.
    Ordered that Thomas Pyle, Sheriff, be allowed the sum of Seven hundred & thirty-four dollars and eighty cents, for fees &c. as Sheriff of Jackson County up to Oct. 9th, 1856.
    Ordered that David Linn be allowed the sum of Ninety dollars for rent of Office for Treasurer. Also that he be allowed the sum of Fifty dollars for Expenses incurred in sending Territorial Tax to Salem.
    The Board of Commissioners have this day rented of M. G. Kennedy, the Block House situated on the Lot in the rear of Kennedy's Block, to be used for the purposes of a Jail at the rate of One hundred dollars per month payable in County Warrants as long as the Commissioners desire to keep it. The following alterations and repairs are to be made by the said M. G. Kennedy, the Sleepers for the floor are to be laid Solid with Six ring bolts attached to the floor--the rent of said building to commence whenever completed.
    Ordered that M. G. Kennedy be allowed the sum of One hundred and fifty-three dollars and thirty-two cents, being the balance due him for rent of Office for the Auditor and Probate Judge.
    Now comes David Linn, Treasurer of Jackson County and presents to the Board a Statement of his account, which being Audited by the Auditor is accepted and approved by the Board and is as follows to wit:
    Dr. ["debit"] David Linn, Treasurer, in account with Commissioners of J. C.
County Revenue
July   To balance on hand last settlement $  72.31
To amt. paid by Pyle, joint receipt     11.97 84.28
To amt. received for Licenses 1440.00
Oct. 16 To amt. Co. Warrants paid by T. Pyle, Sheriff 608.73
1856
Jan. 16 To amt. Co. Warrants paid by T. Pyle, Sheriff 3316.73
Feb. 21 To amt. Co. Warrants paid by T. Pyle, Sheriff 3895.97
March 3 To amt. Co. Warrants paid by T. Pyle, Sheriff 1365.68
July 7 To amt. Co. Warrants paid by T. Pyle, Sheriff 1075.42   10,262.73
$11,787.01
Credits
Sept. 5 By Co. Warrants retd. to Auditor's Office (L) 307.41
Mar. 3 By Co. Warrants retd. to Auditor's Office 9187.35
Mar. 3 By Co. Warrants retd. to Auditor's Office (L) 773.98
July 9 By Co. Warrants retd. to Auditor's Office 1070.28
July 9 By Co. Warrants retd. to Auditor's Office (L)   208.50 11,547.52
Balance County revenue in Treasury $   239.47
School Fund
July To balance on hand on Settlement 68.11
To amt. paid by Pyle Shff. on joint receipt     3.42 71.53
To amt. School fund received from taxes 536.40
To amt. School fund received from fines 30.00
To amt. School fund received from Estate Kyle 129.28
767.57
Credits
By amt. School fund pd. District No. 1 per voucher 305.00
By amt. School fund pd. District No. 2 per voucher 20.00
By amt. School fund pd. District No. 4 per voucher 105.73
By amt. School fund pd. District No. 5 per voucher 138.96
By amt. School fund pd. District No. 7 per voucher 63.44
By amt. School fund pd. District No. 9 per voucher   60.40 693.53
Balance of School fund in Treasury $  74.04
Territorial Tax
To amt. paid by Pyle on joint receipt 1.71
To amt. paid by Pyle from Taxes 536.46 538.97
Credits
By amt. paid Territorial Treasurer per voucher 442.25
Balance Territorial tax in Treasury 95.92
    And now the Board adjourn until the 1st Monday in August next.
S. D. Van Dyke, Chairman
Attest: Wm. Hoffman, Clerk


Auditor's Office August 4th 1856
    The Board of Commissioners of Jackson County, Oregon Territory, met in Special session, this day, pursuant to adjournment, Present S. D. Van Dyke, Chairman of the Board, Frederick Heber and Doct. G. B. Davidson, Commissioners and Wm. Hoffman, Clerk of the Board.
    The Bond of Sewell Truax as County Surveyor, was presented to the Board and is approved.
    The Bond of Nelson D. Smith, as Judge of the Probate Court was presented to the Board and approved.
    Ordered that Doct. Edward Shiel be allowed One hundred and Seventy-five Dollars for rent of House for the use of Prisoners.
    Ordered that the claim of Doct. E. Shiel for rent of Building for Courts and Clerk of the District Court be laid over until next Session of the Board.
    Ordered that Thomas Pyle, Sheriff, be allowed the sum of One hundred and Eighty dollars and ninety cents for fees posting Election Notices and mileage for 2 Elections.
    Ordered, that William Hoffman be allowed the sum of One hundred and fifty-eight dollars and fifteen cents for fees as Auditor. And the Board adjourn 'til Thursday next.
S. D. Van Dyke, Chr.
Attest: Wm. Hoffman, Clerk


Auditor's Office Jacksonville August 7th 1856
    The Board of Commissioners met pursuant to adjournment, present S. D. Van Dyke, Chairman of the Board, Doct. G. B. Davidson and Frederick Heber, Commissioners, W. G. T'Vault, Prosecuting Attorney and William Hoffman, Clerk of the Board.
    The subject of the Expenses heretofore accrued for keeping Paupers was presented to the consideration of the Board and after due deliberation, the matter is deferred to the next regular Session of the Board.
    Ordered by the Board that Thomas Pyle, W. G. T'Vault and William Hoffman be and they are hereby appointed Agents to examine and recommend the location of a quarter section of land for the use of the County for the benefit of the County seat; and that they also act as Agents for the County and use their discretion in relation to the purchase of the "Government Block House" for the County, to be used as a County Jail.
    And the Board now adjourn until the next regular Session on the first Monday in September next. 
S. D. Van Dyke, Chairman
Attest: Wm. Hoffman, Clerk
Exhibit of the Receipts and Expenditures of Jackson County, O.T.
From August 1st 1853 to June 30th 1856 & from No. 1 to No. 1338 inclusive
Amount of County Warrants issued as follows
Dr.
        Expenses of Courts including Sheriff & Keeping Prisoners $19,735.62
Salaries and fees of County Officers 7,046.12
Expenses of keeping paupers 7,710.50
Expenses of assessing and collecting Taxes 2,305.29
Expenses of Elections 1,415.60
Expenses of Roads 468.00
Miscellaneous Expenses 2,087.69
Interest paid on County Warrants        308.84
                          Cr. $41,077.66
Amount of County warrants redeemed   21,446.59
Balance of Warrants outstanding $19,631.07
                          Exclusive of interest.



Regular Session September A.D. 1856
Auditor's Office Jacksonville
September 1st 1856
    The Board of Commissioners of Jackson County met this day in regular Session, Present Frederick Heber and Doct. G. B. Davidson, Commissioners, Wm. G. T'Vault, Prosecuting Attorney and Wm. Hoffman, Clerk of the Board.
    The Resignation of Morris Howell as Constable of Ashland Precinct was presented to the Board and accepted.
    Ordered by the Board, that William F. Songer be and he is hereby appointed Constable of Ashland Precinct in the place of Morris Howell, resigned.
    Ordered that the following costs be allowed in the cause of the Territory vs. Cornelius Halsey, to wit:
    Wm. Hoffman, J.P. $4.55
Reuben Short, Dep. Constable 2.60
William W. Wilkinson 1.70
John Hillman 1.70
_____ Rhodes 1.70
Rachel LaClair 1.70
Xavier LaClair 1.70
    The Report of L. A. Rice and Aaron Chambers, two of the viewers appointed at the July Session 1856, of this Board, to view and lay out a County Road, commencing at the Eagle Mills and terminating at the N.W. corner of Wm. Taylor's Claim, was presented and read a first time today.
    The Report of L. A. Rice and Aaron Chambers, two of the viewers appointed at the July Session 1856, of this Board, to view and lay out a County Road, commencing in front of the Eagle Mills and terminating at the Mountain House, was presented and read a first time today.
    Ordered that the following witnesses' fees in the cause of the Territory of Oregon vs. Laura Perkins, be allowed, to wit:
    D. W. Helms $11.10
James Beard 11.10
A. M. Herrin 11.10
Wm. Blanchard 11.10
James Gates   11.10
$55.50
    Ordered, that Thomas Whitworth be allowed the sum of Five dollars as a witness in the cause of the Territory vs. James Oldham.
    Ordered that M. G. Kennedy be allowed the sum of Five dollars, Bill of Tinware for Office of Auditor.
    The Petition of sundry Citizens, householders and residents in the vicinity of the Proposed road, for the appointment of viewers to view and lay out a County Road, from Vannoy's via Applegate Creek to Jacksonville, was presented to the Board; and as a part of the proposed road lies within the County of Josephine, the Board can only act on the said petition so far as the said proposed Road shall be within Jackson County. And satisfactory proof being made, that notices of said Application for viewers has been posted according to law, It is ordered by the Board, that Dr. G. B. Davidson, Thomas Wright and Benjamin Armstrong be and they are hereby appointed viewers, to view and lay out said proposed Road as prayed for, so far as the same lies in Jackson County, that they meet on the 3rd Monday, being the 15th day of September A.D. 1856, be qualified and proceed to discharge the duties of the appointment and report their proceedings to the Board at their next regular Session in December next.
    Now comes Eli Judd and applies to the Board for a License to retail spirituous liquors in quantities less than One quart in the Precinct of Applegate for the term of Six months. The Board assess the amount to be paid for said License at Twenty-five dollars for six months and authorize the Auditor to issue License to said Eli Judd from the date of the Treasurer's receipt, upon complying with the requirements of the Statutes.
    Now comes Richard Williams and applies to the Board for a License to retail spirituous liquors in quantities less than One quart in the Precinct of Jacksonville for the term of six months. The Board assess the amount to be paid for said license at Fifty dollars for six months and authorize the Auditor to issue License to said Richard Williams from the date of the Treasurer's receipt, upon complying with the requirements of the statutes. 
    Ordered that Thomas Arundell be allowed the sum of Seven dollars and ninety-five cents for fees as Coroner on an inquest held on the body of John Malone.
    Ordered that the following persons be allowed fees as Jurors and Witnesses on an inquest held on the body of John Malone, to wit:
    R. Williams, Juror $2.20
S. S. Bowden, Juror 2.20
J. L. Carter, Juror 2.20
Charles Casey, Juror 2.20
John B. Sifers, Juror 2.20
Thomas Pyle, Witness 1.70
Solomon Holman, Witness 1.70
    Ordered that John B. Sifers be allowed Ninety-three dollars and Seventy-five cents for rent of Office as Clerk of the District Court, U.S. to July 9th 1856.
    Ordered that John B. Sifers be allowed Twenty-five dollars for making Seal for the District Court. Also Nineteen dollars and fifty cents for Stationery.
    And the Board adjourned to meet on Thursday next at 9 O'clock A.M.
(signed)
Frederick Heber
G. B. Davidson
Attest: Wm. Hoffman, Clerk


Auditor's Office, Jacksonville Sept. 4th 1856
    The Board of Commissioners met today, pursuant to adjournment, present Frederick Heber and Doct. G. B. Davidson, Commissioners, W. G. T'Vault, Prosecuting Attorney and Wm. Hoffman, Clerk of the Board.
    The Report of L. A. Rice and Aaron Chambers, two of the viewers appointed at the July Session A.D. 1856 of the Board, to view and lay out a County Road from the Eagle Mills to the N.W. corner of Wm. Taylor's land claim, was read a second time today.
    The Report of L. A. Rice and Aaron Chambers, two of the viewers appointed at the July Session, A.D. 1856 of the Board, to view and lay out a County Road from the Eagle Mills to the Mountain House was read a second time today. 
    Ordered that the following named persons be allowed their fees annexed to their respective names, as witnesses in the cause of The Territory of Oregon vs. John Malone, to wit:
D. W. Helm 1.70
Saml. Hughes 1.70
A. M. Herrin 1.70
    Ordered that D.J. Kenyon, Justice of the Peace, be allowed the following fees in the causes entitled--
Territory of Oregon vs. Benjamin J. Drew $19.20
Territory of Oregon vs. Wm. E. Janes 2.55
Territory of Oregon vs. Squire Butcher 8.50
Territory of Oregon vs. John Malone 8.65
Territory of Oregon vs. Laura Perkins     4.25
$43.15
    Also the sum of Four dollars, removing Auditor's & Judge of Probates Offices.
    The Petition of sundry citizens, householders in the vicinity of the proposed road, for the appointment of viewers, to view and lay out a County Road, commencing "at the mouth of Jackass Gulch on Applegate Creek to Wait's Mill in Rogue River Valley, said Road to leave LaClair, Spencer, Toffelmier, Armstrong, & Doct. Davidson to the left in coming up Applegate Creek to the junction, thence up the left-hand fork of Applegate Creek to Buncom, thence up Sterling Creek to Sterling, thence direct to Wait's Mill via Griffin Creek, was presented and read, whereupon William Elliott, James P. Burns, and William Carberry were appointed viewers to view and lay out said road as prayed for, that they meet on the third Monday in September next (Inst.) and report their proceedings at the next regular Session of this Board.
    The account of Doct. Edward Shiel for Rent was presented to the Board and the testimony of M. G. Kennedy & Thos. Pyle was taken, whereupon it is
    Ordered by the Board that the said Edward Shiel be allowed the sum Two hundred and forty-one 25/100 dollars.
    Now comes Thomas Pyle and presents to the Board the Statement of the amount received by him, on Sale of a Mare, Saddle &c., the property of John Malone, decd., who was committed on a charge of Murder & Committed Suicide, together with the expenses incurred in his funeral &c. as follows, to wit:
Territory of Oregon vs. John Malone
Bill of Costs and Expenses
    Necessary traveling Expenses $16.50
Keeping Prisoner 2 days Board 3.50
Employing Assistant conveying Prisoner to Jacksonville 10.00
Burial Expenses, Making Coffin 25.50
Grave 16.00
Hauling Corpse to Grave 2.00
Sheriff's Fees   15.80
$89.30
    Credits: Cash in Prisoner's Possession $7.75
Sale of Mare, Saddle & bridle   100.00
Deduct $107.75
Percentage for selling $5.00
Bill as above 89.30     94.30
Balance $  13.45
    Whereupon it is ordered by the Board, that said Thomas Pyle pay into the County Treasury, the sum of Twenty-nine 50/100 dollars and that he be allowed the sum of Fifteen dollars and eighty cents in County Warrants for his fees.
    Ordered that a Road District be established on Applegate Cr. to be designated as District No. 13, Commencing at George Long's claim and running down Applegate Creek to the boundary line of Josephine County and also to include the Road from Applegate to Jacksonville.
    Ordered by the Board that James Barnes be and he is hereby appointed Supervisor of Road District No. 13, to serve till successor shall be appointed.
    Ordered that Jacob Wagner, Nelson D. Smith and Woodford Reames, viewers appointed to view and lay out a Road to commence at the Saw-Mill on Butte Creek and terminating at Jacksonville be notified to proceed to discharge the duties of their appointment and report their proceedings to the Board at the regular Session in December next.
    Ordered that the Sheriff settle with the Board at the Special Session to be held on the last Monday in September Instant.
    Ordered by the Board that the following rates of taxes be and are hereby levied on the taxable property in Jackson County for the year A.D. 1856, to wit:
For County Revenue proper, ten mills on the dollar.
For County Jail purposes, two mills on the dollar,  to be paid in Coin.
For County Revenue a Poll tax of One dollar on white male inhabitants between the age of 21 & 50 and also Chinamen.
For School purposes, one mill on the dollar in coin.
For Territorial purposes, One mill on the dollar in coin.
    Now comes John Q. Tabor, Assessor of Jackson County and represents to the Board, that he is unable to complete the assessment of the County in time to report to the Board at the present Session and Asks for an extension of time, whereupon the Board Order, that the said Assessor be granted time until the last Monday in September Instant, to complete his assessment and report the same to the Board.
    Ordered that the 5th Monday of September be and is hereby set apart to hear complaints with reference to the Assessments made by the Assessor in the year 1856, and that the Auditor publish a notice of the same in the Sentinel.
    And the Board now adjourn to meet in Special Session on the last Monday in September next (Instant).
(Signed)
Frederick Heber
G. B. Davidson
Attest: Wm. Hoffman
    Clk. of the Board


Special Session A.D. 1856
Auditor's Office, Jacksonville
September 29th 1856
    The Board of Commissioners of Jackson County met today in Special Session, pursuant to adjournment, Present, S. D. Van Dyke, President of the Board, G. B. Davidson and Frederick Heber, Commissioners and William Hoffman, Clerk of the Board.
    Now comes John Q. Tabor, the Assessor of Jackson County, and presents to the Board, the Assessment Roll for 1856 which, after due examination, the Board accept from the said Assessor, with the understanding that the said Assessor complete the Assessments of the Town Lots in Jacksonville and other assessments omitted.
    Ordered that John Q. Tabor be allowed the sum of Two hundred and fifty-six dollars for assessing property Sixty-four days at four dollars per day.
    Ordered that the Statement of the Settlement made with Thomas Pyle, Sheriff & Collector, be accepted and recorded and that said Thomas Pyle be directed to pay the balance of taxes in his hands into the County Treasury which said Statement is as follows, to wit:
Statement of settlement with Thomas Pyle,
Sheriff and Collector of Taxes for the year 1855
Dr.
Amount of the Assessment Roll for 1855:  $1,000,482.00
    County Tax at 13 mills on the dollar is $13,006.26
1084 Polls at $1.00 Each is       1084.00
$14,090.26
Amount of Taxes collected, Persons not assessed 161.13
Amount of Taxes collected, Delinquent 1854 153.65
Amount of Taxes due on former Settlement         312.22
By Amount of delinquent list 1855 (County tax) 3,324.05
By Amount of Warrants paid Treasurer per Receipt 10,262.77
Percentage on $9855.79 at 8 percent 788.40
Percentage on 1075.42 at 4 percent 43.00
Percentage on 5796.93 (1854) at 4 percent 228.24
Percentage on 153.65 (1854) at 4 percent             6.14
$14,652.60
Balance in Pyle's hands of County tax $        64.66
Territorial & School Tax
Assessment as above $1,000,482
Territorial & School Tax at 2 mills on the dollar is $2000.96
Cr.                      
Amount paid Treasurer per Receipt $214.75
Amount paid Treasurer per Receipt 140.00
Amount paid Treasurer per Receipt 175.00
Amount paid Territorial Treasurer 442.25
Amount paid County Treasurer 100.93
Amount of Delinquent list (T. & S.) 622.66
Amount of Percentage on $1075.59   86.00 $1781.59
Balance Ter. & School taxes in Pyle's hands $  219.37
    And the Board now adjourn until the next regular Session in December 1856.
S. D. Van Dyke
President Board
Attest: Wm. Hoffman, Clerk


Auditor's Office, Jacksonville    Dec. 1st 1856
    The Board of Commissioners of Jackson County met in regular Session this day, Present, Samuel D. Van Dyke, President of the Board, and Frederick Heber and G. B. Davidson, Commissioners, Wm. G. T'Vault, Prosecuting Attorney and William Hoffman, Clerk of the Board.
    Now comes Giles Wells and represents to the Board that J. H. Russell, Supervisor of Road District No. 1, has removed from the County and that A. D. Helman, Supervisor of Road District No. 2, declines serving, and suggests to the Board, for reasons stated, the propriety and advantages of consolidating said Districts, No. 1 and 2, into one District to be known as District No. 1. Whereupon, the Board order the said Districts No. 1 & 2 be and they are hereby consolidated into one district, to be known as District No. 1.
    Ordered, that Giles Wells be and he is hereby appointed Supervisor of Road District No. 1, to serve until his successor shall be appointed and qualified.
    The Report of D. McFeely and W. N. Ballard, two of the viewers appointed to view and lay out a County road, commencing near the claims of James R. Davis and A. P. Stearns on the Military road and terminating near Lindley's Sawmill was read a first time today and is as follows, to wit:
    "Jackson Co., O.T. The Road commencing at Davises' and Stearns' claim commences at a white oak tree, some seventy yards from Davises' fence, running to a Oak tree on the line between Davis and Stearns on the opposite bank of the gulch, thence on the line to the east corner, thence to Herrin's corner, thence to the White House, to cross the Gulch below the Oak trees, thence beyond Johnson's house, thence to turn south and thence to turn East and to run through Hamlin's field, thence on the line of Vining and Ball, thence to a Gulch this side of Lindley's Mill where the Territorial road comes in.
D. McFeely
W. N. Ballard"
    The Report of Gideon B. Davidson and Benjamin Armstrong, two of the viewers appointed to view and lay out a County Road, commencing at the west line of Jackson County, to Jacksonville in said County, was read a first time today and is in the words and figures following, to wit:
    "Jackson County, O.T. To the Honorable County Commissioners: The undersigned viewers would most respectfully report to the Commissioners Court, that they have examined and viewed the Road as prayed for, from the West line of Jackson County to Jacksonville in said County. We found the general face of the County good and that a good Wagon road can be made with a small amount of labor; and also believe said road to be much needed for the public good. We began at the farm of James Kurtin on Applegate Creek and followed the present Wagon Road as traveled at present, to a gulch a few rods east of a House occupied by Eli Judd as trading post. We crossed the gulch near its mouth, trees marked, thence to the dividing line between LaClair and Spencer, thence along said line through the fields and leave the line to the south and raise the hill by running up a small gulch, thence back to said line and follow it to the present road, passing through the abandoned claims of Bishop & Holton & Ingleman, thence along said Road to where the wagon road runs down the Hill and comes close to Poor Man's Creek; we leave the present road at a pine tree marked on the left of said Road and run on the side hill, trees all marked, and intersect the Road a few rods east of where the road raises the hill. We made no other variations from the Road as now traveled with wagons, except two short crooks; both of these are plainly marked by hacks on trees & logs, the claim formerly owned by Mr. Hull, west of the summit of the Jacksonville Mountain is open and part of the rails taken away. We viewed the road to run through the corner of the Claim as the old road run; the ground is level and the hill more gradual; all the road from the summit of the mountain to run as traveled by wagons at present, to the town of Jacksonville.
G. B. Davidson
Benjamin Armstrong
    Viewers"
    The Report of B. B. Griffin and Wm. M. Elliott, two of the viewers to view and lay out a County Road, commencing at the West end of the Lane between Aaron Chambers & Mrs. Angel and terminating at L. A. Rice's Northeast corner, was read a first time today and is in the words and figures following, to wit:  "To the Board of Commissioners of Jackson Co, O.T.: We the undersigned viewers, appointed by your honorable Board at the July Session, A.D. 1856, to view and lay out a certain Road therein mentioned; in obedience to said appointment, we met at the Office of the County Auditor, on the 4th day of August, A.D. 1856, were qualified and proceeded to view said road, commencing at the West end of the Lane between Aaron Chambers and Mrs. Angel, thence to connect with the road running from Jacksonville to Fort Lane and from that point east, dividing the lands of Chambers, Angel, Beall, Plymale, Skinner, Rice and Williams to L. A. Rice's northeast corner." We further report that the route mentioned above we believe to be practicable for a good road and that the said road will be of public utility. We therefore recommend to the Board that the said Road be established as a Public Highway. The Country over which said Road passes, is generally level.
    Respectfully submitted,
Burrell B. Griffin
W. M. Elliott
    Viewers
Jacksonville, Dec. 1st, 1856
    The Report of Wm. M. Elliott and James P. Burns, two of the Viewers appointed to view and lay out a County road, commencing at the Mouth of Jackass Creek on Applegate, to Wait's Mill, was read a first time today, and is in the words and figures, following, to wit:  "View of route for road from the Mouth of Jackass Creek on Applegate to Wait's Mill; commencing at the mouth of said Creek and leaving LaClair's & Spencer's, Armstrong's, Toffelmier's and G. B. Davidson's on the left, to the forks of Applegate thence up the north fork of Applegate to the mouth of Sterling Creek, thence up said Creek through Sterlingville and to the mouth of Sailor Gulch and up said gulch to the divide between Sailor Gulch and Griffin's Creek and down a ridge between two forks of said Creek to the Valley between B. B. Griffin's and Mr. Amy's and intersect the Military road South of Amy's claim and along the Military road South of Amy's claim and along the Military Road to Thomas Whitworth's and down the gulch leading to Welch's and straight to Wait's Mill," view of route for road from the mouth of Jackass Creek on Applegate to Wait's Mill in Rogue River Valley; We believe the above route to be practicable and of utility to justify opening the same, it being viewed by us according to the order of the Court. Given under my hand this 25th day of Nov., 1856.
W. M. Elliott
James P. Burns
    "The above route is marked through all parts of said route where we deemed it expedient."
    The Report of N. D. Smith, Woodford Reames and Jacob Wagner, viewers appointed to view and lay out a County Road, commencing at Jacksonville and terminating at Butte Creek, was read a first time today, and is in the words and figures following, to wit: "Jacksonville Nov. 26th, 1856, The undersigned having been duly appointed viewers to view and lay out a Road leading from Butte Creek to Jacksonville according to a Petition of Levi Tinkham and Champaign Collier and others, is as follows: Commencing at Jacksonville and running between Clugage and Miller on the old road leading to Fort Lane as far as the Southwest corner of McFeely's claim and thence East on the line between McFeely and Beall's claims to the Southeast corner of McFeely's line and thence Angling so as to strike the Northwest corner of Charles S. Drew's field, cutting 4 rods of the corner of said field off and thence on the old road to the bridge crossing Bear Creek, continuing between Charles S. Drew's and Watson Claims to the Southeast corner of Watson Claim, thence North between Watson & Truax on the Old road leading to Stow's until across the deep ravine leaving said road and striking through to the corner of Charles Linksweiler's claim near Linksweiler's House and continuing on the Old road passing by and through Westgate Lane and crossing Butte Creek on a straight line with the lane and thence up said Creek until intersecting the Old road and thence on said Road to the terminus of said Road.
N. D. Smith
Woodford Reames
Jacob Wagner
    Now comes P. P. Prim, Counsel for Thomas Smith and others, and presents a petition for a review of a certain road therein mentioned and also files a bond which is approved and accepted by the Board. At the same time comes A. P. Stearns, Counsel for J. C. Tolman & others and opposes said petition and the said petition is in the words and figures following, to wit: 
    "Petition for a re-view of a County road as viewed by Messrs. Rice and Chambers on the 6th & 7th days of August last.
    "To the Honorable, the Board of Commissioners for the County of Jackson, in the Territory of Oregon, the undersigned, householders liable to be assessed for highway labor in said County, do hereby make application to you for a review on a part of the Road as viewed by the above named viewers, we therefore pray for a review to commence in front of the Ashland Mill, thence to leave the house of J. D. Smith to the left, thence to a bridge a little over ½ a mile from the house of said Smith, thence with the road as now traveled, leaving the enclosed lands of Robert Wright to the left, thence with the road as now traveled, leaving the enclosed lands of James C. Tolman and Thomas Smith to the left, thence with the road as now traveled until it intersects the territorial road below and near the Mountain House and inasmuch as the above-described road prayed for has been made a good road by voluntary labor, we shall ever pray for the establishment of the same and the vacation of all roads or parts of roads that may conflict with this road."
(Signed)
Thomas Smith
H. W. Clayton
Claiborne Neil & others."
    And the said P. P. Prim as Counsel for Thomas Smith & others also presents a remonstrance against the establishment of a certain County Road heretofore viewed and favorably reported on by Messrs. L. A. Rice and Aaron Chambers, viewers of said road, which said Petition and remonstrance were publicly read and laid over until tomorrow. 
    The Petition of Giles Wells and others in relation to the Petition of Thomas Smith & others for a review of the road mentioned in said petition and suggesting to the Board certain routes which they deem important which said petition was read and laid over until tomorrow.
    The Petition of J. D. Smith for damages which he would sustain in the event of a certain County road passing through his claim, being established, was read and laid over until tomorrow.
    The Petition of Robert Wright for damages which he would sustain, in the event of a certain County Road passing through his claim, being established, was read and laid over until tomorrow.
    And the Board now adjourn until tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock.
S. D. Van Dyke
    President of the Board
Attest: Wm. Hoffman
    Clerk of the Board


Tuesday morning December 2nd 1856
    The Board of Commissioners met this morning pursuant to adjournment, Present the same as yesterday.
    Ordered that the following persons be allowed mileage for making return of election as follows, to wit:
Harrison B. Oatman One dollar and Sixty cents
M. Levy One dollar and Sixty cents
William Carberry Two dollars
Isaac Woolen Three dollars and twenty cents
    The report of B. B. Griffin & W. M. Elliott, two of the viewers appointed to view and lay out a certain County road therein mentioned, was read a second time today.
    Ordered that B. B. Griffin be allowed Two dollars for services as Road viewer.
    Ordered that Wm. M. Elliott be allowed Two dollars for services as Road viewer.
    The Report of Wm. M. Elliott and James P. Burns, two of the viewers appointed to view and lay out a certain County road therein mentioned, was read a second time today.
    Ordered that Wm. M. Elliott be allowed Six dollars for services as Road viewer.
    Ordered that James P. Burns be allowed Six Dollars for services as Road viewer.
    The Report of N. D. Smith, Woodford Reames and Jacob Wagner, viewers appointed to view and lay out a certain County road therein mentioned, was read a second time today.
    Ordered that N. D. Smith be allowed Eight dollars for services as Road viewer.
    Ordered that Woodford Reames be allowed Four dollars for services as Road viewer.
    Ordered that Jacob Wagner be allowed Eight dollars for services as Road viewer.
    The Report of Gideon B. Davidson and Benjamin Armstrong, two of the viewers appointed to view and lay out a certain County Road therein mentioned, was read a second time today.
    Ordered that G. B. Davidson be allowed Four Dollars for services as road viewer.
    Ordered that Benjamin Armstrong be allowed Four Dollars for services as Road viewer.
    The Report of D. McFeely and W. N. Ballard, two of the viewers appointed to view and lay out a certain Road therein mentioned was read a second time today.
    Ordered that Dennis McFeely be allowed _____ Dollars for services as Road viewer.
    Ordered that W. N. Ballard be allowed _____ Dollars for services as Road viewer.
    Ordered that Charles Casey be allowed Sixty-five dollars for room rent for Jury, fuel &c. at the October Term 1856 District Court.
    Ordered that T'Vault & Blakely be and they are hereby allowed the sum of One hundred and fifty-nine dollars for advertising for the County.
    Ordered by the Board, that Thomas Pyle be allowed the sum of Four hundred and twenty-three dollars and ninety cents for services as Sheriff, Rent of Church for holding District Court, Bailiff fees &c. October Term 1856.
    Ordered that S. D. Van Dyke be and he is hereby allowed the sum of Twenty-eight dollars, for services as Commissioner and mileage up to the 1st Monday of December 1856.
    Ordered that H. H. Church be allowed Three dollars and Sixty cents for attending as Justice of the peace to canvass Election returns, October Election 1856.
    Ordered that Wm. Hoffman be allowed Two dollars & Eighty cents for attending as J.P. to canvass Election returns October Election 1856.
    In the matter of the Petition of Thomas Smith and others for a review of a certain County Road viewed and laid out by L. A. Rice and A. Chambers, viewers appointed by the Board at the July Session, A.D. 1856, commencing at or in front of the Eagle Mills and terminating at the North West corner of Wm. Taylor's land claim, it is
    Ordered by the Board that said Petition be granted and that the following persons, to wit: O. D. Hoxie, Jerasney Crawford, R. B. Packard, Thomas V. Beall and Ebenezer Pinkham, be and they are hereby appointed to review said road as prayed for in said petition for a review, which said petition is in the words and figures following, to wit:  "Petition for a review of a County road as viewed by Messrs. Rice and Chambers on the 6th & 7th days of August last.
    "To the honorable the Board of Commissioners for the County of Jackson in the Territory of Oregon: The undersigned householders liable to be assessed for highway labor in said County, do hereby make application to you for a review on a part of the Road as viewed by the above named viewers.  We therefore pray for a review to commence in front of the Ashland Mill, thence to leave the house of J. D. Smith to the left, thence to a Bridge a little over half a mile from the house of said Smith, thence with the road as now traveled, leaving the enclosed lands of Robert Wright to the left, thence with the road as now traveled, leaving the enclosed lands of James C. Tolman and Thomas Smith to the left, thence with the road as now traveled until it intersects the Territorial Road below and near the Mountain house. And inasmuch as the above described Road prayed for has been made a good road by voluntary labor, one shall ever pray for the establishment of the same and the vacation of all Roads or parts of Roads that may conflict with this Road. Names of householders--Thomas Smith, H. W. Clayton, Claiborn Neil and twenty others." And that said reviewers meet at the Office of the Auditor or a Justice of the peace on the 1st Monday of February 1857, be qualified and proceed to the discharge of the duties of said appointment, and report their proceedings to the Board at their next regular Session in April 1857.
    In the matter of the Petition of J. D. Smith and Robert Wright for damages in consequence of the location of a certain County Road, viewed and laid out by L. A. Rice and A. Chambers, appointed at the July Session, 1856, by the Board, it is
Ordered by the Board that O. D. Hoxie, Jerasney Crawford and R. B. Packard be & they are hereby appointed Viewers to view and assess the damages which said individuals would sustain, by reason of the location of said Road, as viewed and laid out as aforesaid; that they meet at the Office of the Auditor or a Justice of the peace on the 1st Monday in February, A.D. 1857, be qualified and proceed to discharge the duties of their said appointment and report their proceedings at the next regular session of the Board in April 1857.
    In the matter of the Petition of Giles Wells and others in relation to a certain County Road from the Eagle Mills to W. Taylor's land claim as viewed and laid out by L. A. Rice and A. Chambers, said Petition was not entertained on the ground that the object of the Petitioners will be attained by the appointment of reviewers on the petition of Thomas Smith & others.
    On the Petition of Wm. Carberry & others, it is Ordered by the Board that a Road District be established from George Long's to Sterlingville and from George Long's to Jacksonville to be designated as Road District No. 14 and that H. H. Brown be and he is hereby appointed Supervisor of said District to serve until his successor shall be appointed and qualified.
    Ordered by the Board that the fees of Jurors and Witnesses as certified by the Clerk of the District Court be allowed, and that the Auditor issue Warrants on the Treasury for the respective Amounts due them, as follows:
    October Term, A.D. 1856
    John F. Miller $8.00 William Bybee $10.20
Daniel Rathbun 8.00 John S. Miller 10.80
William H. Shoudy 8.00 Andrew Davidson 10.80
William Spicer 9.60 Curtis Davenport 10.20
Benjamin Armstrong 9.40     William M. Hughes 11.60
Noah Sagers 8.00 H. B. Hays 11.60
David Clinton 8.60 James Kilgore 10.80
Silas Day 8.00 Peter E. Miller 10.60
Willard Spencer 9.60 Burrel B. Griffin 10.80
Bennett Million 11.00 Thomas X. Clark 10.60
John McDaniel 11.00 B. F. Elliott 11.60
Samuel E. Stearns 8.80 Thomas Hopwood 23.60
Samuel Lowe 9.60 H. H. Brown 2.00
Joseph F. Griffin 8.80 William J. Allen 2.00
Clifton Riley 11.00 S. M. Wait 2.00
John Anderson 8.20 Tobias Linksweiler 6.00
William Carberry 10.00 R. B. Hargadine 2.00
     Trial Jurors Champaign Collier 2.00
Justus Wells 19.00 James N. T. Miller 2.00
R. V. Beall 16.80 William Bybee 2.00
John Bigham 16.20 Peter E. Miller 2.00
Aaron Chambers 16.80 V. P. Comstock 2.00
Levin Tinkham 19.00 Joseph Pinkham 2.00
Miles F. Alcorn 19.00 William Hensley 2.00
James Dawson 17.60 E. D. Fisher 2.00
Eli K. Anderson 18.20 James J. Cozart 2.00
Davis Evans 8.00 George W. Cool 2.00
Hugh F. Barron 25.00 S. H. Taylor 4.20
J. B. Sifer 4.20

    Ordered that David Linn be allowed Three dollars for acting as Dept. Auditor to Canvass Election returns Octo. Election 1856.
    Ordered that L. A. Rice be allowed Four dollars for Services as Road viewer.
    Ordered that Aaron Chambers be allowed Four dollars as Road viewer.
    Ordered by the Board that the Auditor be and he is hereby authorized and required to estimate the indebtedness of Josephine County under the act of the Legislature creating said County, and that the County Agent be and he is hereby required to collect said indebtedness by suit or otherwise.
    Ordered by the Board that John Anderson be allowed Ten dollars on his bill.
    Ordered that John B. Sifers be allowed Twenty-four dollars and thirty cents for fees as Clerk of the U.S. District Court, and that the balance of his bill for Stationery be laid over.
    The Bill of Austin Badger for dinners furnished Jurors and Bailiff was not allowed, as not being a proper charge against the County.
    The Bill of Austin Badger for Board & nursing a sick man was not allowed.
    And the Board now adjourn to meet in Special Session on the 1st Monday in February next.
S. D. Van Dyke
    President of the Board


Jacksonville December 31st 1856
    The Board of Commissioners of Jackson County met today, pursuant to notice given in Special Session. Present Samuel D. Van Dyke, President of the Board, Frederick Heber, Commissioner, W. G. T'Vault, Prosecuting Attorney and William Hoffman, Clerk of the Board.
    The case of Isaac Swinden, who was injured in August 1856 by the falling in of a bank of earth, was presented to the Board.
    The affidavits of Isaac Swinden, Doctors A. Shone and E. D. Byrne were taken in relation to the condition of said Isaac Swinden.
    Ordered by the Board that the Clerk issue a Citation to John Swinden to appear before the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday the 6th day of January, 1857, to show cause why he should not pay the expenses of his Brother Isaac Swinden, who is unable to support himself, in consequence of bodily injury and also if he has any Government Scrip or any other property belonging to said Isaac Swinden, to bring the same before the Board on said day.
    Ordered that from and after this date, the Board do not desire to Keep the Block House rented off M. G. Kennedy for a Jail, the same never having been completed according to contract.
    Ordered that John Anderson be allowed Forty-five dollars for Blankets furnished to Thomas Pyle, Sheriff, for Prisoners.
    And the Board now adjourn to Tuesday next.
S. D. Van Dyke, President


Jacksonville, January 6th 1857
    The Board of Commissioners met pursuant to adjournment, present S. D. Van Dyke, President of the Board, Frederick Heber, Commissioners, W. G. T'Vault, Prosecuting Attorney, and William Hoffman, Clerk of the Board.
    The case of John Swinden came up before the Board; the Citation was returned by the Sheriff, Served, and the said John Swinden appeared in person and after hearing his statement and he the said John Swinden refusing to provide for his Brother Isaac Swinden, It is--
    Ordered by the Board that the said John Swinden be and he is hereby required by the Board to support his Brother Isaac Swinden, who is unable to support himself on account of bodily infirmity, from and after this date and that failing or refusing to support his said Brother, as hereby required, he be charged by the Board for such support, according to the Statute in case made and provided.
    Ordered that Doct. E. D. Byrne be allowed the sum of Thirty-five dollars for attendance on [name cut off on microfilm].
    Ordered that Thomas Pyle be allowed the sum of Fifty dollars for hiring attendance on Isaac Swinden.
    Ordered that Thomas Pyle be and he is hereby authorized to employ a suitable person to attend upon Isaac Swinden for One Month, for which he shall be entitled to receive at the rate of Fifty dollars per month for such attendance, and the said Thomas Pyle is further authorized to procure necessary provisions and Medical attendance when necessary and also a room for the use of said Isaac Swinden, at the expense of the County.
    Ordered that the Auditor issue a County Warrant on the Treasurer for Three hundred and fifty dollars in favor of Thomas Pyle, to pay for the Government Block House for the use of the County, for a Jail and other purposes, out of the Jail fund of said County.
    And the Board now adjourn until the 1st Monday in February next.
S. D. Van Dyke, Prest. of the Board
Attest: Wm. Hoffman, Clerk.


Jacksonville February 2nd 1857
    The Board of Commissioners of Jackson County met this day pursuant to adjournment; Present S. D. Van Dyke, President of the Board, G. B. Davidson & F. Heber, Commissioners, and Wm. Hoffman, Clerk of the Board.
    Ordered that R. S. Jewett be entitled to keep a Ferry at the point heretofore kept by him, by paying into the County Treasury the Sum of Fifty dollars for One year and also by complying with the Statutes in such case provided.
    Ordered that Davis Evans be entitled to keep a Ferry at the point heretofore kept by him, by paying into the County Treasury the sum of Fifty dollars for One year and also by complying with the Statutes in such case provided.
    Ordered by the Board that M. G. Kennedy be allowed the sum of One hundred and Sixty-four 68/100 dollars, balance due him for Jail rent.
    Ordered that Doct. Chas. B. Brooks be allowed the sum of Three hundred and Eighteen dollars for medical attendance and Board for Irish boy Tom $208.00 and Medicines furnished Isaac Swinden 22 visits $110.00.
    Ordered that Doct. E. D. Byrne be allowed Sixty-four dollars for services rendered to Isaac Swinden as per bill.
    Ordered that Thomas Pyle be allowed the sum of Fifty dollars for attendance on Isaac Swinden.
    Ordered that Frederick Heber, Wm. Hoffman and David Linn be and they are hereby appointed a building Committee to prepare the plan of the County Jail and Court Room, with specifications and report the same to the Board at their next meeting.
    And the Board now adjourn to the 1st Monday in March next.
S. D. Van Dyke, Prest. of the Board
Attest: Wm. Hoffman, Clerk


Proceedings of the Board of Commissioners of Jackson County,
O.T., March Session

Jacksonville, March 2nd 1857
    The Board of Commissioners of Jackson County met this day pursuant to adjournment. Present S. D. Van Dyke, President of the Board, and G. B. Davidson and Frederick Heber, Commissioners and William Hoffman, Clerk of the Board.
    The Petition of D. Sisson and others for the appointment of an additional Justice of the peace for Ashland Precinct was presented, whereupon
    It is Ordered by the Board, that an additional Justice of the peace be elected in said Precinct at the next General Election, and that Bennett Million be and he is hereby appointed by the Board such Justice of the peace until the next General Election, in June next.
    The account of Doct. D. Sisson for Board, Medical attendance and funeral Expenses of Jose Marquiss, a Mexican, was presented and laid over until the next meeting of the Board.
    The resignation of H. H. Church, Esq. as Justice of the peace of Eden Precinct was presented, and accepted. Whereupon it is Ordered by the Board that Samuel Colver be and he is hereby appointed Justice of the peace in and for Eden Precinct, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of H. H. Church, Esq.
    Ordered by the Board that Doct. C. B. Brooks be and he is hereby allowed the sum of Seventy-five dollars for Medical attendance on Isaac Swinden.
    Ordered that D. M. Kenney be allowed the sum of Ten dollars for moving Furniture of Office, &c. of Auditor & Probate Judge.
    Ordered by the Board that the Auditor be and he is hereby required to advertise for Proposals for furnishing Materials and putting an additional Story upon the County building for a Court Room and also for arranging a part of said building for Jail purposes, said proposals to be presented to the Board at the next regular Session in April next.
    And the Board now adjourn until the 1st Monday in April next.
S. D. Van Dyke, Prest. of the Board
Attest: Wm. Hoffman, Clerk


April Session A.D. 1857
Jacksonville, April 6th 1857
    The Board of Commissioners of Jackson County, O.T. met this day at the Auditor's Office, present S. D. Van Dyke, President of the Board, Frederick M. Heber and Dr. G. B. Davidson, Commissioners, and Wm. Hoffman, Clerk.
    Now comes Allen Lee, Supervisor of Road District No. 4, and presents his account for Settlement, by which it appears that he collected in money the sum of Thirty dollars and expended eight dollars, leaving a balance in his hands of twenty-two dollars.
    Ordered that Allen Lee be allowed Thirty-Eight dollars for 19 days services as Supervisor of Roads in District No. 4, from which is to be deducted the sum of Twenty-two dollars collected by him, leaving a balance due him of Sixteen dollars, for which he is entitled to a County Warrant on the Treasury. 
    Ordered that the Supervisor of Road District No. 4 be authorized to allow those persons in said District who have not performed labor on the highways during the past year to perform such labor the present year in lieu thereof.
    H. Bellinger, Supervisor of Road District No. 6, presented his account for settlement from which it appears that he collected in money the sum of One hundred and eighteen dollars and expended for labor One hundred and thirteen dollars, leaving a balance in his hands of five dollars.
    Ordered that H. Bellinger be allowed Forty dollars for 20 days Services as Supervisor of Road District No. 6, from which is to be deducted the sum of five dollars, in his hands, leaving a balance of Thirty-five dollars, for which he is entitled to a County Warrant on the Treasury.
    Ordered that Thomas Pyle be allowed One hundred and fifty dollars for Services of Thomas Thomas as nurse to Isaac Swinden, for the term of three months as per contract.
    Rezin B. Packard, Superintendent of Roads in District No. 5 presented his account for settlement, by which it appears that no money was collected by him, and that there is due him for team hire, from said District, the sum of Ten dollars, also due to Wm. Barneburg from the District aforesaid the sum of One dollar & fifty cents; also due E. E. Gore and Brother from said District, Twenty-six dollars and forty cents for lumber and ten dollars for team hire from which is to be deducted the sum of Four dollars for two days labor not performed by E. E. G. & Bro.; that each of the persons above named be entitled to Certificates for the amounts respectively due them from said Road District No. 5.
    Ordered that Rezin B. Packard be allowed Nine dollars for four and a half days services as Supervisor of Road District No. 5.
    Ordered that C. B. Brooks be allowed the sum of Thirty-five dollars for Medical attendance on Isaac Swinden. Also fifty dollars on a former bill for attendance on Isaac Swinden.
    The Petition of William Miller and others for a road commencing at a point on the North Side of Rogue River about one fourth of a mile below F. Rosenstock's dwelling and terminating at or near Jewett's Ferry, was read, which said Petition is in the words and figures following, to wit: "To the Board of Commissioners of Jackson County, O.T. We, the undersigned householders of said County, respectfully represent to your honorable Board that the public convenience will be greatly promoted by the opening of a County road to begin at a point on the North side of Rogue River, about one fourth of a mile below F. Rosenstock's dwelling and running thence down on said north side of the River, to intersect the main Valley Road as now traveled at or near Jewett's Ferry as the terminating point. We therefore pray your honorable body to appoint Viewers to view and lay out a County Road as mentioned above and as in duty bound, we will ever pray, &c."  And proof of notices having been posted 30 days before the present Session of the Board and bond being executed and filed, It is ordered by the Board that James Dawson, N. C. Dean and James Huston be and they are hereby appointed Viewers to view and lay out said road as prayed for; that they meet at the Auditor's Office on the 2nd Monday of May next, be sworn and proceed to discharge the duties of their appointment & report their proceedings to the Board at their July Session.
    Ordered that Theodric Cameron be and he is hereby authorized to sell spirituous liquors in quantities less than one quart within the Precinct of Sterlingville for the term of Six months, and that he pay Forty dollars for the same, from which is to be deducted the sum of Twenty-one dollars and Sixty-seven cents, heretofore paid into the Treasury, leaving a balance of Eighteen dollars and thirty-three cents.
    The Report of Dennis McFeely and William N. Ballards, viewers heretofore appointed to view and lay out a certain County Road, commencing at a point on the Military Road leading from Jacksonville to Yreka, near the Claim of James R. Davis and terminating at or near Lindley's Saw Mill, was read and there having been a Petition presented for the appointment of viewers to review said road, the said Report was laid aside for further action.
    The Petition of Wm. Welch and others for the appointment of viewers to review a part of a certain County road heretofore Viewed and laid out by Dennis McFeely and William N. Ballard, Commencing at a point on the Military Road leading from Jacksonville to Yreka, near the Claim of James R. Davis and terminating at or near Lindley's Saw Mill, was read, which said Petition is in the figures and words following, to wit: "To the Hon. the Board of Commissioners of Jackson County, O.T., We the undersigned householders residing in the vicinity of the proposed Road herein mentioned, do respectfully represent to your honorable body that a certain County road has been viewed and laid out by Dennis McFeely and Wm. N. Ballard, two of the viewers appointed by your honorable Board, which said Road commences near the Claim of James R. Davis, at a point on the Military Road leading from Jacksonville to Yreka and terminating at or near the Saw Mill of Milton Lindley, passing in its route through the lands and cultivated field of James Hamlin. Your petitioners believe that the road as run through said Hamlin's field will be almost impassable in wet seasons and they believe that a better route can be had than to go through said field of said Hamlin and at less expense to the County; Wherefore we humbly pray your honorable body to appoint five disinterested householders to review said proposed road & your petitioners will ever pray, &c."  And bond being filed as required by Statute, It is ordered by the Board that Albert G. Rockfellow, Francis Plymale, Isaac Woolen, James N. T. Miller and Wayne Oliver be and they are hereby appointed viewers to review said Road or such part thereof as prayed for, that they meet on the 4th Monday of May next at the Auditor's Office, be qualified and proceed to the discharge of their duties and report their proceedings to the Board at their next regular Session in July next.
    The Petition of Joseph P. Null and William King for a Ferry across Rogue River at a point ¼ of a mile below F. Rosenstock's, was presented, accompanied by the Petition of Sundry Citizens, in favor of the establishment of said Ferry, whereupon It is ordered by the Board that the said Null and King be and they are hereby authorized to establish a Ferry at said point, that they enter into Bond with approved Security and pay into the County Treasury the Sum of Fifty dollars, to entitle them to a Ferry License for the term of Twelve months. It is further ordered that the rates of Tolls at said Ferry be the same as those charged at Jewett's Ferry on Rogue River.
    The Petition of Samuel Smith, Joseph H. Davis and others, praying for the appointment of Viewers to view and lay out a County road, commencing at or near the S.E. corner of G. G. Kerr's farm on the Military Road leading from Jacksonville to Yreka, and terminating at Bear Creek near Lewis' was read, which Petition is in the words and figures following: "To the Hon. Board of Commissioners for Jackson County, Oregon Territory; The undersigned persons liable to be taxed for Highway labor in said County do hereby make application to you to lay out a Road or Highway as follows: Commencing at or near the South East corner of Gideon Kerr's farm on the Military Road and running nearly East through the lands claimed by James H. Hathaway and Joseph H. Davis to Abram Tenbrook's South line, thence following said line to James Davis' N.W. corner, thence to the N.W. corner of John Lacy's land thence following Lacy's and Davison's line to their East lines, thence following the best and most direct route passing near Merit Bellinger's house on his North line and continuing on William Wright's North line to the County Road on Bear Creek near Lewis' March 25th 1857."
    And proof of notices having posted according to law and Bond filed, it is ordered by the Board that N. D. Smith, William Welch and Addison Ball be and they are hereby appointed Viewers to view and lay out said Road as prayed for, that they meet on the 2nd Monday of May at the Auditor's Office, be sworn and proceed to discharge the duties of their appointment and report their proceedings to the Board at their next regular Session in July ensuing.
    The Report of B. B. Griffin and Wm. M. Elliott heretofore made and reported, being read and no remonstrance, petition for damages or petition for review being presented, It is ordered by the Board that said Report be confirmed and that the Road therein mentioned be established as a Public Highway and that the Supervisor of Roads through whose Districts said Road may pass be and they are required to open the same and Keep it in good repair.
    The Account of Professor D. Sisson for Medical attendance, Board and funeral expenses of Jose Marquis, a Mexican who died at the Professor's House, on the 25th of December 1856, was presented and read; Said account embraced the following items, to wit:  For Board $52.50, Medical Attendance $150.00, Funeral Expenses $40.00, Total $242.50. After hearing the testimony of Witnesses in favor of the claimant, It is Ordered by the Board that said claim be laid on the table until Friday next for the purpose of procuring testimony on the part of the County.
    The Report of Wm. M. Elliott and James P. Burns, heretofore made and reported, being read, and no remonstrance, petition for damages or petition for review being presented, It is ordered by the Board that said Report be confirmed and that the Road therein mentioned be established as a Public Highway and that the Supervisor of Roads through whose Districts said Road may pass be and they are required to open the same and Keep in it good repair.
    The Report of G. B. Davidson and Benjamin Armstrong, heretofore made and reported, being read and no remonstrance, petition for damages or petition for a review being presented, It is ordered by the Board that said Report be confirmed and that the road therein mentioned be established as a Public Highway and that the Supervisors of Roads through whose District said Road may pass be and they are required to open the same and Keep it in good repair.
    The account of H. H. Brown, Supervisor of Road District No. 14, was presented for settlement, by which it appears that he received in Cash the sum of Two hundred and ninety dollars and paid out for labor &c. Two hundred and fourteen 61/100 dollars, leaving a balance in his hands of Seventy-five 39/100 dollars; that he performed labor in said Road District thirty-one days at Two dollars per day, Sixty-two dollars, leaving a final balance of thirteen 39/100 dollars paid into the County Treasury for the use of said District as per Treasurer's Receipt on file.
    The Report of O. D. Hoxie, Thomas F. Beall, Rezin B. Packard and Jerasney Crawford, Viewers heretofore appointed to review a certain County Road heretofore viewed and laid out by L. A. Rice and Aaron Chambers, was presented and read, which said report is in the words and figures following, to wit: "County of Jackson, Territory of Oregon, To the Hon. the Board of Commissioners of said County:
    "We, the undersigned Viewers, appointed at the December Session, A.D. 1857, of your Hon. Board, to view a part of the Road (as viewed by Messrs. Rice and Chambers in August, A.D. 1856) and a review prayed for by Thomas Smith and others, beg leave to report. In accordance with the said appointment we proceeded on the 2nd day of March, A.D. 1857, to pass over and view the route as petitioned for from the beginning to the end of the same; We commenced marking at a White Oak Stump at and above the Road as now traveled about 30 rods above the Ashland Mill, thence in a South East direction to a small tree hacked, thence to a white oak, hacked, thence in a straight line to a white oak tree hacked, thence to a big pine tree, hacked, thence to a white oak tree, hacked, thence straight on to a small white Oak tree hacked, where it intersects the Road as now traveled, and about half a mile from the house of J. D. Smith, leaving said house on the left hand, thence with the Road as now traveled, leaving the enclosed land of Robert Wright to the left hand, thence with the Road as now traveled leaving the enclosed lands of James C. Tolman and Thomas Smith to the left hand, thence with the road as now traveled until it comes within forty-five or fifty rods of the house of Isaac Hill and here we would respectfully recommend that the Road should bear to the left and intersect the Territorial Road at a Bridge at the S.W. corner of the aforesaid Hill's Garden. As the Road petitioned for above this point runs through the said Hill's claim, nearly parallel to the Territorial road, and in places not more than 20 or 30 Rods distant. The general face of the Country over which said Road passes is part level and part rolling with a few Gulches, but in the main is good ground for a road. We therefore report that a road over said route is required for the public travel and would be of general utility and public benefit. We therefore recommend that said route be laid out and made a Public highway. March 14th, 1857.
O. D. Hoxie
Thomas F. Beall
Rezin B. Packard
Jerasney Crawford"
    Which said report is accepted and laid over until the next regular Session of the Board in July next.
    And the Board adjourn until tomorrow morning at 9 O'clock.
S. D. Van Dyke, Pr.
Attest: Wm. Hoffman, Clerk


Tuesday Morning, April 7th 1857
    The Board of Commissioners met this morning pursuant to their adjournment. Present, the same as yesterday.
    The Report of O. D. Hoxie, R. B. Packard and Jerasney Crawford, viewers heretofore appointed to view and assess the damages claimed to be sustained by J. D. Smith and Robert Wright on account of a Road viewed and laid out by L. A. Rice and Aaron Chambers, passing through their claims, was presented and read, which said Report is in the words and figures following, to wit:
    "County of Jackson, Territory of Oregon, To the Hon. Board of Commissioners of said County: We, the undersigned viewers appointed at the December Session A.D. 1856 of your Hon. Board, to view and assess damages claimed by J. D. Smith and Robert Wright if the road viewed and marked out by Messrs. Rice and Chambers in August 1856, and passing through their land claims be opened and made a public highway, beg leave to report, That we have viewed the route designated in the order of our appointment and are of the opinion that if the aforesaid route be opened and made a public highway, through the claims of the aforesaid J. D. Smith & Robert Wright as marked out by Messrs. Rice and Chambers, that it will damage the said J. D. Smith's claim to the amount of Four hundred and fifty dollars and the Claim of Robert Wright will be damaged to the amount of Six hundred dollars. March 14th, A.D. 1857.
O. D. Hoxie
Rezin B. Packard
Jerasney Crawford
    Viewers"
    And the Board not deeming the said Road as laid out and viewed by said Rice and Chambers to be of sufficient importance and public Utility to pay the amount of damages assessed by the above-named viewers, do refuse to establish the Road so viewed and laid out, by said Rice and Chambers, as a Public Highway, unless the petitioners for said Road shall pay the damages so assessed.
    The application of Charles Casey for a License to sell spirituous liquors in quantities less than One quart, within the Precinct of Jacksonville, was read and License granted and assessed at Fifty dollars for Six months.
    The Application of Frank Brown for a License to sell Spirituous liquors in quantities less than One quart, within the Precinct of Jacksonville, was read and License granted and assessed at Fifty dollars for Six mos.
    The Application of McLaughlin & Klippel for License to retail spirituous Liquors in quantities less than one quart within the Precinct of Jacksonville was read and License granted and assessed at Fifty dollars for Six months, from which is to be deducted ten dollars heretofore paid into the County Treasury, leaving a balance of Forty dollars.
    The application of Wm. Burke for License to retail spirituous Liquors in quantities less than One quart within the Precinct of Jacksonville was read and License granted and assessed at Fifty dollars for six months.
    The application of John O'Brien and John W. McKay for a License to retail Spirituous Liquors in quantities less than One quart within the Precinct of Applegate was read and License granted and assessed at Twenty-five dollars for Six months.
    The application of George Long for a License to retail Spirituous liquors in quantities less than one quart within the Precinct of Applegate was read and License granted and assessed at twenty-five dollars for six months.
    Ordered that the Auditor be required to make out a Statement of the account of Martin Angel, deceased, and present the same to the administratrix for payment.
    The Petition of H. H. Brown and others for the appointment of viewers to view and lay out a certain County Road therein mentioned was presented, which said petition is in the words and figures following, to wit:
    "Applegate Creek, Apr. 1st, 1857. To the Hon. Board of Commissioners for Jackson County: We, the undersigned petitioners, respectfully ask for a view of a County Road, commencing at a point on the Jacksonville and Crescent City road about two miles from Applegate Creek and from thence on the nearest practicable route to the mouth of Palmer Creek, notice of said Road being duly given." And said petition being read, It is ordered by the Board that W. W. Fowler, Mr. Keeler and George Long be and they are hereby appointed viewers to view and lay out said road as prayed for, that they meet at the house of H. H. Brown, Esq., J.P., be sworn and proceed to the discharge of the duties of their appointment and report their proceedings to the Board at the regular Session in July next ensuing.
    The Petition of P. Cassidy & others for a new Election Precinct on Lower Applegate was presented and being read, It is ordered by the Board that the Prayer of the Petitioners be not granted at present, in consequence of the uncertainty of the location of the boundary line between Jackson and Josephine counties.
    The Report of N. D. Smith, Woodford Reames and Jacob Wagner, viewers to view and lay out a certain County road, which report was heretofore made and there appearing to be no remonstrances, petitions for damages or for a review, It is Ordered by the Board that so much of said report as designates the Road mentioned therein from the South West corner of McFeely's claim until it terminates at Butte Creek be confirmed and the said Road established as a public highway and that Supervisors of Districts through which said road passes be required to open the same and keep it in good repair. It is further ordered by the Board that so much of said Report as relates to the road from Jacksonville to the South West corner of McFeely's Claim be not confirmed on the ground of its indefiniteness.
    Ordered that an Election Precinct be established on Bear Creek to be known as "Manzanita Precinct" and that Elections be held at the School House in said Precinct.
    Whereas the Board heretofore advertised for proposals to alter and arrange the public building known as the "Government Block House" to be received at their present Session and two proposals having been received, from which it appears that the expense of making such alterations and arrangements would be greater than the Commissioners could provide at the present time, It is ordered by the Board that for the reasons stated, said proposals be not accepted and that the plan of altering said public building as advertised be and the same is abandoned.
    Ordered that O. D. Hoxie be allowed the sum of Four dollars as Road Viewer and also Two dollars for making return of the report of the viewers.
    Ordered that R. B. Packard be allowed the sum of Four dollars as road viewer.
    Ordered that Jerasney Crawford be allowed Four dollars as road viewer.
    Ordered that Thomas F. Beall be allowed Four dollars as road viewer.
    Ordered that Ebenezer Pinkham be allowed Four dollars as road viewer.
    Ordered that O. D. Hoxie be allowed Four dollars for services [as] viewer on claims for damages on road view and also Two dollars for making returns of the Report making together the sum of Six dollars.
    Ordered that Jerasney Crawford be allowed Four dollars for services as viewer on claims for damages.
    Ordered that Rezin B. Packard be allowed Four dollars for services as viewer on claims for damages.
    Ordered that Davis & Taylor be allowed the sum of Seventy-five dollars for rent of House for the use of Isaac Swinden.
    And the Board adjourn until Friday next at 9 O'clk. A.M.
S. D. Van Dyke, Prest.
Attest: Wm. Hoffman, Clerk


Auditor's Office, Jacksonville, April 10th 1857
    The Board of Commissioners of Jackson County met today pursuant to adjournment. Present S. D. Van Dyke, Chairman of the Board, G. B. Davidson and Frederick Heber, Commissioners and William Hoffman, Clerk.
    Jacob Wagner, Supervisor of Road District No. 3, presented his account for settlement, by which it appears that he worked his hands 10 days, from which is to be deducted 2 days work for himself, leaving 8 days @ two dollars per day, amounting to Sixteen dollars, from which amount is to be deducted Six dollars and fifty cents collected by him, leaving a balance of Nine dollars and fifty cents due him, for which he is entitled to a County warrant on the Treasurer. Also, that he is entitled to Fifteen dollars from said Road District for three days hire of team, from which is to be deducted the sum of Eight dollars and Eighty cents, the amount of his property tax, leaving a balance due said Wagner from said District of Six dollars and twenty cents.
    Ordered that Jacob Wagner be allowed the sum of Nine dollars and fifty cents for Services as Supervisor of Road District No. 3.
    Ordered that H. H. Brown be allowed Two dollars and twenty-five cents for Justice's fees in Territorial causes.
    Ordered that Thomas Pyle be allowed Fifty-four dollars for 9 Cords of wood furnished for Isaac Swinden.
    Ordered that Maury & Davis be allowed the sum of Sixty-one dollars and fifty-eight cents for their Bill of Groceries furnished for use of Isaac Swinden, being one half of the amount charged in said Bill.
    Ordered that Wm. Hesse and Co. be allowed Twenty-one dollars and fifteen cents for their Two bills of Beef &c. from November 1856 to April 5th 1857 for the use of Isaac Swinden, being one half of the amount charged in said bills.
    Ordered that C. H. Miller & Co. be allowed Four dollars and eighty cents for their bill of Bread and Pies furnished for Isaac Swinden, being one half of the amount charged in their bill.
    Ordered that T'Vault and Blakely be allowed Forty dollars for printing 3000 Blank Licenses for Chinamen, to be paid in coin out of China Tax fund.
    Ordered that Joseph Burpee be allowed the sum of Eleven dollars for making a Chair for the use of Isaac Swinden, being One half of the amount charged in his bill.
    Ordered that John B. Sifers be allowed the sum of One hundred and forty-nine dollars and forty cents, being the balance of his bill after deducting twenty-nine dollars and fifty cents therefrom, said deducting being one half of the amount charged for stationery.
    Ordered that Wm. Hoffman be allowed Forty dollars and Eighty-eight cents for Records for Auditor and Recorder's Office and Stationery for same, to be paid out of the China Tax fund in coin.
    Ordered that Wm. Hoffman be allowed the sum of Two hundred and forty-eight dollars and Seventy cents for Services as Auditor from August 1856 to date.
    Ordered that the following fees be allowed in the respective cases herein mentioned--
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    Territory of Oregon vs. Joseph Patterson, Warrant to Keep the peace
    Wm. Hoffman, J.P. $2.50    Geo. W. Anderson, Const. $6.00    Witnesses Jno. A. Gibson $1.70, T. Hensley $1.70, John Stors $1.70
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    Territory of Oregon vs. Persons Unknown, Larceny
    Wm. Hoffman, J.P. $7.20    T. Pyle, Sheriff $6.80
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    Territory of Oregon vs. Amos Blue, Adultery
    Wm. Hoffman, J.P. $1.80
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    Territory of Oregon vs. Andrew Cole, Burglary
    Wm. Hoffman, J.P. $2.05
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    Territory of Oregon vs. Charles Wright, Assault with intent to Kill
    Wm. Hoffman, J.P. $1.55    Sheriff's Fees (G. W. Anderson, Dept.) (Expenses not allowed) $13.00
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    Territory of Oregon vs. Albert Bethel, Larceny
    Wm. Hoffman, J.P. $11.70    T. Pyle, Sheriff $9.90    Witnesses T. J. Trimble $3.20, Wm. M. Hughes $4.60, A. J. Coakley $4.40, David Clinton $3.50, Arthur Langell $3.20, David Peninger $4.60, E. S. Kearney $3.20, John Martin $2.90, Wm. Kahler $2.90, Frank Edmonds $2.90, Angus Brown $1.70
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    Territory of Oregon vs. J. A. Carter--Warrant to Keep the peace
    Wm. Hoffman, J.P. 75¢
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    Territory of Oregon vs. James Ryan, Assault with intent to Kill
    Wm. Hoffman, J.P. $3.00, A. P. Stearns, Prosecuting Attorney Pro tem $7.00
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    Territory of Oregon vs. George Livingston, Assault with intent to Kill
    Wm. Hoffman, J.P. $7.80, Sheriff Pyle fees $5.00, Witnesses Wm. Hesse $1.70, Ch. Hind $1.70, C. H. Miller $1.70, G. W. Anderson $1.70, John McLaughlin $1.70, Wm. K. Ish $1.70
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    Territory of Oregon vs. Wm. K. Ish, peace Warrant
    Justice Wm. Hoffman $1.80    T. Pyle, Shff. $1.00
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    The account of Doct. L. Ganung for 2 months' rent for building formerly used as a Jail amounting to Two hundred dollars was not allowed on the ground that the Commissioners had given up the house to M. G. Kennedy, the then owner, previous to the purchase of the same by Dr. Ganung.
    The Account of Professor D. Sisson, heretofore presented, was taken up and the testimony of a Witness heard by the Board, whereupon it is ordered by the Board that the said Professor D. Sisson be allowed the sum of One hundred and twenty-two dollars & fifty cts. as follows, For board of Mexican, $52.50, Medical Attendance $50.00 and Funeral expenses $20, making together the sum of One hundred and twenty-two 50/100 dollars.
    Ordered that the following named persons be and they are hereby appointed Supervisors of Roads for the respective Districts named, to wit:
  Consolidated District Nos. 1 & 2 B. Million District No. 9 Thomas Worman
District No. 3 Isaac Woolen District No. 10 John Haley
District No. 4 S. M. Wait District No. 11 Thos. D. Jewett
District No. 5 John S. Miller District No. 12 John Nichols
District No. 6 B. B. Griffin District No. 13 Wm. Showdy
District No. 7 District No. 14 H. H. Brown
District No. 8 Frederick Heber District No. 15 T. S. Harris
    Ordered that Road District No. 6 be extended so as to include so much of the Crescent City Road until it reaches a point where said Road from Jacksonville strikes Poor Man's Creek near the Township corner.
    Ordered that the following named persons be and they are hereby appointed Judges of Elections for the respective Precincts named, to wit:
    Ashland Precinct.    Bennett Million, Asa G. Fordyce, James C. Tolman
    Eden Precinct.    John Robinson, Henry Ammerman, Jerasney Crawford
    Jacksonville Precinct.    James N. T. Miller, Lewis H. Zigler, R. F. Maury
    Sterlingville Precinct.    T. Smiley Harris, Bazil Bozarth, Theodric Cameron
    Star Gulch Precinct.    Washington Pearce, J. Gibson, Justus Wells
    Applegate Precinct.    John O'Brien,
[blank] Keeler, Benj. Armstrong
    Butte Creek Precinct.    George W. Hoxie, P. W. Stow, [blank] Conley
    Dardanelles Precinct.    George H. Ambrose, Lafayette Gall, J. B. White
    Perkinsville Precinct.    Spencer Jewett, Davis Evans, William Miller, M.D.
    Manzanita Precinct.    L. A. Rice, Thomas Hopwood, Jesse Robinson, M.D.
    Whereas Thomas Pyle, Sheriff, has represented to the Board that in consequence of the condition of the Roads he has not been able to complete the collection of the taxes on the delinquent and asks for further time, whereupon it is ordered that said Thomas Pyle have time to make his settlement with the Board until the 3rd Monday of May next.
    And the Board now adjourn to meet on Saturday the 18th day of April, 1857.
S. D. Van Dyke, Pr.
Attest: Wm. Hoffman, Clk.


Auditor's Office, Jacksonville, April 18th 1857
    The Board of Commissioners met today pursuant to adjournment. Present S. D. Van Dyke, President of the Board, Frederick Heber and Dr. G. B. Davidson, Commissioners, and Wm. Hoffman, Clerk.
    The subject of building a Jail came up before the Board and after mature deliberation, the Board conclude to build a Jail of Stone of the following dimensions, 20 feet wide by 30 feet long, the Walls of that part to be appropriated for Cells to be 2½ feet thick including the division wall between the Jailer's room and the Cells, and the Walls of the Jailer's room to be 18 inches thick. The foundation to be two feet under [cut off on microfilm] The woodwork to be as follows: The floor and ceiling (upper & lower floors) to be of solid hewed logs, 12 inches thick and well spiked with 14d nails, two inches apart; One large front door and two doors leading to the Cells; two large Windows in front, one on each side of the front door, with glazed Sash, 12 lights 10 by 12 Glass. Each Cell to have two openings for ventilation, secured with iron bars fixed in a wooden frame, the bars to project 6 inches above and below the frames and on the sides. The building to be covered with a good shingle roof, the openings or ventilation to be 2 feet by 6 inches, and bars of 1¼ inch thickness, the inner door leading to the Cells from the Jailer's room to be constructed wholly of iron, latticed 4 inches apart and the outer door leading to the cells to be of two thicknesses of heavy plank with a sheet of tom Iron between the thicknesses. The gable ends of the building to be of Stone 12 in. thick. A division of hewed logs to divide the cells part into two compartments, logs to be 12 inches thick.
    Ordered that the Auditor be and he is hereby required to put up written notices to receive proposals for building said County Jail, as above specified, until the 11th day of May next at 12 O'Clk. noon; Separate Proposals will be received for putting up the walls and for the Carpenter Work. Specifications to be ready at the Auditor's Office. Payments--to be made as follows. For Mason work, $400.00 when the walls are built one half the designated height--$400.00 when the walls are completed and the remainder of the contract on the 1st January, 1858, all payable in Cash. For Carpenter Work, $250.00 when one half the work is done, $250.00 when the work is completed and the remainder of the contract on the 1st January 1858, all payable in cash.
    And the Board now adjourn to meet on the 11th day of May, A.D. 1857, at 12 O'Clock.
S. D. Van Dyke, Chairman
Attest: Wm. Hoffman, Clerk


Jacksonville, May 11th 1857
    The Board of Commissioners of Jackson County, O.T., met today in Special Session. Present, S. D. Van Dyke, President of the Board, Frederick Heber and Dr. G. B. Davidson, Commissioners, W. G. T'Vault, Prosecuting Attorney and William Hoffman, Clerk of the Board.
    Today was appointed to receive proposals for building the County Jail, in accordance with notices posted, the following proposals were offered to the Board, to wit:
    For Mason Work, H. H. Conlay & Co., Nine dollars per perch or Fifteen hundred & ninety-three dollars; Thomas Arundell, Fifteen hundred and ninety dollars.
    For Carpenter's Work, Cool & Wells, Nine hundred and forty-Eight dollars.
R. S. Dunlap, Eight hundred and forty-five dollars, and
M. T. Pierce, Ten hundred and fifty dollars.
    By which it appears that the bid of Thomas Arundell is the lowest bid for the Mason Work and the bid of R. S. Dunlap is the lowest bid for the Carpenter's work; and the said R. S. Dunlap further agrees to do the Carpenter's Work, inclusive of the Iron work and the blacksmithing mentioned in the specifications for the sum of Five hundred & ninety-five dollars.
    It is ordered by the Board that Thomas Arundell be entitled to the contract for doing the mason Work for the County Jail, for the sum of Fifteen hundred and Ninety dollars, according to the specifications and that he enter into bonds for the faithful performance of said contract.
    It is ordered by the Board that R. S. Dunlap be entitled to the contract for the Carpenter's work of said Jail, for the sum of Eight hundred and forty-five dollars, deducting therefrom [cut off on microfilm] dollars for the Iron work and blacksmithing, leaving the amount of Carpenter's work exclusively Five hundred and Ninety-five dollars, according to specifications.
    Ordered by the Board that Denby & Griffith be entitled to the contract for furnishing materials and doing the blacksmithing and Iron work for said Jail in accordance with the specifications, for the sum of Two hundred dollars, including the Iron lattice door as per private contract.
    Ordered that John Nichols be and he is hereby appointed Supervisor of Road District No. 12 in the place of James Tatum, declined.
    Ordered that Issachar Williams be and he is hereby appointed Supervisor of Road District No. 7 in the place of Stephen Watson, declined.
    Ordered that Johns & Munn be allowed the sum of Twenty-seven dollars for Coffin and burying a Chinaman.
    The Resignation of A. B. Overbeck as Public Administrator was presented and accepted and an election ordered on the 1st Monday in June to fill the vacancy.
    Ordered that an Election Precinct be and is hereby established on Evans Creek and that the Polls be opened at Gilbert Town and that John R. Wilkins, Dr. O. Gilbert and Wm. A. Wilkinson be Judges of said Election Precinct.
    Ordered that if application be made for an Election Precinct at Carberryville, that the Clerk of the Board be authorized to allow the same and furnish Poll Books for said Precinct and that Wm. Carberry, G. W. Rood and Mr. Broadnar be judges of Election for said Precinct.
    Ordered that Dr. Lewis Ganung be allowed One hundred and twenty-five dollars for the use of the Jail house from the 10th day of April until the 1st day of July next.
    And the Board now adjourn.
S. D. Van Dyke, Prest.
Attest: Wm. Hoffman, Clk.


Proceedings of the Board of Commissioners of Jackson County, O.T.,
July Session 1857

Auditor's Office, Jacksonville, July 6th 1857
    The Board of Commissioners of Jackson County, O.T., met this day in regular Session. Present, S. D. Van Dyke, President of the Board and Frederick Heber, Commissioner, W. G. T'Vault, Pros. Attorney, and Wm. Hoffman, Clerk of the Board.
    Doct. G. B. Davidson, Commissioner-elect, appeared, was qualified and took his seat at the Board.
    The Board proceeded to elect a Chairman for the ensuing year, whereupon Doct. G. B. Davidson was duly elected.
    The report of James N. T. Miller and others, viewers to review a certain County road, commencing at a point on the Military Road near the claim of James R. Davis, and terminating near the Saw Mill of Milton Lindley, was read a first time and laid over until tomorrow.
    The report of N. D. Smith, Wm. Welsh and Addison Ball, viewers appointed to view and lay out a certain County road running from Lewis' on the Territorial Road near the Bridge and terminating at the S.E. corner of Gideon G. Kerr's Claim on the Military road, was read a first time and laid over until tomorrow.
    The report of James Dawson, James Huston & N. C. Dean, viewers to view and lay out a County road, commencing on the north side of Rogue River near F. Rosenstock's and terminating at Jewett's Ferry, was read a first time and laid over. And the Board order and direct that the viewers be and they are hereby required to amend their report in accordance with the requirements of the Statute before the next Session of the Board and if said report shall be favorable to such road, the report will be deemed to have been made at the present session and that the Clerk of the Board give to said Viewers a Notice of this requirement.
    The application of Wm. M. Griffin and others for the appointment of Viewers to view and lay out a county road, commencing at a point near the White house on the Claim of Wm. Hoffman and terminating at Wait's Mill was read and a remonstrance to said Application was also read and both were laid over until Wednesday next.
    Now comes P. P. Prim, Attorney for the petitioners, and presents to the Board a petition for a review of a certain County road heretofore reviewed by O. D. Hoxie, Rezin B. Packard, Thomas F. Beall, Jerasney Crawford and Ebenezer Pinkham, which said petition is in the words and figures following:
    Territory of Oregon, Jackson County:
    To the honorable board of County Commissioners for Jackson County:
    Your undersigned Petitioners, householders of Jackson County, represents that at the March term of your Court, 1857, O. D. Hoxie, Thomas Beall, R. B. Packard and Jerasney Crawford, viewers previously appointed by the Court, made a report to your Court favorable to the establishment of a road running as follows, to wit: "Commenced marking at a white oak stump at and above the road as now traveled about 30 rods above the Ashland Mills, thence in a South east direction to a small tree hack, thence to a white Oak hacked, thence in a straight line to a white Oak tree hacked, thence to a big pine tree hacked, thence to a white oak tree hacked, thence straight on to a small white oak tree hacked, where it intersects the road as now traveled, and about a half a mile from the house of J. D. Smith, leaving said house on the left hand, thence with [cut off on microfilm] traveled leaving the enclosed land of Robert Wright to the left hand
[cut off on microfilm] lands of James C. Tolman and Thomas Smith to the left, thence with the road as now traveled until it comes within forty-five or fifty rods of the house of Isaac Hill, thence bearing to the left and intersecting the Territorial road at a bridge at the South West corner of the said Hill's Garden; for farther particulars of said report, the Court is referred to the original report filed March 16th 1857." Your petitioners in consideration of the impracticability and inconvenience of the above described route for a road as they truly believe, most respectfully ask for a review thereof, and that instead of locating said road as above described, that a review be granted; Commencing at a point on the present traveled road opposite a white oak stump about thirty rods above the Ashland Mills, thence along said traveled road through the lands of A. D. Helman and Hargadine to a point halfway between the South west corner of Robert Hargadine's field and J. D. Smith's house, thence Eastwardly through the lands of said J. D. Smith to the South West corner of Asa Fordyce's land claim, thence East along said Fordyce's line (placing the whole width of the road on said Fordyce's land), to the east fence of said Fordyce's field, thence through the land of said Fordyce to a stake halfway between the north east corner of J. D. Smith's land claim and the South West corner of the Old Grubb claim now owned by John Walker; thence East through the lands of said Walker to intersect the Territorial Road about ten rods west of a large Pine tree, thence along said Territorial road as now traveled to a point where the travel leaves the Territorial Road as located through the Mountain House claim now owned by Firman Anderson, thence along the present traveled road till it intersects the aforesaid Territorial road below the Mountain House." Your petitioners represent that the above route for a road petitioned for is as short as any that can be obtained between the points of beginning and termination of said petitioned-for route and running over much better ground than the one reported on by O. D. Hoxie and others referred to above. In addition to which, the route now prayed for runs on the Territorial road the distance of about five miles, thereby saving the work and labor of five miles which would have to be expended on the route reported on by O. D. Hoxie and others. And further your petitioners represent that the proposed route passes through the most thickly settled portion of this District and that the settlers cannot consistently extend on either side of the proposed route to a greater distance than from three quarters to One Mile on account of Mountains, hence rendering but one road from the Eagle Mills to the Mountain House entirely useless--for all the settlers along said route can have free access to it; furthermore, there are not lands enough in said District to work more than one road. Furthermore, your petitioners agree, mutually agree to petition the legislature to vacate that portion of the Territorial road between the Eagle Mills and the point where the present proposed route intersects it on the lands of John Walker. And also that portion where it differs from the proposed route on the lands of Firman Anderson. And your petitioners further agree (such as are) landholders on the proposed route, that they will not claim damages from the County if the route is located as petitioned for. Also that they will not sign any other petition locating a road between the points proposed by your petitioners. The premises considered, your petitioners pray that the road from the Eagle Mills to the point where your petitioners ask for the beginning of a review be confirmed; and that the prayer of your petitioners for a review as above described be granted and viewers appointed to examine and view the route described by your petitioners. And as in duty bound, your petitioners will ever pray."
    And proof of notices having been posted according to law, and comes also W. G. T'Vault, attorney, and opposes said petition and after hearing the arguments of Counsel for and against said petition, the matter is laid over until tomorrow morning.
    Comes P. P. Prim, Attorney for the Petitioners, and files the following named petitions for damages, on the review of a certain County road reviewed by O. D. Hoxie, R. B. Packard, Thomas F. Beall, and Jerasney Crawford and Ebenezer Pinkham, to wit, petition of J. D. Smith, petition of Lewis Hiatt, petition of John P. Walker, petition of Isaac Hill, petition of J. Sampson, petition of F. G. Condrey, petition of Richard Evans, petition of J. C. Tolman, which said petition of the said J. D. Smith is in the words and figures following, to wit:
    "To the Honorable Board of County Commissioners of Jackson County, Oregon Territory. Your petitioner, J. D. Smith, respectfully represents that at the March term of your Court, 1857, O. D. Hoxie, Thomas Beall, R. B. Packard and J. Crawford, previously appointed by the Court to review a certain road, submitted a report to your honorable body favorable to the establishing of a road commencing at a white oak stump (hacked) at and above the road as now traveled about 30 rods above the Ashland Mills and intersecting (at its termination) the Territorial Road at a bridge at the South West corner of Isaac Hill's Garden" for the further particulars of said location, the Court is referred to the Original report of said viewers filed March 16th 1857. Your petitioner further represents that the above referred to report runs the proposed road through the west end of his claim in such a manner as greatly to injure the value of the same and therefore claims damages to the amount of Five hundred dollars and asks that three disinterested householders be appointed to assess and determine how much less valuable the premises of your petitioner will be rendered by the opening and establishing [of] said road as a Public highway through his lands and report to the next term of the Board of Commissioners. July 1st 1857.
J. D. Smith"
    Which said petition being read, it is ordered by the Board that John S. Miller, John R. Tice and James M. Matney be and they are hereby appointed viewers to assess the damages to which said petitioner will be liable by the opening of said road, that they meet at the Office of the County Auditor on the 1st Monday of August next, be sworn and proceed to the discharge of the duties of this appointment, by viewing said proposed road the whole distance through the premises of the petitioner, and assess and determine how much less valuable such premises of the complainant would be rendered by the opening of said road and that they report their proceedings to the Board at their next regular Session in September next.
    And the said Petition of the said Lewis Hiatt is in the words and figures following, to wit: To the honorable Board of County Commissioners for Jackson County, Oregon Territory. Your petitioner, Lewis Hiatt, respectfully represents that at the March term of your Court, 1857, O. D. Hoxie, Thomas Beall, R. B. Packard and J. Crawford, previously appointed by the Court to review a certain road, submitted a report to your honorable body favorable to the establishing of a road commencing at a white oak stump (hacked) at and above the present traveled road about 30 rods above the Ashland Mills, and intersecting (at its termination) the Territorial road at a bridge at the South West corner of Isaac Hill's Garden--for further particulars of said location, the Court is referred to the original report of said viewers filed March 16th 1857. Your petitioner further represents that the above referred to report runs the road through his land claim as represented below in a plat of the same. Your petitioner further represents that should the aforesaid road be established through his premises as proposed, it would [be] greatly to his injury and damage and therefore claims damages to the amount of Five hundred dollars--therefore your petitioner asks that three disinterested householders be appointed to assess
[cut off on microfilm] your petitioner's premises will be rendered if said road is established as a public highway through his lands and report to the next term of the Board of Commissioners--July 1st 1857, Lewis Hiatt." Which said petition being read, it is ordered by the Board that John S. Miller, John R. Tice and James M. Matney be and they are hereby appointed viewers to assess the damages to which said petitioner would be liable by the opening of said road, that they meet at the Office of the County Auditor on the 1st Monday of August next, be sworn and proceed to the discharge of the duties of this appointment, by viewing the said proposed road the whole distance through the premises of the petitioner and assess and determine how much less valuable such premises of the complainant would be rendered by the opening of said road and that they report their proceedings to the Board at the next regular session thereof in September next.
    And the said Petition of the said F. G. Condrey is in the words and figures following, to wit: "To the honorable Board of Commissioners of Jackson County, Oregon Territory, Your petitioner, F. G. Condrey respectfully represents that [at] the March term of your Court, 1857, O. D. Hoxie, Thomas Beall, R. B. Packard and J. Crawford, previously appointed by the Court to review a certain road, submitted a report to your honorable body, favorable to the establishing of a road, commencing at a white oak stump (hacked) at and above the road as now traveled, about 30 rods above the Ashland Mills and intersecting at its termination the Territorial road at a Bridge at the South West corner of Isaac Hill's Garden, for further particulars of said location, the Court is referred to the Original report of said viewers filed March 16th 1857. Your petitioner further represents that the above referred to report cuts off of the South end of his claim a three cornered piece of some 15 acres, thereby rendering useless that portion of his premises. Your petitioner further represents that he will be injured if said road is established as laid out through his premises and therefore claims damages to the amount of Five hundred ($500) dollars and asks that three disinterested householders be appointed to assess and determine how much less valuable the premises of your petitioner will be rendered by the establishing of said road as a public highway through his lands and report to the next term of the Board of Commissioners, July 3rd, 1857, F. G. Condrey." 
    Which said petition being read, it is ordered by the Board that John S. Miller, John R. Tice and James M. Matney be and they are hereby appointed viewers to assess the damages to which said petitioner would be liable by the opening of said road, that they meet at the office of the County Auditor on the 1st Monday of August next, be sworn and proceed to discharge of the duties of this appointment, by viewing said proposed road the whole distance through the premises of the petitioners and assess and determine how much less valuable such premises of the said complainant would be rendered by the opening of said road and that they report their proceedings to the Board at the next regular Session thereof in September next.
    And the said Petition of the said John P. Walker is in the words and figures following, to wit: "To the Board of Commissioners of Jackson County, Oregon Territory,
    Your petitioner, John P. Walker, would respectfully represent that at the March Term of your Court, 1857, O. D. Hoxie, Thomas Beall, R. B. Packard and Jerasney Crawford, previously appointed by the Court to review a certain road made a report to your Court favorable to the establishment of a road running as follows, to wit: "Commenced marking at a white Oak stump at and above the road as now traveled about 30 rods above the Ashland Mills, thence in a South east direction to a small tree, hacked, thence to a white oak, hacked, thence in a straight line to a white oak tree, hacked, thence to a big pine tree, hacked, thence to a white oak tree, hacked, thence straight on to a small white oak tree, hacked, where it intersects the road as now traveled and about a half a mile from the house of J. D. Smith--leaving said house on the left hand, thence with the road as now traveled, leaving the enclosed lands of Robert Wright to the left hand, thence on with the road as now traveled, leaving the enclosed lands of J. C. Tolman and Thomas Smith to the left hand, thence with the road as now traveled until it comes within forty-five or fifty rods of the house of Isaac Hill, thence bearing to the left and intersecting the Territorial road at a bridge at the South West corner of said Hill's Garden," as per report of the aforesaid review. Therefore, your petitioner would further represent that prior to the making of the above review and is yet the owner to the enclosed lands and premises above referred to as belonging to Robert Wright and that the aforesaid report runs the road through his lands, cutting off the S.W. corner as represented in the following plat--through the very best of land and rendering the three cornered piece entirely worthless and placing the remainder of his claim in bad shape for fencing. Your petitioner further represents that he feels and believes that if said road should be established and opened as laid out through his land, that it will be greatly to his injury and damage, to wit: the full amount of One thousand dollars ($1000). Therefore, your petitioner asks that three disinterested householders be appointed to assess and determine how much less valuable the premises of your petitioner will be rendered by the establishing and opening of said road through his land and report to the next term of the Board of Commissioners, J. P. Walker, June 30th 1857."
    Which said petition being read, it is ordered by the Board that John S. Miller, John R. Tice, and James M. Matney be and they are hereby appointed viewers to assess the damages to which said petitioner would be liable by the opening of said road, that they meet at the office of the County Auditor on the first Monday of August next, be sworn and proceed to the discharge of the duties of this appointment by viewing said proposed road through the whole distance through the premises of the petitioner and assess and determine how much less valuable such premises of the said complainant would be rendered by the opening of said road and that they report their proceedings to the Board at the next regular Session thereof in September next.
    And the said Petition of the said Jonathan Sampson is in the words and figures following, to wit: "To the honorable Board of County Commissioners of Jackson County, Oregon Territory: Your petitioner, J. Sampson, would respectfully represent that at the March term of your Court, 1857, O. D. Hoxie, Thomas Beall, R. B. Packard and J. Crawford, previously appointed by the Court to review a certain road, submitted a report to your honorable body favorable to the establishment of a road commencing at a white oak stump, hacked, at and above the road as now traveled, about 30 rods above the Ashland Mills, and intersecting at its termination the Territorial road at a bridge at the South West corner of Isaac Hill's Garden"; for further particulars of said route, the Court is referred to the original report of said Viewers filed March 16th 1857. Your petitioner further represents that the above referred to report runs the road through his premises as represented below, in a Plat of his land claim, and that the said road as there represented separates the South end of his claim containing the largest portion of his tillable land and a portion of his pasture land from a running Spring, the only living water on his premises; thus, in addition to the damage of the road's running diagonally through the best of his land, it will require daily service to water his stock occupying the improvements south of the road which could have been avoided had the above Viewers listened to the request of your petitioner to lay the road 75 or 100 yards farther to the left. Your petitioner further represents that he feels and believes that if said proposed road is established as laid out through his lands, that it will be continually greatly to his injury and therefore claims the full sum of One thousand dollars damage. Therefore, your Petitioner asks that three disinterested householders be appointed to assess and determine how much less valuable the premises of your petitioner will be rendered by the establishing [of] said road, a public highway, through his lands and report to the next term of the Board of County Commissioners. Jonathan Sampson, July 4th, 1857."
    Which said petition being read, it is ordered by the Board that Michael Hanley, Frank Clugage and Wm. Hesse be and they are hereby appointed viewers to assess the damages to which the said petitioner would be liable by the opening of said road, that they meet at the Office of the County Auditor on the first Monday of August next, be sworn and proceed to the discharge of the duties of this appointment by viewing said proposed road the whole distance through the premises of the petitioner and assess and determine how much less valuable such premises of the said complainant would be rendered by the opening of said road and that they report their proceedings to the Board at their next regular session in September next.
    And the said Petition of the said James C. Tolman is in the words and figures following, to wit: "To the honorable Board of County Commissioners of Jackson County, Oregon Territory: Your Petitioner, J. C. Tolman, would respectfully represent that at the March term of your Court, 1857, O. D. Hoxie, Thomas Beall, R. B. Packard and J. Crawford, previously appointed by the Court to review a certain road, submitted a report to your honorable body, favorable to the establishment of a road "Commencing at a white oak stump (hacked) at and above the road as now traveled about 30 rods above the Ashland Mills and intersecting at its termination the Territorial road at a bridge at the South West corner of Isaac Hill's Garden; for farther particulars of said route, the Court is referred to the original report of said viewers filed March 16th 1857. Your petitioner further represents that the above referred to report runs the road through his premises as represented below in plat of his land claim and cuts off over one hundred acres of the South end of said claim separates the same from any stock water whatever. And further that the said land is not designed for cultivation, but excellent pasturage and constituting the principal part of pasture land belonging to your petitioner. Your petitioner further represents that he feels and believes that if said proposed road is established as laid out through his lands that it will be greatly to his injury and damage, to wit: the full sum of One thousand dollars. Therefore, your petitioner asks that three disinterested householders be appointed to assess and determine how much less valuable the premises of your petitioner will be rendered by the establishing [of] said road as a public highway through his lands and report to the next term of the Board of County Commissioners. J. C. Tolman, Petitioner, July 4th, 1857."
    Which said petition being read, it is ordered by the Board that Michael Hanley, Frank Clugage and Wm. Hesse be and they are hereby appointed viewers to assess the damages to which the said petitioner would be liable by the opening of said road, that they meet at the Office of the County Auditor on the first Monday of August next, be sworn and proceed to the discharge of the duties of this appointment by viewing said proposed road the whole distance through the premises of the petitioner and assess and determine how much less valuable such premises of the said complainant would be rendered by the opening of said road and that they report their proceedings to the Board at their next regular Session in September next.
    And the said petition of the said Isaac Hill is in the words and figures following, to wit: "To the Honorable the Board of County Commissioners of Jackson County, Oregon Territory: Your petitioner, Isaac Hill, would respectfully represent that at the March 
term of your Court, 1857, O. D. Hoxie, Thomas Beall, R. B. Packard, and J. Crawford previously appointed by the Court to review a certain road, submitted a report to your honorable body favorable to the establishment of a road commencing at a white oak stump (hacked) at and above the road as now traveled about 30 rods above the Ashland Mills and intersecting (at its termination) the Territorial road at a bridge at the South west corner of Isaac Hill's Garden, for further particulars of said route, the Court is referred to the original report of said viewers filed March 16th, 1857. Your petitioner further represents that the above referred to report runs the road through his premises greatly to his injury and damage in consequence of running in a S.E. direction over three quarters of a mile through his lands at no greater distance from the Territorial road than from 400 yards down to a point; both of which roads form a wedge in his premises. Therefore, your petitioner feels and believes that he will be damaged to the amount of Two thousand dollars and claims that amount as damages and asks that three disinterested householders be appointed to assess and determine how much less valuable the premises of your petitioner will be rendered by the establishing [of] said road as a public highway through his lands and report to the next term of the Board of County Commissioners. Isaac Hill--July 6th, 1857."
    Which said petition being read, it is ordered by the Board that Samuel Smith, James Tatum and William Kahler be and they are hereby appointed viewers to assess the damages to which the said petitioner would be liable by the opening of said road, that they meet at the Office of the County Auditor on the first Monday of August next, be sworn and proceed to the discharge of the duties of this appointment by viewing said proposed road the whole distance through the premises of the petitioner and assess and determine how much less valuable such premises of the said complainant would be rendered by the opening of said road and that they report their proceedings to the Board at their next regular Session in September next.
    And the said petition of the said Richard Evans is in the words & figures following, to wit: "To the honorable Board of County Commissioners of Jackson County, Oregon Territory: Your petitioner, Richard Evans, would respectfully represent that at the March term of your Court, 1857, O. D. Hoxie, Thomas Beall, R. B. Packard and J. Crawford, previously appointed by the Court to review a certain road, made a report to your Court favorable to the establishment of a road commencing at a white oak stump (hacked) at and above the road as now traveled about 30 rods above the Ashland Mills and terminating or intersecting the Territorial road at a bridge at the South West corner of Isaac Hill's garden, for further particulars of said route, the Court is referred to the original report of said viewers filed March 16th, 1857. Your petitioner further represents that the above described report of O. D. Hoxie and others runs the road through his premises as represented below in a true plat of his land claim. The Territorial road was established (by your petitioner's consent) through his premises, believing that the interest of the Country required it and said road not passing through the best portion of his tillable land. Your petitioner further represents that the best portion of his land is in the South West portion of his claim, and that the aforesaid proposed County road runs through it in such a shape as to render it valueless. And further, as your honorable body will see from the plat, the two roads cut his land claim into three irregular pieces, making 14 corners on a single quarter section of land, making the land impracticable to till and placing the expense of fencing the same [cut off on microfilm] represents that he feels and believes that if said road should be established and opened as laid out through his land that it will be greatly to his injury and damage, to wit: the full sum of Two thousand dollars. Therefore, your petitioner asks that three disinterested householders be appointed to assess and determine how much less valuable the premises of your petitioner will be rendered by the establishing [of] said road as a Public highway through his lands and report to the next term of the Board of County Commissioners. July 1st, 1857 Richard Evans."
    Which said petition being read, it is ordered by the Board that Samuel Smith, James Tatum and William Kahler be and they are hereby appointed viewers to assess the damages to which the said petitioners would be liable by the opening of said road, that they meet at the office of the County Auditor on the first Monday in August next, be sworn and proceed to the discharge of the duties of this appointment by viewing said proposed road the whole distance through the premises of the complainant and assess and determine how much less valuable such premises of the said complainant would be rendered by the opening of said road and that they report their proceedings to the Board at their next regular Session in September next.
    And the Board now adjourn until tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock.
G. B. Davidson, Chairman
Attest: Wm. Hoffman, Clk.


Tuesday morning, July 7th 1857
    The Board met this day pursuant to adjournment, present G. B. Davidson, S. D. Van Dyke and Frederick Heber, Commissioners, W. G. T'Vault, Pros. Atty. and Wm. Hoffman, Clk. of the Board.
    The report of James Dawson, James Huston and Nathaniel C. Dean, viewers appointed to view and lay out a certain County road commencing on the north side of Rogue River near F. Rosenstock's and terminating at Jewett's ferry, was read a second time today.
    Ordered that James Dawson be and he is hereby allowed Two Dollars for services as road viewer.
    Ordered that James Huston be and he is hereby allowed Two Dollars for services as road viewer.
    Ordered that Nathaniel C. Dean be and he is hereby allowed Two Dollars for services as road viewer.
    The report of N. D. Smith, Wm. Welch and Addison Ball, viewers appointed to view and lay out a certain County road commencing near Lewis' on the Territorial road and terminating at the South East corner of G. G. Kerr's land claim on the Military road, was read a second time today and is the words and figures following, to wit:
    "To the Commissioners of Jackson County: We, the undersigned, having been appointed Viewers to view and locate a road agreeable with the petition of Samuel Smith & others, report as follows, Commencing at a stake in front of Lewis' and on the Territorial road near the bridge, thence running West on the line between Evans and Wright and also on the same direction across M. Bellinger's claim, thence in the same direction between Andrew Davidson and John Lacy's and to the S.W. corner of Andrew Davidson's claim, from thence the view is South of West, across Abraham Tenbrook's, touching the S.E. corner of said Tenbrook's field and thence on the line between Tenbrook and Jos. H. Davis', W. at a stake about 200 yards West of Jos. H. Davis' granary, thence bearing to the S. of W. a very little and gaining the summit of the hill at or near the old road and thence in a direct line to the South East corner of Gideon Kerr's claim, when said road will intersect with the Military road and terminate. This the 11 day of July 1857.
N. D. Smith
Wm. Welch
Addison Ball
    Ordered that N. D. Smith be allowed [blank] Dollars for services as road viewer.
    Ordered that Wm. Welch be allowed 
[blank] Dollars for services as road viewer.
    Ordered that Addison Ball be allowed 
[blank] Dollars for services as road viewer.
    The report of James N. T. Miller, Wayne Oliver, Isaac Woolen, F. M. Plymale and Albert G. Rockfellow, viewers appointed to review a certain County road commencing on the Military road near the claim of James R. Davis and terminating at or near Lindley's mill was presented and is in the words and figures following, to wit:
    "To the Board of County Commissioners of Jackson County, O.T. The undersigned reviewers appointed to review a certain road commencing at a point on the Military Road near the claim of James R. Davis and terminating near the Saw Mill of Milton Lindley respectfully beg to submit the following report: Commencing at a point on the original road where the Creek known as Griffin's Creek crosses said road, thence in a straight line to the trees blazed on the Gulch in front of the "White House," thence to a white oak tree on the point of the hill to the right and near the old road, thence to two small oak bushes on the right of the road and near the house of Mr. Johnson, thence along the foot of the hill to a stake at the junction of the old and present traveled road, thence in a direct line to a stake and a red oak stump, fifty paces in front of Addison Ball's house, thence in a direct line to a bridge on the territorial road about fifty rods below Lindley's Mill.
James N. T. Miller, Wayne Oliver, Isaac Woolen, F. M. Plymale, A. G. Rockfellow."
    Which report being read was adopted and laid over for final action to the next Session of the Board in September next.
    Ordered that Jas. N. T. Miller be allowed 
[blank] dollars for services as road viewer.
    Ordered that Wayne Oliver be allowed 
[blank] dollars for services as road viewer.
    Ordered that Isaac Woolen be allowed 
[blank] dollars for services as road viewer.
    Ordered that Francis M. Plymale be allowed Two dollars for services as road viewer.
    Ordered that Albert G. Rockfellow be allowed 
[blank] dollars for services as road viewer.
    The Report of O. D. Hoxie, Thomas F. Beall, R. B. Packard and Jerasney Crawford, viewers to review a certain County road therein mentioned, coming up as unfinished business from the last session of the Board, was read and adopted and is in the words and figures following, to wit: "County of Jackson, Territory of Oregon, To the Hon. the Board of Commissioners of said County, We the undersigned viewers appointed at the December Session, A.D. 1856, of your honorable Board to view a part of the road (as viewed by Messrs. Rice and Chambers in August, A.D. 1856) and a review prayed for by Thomas Smith and others, beg leave to report: In accordance with said appointment, we proceeded on the 2nd day of March, A.D. 1857, to pass over and view the route as petitioned for from the beginning to the end of the same; We commenced marking at a white oak stump at and above the road as now traveled about 30 rods above the Ashland Mills, thence in a S.E. direction to a small tree, hacked, thence to a white oak, hacked, thence in a straight line to a white oak tree, hacked, thence to a big pine tree, hacked, thence to a white oak tree, hacked, thence straight on to a small white oak tree, hacked, where it intersects the road as now traveled and about half a mile from the house of J. D. Smith, leaving said house on the left hand, thence with the road as now traveled leaving the enclosed land of Robert Wright to the left hand, thence with the road as now traveled leaving the enclosed land of James C. Tolman and Thomas Smith to the left hand 
thence with the road as now traveled until it comes within forty-five or fifty rods of the house of Isaac Hill's and here we would respectfully recommend that the road should bear to the left and intersect the Territorial road at a bridge at the So.W. corner of the aforesaid Hill's Garden. As the road petitioned for above this point runs through the said Hill's claim, nearly parallel to the Territorial road and in places not more than 20 or 30 rods distant. The general face of the Country over which said road passes is part level and part rolling with a few gulches, but in the main is good ground for a road. We therefore report that a road over said route is required for the public travel and would be of general utility and public benefit. We therefore recommend that said route be laid out and made a public highway.  O. D. Hoxie, Thomas F. Beall, Rezin B. Packard, Jerasney Crawford. March 14th 1857."
    The Petition of Asa G. Fordyce and others (which was read yesterday) for a review of a certain County road heretofore reviewed by O. D. Hoxie, R. B. Packard, Thomas F. Beall, Jerasney Crawford and Ebenezer Pinkham, came up as unfinished business, and after due deliberation of the premises, it is ordered by the Board that the petition of the petitioners be not granted on the ground that the law does not justify granting said petition, being as is understood by the Board a review to a review already had, which said decision of the Board is excepted to by the Attorney for the petitioners, P. P. Prim, and therefore the following motion was submitted to the Board by P. P. Prim, Attorney for the petitioners, to wit, "that the testimony of C. C. Beckman and Austin Badger be taken to prove the facts set forth in the petition of the petitioners," said motion being made after the decision of the Board was had on the petition and before the decision was put upon the record, which motion is overruled by the Board, and such overruling excepted to by the Counsel for the petitioners.
    The following motion was then submitted to the Board by P. P. Prim, Attorney for the Petitioners, and is in the words and figures following, to wit: "The Petition of J. C. Tolman and others, for alteration and review of County road filed with Board of Commissioners of Jackson County, O.T., July 6th1857--The petitioners by their Attorney in the above cause, come and move the Board of County Commissioners of the aforesaid County and Territory, to decide whether they are satisfied that said petition of the petitioners is just and reasonable or not? P. P. Prim, Attorney for petitioners, July 7th 1857."
    Which motion the Board refuse to entertain on the ground that the law does not justify the Board in granting the petition, to which refusal the Council for the petitioner excepts. Notice of Appeal and appeal bond filed.
    Ordered that the Messengers who made return of Election be allowed their Mileage for such service according to the Statement of the Auditor, as follows:
    Ashland Precinct J. R. Helman 32 miles at .20 pr. mile $6.40
Eden Precinct James A. Hays 18 miles at .20 pr. mile 3.60
Sterlingville Precinct Theodric Cameron 16 miles at .20 pr. mile 3.20
Applegate Precinct George Long 20 miles at .20 pr. mile 4.00
Butte Creek Precinct P. W. Stow 28 miles at .20 pr. mile 5.60
Dardanelles Precinct G. H. Ambrose 20 miles at .20 pr. mile 4.00
Perkinsville Precinct Oliver J. Evans 35 miles at .20 pr. mile 7.00
Star Gulch Precinct W. H. S. Hyde 20 miles at .20 pr. mile 4.00
Manzanita Precinct L. A. Rice 10 miles at .20 pr. mile 2.00
Evans Creek Precinct Dr. O. Gilbert 60 miles at .20 pr. mile 12.00
Siskiyou Precinct Theodric Cameron 16 miles at .20 pr. mile 3.20
    Ordered that W. G. T'Vault be allowed Three dollars for Services as Dpy. Auditor.
    Ordered that H. H. Brown be allowed Six dollars for 2 days & mileage Canvassing returns.
    Ordered that Wm. Hoffman be allowed two dollars 1 day & mileage Canvassing votes.
    The Petition of Samuel E. Stearns, F. Heber and others for the appointment of viewers to view and lay out a County road leading from Jacksonville and terminating at the foot of the Mountains east of Bear Creek was presented and being read and proof being made of notices having been posted according to law, and bonds being filed and accepted, It is ordered by the Board that Isaac Constant, Abram Tenbrook, and George Ross be and they are hereby appointed viewers of said proposed road, that they meet at the Office of the County Auditor on the second Monday in August next, be sworn and proceed to the discharge of the duties of this appointment according to law, and report their proceedings to the Board at the next regular session thereof in September next.
    The application of Michael Hinto for a License to retail Spirituous liquors in quantities less than one quart in Jacksonville Precinct and the said Michael Hinto, having posted notices of his intention to apply to the Board for such license, it is ordered by the Board that said Michael Hinto be allowed a license for selling spirituous liquors in Jacksonville Precinct, by filing his bond with approved security and by paying into the County Treasury the sum of fifty dollars for said license for six months.
    The petition of sundry Citizens of Sterlingville precinct to grant Thomas Swank and Joseph Bateman license to retail spirituous liquors in said precinct in quantities less than one quart was read, and it appearing that the said Swank and Bateman have failed to post notices of their intention to apply for said license, as required by the Statute, the said petition is not allowed.
    The Petition of sundry Citizens of Jacksonville Precinct to grant Austin Badger a license to retail spirituous liquors in quantities less than one quart in said precinct being read and it appearing to the Board that the said Austin Badger had posted notices of his intention to apply for such license, It is ordered by the Board that the said Austin Badger be allowed said License by filing his bond with approved security, and by paying into the County Treasury the sum of Forty dollars, which with ten dollars previously deposited in the County Treasury, make the sum of Fifty dollars, which entitles the said Austin Badger to a license as aforesaid for the term of six months from the date hereof.
    The petition of Wm. K. Ish for the appointment of viewers to view and locate a private road leading from the S.W. corner of the land claim of said Ish to intersect the road from Jacksonville through the lands of Michael Hanley was read, whereupon It is ordered by the Board that James N. T. Miller, James R. Pool and Dr. A. B. Overbeck be and they are hereby appointed to view and locate said road as prayed for, that they meet at the Office of the County Auditor on the [blank] day of 
[blank] next, be sworn and proceed to discharge the duties of this appointment by viewing and locating said private road and also to assess the damages that may accrue upon such location of said road to such person or persons through whose land said road may pass and report their proceedings to the Board at the next regular session thereof in September next.
    Ordered by the Board that the costs in criminal examinations before Wm. Hoffman, Justice of the peace, be allowed and that the County Auditor issue Warrants on the County Treasurer to the persons entitled to said costs respectively, as follows, to wit:
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Territory of Oregon
    vs.
Isaac Tubbs
    Assault with Intent to Kill
Justice's fees
Witnesses: J. Wasmuth, Wm. Stow, A. Shoenagle, Wm. Watts, Jacob Broadwell, Granderson Curtiss, Silas McMillen, Thomas Pyle, H. Conroy, each 1.50
10.25



13.50
  ----
Territory of Oregon
    vs.
Jackson County
Justice fees, Wm. Hoffman
Prosecuting Attorney's fees T'Vault
Witness Minus Walker
7.30
10.00
5.50
  ----
Territory of Oregon
    vs.
Eli Judd
Justice's fees Wm. Hoffman
Pros. Atty. T'Vault
Sheriff (Pyle)
Witnesses: C. Walker $3.00, W. J. Maxey $3.00
8.25
10.00
8.00
6.00
  ----
Territory of Oregon
    vs.
John Marshall
Justice's fees Wm. Hoffman
Prosecuting Atty. (T'Vault)
2.75
10.00
  ----
Territory of Oregon
    vs.
Joshua Scholes
Justice's fees Hoffman
Constable fees
Witnesses: Wm. Daisley, Adna Roberts, G. W. Sullen, Davis Evans, John S. W. Smith, S. Stotter each 5.50
Prosecuting Attorney T'Vault
4.40
26.10


33.00
10.00
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Territory of Oregon
    vs.
J. A. Owens
Justice's fees Hoffman
Witnesses: Minus Walker 5.50
Pros. Attorney T'Vault
4.40
5.50
10.00
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Territory of Oregon
    vs.
H. H. Brown
Justice's fees Hoffman
Prosecuting Attorney T'Vault
Constable Wm. H. Shoudy
Constable Anderson
Witnesses: Wm. H. Shoudy $7.00, G. S. Nichols $7.00, R. Nelson, Dr. G. Smith $1.70, Dr. Thompson $1.70
11.75
12.00
3.00
3.70


3.50
    Ordered that the expenses of an inquest held on the body of Nathan B. Lane be allowed and that the County Auditor be authorized to draw warrants on the County Treasurer to the respective persons who may be entitled to fees on said Inquest, to wit:
    Coroner's fees, Thos. Arundell, 13.65
    Witnesses: John R. Tice $3.00, C. B. Brooks $2.60, A. J. Nolan $1.40, J. J. Nolan 1.20, P. J. Ryan 1.20, McCarty 1.20, David Haynes 2.60, David Johnson 2.60, T. Hopwood 2.40, A. Bethel 2.60, J. Dossan 2.60, M. Henry 2.60, H. Gadsden 1.20, B. W. Houston 2.40
    Jurors' fees: John B. Siders 3.60, J. J. Cozart 3.60, N. C. Dean 3.20, S. Hall 3.60, John Anderson 3.60, M. T. Pierce 3.60
    Sheriff's fees: Thos. Pyle $1.40. Constable's fees John Q. Tabor $5.80.
    And the Board now adjourn until to[morrow] morning at 9 O'Clk.
G. B. Davidson, Chairman
Attest: Wm. Hoffman, Clk.


Wednesday morning July 8th 1857
    The Board of Commissioners met this morning pursuant to adjournment, present the same as yesterday.
    Ordered that A. J. Kane be allowed Thirty-six dollars for services as Bailiff May Term District Court 1857.
    Ordered that John B. Sifers be allowed Twenty-seven dollars for fees in Criminal Cases in District Court May Term 1857.
    Ordered that the fees of Jurors and Witnesses at the trial sitting of the District Court, Jackson County, be allowed as per certificate of the deputy Clerk of said Court, and that the Auditor be authorized to issue Warrants on the County Treasurer for the respective persons entitled to the same, to wit:
Jurors
  Theodric Cameron $13.80   Rezin B. Packard $13.20   John P. Walker $16.00
D. N. Herrin 12.60 S. Ettlinger 12.10 James R. Davis 12.50
William Hesse 12.10 Jos. Skeeters 16.00 Jos. Satterfield 14.00
Asa G. Fordyce 15.20 Lewis Hiatt 16.00 Wm. Welch 13.20
John T. Layton 12.60 Danl. F. Fisher 19.00 Charles W. Crow 2.00
Jas. Leslie 2.00 Geo. T. Ledford 2.00 Sewall Truax 2.00
Wm. M. Hughes 2.00 Daniel Newcomb 2.00 James M. Matney 2.00
John H. Blake 2.00 James Dawson 2.00
Witnesses
  Silas McMillen $4.60   Thomas Pyle $4.10   Granderson Curtiss $4.60
Thos. H. Birch 4.60 Elisha Sharp 4.60 Wm. Hesse 4.10
Chas. Savage 4.10 C. K. Miller 4.10 James R. Pool 4.10
Morgan W. Davis 4.10 John Hillman 4.10 David Winfield 4.10
    Ordered that Doct. L. S. Thompson be allowed One hundred and eighty-five dollars for medical attendance on Prisoners.
    Ordered that R. S. Dunlap be allowed Five dollars for extra work on Jail.
    Ordered that Austin Badger be allowed the sum of Ninety dollars for furnishing victuals for prisoners in Jail.
    Ordered that Wm. Hesse and Co. be allowed four dollars and ninety-eight cents for Beef &c. furnished Isaac Swinden.
    The account of Dr. L. Ganung for rent for block house for Jail purposes being presented, It is ordered by the Board that said L. Ganung be allowed the sum of One hundred and thirty-seven dollars and fifty cents for rent of said house from the 10th day of April 1857 to the 8th day of July 1857 inclusive, as per contract on record, and that said building be given up from and after this date.
    The application of Wm. M. Griffin and others, petitioners for the appointment of viewers to view and lay out a County road, commencing at a point near the White House on the Claim of Wm. Hoffman and terminating at Wait's Mill was read and also a remonstrance against the appointment of such viewers and also a withdrawal of a portion of the names of the first petitioners, all of which being read and proof being made that notices had been posted as required by the Statute and bond being filed; after due deliberation of the matter, It is ordered by the Board that said petition be granted and that W. G. T'Vault, D. M. Kenney & David B. Brenan be and they are hereby appointed viewers to view and lay out said road as prayed for, that they meet at the Office of the County Auditor on the first Monday of August next, be sworn and proceed to the discharge of the duties of this appointment and report their proceedings to the Board at their next regular Session in September next.
    Whereas at the April Session 1857 of this Board on the petition of sundry citizens for the appointment of viewers to view and lay out a County road commencing at a point on the Jacksonville and Crescent City road about two miles from Applegate Cr., to terminate at the Mouth of Palmer Creek, the said Board appointed viewers in answer to said petition and it appearing to the satisfaction of the Board that the said viewers so appointed failed to discharge the duties of said appointment and report their proceedings, It is ordered by the Board that Willard Spencer, John O'Brien and George Long be and they are hereby appointed viewers to view and lay out said road as prayed for in said petition, that they meet at the house of Wm. Carberry, Justice of the peace, on the 2nd Monday of August next, be sworn and proceed to the discharge of the duties of this appointment and report their proceedings to this Board at their September Session next ensuing.
    Ordered by the Board that the appointment of H. H. Brown as Supervisor of Road District No. 14 be and the same is hereby revoked and that he settle with the Board at their next regular Session in September next.
    Ordered that Justus Wells be and he is hereby appointed Supervisor of Road District No. 14 to serve until his successor be appointed and qualified.
    Whereas R. S. Dunlap has completed his contract with the Commissioners for the Carpenter work on the new Jail and the Board having accepted the Jail so far as the Carpenter's work is concerned and having relinquished the Bond of said R. S. Dunlap and it appearing that there is still due to said R. S. Dunlap on said contract the sum of One hundred and twenty-five dollars now due, and the further sum of Two hundred and forty-five dollars due and payable on the first day of January next, It is ordered by the Board that the said contract is accepted as completed by said R. S. Dunlap and that the Auditor is hereby authorized to draw on the County Treasurer for the amount so due said R. S. Dunlap out of the Jail fund not otherwise appropriated.
    The petitions of James Hamlin and Thomas Arundell for damages on a certain review of County road were presented to the Board and the said petition of the said James Hamlin is in the words and figures following, to wit: "To the Board of Commissioners of Jackson County, O.T., The undersigned would respectfully represent to your honors, that a certain County road reviewed by James N. T. Miller, Wayne Oliver, Isaac Woolen, F. M. Plymale and A. G. Rockfellow, viewers appointed by your honorable Board at the April Session 1857, commencing at a point near the claim of James R. Davis and terminating near the Saw Mill of Milton Lindley, and the report of said reviewers having been made to your honorable Board, by which report it will appear that said road as reviewed passes through the enclosed and cultivated land of your petitioner about three fourths of a mile; and that if said road should b established and opened, would require two strings of fence for the distance of three fourths of a mile; also that the said road running angling through said land would lessen the value of the Claim and greatly inconvenience your petitioner in his farming operations; Your petitioner also represents to your honors that the expense of repairing the fencing necessary to be made if said road should be established, as well as the interest on the money to be expended in building said fences, should be taken into the estimate of the damages your petitioner would necessarily sustain by establishing said road; in consideration of the premises, Your petitioner believes that he would be damaged by establishing said road to the amount of Three thousand five hundred dollars in Silver and Gold. Your petitioner therefore prays your honorable Board to appoint three disinterested householders of Jackson County to view said proposed road through the claim of your petitioner and to assess the amount of damages which he would sustain by establishing said road.
James Hamlin
    July 8th 1857
    And the said Thomas Arundell's petition is in the words and figures following, to wit: "To the Board of Commissioners of Jackson County, O.T. The undersigned would respectfully represent to your honorable Board that a certain County road reviewed by James N. T. Miller, Wayne Oliver, Isaac Woolen, F. M. Plymale & A. G. Rockfellow, viewers appointed by your honorable Board at the April Session 1857, commencing at a point on the Military road near the claim of James R. Davis and terminating near the Saw Mill of Milton Lindley and the report of said reviewers having been made to your honorable Board, by which report it will appear that said road as reviewed passes through my land and runs angling through it, which will require two strings of fence three fourths of a mile long, besides lessening the value of said land by dividing it, by which it damages my place to the amount of Fifteen hundred dollars, should said road be established as reviewed. Your petitioner therefore prays your honorable board to appoint three disinterested householders of Jackson County to view said proposed road through the claim of your petitioner and to assess the amount of damages which he would sustain by establishing said road.
Thomas Arundell"
    July 8th 1857
    Which said petitions being read, it is ordered by the Board that John Robinson, Samuel E. Stearns and Henry Amerman be and they are hereby appointed to view said proposed road the whole distance through the premises of the petitioners and assess and determine how much less valuable the claims of said complainants would be rendered by the opening of said road, that they meet at the office of the County Auditor on the first Monday of August next, be sworn and proceed to discharge the duties of this appointment and report their proceedings to the Board at their regular session in September next.
    The Bill of Thomas Arundell for building the mason work of the new Jail was presented--the contract price for said work is fifteen hundred and ninety dollars; It is ordered by the Board that the said Contract be accepted as completed, with the exception of the manner in which the upper hook for the iron door of the Cells is put in, which is considered insufficient. The extra charge of $46.00 in said bill for building the Chimney is not allowed and the sum of Twenty dollars is hereby allowed for the same. The charge of $25.00 for digging the foundation for the jail walls is not allowed on the ground that it was a part of the contract under the specifications. The charge of fifteen dollars for lead furnished to fasten the door hangings is hereby allowed.
    Ordered that Wm. Kahler be and he is hereby appointed Supervisor of Road District No. 9 in the place of Thomas Worman, resigned.
    Ordered that P. W. Stow be and he is hereby appointed Supervisor of Road District No. 12 in the place of John Nichols, resigned.
    Ordered that R. B. Hargadine be and he is hereby appointed Supervisor of Road District (consolidated) No. 1 in the place of Bennett Million, resigned.
    Ordered that Albert G. Rockfellow be and he is hereby appointed Supervisor of Road District No. 3 in the place of Isaac Woolen, resigned.
    Ordered that Wm. Hoffman be allowed Eleven dollars and twenty-five cents in Coin for Stationery.
    Ordered that Wm. Hoffman be allowed Two hundred and one dollars and ninety-five cents his fees as Auditor.
    Now comes David Linn, Treasurer of Jackson County, O.T., and reports to the Board that he has not received any funds into the Treasury arising from the taxes on License sold to Chinamen.
    Ordered by the Board that the Sheriff be and he is hereby required to be and appear before the Board at a Special Session to be held on Monday the 20th day of July instant, for the purpose of settling his account with the Commissioners. It is ordered that the Treasurer also be prepared to settle his account at the same time.
    Ordered that the official bond of Clifton Riley as Assessor be One thousand dollars, that the official bond of David Linn as Treasurer be Ten thousand dollars and that the official bond of Thomas Arundell as Coroner be Ten thousand dollars.
    And the Board now adjourn until July 20th 1857.
G. B. Davidson, Chairman
Attest: Wm. Hoffman, Clk.


Auditor's Office, Jacksonville, July 20th 1857
    The Board of Commissioners met this day, pursuant to adjournment, present G. B. Davidson, Chairman, and S. D. Van Dyke, Commissioners, W. G. T'Vault, Prosecuting Attorney and William Hoffman, Clerk.
    A Statement of the settlement made with David Linn, Treasurer of Jackson County, was presented to the Board, examined and approved and is as follows, to wit:
    Mr. David Linn, Treasurer of Jackson County, O.T.
Settlement with the Auditor for the year 1856 & 7
    1856 July 9th To balance on settlement $  239.49
To amount collected for Licenses 1518.39
To amount collected on Taxes 1856 5760.36
To amount collected on Delinquent Taxes 1855 186.53
To amount collected by Thos. Pyle and paid into Treasury   1646.91 $9351.68
Cr.
1856 Feb. 28 By amount County Warrants, canceled 5511.35
1856 June 25 By amount County Warrants, canceled 2542.98