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Medford City Council Minutes 1887

The following is transcribed from the original official minutes, found in  leather-bound volumes in the Medford City Recorder's office. Spelling, punctuation and layout have been regularized only as necessary for clarity.*



Medford January 3rd 1887

    Board of Trustees met at the office of Geo. S. Walton it being a regular meeting of said Board members present J. S. Howard, E. P. Geary, A. Childers & F. Galloway.
    Minutes of the last meeting read and Approved.
    Acct. of H. F. Wood presented and referred to committee.
    Petition of John Noland for liquor license presented petition granted and Board Approved & License ordered.
    Petition of J. B. Riddle for License to sell Liquor presented granted Board Approved and License ordered.
    Petition of Ang Carlson granted and ordered Recorded. Recorder to approve Bond and issue License by the said Carson complying with ordinance No. [illegible] of said Town.
    Ordered that recorder issue warrants on Treasurer to Judges & Clerks of Election.
    The Board then adjourned to meet at G. S. Walton['s] office on January 4 1887.


Geo. S. Walton                                                              J. S. Howard
    Recorder                                                                                    Mayor



Medford January 4th 1887

    Board of Trustees met pursuant to adjournment at Waltons Hall members present
    J. S. Howard, A. Childers, E. P. Geary.
    Minutes of last regular meeting read and approved unfinished business taken up the petition of Vrooman and Miller to sell property to the Town was taken up. The Committee on Ways and Means reported unfavorable. The whole matter was then indefinitely postponed.
    The committee on Finance reported the bill[s]
W. R. Andrews for drawing Charter  15.00
I. A. Webb bedstead for Jail  .75
James H. Barnum hog pound  3.00
James Hamlin for rent of Hall from Sept. 1st 1886 to Dec. 1st 1887  18.75 less 12.50 for building sidewalk allowed  6.25
The Bill of G. W. Crystal work on ladders  2.00
The above bills were allowed and ordered warrants drawn on Treasurer. The following bills were presented and referred to committee
H. F. Wood for lumber for crosswalks  2.40
Adkins & Webb for nails  2.00
J. N. Walter lumber and work on Road  12.50
I. Woolf work on Roads and Streets  10.75
L. Doren work on Road  1.50
John Barkdull    "   1.50
A. E. Woods      "      .75
A. G. Owen        "   3.00
Vrooman & Miller bolts for ladder  .75
    The Trustees then proceeded to canvass the returns of the Election which resulted as follows
    For Town Trustees J. S. Howard, A. Childers, G. H. Haskins, F. A. Harris & J. B. Riddle.
    For Recorder Geo. S. Walton
    For Marshal J. S. Miller
    For Treasurer Charles Wolters
    Street Commissioner J. A. Whiteside
which were declared duly Elected.
    Report of Charles Strang Treasurer received and placed on file
    Ordinance No. 42 presented and passed all the members voting yea as their names were called the ordinance passed
    The Board then adjourned to meet on the 13th day of January 1887 at Waltons Hall.

Geo. S. Walton Recorder



Medford January 13 1887

    Board of Trustees met pursuant to adjournment members present J. S. Howard, A. Childers and E. P. Geary
    Minutes of the last meeting read and approved.
    The Committee on Finance reported the bills referred at the last meeting correct which was allowed and ordered warrants drawn on Treas. The fiscal report of Charles Strang Treas and E. G. Hurt Street Com received and placed on file. The following Bills was presented and referred
    P. P. Prim Atty fees $20.00 for Town of Medford vs Noland & Ulrich court fees for June  10.33
    Geo. S. Walton fees as Recorder from June 24 1886 to Jan 1st 1887  55.75
    To rent of House from July 1 1886 to Sept 8th 1886  18.25
    For office for Election January 1887  2.00
    All referred to committee the Board adjourned sine die.

Geo. S. Walton Recorder                                                      J. S. Howard President



Medford January 13th 1887

    The new Board of Trustees Elected for said Town for the year 1887 met at Geo. S. Waltons office as required by the Charter of Said Town and after being sworn according to law proceeded to Elect J. S. Howard president of the Board for the ensuing year all the members present except J. B. Riddle who had been previously sworn. The President then read the standing rules and bylaws which were adopted.
    The Bonds of the following officers were then presented Read and approved and placed on file
Bond of Geo. S. Walton Recorder for $500.00
   "   John S. Miller Marshal  $500.00
   "   Charles [Wolters] Treasurer  $500.00
   "   J. A. Whiteside Street Commissioner  $300.00
after which the following committee were appointed
    Committee on Finance & Ways and Means J. B. Riddle, G. H. Haskins and A. Childers
    Committee on Sanitary G. H. Haskins & J. A. Whiteside
    Committee on Fire & Water T. A. Harris & A. Childers
    Streets A. Childers & J. B. Riddle
    The following Bills were then presented and referred
Bill of G. S. Walton for rent of office from July 1st 1886 to Sept. 8th 1886  $18.25
  "   for Election for January 3 1887  2.00
P. P. Prim Atty fees Town of Medford vs Noland & Ulrich  $20.00
Court fees the clerk of Jackson County  10.35
    The Board then adjourned

Geo. S. Walton  Recorder                                                      J. S. Howard  Mayor



Medford Feb 7 1887

    Board of Trustees met at their Hall it being a regular meeting of Said Board
    Members present J. S Howard, A. Childers, T. A. Harris, J. B. Riddle & G. H. Haskins.
    The minutes of the last meeting read and approved the Committee on Finance reported the Bills referred to them at the meeting as correct and recommend that they be allowed which was done and ordered warrants be drawn on Treasurer also Bill of Vrooman & Miller for Stove and pipe ordered by Com. on Ways & Means for $8.40 also Bill of M. Purdin for bolts for Bridge $121.62 allowed and ordered warrants on Treas.
    Bill of John Noland for $100 .00 for rebate on Liquor License Referred to Committee on Finance
    Petition of J. C. Elder & others to grade B Street referred to Street Committee on Streets the Board then appointed a committee on Ordinances consisting of Geo. S. Walton, G. H. Haskins & T. A. Harris. Petition presented by E. P. Geary and others [to] lay sidewalk on North side of 7th Street between [illegible] county road referred to Committee on Streets
    Petition to lay street crossings referred to Street Committee. D. W. Crosby was appointed Special Police for said town ordered that the recorder burn all warrants returned canceled. The Board then adjourned.

Geo S. Walton                                                                   J. S. Howard
    Recorder                                                                             Mayor



Medford March 7 1887

    Board of Trustees met at the Hall it being a regular meeting members present J. S. Howard, J. B. Riddle, T. A. Harris, G. H. Haskins & A. Childers.
    Minutes of the last regular meeting read and approved the act of John Noland withdrawn the Committee on Ordinances to whom was referred the Petition to License Dogs presented ordinance No. 43 which was read and laid over the [omission]
    The Committee to whom was referred the petition on streets asked further time granted.
    Bill of T. A. Harris for sawing wood for .75 allowed an order warrant drawn on Treas.
    The following Bills was presented and referred
M. Purdin for irons for Jail  3.10
Vrooman & Miller locks and iron for Jail  2.10
Bill of J. A. Whiteside for work as Street Com from Jan 14th 1887 to March 7th 1887  $10.00
Bill of Sect. of State for Charter allowed  $12.25
    The Board then adjourned.

Geo S. Walton                                                                   J. S. Howard
    Recorder                                                                             Mayor



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AN ACT
To Incorporate the Town of Medford in Jackson County, Oregon, and Limiting its Powers and Defining the Duties of its Officers, and to Repeal an Act Entitled an Act to Incorporate the Town of Medford in Jackson County, Oregon, Approved February 24, 1885.
   

Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of the State of Oregon:
   

ARTICLE I.
    Section 1. That the inhabitants of Jackson County living within the boundaries hereinafter described are hereby constituted a body politic and corporate by the name of the town of Medford, and by that name they and their successors shall be known in law and have perpetual succession with the rights and privileges hereinafter enumerated:
    First--To sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, defend and be defended in all courts of law or equity and in all actions or suits whatever.
    Second--They may take by purchase or gift real and personal property within said town for public buildings, school purposes and town improvements, and may take such property in manner aforesaid within and beyond the limits of the town for cemetery purposes, for the reception of persons afflicted with contagious diseases, for workhouses, houses of correction, and for the construction of water works to supply the town with water,, and may lease, sell or dispose of any such property for the benefit of the town.
    Third--Exercise a general police over said town and provide for the peace, security and convenience of the inhabitants thereof.
    Fourth--They may have a common seal, break and alter the same and make a new one at pleasure.
    Fifth--The foregoing enumeration of rights and privileges does not exclude others hereinafter expressly or impliedly granted.
    Section 2. The boundary of said town shall be as follows: Commencing at the southwest corner of the town of Medford, Jackson County, Oregon, as laid down upon the recorded plat thereof, and running thence north fifty-four degrees and thirty minutes east (N. 54° 30' E.) along the south boundary of said town and beyond to the west bank of Bear Creek; thence northward along the line of said creek to a point from which the northwest corner of said town of Medford bears south fifty-four degrees and thirty minutes west (S. 54° 30' W.); thence from said point south fifty-four degrees thirty minutes west to the northwest corner of said town; thence south sixty (60) chains; thence east twenty (20) chains to the township line between ranges 1 and 2 west, township 37 south, intersecting the township line sixty (60) chains south of the corner to sections 19 and 30, 24 and 25 of township aforesaid; thence south sixty-eight degrees east 7.00 chains to place of beginning; provided, that for road purposes all of sections 24 and 25 of township 37 south; of range 2 west, and sections 19 and 30 in township 37 south, range 1 west, and including the town of Medford, shall constitute one road district, and the street commissioner of the town under the direction of the board of trustees shall collect and apply all road taxes within said road district to the repair and improvement of roads and streets therein; and provided further, that residents of said town or district shall not be exempt from the payment of such road tax as may be Imposed by law upon other residents of Jackson County.
   

ARTICLE II.
    Section 3. The government of said town shall be vested in a board of trustees consisting of a mayor and four trustees, a recorder, a treasurer, a marshal and a commissioner of streets, all of whom shall be qualified voters of the State of Oregon and residents of the said town for six months next previous to any election before they can be eligible to any of said offices.
    Section 4. The board of trustees shall assemble within ten days after their election. In case of the absence of the mayor at the meeting of the board of trustees, they may elect a mayor pro tem, who shall have the power and perform the duty of mayor [for] the time. The board shall fix the time and place of holding their stated meetings and may be convened by the mayor at any time. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum to do business, but a smaller number may adjourn from time to time and compel the attendance of absent members in such manner and under such penalties as the board may have prescribed. They shall judge of the qualification, election and return of their own members and other officers elected under this Act and determine contested elections. They may determine rules for their own proceedings, punish any member or other person for disorderly conduct in their presence at any meeting of the board, and with the concurrence of four-fifths of all the members may expel any member or may suspend any other officer. They shall keep a journal of the proceedings of the board and at the desire of any member present shall cause the yeas and nays to be taken on any question and entered on the journals. All meetings of the board of trustees shall be public.
    Section 5. It shall be the duty of the board of trustees to devise and adopt all such measures and regulations connected with the police, security, peace, cleanliness, improvement and ornament, public health, prosperity and welfare and the regulation of the finances and public expenditures of the town as shall be expedient and not in violation of the laws of this State or of the United States. Each of such measures shall be promulgated and carried into effect by means of an ordinance; provided, that money may be paid without the adoption of an ordinance.     Section 6. The board of trustees shall have power--
    1. To adopt resolutions and by-laws and make ordinances not repugnant to the laws of this State or of the United States.
    2. To levy and collect taxes not to exceed ten mills on the dollar upon all property made taxable by law for State and county purposes; provided, that a tax not exceeding twenty mills on the dollar may be levied by the board of trustees whenever they shall be so authorized by a majority of the legal voters of said town, in the manner hereinafter specified; and provided further, that no more than one tax shall be levied in any one year.
    3. To make regulations and ordinances; to prevent and remove nuisances; to prevent the introduction of contagious and other diseases into the town, and to secure the general health of the inhabitants.
    4. To license, tax and regulate auctioneers, hawkers, peddlers, brokers, pawnbrokers and money-changers.
    5. To license, tax, regulate, restrain, suppress or prohibit theatricals and other exhibitions, shows and other amusements, barrooms, saloons, liquor or other groceries, tippling houses, gaming and gaming houses, billiard tables and bowling alleys, and to suppress bawdy houses; provided, that no less amount shall be required or demanded for a license to keep a barroom, saloon or place where intoxicating or other liquors are sold, bartered or disposed of than is or may be required under the laws of this State for a county or State license to do the same thing.
    6. To license and tax mercantile and business houses, hotels, grocery stores, livery stores, [stables], barber shops, eating houses, drummers, commercial travelers, the selling of goods by sample, and also such other different branches of business as in their judgment should be licensed; provided, that no person having paid a license to the town for carrying on any business or traffic named in the fourth, fifth and sixth clauses herein shall be compelled to pay for a license from the county or State for the same business.
    7. To regulate the storage of gunpowder, tar, pitch, resin and all other combustible materials, and the use of candles, lamps and other lights in stores, shops, stables and other places; to prevent, remove and secure any fireplace, stove, chimney, oven or boiler, or other apparatus which may be dangerous in causing fire, and to provide for the prevention and extinguishment of fires.
    8. To provide a workhouse and a house of correction for the reception of vagrants and vicious persons, and to provide rules and regulations for the government thereof.
    9. To remove all obstructions from the public highways, streets, sidewalks, crosswalks and sewers, and to provide for the construction, grading, filling, repairing and cleaning of such highways, streets, sidewalks, crosswalks and sewers, and to condemn the premises adjacent thereto for the price or cost of any such construction, grading, filling, repairing and cleaning.
    10. To prevent and restrain any riot, disturbance or disorderly assemblage in any street, house or place in the town, and to provide for the public security, peace and tranquility.
    11. To provide for the collection and disbursing of all moneys to which the town may become entitled or which may be assessed or authorized to be collected for town purposes, and to appropriate money for any item of town expenditure, and to provide for the payment of the debts and expenses of the town.
    12. To provide punishment by fine and imprisonment and hard labor for any violation of any ordinance, but no fine shall exceed one hundred dollars, and no person convicted of the violation of an ordinance shall be imprisoned or placed at hard labor except in default of the payment of any such fine and costs, and such imprisonment and labor shall not exceed one day for every two dollars of such fine and costs.
    13. To provide for the levy and working of a town road tax within the limits of the town upon the streets and public highways thereof under the supervision of the commissioner of streets.
    14. To organize fire and hook and ladder companies and control and regulate the fire department of the town.
    15. To appoint the commissioner of streets, prescribe his duties, fix his compensation and dismiss him and. appoint a successor at any time, and to appoint a town attorney and prescribe his duties and fix his compensation.
    Section 7. Every ordinance and regulation to be effective shall be passed by a vote of a majority of all the members elected to the board of trustees and the vote shall be by yeas and nays, and the names of the members voting for or against every ordinance and regulation shall be entered in the journal.
    Section 8. All demands and accounts against the town shall be audited by the board of trustees and paid by the treasurer on a warrant of the mayor attested by the clerk.
    Section 9. The style of an ordinance shall be "The people of the of Medford do ordain as follows:"
    Section 10. It shall be the duty of the mayor to preside at all meetings of the board of trustees, but he shall not vote except in case of a tie, when he shall cast the controlling vote. He shall at least once in each year, and oftener if he shall deem it expedient, communicate to the board a general statement in writing of the situation and condition of the town in relation to its general finances and improvements, and to recommend to the board the adoption of such measures connected with the police, the security of the public health, the improvements, cleanliness and ornament of the town as he shall deem expedient.
    Section 11. No member of the board of trustees shall while in office be interested in any contract, the expenses of which are to be paid out of the town treasury, and all jobs or contracts for constructing, improving and ornamenting any place or object in the town or out of it, the expenses of which are to be paid out of the town treasury, shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder, to be done according to the specifications to be furnished, and which shall have been approved by the board of trustees and made public at least ten days before the closing of the bids for such job or contract.
    Section 12. The board of trustees shall have power to levy and collect taxes exceeding ten mills on the dollar and not exceeding twenty mills on the dollar if an ordinance for that purpose be first submitted to the legal voters of the town ten days after notice of the time and place of such voting and a majority of such voters shall vote in favor of the adoption of such ordinance.
    Section 13. The recorder shall have all the power and jurisdiction of a justice of the peace in all civil and criminal. matters, and in all proceedings, whether civil or criminal, he shall be governed by the laws relating to the justices of the peace in this State. He shall also have original and exclusive jurisdiction over all violations of town ordinances and may examine, hold to bail, try and determine any question involved therein and render such judgment as shall be proper, and fine or commit persons found guilty of a violation of any of said ordinances. He shall be ex-officio clerk of the board of trustees.
    Section 14. It shall be the duty of the marshal to execute and return all processes issued and directed to him by the recorder or by any legal authority. He shall attend on the recorder's court and the meetings of the board of trustees when requested to do so. He shall arrest on complaint or otherwise all persons guilty of a breach of the peace within the boundaries of said town, or of a violation of any ordinance and bring them before the recorder for trial, and be a conservator of the peace generally. He shall also obey such requirements as may be made of him by the board of trustees.
    Section 15. It shall be the duty of the treasurer to receive all moneys that shall come or be due to said town, whether by taxation or otherwise, and to pay out the same in the manner provided by law, and to perform all such other acts as shall be prescribed by the board of trustees. He shall on the first Monday of January, April, July and October of each year make out and present to the board of trustees a full and complete statement of the receipts and expenditures of the preceding three months, and at the end of the year make a final settlement with the board of trustees and pay over to his successor in office all money and other property in his hands belonging to the town.
    Section 16. If any person who may be elected or appointed to any office under this Act shall remove from the town or absent himself therefrom for thirty days or more without the leave of the board of trustees, or shall fail to qualify within ten days after his election or appointment, the office to which 'he may have been elected or appointed shall be vacant.
   

ARTICLE III.
    Section 17. A general election shall be held on the first Tuesday of January in each year, at which election all the officers provided for in this Act, excepting commissioner of streets and town attorney, shall be elected.
    Section 18. It shall be the duty of the board of trustees to order all elections, to designate the place of holding the same, to least ten days' notice thereof, and to appoint inspectors of the elections. The elections shall be conducted according to the provisions of the law regulating general elections in this State. If any person appointed inspector of election shall fail to attend at the time and place fixed the electors present may select an inspector in his stead. The returns of all elections shall be made to the board of trustees, who within ten days after such election shall publicly examine the returns and declare the result thereof and give certificates of election to the persons having a plurality of votes.
    Section 19. When two or more persons shall have an equal and the highest number of votes for any office provided for in this Act, the board of trustees shall decide the election.
    Section 20. All vacancies occurring from any cause in any office of the town or in the term of any office shall.be filled for the unexpired term by appointment by the board of trustees at any regular or called meeting thereof.
    Section 21. All elections under this Act shall be opened at 9 o'clock in the forenoon and kept open until 5 o'clock in the afternoon.
    Section 22. The officers elected under this Act shall hold their offices for one year and until their successors are duly qualified, the term of office to commence ten days after the annual election; provided, that persons appointed to fill vacancies shall hold the unexpired term of the office to which they shall have been appointed and until their successors are qualified.
   

ARTICLE IV.
    Section 23. The board of trustees and the members thereof shall receive no fees, salary or emolument for their services unless an ordinance for that purpose be first submitted to the legal voters of the town upon ten days' notice previously given.
    Section 24. The recorder shall receive the same fees as justices of the peace are entitled by law to receive for services of a similar nature.
    Section 25. The marshal shall receive the same fees for his services as constables are now allowed by law for similar services.
    Section 26. The other officers provided for in this Act or which may be appointed in pursuance thereof shall receive such percentages, fees or compensation as may be established by ordinance.
    Section 27. The fiscal year of the town shall terminate on the second Tuesday of January of each year.
    Section 28. The legislative assembly may at any time alter, amend or repeal this Act.
    Section 29. All Acts and parts of Acts in conflict herewith are hereby repealed; provided, that the provisions of an Act entitled "An Act to incorporate the town of Medford," approved February 24, 1885, shall continue in force until this Act takes effect, and insofar as the provisions of this Act are In harmony with that this shall be construed as a continuation thereof.
    Section 30. No right which shall have accrued under and in pursuance of the provisions of said former Act shall be injuriously affected by this.
    Section 31. This Act shall take effect and be in force from and after the 15th day of March, A. D. 1887. Approved February, 21, 1887.
The Laws of Oregon, Salem, 1887.



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Medford March 15th 1887

    Board of Trustees met at the Hall by order of the President. Members present T. A. Harris, A. Childers, J. S. Howard, J. B. Riddle, G. H. Haskins.
    Minutes of the last regular meeting read & approved.
    J. S. Howard then resigned his office as president of the Board and was then appointed as Mayor to hold his office until the next regular Election as provided by the amended Charter which was read and adopted by the Board of Trustees.
    The committee to whom was referred the petition for grading D Street reported by presenting Ordinance No. 44 said Ordinance was read a third time and put upon its passage all the members voting yea as the names were called.
    The ordinance passed.

Geo S. Walton                                                                   J. S. Howard
    Recorder                                                                             Mayor



Medford April 4th 1887

    Board of Trustees met at their Hall it being a regular meeting of Said Board all the members present minutes of the last regular meeting [read] and approved unfinished business ordered that Ordinance No. 44 be put upon its passage those voting [aye] J. B. Riddle, T. A. Harris, J. S. Howard and those voting [no] G. H Haskins, A. Childers. Having received a majority of all the votes the ordinance passed.
    Committee on Finance reported all the Bills referred to them at the last regular meeting correct and recommend the same be allowed. The Bills then were allowed and ordered warrants drawn on Treasurer.
    The quarterly report of [the] Treasurer was presented and referred to Committee on Finance.
    The Street Commission was then given a warrant to collect Road [taxes] in his district.
    Motion by Riddle that a sewer [be] built from Riddle's yards to the county Road and that Street Com be ordered to advertise and let the same with privilege to extend to Bear Creek. Ordered that the Marshal sell a rifle that was given in hand for fine in A.D. 1885.
    The Board then adjourned.

Geo S. Walton                                                                   J. S. Howard
    Recorder                                                                             Mayor



Medford May 2nd 1887

    Board of Trustees met at their Hall it being a regular [meeting] of said Board.
    Members present J. S. Howard, T. A. Harris, J. B. Riddle, G. H. Haskins.
    Minutes of the last regular meeting read & approved unfinished business none.
    Report of the Committee on Finance examined. The quarterly report of Town Treasurer correct.
    Act of P. O. Wilson for work and material on sewer running from Riddles Co. [illegible] to county road for $32.50 was allowed and ordered a warrant drawn on Treas. for the amount.
    Ordered that Street Commission put in a culvert from the end of the above named sewer to Bear Creek of sufficient size to carry the water from the slough that runs through Mr. Barnum's place and that [illegible] road work for the same and that the lumber be paid for by the Town.;
    Ordered that night watch receive $30 per month instead of ten and that the recorder be instructed to draw warrant for the same on the first day of each month.
    The Board then adjourned.

Geo S. Walton                                                                   J. S. Howard
    Recorder                                                                             Mayor



Medford June 6 1887

    Board of Trustees met at the Hall it being a regular meeting of said Board.
    Members present J. S. Howard, J. B. Riddle, G. H. Haskins, A. Childers.
    Minutes of the last regular meeting read and approved.
Bill of J. A. Whiteside Street Com for works on Roads & Streets from March 10th 1887 to June 6th 1887  $58.00
Bill of J. D. Whitman for wood  2.00
and referred to Committee on Finance
    Ordinance No. 45 to change on amend
    Ordinance No. 25 was read a third time and put upon its passage those voting [aye] A. Childers, G. H. Haskins & J. B. Riddle the ordinance passed.
    Ordered that Commission put in crossings on B & C streets the north side of 7th Street.
    The Board then adjourned.

Geo S. Walton                                                                   J. S. Howard
    Recorder                                                                             Mayor



Medford July 5th 1887

    Board of Trustees met at their Hall it being a regular meeting of said Board.
    Minutes of the last regular meeting read and approved members present J. S. Howard Mayor, G. H. Haskins, J. B. Riddle.
    Bills of Whiteside & Whitman presented at the last regular meeting was reported by the Com. on Finance as correct which was allowed and ordered warrants drawn on Treas.
Bill of Geo. S. Walton Recorder for services from January 1st 1887 to July 1st 1887 for the sum of $28.70
also Bill of J. A. Whiteside Street Com for 3 days work on Streets from June 3 to July 5 1887  6.00
Bill of John S. Miller Marshal for two criminal cases and burning on[e] day  $4.50
Report of Treasurer to July 1st 1887 referred to Committee.
    The petitions of John Noland, J. B. Riddle & Ang Carlson to retail Liquors in said [town] was granted they having paid their one hundred Dollars cash into the Treasurer and filed their Bond which was approved by said Board and ordered the Recorder to issue license in accordance therewith.
    The Board then adjourned.

Geo S. Walton                                                                   J. S. Howard
    Recorder                                                                             Mayor



Medford August 1st, 1887

    The Board of Trustees met at their Hall it being a regular meeting of Said Board.
    Members present J. S. Howard Mayor, G. H Haskins and J. B. Riddle.
    Minutes of the last regular [meeting] read and approved.
    The Committee on Finance reported the report of the Treasurer of July 1st 1887 as correct which was placed on file.
    The Bills presented at the last regular meeting were reported as correct and recommended that they be allowed.
    The Bills were allowed and ordered that warrants be drawn on Treas.
    The Bill of H. Smith & Son was presented for lumber furnished Street Commissioner for the Sum of  $32.58
    Referred to Committee on Finance
    Ordered that Street Commissioner put in crossing on B Street south side of Seventh Street
    The Board adjourned.

Geo S. Walton                                                                   J. S. Howard
    Recorder                                                                             Mayor



Medford Sept 5 1887

    Board of Trustees met at their Hall it being a regular [meeting] members present J. S. Howard Mayor, G. H. Haskins & J. B. Riddle
    Minutes of the last regular meeting Read and approved.
    The Committee on Finance reported the Bill of H. Smith & Son as correct and recommended that it be allowed the Bill was allowed and ordered that a warrant be drawn on the Treasurer.
    The following Bills were presented and referred to Committee on Finance
    One in favor of J. N. Walter for lumber used on Streets for the Sum of  $27.45
    One in favor of Haskins & Webb for nails  $5.55
    Ordered that Street Commissioner put in crosswalk from the RR platform to intersect the one running from Riddle's House.
    The Board then adjourned.

Geo S. Walton                                                                   J. S. Howard
    Recorder                                                                             Mayor



Medford Oct 3 1887

    At the regular meeting of the Board only 2 members present not being a quorum Board adjourned to Oct 6 1887.
    Oct 6 1887 Board met pursuant to adjournment members pres[ent] J. S. Howard Mayor , G. H. Haskins and J. B. Riddle.
    Minutes of the last regular meeting read [and] approved.
    Committee on Finance reported the Bills presented at the last regular meeting as correct and recommended their passage.
    On Motion they were allowed and ordered warrant[s] drawn on the Treas. for the [illegible].
    The quarterly report of the Treasurer was presented and referred to Committee on Finance.
    The Bill of J. N. Walter for lumber furnished Street Commissioner for  $32.40
    Also Bill of Ed Worman for horse and cart to carry pauper to Poor House  $1
    Referred to committee.
    Petition of G. H. Baker and others was presented to build sidewalk on the west side of C Street from 7 to 5 [streets] granted and Ordinance drawn for the same which is duly recorded and J. S. Howard was appointed to establish grade and ordinance 47 was passed by all the members present voting [aye].
    A. Childers at his own request was relieved from further duty on the Board and D. H. Miller was elected to fill his place until the regular Election and took the oath of office.
    Our Ordinance No. 2 was amended in Section No. One and two to read Children under twenty-one instead of fifteen.
    The Board then adjourned.

Geo S. Walton                                                                   J. S. Howard
    Recorder                                                                             Mayor



Medford November 7th 1887

    Board of Trustees met at their Hall it being a regular meeting of said Board present Mayor J. S. Howard, Geo. H. Haskins, David Miller, T. A. Harris and J. B. Riddle.
    Minutes of the last regular meeting read and approved. The Committee on Finance reported the Bills presented at the last regular meeting as correct and recommended that they be allowed which was allowed and ordered warrants on Treas. for the amounts.
    The Bill of J. Brandenburg for [wor]k done on cross walk by a order of Street Commissioner $3.75 ordered that an Ordinance be drawn to prevent holes or piles to be put or remain under any privy in any Block in said town but boxes shall be placed under them ordered that D. Miller assist in getting up the ordinance and that the Committee on Ways and Means ascertain the wishes of the people on Street lamps and report at the next meeting.
    The Board then adjourned.

Geo S. Walton                                                                   J. S. Howard
    Recorder                                                                             Mayor



Medford Nov 15 1887

    Board of Trustees met at their Hall pursuant to adjournment.
    Members present J. S. Howard, G. H. Haskins, T. A. Harris, J. B. Riddle & D. Miller.
    Minutes of the last regular [meeting] read and approved.
    Petition from the Board of Trade presented at the last regular meeting in relation to privies was considered Ordinance No. 47 in relation to the same was presented read a 3[rd] time and put upon its passage, all the members voting [aye] as their names were called the ordinance passed.
    The Bill of J. H. Brandenburg presented at the last meeting was allowed and ordered a warrant drawn on Treas.
    Petition of Walrad & others presented to build sidewalk on the west side of C Street south of 7 Street read and referred to Committee on Streets.
    The Board then adjourned.

Geo S. Walton                                                                   J. S. Howard
    Recorder                                                                             Mayor



Medford Dec 5 1887

    Board of Trustees [met] at their Hall it being a regular [meeting] of said Board members present J. S. Howard, J. B. Riddle, D. H. Miller, T. A. Harris.
    Minutes of the last called meeting read and approved. The Committee on Streets asked further time to report on the petition of Walrad & others to build sidewalk on the west side of C Street south of 7 Street granted the following Bills were then presented and referred to committee
H. Smith & Son for lumber  $16.08
Adkins & Webb for nails  $10.60
J. A. Whiteside services as street com  $32.25
A. M. Woodford work on crosswalk  $3.00
    Petition of Whiteside & others to build sidewalk on C Street referred back to committee.
    Petition of W. H. Gore and others to build sidewalk from RR to School House taken up and ordered Street Com to build a walk from RR to intersect the old walk 2 feet wide and the west end to correspond with the other and ordered to do the work [illegible].
    Ordered that the Town of Medford join with the Board of Trade in the matter of the public park. D. H. Miller was appointed to confer with Mr. Beekman in regard to the purchase of [lot] No. 77 reported that Beekman would not sell at this time.
    Board then adjourned.

Geo S. Walton                                                                   J. S. Howard
    Recorder                                                                             Mayor



Medford Dec 19th 1887

    Board of Trustees [met] at their Hall it being a called meeting, members present J. S. Howard Mayor, J. B. Riddle, T. A. Harris, G. H. Haskins, D. H. Miller.
    Minutes of the last regular meeting read and approved. The Committee on Finance reported the Bills presented at the last regular meeting as correct and recommended that they be allowed. The Bills were allowed as correct and ordered warrants drawn on the Treasurer.
    The petition of Walrad and others granted and Ordinance recorded to be drawn up. Petition of Whiteside and others to build sidewalk C Street ordinance No. 48 was read and passed for the same by all the members voting [aye] as their names were called. Petition and Ordinance No. 49 was then read and put upon its passage all the members voting [aye] as their names were called the ordinance passed. The committee appointed to confer with Mr. Beekman about Block No. [omission] to build park reported that Beekman would not sell. Committee discharged.
    Petition of Noland and others to repeat Ordinance No. 47 was presented and by unanimous vote rejected ordered that those persons living outside of Blocks No. 1--15--19--2--14--20--3--13--21--12 and 22 shall have until the first of March 1888 to construct and place boxes under the same.
    The Board then ordered an Election be held [in] the Recorder's office and that the Recorder give Notice thereof that the 3[rd] day of January 1888 be the time.
    They then appointed James Brandenburg, T. A. Harris & M. S. Damon as Judges and J. A. Whiteside & C. W. Skeel as Clerks.
    The Board then adjourned.

Geo. S. Walton
    Recorder




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