History of Tama County Continued...
Nothing of special interest transpired until December of this year when, on
the 21st day of the month, a special meeting of the board was held for the
purpose of offering bounties to volunteers, and to provide in the best
manner that the board should see fit for the families of those enlisting.
The following was unanimously adopted by the board, being presented by T.
"Be it Resolved by the Board of Supervisors of Tama county, Iowa, that the
sum of ten thousand dollars or so much thereof as may be necessary, be and
the same is hereby appropriated from the funds to be hereinafter raised for
the purpose of paying bounties to persons who have or may hereafter enlist
in the service of the United States under the last call made by the
president for 300, 000 volunteers; that a tax of four mills on the dollar
shall be levied on the taxable property of said county at the next regular
meeting of said board for levying county taxes for the special purpose of
paying the appropriation hereby made; and further, that each volunteer under
said call shall receive a warrant on the Treasury of the county for the sum
of $100 payable at the office of the county Treasurer of said county on or
before January 1st, 1866, with ten per cent interest from January 1, 1864.
But the Board of Supervisors shall have the right to order said warrants
paid at any time after they are issued by giving thirty days notice in some
newspaper published in said county, if there be one, and if not by causing a
notice for the same length of time to be posted on the court house door,
after which time all interest on said warrants shall cease; and be it
further resolved** that the family of each volunteer, who are residents of
said county enlisting under said call, shall be entitled to draw, the same
amount from the County Treasury, as the families of the members of Company
G, 14th Regiment Iowa Volunteers, upon filing of affidavits and complying in
all respects with the regulations made for the members of said Company "G."
It seems that at this term there was a little difficulty in regard to the
seat of one of the members. The record states: "Mr. James A. Miller
presented his credentials as member form Lincoln township in place of Mr.
Morehouse, who had removed from the township; Mr. Morehouse contested the
right of Mr. Miller to appear as a member of said Board from Lincoln
township - Mr. Forker moved that Mr. Miller be entitled to his seat as a
member of this Board, carried and Mr. Miller came forward and qualified.
J. T. Shugart presented his credentials as a member of the Board of
Supervisors from York township in place of Mr. Selvy who had removed from
the county. He qualified and took his seat.
The fourth annual session of the Board convened at the court house in
Toledo, January 4, 1864. Peter McRoberts was made chairman pro-tem, and the
following members elect appeared and qualified representing the townships
Indian Village.A. Bricker
Howard.Wm. Gallagher, Jr.
Spring Creek. V. S. Bartlett
Oneida. Josiah Thomas
Otter Creek. A. Tompkins
Carlton. Wm. Conant
Geneseo.T. F. Clark
Perry. Daniel Connell
Clark. Joseph Dysart
Lincoln. J. A. Miller
The Board then proceeded to effect a permanent organization by the election
of B. A. Hall, chairman for the ensuing year.
At this session a committee was instructed to investigate the matter of
buying a poor farm for the county. Another committee was instructed to
issue a proclamation that at the next general election the question would be
submitted whether sheep and hogs should run at large or not.
It was also resolved that bonds of the county to the amount of $7500, be
issued to pay bounty warrants.
At the June session Mr. Taplin was appointed as supervisor from Indian
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