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The History of Johnson County, by Ed Blair




 CHAPTER IV.

DESCRIPTIVE AND POLITICAL.

Topography -- Organization of County -- First Election -- County Officers --Members of the First Territorial Legislature -- Border Trouble -- Members of the Legislature -- County Statistics.

TOPOGRAPHY.

     Johnson county is located in the western part of the State. It is bounded on the north by Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties, on the east by Missouri, on the south by Miami county and on the west by Douglass county. It contains 480 square miles, or 307,200 acres. When it was first organized, in 1855, the Kansas river was its northern boundary, but in 1859 the present boundary line was established. About ten per cent. of the county is bottom land, and ninety per cent. upland, and the surface generally undulating. The central and southeastern parts are the highest portions, the streams having their sources there and flowing northeast and south. The soil is very productive; from one to six feet in depth and well adapted to the raising of wheat, corn, oats, potatoes and wild and tame grasses. Alfalfa does well. Timber belts skirt the small streams where clearings have not been made. The streams are small. The Kansas river, along the west two-thirds of the northern border, receives as tributaries, Cedar, Clear, Captains, Mill and Turkey creeks. Blue and Indian creeks run eastward and the two forks of Bull creek run south. Good well water is found at an average depth of twenty-five feet. There is considerable limestone and some sandstone in the county, and excellent brick clay.

ORGANIZATION OF COUNTY.

     Johnson county was organized in 1855, but there was no full set of officers until March, 1857, when Gov. Robert J. Walker appointed the following officers: Commissioners, John T. Ector, John Evans and William Fisher, Jr.; probate judge, John B. Campbell; treasurer, John T. Barton; sheriff, Pat Cosgrove. The commissioners held their first meeting on September 7, 1855. John Henry Blake was appointed clerk and Samuel C. Wear as deputy sheriff. But little business was taken up at this meeting. An election was ordered for the purpose of electing county officers, but owing to some informality connected with it, was declared void. October 28, another meeting was held at which time the townships of Aubry, Lexington, Monticello, McCamish, Olathe, Sante

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Fe (now Oxford), Spring Hill and Shawnee, were organized, and special commissioners appointed to prescribe their boundaries. Gardner, then a part of Spring Hill township, was soon separately organized. At the third meeting of the commissioners, December 7, constables were appointed for each township; Anderson Tate for Olathe, N. T. Milliner for Monticello, David P. Wear for Shawnee, T. M. Powers for McCamish, Robert Victor for Gardner, Jacob Buttram for Oxford and R. Todd for Lexington.

FIRST ELECTION.

     In March 1858, the first county election was held. The following officers were elected: Commissioners, John T. Ector, John J. Evans and William Fisher, Jr.; J. J. Blake, register of deeds; James Rich, clerk of board of commissioners; Pat Congrove (sic), sheriff; Jonathan Gore, county attorney; S. B. Myrick, deputy clerk; Samuel Wear, deputy sheriff by appointment. In the following September, J. M. Griffin was appointed county attorney to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Jonathan M. Gore. The county at this time was overwhelmingly Democratic and the free State men made no attempt to elect officers. But they did attempt to arrest John T. Evans on account of his connection with operations in 1856. John Lockart was the leader of this party. After chasing Evans on the open prairie most of one day, he gave up the attempt, and returned to Olathe and arrested Judge Campbell, and took him to Lawrence for trial, but he was soon released. In the election of 1859, the following county officers were elected by the Democrats: Probate judge, E. F. Wilkerson; clerk, S. B. Myrick; treasurer, S. B. Squires; register of deeds, J. H. Blake; sheriff, Pat Cosgrove; county attorney, G. M. Waugh; surveyor, A. Slaughter; superintendent of public instruction, I. W. Christison. All the officers elected were good men, and thoroughly competent to perform the duties devolving on them, with the exception of the treasurer. He proved to be a reckless and dishonest official and at the end of the term was a defaulter for a considerable amount. In compensation, or part compensation, to the county, he offered to turn in Johnson county scrip, which was refused by the board of commissioners. Suit was brought and a judgment obtained against him for $6,000. He again tendered scrip which was again refused, and as a result his bondsmen were released. The county secured nothing on the judgments and Squires left.

COUNTY OFFICERS.

     The county officers elected in the fail of 1861, were all Republicans, though some of them had, but recently, joined the party. This was the case of S. B. Myrick, who had fought at the battle of Bull Creek under General Reid, and had been repeatedly elected to the office of county clerk by the Democrats.

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     The contest was close, and the officers elected as follows: Commissioners, Elias Mason, G. W. Roberts and Adam Sheets; clerk, J. H. Jackson; register of deeds, S. B. Myrich (sic); treasurer, J. W. Sponable; sheriff, John Jones.

     Since the above election, the county officers have been as follows: County commissioners in 1863 were D. W. Williams, Evan Shriver and Elias Mason; 1864, Thomas Hogan to fill vacancy, in 1865 D. M. Williams, W. C. Smith, and C. L. Dille; in 1867, B. F. Hollenbeck, John Brady and John Fulcher; 1869, W. H. Brady, John Brady and H. W. McClintock; 1873, J. A. Hibbard, J. E. Barnard, V. R. Ellis; 1875, L. F. Watts, J. A. Hibbard, and Alexander Miller; 1877, Thomas Douglas, T. G. Stephenson, Thomas Pierce.

     After this election the law was changed and two commissioners held over, one only being elected each year. In 1878, C. Zehring was elected for three years, and in 1879, T. G. Stephenson; in. 1880, A. Fritz; 1881, C. Zehring; 1882-85-88, D. P. Hoagland; 1884, David Hunt; 1886, R. R. Moore; 1887, P. J. Cross; 1889-92, I. D. Hibner; 1890, A. N. Edgington; 1891-94, Samuel McPherson; 1893, Lewis W. Breyfogle; 1895, C. K. Dow; 1896-99, W. S. Speer; 1897, I. H. Legate; 1898-1901, J. T. Cramer; 1902, J. E. Young; 1900-'03, S. H. Allison; 1904, J. W. Perkins; 1906, Robert Baker; 1908, J. H. Hibner; 1908, Harry King; 1910, A. J. Calvert; 1912, W. W. Anderson; 1912, F. M. Gordon; 1914, J. W. Jones.

     Probate Judges of Johnson county have been as follows: 1862-64, L. F. Bladgett; 1866-68-70, B. Noteman; 1872-74-76-78-80, G. F. Hendrickson; 1882-84, F. E. Henderson; 1886-88, J. D. Allen; 1890, William Henry; 1892-94, William Pellet; 1896-98, James Hammond; 1900-02, S. G. Long; 1904-06, John T. Burris; 1908, S. G. Long; 1910-12, Robert Baker; 1914, G. A. Roberds.

     Sheriffs: 1863, John Jones; 1865-67, J. M. Hadly; 1869-71, A. J. Clemmans; 1873, Nicholas Reitz; 1875-77, A. J. Clemmans; 1879-81, William Julian; 1883-85, W. P. K. Hedrick; 1887, C. V. Townley; 1889, G. T. Goode; 1891, J. R. Easdale; 1893-95, J. J. Glover; 1897-99, J. W. Jones; 1904, P. K. Hendrick; 1906-08, John Steed; 1910-12, L. L. Cave; 1914, E. G. Carroll.

     County Clerks. -- 1863-65-67, F. E. Henderson; 1869-71, J. T. Taylor; 1873-75-77, Joseph Martin; 1879-81, Frank Hantoon; 1883-85, Henry V. Chase; 1887-89, W. M. Adams; 1891-93, John J. Lyons; 1893-97, J. W. Thomas; 1899-1902, J. G. Rudy; 1904-06, Roscoe Smith; 1908-10, J. T. Kincaid; 1912-14, W. J. Moore.

     Clerks of the District Court. -- 1861, J. T. Weaver; 1864-66, S. B. Myrick; 1868, T. J. Hadley; 1870-72-74, J. M. Badley; 1876-78-80, A. H. Lott; 1882, J. H. .Marshall; 1884-86, C. E. Caress; 1888-90, W. F. Pugh; 1892-94, C. H. Mossman; 1896-98, W. D. Morrison; 1900-02, J. R. Thorne; 1904, Ben H. Hancock; 1906-08, G. W. Folmer; 1910-12, S. W. Alderson; 1914, James Rose.

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     Treasurers. -- 1861-63, J. W. Sponable; 1865, Col. J. E. Hayes; 1867- 69, J. H. Blake; 1871-73, J. B. Bruner; 1875-77, H. A. Taylor; 1879-, A. J. Carpenter; 1883-85, Solon Rogers; 1887-89, G. F. Goode; 1891-93, D. R. Johnson; 1895-97, Edgar Ripley; I899-1902, A. E. Moll; 1904-06, W. T. Turner; 1908-10, J. T. Nichols; 1912-14, M. T. Meredith.

     County Attorneys. -- 1864, A. S. Devenny; 1865, William Roy; 1866, J. T. Burris; 1868, J. L. Wines; 1870-72, Frank R. Ogg; 1874, J. W. Green; 1876, J. P. Henderman, 1878, J. T. Burris; 1880, J. A. Rankin; 1882-84, J. T. Little; 1886-88, J. W. Parker; 1890-92, S. D. Scott; 1894, F. R. Ogg; 1896-98, F. N. Hamilton; 1900, E. C. Owens; 1904, C. C. Hoge; 1906, J. R. Thorne; 1908-10, C. B. Little; 1912, R. C. Fay; 1914, C. L. Randall.

     County Surveyors. -- 1861, R. Morgan; 1863, I. C. Stuck; 1865, M. J. Burke; 1867, Frank L. Weaver; 1869-71, I. C. Stuck; 1873, D. Hubbard; 1875, J. P. Hindman; 1877, A. G. Carpenter; 1879-81, T. A. Parker; 1883, David Hubbard; 1885-87, E. C. Owens; 1889-91, Jesse Pearson; 1897, Lewis Terrill; 1901, Ole Hibner; 1908, E. C. Owens; 1893-95, Fred Pickering; 1899-1901, A. G. Carpenter; 1906, Fred S. Pickering; 1910-12, T. W. Nowland; 1914, George Pike.

     Superintendents of Public Instruction. -- 1861, L. F. Bladgett; 1862, O. S. Laws ; 1863, W. H. Smith ; 1864, 0. S. Laws ; 1866-88, C. E. Lewis; 1870, J. B. Pollock; 1872, B. S McFarland; 1874, A. Rennick; 1876-78, Frank Murdock; 1880, W. J. Hull; 1882-84, F. H. Taylor; 1886-88, J. L. Howard; 1890, Sadie J. Kelly; 1892-94, Nannie L. Anderson; 1896- 98, Edith Barnett; 1900-02, Maud Clavins; 1904-06, Margaret McFarland; 1908-10, Emma Skinner; 1912-11, May Cain.

     Register of Deeds. -- 1861, S. B. Myrick; 1862-63, J. E. Clark; 1865- 67-69-71, I. S. Farris; 1873, A. H. Lott; 1875-77-79, E. L. Caress; 1881- 83-85, R. E. Stevenson; 1887, J. H. Stevenson ; 1889-91, J. O. Egleston; 1893-95, Charles Sprague; 1897-99, P. C. Donnelly; 1902, T. D. Hedrick; 1904-06, W. J. Shinn; 1908-10, E. A. Garrett; 1912-14, Frank D. Hedrick.

County Assessors. -- 1861, T. T. Cadwallader; 1863, W. B. Thorn; 1865, J. T. Taylor; 1867, William Williams; after which the office was discontinued until 1908, when W. A. Mahaffie was appointed and elected to the office in 1910. Ed. Ripley was elected in 1912. The office was abolished by the legislature of 1913. The duties of the assessor now devolve on the county clerk.

Coroner. -- 1885-87, Thomas Hamill; 1889, Dr. W. P. Furguson; 1891, Thomas Hamill; 1893-95, J. H. Hulen; 1897-1900, H. E. Williamson; 1899-1902, Dr. S. C. Parler; 1904-1906, E. P. Mills; 1910, D. E. Bronson ; 1912-1914, Dr. P. L. Lathrop.

Johnson County Attorneys. -- Hon. J. O. Rankin, of Paola, is district judge of the Tenth Judicial District, composed of Johnson and Miami counties and the following are Johnson county attorneys: Halliday, C. B., Overland Park; Eaton, E. L., Gardner; Burris, John T.,  

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     Burgess, H. Z., Fay, R. Cecil, Gorsuch, C. W. Hayes, A. L., Hoge, C. C., Johnston, J. D., Little, C. B., Little, John T., Morrison, W. D., Pickering, Fred S., Pickering, I. O., Orr, James R., Ogg., F. R., Owen, E. C., Parker, J. W., Parker, M. V., Randall, C. L., Scott, S. D., Seaton, S. T., Shuey, Ray L., St. John, J. P. and Thorne, John R.

MEMBERS OF FIRST TERRITORIAL LEGISLATURE.

     At the election of March 30, 1855, for members of the First Territorial legislature, Rev. Thomas Johnson was elected from Johnson county, to the Territorial council, now, called the senate, and his son, Alexander S. Johnson, to the Territorial legislature. The legislature was convened at Pawnee near Ft. Riley, in Davis county, and organized by electing Rev. Thomas Johnson, president of the council, and Dr. J. H. Stringfellow, speaker of the house. Almost immediately after the organization, an act was passed, locating the capital at Shawnee Mission. The legislature adjourned to this, the first capital on July 16. One of its first acts was the organization of the settled portions of the territory into counties. Johnson county was named for the Rev. Thomas Johnson, president of the council. The county was thus organized and officered two years, before any of the land came into market, and before any white people, except those connected with the Indians, were allowed to reside in it. At this session of the legislature, the road leading from Kansas City, Mo., to Santa Fe., N. M., passing through the center of the county, was declared a territorial road. A road was located through the northern part of the county to Lawrence, Lecompton and Ft. Riley, and another along the eastern line of the county from Westport to Ft. Scott. On the twenty-third day of October, 1855, the Free State Constitutional Convention assembled at Topeka. Johnson county was not represented, its people being too pro-slavery. A constitution was adopted by the convention, the most important features of which was a clause prohibiting slavery in the State. On the fifteenth day of December, the Topeka constitution was submitted to the people and received a large, popular vote, outside of Johnson county. Almost the only anti-slavery people in the county at the time were the Hadleys, Jeremiah and his three sons, Samuel, T. J. and J. Milton Hadley, a family belonging to the society of "Friends." Jeremiah Hadley came out in August to assume the duties of superintendent of the Shawnee Quaker Mission. The Hadley families were fearless advocates of the Free State cause. A young man by the name of John Lockhart, of some ability and good education, residing at the misson with the Hadleys, was elected to represent Johnson county in the legislature, under the Topeka constitution. The legislature was summoned to meet at Topeka, July 4, 1856. The members assembled in accordance with the summons, but were not permitted to organize, being dispersed by Col. (Major-General) Edwin

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     V. Sumner, acting under orders from President Pierce. There were troublous times in eastern Kansas, generally, but Johnson county escaped in a remarkable manner, as the settlers at this early date were practically of one political belief, but where there were men of prominence in the county of Free State belief, they were made to feel that their absence was preferable to their presence.

BORDER TROUBLE.

     In August, of this year, a party of border ruffians went to the Quaker Mission, and after threatening to kill Jeremiah Hadley, stole six horses and a mule belonging to the mission, and a carriage owned by Levi Woodard. Then John Lockhart, who had been elected to the Free State legislature, was overtaken on his way to Chillicothe, about three miles west of the mission, by some armed men from Missouri, and threatened with arrest, as being in sympathy with Jim Lane. Calvin Cornatzer and Dr. Barton being with him, and Barton at the time, living at Chillicothe, persuaded the crowd that they were mistaken and none of them were harmed. A few weeks later, a squad of Missourians sought Lockhart at the mission and searched the building for him. He saved himself by dextrously slipping from one room to another that had been searched. The same summer Cornatzer was arrested at the instance of two of his pro-slavery neighbors, who accused him of being a Jim Lane man. He was taken to Tecumseh, lodged in jail and released the next day, the charge not being sustained.

     Perk Randall was elected a member of the legislature, Rev. Thomas Johnson holding over as a member of the council.

     In April, 1859, a proposition to hold a constitutional convention was submitted to the people of the territory. The proposition was sustained and the convention assembled at Wyandotte, on the first Tuesday of March, 1859. Johnson county was represented by J. T. Barton, Democrat, and J. T. Burris, Republican. Colonel Burris has the honor of being the first outspoken Republican in this, the then Democratic stronghold, and the first Republican elected at a general election. On the first Tuesday in the following October, the constitution framed by the Wyandotte convention was adopted by the people of Kansas by a majority of nearly 4,000, 10,341 for, and 5,530 against it.

     During the summer, for the first time in the history of the county, the Republicans organized and put in nomination candidates for the various county offices, and two candidates for the representatives in the legislature. J. F. Hayes, of Olathe, and Dr. Scott, of Shawnee, for representatives. The Democrats nominated L. S. Cornwall, of Olathe, and Charles Simms, of Spring Hill. They were elected over the Republican competitors for majorities of 88 and 120 respectively.

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MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE.

     The first legislature of the State of Kansas met at Topeka, March 26, 1861, Johnson county being represented by Lockhart in the Senate and by J. E. Corliss, J. F. Legate and J. E. Hayes in the house. In the following fall the Republicans won their first general victory in the county, electing J. F. Legate to the senate and W. H. M. Fishback, William Sheen and Eli McKee to the house by respectable majorities, and all the county officers.

     In 1862, they elected Fishback to the senate by a majority of 136, Charles H. Stratton to the legislature by a majority of 129, and William Williams, by a majority of twenty-nine. The Democrats elected D. H. Campbell by a majority of twenty-eight. Since that time Johnson county has been honored in the State senate by the following gentlemen: James B. Abbott, 1866; A. Arrasmith, 1868; G. M. Bokers, 1870; John P. St. John, 1872; W. W. Maltby, 1874; W. M. Hadley, 1876, for four years; L. W. Breyfogle, 1880; R. W. Blue and W. M. Shean, 1884; This year the district was given two senators owing to its increase in population, but only for the one time. Thomas M. Carrol, 1888; J. W. Parker, 1892; W. B. Crossman, 1896; Frank W. Sponable, 1900; George H. Hodges, 1904 and 1908; W. J. Williams, 1912, term not yet expired.

     In the house of representatives the following gentlemen have been elected from Johnson county at the dates mentioned: John T. Burris, A. S. Johnson, Gerrit C. Rue, 1865; M. B. Lyon, Albert Johnson, J. W. Sponable, 1866; J. P. Robinson, D. G. Campbell, J. B. Bruner, 1867; R. E. Stevenson, D. B. Johnson, J. T. Rankin, 1868; J. T. Burris, John H. Lusher, Frederic Ridlou, 1869; William Williams, D. B. Johnson, I. D. Clapp, 1870; J. H. Connelly, T. J. Stephenson, A. Taylor, 1871; Thomas Janes, J. M. Miller, A. Beldon, 1872; W. W. Maltby, George F. Rogers, Thpmas Hancock, 1873; D. G. Campbell, R. E. Stevenson, Z. Meredith, 1874; D. G. Campbell, W. H. Toothaker, George F. Rogers, 1875; George W. Ridge, Henry Perley, E. Clark, 1876.

     For two years. -- L. W. Breyfogle, Archibald Shaw, J. B. Bruner 1878; J. B. Hutchinson, Austin Brown, Rezin Addy, 1880; J. R. Foster, V. R. Ellis, 1882; V. R. Ellis, T. L. Hogue, 1884; Nicholas Reitz, 1886-88; C. M. Dickson, 1890; Nathan Zimmerman, 1892-94; J. H. Hibner, 1896; T. L. Hogue, 1898-1900; William Speer, 1902; S. B. Haskins, 1904-06- 08; C. H. Hyer, 1910; J. T. Kincaid, present member, 1912-1914.

COUNTY STATISTICS.

     The population of Johnson county from 1860 to 1910 is as follows: 1860, 4,364; 1870, 13,725; 1880, 16,958; 1890, 17,385; 1900, 16,890; 1910, 18,288. The population of Johnson county March 1, 1914, was 19,705, assessed valuation $40,318,845, as follows: 

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                 THE FOLLOWING STATISTICS SHOWING POPULATION AND VALUATION OF
                             CITIES AND TOWNSHIPS ARE GIVEN:
Townships
and cities     Population      Land     City lots     Personal    Railroads        Total
The county ... 19,705   $22,826,810   $4,883,445   $4,517,770   $8,090,820   $40,318,845
Aubury twp..... 1,060     1,871,955       50,680      245,805      590,328     2,758,768
Gardner .......   585                    222,025      262,930       36,477       521,432
Gardner twp.... 1,374     2,110,980                   274,275      553,481     2,938,736
De Soto........   390                    140,905       97,265       50,779     2,889,309
Lexington twp.. 1,760     2,187,435        6,555      353,005      562,974     3,109,989
Edgerton ......   420                     87,685       98,730       34,360       220,775
McCamish twp...   747     1,840,740       39,740      268,005      569,003     2,717,488
Mission twp.... 1,877     3,474,085      939,280      392,985      434,332     5,240,682
Monticello twp. 1,088     1,612,065       38,845      228,020    1,331,776     3,210,706
Olathe......... 3,626                  2,173,535      798,995      223,909     3,196,439
Olathe twp..... 1,288     2,929,885       68,975      323,385    1,522,551     4,844,796
Oxford twp..... 1,437     3,034,925       78,985      405,730      799,149     4,318,789
Lenexa.........   435                    218,370       57,155       67,974       343,499
Shawnee twp.... 2,444     2,370,885      547,945      241,260      984,235     4,144,325
Spring Hill....   556                    264,355      271,150       43,363       578,868
Spring Hill twp.  618     1,393,855        5,565      199,085      286,129     1,884,634


                    FARM AND CROP STATISTICS FOR 1914, JOHNSON COUNTY.


 Crops                                Acres               Products                 Value
Winter wheat ......................  51,659              1,136,498           $977,388.28
Corn ..............................  54,766              1,095,320            722,911.20
Oats ..............................  24,597                883,332            326,832.84
Rye ...............................     513                 10,260              7,695.00
Barley . . ........................      35                735,000                367.50
Irish potatoes ....................   2,030                150,220             90,132.00
Sweet potatoes ....................      16                  1,760              1,232.00
Castor beans ......................       2                     20                 22.00
Flax ..............................      25                    175                197.75
Millet, tons ......................     102                    204              1,020.00
Sugar beets, tons .................       2                     18                 90.00
Sorghum for syrup .................      25 (gallons 2,000)                       960.00
Sorghum for forage or grain, tons..     187                                     1,496.00
Milo, tons ........................     149                    596              2,384.00
Kafir, tons .......................     560                  2,240              8,960.00
Jerusalem corn, tons ..............      40                    160                640.00
Fetterita, tons ...................      12                     42                168.00
Timothy, tons .....................   7,833
Clover, tons . ....................   5,251
Blue grass, tons ..................  20,158
Alfalfa, tons .....................   4,139
Orchard grass, tons ...............     573
Other tame grasses, tons ..........   6,411                 16,549            165,290.00
Prairie grass (fenced) ............  29,477                    536              4,824.00
                                    _______                _______          ____________
Total .................. .......... 208,500                                $2,312,610.57

                     SUMMARY OF ASSESSMENT OF PERSONAL PROPERTY IN 
                               JOHNSON COUNTY FOR 1915.

                                                             No.    Av.Val. Tot.Ac.Val.
Horses six months old and under one year..................... 1,085  $35.06  $38,050.00
Horses one year old and under two ........................... 1,036   50.56   52,385.00
Horses two years old and under three.........................   888   75.32   66,890.00
Horses three years old and older.............................   435   89.86   39,090.00

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Work horses ................................................. 5,003   94.25  471,555.00
Ponies, cripples and plugs................................... 1,476   43.29   63,900.00
Stallions ...................................................    65  257.15   16,715.00
Cattle six months old and under one year .................... 4,395   17.43   76,625.00
Cattle one year old and under two ........................... 3,083   28.35   87,425.00
Steers two years old and under three ........................   896   43.75   39,200.00
Steers three years old and over, rough fed ..................   149   39.19    5,840.00
Steers three years old and over, half fed ...................    83   45.78    3,800.00
Steers three years old and over, full fed ...................    95   64.74   6,1.50.00
Cows and heifers two years old and over not kept for milk.... 2,708   36.12   97,830.00
Cows two years old and over kept for milk.................... 6,677   44.28  295,720.00
Bulls one year old and over .................................   351   42.59   14,950.00
Mules six months old and under one year .....................   451   39.29   17,720.00
Mules one year old and under two ............................   399   58.69   53,420.00
Mules two years old and under three. ........................   470   89.70   42,180.00
Mules three years old and over ..............................   153  105.95   16,210.00
Work mules .................................................. 1,313  113.07  148,460.00
Asses and burros six months old and over ....................    42   81.30    3,415.00
Jacks .......................................................    36  219.86    7,915.00
Sheep six months old and over ............................... 1,461    3.65    5,345.00
Hogs six months old and over ................................10,982    8.68   95,425.00
Goats six months old and over................................    52    2.88      150.00
Farm implements..............................................                 97,275.00
Wagons....................................................... 2,083   20.00   41,660.00
Carriages and buggies ....................................... 1,550   18.86   29,235.00
Automobiles..................................................   460  298.43  137,280.00
Motorcycles..................................................    11   85.45      940.00
Bicycles.....................................................    26   10.87      285.00
Gold watches ................................................   906   10.81    9,795.00
Silver watches...............................................   414    5.32    2,205.00
Plate and jewelry............................................                 10,300.00
Pianofortes .................................................   899   77.28   69,475.00
Other musical instruments ...................................   172   22.91    3,940.00
All bonds not exempt from taxation ..........................                 13,950.00
Shares of stock in any company or corporation................                 15,585.00
Moneys on hand and on deposit, including moneys invested
  in government bonds........................................                461,905.00
Credits taxable..............................................                172,320.00
Average amount of merchant's stock for preceding year........                442,545.00
Average amount of merchant's moneys for preceding year.......                 28,370.00
Average amount of manufacturer's stock for preceding year....                  5,140.00
Value of manufacturer's products on hand March 1st...........                    200.00
Wheat, 86,695, bushels, value per bushel ....................          1.22  105,965.00
Oats, 152,035 bushels, value per bushel .....................           .40   60,820.00
Corn, 279,060 bushels, value per bushel .....................           .50  139,495.00
Seeds, 842 bushels, value per bushel ........................         2.14    1,805.00
Hay, 2,253 tons, value per ton ..............................         6.87   15,480.00
Real estate sale contracts...................................                 20,900.00
Judgments, amount owned......................................                  3,600.00
Mortgages, amount owned......................................                726,850.00
All moneys invested in certificates of purchase at sheriff's
 sales.......................................................                     20.00
Value of manufacturing tools, implements and machinery,
  other than engines and boilers, which shall be listed
  as such....................................................                 18,345.00
Engines and boilers, including gas engines...................   205  141.80   29.070.00
Value of household furniture.................................                198,435.00
Family libraries, net taxable value..........................                  2,390.00
Value of mechanical tools, law and medical books, 
  surgical instruments and medicines ........................                  8,940.00
Value of poultry.............................................                 39,585.00

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Value of nursery stock ......................................                    200.00
Typewriting machines ........................................    59   23.22    1,370.00
Adding machines .............................................     4   57.50      230.00
Cash registers ..............................................     6   17.50      105.00
Billiard and pool tables ....................................     5   67.00      335.00
Scales ......................................................    33   21.36      705.00
Threshing machines ..........................................    33  393.18   12.975.00
Electric and water motors ...................................     9              875.00
Individual interests in mutual or co-operative telephone
  companies not operated for profit .........................   202            2,025.00
Value of all other species of personal property not herein
  listed, including particularly tax-sale certificntes, office
  and store furniture and fixtures, cameras, kodaks, and
  picture-taking machines, incubators and brooders, fire
  arms, etc. ................................................                 90,460.00
Dogs, three months old and over, March 1st:
  Male.......................................................                  1,540.00
  Female, spayed ............................................    30               10.00
  Female, unspayed ..........................................   105              230.00
Corporation capital-stock assessments........................                 87,650.00
Assessments of shares of bank stock, after deducting as-
  sessed real estate.........................................                364,560.00
Pipe line and telephone property assessed by county
  assessor...................................................                 48,920.00
Total value of persohal property ............................              5,270,935.00
Total Constitutional exemptions allowed .....................                555,200.00

  Balance taxable personal property .........................             $4,715,735.00


















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