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E. Parliman was appointed counsel for the board at a salary of five
dollars per day, when called upon to appear, and to be retained as
county attorney when so required. The Tenth street bridg-e in
Sioux Palls was formally accepted by the county, and the indebted-
ness existing on the 1st of January, 1880, amounting- to one thousand
twenty-three dollars and eig-hty-two cents, was assumed.

February 11, i^t the semi-annual settlement with the county
treasurer, the balance on hand January 1, 1880, was as follows:

Territorial fund $ 797 53

County fund i)027 38

Comity school fund 1,272 20

Sinking fund 1,165 06

Judgment fund . . 170 00

Road fund 1,198 23

District school fund 3,474 25

Bridge fund . 381 20

Interest on R. R. bonds .-_.- 460 92

Village of Sioux Falls 562 83

Total ..:-. :-.: .1 . $10,509 60



HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY. 49



The board decided to accept the offer of H. L. Hollister, to pur-
chase the county bonds at a premium of one-fourth of 1 per cent., and
ordered that said bonds be executed and delivered to said H. L. Hol-
lister, as follows: Bonds for five thousand dollars to be signed and
delivered immediately, and the balance whenever the county commis-
sioners shall need the funds in the erection and completion of jail and
poorhouse building-s, as contemplated. The offer of X. E. Phillips to
sell the southeast quarter of section 27, township 102, rang-e 49, with
the building-s and improvements thereon, for the sum of onethousand
five hundred dollars, was accepted by the board for the county poor
g-rounds, and lots 1 and 2, block 4, in J. L. Phillips' addition to' Sioux
Falls, was purchased of W. D. Roberts for the county jail g-rounds at
the price of eig-ht hundred dollars. Plans and specifications for the
building were also accepted and notice requesting- bids ordered pub-
lished for ninety days in the official paper of the county.

At the regular meeting which convened April 5, the county su-
perintendent of schools reported a deaf and dumb person, and it was
ordered that a report be forwarded to the governor of the territory,
as provided by law, that the education of such person might be pro-
vided for.

May 20 the sealed bids for a county jail and poorhouse were ex-
amined, and the contract awarded to S. McCormack and T. S. Strat-
ton for the sum of eight thousand five hundred and fifty-one dollars,
they being the lowest bidders. W, M, Walters was appointed su-
perintendent, and the board of commissioners were to constitute a
building committee in the construction of said buildings.

A petition was submitted to the board at this meeting, asking
that a special election be called for submitting to the vote of the peo-
ple the question of organizing the county into civil townships as pro-
vided bv law. It was ordered that such special election be called on
the 28th of June, 1880.

At the regular meeting of the board July 8, the following resolu-
tion was unanimously adopted:

"Whereas, The legal voters of the County of Minnehaha peti-
tioned the board of county commissioners assembled in regular ad-
journed session on the 20th day of May, 1880, to call a special election
to submit the question of township organization, and in pursuance of
and b}^ authority of law, a special election was thus called and held
on the 28th day of June, 1880, and it appearing*- from the returns
made by the judges of election of the several precincts of the county
that a majority of all the votes cast were in favor of township organi-
zation, the votes standing as follows:

For township organization - 582 votes

Against township organization - - 88 votes

therefore, be it

Resolved, in pursuance of "an act providing for the organization
of civil townships and the government thereof," approved February
18, 1879, that the County of Minnehaha be and is hereby divided into
civil townships, and the boundaries of the same are hereby fixed and



50



HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY.



determined and numbered in the order of their description as fol-
lows, to-wit:



Township loi, Range 47, (fractional) Numbered
" loi, " 48, "

loi, " 49,
loi, " 50,
loi, " 51,

" lOI, " '52, "



102,
102,
102,
102,
102,
102,

103,
103,
103,
103,
103,
103,

104,

104,

104,

104,
104,

104,



47, (fractional)

48,

49,

50,

51.

52.

47, (fractional)

48,

49,

50,

51,

52,

47, (fractional)

48,

49,

50,

51,

52,



1, Valley Springs

2, Split Rock
Sioux Falls
Wayne
Wall Lake
Wellington
Red Rock
Brandon

9, Mapleton

10, Benton

11, Hartford

12, Humboldt

Palisade

Edison

Sverdrup

Lyons

Grand Meadow
Clear Lake
Highland

20, Logan

21, Dell Rapids

22, Burk

23, Taopi

24, Buffalo.



13,
14,
15,
16,

17,
18,

19,



At a special meeting- August 30, W. M. Walters resig-ned his
office as superintendent of the public building-s in process of erection,
and P. W. Duffy was appointed in his stead.

At the reg-ular meeting- October 6, a petition was presented,
sig-ned by H. L. Hollister and forty-seven others, asking- the board
to take the necessary action to secure another location for the county
jail. This petition was accepted and the following- resolution adop-
ted:

"Whereas, H. L. Hollister and citizens of Sioux Palls, have
offered to purchase a lot and donate the same to the County of Min-
nehaha, in consideration that the county jail shall be removed and
built thereon,'

Whereas, the board of county commissioners have found it nec-
essary to reconstruct the building- know^n as the county jail and upon
due consideration it is found that no additional expense is incurred
to the countv by reason of the removal of the said jail, therefore,
be it

Resolvet/, that the building known as the county jail be removed
and erected upon lot 13, block 30, in Brooking-s and Edmunds addi-
tion to Sioux Palls, and the said county jail to be constructed and
completed according- to contract, and the plans and specifications on
file in the county clerk's office." It was also ordered at this meeting"
that each civil township be furnished twelve copies of the township
law, at the county's expense.

1881. At the January meeting- the Dakota Pantag-raph was
made the official newspaper for the ensuing year.



HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY. 51



The following- resolution was adopted (January 12, 1881):

Resolved, that the chairman of this board be directed to correspond
with the delegation of our county in the territorial legislature, re-
questing their influence and exertion looking to the early passage by
the legislature of a bill authorizing the board of county commission-
ers to issue and negotiate their bonds in amount sufficient to com-
plete the payment for the county buildings authorized to be built bv
vote taken in November, 1879, and which buildings are now approach-
ing completion with insufficient funds to pay therefor. And that a
copy of this resolution be forwarded to our said delegation."

At the regular meeting convened April 4, the following appoint-
ments were made for the board of insanity: J. C. Morgan for the
term of two years, and R. J. Wells for the term of one year.

At a special meeting of the board held May 11, it was decided
that an additional lot would be required for more room and conven-
ience, adjoining the jail ground; and it was ordered that lot 12, in
block 30, Brookings and Edmunds addition to Sioux Falls be pur-
chased for the sum of four hundred dollars. The following resolu-
tion was also adopted:

''Resolved, that a special election will be held throughout the sev-
eral precincts in the County of Minnehaha, D. T., on Thursday the
9th day of June, 1881, at which time the legal and qualified electors
will determine by their votes the following propositions:

First. iShall there be built as soon as possible the following bridges in Minnehaha county,
to-wit :

1. One bridge across the Sioux river in the village of Sioux Falls.

2. Reconstruction of the bridge across the river in Sioux Falls township between sections
32 and 33 on the Lincoln Center road.

3. One bridge across tiie Sioux river between sections 7 and 18 in Sioux Falls township.

4. One bridge across the Sioux river in Split Rock township.

5. One bridge across the Sioux river in Sverdrup township.

6. One bridge across the Sioux river in the village of Dell Rapids.

7. One bridge across the Split Rock in Brandon township.

8. One bridge across the Split Rock in Palisade township.

9. One bridge across the Beaver Creek in Valley Springs township.
iQ. One bridge across the Skunk Creek in Wayne township.

11. One bridge across the Skunk Creek near the line between Hartford and Grand Meadow
townships.

12. One bridge across the Skunk Creek in Burk township.

13. One bridge across the Slipup Creek in Mapleton township.

Second. Shall the county commissioners borrow twenty thousand dollars for such pur-
pose, at not more than seven per cent, interest per annum, payable in twenty years .''

Third. Shall a tax of one mill on the dollar annually hereafter be levied upon the taxable
property of the county to provide a sinking fund and to pay the interest upon such indebtedness.'

I. X. Neher and D. S. Stinson were granted a license to run a
ferry across the Sioux river in the village of Dell Rapids from date
until January 1, 1882.

At the regular session of the board July 8, license was granted
Lewis Spawn and others to run a ferry during the year across the
Big Sioux river on the section line between section 28 and 33 in town-
ship 101 of range 48.



52 HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY.



The following- resolution was adopted: ""Resolved, that all
children that now are or hereafter may become inmates of the county
poorhouse be bound out as soon as parties can be found to take
them."

At a reg-ular meeting August 15, upon notice of S. McCormack,
that the county jail building was completed as called for by contract,
the board visited the building and inspected it. It was found com-
pleted in accordance with the plans and specifications, and was ac-
cepted by the board.

1882. January 2, license was fixed at two hundred dollars per
annum. Lewis Spawn was granted a license to run a ferry across
the Big Sioux at Banning's crossing during the year upon the pay-
ment of one dollar. Parliman and Frizzell were appointed counsel
for the board for the ensuing year. Doctors J. C. Morgan, C. P.
Bissell and W. B. Parker were chosen as county physicians for the
year ensuing. The publication of the proceedings of the board was
awarded to The Pantagraph, and the job printing- required by the
county to The Times.

At the regular meeting April (i, it was resolved that the sum of
one thousand four hundred dollars be appropriated from the county
treasury for the construction of a bridge across the Sioux on the
Yankton road at a point known as the "Yankton Crossing." It was
also resolved that the sum of seven thousand five hundred dollars be
appropriated for the following purposes: "Two thousand five hun-
dred dollars to aid in the construction of a bridg-e across the Sioux
river at Tenth street in the village of Sioux Palls. Two thousand
five hundred dollars to aid in the construction of a bridg-e across the
Sioux river at Sixth street in the village of Sioux Falls. Two thou-
sand five hundred dollars to aid in the construction of a bridge
across the Sioux river at Eighth street in the village of Sioux Palls."
Also two hundred dollars was appropriated to aid in the construct-
ion of a bridge across the Slipup creek on the hig-hway between
sections 12 and 13, township 102, range 49. Pive hundred dollars
was appropriated for building a bridge across a sloug-h on the county
road on the section line between sections 8 and 17 in Sioux Palls
township.

The resignation of Andrew Clendenning as county commissioner
was tendered and accepted, and N. E. Phillips was appointed by the
board to fill the vacancy.

October 5, the board accepted the proposition of E. A. Sherman
for the lease of rooms for county offices and a court room in a build-
ing to be constructed and completed for occupancy by July 1, 1883,
on the southwest corner of Main and Ninth streets at a yearly rent of
one thousand two hundred dollars for the term of five years, or until
the county builds a court house.

1883. January 11, 1883, Christian Asleson tendered his resig-
nation of the office of county commissioner, and Ransom Walter was
appointed his successor.

At the adjourned April session it was resolved to appropriate
the sum of four thousand dollars for a bridge across the Sioux river
at Eighth street in the City of Sioux Palls, provided, the bridge-



HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY. 53



should cost not less than eight thousand dollars. The new school
law was taken up and discussed and on motion rejected.

At the July session, it was ordered that the county superintend-
ent of schools be allowed a salary of one hundred dollars for the year
ending- the first Monday of January, 1884. It was resolved that a
special election be held in the several election precincts in Minne-
haha county on Wednesday, Aug-ust 1, 1883, for the purpose of elect-
ing- eig-ht delegates to represent the county in the State Constitu-
tional Convention to be held at Sioux Palls, September 4, 1883, in
pursuance of resolutions adopted bv the Convention held at Huron
in June, 1883.

October 5, the following^ resolution was adopted: "TPovVrvv/,
that the County of Minnehaha be and herebv is divided into the
following commissioner districts:

"District No. 1, to comprise the township of Sioux Falls (except-
ing the city), Wayne, Benton, Mapleton, Sverdrup and Lyons.

"District No. 2, Valley Springs, Split Rock, Brandon, Red Rock,
Palisade, Edison and Highland.

"District No. 3, Logan, Dell Rapids, Burk, Taopi and Buffalo.

"District No. 4, Wall Lake, Wellington, Humbolt, Hartford,
Grand Meadow and Clear Lake.

"District No. 5, the City of Sioux Falls.""

1884. At the reg-ular session, January 7, the liquor license for
the ensuing year was fixed at three hundred dollars. It was ordered
that seven hundred dollars be appropriated to aid in the construc-
tion of a bridge across the Sioux river on the township line between
Sverdrup and Dell Rapids. A contract for the bridge was drawn
and signed by R. F. Pettigrew and the chairman of the board.

The report of the county superintendent for the year 1883 was
as follows:

January 10, 1884.

Number of districts organized during the year 7

Number of districts in the county in good standing 85

Number of schools in session at the present date 60

Number of children of school age in organized territory 3,101

The county superintendent was allowed a salary of two hundred
dollars for the ensuing year. It was ordered that gas be introduced
to light the county offices and court room, and that the chairman
appoint a committee of three to purchase gas fixtures. The publi-
cation of the proceedings of the board and all legal notices required
by the county was awarded to the Sioux Falls Argus and the Sioux
Falls Press.'

1885. At the July meeting, D. C. Rice was appointed county
surveyor, to fill vacancy.

1886. January 4, the board met in regular session. The new
members, Arthur Jones and John Thompson, qualified and took their
seats. The liquor license for the ensuing year was fixed at three
hundred dollars. Bids were received for printing the proceedings of
the board, and on motion a contract was awarded to the Sioux Falls



54 HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY



Arg-us at one-fourth legal rates, to be published in both daily and
weekly. The salary of county superintendent was fixed at one hun-
dred dollars. C. K. Howard resig-ned his office as county treasurer,
and C. L. Norton was appointed to fill vacancy. The resignation of
D. C. Rice as county surveyor was presented and accepted. Ped-
dler's license was fixed at one hundred dollars for the ensuing- year,
and auctioneer's license at twenty-five dollars. R. S. Alexander was
appointed county surveyor to fill vacancy caused by the resig-nation
of D. C. Rice.

At the meeting- held October 4, the following- resolution was
passed:

Resolved, that at the next g-eneral election, to be held in the
County of Minnehaha on Tuesda3% the 2d day of November, A. D.
1886, the following- question be submitted to the legal voters thereof:
'вАҐShall the territory be divided?"

The following resolution was also passed:

Resolved, that the chairman of the board of county commis-
sioners is hereby authorized to advertise for four consecutive weeks
in the Sioux Palls Leader for proposals to adopt or take care of two
female negro children until they arrive at the age of twenty-one
years.

1887. At the January session Ole Berdahl retired, and the new
commissioners, John McKee and O. P. Bowles, qualified and took
their seats. During this meeting a resolution was passed to build a
barn on the lots at the jail, 16x2+, with 12-foot posts.

At the July session the following appears on record:
"Whereas, a petition of more than one-third of the legal voters
of Minnehaha county, as shown by the preceding election, having
been presented to this board, praying that the question of prohibi-
tion of the sale of intoxicating liquors be submitted to a vote of said
Minnehaha county, as provided by an act of the legislative assembly
of the Territory of Dakota, entitled, 'An act to prohibit the sale of
intoxicating liquors by local option,' approved March 11, 1887, on
motion the prayer of said petitioners was granted."

The following resolution was also adopted:

""Resolved, that an election be and the same is hereby ordered
to be held in said county in accordance with the provisions of said
act, on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November, 1887,
at which election the qualified voters of said county shall vote upon
the question of prohibiting the sale of intoxicating liquors in said
County of Minnehaha."

1888. At the January meeting the following were made the of-
ficial papers for the ensuing year, namely, the Argus-Leader, Land
and Labor News and Dell Rapids Times. Dr. S. Olnev was ap-
pointed county physician. January 12 the following resolution was
adopted: Resolved, that the board of county commissioners of
Minnehaha county, believing that a county auditor is necessary for



HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY. 55



the proper and expeditious dispatch of public business in said
county, Now, therefore, be it further resolved, that the said office
of county auditor be and the same is hereby created.''

April 4, the following- resolution was adopted: "/i'<\vo/:7v/,
that the board proceed to appoint a county auditor tomorrow
at 10 o'clock A. M.," and in accordance with this resolution, W. W.
Cooke was the next day appointed county auditor, and his bond fixed
at four thousand dollars.

At the July meeting- the following- resolution was adopted: "Re-
solved, that the question of prohibiting- the sale of intoxicating li-
quors shall be and is hereby submitted to a vote of the qualified
electors of said Minnehaha countv at the next general election to be
held in November, 1888."

On motion the chairman of the board was authorized to take the
necessary steps to ascertain if a g-ood and suitable foundation could
be obtained for a court house on the lots owned by the county.

At the September session, W. L. Dow g-ave it as his opinion
"that a g-ood foundation for a court house could be had on the lots
owned by the county, provided that the streak of quicksand overlay-
ing the blue-clav deposit was not so extensive as to preclude build-
ing."

The following- motion was then carried: "Whereas, we believe
it to be for the best interest of the county that proper steps be
taken toward the erection and building of a court house for said
county, now therefore, Resolved, that we deem it best to issue the
bonds of the County of Minnehaha, Territory of Dakota, in the sum
of eighty thousand dollars for the erection and construction of a
court house for said Minnehaha county, said bonds to be one hundred
and sixty in number, each of the denomination of five hundred dol-
lars, forty thousand dollars payable in fifteen years and forty thous-
and dollars pavable in twenty years, with interest coupons attached,
bearing four and one-half per cent, interest, payable annually.

And we hereby order that the question of the County of Minne-
haha issuing- bonds as above described and for the purpose aforesaid
be, and the same is hereby submitted to the electors of the County
of Minnehaha, Territory of Dakota, at the g-eneral election to be held
in said county November 6, 1888, and that due and legal notice of
said election be given as required by law."

At the October meeting it was voted that the building, known as
the old deaf mute school be leased for one year for hospital purposes,
at a rental of four hundred dollars per year, and that E. J. Sharon
and wife be employed to care for the sick in the county hospital at
two dollars per day.

November 13, the board met in adjourned session and fixed the
license for the sale of intoxicating liquors at one thousand dollars
per annum from that date until the first Monday in January, 1889.

1889. January 7, the board met, and the new members Henry
Mundt from district number 4, and J. C. Eldridge from district
number 1, qualified and took their seats. The county liquor license
was fixed at eight hundred dollars. The bond of the county treasur-
er was fixed at one hundred thousand dollars, sheriff, fifteen thous-



56 HISTORY OF MINNEHAHA COUNTY.



and dollars, reg-ister of deeds, five thousand dollars, probate judg-e,
five thousand dollars, and coroner five thousand dollars. The salary
of county superintendent of schools was fixed at three hundred dol-
lars. The Dell Rapids Times, Valley Springs Enterprise and Sioux
Palls Arg-us-Leader were made the official papers for the ensuing-
year.

At the February meeting- Dr. Olney was appointed county
physician. Commissioners McKee and Bannister were appointed a
committee to examine and accept of plans and specifications sub-
mitted for building- a countv poorhouse, and the auditor was author-
ized to advertise for bids for renting the .poor-farm. The sketch
submitted by W. L. Dow was accepted, and he was instructed to
draw up plans and specifications for building the same.

At the March meeting the auditor was authorized to advertise
for bids for the building of the county poorhouse, bids to be opened
April 15. The county poor-farm containing- 120 acres was rented to
P. P. Pierce. March 16, the day w^as taken up in discussing and
investigating a site for a court house. It was resolved that the board
employ the city engineer, W. L. Dow and Cross & Richards to
examine the lots now owned by the county on the corner of Ninth
street and Minnesota avenue, and report whether a suitable founda-
tion could be had there and the probable extra cost of same. March
18, the afternoon was taken up discussing- and examining the differ-
ent proposed sites for a court house. March 19, it was moved and
seconded that the proposition embodied in the contract of A. Frizzell
for the board's action thereon for the sale of lots 10 and 11, Brookings
and Edmunds addition, Sioux Palls, Minnehaha county, as a site for
a court house, the price of which was reduced from eight to five
thousand dollars, be accepted, and w^ith the approval of the board of
county commissioners a warrant for five thousand dollars was issued
to A. Prizzell in payment of said lots.

The following resolution was also adopted: ''Resolved, that
the county auditor is hereby instructed to advertise for competitive
designs and bids for plans and specifications for a county court
house to be built in Sioux Palls, the county seat of Minnehaha
county, Dakota; material to be of stone known as the Sioux Palls
jasper, on a solid rock foundation with an east and south front, to be
three stories in height, including basement; to be built at a cost not
exceeding eighty thousand dollars, bids to be opened and considered
the 17th of April, 1889. Be it resolved, that the board of county
commissioners of the County of Minnehaha, Territory of Dakota,
issue the bonds of said Minnehaha county in the sum of eighty
thousand dollars, for the purpose of building and erecting a court
house on the site purchased by them for that purpose in the City of
Sioux Palls, in said county, and that said bonds be issued in pursu-
ance of an act of the 18th Legislative Assembly of the Territory of
Dakota authorizing and empowering organized counties of said ter-
ritory to erect county buildings for court house and jail purposes,



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