McCarty, Dwight D. History of Palo
County. Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Torch Press, 1910
1858—(First county officers elected at a special election, December 20, 1858). James Hickey, county judge; John Mulroney, treasurer and recorder; John Shea, drainage commissioner; James McCosker, county surveyor; Orrin Sylvester, coroner; Thos. H. Tobin, sheriff; Felix McCosker, clerk.
1859—(Election October 11th.) James Hickey, county judge; John Mulroney, treasurer and recorder; Thomas McCormick, clerk; James McCormick, sheriff; R. F. Carter, coroner; Joseph T. Mulroney, drainage commissioner; John L. Davis, surveyor.
1860—(Election November 6th.) Lot Laughlin, clerk of district court; John Mulroney, treasurer and recorder; James Nolan, surveyor; Martin Coonan, sheriff; John Nolan, justice of the peace; Michael Graham, constable.
1861—Thomas McCormick, county judge; John Pendergast, clerk; J. M. Mulroney, treasurer and recorder; Jeremiah Crowley, drainage commissioner; John McCormick, county superintendent; James Neary, county supervisor; Patrick Lynch, sheriff; John McCormick, coroner; Thos. Campbell, justice of the peace; Thos. Laughlin, constable.1
1863—J. M. Mulroney, treasurer and recorder; Thos. Campbell, sheriff; Patrick Mulroney, county judge; Wm. Carter, county superintendent; John McCormick, coroner; Hiram Hall, drainage commissioner; John Nolan, county supervisor Emmetsburg township; Wm. E. Cullen, clerk.
1864—James Hickey, clerk; John Mulroney, recorder; Daniel Ream, superintendent.
1865—Patrick Mulroney, county judge; James P. White, treasurer; Patrick Nolan, sheriff; James P. White, surveyor; James h. Underwood, superintendent and coroner; James Hickey, clerk.
1866—J. H. Underwood, clerk; A. B. Carter, recorder.
1867—Jas. P. White, treasurer; John McCormick, sheriff; D. W. Spaulding, superintendent; John M. Hefley, county judge.
1868—W. D. Powers, recorder; G. S. Anderson, surveyor.
1869—James P. White, treasurer; J. M. Hefley, sheriff; J. L. Martin, superintendent; M. Coonan, surveyor.
1870—Wm. E. Cullen, recorder; Robert Shea, clerk.
1871—W. H. H. Booth, auditor; M. L. Brown, treasurer; M. D. Daniels, sheriff; T. W. Harrison, surveyor, John J. Robins, superintendent.
1872—J. L. Martin, recorder; Robert Shea, clerk.
1873—W. H. Shea, auditor; M. L. Brown, treasurer; P. C. Nolan, sheriff; A. L. Day, superintendent; J. L. Lang, surveyor.
1874—J. L. Martin, recorder; T. J. Prouty, clerk. (Geo. B. McCarty was elected district attorney for four years.)
1875—Benjamin Franklin, auditor; M. L. Brown, treasurer; J. E. King, sheriff; J. C. Bennett, superintendent; Le Roy Grout, surveyor.
1876—M. F. Coonan, recorder; T. J. Prouty, clerk.
1877—John J. Robbins, auditor; Robert Shea, treasurer; J. E. King, sheriff; A. S. McGrorty, Jr., superintendent; Le Roy Grout, surveyor.
1878—Thomas Walsh, recorder; T. J. Prouty, clerk.
1879—John J. Robins, auditor; Robert Shea, treasurer; Henry Perkins, superintendent; Le Roy Grout, surveyor; T. McDonnell, sheriff.
1880—Thomas Walsh, recorder; Wm. E. Cullen, clerk.
1881—W. H. H. Booth, auditor; Robert Shea, treasurer; H. A. Pike, superintendent; Le Roy Grout, surveyor; T. McDonnell, sheriff.
1882—Thomas Walsh, recorder; D. W. Burlingame, clerk.
1883—W. H. H. Booth, auditor; Robert Shea, treasurer; P. V. Nolan, sheriff; E. W. Bachman, superintendent; Le Roy Grout, surveyor.
1884—Thomas Walsh, recorder; J. E. King, clerk.
1885—W. H. H. Booth, auditor; E. J. Hartshorn, treasurer; H. H. Jacobs, sheriff; B. E. Kelly, superintendent; Le Roy Grout, surveyor.
1886—Wm. G. Henry, recorder; J. E. King, clerk; Thomas O'Connor, county attorney (first county attorney and only Democrat ever elected to the office in Palo Alto County).
1887—P. V. Nolan, auditor; E. J. Hartshorn, treasurer; H. H. Jacobs, sheriff; P. H. Donlon, superintendent; John Moncrief, surveyor.
1888—Lewis Stuehmer, recorder; David Grief, clerk; Thomas O'Connor, attorney.
1889—P. V. Nolan, auditor; E. P. McEvoy, treasurer; H. H. Jacobs, sheriff; P. H. Donlon, superintendent; Le Roy Grout, surveyor.
1890—Lewis Stuehmer, recorder; C. E. Clark, clerk; B. E. Kelly, attorney.
1891—John Moncrief, auditor; E. P. McEvoy, treasurer; H. H. Jacobs, sheriff; P. H. Donlon, superintendent; Le Roy Grout, surveyor.
1892—Lewis Stuehmer, recorder; C. E. Clark, clerk; Thomas O'Connor, attorney.
1893—C. W. Hodgkinson, auditor; A. J. Armstrong, treasurer; John W. Hanson, sheriff; Bessie Larson, superintendent; Le Roy Grout, surveyor.
1894—L. A. Martin, recorder; E. J. Hartshorn, clerk; John Menzies, attorney.
1895—C. W. Hodgkinson, auditor; A. J. Armstrong, treasurer; John W. Hanson, sheriff; Bessie Larson, superintendent; Le Roy Grout, surveyor.
1896—L. A. Martin, recorder; E. J. Hartshorn, clerk; John Menzies, attorney.
1897—P. V. Hand, auditor; J. B. Lamb, treasurer; Wesley Davidson, sheriff; Anna Donovan, superintendent; Le Roy Grout, surveyor.
1898—Geo. Kinnie, recorder; H. M. Helgen, clerk; E. A. Morling, attorney.
1899—J. B. Lamb, treasurer; Wesley Davidson, sheriff; Anna Donovan, superintendent; Le Roy Grout, surveyor.
1900—P. V. Hand, auditor; Geo, Kinnie, recorder; H. M. Helgen, clerk; E. A. Morling, attorney.
1901—S. P. Crisman, treasurer; Alex Cullen, sheriff; Anna Donovan, superintendent; Le Roy Grout, surveyor.
1902—Thos. R. Martin, auditor; F. H. Wells, recorder; D. A. Johnson, clerk; F. C. Davidson, attorney.
1903—S. P. Crisman, treasurer; Wm. Coakley, sheriff; Anna Odland, superintendent; Le Roy Grout, surveyor.
1904—Thos. R. Martin, auditor; F. H. Wells, recorder; D. A. Johnson, clerk; F. C. Davidson, attorney.
1906—Sim R. Stedman, auditor; E. G. Kelley, treasurer; E.. M. Carney, clerk; Wm. Coakley, sheriff; Pearle Richardson, recorder; J. E. Williams, attorney; Lille Patton, superintendent; Le Roy Grout, surveyor; J. L. Van Gorden, coroner; B. J. Bergeson, representative.
1908—Sim R. Stedman, auditor; E. G. Kelly, treasurer; E. M. Carney, clerk; Allex Cullen, sheriff; Pearle Richardson, recorder; J. E. Williams, attorney; Lille Patton, superintendent; Guy Campbell, surveyor; J. L. Van Gorden, coroner; F. C. Davidson, representative.
ASSIGNMENT OF JUDGMENT AND SETTLEMENT OF PAOLI COURT HOUSE MATTER
The County of Palo Alto vs. John M. Stockdale et al.
In the District Court of the County of Palo Alto.
To the Honorable Board of Supervisors of Palo Alto County, Iowa: —
At the June term of the District Court of Palo Alto Co., in 1866, a judgment was rendered and entered upon the Judgment Docket now in the office of the clerk of the District Court of said County, against John M. Stockdale and others, defendants, in the above entitled cause, and in favor of Palo Alto Co., Plff., for the sum of ($9750.00), Nine Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Dollars and cost of suit.
I desire to purchase said judgment from your said County and will pay for the same as follows, to wit:
1st.—I will deed or cause to be deeded to your said county one square of land containing three acres more or less in the town of Paoli in your said county, embracing the ground on which the Court House now stands, for the site of a Court House to be erected.
2nd.—Deed or cause to be deeded to your said county this day one square or tract of land in the town known as Paoli, containing three acres, more or less, for the purpose of a poorhouse site or other purpose of said county.
3rd.—I will erect or cause to be erected in the county seat of said county, upon the land first above named, one court house or public building for said county, according to the plan and conditions of a contract herewith submitted and will execute a bond with approved security for the faithful performance of said contract.
4th.—I will release or cause to be released the county of Palo Alto from all or any claim which I have or may have against the said county for damages on account of land deeded to me by the said county which has been conveyed to other parties by the U. S. Government, provided that I still retain all right of indemnity which may accrue to me from the state of Iowa, or the U. S.
5th.—I agree to discontinue or cause to be discontinued the application or suit now on file in the office of the clerk of the District Court of your said county in relation to the above judgment, and to pay all costs which may accrue or may have been incurred in the prosecution of said suit or application for a new trial in said above cited cause. The acceptance of the above proposition by your Board shall be a final and conclusive contract and agreement without further action on my part. Witness my hand this 14th day of August, A. D. 1866.
(Signed) John M. Stockdale.
Resolved by the Board of Supervisors after full conference, investigation and reflection that the interests of the county will be promoted and litigation and expense avoided as well as a substantial benefit realized from a doubtful claim by the sale of the above named judgment of Nine Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Dollars, in favor of Palo Alto and against John M. Stockdale and others, and upon the terms and conditions above offered, and we the said Board of Supervisors, do hereby sell, transfer and assign for good and valuable consideration the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, to the said John M. Stockdale, his heirs and assigns, all right, title and interest of said County of Palo Alto in and to the said judgment or any and every part thereof and authorize him or his assignee to collect said judgment and to assume and have the benefit of all right and legal means for the collection of said judgment or any part thereof which could have been resorted to by Palo Alto Co. And the said defendant both principal and securities, to wit, John M. Stockdale, Wm. P. Logan, Wm. N. Meservey, H. Butterworth, and A. Taylor, are hereby released from the payment of said judgment or any part thereof to said Plff., Palo Alto County, and they and each of them the said defendants are hereby authorized and required to pay said judgment to the said John M. Stockdale or his assignee which shall be a full and complete payment, and the Clerk of the District Court of the said County of Palo Alto (he being the clerk of the Board) is hereby authorized and directed to make the following entry upon the Judgment Docket in the above entitled cause and immediately contiguous to said judgment, to-wit:
The above or foregoing judgment is hereby for good and valuable consideration sold, transferred and assigned to John M. Stockdale and to his assigns, August 14th, 1866. See order of Board of Supervisors and sign his name thereto as clerk. Witness our hands this 14th day of August, 1866.
(Signed) Joseph T. Mulroney,
I hereby certify that James H. Underwood, C. M., was entirely opposed and voted against the proceedings of this meeting.
James Hickey, Clerk.2
The following is a copy of a resolution adopted by the board of supervisors of Palo Alto County and forwarded to Representative E. J. Hartshorn, Wednesday, February 4, 1874:
To the General Assembly of the State of Iowa:—
Your petitioners, the Board of Supervisors of Palo Alto County, Iowa, would respectfully represent to your honorable body that owing to the extremely wet weather and destruction by grasshoppers, a great number of the citizens of this county are in destitute circumstances and are unable to procure food, clothing or seed to sow for the coming season. Your petitioners would further represent that they are without means or authority by law and are wholly unable to provide adequate relief for such a widespread calamity and that unless aid is procured in some manner, the prosperity and well being of this portion of the state will be materially affected and its development greatly retarded. Therefore your petitioners would humbly ask your honorable body to make an appropriation of $5000.00 for the benefit of the destitute in this county, and to make such enactments as shall enable the Board of Supervisors to distribute the same as shall seem just and proper and for the best interests of the county or that you will furnish relief in such other manner or under such other regulations as may seem proper, for the relief of this county, and in furtherance of the future prosperity thereof and to the honor and well being of the whole state. Alexander Gownie, Chmn.
Attest: W. H. H. Booth, Auditor.3
Abstract of election returns Palo Alto County election, October 13, 1874: For district attorney, Geo. B. McCarty 308; M. Wakefield 175. For the herd law 320, against 76.4
The Election Register no. 1, p. 222, in the office of the auditor of Palo Alto County shows that the proposition of restraining stock carried, the official vote being 335 for and 148 against.
Advertisement by McCarty and Hartshorn, "Iowa Land Office. Several thousand acres of choice land for sale at $2.50 to $5.00 per acre."5
Report of Teachers' Institute Friday and Saturday, September 11 and 12, 1874.6
"Fitzgerald's store is on wheels and en route to the new town."7
"The Lake Shore House is being thoroughly re-fitted and enlarged and will be opened in about ten days."8
"Grand Ball at Roper's Hall on the 29th. Free carriages to and from the Valley House."9
"P. Joyce is waiting anxiously for his store building, which is out running a race with that of Jas. Fitzgerald from the old town to the new. At present Fitz is a few yards ahead."10
"Prospectus of Palo Alto Democrat
"On or before the first of November, 1869, the undersigned will issue at Soda Bar, Palo Alto County, Iowa, an Independent Democratic Newspaper bearing the above title.
"The Democrat will be a faithful and impartial expositor of the natural advantages, resources and progress of the county in which it is published, and an advocate of the social, social political and financial interests of Northwestern Iowa.
"Bound by no clique and controlled by no faction, the Democrat will assume that conservative, yet progressive, stand on the political questions of the day, calculated to redeem our country from the thraldom, oppression and misrule which the unlimited power of the Republican party has wielded in the interests of the few at the expense of the many. In short its watchword will be Retrenchment and Reform, and will labor with unswerving fidelity for the restoration of principles and the inauguration of measures calculated to secure to all classes of our people those rights and privileges which the spirit of our free institutions inspire and national dignity and our common manhood demands.
"James P. White,
"Editor and Publisher."
Terms of sub. were 2.00 per year
1.00 six mos.11
1 A contested election between John M. Mulroney and John and James Nolan and Thos. McCormick.
2 Minutes and Supervisors' Record, Palo Alto County, i, pp. 86-88, county auditor's office.
3 Minutes and Supervisors' Record, Palo Alto County, no. 1, p. 347.
4 Palo Alto Pilot, vol i, no. 20, Thursday, October 22, 1874.
5 Palo Alto Pilot, vol i, no. 20, Thursday, October 22, 1874.
6 Palo Alto Pilot, vol i, no. 20, Thursday, October 22, 1874.
7 Palo Alto Pilot, vol i, no. 20, Thursday, October 22, 1874.
8 Palo Alto Pilot, vol i, no. 20, Thursday, October 22, 1874.
9 Palo Alto Pilot, vol i, no. 20, Thursday, October 22, 1874.
10 Palo Alto Pilot, vol. i, no. 21, October 29, 1874.
11 The original of this Prospectus is owned by Tom White, Whittemore, Iowa.