Harper, Iowa Centennial
                  1879-1979
                         NOT TOO BIG. . . BUT NOT TOO LITTLE

NOTICE OF INCORPORATION

TO ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

 

Whereas at the October term 1879 of the Circuit Court of the State of Iowa in and for the County of Keokuk in the matter of the Incorporation of the Town of Harper Commissioners were appointed to hold an Election to determine whether the Territory Embraced within the limits of the plat filed with the papers in Said Matter should be incorporated or not

 

and Whereas the Said commissioners so appointed by Said Court did call a Special Election of the qualified Electors of the Town of Harper, Keokuk County, State of Iowa, to be held on the 17th day of November, A. D. 1879 to vote for or against the Said incorporation and

 

Whereas the Said commissioners so appointed as aforesaid having filed in my office return from the Election So called and held as aforesaid the results as shown by the Said return is that the majority of the votes cast were for Incorporation. In pursuance of the Statute in such cases made and provided I, Joe C. Richardson, Clerk of Said Court do hereby declare the Said Election was in favor of the incorporation of the Said Town of Harper and that Said incorporation belongs to that class of Incorporations designated under the Statutes of the State as Incorporated Town. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and affixed the Seal of Said Court at Sigourney in Said County this 21st day of November A. D. 1879.

November A. D. 1879.

 

28-W3 $4.25                                                   Joe C. Richardson
                                                                             Clerk of Circuit Court.

 

AFFIDAVIT OF PUBLICATION

State of Iowa Keokuk County - I, W. R. Hollingsworth being duly sworn according to law on my oath Say I am publisher of the Sigourney Review a Weekly Newspaper published in Sigourney Said County and that the notice a copy of which is hereto attached was published in Said paper for Three consecutive weeks the first of Said publication being on the 26 day of November A. D. 1879 and the last of Said publication being the 10 day of December A. D. 1879.

 

W. R. Hollingsworth

 

Sworn to and subscribed before me in my presence by W. R. Hollingsworth this 1st day of January A. D. 1880.

Witness my hand and Seal Notorial the day and year aforesaid

Joe C. Richardson, C. K.

 

To the Hon. Judge Blanchard. Judge of the Circuit Court in Said County

 

State of Iowa

Keokuk County

 

We the undersigned Citizens of Harper, Iowa, in Said County would respectfully ask your Honor to grant the right to hold an Election for the Incorporation of Said Town.

 

1. John Ludwig

2. A. Newhouse

3. Peter Salm

4. Michael Pauly

5. Robert Renfrew

6. John Salm

7. J. N. Allen

8. J. D. Hoffman

9. J. F. Richardson

10. Levi Whistler

11. D. Rosecrans

12. A. Burrell

13. B. A. Cleveland

14. M. Waechter

15. Peter Hartman

16. T. P. Matthews

17. T. Tallman

18. H. C. Vittetoe

19. J. G. Pitgen

20. J. R. Burlingame

21. C. Newhouse

22. George Klett

23. L. A. Vanderburg

24. A. B. Legg

25. E. T. Craft

26. A. L. Bensley

27. J. C. Waus

28. Bas. Stephenson

29. Augustus Hoffman

30. H. L. Salisbury

31. Wm. Keeley

32. John Besser

33. L. Erlir

34. C. M. Hurless

35. C. A. Bourh, M. D.

36. T. P. Hilderbrand

37. W. C. Evans

38. W. C. Whellan

39. Frank Evans

40. C. M. Hurless

 

State of Iowa Keokuk County - Special Election, Harper, Keokuk County November 17th A. D. 1879.

We, C. M. Hurless, Robt. Renfrew and J. E. Evans do Solemnly swear that we will impartially and to the best of our knowledge and ability perform the duties of the Election and will Studiously Endeavor to prevent fraud, deceit or abuse in conducting the same.

Judges - C. M. Hurless, Robt. Renfrew, J. C. Evans - State of Iowa Keokuk County Special Election Harper, Keokuk County - November 17th 1879

We, Wm. Keeley and Peter Hartman do Solemnly Swear that we will impartially and to the best of our Knowledge and ability perform the duties of this Election and will Studiously Endeavor to prevent fraud, deceit and abuse in Conducting the same.

Clerks Wm. Keeley, Peter Hartman, State of Iowa, Keokuk County - I do hereby certify that the above named parties were duly sworn before me this 17th day of November A. D. 1879

J. C. Evans

Justice of the Peace

 

NOTICE

SPECIAL ELECTION

 

The qualified Electors of the Town of Harper, Keokuk County, Iowa are hereby notified that on the 17th day of November A. D. 1879, there will be an Election held at the Office of P. Hartman for the Incorporation of Said Town of Harper, a plat of Said Town is now on file in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court and made a part of this notice.

By Order of the Commissioners

Dated October 25, 1879

 

Polls open from 9 a. m. till 6 p. m.

At a Special Election holden at the Office of Peter Hartman in Harper, Lafayette Township, Keokuk County, State of Iowa on the 17th day of November A. D. 1879 for the Incorporation of Said Town of Harper there were Forty-Six Ballots cast. For the Incorporation Twenty-Five votes, against Incorporation Twenty One.

 

A True Copy

Judges - C. M. Hurless, Robt. Renfrew

Clerks - J. C. Evans, Wm. Keeley, Peter Hartman

 

Dr. J. F. Richardson appointed as Commissioner State of Iowa I, Joe C. Richardson, Clerk of being unwell could not attend. His place was filled by appointing J. C. Evans.

 

Special Election for the Incorporation of Harper, Iowa, November 17th 1879

 

LIST OF VOTERS

 

1. John Allen

2. E. J. Craft

3. Wm. Keeley

4. R. Renfrew

5. Peter Hartman

6. C. M. Hurless

7. J. C. Evans

8. John Beck

9. Chas. Newhouse

10. Chas. Merten

11. A. Newhouse

12. J. D. Stephenson

13. Jacob Hammen

14. J. G. Petgen

15. Edward Martin

16. H. C. Vittetoe

17. Ben Menifee

18. Pat Hogan

19. J. F. Rowe

20. J. D. Streigel

21. Chas. Hurless

22. P. H. Clarahan

23. Dan Rosencrans

24. J. F. Richardson

25. Peter Beck

26. H. L. Salisbury

27. Conrad Butcher

28. August Witt

29. John Salm

30. Peter Wallenstein

31. Joseph Namour

32. Eugene Namour

33. Jocob Hammes

34. John Ludwig

35. Mich. Pauley

36. William Riley

37. Loe Bouslog

38. Stephen McCormick

39. Levi Whistler

40. George Klett

41. Anton Neis

42. Joseph Tillman

43. Eth. Gilbert

44. John Fetzer

45. Chas. Kerber

46. John Besser

 

State of Iowa, Keokuk County - Be it Remembered That at a term of the Circuit Court within and for the County and State in Sigourney on the 6: day of October A. D. 1879.

Hon. S. C. Blanchard

 

Sole Judge of Said Court in and for the Sixth Judicial District of Said State presiding on the 8 day of Said Term it being the 13th day of October 1879 among others the following proceedings were had done and entered of Record to wit:

 

In the matter of the Incorporation of the Town of Harper No. 1754 And now this cause coming on for hearing trile is had to Court and J. F. Richardson, Robert Renfrew and Peter Hartman, Wm. Keeley and C. M. Hurless are by the Court appointed to call and hold an Election as provided in Sec. No. 422 of the Code of 1873

 

State of Iowa, Keokuk County - I, Joe C. Richardson, Clerk of the Court aforesaid do hereby Keokuk County ) certify the foregoing to be a full true correct and complete copy of the Entry of Record and all the original papers in the above Entitled cause as rendered by said Circuit Court at the October Term A. D. 1879 as full True correct and complete as the same remain of record in my office.

In Testimony whereof I hereby set my hand and affix the Seal of Said Circuit Court this 3rd day of January A. D. 1880.

 

Joe C. Richardson

Clerk of Said Circuit Court

Per J. E. Richardson, Dep.

 

Filed for Record

March 29, 1880 at 9 a. m.

W. C. McWilliams, Recorder by Miller

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