The Kadoka Press in Kadoka, South-Dakota
11 Mar 1910

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The Kadoka Press (Newspaper) - March 11, 1910, Kadoka, South DakotaTHE KADOKA PRESS. •• - ———- ——- • i« - - . , i¦ *- .1 f i - _ . 1 -r-- -¦ ¦ a. ... —— ~ _ ”2_ ~ . . . , i 1 ¦ ¦ VOLUME II KADOKA, SOUTH DAKOTA, FRIDAY. MARCH 11. 1910 NUMBER 45 COUNTY DIVISION Few Reasons Why You Should Sign the Petition For Old Jackson County A Few Facts and Figures to Show That the Cutting off of “Jack- son County” Does Not Mean Higher Taxes, but Better Roads and Better Service for the Same or Less Amount of Taxes. The question of the division of the “Great Empire of Stanley” as the Bad River News is pleased to term Stanley county, is upon us and is being discussed on every hand. That county division must come sooner or later is admitted by practically everyone. While there lias been considerable of a feeling that the time was not ripe for a division, the steps which have been taken and the enthusiasm in all parts of the county in the matter would lead one to believe that now is the accepted time. The difficulties which have prevented a large number of our citizen-from visiting our present county seat, together with the expensiveness of such a trip the great expense which is entailed during each term of circuit court and the extra time which our cit- izens are forced to lose when required to visit the coun- ty seat, are the things which make the average citizen rerli:"’ more than ever the need of a division of the County. The only arguments which are raised against division at this time are those of increased expenses and higher taxes. The argument is advanced by someUnd higher argu ent ac that the country is too new and that! there are too few settlers to support U county of our own. In the first place let us look into the financial affairs of Stanley county and see just what shape they are in. The quarterly statement of the county auditor for the quarter ending Dec. 31, 1909, shows resousces to the amount of $506,049.88 and liabilities to the amount of $269,271.70 which would leave a net balance above li- abilities of $236,778.18. This is a nice little nest egg that the citizens of j Stanley county have been accumulat- ing for several years past. This wilt' come in very handy just now when ¦ the county division is in prospect. | That the organization of a new coun- ty costs, no one will deny, but the proportionate amount which each new county should receive of this whole amount would be sufficient to estab- lish all of the new counties and build I in each a substantial court house without a cent of extra expense to to the tax payers of the county. When this condition of the county affairs is considered at least one item of the expenee bugaboo is dissipated. Now let us look into the expense of operating the proposed county of Jackson. Au investigation of the as- sessed valuation of that portion of Stanley for 1909 shows that itamounts to $1,692,000, in round numbers. At the present time the taxpayers of Stanley county are paying a levy of 1!) mills for state and county expense, or 4 mills state tax aud 15 miles coun- ty tax. On the above valuation a levy of nineteen mills would produce and income of $32,148 or at fifteen mills a net income of $25,280 exclusive of all other sources of income. Now let us see what the expense of operat- ing such a county Would be. Estimat- ing on a very liberal basis for a coun- ty of twenty-four townships the coun- ty officials, salary would amount to SIO,OOO annually which would leave over $15,000 for the other necessary expenses and which is a sufficiently large amount to conduct the affairs and gives a lacal government where the people can bo in touch with it. Here in the proposed Jackson county territory we are represented in the present corps of county officials by a single official and that the county coroner. Not even a county commis- sioner here to look after our wants. With our county set off we would have five commissioners who would each have the supervision of four or five townships aud matters needing action could at once be brought to their attention. The officials coming from different parts of the county would also have an interest in their particular portion and hence affairs could be administered in a much bet- ter manner than at present. Under the proposed plan of division the county seat could bo easily reached by every citizen and thus that indi- rect tax upon every citizen who make the trip to Fort Pierre, would bo re- duced to a minimum. The more one studies the proposition the more every fair minded man must be con- vinced of the wisdom of the move at. this time. The figures above given show conclusively that division does not mean added expense to our tax- payers hut on the other hand a local government without extra expense and the right to spend our money for improvements where we need them and not in some favored locality which has a pull with the powers that be. We are not making this asser- tion as a slam at our worthy county commissioners but it is a well known fact that the improvements a*> a rule are forthcoming in communities which are more immediately under the ob- servations of the various officials and we in the south end haying no such officials are left out. The more the proposition is studied the more one is convinced that now is the time to divide the county. The plan for the four-county divis- ion establishes a county to be known as Jackson county of all that part of Stanley county south of the base line, a county to be known as Sterling county of that portion of the county lying north of the township line be- tween 3 and 4 north and west of the east line of township 24-c. This leaves a tract of twenty-four townships be- tween the two proposed counties for which petitions are now out which in- cludes much of the territory of old Nowlincounty, and which if the res- idents of that portion so desire may also be petitioned for a vote next fall. Looking at the matter fairly the only reasonable division of the coun- ty lies in a four county division. The people of the north end are a com- munity within themselves and as such desire local government. South of Sterling county is the teritory adja- cent to the Northwestern road which naturally is a territory of itseiy, then in the south end is the proposed Jack- son county which embraces the ter- ritory adjecent to the Milwaukee and is another seyarato territory. This gives three distinctive territories in the west end and one iu the east which makes the only logical division. Reports from Sterling county a”e Ito the effect that the committees al- l ready have the required number of signers to submit their county propo- sition to a vote and by the end of next week will practically make it unanimous. The Jackson county petitions have in much better now than at any sub-1 sequent time, and now is the time to I do it, presenting the petition when it | would be most effective. It might be well to call a mass meeting of this territory, asking for delegates from Old Sterling and Fort Pierre way. Such a meeting might be able to de- vise some means for deferring the proposed opening until a time mon svitable to all concerned. Should it ; be found that this could not be ac- complished, nothing remains but to , co-operate with Old Sterling for a four-county division. Of course any- one hates to pay taxes, but who wants to pay taxes for a courthouse at Phil- ip? And who wants all his road tux spent in building nice roads into Philip? Not I, thanks. Later advices stare that a mass meeting will bo hold at Belvidere on Saturday evening. Everyone invited. —lnterior Index. Philip Declares War. Philip has out a petition for two county division. In response to the invitation for war the people in the north end of the county have got busy and have joined forces with those along the Milwaukee railway and have out a petition for a separate county of 28 townships in the north- western part of the county, the lines to l>e drawn between 3 and 1 on the south and 21 and 25 on the east. This, of course, means four county division as Kadoka and other towns along the Milwaukee are petitioning to have a south county carved out with the north boundary on the base lino, four miles south of Philip. The past week Philip has persistent- ly refused to meet and discuss a boundary line but have gone right ahead with their two county petition. It was up to us to do something so we got busy. Should Philip bo able to pmh their division through it would be years be- fore we ever got a county of our own It would be the same old story over again, with our taxes building up Philip instead of Fort Pierre. When Philip gets her court house paid for good roads, bridges and other im- provements made, with north end taxes, in fact when we have been bled to a queen’s taste, we may be allowed to ha'e a little part of the north country for our very own, say from Topbar on north, ajid we can start in again and build up another county. It is unreasonable and un- just and the north people say Nay! Nay I Pauline, not for us. By uniting with the Milwaukee people we are able to control the sit- n. We will I av* 2 < townships a our c- uity. Kadoka willha'2l and that .» .ve n •he could get by reconstructing her petition, otherwise they willremain in Stanley wounty and pay their re- spects to Fort Piere. That is mmp of our business. All we have to do is to look after the petition in our own part of the county and we willneed only 425 signatures. After our petition is secured then we must remain in working harmony I with the people along the Milwaukee ; and support them at the election in ' return for their support. There is i nothing else to bo done. Philip has 1 refused to talk with us, is going ahead ' with two county division irrespective of the wishes of the north and south ; people, and it is now too late for any other action. Kadoka has said they would stand by us and we have said we would stand by them. The people in the east end arc get- ting their share of the territory and willsupport us. It is immaterial to t hem so we do not step on their corn fields. Shrove Bros, for Farm Loans. F. E. REIDINGER LAND AGENCY SELLS LAND At Kadoka, S. D. I | A county division club has been or- ganized in the north end and it is rapidly spreading to every communi- ty, Tke memlYers ) ledge themselves to worn in harmony with the people along the Milwaukee. The people east ot Plum creek are at work and Eb Jones willhave ac- tive charge there. He assures us that they are opposed to two county divi- sion there to a man.—Milesville Citi- zen. If the editor of the Wokama paper would take a map if Stanley county, draw a blue line north from the cor- ner of Lyman six miles then west to Pennington, draw another through the county on the B. H. base line south ot there, make a red mark where Wokama is located, taele the map on a wall, stop back and take a good look—what would happsn to his face?—The Citizen, Milesville, ¦ ¦» now been before the people a little over a week ami at this time have fully four hundred signers and need less than four hundred and fifty t-> have a majority. Thus the matter is progressing and the people will have a chance to settle the matter this fall once for all. The citizens of the south end in charge of the divi- sion proportion arc co-operating with those of the north end and by their united action expect to be able to bring this proposition to a successful conclusion. The matter has progressed so far that the matter will be one of the propositions to be settled at the polls next November. Ccunly Division. The wires have been kept hot ovi r the county theucdaysby transmitting news; opinions, and suggestions con- cerning the proposed county divison. It seems that Philip wants the Earth, as usual, aud Old Eerth is making a vigorous kick at being so uncerimoni- ously rolled. Without reference to, or consultation with any other portion of the vast domain comprising the West Side, Philip goes to work in r very strenuous way, circulating their petitions to have the county divided in two parts, expecting, of course, to have the county m at themselves. Old Sterling first awoke to the true state of affairs, and called a meeting in which resolutions were passed, calling or a division of at least three parts, snd four if Old Jackson County should want it that way. The residents along the Milwaukee road did not know how far the affair had progress- ed until about ‘ho first of this month. Then the voters at Kadoka got to- gether the evening of election day and ratified the proposition of the Old Stirling people to petition for a four- county division. They made out their petitions at once and sent-one to In- terior for signatures. There seems to be a belief among some people here that if no one here should sign this petition there could lie no division of the county. Do not believe it! If you willbut think a moment you can- not credit such a thing. This matter has already gone too far to recede. Should the Philip contingent persist there willbe a division as sure as the sun rises and sets in the bad lands. While a great many would rather wait a year or two, It is our opinion that such a measure should have been brought forward much earlier in the game in order to become effective. Now, it is too late, and the only thing left for the people of Old Jackson county to do is t s’gii this the peti- tion for a four-couir . divider. < " man jack of us. Tne unorguu. strip of Old Jackson can be petition- HJ- Of C|j ill a- tt’ iy b

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