The Kadoka Press (Newspaper) - November 4, 1910, Kadoka, South Dakotav
THE KADOKA PRESS.
Short Review of Facts
About Jackson and
So far as we have been able to learn
but few objections have been advanc-
ed throughout the entire campaign
against the establishing of Jackson
and Sterling counties.
The first is that Jackson and Ster-
ling counties are too small and do not
include enough territory and that in
Jackson county there is too much
Bad Lands. We find that east of the
Missouri river in this state there are
forty-four counties of the same size or
smaller than these proposed new coun-
ties and in the entire state of lowa
there are but two counties larger than
Jackson or Sterling. As for the am-
ount of Bad Lands in this county the
best argument is the assessed valua-
tion of different townships. Belvidere
township, recognized as one of the
best townships in the entire county
of Stanley has an assessed valuation
at $271,198, while Interior township,
in the very heart of the Bad Lands
has a valuation of §276,842, or over
$5,000 greater valuation than has the
Belvidere township. This is proof
alone that the Bad L ands would not
be such a drag upon the new county
as some would like to make you think.
In this connection it is also interest-
ing to note that Jackson county don-
tains 515,520 acres of laud and on the
first of May, 1910 there was only 295,-
759 acres of it on which final proof
had been made about 57 per cent. —a
little over one-half of the land of
Jackson co. was proved up and assess-
ed for this year yet we have a valua-
tion of $2,033,7:15, of which $1,171,507
is real estate. With the other 43 per
cent of the land placed upon the tax
lists the real estate valuation would
be increased to over two millions, to
say nothing of the personal property
that willbe added. With the present
valuation of $2,033,735 and the in-
creace over 1909 it is very easy to be-
lieve that next year our assessed val-
uation will be eofisider ibie oVer two
and a half millions dollars.
In the matter of indebtedness Jack*
son co. would indeed get off lucky.
We would be called upon to assume
a warrant indebtedness of $33,000
>iijy(alhst which we would receive $15,-
000 in uncollected tax, leaving the
amount of indebtedness necessary for
us to assume of SIB,OOO. On this am-
ount of warrant indebtedness we are
now paying seven per cent interest
but Jackson co. could bond for this
amount, and place the bonds at from
2 to 3 per cent, thus saving 4 or 5 per
cent interest on the indebtedness.
But don’t lose sight of the fact that
whether we divide or not we have to
pay the same amount of the debt of
At the time Perkins county was cut
off from Butte co. they had a valua- 1
tion of only $907,000 and assumed an i
indebtedness of $37,000 or on less >
than half our valuation thev assumed
a debt of twice the amount necessary
for Jackson to assume, and Perkins
co. is getting along nicely and are
rapidly paying- off thfeir debt. We!
have several times spoke of what it,
cost to conduct the business of the |
great empire of Stanley and would t
like to again call your attention to j
this matter. The estimated expenses i
for Stanley co. are over $109,000, i
while other counties of the state of '
the same size as Jackson or Sterling 1
are conducting their business on from
SII,OOO to $26,00 a year, while Jackson
co. is coughing up over $28,000 as
their share of runinng Stanley co.
At this time we would like to call
your attention to the quarterly report'
of Stanley, Lyman and Hanson coun- 1
ties. We find that, Stanley co. issued
in warrants for the quarter ending
Sept. 30, 1910 a total of $46,417.30;
Lyman issued for the same quarter
$24,079.93 and Hanson only had to pay
$8,945.48 for the same period. From
the reports of the same quarter we
find that Stanley co. issued warrants
for election expenses amounting to
$3,187.50, Lyman co. $1,468.50 for the
same purposes and Clay co. issued
only $28.00. We also find from the
same report that for the three mouths
aboye mentioned warrants were Is-
sued in Stanley for assessors to the
amount of $4,290.92 and Lyman co.
paid $3,392.15 for assessors. In noting
the above comparisons remember that
Lyman co. is still smaller than the
proposed lowa co. that the Philip
boosters would have you vote for
The fallacy of the statement that
Jackson and Sterling counties are too
new to organize is shown by the or-
ganization of Stanley county. It was
organized March Ist, 1890 and the aa-
KADOKA, SOUTH DAKOTA, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 1910
November 8, 1910
Stanley County, South Dakota.
Voters desiring to vote for County Division will make a cross in the square before the word YES. Those
desiring to vote against County Division will make a cross in the square before the word NO.
Shall that j>ortion of Btanley County herein described ami containing more than twenty-four (24) Congressional townships, be set aside as a separate county, which shall be known as
Sterlirg County, to-wit:
All the fulltownships and fractional townships bordering on the Cheyenne river, included withinthe lines of the proposed Hterling County. Said proposed lines commencing at the south-caet
corner of townships four (4 • north, range twenty-four (24 > east. Black Hills Meridian, thence running north on said tow'nship line to the Cheyenne river, said line to constitute the east boundry line of
the proposed Sterling county
then starting from the said southeast corner of township fonr (4) north, range twenty-four (24) east. Black Hills Meridian, thence running due west on said township
line between to the east boundry line of Pennington county, said line to constitute the south boundry line of the proposed Sterling county, thence running north on the township lines between ranges ,
seventeen (17) and eighteen (181 east. Black Hills Meridian, to the inter-sec Con of the Cheyenne river, said Hue to constitute the west boundry Hue of the proposed Sterling county : and the Cheyenne
river shall constitute the north boundry line of the proposed Sterling county.
0 Yes. For new County of Sterling.
j~J No. Against new County of Sterling.
Shall all that portion of the present County of Stanley consisting of twenty-aeven (Vngremiona] townships lying south of the Black HiUs Base Line be set off as a separate County to be known
as Jackson county. South Dakota, with the following boundariesßeginning at the northeast corner of township 1 south. 25 east Black Hills Meridian, thence west along the Black Hills base line to
the line of Pennington county thence south along the Pennington line to White river, thence east along White river to Lyman County Line and thence north on the Lyman County lino to place of
beginning. White river to be the southern boundry of said county; pursuant to the provisions of section lofarticle 9of the constitution ofSouth Dakota and chapter 100 of the nession laws of 1907.
fx] Yes. For new County of Jackson.
I j No. Against new County of Jackson.
Shall the County of Stanley, in the State of South Dakota, be divided upon the following lines, to-wit:—
Commencing at the southeast corner of township three (3) north range twenty-five (25) east of the Black Hills Meridian, said point being the northwest corner of Lyman county, in South Dak-
ota; thence running w. * t six miles on the line between townships two north and three (3) north to the southwest corner of said township three (3) north range twenty-five (2M east of the Black
Hills Meridian; the i:< north between ranges twenty-four (24) and twenty-five (25) east of the Black Hills Meridian; and along the sixth Guide Meridian, to the point where the said Sixth Guide Meri-
dian intersects with the Cheyenne river, and shall that portion of the said county bounded and described as follows, to-wit:—
Commencing at the -v'lithen At. «’omor of township three <3) north range twenty-five < 25) east of the Black Hills Meridian, said point being at the northwest comer of Lyman county, in Bouth
Dakota: theme miming west six miles nhn.g :h. lir between u .wnships two (2) northand three (3) north to the southwest corner of said township three (3j north range twenty-five [2s] east of the
Black Hills Mv ridian ; thence running nort h;it l . Die lino b< i »vt ranges twenty-four  and twenty-fire [2s] east of the Black Hills Meridian and along the sixth Guide Meridian to the point where
the said sixth Guide Meridian intersects with the < he.
nut river; th. icein a general southwesterly course following the channel of the Cheyenne river to the point where said river intersects with the
line between range*seventeen [IT I and eighteen (l*1 « ist of the Black Hills Meridian; thence south along the said line between said ranges seventeen [l7! ami eighteen |i»J east of the Black Hills
Meridian to the point where said line- intersects with the channel of the White river, thence in a general easterly and northeasterly direction following the channel of the White river to the point where
said White river intersects with the line bet wet n ranges twenty-five [2s] uud twenty-six [2ft] cast ofthe Black Hills Meridian; thenoe north along said line between said ranges twenty-five (25] and
and twenty-#ix (26) met of the Black Hills Meridian to the point of beginning, be act offand nrjm nixed as a new county, to be known as lowa County?
j j Yes. For new County of lowa.
|X| No- Against new County of lowa.
sessed valuation in 1891 was $209,649, doiie the farmers and taxpayers of and receive therefrom practically no years: One across Cottonwood creek
which consisted of lots iu the town of Jackson county is the use of the mon- benefit. Figuring on the very lowest at a cost of $346.66; one across White
Fort Pierre to the value of $119,338,
ey paid into Stanley co. by them in basis the people from the proposed Water at a cost of $548.49; one across
and personal property in Fort Pierre the Road and Bridge Fund. In 1910 Jackson have paid into the Road and Big Buffalo creek costing $461.00; one !
and the rest of the county to the val- we are called upon to pay in taxes for Bridge fund in the past three years one across Brave Bull creek costing I
ue of $90,311. Think of it, Stanley co. roads and bridges a four mill levy over $20,000, and what benefits have S6OO and one across White Willow j
organized with a valuation of $209,649 which on our assessed valuation would we received. A careful search of the creek costing $470.00 —or the above
and yet it has been said that Jackson mean tliaj the taxpayers of Jackson records reveals only the following five bridges built in Jackson county
and Sterling are too poor to support co
_ mua t pay $8,134.94 into these funds bridge contracts let in the past three during the post three years cost Stan-
county governments with valuations
ley co. a total of $2,344 09. Think of
of $2,033,735 . and $1,902,000, respec- T
it Mr. Voter, during the past three
tively. years for each $lO you have been
In 1892 the new county of Stanley paying into the road and bridire
collected in tftxes the following butoh: qi •i • q IV /I T“)l j funds you have been getting only f2
State fund, 2>s mills $ 523.12 IOllllg, 1 Dilip OC IVICI ilCrSOn in improvements in return.
Co. general fund, 6mi115.... 1,257.89
,ncoapo«at*o ~, 000
Had Jackson county government
School fund, 2mi 115......... 418.29
. y »..p.q j-¦ ¦ ¦ » p. : the past three years we could now
Sinking fund, 3 mills 628.91 DU T AINU 3C.L_l_ I—MINLJ have had $20,000 worth of improve-
Bridge fund, 2 mills 418.29 port picrrs south Dakota. ments on our roads and bridges in-
Road fund, 4 mills 836.58 stead of only $2,000 worth. A vote 1
XoU , $4 083 11 October 28th, 1910. for Jackson and Sterling counties will j
a . . V, in-u on a vote for lower taxes and more j
Road poll 108 00
road and bridge improvements.
Do* ™ Kadoka, S. D.
THE COUNTY DIVISION BALLOT.
Y}e __. Sir*-
From the total of $4,410.11 should Your special attention is called to
be deducted the state tax of $523.12, In &fi9VOf tO VOVir IfiQUiTV as to lIOW X the sample ballot published at the top
leaving $3,895.99 raised to pay the J M J of this page. The ballot printed is
running expenses of the county in stand on the question Of County Divioion identical with the one you willhave
! 1892. This amount seems terribly to vote next Tuesday. The first pro-
smallas compared with $28,472.29 paid will Say I believe the interests of all can position submitted is that of Sterling
i by Jackson for 1910 as their share of jwaw bounty on which a “Yes" vote is to I
running expenses of Stanley county best be Served by restoring the three old your interest. The second proposi-
P“d bJ “
counties of Jackson, No.lid and Sterling. £ ’SZ3T I\
The experience of the many count- Therefore 1 Will support Jackson and Ster- cross in the square before the word
ies of the state prove conclusively rc “Yes”, add the last proposition is ;
that in the smaller counties the busi- ling this year and Will support the people that of lowa county. Vote “No” on
ness is administered in a more thor- that question. If you mark your bal-
ough and economical way. In the in old Nowlin county at &ny time in the fu- lot like the one above you will be
counties of practically the same size
auaaw .. . ,
, , . .
voting for the interests of the people
as Jackson and Sterling we find that ture that they petition for division on tne of Sterling county, for your own in-
i the taxes amount to from one-third c . 4 4 4- tereats, for lawer taxes and better ad-
;to one-half less than we are now com-
J- I *l®® inaicax-ea aoove.
ministered county affairs. Place a
I polled to pay into the treasury of this Very truly yours, oroßß betor ®the word “Yes” forSterl-i county. * ing and Jackson counties and before
the word “No” for low. county.
Tlw Road and Bridge Fend*. —.
About the greatest injustice that is Skreve Brea. Land Cn> Ball Land.
A Few Facts About the
The promoters of the lowa proposi-
tion try to tell us that in the success
ol their division alone is the oppor-
tunity for lower taxes. Yet the re-
cords of other counties do not bear
them o-it in this. In Lyman—a coun-
ty still smaller than the proposed
lowa co. we find that the levy for
eounty purposes is up to the limitand
the residents of that county are pay-
ins taxes in the same porportion as
are the people of Stanley. The pro-
posed lowa co. has 70 whole town-
ships and 12 fractional ones, while
Lyman has only 58 whole townships
and 15 fractions.
Let, us now compare the proposed
lowa co. with Fall River. The latter
has only 45 townships—lowa has 82.
Yet their tax levy for 1910 for county
purposes amounts to 16 mills in the
organized townships and 19 mills in
the unorganized; and they are paying
a tax of practically the same propor-
tion as are the people of Stanley.
By these comparisons with Lyman
and Fall River it is shown that be-
cause of their size the taxes are prac-
tically the some as are the present
taxes of Stanley co.—the limit. Both
Lyman and Fall River are smaller
than the proposed lowa co. and their
taxes are to the limit, so how could
we expect any reduction in our taxes
by the establishing of lowa co.
Lyman co. also has the proposition
of division to decide at the coming
election and the new county of Jones
willundoubtedly be established. Re-
member Lyman eo. is smaller than
the proposed lowa co. Yet the Ly-
man County Record, published at Re-
liance has the following to say about
division. Reliance is the part of Ly-
man that willremain in the old coun-
ty and the article from tne Record is
an expression of the people of allparts
of that county.
Lvman county is one of the largest
counties In the state, being larger in
area than the states of Delaware and
Rhode Island combined. There are 44
counties in the state smaller than will
Jones county be or what is left of
Lyman county. Many of them have
a much less assessed valuation. All
of these smaller counties are excel-
lently administered, nearly out of
debt and prosperous. Compare Fall
River with 45 townships where it is
necessary to raise over $62,000 each
5 ear for running expenses with Camp-
bell with 23 townships where it is ne-
cessary to raise but $26,000. Increase
of area means waste, added misman-
agement and less of efficiency in ad-
ministration The County Commis-
sioners, who are really the business
head of the county are too widely
scattered to know the business of the
people. They are not even able to
get sufficiently acquainted with the
various portions of the county, to in-
telligently provide for the building of
roads and the construction of bridges.
In this way mpeh money is expended
in one place that really should have
gone elsewhere. In their tours of in-
spection they are compelled to travel
long distances, over a hundred miles
in some instances, to inspect bridges
sites and again when the bridge is
completed. In this way there is great
loss In time and mileage. Allof which
might be avoided by smaller counties
such as are being proposed The
County Commissioners would be near
to home and a spirit of economy would
prevail. The people could know what
was being done with their money An-
jother great saving would be useless
mileage. At present nearly one-half
of the Jurj men come from the west
en of the county. All of these have
to travel over the entire length of
Lvman county besides over the pro-
posed Jones county. This alone means
an enormous saying. Itapplies as well
to the sheriff delivering the ballot
boxes, the judges returning them,
i subpoening witnesses, jurors and wit-
I nesses going to urt, etc.
Jackson county j*ays $38,472.29 and
Sterling pays $27,888.00 as their share
of the running expenses of this great
empire, while it only costs Buffalo
$11,337.80 a year to run their oounty.
Vote “YES” for Sterling and Jack*
son Counties. Vote “NO” for lowa
County. You will be voting for your
own and your neighbors interests and
for Lower Taxes and for a better and
more economical administration of
Money to loan on farms from S6OO
to SI,OOO. Call at the F. E. Beidlnger
Lind Office. Kadoka. S. D,