Wednesday, July 24, 2019

1905 Petition to Improve Louisiana Roads

As genealogists we usually track down our ancestors in records that show them as a single individual or family; they are in isolation. When I find more than one surname together I get excited. This newspaper article shows several of my family members signing a petition to improve roads in Washington Parish, Louisiana in 1905.


1905 Petition to Improve LA Roads




Petition. Franklinton, La. May 29, 1905. We, the undersigned citizens and taxpayers of the Parish of Washington, respectfully petition the President and Members of the Police Jury of said parish that you order an election after due publication for the purpose of levying a special tax of one dollar per head on all males 18 years of age and upwards, also a property tax of three and one-half mills on all property subject to taxation; that said tax be used for ditching, throwing up, cutting out and making up-to-date dirt roads in said parish; that said tax shall be spent under the supervision of the police jury, and that no money shall be expended by them without due regard to value received therefore; the said tax be carried upon a majority at said election voting therefore, and that said tax be levied for a period of five years beginning with the year 1906. Respectfully signed and submitted.


There is a long list of signatures. I have been able to identify these family members:

J. M. Alford                 Jeptha Martin Alford, 1862 – 1948
H. G. Alford                Hugh Ginn Alford, 1857 – 1923
J. L. Alford                   Jesse L. Alford, 1847 – 1911
J. B. Alford                   Jesse B. Alford, 1855 – 1909
E. J. Alford                   Edwin James Alford, 1846 - ?
M. J. Alford                 Milton John Alford, 1842 – 1921
O. E. Brock                 Ollie E. Brock, 1886 – 1969
E. W. Brock                Eli W. Brock, 1860 – 1925
Bill Brumfield               Could be one of several William Brumfields
L. M. Brumfield           L. McCauley Brumfield, 1886 – 1948
Josiah M. Brumfield     Josiah Brumfield, 1866 – 1928
M. J. Brumfield           Milton John Brumfield, 1842 - 1921
U. V. Brumfield           Uriah V. Brumfield, 1853 - 1934
Magee W. Ott             Magee Walter Ott, 1877 – 1951
W. R. Smith                Wyatt Rankin Smith, 1851 - 1923



There are more that I am guessing are family members but I cannot be sure.


Source: Petition. (Franklinton, LA: The Era-Leader, 5 August 1905) 6; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed July 2019.

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