The Bethel Journals

 

1891 Town Reports

 

 

 

The following abstracts of town and school reports for 1891 were taken from Bethel’s 1892 Town Report.

 

          Summary of 1891’s town government:  Town government saw a modest reorganization with the selectmen taking on the additional responsibility of Road Commissioner making a board of three commissioners with each selectman responsible for western, central and eastern sections of the town. At the March annual town meeting, a new position of Supervisor of Schools was created. (See the Public Schools Report summary.) The town continued to own and act as landlord for the Bethel Chair Factory building authorized and built in 1886 and for the corn factory building erected in 1890. Both buildings were located in the vicinity of the railroad depot. The town also owned and managed the Bethel Lockup and oversaw operation of the Bethel town farm and Bethel liquor agency.  Town ownership of bridges continued; in 1891 the former toll bridge over the Androscoggin River was re-shingled at a cost of $537.13.  The town rented office space from G.R. Wiley. The Annual Town Meeting for 1891 was held in Ideal Hall located on the intersection of Mill Hill Road and the Common on Monday, March 2, 1891. Five hundred thirty four eligible male voters paid a $2.00 annual poll tax. Elections for other than town officers were conducted as special town meetings.  The town report for fiscal year 1891 was printed by A.M. Chase & Co., Book and Job Printers, Bryants Pond, Maine.

 

Town Officers

 

Selectmen: C.M. Kimball, E.S. Kilborn and Henry Farwell.

Clerk: L.T. Barker.

Treasurer: Oliver H. Mason

Supervisor of Schools (new position in 1891): Nathaniel F. Brown

Town Agent: Addison E. Herrick

Tax Collector: T.H. Chapman

Road Commissioners (new positions in 1891): C.M. Kimball, E.S. Kilborn, Henry Farwell.

Auditor: Gilman P. Bean

 

             

 

REPORT OF SELECTMEN

 

 

 

VALUATION

 

 

 

Amount of real estate.......

$592,665.00

Amount of personal estate..

177,100.00

 

$769,765.00

 

 

Rate per cent. of tax, (.016), one cent six mills on the dollar.

 

Polls at $2.00

534

Dogs at $1.00

157

 

APPROPRIATED AND ASSESSED

 

School tax,

$2,157.03

County tax,

779.64

For Schools,

2,000.00

For support of poor

1,000.00

To pay interest on town debt

1,124.00

To pay town charges

326.00

For highways

3,000.00

To purchase road machine

250.00

To purchase school text books,

300.00

To re-shingle toll bridge,

500.00

To pay land damage and build the Ellingwood road,

155.00

To pay damage on Summer Street,

18.00

To pay Brown Post, G.A.R.

50.00

To pay West Bethel Library Association,

50.00

To pay for repairs on school-houses,

500.00

To pay for writing History of Bethel

300.00

To pay for improving road at Middle Intervale,

150.00

To pay for building Kimball Hill road,

75.00

To pay snow bills for winter of 1890-1891

300.00

Overlays

467.01

Unpaid highway

74.80

Supplementary tax

14.40

 

 

Total committed for collection,

$13,500.88

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL APPROPRIATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

Toll Bridge

 

 

Appropriated

 

$500.00

N.W. Mason, labor for shingling and misc. supplies

111.79

 

E.S. Kilborn, shingles, boards and nails

414.09

 

 

 

 

Seth Walker & Son, nails

11.25

 

 

 

537.13

Excess over appropriation

 

$37.13

 

 

 

To purchase new road machine

 

 

Appropriated,

 

$250.00

M.W. Chandler, freight on same,

$10.80

 

A.E. Morrison, road machine

236.20

 

 

 

$250.00

 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous Expenses

 

 

 

 

 

G.R. Wiley, blank books and stationery

$18.82

 

B.K. Farnham, damage to horse on highway

25.00

 

E.C. Rowe, hall rent

9.00

 

G.R. Wiley, office rent and stationery

25.00

 

Treasurer, Bethel Chair Factory, for repairs

34.00

 

Total

 

$111.82

Town officers' bills due for 1891

 

648.10

A.W. Grover's bill paid

 

10.30

Total for town charges

 

770.22

Appropriation

 

326.00

Excess of appropriation,

 

444.22

 

 

 

 

Liquor Agency Account

 

 

Debits

Opening inventory and cash

183.70

Liquor purchases, freight and handling

1,806.69

Agent's salary

150.00

Total

2,140.39

 

 

 

Credits

Sales, inventory and cash on hand, Feb 15, 1892

2,410.90

Net profit

270.51

 

 

 

FINANCIAL STANDING OF THE TOWN

 

Balance Sheet

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

Bridge bonds, due 1898,

$18,100.00

Outstanding notes,

8,000.00

School money unexpended,

388.89

Due Bethel Water Company for two tubs,

200.00

Other current liabilities,

1,556.57

 

 

Total liabilities

$28,245.46

 

 

Resources

 

Due from tax collector, T.H. Chapman for 1891,

7,566.91

Value of Chair Factory,

8,000.00

Investment in corn (canning factory) shop,

2,500.00

Toll house property,

250.00

Value of town farm, stock and tools,

3,041.45

Liquors, casks and cash on hand,

191.34

Lockup,

550.00

Two road machines,

250.00

Other including cash on hand,

650.99

 

 

Total resources,

$23,000.69

 

 

Liabilities of the town

($5,244.77)

 

 

 

TREASURERS REPORT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Receipts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash on hand Feb 15, 1891

795.53

 

 

From T.H. Chapman, Tax Collector

12,980.98

 

 

From S.W. Sanborn, liquor agent

1,995.00

 

 

From State Treasurer on account of School Mill Tax

1,245.96

 

 

Bethel Chair Factory, 12 months rent

595.00

 

 

One year's rent of corn factory from J. & E.A. Wyman

150.00

 

 

Rent on old toll house

27.00

 

 

State Treasurer on account of Soldiers Pensions

108.00

 

 

First National Bank, Portland, coupon account

153.81

 

 

Sale of oxen

330.00

 

 

From Henry Farwell, town farm

41.74

 

 

Other income

673.55

 

 

Total receipts

 

$19,096.57

 

 

 

 

 

Payments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paid interest on Trafton note of $10,000.00

400.00

 

 

Paid principal on Trafton note

2,000.00

 

 

State Treasurer for State Tax

2,157.03

 

 

State Liquor Commissioner

1,762.69

 

 

County Treasurer, County Tax

779.64

 

 

Selectmen's receipts for orders cancelled (finished),

9,785.65

 

 

A.M. Chase for printing town reports, 1891

60.00

 

 

Other payments

1,615.78

 

 

Cash on hand

535.78

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total payments and cash on hand

 

$19,096.57

 

 

 

 

 

Town Meeting Warrant for 1891

 

 

 

                         Art. 1st To choose a moderator.

                             Art. 2nd. To choose a Clerk.

 

Art. 3d. To hear and act upon the reports of the several town officers.

Art. 4th-    To choose other necessary town officers.

Art. 5th. To see if the town will grant and raise such sums of money as may be necessary to repair roads and bridges for the ensuing year; and whether it shall be assessed wholly in money or a part in a labor tax.

Art. 6th.    To choose surveyors or road commissioners.

Art. 7th. To establish the rate per cent, for collecting taxes and choose a Collector for the ensuing year.

Art. 8th. To see if the town will raise and grant such sums of money as may be necessary for the maintenance and support of schools for the ensuing year.

Art. 9th. To see what sums of money the town will vote to grant and raise for the support of the poor, and to defray all other town charges for the ensuing year.

Art. 10th. To see what sums of money the town will vote to grant and raise towards paying the town debt, and interest on outstanding notes and bonds.

 

 Art.11th. To see if the town will vote to authorize its Treas­urer to renew outstanding notes, or hire money to pay the same.

 

 Art. 12th. To see if the town will vote to accept the town way as laid out by the

Selectmen, July 8, 1890, leading from the town way on the North side of the Androscoggin river, near the premises of Fred E. Howard, over land of J. L. Verrill to the; premises of Orin W. Ellingwood, and raise money to pay appraised damage and build the same.

Art. 13th. To see if the town will vote to accept of Summer street, so called, as located, widened and straightened by the Selectmen, October 10, 1890, and raise money to pay the appraised land damage.

Art  14th.    To receive and allow accounts.

Art. 15th.    To see if the town will vote to tax dogs.

Art. 16th.    To see if the town will vote to grant and raise the

sum of fifty dollars, for Brown Post, No. 84, G. A. R., to be ex­pended in the proper observance of the next Memorial Day.

Art. 17th. To see if the town will grant and raise a sum of money for the benefit of West Bethel Public Library Association.

Art. 18th. To see if the town will vote to buy a road machine, and raise a sum of money to pay for the same.

Art. 19th. To see if the town will vote to make any change in system of text books, especially Wheeler's Arithmetic, pur­chased and introduced by the school committee the past season.

Art. 20th. To see if the town will vote to raise money for repairs on school-houses, and how much.

Art. 21st. To see what sum of money the town will vote to raise for the purchase of school text-books.

Art. 22d. To see if the town will vote to raise a sum of money to procure the writing and publication of the history of the town in accordance with Ch. 3, section 47, Revised Statutes.

Art. 23d. To see if the town will vote to grant and raise a sum of money, estimated at $500, to pay the expense of re-shing­ling the toll bridge, so called.

Art. 24th. To see what discount the town will vote to make on taxes paid on or before November 1, 1891.

Art. 25th. To see if the town will vote to grant and raise a sum of money to remove the sand or otherwise improve the high­way at Middle Intervale.

Art. 26. To see what sum of money the town will vote to grant and raise to pay the snow bills for the winter of 1890 and 1891.

Art. 27th. To see if the town will vote to exempt a mill or factory and the machinery therein, for the term of ten years which may be built at West Bethel, within one year from this date.

Art. 28th. To see if the town will vote to accept of the new town way as laid out by the Selectmen, February 16, 1891, commencing on the easterly side of the highway leading from Locke's Mills to East Bethel, near the house of N. F. Swan, and connect­ing with the town way leading to Kimball Hill, so called, and appropriate money to pay land damage and build the same.

Art. 29th. To see if the town will vote to discontinue the town way leading from the house of J. D. George to the end of the new road from Locke's Mills, near the well in front of the premises lately occupied by Charles C. Bryant.

Art. 30th. To see if the town will vote to discontinue the road leading from the house of Charles F. Abbott, to the road leading to the Porter Farwell place, near the premises of Lewis C. Glidden.

The Selectmen will be in session at Ideal Hall, at nine o'clock in the forenoon, on the day of town meeting, to revise the list of voters.

 

 

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