The Bethel Journals
Extract of Bethel Town Reports
& Warrant for Annual Town Meeting
TOWN OFFICERS for 1893
Selectmen: Henry Farwell, H.N. Upton, J.B. Chapman
Clerk: L.T. Barker Treasurer: J.U. Purington.
Superintendent of Schools: N.F. Brown
Town Agent: A.E. Herrick Tax Collector: S.B Twitchell
Auditor: G.P. Bean
WARRANT FOR TOWN MEETING.
To T. H. Chapman, a Constable in the town of Bethel, in the
In the name of the State of Maine, you are hereby requested to notify and warn the inhabitants of said town of Bethel, qualified by law to vote in town affairs, to meet at Odeon Hall, in said town, on the sixth day of March, at ten o'clock in the forenoon, to act on the following articles, to wit:
Article 1st. To choose a moderator to preside at said meeting.
Art. 2cl. To choose a clerk for the ensuing year.
Art. 3d. To hear and act upon the report of the several town' officers.
Art. 4th. To choose selectmen for the ensuing year.
Art. 5th. To choose assessors for the ensuing year.
Art. 6th. To choose overseers of the poor for the ensuing year.
Art. 7th. To choose a treasurer for the ensuing year.
Art. 8th. To establish the rate per cent, for collecting taxes, and choose a collector for the ensuing year.
Art. 9th. To choose road commissioners for the ensiling year.
Art. 10th. To choose all other necessary town officers.
Art. llth. To see if the town will vote 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 part in labor tax.
Art. 12th. To see if the town will vote and raise such sums of money as may be necessary for the support of schools for the ensuing year.
Art. 13th. To see what sums of money the town will vote and raise for the support of the poor, and to defray all other town charges for the ensuing year.
Art. 14th. To sec what sums of money the town will vote and raise for town officers.
Art. 15th. To see what sums of money the town will vote and raise for miscellaneous expenses.
Art. 16th. 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. 17th. To see if the town will vote to authorize its Treasurer to renew outstanding notes, or hire money to pay the same.
Art. 18th. To see if the town will instruct its Selectmen to license a liquor agent.
Art. 19th. To receive and allow accounts.
Art. 20th. To see what discount the town will vote to make on taxes assessed for 1893, paid on or before November 1, 1893.
Art. 21st. To see if the town will vote to raise money for the repair of school-houses, and how much.
Art. 22d. To see what sum of money the town will vote to raise for the purchase of school text-books.
Art. 23d. To see what sum of money the town will vote to Brown Post, No. 84, G. A. IJ., for the proper observance of Memorial Day.
Art. 24th. To see if the town will vote to instruct the Selectmen to petition to the County Commissioners to lay out a road from a point near where the Joseph Merrill house stood to a point near St. John Hastings' house.
Art. 25th. To see if the town will vote to instruct its Selectmen to sell what law books are on hand and not needed by the town.
Art. 26th. To see if the town will vote to sell the buildings at the toll bridge; and choose a committee to dispose of the same.
Art. 27th. To see if the town will vote to make any change in text-books.
Art. 28th. To see if the town will vote to build a new School building in the village.
Art. 29th. To see if the town will vote to appoint a committee to decide upon the location of School-houses, and to move or dispose of the same as they may see fit.
Art. 30th. To see if the town will vote to grant and raise the sum of fifty dollars, for the benefit of the Bethel Public Library Association.
(Special article on county seat.)
Art. 31st. To see if the County Commissioners shall be authorized to erect new County buildings, including Court Rooms, Offices for the several County Officers, Jury Rooms, Library Rooms, and Fire Proof Vaults for the records of the Probate Office, Register of Deeds, Clerk of Courts and County Treasurer; also Jail and Jailer's House, on the lot selected by them at South Paris, and described as follows, viz.: Beginning on the westerly side of Western Avenue, at a point one hundred and ten feet southerly from the northerly corner of land belonging to the heirs of Ira Cleasby; thence north eighty degrees west, four hundred and twenty-nine feet; thence north four degrees east, two hundred and forty feet; thence south eighty degrees east, four hundred and twenty-nine feet, to said Western Avenue; thence southerly by said Western Avenue, two hundred and forty feet, to the point begun at; at a cost not to exceed thirty thousand dollars, and to obtain a loan for the use of the County for said sum of thirty thousand dollars, or such a part thereof as they may need, and issue therefore the notes or obligations of the County, with coupons for lawful interest.
1893 was the first time an annual town meeting was held in the new Odeon Hall.
The Bethel Annual Town Report
Bethel’s town report for 1893 was closed and printed in February 1894. The town’s fiscal year ran from February 1893 to February 1894.
In 1894, the town report was printed by A.M. Chase, a Bethel printer, for $56.00.
Financial reports within the town report explain how the town officers carried out the approved articles of the warrant.
The town paid Elmer D. Cole, Cole Block owner, $75.00 for rent of the hall until April 1, 1893.
There is no indication that the town paid E.D. Cole office rent for the selectmen although they quite obviously took over an office in the Cole Block. The selectmen paid W.S. Parker $3.50 for window shade for office and paid Cole $3.00 for a table for office.
Up to this point, voters had not approved renting an office for selectmen.
Paid to H.C. Barker for care of 15 courts and fixtures: $14.30
Received rent for 15 courts:……………. ……………..22.50
Net income: … ………………………………………..$8.20
ACCOUNT WITH LIQUOR AGENCY
D.H. GROVER, AGENT
Paid for liquors, casks, freight and truckage, salary: $1,663.47
Received cash for liquors and casks, liquors and casks on hand: $1,760.23
Net profit $96.76