The Bethel Journals
Town Reports for 1897
Extracts from the Bethel town reports for the fiscal year 1897 appear below.† These pages cover town officers, financial activity and valuation, miscellaneous expenses, the town health board report and the school superintendentís report.† Original documents are part of the Bethel Historical Societyís document collection.
Bethelís total value in 1897 was $ 798,232; the total appropriation for 1897 was $12,345.67.† Poll tax was collected from 548 citizens- voters at $2.00 per person.
Page 2 of Selectmenís Report
Miscellaneous expenses for 1897
Selected items were:† printing town reports, $52; selectmenís office rent paid to Bethel Savings Bank, $60; Mosler Safe for selectmenís office, $180.60; Eugene Prescott was paid for damage on highway, $50; books and material for Board of Health, $32.59.† Total miscellaneous expenses came to $548.08, $248.08 more than the $300 appropriated.
Page 2 of Miscellaneous Expenses
Financial Standing of the Town Ė Balance Sheet
Page 2 of Financial Standing
Board of Health Report
School Superintendentís Report
Dr. John A. Twaddle was Superintendent of Schools for 1897.† Three terms of school lasted 28 weeks.† Bethelís teachers continued their retraining throughout the year according to the stateís policies. School funds available in 1897 amounted to $3,505. (The town appropriation was $2,000.)
Page 2 of Superintendentís Report
Special accounts for Pleasant River bridge replacement