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Third Street Bridge - 1883 Newspaper Accounts
  • Courtesy of Alan Flood (August 2003)
  • Note: The following articles and notices are from the pages of the BAY CITY TRIBUNE from early January 1883.

    THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 1883. (Page: 4.)

    Board of Supervisors.

    The following business has been transacted by the board of super- visors since the last report:

    The chair called the attention of the board to the matter of the 3d street bridge about to come into the possession of the county, and that a necessity exists for the appointment of a superintendent to oversee the bridge on the part of the county, and that the committee on free bridge be requested to report in reference thereto.

    Mr. Maxwell, resolved that the committee on free bridge with the assistance of the prosecuting attorney be and they are hereby instructed to proceed and close the purchase of the 3d street bridge. Adopted.

    Mr. Maxwell moved that Chas. Fischer be added to the committee on claims and accounts in place of Wm. Gaffney, resigned. Carried.

    Mr. Maxwell moved that Calvin E. Bedell be substituted in place of Wm. Gaffney, resigned, on the committee on assessments, taxes and equalization. Carried.

    Mr. Thompson resolved that the chairman be instructed to advertise for bids for taking charge of 3d street bridge, and serving the same during season of navigation, bids to be accompanied by a bond in the sum of $2,000, for the faithful discharge of the duties imposed upon the superintendent by the board or its committees, said bids to be closed on Friday, Jan. 5th, '83, at 10 o'clock a. m., the chairman reserving the right to re- ject any or all bids. Adopted.

    Maxwell moved that the 3d street bridge when obtained, be placed under the charge of the committee on public buildings. Carried.

    Maxwell moved that 50 copies of the conditions of the bond be printed at the expense of the county. Carried. Mead offered the following resolution:

    Resolved, that the committee on public buildings be instructed to request the city of West Bay City to take charge of the approach to the 3d street bridge and keep the same in good repair, and the said committee are also instructed to request the public authorities of Bay City to take charge of the east approach of said bridge and keep the same in repair, and the said committee are hereby authorized to agree with the authorities of each of the said cities in relation to the repairs of said approaches.

    Adopted by a vote of the majority of the members elect and present.

    Yesterday afternoon a batch of bills were allowed and an adjourn- ment made until this morning.

    Notice to Contractors.

    Notice is hereby given that bids will be received by the undersigned chairman of the board of supervisors of Bay county, up to Friday, Jan. 5th, 1883, at 10 o'clock a. m. at the county clerk's office for taking charge of and swinging during navigation the 3d street bridge and keeping the same in repair under direction of the board of supervisors or its committee, said bids must be accompanied by a bond in the penal sum of $2,060, for the performance of said duties. The right to reject any or all bids reserved.

    B. F. PARTRIDGE, Chairman.

    Note: The above advertisement ran in the Bay City Tribune on both Jan. 4th and Jan. 5, 1883.

    Friday, January 5, 1883 - Go to: Menu

    FRIDAY, JANUARY 5, 1883. (Page: 4.)

    BAY CITY AND VICINITY

    Among the many short items listed of local interest was the following:

    Yesterday afternoon while the board of supervisors were sitting in an informal session awaiting business, and while a jocose feeling prevailed, they appointed a committee of two to wait upon sheriff Marsac. The official was presented before the board and that body resolved that the sheriff must produce a box of cigars for the boards inspection this morning. This action was just taken to assist the new sheriff in "cutting his eye teeth." The new county clerk Mr. Gaffney was called upon in the same manner and for the same purpose. Ex-sheriff Washington brought forth a box of Havanas and good feeling ran at its highest all the afternoon.

    Friday, January 6, 1883 - Go to: Menu

    SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 1883. (Page: 4.)

    FREE BRIDGE.

    On and After Tuesday Next the Thoroughfare Will Belong to the County.

    One of the most important measures before the board of supervisors at this session was the free bridge matter. The price agreed upon some time ago, $23,000, is not in the contingent fund, and in order to make the purchase, the board has borrowed $15,000 for one month from S. O. Fisher. At the expiration of a month the bridge tax will have been collected.

    Yesterday the board desired to make the bridge free and sent a committee of two, Sups. Ira E. Swart, and M. L. Maxson to wait upon the bridge stockholders. Mr. Jennison and Mr. Hill were interviewed and they said that they as individuals, were not invested with power to make a transfer of the bridge, but on Monday night when the stockholders had their meeting, the matter would be brought up for consideration and settled in a satisfactory manner to the board. This was to the effect that on Tuesday following the bridge would be turned over to the county and the tolls cease. Until that time the tolls would continue to be collected as usual.

    Friday, January 6, 1883 - Menu

    SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 1883. (Page: 5.)

    The Supervisors.

    Last Day's Session Yesterday-- Adjourned Until Tuesday Next.

    YESTERDAY MORNING'S SESSION.

    The board re-assembled yesterday pursuant to adjournment with B. F. Partridge in the chair and 21 supervisors present.

    On motion of Supervisor Maxwell the bond of Coroner-elect Gilbert and those of the two incoming circuit court commissioners were referred to the committee on ways and means.

    The committee on claims and accounts submitted the following bills, which were audited and allowed:

      R. Donohue.................................$ 48.50
      Thos. Riley.................................. 16.87
      Geo. Washington......................... 550.47
      Geo. Washington......................... 831.15
      W. J. Hodder............................... 3.00
      John McMillan............................. 9.00
      G. H. Ferguson............................ 9.00
      Morning Call................................ 2.00
      T. Riley Denison.......................... 6.75
      County clerk................................ 113.40
      Wm. Sullivan............................... 32.05
      E. Q. Ingersol.............................. 15.00
      Wm. Sempliner............................ 1.00
      John Conroy................................ .60
      Wm. Sempliner............................ 1.00

    Bill of W. G. McMath for $140.06 was disallowed.

    The bond of N. R. Gilbert, coroner-elect, was approved by the board.

    By Supervisor Bedell: Resolved, That Wm. Gaffney be asked to resign from the committee on stone roads. Adopted.

    The bids for taking charge of 3d street bridge were then opened and read to the board and a special committee of five supervisors was appointed to examine and report on the bids offered.

    Supervisor Decker offered a resolution that the county clerk be authorized to subscribe for a copy of the History of Bay County, now being compiled, to be kept in his office for public use, and that he draw an order for the payment of the same. Adopted.

    Supervisor Maxwell moved that C. E. Jennison, president, and J. H. Hill, secretary, of the Third Street Bridge company, be notified that their presence was desired by the board.

    The special committee to whom was referred the bids for taking charge of the 3d street bridge recommended that the contract be awarded to F. A. Meyers. Adopted.

    By Supervisor Maxwell: Resolved, That the committee on public buildings be instructed to enter into a contract with F. A. Meyers for the care for and turning of the swing of the 3d street bridge for the year 1883, and that they require of him a bond in conformity with the resolutions heretofore adopted, and see that the sureties are each sufficient for the penalty of the bond, and that such contract contain such other reason- able stipulations as may be required by said committee. Adopted.

    Supervisor Mead offered a resolution that the committee on public buildings be authorized to keep the 3d street bridge in repair. Adopted.

    Hon. H. H. Hatch came before the board and spoke in reference to bridge matters, and to the effect that the transfer of the 3d street bridge could not be done with safety to the county unless by a vote of the stockholders at a meeting thereof, which would occur in a few days.

    By Supervisor Maxwell: Resolved, That when the board adjourns this evening it adjourns to meet again on Tuesday, January 9, 9 a. m. Adopted.

    The county treasurers balance sheet was then submitted and approved.

    Supervisor Knight then moved that the stone road fund orders be canceled and placed in the vault in the county clerk's office, and that the rest of the orders be destroyed by burning, which was done in the presence of the board.

    Recess was then taken until 2 p. m.

      Note: During the afternoon session, the board discussed and handled many matters but none of the items discussed related to the Third street bridge. The board adjourned that evening until the following Tuesday.

    Friday, January 10, 1883

    - Menu

    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 1883. (Page: 8.)

    BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.

    Last Day's Proceedings
    --Buying Third Street Bridge for 23,000
    --Business Transacted
    --Adjourned Sine Die.

    MORNING SESSION.

    The board of supervisors met yesterday morning pursuant to adjournment, with B. F. Partridge in the chair and 22 supervisors present.

    Mr. Maxwell moved that the janitor be instructed to notify Charles E. Jennison, president, and Isaac H. Hill, secretary, of the Third street bridge company, that the board was in session and ready to close up the matter of the free bridge on behalf of the county. Carried.

    A petition was laid before the board signed by Peter Miller and 38 other residents and taxpayers of the township of Bangor, remonstrating against the annexation of certain territory of the township of Kawkawlin to said township of Bangor, prayed for and described in a petition presented to the board on Friday last, for the reason that they believed it would burden said township of Bangor with unreasonable taxation.

    On motion referred to committee on organization of townships.

    The committee on claims and accounts reported the bill of O. W. Booth, printing and supplies, $10.50, which on motion was audited and allowed.

    By Mr. Bedell:

      Resolved, That the stone road on the East Saginaw and Au Sable state road north of West Bay City, now under course of construction, be made as follows.
      1st: That the road be grubbed and graded 24 feet wide, said grade to be level sideways.
      2nd: That all trees and bushes spreading or leaning over said grade be cut down.
      3rd: That the stone be placed in such a manner that the grade will be level when finished.
      4th: That the west side of the stone will be placed within three feet of the west side of the grade.
      5th: That the stone work be made the same width and depth as the other stone roads now being built in this county.

    On motion, the matter of the resolution was referred to the next meeting of the board.

    Chas. E. Jennison and I. H. Hill, president and secretary of the Third street bridge company came before the board and presented a resolution adopted at a meeting of the said company, which the clerk of the board was instructed to read, and read as follows.

    "Whereas, Bay county has offered to purchase the Third street bridge and all the rights and appurtenances thereto for the price of $23,000. Therefore,

    Resolved, That the said offer be accepted, and the president and secretary of this company are hereby authorized and directed to execute to the said Bay county suitable conveyances of the said bridge and appurtenances with or without covenants of title, as said officers may deem best."

    The said president and secretary of the bridge company tendered the deed of the Bay City Bridge company to Bay county, which on was read to the board, and on motion of Mr. Maxwell,

    Resolved, That the same be accepted, and the county treasurer be instructed to pay said bridge company the sum of $23,000 as the purchase price thereof, and that the state and county taxes on said bridge for the year 1883 be assumed by the county of Bay.

    Yeas and nays were called for on the adoption of the resolution, and the resolution was lost.

    A motion made by Mr. Maxwell to reconsider the vote was also lost.

    Mr. Maxwell moved to strike out the words "and that the state and county taxes on said bridge for the year 1883 be assumed by the county of Bay."

    Yeas and nays were then called for on the adoption of the resolution as amended, and the resolution was adopted.

    Recess was then taken until 2 o'clock p. m.

    AFTERNOON SESSION.

    Upon reconvening at 2 p. m. twenty three supervisors answered to their names at roll call.

    Mr. Hill, secretary of the Bay City bridge company being present, the chairman on behalf of the board notified him that a certified check for $23,000 was ready for delivery as soon as the bridge was delivered.

    By Mr. Maxwell: Resolved, That the committee on public buildings are hereby authorized to buy from the Third street bridge company such plank and other articles as said company may have that may be needed, and in giving certificates, the clerk may draw orders for payment thereof. Adopted.

    A resolution was adopted that the public buildings committee take charge of the bridge.

    By Mr. Maxwell: Resolved, That our senators and representatives in the state legis- lature are hereby respectfully asked to endeavor to secure passage of a law providing for the care, preservation and extension of the various stone roads being constructed by this county and we recommend that a district one-half mile wide on each side of each of said roads be formed of the lands outside of the cities and that the highway taxes raised in such district be devoted to the care, preservation and extension of said roads, and that provision be made to collect the tax annually not exceeding one-fourth of one per cent., and the Second and Third wards of West Bay City, and the Second and Third wards of Bay City for the like purpose. Adopted.

    Mr. Maxwell moved that the chairman be appointed a committee to draft a bill and secure its passage through the legislature.

    By Mr. Pratt: Resolved, That this board through its chairman request the sheriff to appoint F. A. Meyers deputy sheriff, as an officer to look after the interests of the Third street bridge. Adopted.

    Mr. Maxwell moved that the county assume the county tax on the Third street free bridge. Lost.

    On motion the clerk was instructed to draw an order for $23,000 and tender the same in full payment for the Third street bridge.

    The order was drawn and tendered in the presence of the board. The bridge company thereupon delivered the title to the Third street bridge, by its secretary, Mr. Hill.

    Moved and carried that the committee on public buildings take possession of Third street free bridge forthwith on behalf of the county.

    A resolution was adopted that the bridge swinger be paid monthly on certificate of the committee on public buildings.

    W. E. Waldron, one of the superintendents of the poor, came before the board and asked for additional pay for his services. Referred to poor house committee.

    The committee having in consideration the petition asking for a division of Kawkawlin township, reported adversely on same.

    Pay roll of supervisors amounting to $155.66 ordered paid.

    Adjourned sine die.

    Related Pages & Notes

    1867 Birdseye View of Bridge
    Pictorials/
    {1907 Photo of Bridge}
    Writings/
    1879 Man Walks Off Bridge
    1883 County Buys a Bridge
    1890s New Iron Bridge
    Maps Library/
    {1918 Map of Bridge Area}
    People Referenced
    Bedell, Calvin E.
    Booth, O.W. (printing)
    Conroy, John
    Decker, (Supv.)
    Denison, T.Riley
    Donohue, R.
    Ferguson, G.H.
    Fischer, Chas.
    Fisher, S.O.
    Gaffney, Wm. (Co. clerk)
    Gilbert, N.R. (coroner)
    Hatch, H.H. (Hon.)
    Hill, Isaac H.
    Hodder, W.J.
    Jennison, Charles E.
    Knight, (Supv.)
    Marsac, (sheriff)
    Maxson, M.L. (Supv.)
    Maxwell, (Supv.)
    McGrath, W.G.
    Mead, (Supv.)
    Meyers, F.A. (Dep. sheriff)
    McMIllan, John
    Miller, Peter
    Partridge, B.F.
    Pratt, (Supv.)
    Riley, Thos.
    Sempliner, Wm.
    Sullivan, Wm.
    Swart, Ira E. (Supv)
    Thompson, Mr.
    Washington, (x-sheriff)
    Washington, Geo.
    Waldron, W.E. (Supt. Poor)
    Subjects Referenced
    AuSable road
    Bangor Township
    Bay City
    Bay City Bridge Co.
    Bay City Tribune
    Bay County
    Bridge stockholders
    Bridge tax
    County clerk's office
    East Saginaw road
    Highway taxes
    Kawkawlin Township
    Third Street Bridge
    Third Street Brdige Co.
    West Bay City
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