Town Board Minutes 1900-1935
The Town Board Minutes from 1900 to 1932 are presented as microfilmed. I have put them in chronological order in batches of five pages each. Scan numbers coincide as much as possible to the page numbers in this book. The Town Board did not meet monthly but as needed, and this is reflected in the ordering. It is also difficult at times to read the dates or writing. I tried to get a clear digital copy to put on the website but if you are unsure about a word or name you can come to Town Hall and look at the original copy or ask the Town Clerk to make a copy from the original. I have pulled out special sections and labeled them separately if I felt they were significant or interesting for researchers of the town's history. Kathy Jo Gallo, Records Clerk
1902 Vote: "Shall the highway be worked under what is known as the Money(?) System? (as per Chapter 156 of Fed (?) Laws of March 1902. Yes 161, No 161 revoted June Yes 237 No 239
1903 Vote: Shall the Town of Duanesburgh adopt the money system of highway labor in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 156 Laws 1902" Dist 1 Yes 46, No 42/Dist 2 Yes 80 No 43/Dist 3 Yes 56 No 70/Dist 4, Yes 175 No 41
1903 Vote: Shall the Electors of the Town of Duanesburgh hereafter elect one Commissioner of Highways at the Biennial(?) Town Meeting held November 3rd 1903 instead of electing three Commissioners of Highways as is the usual custom. Dist 1 Yes 27 No 81/Dist 2 Yes 74 No 37/Dist 3 yes 78 No 40/Dist 4 Yes 156 No 38"
Lawyers' Reports Annotated Vol. 48 found on Google Books states:"The court
in Duanesburgh v Jenkins 57 NY 177, which was decided by the commissioners of appeals
expressed its opinion that the legislature has power to compel, as well as
authorize, a municipal corporation to aid in the contruction of a railroad,
in the construction of which, in the judgement of the legislature, it has
a public interest."
Again said the Court:"In this case the proper Officer of the town has acted, the bonds have been issued, and the stock subscribed for. The objection is that the proof of preliminary consents by taxpayers is defective. The action of the legisature is, in my judgment, sufficient to heal this defect and sanction the action of the town commissioner in binding the town, the whole consideration to the town having been received in the completion of the road and the issuing of the stock for its benefit"
At a Town Convention held at Duanesburgh on the 2nd of October 1905 by the Democrat Party the following Committee was appointed: George C. Peek, Augustus Liddle, John Wright, Loren H. White, Chairman
At a Town Convention held at Duanesburgh on the 29th of September 1905 by the Republican Party the following Committee was appointed: David Walpole, Howard Dare, John L. Turnbull, Chairman, DH Gaige."
"...that on the 7th day of November 1907 that we convened at the town clerk's
office....the local option questions submitted as called for by petition...
Question No. 1:Selling liquor to be drank on the premises where sold Yes 111, No 367 Blank 211
Question No 2:Selling liquor not to be drank on the premises where sold Yes 79, No 343 Blank 267
Question No 3:Selling liquor as a pharmacist on a physician's prescription Yes 104, No 318 Blank 267
Question No 4: Selling liquor by Hotel Keepers only Yes 268 No 311 Blank 110
November 1907:Shall the proposition adopted at the bienniel town meeting of 1905 to have the financial reports of all Town Officers who disburse town funds printed in a newspaper published in the town be revoked and such reports hereafter be printed in pamphlet form and provided to each and every taxpayer in the town. Board to let the contract to print the same to the lowest responsible bidder. Yes 271 No 196 Blank 222
November 1907:Shall the labor system of removing snow from the highways be abolished and such work be performed as directed by the town board and the expenses thereof be defrayed by a tax upon the taxable property of the Town. Yes 302 No 192 Blank 195
1909 Liquor Law Vote (text same as above) and 1910 School Directors elected in above file
1911 Liquor Law Vote in above file
1913 Liquor Law Vote in Above File
Purchase of Stone Crusher, 1917 Liquor Law Vote (not stated explicitly only as Questions 1-4)