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Guide to the Princeton-Harvard Highway District Records ; Princeton-Harvard Highway District Records

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Guide to the Princeton-Harvard Highway District Records 1919-1950

Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Overview of the Collection

Title: Records
Creator: Princeton-Harvard Highway District
Dates: 1919-1950
Quantity: 1 cubic foot
Abstract: Correspondence, financial records, petitions, election records, minutes of meetings, and plat books.
Identification: MG081
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

The material in this record group was in no apparent order when received, therefore a series order was imposed during processing.The correspondence, with the exception of one folder which was segregated by Taggart, was placed in chronological order. Most correspondence is incoming and concerns legal and financial arrangements, including bond issues and plans for road construction. Occasionally there are letters concerning equipment purchases.Included in the financial records are warrant registers, bank statements, audits, financial statements, monthly payroll time sheets, and inventories of equipment.Other papers include petitions, election poll and tally books, legal papers such as rights of way consents and contracts, a contract for the Viola to Potlatch section of the North-South highway, minutes of meetings held by the commissioners, and plat books.Many invoices, paid warrants, and vouchers were included with the records. Samples of these were retained but the bulk was discarded. Likewise only samples of the bond coupons were retained. In all the records were reduced by three cubic feet.

Scope and Content

The records of the Princeton-Harvard Highway District span the years 1919 to 1950, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1919 to 1930.

The records include correspondence, financial records, petitions, election records, minutes of a few meetings, and plat books.


Administrative/Biographical History

The Princeton-Harvard Highway District was organized on April 22, 1919 by commissioners J.D. Morrissey, John Leinhard, and S.M. Starner. Morrissey was elected president, Leinhard secretary, and J.M. Bottjer, not a member of the commission, was elected treasurer. This commission was charged with the construction, improvement, and repair of highways in the district. To raise money for machinery a $110,000 bond was issued in 1919. Several other bonds were issued in later years. Money was also received from motor vehicle licenses and tax levies.

Melvin Taggart obtained these papers in the early 1980s during a dispute with his neighbors over a road leading to his property south of Princeton. The Latah County Highway District and Taggart's neighbors claimed the road was a private road and some of the neighbors put up fences to emphasize the point. But Taggart's research showed the road had been opened by the county in 1905, had never been abandoned, and was therefore still a county road. In August 1985 Second District Judge Ronald Schilling ruled in Taggart's favor.


Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Idaho
Public Works

Princeton-Harvard Highway District (Latah County, Idaho)

Roads -- Idaho -- Latah County

Taggart, Melvin

Administrative Information

Source

The records of the Princeton-Harvard Highway District were donated to the University of Idaho Library in July 1985 by Melvin Taggart of Potlatch, Idaho.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Correspondence 1919-1948
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1/1-51/1-5 1919-1937; 1948 251 items
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1/61/6Correspondence segregated by Melvin Taggart 1919-1936 70 items
Series II. Financial Records 1919-1950
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1/7-91/7-9Warrant registers 1921-1931 19 items
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1/101/10Bank statements 1919-1924; 1936 23 items
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1/111/11Audits 1928-1930 2 items
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1/121/12County Auditors statements to the Highway District 1919-1938 56 items
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1/13-151/13-15Financial statements 1920-1950 111 items
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1/161/16Bills approved for payment 1919-1921 20 items
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1/171/17Bonds 1919-1932 11 items
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1/181/18Potlatch Mercantile invoices 1922-1920 28 items
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1/191/19Payroll: monthly time sheets 1920-1921; 1923; 1928 91 items
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1/201/20Payroll: employees' receipt for compensation 1920-1924 28 items
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1/211/21Payroll: State Insurance Board material 1919-1936 9 items
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1/221/22Lists of securities on deposit 1927-1933 5 items
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1/231/23Department of Public Works reports 1924-1933 7 items
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1/241/24Works Progress Administration reports 1936 15 items
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1/251/25Samples of checks, vouchers, and warrants 1919-1933 53 items
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1/261/26Other financial material 1920-1935 23 items
Series III. Other Papers 1919-1947
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1/271/27Petitions 1921-1931 8 items
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1/281/28Elections: bond election ballots 1919 240 items
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1/291/29Elections: poll and tally books, notices of elections, oaths of electors, sample ballots 1929-1947 15 items
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1/301/30Legal papers 1919-1936 7 items
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1/311/31Minutes of meetings 1919-1936 7 items
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1/321/32Plat books undated 4 items
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1/331/33Bureau of Highways. Bulletin 2-4; 7 1919 4 items
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1/341/34List of county and highway district commissioners 1930-1932 3 items
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1/351/35Other papers undated 3 items

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Language: Finding aid is in English

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