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Early Attempts to Divide Cherry County
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Early Attempts To Divide Cherry County Found in Several Newspaper
Petition presented to county fathers October 7, 1896.
On motion the petition of certain persons of Boiling Springs and other
precincts to submit a proposition to the electors of Cherry County
to move the county seat to Cody, was rejected, for the reason that
the petitioners have not complied with the requirements of the Statutes
for such cases.
On motion the petition of certain residents of the southwest part of
Cherry County, to submit a proposition to the electors of Cherry County
to cut off certain territory from Cherry County and attach the same to
Grant county, was rejected for the reason that the board is of the
opinion that said proposition can not legally be submitted to a vote
until the general election of 1897.
Petitions ask to divide Cherry County, August 1911.
Although petitions were filed to divide the county, form two new
counties, and attach part of southern Cherry County to Grant and Hooker
counties, no further information could be found, nor could a list of
those signing the petition be found.
The petition asked that about a eastern third of Cherry County remain
as defined; that a new county known as Lake County begin at the
southeast comer of Township 28 N, Range 31 W, north to the north line
of Cherry County and west to the West line of Range 35W. The southern
part of Cherry County between Range 31 and 35 of the new Lake County
to be attached to Hooker County.
Another new county to be known as Green County would begin at the south
east corner of Township 25N, Range 36W, north to the north line of
Cherry County and west to the west line of Cherry County. The southern
part of Cherry County bordered on the east by Range 36 north to the
southeast comer of Township 28 and west to the county line would be
attached to Grant County.
Last of controversy apparently January 15, 1920.
A proposal that has agitated the people of Cherry County at different
times for several years past, bids fair to become again a burning
question and one that in all probability will be voted upon in the near
Introduced by Festus Carothers of Grant County and referred to
Committee on State and County Boundaries. Relating to the Division
of Union of Counties.
Proposal to amend or revise Section 3 of Article X to read as follows:
Section 3: No county nor part of the territory of any county shall be
added to an adjoining county without submitting the question to the
qualified voters of both counties, nor unless approved by a majority
of all the qualified electors of the territory affected, voting on the
question. When any county shall be added to another all prior
indebtedness of each county shall remain a charge of the taxable
property within the territory of each county, as it existed prior to
consolidation. When any part of a county is stricken off or attached
to another county, the part stricken off shall beholden for and obliged
to pay its proportion of all the liabilities then existing of the
county from which it is taken; but shall not be liable for any prior liabilities of the county to which it is attached.
Found in several early newspaper articles.