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LIBRARY
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

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T. J. APPLEYARD, PRINTER,
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Sixteenth Biennial Report

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Department of Agriculture

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State of Florida


LAND AND FIELD

NOTE DIVISIONS

FOR THE YEARS
1919 AND 1920



XV. A. McRAE
Commissioner of Agriculture
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LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL



DEPARTMENT OF AGRICUE URE, STATE OF FLORIDA,
COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., JAN. 12, 1921.

To His Excellency,
Cary A. Hardee,
Governor of the State of Florida.

SIR:-

As provided by law, I herewith submit the Biennial
Report of the Department of Agriculture, Land and Field
Note Divisions for the years 1919 and 1920.

Respectfully submitted,

W. A. McRAE,
Commissioner of Agriculture.




































































































































































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PREFACE

Before the adoption of the Constitution of 1885, the
Department of Agriculture was known as the "Depart-
ment of Lands and Immigration." The Legislature of
1889 established the Department of Agriculture, and in
that Act, May 17th, the name of this department of the
State Government was changed from the "Department of
Lands and Immigration" to the Department, of Agricul-
ture. This is the sixteenth Biennial Report of the De-
partment of Agriculture and the fifth to be made by the
present incumbent.

.There are many people in the State yet who do not rec-
ognize the importance of this Department. The name of
the Department from the beginning has been more or less
a misnomer.

To submit a report that will give the best results, we
find it necessary to present each branch or division of the
Department separately, treating each subject or division
separate and distinct from.the other. Each division will
not only be treated separately, but the report of each di-
vision will be printed under separate cover.

In order that the public may be advised of the magni-
tude and importance of the Department of Agriculture,
we give below an outline of the duties of the Commis-
sioner of Agriculture without giving a treatise on each
subject:

1-The Division of Agriculture.

2-The Division of Immigration.


3-The Prison. Division.








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4-The Pure Food and Diug', -Stock Feed and Ferti-
lizer Division.

5-The Land Division.

6-The Field Note Division.

7-The Fish and Shell Fish Division.
8-Oil Inspection Division.

In addition to the above the Commissioner of Agricul-
ture is a member of the following Boards:

1--The Board of Commissioners of State Institutions.

2-The Board of Pardons.

3-The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund.

4-The Board of Drainage Commissioners.

5-President of the State Live Stock Sanitary Board.

6-Chairman of the Executive Committee of the State
Market Bureau.










LAND DIVISION

As stated in the preface, the head of this Department
was formerly entitled "Commissioner of Lands and Im-
migration." This Department was recognized as a land
I)epartment only. Under the present constitution and
laws of this State the Land Department is now only one
of the many varied divisions of the Department of Agri-
culture. Yet the Land Department remains one of the
most important branches of this office.

While the acreage now owned by the State has greatly
decreased, the inquiries about lands which the State has
disposed of, as well as about lands now owned by the
State, increase every year in proportion to the continued
increase in population and the increased value of the
lands. Furthermore, many of the State lands in the
Everglades have been subdivided into small tracts, which
the Trustees are selling on terms of one-fourth cash and
balance in 1, 2 and 3 years at 6% interest per annum on
deferred payments, giving deeds and taking mortgages
and notes for balance due on same. Consequently, the
work in the Land Department has increased and requires
the greatest accuracy. The records of this Department
are of the very greatest value to the people of the State,
as the original titles to all lands disposed of by the State
must be kept in this Department, making it most impor-
tant that a perfect record be kept for the use of the pres-
ent as. well as for future generations:

Since 1877 complete records of all deeds and transac-
tions have been kept, And the records are in good condi-
tion; but prior to 1877 it was not the custom to keep any
record of copies of deeds, and these records are very im-
perfect. Some of them disappeared during reconstruction
days, This being the case it is necessary to make a most
careful search of the old files, abstract and tract books,
in order to perfect the records.









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Transactions regarding the conveyances to the old Rail-
road an.d.Canal, Companies and illegal conveyances made
just after the Civil War, during ,Carpet Bag Rule; are-un-
written.. Also,,so many persons failing to record their
deeds in former years, cause' now a great demand on this
office for. information about these old titles and trans-
actions. Many :of the- inquiries :require much .time and
very careful'search, on account of the. condition of the
old and imperfect records. i

The abstract, which.is now being prepared, will correct
all errors and will show the various Acts! of Congress,
granting the, different classes' of lands ,to the State, the
date of all patents and aprpoved lists to the State and all
conveyances out-of the State.

This work is being done by a clerk, assisted by the Chief
Land Clerk, whose long service in the Land Department
has made him familiar with the old and imperfect rec-
ords. Without the experience, of .many years in this De-
partment it would bemost difficult for one not familiar
with. the records to get together all 'the information -to
make a complete abstract, which abstract is absolutely
necessary to preserve"the titles. to all the lands in the
State. :

Ip making-the, xaminations of the records for data for
the abstract, we continue to find tracts of valuable lands
which were shown on the maps to have been conveyed
years ago, that still belong 'to the' Stat eL

The .minutes of the Trustees of the Internal Improve-
ment Fund relating to the State ilahdk are of. general
public 'interest,; as' they show. all tl irF transactions and
agreements. Copies of these' minutes' can' be had'by writ-
ing the Secretary of 'the Trustees for same.











The lands approved.and patented by the United States
to the State of Florida are known as. Swamp and. Over-
flowed Lands, and Swamp Indemnity Lands. Lands
granted to: the State of Florida by Special Acts of'Con-
gress, but not. conveyed by patent, are known as Internal
Improvement lands, School Lands, School Indemnity
lands, Seminary Lands and Lands granted to the State
specifically for Railroads.

The Swamp and Overflowed Lands granted to the State
under Act of Congress, approved September 28, 1850, and
the Internal Improvement Lands granted to the State
under Act of Congress, approved September 4, 1841, are
irrevocably vested in five Trustees, to-wit:

The Governor, who is chairman of the Board; the State
Treasurer,..the Attorney General, the Comptroller and the
Commissioner of Agriculture, and their successors in
office, under Section 617, General Statutes of the State
of Florida.

The School, Lands, granted to the State, under Act of
Congess, on March 3, 1845, are vested in the State Board
of Education, consisting of the Governor, who is chair-
man of the Board; the Secretary of State, the Attorney
General, the State Treasurer and, the State Sujierinten-
dent of Public Instruction, under Sections 335, 336 and
2458, General Statutes of the State of Florida.

The certificate of the Commissioner of Agriculture,
under his official seal, of the ownership of any'lands in
this State, shall be ptima" facd'e videnic of the facts
therein certified. See Sections 1524, 1525 and 1526, Gen-
eral Statutes'of Mlorida, and Chapter 3881, Acts of 1917.

Following are shown 'the various Acts of "Congress
granting all the above classes of lands fo the State and











tables giving a full and complete statement, in detail, of
all the lands approved and patented to the State, and the
lands disposed of by the State, and lands now on hand.
There are shown, also, in this report, the number of acres
still owned by the United States Government subject to
homestead entry, giving the number of acres in each
county.
Following are copies of the several Acts of Congress
granting the different classes of lands to the State of
Florida, with eplo amtions in regard to same:

SWAMP AND OVERFLOWED LANDS.

Chapter LXXXVI, Act of September 28, 1850. Be it
enacted, etc.:
"That to enable the State of Arkansas to construct the
necessary levees and drains to reclaim the swamp and
overflowed lands therein, the whole of those swamp and
overflowed lands made unfit thereby for cultivation which
shall remain unsold at the passage of this Act shall be,
and the same are hereby, granted to said State.
"Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That it shall be the
duty of the Secretary of the Interior, as soon as may be
practicable after the passage of this Act, to make out an
accurate list and plats of the lands described as aforesaid
and transmit the same to the Governor of the State of
Arkansas, and, at the request of said Governor, cause a
patent to be issued to the State therefore; and on that
patent the fee simple to said lands shall vest in the .said.
State of Arkansas, subject to the disposal of the Legis-
lature thereof: Provided, however, That the proceeds of
said lands, whether from sale or by direct appropriation
in kind, shall be applied, exclusively, as far as necessary,
to the purpose of reclaiming said lands by means of the
levees and drains aforesaid.













"Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That in making
out a list and plats of the land aforesaid, all legal subdi-
visions, the greater part of which is 'wet and unfit for cul-
tivation,' shall be included in said list and plates; but
when the greater part of a subdivision is not of that char-
acter, the whole of it shall be excluded therefrom.
"Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the provisions
of this Act be extended to, and their benefits be conferred
upon each of the other States of the Union in which such
swamp and overflowed lands, known and designated as
aforesaid, may be situated."

SWAMP LAND INDEMNITY.

See Acts of Congress March 2, 1855, and March 3,
1857 (Act of 1857 continues in force Act of 1855). Sec.
2, Act of March 2, 1855: "Sec. 2. And be it further en-
acted, that upon due proof, by the authorized agent of
the State or States, before the Commissioner of the Gen-
eral Land Office, that any of the lands purchased were
swamp lands within the true intent and meaning of the
Act aforesaid, the purchase money shall be paid over to
said State or States; and where the lands have been lo-
cated by warrant or script the said State or States shall
be authorized to locate a quantity of like amount, upon
any of the public lands subject to entry, at one dollar
and a quarter per acre, or less, and patents. shall issue
therefore, upon the terms and conditions enumerated in
the Act aforesaid; Provided, however, the said decisions
of the Commissioner of'the General Land Office shall be
approved by the Secretary of the Interior."
It is proper to state in connection with this, that no
lands sold, or in any way conveyed by the United States
Government, that are swamp, and overflowed, since the
Act of 1857, come under the benefits of this Act. Such
lands are a clear loss to the State, as the Government in
no case reimburses the State.












INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT LANDS.

What we call the "Internal Improvement Lands Prop-
er" are the lands conveyed to the State, under an Act of
Congress bearing date of September 4, 1841, and granting
500,000 acres; Section 8 of'Chapter XVI, of said Act of
September 4, 184i, page '455, U. S. Statutes at Large,
reads: "Sec. 8." And be it 'further enacted, That there
shall be granted to each State specified in the first section
of this Act, five hundred 'thousand acres of land for pur-
poses of internal improvement: Provided, That to each
of the said States which has already received grants for
said purposes,' there'is' hereby granted no more than a
quantity of land which shall, together with the amount
such State has already received as aforesaid, make five
hundred thousand acres, the selections in all of the said.
States'to be made within their limits respectively, in such
manner as the Legislatures thereof shall direct; and
located 'in parcels conformably to sectional' divisions and
subdivisions, of not less than three hundred and twenty
acres in any one location on any liublic 'land except such
as is or may be reserved from sale by any law of Congress
or proclamation of the President of the United States,
which said 'locations may be made at any time after the
lands of the United States in said States respectively,
shall have been surveyed according to existing laws. And'
there shall be, and hereby is, granted to each' new State
that shall hereafter be' admitted into the Union, upon
such admission, so much' land as, including such' quantity
as may have'beeh granted to such State before its admis-
sion, and while uider a Territorial Governinent, for purt
pose of internal improvement as aforesaid, as shall make
Ive hundred thousand acres of land, to be selected and
located as aforesaid?












DISPOSITION OF "INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT
LANDS."

An Act of the Legislature, Chapter 3474, aprpoved Feb-
ruary 16, 1883, directed that the remainder of these lands
be set apart and the proceeds from the sale of the same
be applied to the payment of certain bonded indebtedness
of the counties which had issued bonds for aid in, building
certain rtjilroads' in the State.
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund ac-
cepted and approved the Act of the Legislature to dis-
tribute the funds arising from the sale of the "Internal
Improvement Lands Proper" to the bonded counties.
After distributing these funds for several years, it was
found that some of the counties stopped the levy of their
tax for payment of their bonds, while others continued
the same. As a result of this action, some of the counties
liquidated their indebtedness, while others had bonds out-
standing. The Trustees felt that it was unfair to continue
to distribute these funds to only a part of the counties
when they had failed to continue their 'tax. Therefore,
for some time past no funds have been distributed. The
proceeds of this class of lands have, also, so far as dis-
tributed, gone indirectly to aid in the construction of
railroads. An Act of the Legislature, Chapter 6972,
approved June 14, 1915, directed the Trustees of the In-
ternal Improvement Fund to use all funds derived from
the sale of'these lands described in the Act of 1883, or the
equivalent thereof, or so much as may be necessary to
reimburse the City of Jacksonville and certain bonded
counties for the amounts paid out by them, respectively,
on said bonds, which said city and the counties have here-
tofore taken up,' paid off and satisfied, and to the taking
up; paying' off and satisfying of such of said bonds as may
remain unpaid, 'so far as the said funds may 'extend.
In compliance with the above Act, the Trustees have
since paid out other monies to said city and counties.













By reference to the report of the Trustees of the Inter-
nal Improvement Fund, a full statement can be had as to
the condition of the funds, this Department having noth-
ing whatever to do with the handling.of said funds.

LANDS GRANTED TO STATE SPECIFICALLY FOR
RAILROADS.
Act of Congress of May 17, 1856, Chapter 31, of the
United States Statutes at Large:
Chap. XXXI. "Be it enacted, etc., That there be, and
is hereby, granted to the State of. Florida, for the purpose
of aiding in the construction of railroads from St. Johns
River, at Jacksonville, to the waters of Escambia Bay, at
or near Pensacola, and from Amelia Island, on the Atlan-
tic, to the waters of Tampa Bay, with a branch to Cedar
Key, on the Gulf of Mexico; and also a railroad from Pen-
sacola to the State line of Alabama, in the direction of
Montgomery, every alternate section of land designated by
odd numbers, for six sections in width on each side of each
of said roads and branch. But in case it shall appear that
the United States have, when the lines 'or routes of said
roads or branch are definitely fixed, sold any sections or
any parts thereof, granted as aforesaid, or that the right
of pre-emption has attached to the same, then it shall be
lawful for any agent or agents to be appointed by the Gov-
ernor of said State, to select, subject to the approval of
the Secretary of the Interior, from the lands of the United
States nearest to the tiers of sections above .specified, so
much lands in alternate sections or parts of sections, as
shall be equal to such lands as the United States have
sold or otherwise appropriated, or to which the.rights of
pre-emption have attached, as aforesaid; which lands,
(thus selected in lieu of those sold' and to which pre-emp-
tion rights have attached as aforesaid, together with the
Sections or parts of sections designated by odd numbers, as
aforesaid, and appropriated as aforesaid), shall be held
by the State of Florida for the use and purposes afore-












said: Provided, that the land to be so located shall in no
case be further than fifteen miles from the lines of said
roads and branch, and selected for and on account of
each of said roads and branch: Provided further, That the
lands hereby granted for and on account of said roads
and branch, severally, shall be exclusively applied in the
construction of that road and branch for an on account
of which such lands are hereby granted, and shall be dis-
posed of only as the work progresses, and the same shall
be applied to no other purpose whatsoever; and provided
further, That any and all lands heretofore reserved to the
United States, by any Act of Congress, or in any other
manner by competent authority, for the purpose of aiding
in any object of internal improvement, or for any other
purpose whatsoever, be, and the same are hereby, reserved
to the United States from the operation of this Act, ex-
cept so far as it may be found necessary to locate the
routes of said railroads or branch through such reserved
lands; in which case the right of way only shall be
granted, subject to the approval of the President of the
United States."
Certified lists are on file in this office from the United
States Land Office at Washington, D. C., designating the
lands granted to the different roads under said Act.
i Secs. 636-637, pages 352, 353, General Statutes of the
State of Florida, relate to the confirmation of titles to
lands conveyed under this Act of Congress. Reference to
the attached tables will show the number of acres the
railroads received under this grant.

LANDS DERIVED FROM THE UNITED STATES
FOR SCHOOL PURPOSES.

Below will be found a synopsis of the Acts and refer-
ence to the Acts of Congress, with the aid of which, any
one can obtain the Act and read the full text; the scope
of this report not admitting a full presentation of the
different Acts.
2-Land Div.













SFrom the State Treasurer's report,.can be learned the
amount paid to the State School Fund by the Uiited
States Government from the 5 per cent on land sales
under the Act of 1845, as set out in the Acts to follow.
Five per cent of the land sales made by the United
States Government of the Government lands in said Statd
are paid to the State of Florida for school purposes, un-
der Act off Congress of March 3, 1845, Chapter 75, page
788, vol.-5, United States Statutes at Large.
: 'Under the same Act of March 3, 1845, there was granted
tb the State what we call our '"Seminary Lands," the pro-
ceeds arising from the sale of which are applied to the
benefit of the University of the State of Florida, located
at' Gainesville, Florida, and the Florida State College for
Women, located at Tallahassee, Florida.
In addition to the above, the same Act of March 3, 1845,
grants 'every 16th section in every township in the State
for public 'school purposes, and when there are deficiencies
in the 16th sections, indemnity for same, in lands or cash,
has been granted. These 16th, sections are called our
"School Lands Proper." The following is a copy of. so
much of the Act of March 3, 1845, as relates to said
grant:
Chap. 75, Act of March 3, 1845, Section 1:
"Be it enacted, etc., That in consideration of the con-
cessions made by the State of Florida in respect to the
public lands, there be granted to the said State eight en-
tire sections of land for the purpose of fixing their seat
of Government; also, section number sixteen, in every
township, or other lands equivalent thereto, for the use
of the inhabitants of such township for the support of
such schools; also, two entire townships of land, in addi-
tion to the two townships already reserved, for the use of
two seminaries of learning. One to be located east, and
the other west of the Suwannee river.; also, five per cen-
tum 6f the net proceeds of the sale of lands'within the
said'State, which shall be hereafter sold''by Congress,













after deducting all expenses incident to the saime; and
which said het proceeds safiil be applied by said' State
for the purpose of education."

SCHOOL INDEMNITY.

Under this head, it will be found that the United States
Government allows indemnity to the State for lands dis-
posed of by the Government, that were conveyed by other
Acts to the State for educational' purposes. For many
years the State has gotten indemnity in lands under the
provision hereinafter set out. The largest recovery under
these Acts was the indemnity for the sixteen sections in
the Forbes Purchase, which was an old Spanish grant; the
title to which was recognized by the United States, Gov-
ernment..
The Act of February 26, 1859, relates to indemnity:
Copy of said Act is as follows
Chapter 58, Act of Congress, February 26,'1859:
"Be it enacted, etc., That where settlements, with aiview
of pre-emption, have been made before the survey 6f the
lands in th field which shall be found to have been made
on Sections Sixteen and Thirty-six, said sections shall be
subject to the pre-emption claim of such settler;' and if
they, or either of them, shall have' been or shall be re-
served or pledged for the use of schools or colleges ih the
State or Territory in which the lands lie, other landWs of
like quantity are hereby aprpopriated in lieu of such as
may be patented by pre-emptbrs; and other lands are also
hereby appropriated to compensate deficiencies for school
purposes where said 'Sections Sixteen or Thirty-six .are'
fractional in quantity, or where one or both are wanting
by reason of the township being fraefiofial, 'or from any
natural cause whatever; Provided, that the land by this
section appropriated shall be selected"aiid appropriiaed
in accordince irih tihe phincih~les oif 'ajiaidtment and'tilie"
provisions of the Act of CongreFs 'of'May 29, iS,19, eni -










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titled, 'An Act to appropriate lands for the support of
schools in certain townships and fractional townships not
before provided for.' '

Under Act of Congress of February 28, 1891, the Acts
relating to indemnity for school lands were amended to
read as follows:
"Chap. 384. An Act to amend Sections 2275 and 2276
of the Revised Statutes of the United States, providing
for the selection of lands for educational purposes in lieu
of those appropriated for other purposes.
"Be it enacted, etc., That Sections Twenty-two Hun-
dred and Seventy-five and Twenty-two Hundred and Sev-
enty-six, of the Revised Statutes'of the.United States, be
amended to read as follows:
"Sec, 2275. Where settlements with a view to pre-emp-
tiop or homestead have been, or shall hereafter be, made
before the survey of landsin the field, which are found to
have been made on Sections Sixteen or Thirty-six, those
sections shall be subject to the claims -of such settlers;"
"And if such sections, or either of them, have been or
shall be granted, reserved or pledged for the use of
schools or colleges, in the State or Territory in which they
lie, other lands of equal acreage are hereby appropriated
and granted, and may be selected by said State or Terri-
tory, in lieu of such as may be thus taken by pre-emption
of homestead settlers."
"And other lands of equal acreage are also hereby ap-
propriated and granted, and may be selected by said State
or Territory where Sections Sixteen or Thirty-six are
mineral land, or are included within any Indian, mili-
tary or other reservation, or are otherwise disposed of
by the United States."
For information concerning the amount of revenue de-
rived from the land sales, in these different branches,
reference is made to the tabulated statements in this re-
port relating to the same.









STATEMENT OF LANDS


ORIGINALLY CLAIMED BY, AND CONVEYED TO CONSTRUCTED RAILROADS, CLAIMING
LANDS OTHER THAN ALTERNATE SECTIONS, A.TNARY 1. 1921.


ACRES CLAIMED. ACRES DEEDED. ACRES CLAIMED.

5 s. a *ss g c 4, ai

NAME OF RAILROAD. j O 1

Jacksoville, Tampa &
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Keyorida Southern R-.,
formerly Galnesville I
Ocala and Charlotte I
Harbor R. B.....(3) 288.22,10,000 2,882,200.00 2,481,618.77173,863.912,655,482.68 131,711.18 268,870.05 400,581.28
Jacksonville, Tampa &
Key West Ry, for-
merly -Tampa, Peace
Creek & St. Johns *
River R. R...... (3) 130.8 10,000 1,303,000.00 1,285,120.76 189,008.54 1,474,129.30 .......... 17,87.38 17,879.38
Silver Springs, Ocala & *
Gulf R. R....... (3) 65.15 10,000 651,500.00 362,194.78 1,405.51 363,600.20 155,743.82 133,561.40 289,305.22
Iensacola and Atlantic *
R. R. .......... (3) 161.00 20,000 3,220,000.00 2,157,757. 07 56,267.3012,214,024.37 44,865.94 1,017,376.99 1,062,242.93
Palatka and Indian I|
River Ry. ...... (4) 70. 6,000 420,000.001 852,477.45 127,094.39 479,571.84...............................
Carrabelle, Tallahassee
& Georgia R. R., for-
merly Augusta, Tal-
lahassee & Gulf R.
R., formerly Thomas-
ville, Tallahassee &











STATEMENT OF LANDS ORIGINALLY CLAIMED BY, AN D CONVEYED TO CONSTRUCTED RAILROADS, CLAIMING
LANDS OTHER THAN ALTERNATE SEC TIONS, JANUARY 1, ,1921-(Continued.
ACRES CLAIMED: ACRES DEEDED. ACRES CLAIMED.


4 0 -: -~
.. .. S S,. g""" 0^. as-a Cg I ,~ Ieo ^u ; g

NAME OF RAILROAD., 5 4-i gu 0lg -. 9. S.
A, ', aa a 0 's
.0* w' 9 V1

cd 0V'0
___ __ __ __ |, 10 | U-.
^ g~ NAM OF RALROD. 0 '
k 0.0 IdC


Gult t4 R.......(1) 48.82
Blue.- Springs, Orange
City & Atlantic R. R. 28h
*Sduth Florida R. R.
i trom Sanford to
KIsslmmee ......,(3) 40.
Florida East Coast R.
R., formerly Jackson--
ville, St. Augustine &
Indian River R. R.(5' 265.
Atlantic, Suwannee Riv-
er & Gulf R. R... (2) 20.
St. Cloud : and Sugar
Belt R. R............ 15.4
Tallahassee, Southeast-
ern R. R., formerly
Georgia, Florida &
Western R. R....... 20.


15,000

5,000


3,840



.8,000

10,000

3,840



10,000


732,300.00

141,666.66


153,600.00



2,040,000.00

200,000.00

.59,136.00



'200,000.00


206,870. 03U

50,890.74


67,661.19



260,007.34

. .. .. .. . .


67,608.25


4,767.36



| ..........


2060370.30

118,498.99


72,428.55



260,007.34


I ....... . .

. ... .. .. .


. .... .. .


490.605.22

90.775.92


1


490,605.22

90.775.92


85,938.81 85,938.81



.,779,992.66 1,779,992.66

200,000.00 200,000.00

59,136.00 59,136.00



200.000o.0 200.000.00


I^


Totals ...........I -... .1-. I12,003i07l 7,24,098. 401620,I015.2 7,844, 13.661 I 332,320.9414,344,136.431 4,676,451'H7









NOTE--*14-100 acres excess deeded on road from Kissimm ee to Tampa, and this acreage is claimed on road from Jack-
sonville to Palataka.
(11 :35,324.48 acres, being the- balance embraced- li certificate to the Augusta, Tallahassee and Gulf Railroad Company,
having been relinquished to the Trustees by the assignees of said company under a settlement with the Trustees of the re
mining claim of 72,349.18 acres, which had not heretofore been deeded, is not embraced in the above table. Claim adjusted.
(2) The Act of the Legislature granting lands to the Atlantic, Suwannee River and Gulf Railroad has been declared
unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of this State.
(3)- SCHOOL FUND.-Residuary interest under railroad grants, of Florida Southern, Jacksonville, Tampa & Key West,
Silver Springs, Ocala & Gulf, Pensacola & Atlantic and South Florida Railroads, amounting to 855,947.57 acres, has been
duly conveyed to the State Board of Education.
(4) Claim of Palatka and Indian River Railway adjusted.
(5) Claim of Florida East Coast Railway, formerly Jacksonville, St. Augustine & Indian River R. R., adjusted.






Co












STATEMENT SHOWING RAILROADS WHICH RE-
CEIVED NO DEEDS TO SWAMP AND OVERFLOW-
.ED LANDS, EXCEPT IN ALTERNATE SECTIONS
IN 6 AND 20-MILE. LIMITS, TO JANUARY 1, 1921.

Name of Railroad. Acres.
.Alabama and Florida (from Pensacola to
Alabama line) ......................... 27,613.32
East Florida Railway Company (Jackson-
ville to St. Mary's River) .............. 15,731.29
Fernandina and Jacksonville Railway Com-
pany ................................. 23,649.98
Florida, Atlantic and Gulf Central (Jack-
sonville to Lake City) .................. 164,568.21
Florida Railroad (Fernandina to Cedar
Keys and from Waldo to Tampa)........ 505,144.11
Florida Midland Railway Company........ 12,856.79
Green Cove Springs and Melrose Railway
Company .............................. 7,781.48
-Jacksonville, Mayport, Pablo Railroad and
Navigation Company ................... 10,837.88
Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Halifax Riv-
er Railroad Company ............ ...... 56,782.15
Jacksonville and Atlantic Railroad Company 21,501.62
Live Oak and Rowland Bluff Railroad Com-
pany ............................. ....... 3,253.21
Orange Belt Railway Company ............. 88,687.92
Pensacola and Georgia Railroad (Lake City
to Tallahassee) ....................... 65,561.77
St. Johns and Lake Eustis Railroad........ 14,725.9,0
Sanford and Indian River Railroad Com-
pany .................................. 6,192.88
St. Johns and Halifax Railroad, changed
to St. Johns and Halifax River Railroad
Company ............................. 110,898.58
St. Augustine and Palatka Railway Com-
pany .................................. 41,510.29











St. Johns Railway Company ............. 422315.16
Tavares, Orlando and Atlantic .Railroad
Company ............. ................ 4,002.44
Western Railway of Florida (lands not re-
conveyed) ............................. 2,840.00

Total .............................. 1,225,955.01

RECAPITULATION OF ALL SWAMP AND OVER-
FLOWED LNDS CONVEYED TO RAILROADS
TO JANUARY 1, 1921:

Name of Railroad. Acres.
Alabama and Florida ('from Pensacola to
Alabama Line) ........................ 27,613.32
East Florida Railway Company (Jacksonville
to St. Mary's River) .................. 15,731.29
Fernandina and Jacksonville Railway Com-
pany ................................. 23,649.98
Florida, Atlantic and Gulf Central (Jackson-
ville to Lake City) ................... 164,568.21
Florida Railroad (Fernandina to Cedar Key;
and from Waldo to Tampa) ............ 505,144.14
Florida Midland Railway Company........ 12,856.79
Green Cove Springs and Melrose Railway
Company .............................. 7,781.48
Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Halifax River
Railroad Company ...................... 56,782.15
Jacksonville and Atlantic Railroad Com-
pany .................................. 21,501.62
Jacksonville, Mayport, Pablo Railway and
Navigation Company ................... 10,837.88
Live Oak and Rowlands Bluff Railroad Com-
pany .................................. 3,253.21
Orange Belt Railway Company ............ 88,637.92
Pensacola and Georgia Railroad (Lake City
to Tallahassee) ........................ 65,561.77












St. Johns and Lake Eustis Railroad ...... 14,725.90
Sanfo$ and Indian River Railroad Company 6,192.88
St. Johns and Halifax Railroad, changed to
St. Johns and Halifax Rives Railroad Co.. 110,398.58
St. Augustine and Palatka Railway Company 41,510.29
St. Johns Railway Company .............. 42,315.16
Tavares, Orlando and Atlantic Railroad Com-
pany ................................. 4,002.44
Western Railway of Florida (lands not iecon-
veyed) ... :............................. 2,840.00
Florida Southern Railway, formerly Gaines-
ville, Ocala and Charlotte Harbor Rail-
road ..... ........................... 2,655,482.68
Jacksonville, Tampa and Key West Railway,
formerly Tampa, Peace Creek and St.
Johns River Railroad ................... 1,474,129.30
Silver Springs, Ocala and Gulf Railroad .. 363,600.29
Pensacola and Atlantic Railroad .......... 2,214,024.37
Palatka and Indian River Railway..... .. 479,571.84
Cairabelle, Tallahassee and Georgia Rail-
road, formerly Augusta, Tallahassee and
Gulf Railroad; formerly Thomasville,
Tallahassee and Gulf Railroad ........... 206,370.30
Blue Springs, Orange City and Atlantic Rail-
road ........ ......... ... ..... 118,498.99
South Florida Railroad (from Sanford to
Kissimmee) ...................... ..... 72,428.55
Florida East Coast Railway ............... 260,007.34

Total ................................ 9,070,068.67

NoTn-In conveyance to Florida Railroad there are
embraced 23,273.58 acres of Internal Improvement lands
proper.










STATEMENT OF, SWAMP AND -OVERFLOWED
LANDS. CONVEYED TO CANAL AND ,DRAINAGE
COMPANIES TO JANUARY 1, 1921:

Name bf Company. Acres.
H. L. Hart, for removing obstructions from
Ocklawaha River ....................... 23,356.18
Atlantic and Gulf Coast Canal and Okeecho-
Sbee Land Company .................... 1,721,530.40
Florida Coast Line Canal and Transporta-
tion Company ......................... 1,030,559.63
Etoniah Canal and Drainage Company...... '4,326.47

Total .............................. 2,779,772.68



NUMBER OF ACRES APPROVED DIRECT BY THE
UNITED STATES TO RAILIROADS IN FLORIDA,
UNDER ACT OF CONGRESS OF MAY 17, 1856, TO
JANUARY 1, 1921.:

Name of Railroad. Acres.
Alabama and Florida (from 'Pensacola to
Alabama line) ...................... .166,691.08
Pensacola & Georgia (from Lake City to Pen-
sacola) ........ : .................... 1,273,145.50
Florida, Atlantic & Gulf Central (from Jack-
sonville to Lake City) .. :..... ..:.... .. 29,103.74
Florida Railroad (from Fernahdina to Cedar
Key) .................. ... ..... ... 290,183.28
Florida Central & Peninsula (from. Waldo to
Tampa) .............................. 460,089.62

Total approved direct by United b'ates'. 2,219,213.22











STATEMENT, SHOWING THE STATUS OF ALL
SWAMP AND OVERFLOWED LANDS PATENTED
TO THE STATE PRIOR TO JANUARY 1, 1921,
UNDER AC OF CONGRESS OF SEPTEMBER 28,
1850.

Number of acres patented to
the State ................ 20,414,173.38

Number of acres conveyed to
railroad companies ....... 9,070,068.67

Number of acres deeded to
canal and drainage com-
panies ................. 2,779,772.68

Number of acres deeded E. N.
Dickerson in 1867 for cou-
pons of Florida R. R. bonds,
which fell due prior to 1866 248,602.98

Number of acres deeded Wm.
E. Jackson in 1868 for cou-
pons of Florida, Atlantic
and Gulf Central R. R.
bonds ................... 113,064.80

Wells & Randolph, agents of
the State to select swamp
and overflowed lands, und-
der contract with the Gov-
ernor of Florida of Nov. 8,
1851, received the proceeds
from sale of about ..... .100,000.00










29

Number of acres deeded on
account of L. G. Dennis,
agent of the State to pro-
cure and receive patents for
swamp and overflowed
lands at Washington, un-
der contract with the Gov-
ernor of Florida of Nov.
10, 1875 (see orders of trus-
tees of July 5, 1881, and
April 14, 1883) .......... 5,800.27

Number of acres deeded on ac-
'count of Williams & Swann,
agents of the State to select
swamp and overflowed
lands, under contract with
the trustees of the Int. Imp.
Fund of March 5, 1871.... 39,480.27

(Other lands were deeded on
account of W. & S., under
above contract belonging to
the Int. Imp. Fund proper,
embracing 4,837.98 acres,
are not embraced in this
statement, as they were not
swamp and overflowed
lands.)

Number of acres deeded on ac-
count of Williams, Swann
& Corley, agents of the
State to select swamp and
overflowed lands under con-
tract with the trustees of
the Int. Imp. Fund bf May
18th, 1873 ............... 13,542.61













(Other lands were deeded on
account of W., S. & C., un-
der above contract, belong-
ing to the Int. Imp. Fufid
proper, amounting to
15,163.56 acres,. which are
not embraced in this state-
ment, as they were not
swamp and. overflowed
lands.)


Number of acres deeded on ac-
count of Sydney I. Wailes,
agent of the State to pro-
cure patents for swamp and
overflowed lands at Wash-
ington, under contracts
with the Trustees of te'
Int. Imp. Fund of April 13
and Oct. 19, 1878 ........


Number of acres deeded on ac-
count of John A. Hender-
son, agent of the State to
select swamp and overflow-
ed lands under contract
with the Trustees of the.
Int. Imp. Fund of March
15, 1884 .................

Number of acres deeded on ac-
count of S. W. .Teague,
agent of the State to select
swamp and overflowed
lands under contract with
the Trustees of the Int. Imp.
Fund of March 22, -1902..


164,124.68








5,778.37 '"


224,562.80














Number of acres deeded in
Disston sale ................

Number of acres deeded under
Act of 1917 to Commission-
ers for Seminole Indians..
Number of acres deeded to all
other persons ............

Total disposed of.......

Balance on hand January
1, 1921 (Estimated)...


4,000,000.00




99,200.00

2,360,273.12


19,224,271.25


1,189,902.13


SWAMP AND OVERFLOWED LANDS GRANTED TO
STATE OF FLORIDA UNDER ACT OF CONGRESS,
APPROVED SEPTEMBER 28, 1850.

Acres.


Amount patented to State (as
shown by last report) to
Jan. 1, 1919 (estimated)..
Patented to State during years
1919 and 1920 ............

Additional lands in Ever-
glades shown from late sur-
veys by State ............
Lands found in making ab-
stract for State ..........

Total patented to Jan-
uary 1, 1921 ...... .......


20,413,237.14

none


791.53

144.71


20,414,173.38












The quantity disposed of, prior
to January 1, 1919, as
shown by last report ..... 19,206,366.60
Sold in 1919........17,402.54
Sold in 1920........ 14,188.79

Total ........... 31,591.33
Deduct Lands:
Reconveyed and re-
leased to State by
the Platts & Cham-
bers in 1920, or-
der Trustees ......13,608.32

17,983.01
Less excess received
in exchange of
lands ............ 78.36

Total .................. 17,904.65

Total .................. 19,224,271.25

Balance on hand January
1, 1921... ...... ... 1,189,402.13

SWAMP AND OVERFLOWED LANDS SOLD DUR-
ING THE YEARS 1919 AND 1920.

Acres. Amount.
Amount sold in 1919 ........... 17,402.54 $102,195.12
Amount sold in 1920 ........... 14,188.79 81,250.31

Total .................... .. 31,591.33 $183,445.43













AMOUNTS PAID ON ENTRIES MADE DURING AND
PRIOR TO THE YEARS 1919 AND 1920, UNDER
CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS WITH THE
TRUSTEES OF TH[E INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT
FUND OF THE STATE' OF FLORIDA.

SWAMP LANDS.

1919. 1920.
No. Entry. I Amount Paid.II No. Entry. lAmount Paid.


16,334
16,436
16,500
16,528
16,529
16,565
16,567
16,568
16,570
16,571
16,581
16,582
16,583
16,584
16,588
16,590
16,592
16,594
16,595
16,596
16,598
16,602
16,604
16,605 A
16,605 B
16,605 C


$ 509.01
229.10
116.60
2,498.21
2,364.88
83.96
178.20
188.83
1,942.98
103,936.00
480.82
264.29
338.46
760:02
46.80
245.73
161.70
228.76
160.61
1,109.34
373.91
512.32
'472.92
506.93
324.31
399.05


16,334
16,436
16,479
16,500
16,509
16,516
16,525
16,550
16,555
16,557
16,559
16,560
16,561
16,563
16,565
16,567
16,570
16,571
16,574
16,577
16,581
16,584
16,586
16,588
16,590
16,592


S 175.00
410.45
72.90
112.05
51.04
68.20
2,724.00
36,996.81
310.35
126.20
1,410.71
26.40
267.83
108.00
77.40
19.80
2,052.96
159,135.52
13.20
125.46
508.03
798.84
147.08
46S.00
258.87
170.37


3-Land Div.













SWAMP LANDS-Continued.
S1919. I 1920.
No. Entry.' Amount Paid.l No. Entry. Amount, Paid.


I $


16,594
16,595
16,596
16,597
16,598
16,599
i1,602
16,603
16,604
16,605 A
16,605 B
16,605 C
16,606
16,608
16,609
16,610
16,612
16,613
16,619
16,620
16,621
16,623
16,624
16,625
16,627
16,628
16,634
16,635
16,636
16,639
16,640


I I


241.89
351.09
1,132.58
381.07
843.09
391.07
286.53
970.66
496.49
534.10
341.78
419.49
293.51
364.44
349.93
368.16
87.80
1,662.73
403.32
7,328.26
587.33
387.24
280.08
319.68
5,349.41
349.93
5,204.51
192.28
203.64
403.52
408.57


16,60.6
:16,608
16,609
16,610
16,613
16,619
16,620
16,621
16,623
16,624
16,625
16,627
16,628
16,629
16,630
16,635
16,636'
16,639
16,643
16,649
16,650
16,651
16,652
16,653
16,659
16,660
16;661
16,663
16,667
16,676
16,677


310.13
345.91
340.28
349.44
1,587.59
701.43
7,241.15
553.56
366.50
400.00
303.42
9,678.74
332.13
584.10
179.85
576.84
610.92
383.99
297.10
204.78
304.27
1,452.13
96.27
263.44
'280.24
124.04
72.22
337.35
380.95
112.18
318'.52














SWAMP LANDS-Continued.

1919. 1920.
No. Entry. Amount Paid.|I No. Entry. Amount Paid.


16,641
16,645
16,646
16,648
16,652
16,653
16,661
16,670
16,671
16,672
16,674
16,675
16,677
16,678
16,683
16,684
16,685
16,686
16,687
16,689
16,690
16,693
16,698
16,699
16,703
16,704
16,706
16q07
S16,709


$ 404.08
408.03
306.25
408.02
101.98
277.50
76.28
408.81
404.58
342.24
404.76
408.07
331.60
307.31
345.89
203.70
392.12
404.77
63.76
354.16
407.22
405.50
377.20
101.18
S404.78
252,47
80.06
101.49
78.94


16,680
16,682
16,684
16,686
16,687
16,699
16,705
16,706
16,707
16,717
16,718
16,721
16,723
16,724
16,728
16,729
16,730
16,732
16,734
16,735
16,736
16,738
16,740
16,743
16,744
16,746
16,750
16,755
16,756


$ 145.96
410.19
498.10
387.36
60.19
96.68
373.35
100.00
96.84
330.26
90.73
165.00
1,888.00
1,840.00
405.43
414.09
78.34
3,840.00
123.71
675.37
405.58
82.83
562.44
699.85
387.11.
100.39
349.92
321.42
371.02


f













SWAMP LANDS-Continued.


1919.


No. Entry. Amount Paid.1
16,710 .$ 404.58
16,711 202.38
16,712 417.94
16,713 344.25
16,714 404.07
16,715 404.77
16,719 405.31
16,720 404.06
16,721 174.28
16,722 168.98

Total .....$249,463.04

Sovereignty Lands.
No. Entry. Amount Paid.
16,747 $ 5,260.00
16,773 3,000.00
16,786 4,900.00
16,801 14,040.00


Total .....$27,200.00

Sale of Timber.
No. Entry. | Amount Paid.
16,772 | $3,000.00
Trespass Money Received,
Sept. 22, 1919...,..$75.00
Received from Leases,
1919 .......... ..$943.60


1920.
No. Entry. iAmount Paid.


16,757
16,758
16,762
16,763
16,764
16,765
16,766
16,767
16,768
16,771
16,775
16,781
16,782
16,785
16,788
16,790
16,791
16/792
16,793
16,794
16,796
16,800
16,803
16,804
16,806.
16,807
16,808
16,809
16,810
16,812


$ 100.39
38.66
242.00
232.37
785.83
350.46
348.87
350.28
939.05
286.16
291.75
2,187.06
295.00
1,180.00
885.00
1,182.50
1,182.50
873.60
1,189.53
431.84
377.62
252.00
377.64
44.50
368.89
746.37
754.96
754.96
754.96
64.50










SWAMP LANDS--Continued.

_1 1920.
[[ No. Entry. jAmount Paid.
S16,818 $ 261.42
16,825 588.00
16,826 2,414.00
16,827 545.34
16,829 1,866.53
16,831 590.00
16,832 590.00
16,836 370.93
16,838 233.29

Total ...$188,700.13

Sovereignty Lands Sold.

No. Entry. Amount Paid.
16,896 $ 26,000.00
16,936 11,700.00
16,954 476.56

Total .... $38,176.56

Sale of Timber.

No. Entry. Amount -Paid.
16,772 $1,806.75
Received from Leases
S1920 ............ $200.00









38

SWAMP LAND INDEMNITY

The quantity of land located by the respective owners
of Swamp Land Indemnity Certificate, which has been
patented to the State, is as follows:

Total patented as per last report............. 94,685.86
Patented to State in 1919 and 1920............ None

Total patented to Jan. 1, 1921.............. 94,685.86

Of which there has been conveyed by the State
Sto the owners of the certificates, or to such
persons'as they directed, per last report..... 94,335.48

Conveyed in 1919 and 1920 ................... None

Total conveyed to Jan. 1, 1921............ 94,335.48

:, ~ :,- ,.INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT LANDS.

Granted under Actof Congress, approved September 4,
1841 (total grant, 500,000 acres): .
Amount- on hand January 1, 1919............ 4,914.93
Sold during 1919 and 1920................... 766.05

Balance on hand January 1, 1921............. 4,148.88

Internal Improvement, Lands Sold During the Years
....., ...,A. 1919. and 1920.
Acres. Amount.
Sold in 1919 .............. ....239.18 $1,116.40
Sold in 1920 ..................... 526.87 3,524.51

.. Total........ ..... ........... 766.05 $4,640.91









39

SCHOOL LANDS.

Granted Under Acts of Congress, Approved March 3, 1845,
February 26, 1859, February 28, 1891.

Total granted, approximated at 1,000,000.00 acres.

Acres.


Amount on hand Jan. 1, 1919
(approximated) ..............
Acres.
Surveyed ...................... 46,005.60
Unsurveyed .................... 159,731.48

205,737.08


Amount of School Indemnity
Lands approved in 1919 and
1920, lists 48, 49, 50 and 51..,.
Additional lands approved to the
State which subsequent surveys
show in Everglades, also lands
received in exchange in excess
of lands conveyed by State....

Total......................
Amount sold, 1919.............. 238:79
Amount sold, 1920.............. 1,983.21
Short in area, last report, Flag-
ler County. .................. 100.00


Total on hand Jan. 1, 1921 (ap-
proximated) .'. ....... ... ...
Surveyed :....................'. 44,364.33
Unsurveyed ................. 159,73148

264,095.81


205,737.08


213.55


467.18

206,417.81


2,322.00


204,095.81



Estimated.












SCHOOL LANDS SOLD DURING YEARS 1919-1920.

Acres. Amount.
Amount sold in 1919........... 238.79 $ 2,188.15
Amount sold in 1920........... 1,983.21 22,655.97


Total ....................
Amount received from leases of
school lands .................
Received from trespass in 1919..
Received from sale timber in 1920.


2,222.00 $ 24,844.12

160.00
214.16
1,187.10


SEMINARY LANDS.
Acres.
Total originally granted.................... 92,160.00

Total on hand Jan. 1, 1919 ................... 363.38
Sold in 1919 ............................... 323.32

Balance on hand Jan. 1, 1921.............. 40.06

Sales of Seminary Lands During Years 1919 and 1920:
Amount sold in 1919 ................ 328.32 $3,233.20
Amount sold in 1920 ............... None .None


Chapters 6447 and 6448, Acts of 1913, put the cabinet
officers on fixed salaries and directed that, "All fees or
perquisites of any nature or character that are allowed
to be collected or received by any person connected with
such offices" be turned over to the State Treasurer.
In view of the requirement to turn over all fees to the
State Treasurer, it will be necessary for parties who de-








41

sire the service of this Bureau to remit the fee in each
case with their request for work to be done.
The following are the amounts which have been col-
lected and turned over to the State Treasurer from 'the
Land Division, as directed by Chapters 6447 and 6448,
Acts of 1913, since the passage of the Acts:
Fees received in 1919 ........................ $231.00
Fees received in 1920....................... 238,00

Total...................................... $469.00









42

STATEMENT.

Showing State Lands on hand January 1, 1921-
Estimated.

Sj I. I. I Semi-
County. Swamp Proper School nary


Alachua .........
Baker ..........
Bay ..............
Bradford ........
Brevard ........
Broward in Drain-
age District....
Calhoun .........
Citrus ...........
Clay ............
Columbia ........
Dade not in Drain
age District ....
Dade in Drainage
District ......
DeSoto not in Drg.
District .......
DeSoto in Drain-
age District....
Duval ..........
Escambia ........
Flagler .........
Franklin ........
Gadsden........
Hamilton ........
Hernando ........
Hillsborough ....
Holmes .........
Jackson ........


7
2
7
1,5
2

289,7
3
11,4
2
1,5


398,4


7,4

7,1
1,4





4


160.24....
786.61...
349.05 .....
120.46 ..
6,316.71 .....


15,875.02
2,565.24
989.98
400.70
18.20


17.531 ........
14.231 ........
'59.811 440.24
09.49 229.00
12.83 167.38

'46.331 ........
13.47 118.94
:80.52 ........
20.09. .......
28.961 .... ....

15.52 ........

:05.21 ........

:83.24 ........

.14.11 ........
:85.19 ........
2.80 ........
.. .. 36.86
..... ........

:78.90 .......
..... 40.09
40.00 ........
39.86 40.00
79.75[ 13.61


5,760.00 .....
1,420.09 ....

1,012.84 .....

S159.00 40.06
f........ .. .
40.00 .....
119.79 ...
410.63 1.. ....
........ : . .


26,101.57

10,654.70


! I L








43

STATEMENT-(Continued).

I. I. Semi-
County. 1 Swamp Proper School nary


Jefferson .......
Lafayette .......
Lake .. .........
Lee not in Drain-
age TDistrict....
Lee in Drainage
District .......
Leon ........ ...
Levy .............
Liberty .........
Madison ........
Manatee ........
Marion ..........
Monroe .........
Nassau .........
Okaloosa ,......
Okeechobee not in
Drainage Dist..
Okeechobee in
Drainage Dist..
Orange .........
Osceola .........
Palm Beach not in
Drainage Dist..
Palm Beach in
Drainage Dist..
Pasco ...........
Pinellas .........
Polk ............
Putnam .........
Santa Rosa.......
Seminole ........


8,989.06
250.50
544.10


40.08
79.93
...o.....


13,393.48 ..


35,552.12
4,170.00
4,054.83

39.95
4,261.95
659.54
92,307.87
874.58


41.12

160.62

80.25


80.03 .........


320.00

6,294.83
758.91
531.33


271,023.90
110.03
159.00
2,169.71
173.00


119.95


40.00


....... o


2,879.87 80.26


962.33
4,933.15
1,236.68


18,608.63

19,840.00
280.00
1,427.98

1,280.74
1,274.72
S6,608.85
11,819.47
2,530.04
160.00


1,280.72
2,242.72
'481.03

4,238.17

32,645.97
565.29

1,161.35
520.79

840.01


i.....


1:


;:::


1,601.80 ...










STATEMENT-(Continued).
I. I. Semi-
County. Swamp Proper School nary
St. Johns ........ 6,615.66 ....... 348.77 .....
St. Lucie not in
Drainage Dist.. 1,427.93 ........ 4,813.17...
St. Lucie in Drain-
age District.... 641.00 ........ 1,917.20 ....
Sumter ......... 280.27 240.12 520.45 .....
Suwannee ....... 241.19 658.98 40.03 .....
Taylor .......... ........... 80.08 2,893.10 .....
Volusia .... .... 8,587.04 440.00 2,530.38 .....
Wakulla ........ 40.00 840.00 .............
Walton .......... 302.98 161.37 795.47 .....
Washington ..... 319.63 ........ 314.59 .....
School Indemnity
approved and
not deeded ..... ........... ........ 121.38 .....
Totals......... 1,189,902.13 4,148.881204,095.811 40.06


Note.-The Supreme Court has decided that the Trus-
tees have no title to and no authority to sell the lands
under the navigable waters of Lake Jackson in Leon
County, and Lake Miccosukie, Jefifferson County.
(See Florida Supreme Court Report No. 58, page 398.)













VACANT UNITED STATES LANDS ON JULY 1, 1920.

The following Circular and Table showing vacant
United States lands are taken from report of the Com-
missioner of the General Land Office, Washington, D. C.,
dated July 1, 1920.

CIRCULAR NO. 712.

Department of the Interidr,
General Land Office,
Washington, D. C, July 1, 1920.
The following tables show, by States, land districts, and
counties, the area of unappropriated and unreserved pub-
lie lands, surveyed and unsurveyed, with a brief statement
of their character.
These figures are as nearly correct as is possible under
the circumstances and are mainly intended to convey gen-
eral information as to the quantity and character of pub-
lic lands in the land districts and counties of the different
States. As a rule the Government is unable to furnish
specific information as to soil, topography, and value of
the land for different purposes. Speaking generally, it
may be stated that the remaining vacant public lands are
grazing lands, the desirable farm lands being pretty much
taken up. Nor can this office furnish plats or maps show-
ing the vacant lands because lands are being taken up
daily in the local offices which are not reported and
placed of record in this office for some, time thereafter..
Neither the General Land Office nor the local offices
can advise inquirers as to the location of the unappro-
priated tracts in counties where only a few acres are re-
ported as vacant. Information on that subject may be
obtained by a careful examination of the records of the
local offices, which are open for inspection when not in
official use.












A diagram of any-tbwnship, showing'the entered 'lands
therein, may be obtained from the register and receiver
of the proper'local office at a cost of $1.00. In ordering
such a diagram the township and range numbers should
be given. .. .... ..
If, because of the pressure of current business relating
to the entry of lands, registers and receivers are unable
to make the plats or diagrams mentioned above, they may
refuse to furnish the same and return the fee to the appli-
cant advising him of their reason for not furnishing the
plates requested; that he may make the plats or diagrams
himself or have same made by his agent or attorney; and
that he'may have access to the plats and tract books-of
the local land office for this purpose, provided such use
of the records will not interfere with the orderly dispatch
of the public business.
The local offices furnish prospective settlers general
advice as to lands in their respective districts and litera-
ture regarding the method of making entry. However,
personal inspection must be made of the tract to be en-
tered' before application is filed, and the settler should
exercise great care to satisfy himself as to its character
before taking any other step.


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VACANT UNITED STATES LAND ON JULY 1,1920.

STATEMENT SHOWING THE AREA OF LAND UNAPPROPRIATED
AND UNRESERVED ON JULY 1, 1920.
FLORIDA.


Ar
Land District and
County. Surveyed

Gainesville:
Alachua ......... 1,461
Baker ............ 44
Bay ............... 5,15
Bradford .......... 93
Brevard ........... 14,30
Calhoun ........... 96'
Citrus ............. 2,301
Clay ...... ....... 1,56"
Columbia ......... 63,
DeSoto ............. 6,90'
Escambia .......... 1,234
Flagler ............ 41
Gadsden .......... 201
Hamilton. ......... 841
Hernando ......... 64(
Holmes ........... 191
Jackson ......... .. 227
Jefferson ......... 203
Lafayette .... 5,411
Lake .......... 15,975
Lee .. ............. 7,705
Leon ............ 13
Levy ............. 3,994
Liberty ........... 69i
Madison .......... 885
Manatee ........... 1,033
Marion ............ 6,540
Monroe .. ...... .. 2,190
Nassau ............ 342
Osceola ............ 338
Okaloosa ........... 290
Orange ............. 1,485
Pasco .............. 480
Polk ............... 2,441
Putnam ............ 6,509
St. Johns .......... 1,103
St. Lucie ........... 639
Santa Rosa ........ 279
Seminole .......... 870
Sumter ............ 200
Suwannee .......... 374
Tayor ........... 2,480
Volusia ..... ...... 9,858
Wakulla ............ 240
Walton ............ 7,151
Washington ........ 1,936
State total ... 120,077
State total ...... 1 120,077


ea in Acres.

Unsur- Character.
veyed. Total.


........ 1,460
0 ... 440
S.... 5,153
1 .. 931
2 ........ 14,302
S........ 967
2,303
2 .... 1,562
4 .. 634
S. 6,907
S. 1,230
412
3 . 203
8 . 848
........ 640
........ 197
197
. .. 227
. 203
... .5,411
....... 15,975
. . . . 7,705
....... 13
..... 3,994
........ 697
.... . 885
S. . ... . 1,033
. . . . 6,540
2,190
........ 342
.. 338
... 290
S. . 1,485
... 480
.... . 2,441
6,509
..... 1,103
....... 639
. . . . 279
........ 870
........ 200
. . .. . 374
2,480
........ 240,858
240
7,151
. . . . 1,936
. ..... 120,077


Low pine.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Low, pine, swamp.
Low pine.
iDo.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Dc.
Do.
Do.
Low, pine, swamp.
Low, pine.
Low, pine, swamp.
Low, pine.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Low, pine, scrub.
Low, pine, swamp.
Low, pine.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.


NOTE-For any information concerning thd above United States lands,
write the United States Land Office, Gainesville, Fla. The State has
nothing to do with United States lands.








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DIVISION FIELD NOTES



Another important division was given to the Depart-
ment of Agriculture when the Legislature, by Chapter
5611, Laws of Florida, Acts of 1907, added the Field Note
Division.
Just as the name "Department of Agriculture," as ap-
plied to the title of the office, is and has been from the
beginning more or less a misnomer, so, too, is the name
"Division of Field Notes," as applied to this branch of
the office, a misnomer.
There are many people in the State who do.not know
what constitutes "The Field Note Division" of the De-
partment of Agriculture. In fact, there are but few peo-
ple who know what records are in, or that go to make up,
this division. A large number believe, just as the name
implies, that only the notes of the different Deputy U. S.
Surveyors, as written by them in the execution of their
surveys in the field, are on file in this division. The aver-
age. person does not know that these records go back to
the time when Florida was in the hands of the Spaniards,
and even further back to the time of the English regime,
or when Florida belonged to England.
The old Spanish Claims, some of which date back to the
early part of the eighteenth century ,are divided into
bundles of "Confirmed" and "Unconfirmed" claims.
These claims number several hundred, as anyone can
see by a glance at any of the township plats, or the map of
the State, bordering on the east coast of Florida and up
and .down the St. Johns River or over near and around
Pensaeola in the western part of the State. When Florida
was purchased by the United States from Spain and the
flag of our nation was raised over St. Augustine. and
4-Land Div.











Pensacola, July'10 and -21,; respectively, in the year 1821,
the U. S. Government then had to recognize these con-
firmed claims. Many of the unconfirmed claims have
since been investigated by Boards of Commissioners ap-
pointed by Congress for that purpose, found valid and
confirmed by different Acts of Congress. All of these
matters help to make up the records of this division of
the office.
Prior to 1907; the field notes of all the original surveys
of the United States Government Land, 'as well as the
maps, plats, records of all the Spanish Grants, and all
other records bearing on the Surveys of the United States
Government Land, and all other records referred to in
the preceding paragraph, were kept in the office of the
Surveyor General.
When it was made known to the State of Florida. by
the United States' Government, in 1907, that the United
States. office of Surveyor General would be discontinued,
it became necessary for the State to make some provision
to take care of the many and important records of that
office.
We give in full below, Chapter 5611, Acts of 1917, trdis-
ferring the field notes, etc., to the Department of Agriedl-
ture of the State of Florida.

CHAPTER 5611-(No. 16).

AN ACT to Provide for the Reception and Safe Keeping
by. the Commissioner of Agriculture of the Field Notes,
Maps and Records in the Office of the Surveyor-General
'Appertaining to Land Titles in Florida.

Whereas, The surveys of all Public Lands in the State
of Florida Have Been Discontinued; and Whereas, the
Federal Office of Surveyor-General in Florida is About
to be Discontinued; Necessitating under the Acts of Coi-











gress, the Delivery of the Important Records of that Office
to Some Duly Authorized Official of this State for Safe
keeping; and, Whereas, such delivery Cannot, by Law,
be Made until Some Official of this State has been Auth-
orized by State Law to Receive Them, and some Provision
Made by Law for Their Safe Keeping; Therefore,

Be It Enacted By the Legislature of the State of Florida:

Section 1. That upon the discontinuance by the Fed-
eral authorities of the office of Surveyor-General for the
State of Florida, the Commissioner of Agriculture of the
State of Florida is hereby fully authorized to receive all
of the field notes, surveys, maps, plats, papers and records
heretofore kept in the office of said Surveyor-General, and
it shall be the duty of the Commissioner of Agriculture
carefully and safely to keep and preserve all of said field
notes, surveys, maps, plats, papers and records as part of
the ptiblic records of his office, and shall at all times allow
any duly accredited authodity of the United States full
and free access to any and all of such field notes, surveys,
maps, plats, papers and records; and shall be authorized
to make and furnish under his hand and seal certified
copies of any or all of the same to any person or persons
making application therefore; Provided, That when the
Surveyor-General shall deliver the above named records
to the Commissioner of Agriculture, the Commissioner of
Agriculture is hereby authorized to employ one additional
clerk whose salary shall not exceed one hundred dollars
per month; Provided further, That it shall be the duty
of the Secretary of State under the direction of the Board
of State Institutions to provide some place suitable for
keeping such records, maps and other papers.
Sec. 2. This act shall take effect immediately 'upon its
passage.
Approved May 22, 1907.











Further, in view of the fact of the importance of these
records to the State and the people of our State, and the
necessity of their preservation, insomuch as the fountain
head of he title to many large tracts, of .land actually
begin with,, and is of record in these volumes, and fur-
ther owing to the great number of years these records
have been in use and the great number of times they have
been referred to, having been on file at different places in
the State, at which places the office of Surveyor-General
was then located, namely.: Pensacola, St. Augustine, and
Tallahassee, some of the records are fast becoming worn
and too old to be handled. Then, too, the paper, ink and
office supplies of the earlier days were not as good as they
are today and must of course soon wear out from being
constantly handled and referred to. A great number of
the volumes, both of the field.notes and original plats of
the township maps need to be rebound, and several vol-
umes of the field notes must be copied before they become
illegible. When this is done the "Copied.Record" will be
used and thus save and preserve the old original one,
which will only be used as a reference. The United States
Government is still making some new surveys and re-
surveys in the State to correct former surveys. Copies of
these notes and plats are forwarded here for the comple-
tion of the records, and it is necessary that these notes
and plats should be bound with the other records in their
proper places. In view of the bad condition of some of
the records, as above referred to, it is necessary that the
Legislature make a small appropriation to have them re-
bound and put in a good state of preservation. A care-
ful estimate of the cost of re-binding will be made before
presenting the same to the Legislature, so as to,give an
intelligent idea as to what the work of re-binding .will
amount to. There are a good many of the earlier town-
ship plats now being used that are fast wearing out, as
they were made of a very poor quality of paper and were
uot protected by a cloth back, as in the. case with the











modern ones. It is also necessary to get photolithograph
copies of the originals of these from the General Land
Office, Washington, D. C., and thus save and preserve
these old records.
Several volumes of the letters from the Commissioner
of the General Land Office, Washington, D. C., to the
U. S. Surveyor-General, and in turn from the Surveyor-
General to the Commissioner, dating many years back,
need to be re-bound. In fact, all these records should be
in a fire-proof vault, but owing to the smallness of the
only vault we have, in which the most important of these
are kept, it is impossible for all the records of the Field
Notes Division to be protected from fire. A close watch
is kept on those not kept in the vault and they are given
the best protection possible under the existing conditions.
Chapters 6447 and 6448, Acts of 1913, put the cabinet
officers on fixed salaries and directed that "All fees or
perquisites of any nature or character that are allowed
to be collected or received by any person connected with
such offices" be turned over to the State Treasurer.
In view of the requirement to turn over all fees to the
State Treasurer, it will be necessary for parties who de-
sire the service of this Bureau to remit the fee in each
case with their request for work to be done.
The following are the amounts which have been col-
lected and turned over to the State Treasurer from the
Field Note Division, as directed by Chapters 6447 and
6448, Acts of 1913, since the passage of the Act:











1913............................. .. $457.05
1914.............................. 716.35 $1,173.40

1915 ........................... ... $807.45
1916 ................ ............ 639.43 $1,446.88

1917 ............................... $782.05
1918....................... ....... 455.15 $1,237.20


1919............................... $496.89
1920 ............................... 669.30 $1,166.19


Total since the passage and approval of the
Act of the Legislature of 1913............ $5,023.67

The Field Note Division of the Department of Agricul-
ture is called upon from time to time by the Trustees of
the Internal Improvement Fund, the State Board of Edu-
cation and the Land Office at Washington for information
and for specially prepared certified copies of Field Notes
and Plats, for which there is no charge. Nevertheless, it
takes a great deal of time and labor to properly prepare
this work.
The above is merely mentioned that the public may
get an accurate idea of the work and responsibility of the
Field Note Division.
Respectfully submitted,
W. A. McRAE,
Commissioner of Agriculture.

Note: -Those desiring copies of photolithographic
Township maps can purchase same from the General
Land Office at Washington, D. C., for Fifty Cents per
Township.




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