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SEVENTEENTH BIENNIAL REPORT

OF THE

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

OF THE

STATE OF FLORIDA



LAND AND FIELD

NOTE DIVISIONS
FOR THE YEARS
1921 AND 1922


W. A. McRAE
Commissioner of Agriculture
Tallahassee, Fla.


1923


*. JAPLEARD, PRINTER, TALLAASSEE, FLORIDA




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LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL



DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, STATE OF FLORLDA,
COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., JAN. 1, 1923.

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 1921 and 1922.

Respectfully submitted,
W. A. McRAE,
Commissioner of Agriculture.











PREFACE


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.
4-The Pure Food and Drugs, Stock Feed and Fertilizer
Division.
5-The Land Division.
6-The Field Note Division.
7-The Fish and Shell Fish Division.
8.-Oil Inspection Division.
9-Chemistry Division.
10-State Marketing Bureau.

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-The State Live Stock Sanitary Board.
6-State Text Book Commission.











LAND DIVISION


The head of this Department was formerly entitled
"Commissioner of Lands and Immigration," and this De-
partment was recognized as a Land Department only. Un-
der the present Constitution and Laws of this State, the
Land Division is now only one of the many varied divi-
sions of the Department of Agriculture, yet it 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 in-
crease 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
one, two and three years at 8% interest per annum on
deferred payments, giving deeds and taking mortgages
and notes for the 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 present
as well as for future generations.
Since 1877 complete records of all deeds and trans-
actions 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.
Transactions regarding the conveyances to the old Rail-
road and Canal Companies and illegal conveyances made
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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.
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 approved lists to the State and all
conveyances out of the State, and the United States;
making a complete abstract of all conveyances of lands
out of the United States and 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 be most 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.
In making the examinations of the records for data for
the abstract, we continue to find tracts of valuable lands
which were erroneously shown on the maps to have been
conveyed years ago, that still belong to the State.
The minutes of the Trustees of the Internal Improve-
ment Fund relating to the State lands are of general public
interest, as they show all their transactions and agree-
ments. Copies of these minutes can be had by writing 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-
flower 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 Overflower 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 1055, Revised General Statutes of
Florida.
The School Lands granted to the State, under Act of
Congress, on March 3, 1945, are vested in the State Board
of Education, consisting of the Governor, who is chair-
man of the Board; the Secreetary of State, the Attorney
General, the State Treasurer and the State Superintendent
of Public Instruction, under Sections 601, 602 and 3798.
Revised General Statutes of Florida.
The certificate of the Commissioner of Agriculture.
under his official seal, of the ownership of any lands in
this State, shall be prima facie evidence of the facts therein
certified. See Sections 2724, 2725, 2726. Revised General
Statutes of Florida.
Following are shown the various Acts of Congress
granting all the above classes of lands to 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 explanations 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 lands aforesaid, all legal subdi-
visions, the greater part of which is 'wet and unfit for cul-
tivation,' shall be included in said list and plats; 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, 1841, 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-
po:es 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
hunrded 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 conformibly to sectional divisions and
subdivisions, of not less than three hundred and twenty
acres in any one location on any public 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 location 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 been granted to such State before its admis-
sion, and while under a Territorial Government, for pur-
pose of internal improvement as aforesaid, as shall make
five hundred thousand acres of land, to be selected and
located as aforesaid."

DISPOSITION OF INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT
LANDS

An Act of the Legislature, Chapter 3474, approved 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 railroads 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 amount 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 partst 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 and 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, except
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, sub-
ject 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.
Sees. 1215 and 1216, Revised General Statutes of Flor-
ida, 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.
From the State Treasurer's report can be learned the
amount paid to the State School Fund by the United
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 State
are paid to the State of Florida for school purposes, under
Act of Congress of March 3, 1845, Chapter 75, page 788,
Vol. V, United States Statutes at Large.
Under the same Act of March 3, 1845, there was granted
to the State what we call our "Seminary Lands," the pro-
ceeds arising from the sale of which are applied to the
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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 sixteenth section in every township in the
State for public school purposes, and when there are defi-
ciencies in the sixteenth sections, indemnity for same, in
lands or cash, has been granted. These sixteenth 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 entire
sections of land for the purpose of fixing the seat of
Government; also, section number sixteen, in every town-
ship, 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 addition
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 centum
of 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 same; and which
said net proceeds shall 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, Acts of Congress, February 26, 1859:
"Be it enacted, etc., That where settlements, with a view
of pre-emption, have been made before the survey of the
lands in the 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 in the
State or Territory in which the lands lie, other lands of
like quantity are hereby appropriated in lieu of such as
may be patented by pre-emptors; 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 fractional, or from any
natural cause whatever; Provided, that the land by this
section appropriated shall be selected and appropriated
in accordance with the principles of adjustment and the
provisions of the Act of Congress of May 20, 1826, en-
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-
tion or homestead have been, or shall hereafter be made
before the survey of lands in 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 Territory
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, military
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, ref-
erence is made to the tabulated statements in this report
relating to the same.









OF LANDS ORIGINALLY CLAIMED BY, AND CONVEYED TO CONSTRUCTED IAIL1ROADS, CLAIMING
LANDS OTHER THAN ALTERNATE SECTIONS. ..\ANARYI 1 923.


Ocala and Charlotte
Harbor R. R.....(3) 288.22

Jacksonville, Tampa &
Key West Ry., for-
merly Tampa, Peace
Creek & St. Johns
River R. R. ....(3) 130.3
Silver Springs. Ocala &
Gulf R. IR. ..... (3) 65.15

Pensacola and Atlantic
R. R ......... .. (3) 161.00
Palatka and Indian
River Ry. ......(4) 70.
t arrabelle, Tallahasseel
& Georgia R. R., for-I
merely Augusta, Tal-
lahassee & Gulf R.
R., formerly Thomas-
ville, Tallahassee &


1(),000


10,000


120,000
C)'000


2,882, 200.00l>




1,303,000.00o

651,500.001

3,220,000.00

420,000.00


1,285.120.7601180,008.-4 1,474,129.30

232,194.78t 1,405.51 303,000.29

2,157.757.07 5.6.267.30 2.214,024.37
4
352,477.451127.094.39 479,571.84


151.743.82

4 4. R (,5. 94
. . . .


400,581.23


i*
17,879.381 17.879.:.

1 .,561.40 280,305.22

1,017.:370..9 1 .0 2,242.3


STATEMENT





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STATEMENT OF LANDS ORIGINALLY CLAIMED BY, AND CONVEYED TO CONSTRUCTED RAILROADS, CLAIMING
LANDS OTHER THAN ALTERNATE SECTIONS, JANUARY 1, 1923.
ACRES CLAIMED. ACRES DEEDED. ACRES CLAIMED.

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Blue Springs, Orange
City & Atlantic R. R. 281 5,000 141,666.66 50,890.741 67.608.25 118,498.99 .......... 90,775.92 90,775.92
South Florida R. R.
(from Sanford to
Kissimmee) ..... (3) 40. 3,840 153,600.00 67,661.19 4,767.36 72,428.55 .......... 85,938.81 85,938.81
Florida East Coast R.
R., formerly Jackson-
ville, St. Augustine & *
Indian River R. R.(5) 255. 8,000 2,040,000.00 260,007.341......... 200,007.34 .......... 1,779,992.66 1,779,992.66
Atlantic, Suwannee River
& Gulf R. R. . .(2) 20. 110,000 200,000.00 .......... ....... .......... .. ............ 200,000.00 200,000.00
St. Cloud and Sugar
Belt R. R .......... 15.4 3,840 59,136.00 .. ..... . . . . ... .. ... .... .. 59,136.00 59,136.00
Tallahassee, Southeast-
ern R. R., formerly
Georgia, Florida & I
Western R. R ...... 20. 110,000 200,000.00| .......... I ......... .......... | .......... 200,000.00 200,000.00


lTotals .........


. I . . . . . (12,003,402.66 H 7. |


4.676.457.37









NOTE-* 14-100 acres excess deeded on road from Kissimmoe to Tampa, and this acreage is claimed on road from Jackson-
ville to Palatka.
(1) 35,324.48 acres, being the balance embraced in 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 remaining
claim of 72,349.18 acres, which bad 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 uncon-
stitutional by the Sunreme Court of this State.
(3) StCHOOL FINl).-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 Statet Board of Education.
(4) Claim of Palatka and Indian River Railway adjusted.
(5) Claim of Florida East Coast Rallway, formerly Jacksonville, St. Augustine & Indian River It. R., adjusted.












STATEMENT SHOWING RAILROADS WHICH RE-
CEIVED NO DEEDS TO SWAMP AND OVER-
FLOWED LANDS, EXCEPT IN ALTERNATE SEC-
TIONS IN 6 ANI 20-MILE LIMITS, TO JANUARY
1, 1923.

Name of Railroad. Acres.
Alabama and Florida (from Pensacola to Ala-
bama 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 Keys
and from Waldo to Tampa) ............... 505,144.14
Florida Midland Railway Company......... 12,856.79
Green Cove Springs and Melrose Railway Com-
pany ............................ ...... ,7,781.48
Jacksonville, Mayport, Pablo Railroad and
Navigation Company .................... 10,837.88
Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Halifax River
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.......... 14,725.90
Sanford and Indian River Railroad Company. 6,192.88
St. Johns and Halifax Railroad, changed
to St. Johns and Halifax River Railroad
Company .............................. 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 re-con-
veyed) ................................. 2,840.00

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

RECAPITULATION OF ALL SWAMP AND OVER-
FLOWED LANDS CONVEYED TO RAILROADS TO
JANUARY 1, 1923.

Name of Railroad. Acres.
Alabama and Florida (from Pensacola to Ala-
bama 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 Com-
pany .................................. 7.781.48
Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Halifax River
Railroad Company ...................... 56,782.15
Jacksonville and Atlantic Railroad Company. 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 ............. 88,687.92
Pensacola and Georgia Railroad (Lake City to
. Tallahassee) ............................ 65,561.77
St. Johns and Lake Eustis Railroad ......... 14,725.90












Sanford and Indian River Railroad Company. 6,192.88
St. Johns and Halifax Railroad, changed to
St. Johns and Halifax River 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 (land not recon-
veyed) ................................. 2,840.00
Florida Southern Railway, formerly Gaines-
ville, Ocala and Charlotte Harbor Railroad.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
Carrabelle, Tallahassee and Georgia Railroad,
formerly Augusta, Tallahassee and Gulf Rail-
road; 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 Kis-
simmee) ... ......................... .72,428.55
Florida East Coast Railway ................ 260,007.34

Total .............................. 907,070,068.67

NoT-In conveyance to Florida Railroad there are em-
braced 23,273.58 acres of Internal Improvement lands
proper.











STATEMENT OF SWAMP AND OVERFLOWED
LANDS CONVEYED TO CANAL AND DRAINAGE
COMPANIES TO JANUARY 1, 1923.

Name of Company. Acres.
H. L. Hart, for removing obstructions from
Ocklawaha River ........................ 23,356.18
Atlantic and Gulf Coast Canal and Okeecho-
bee Land Company ......................1,721,530.40
Florida Coast Line Canal and Transportation
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 RAILROADS IN FLORIDA,
UNDER ACT OF CONGRESS OF MAY 17, 1856, TO
JANUARY 1, 1923.

Name of Railroad. Acres.
Alabama and Florida (from Pensacola to Ala-
bam a line) ............................ 166,691.08
Pensacola & Georgia (from Lake City to Pensa-
cola) ................................. 1,273,145.50
Florida, Atlantic & Gulf Central (from Jack-
sonville to Lake City) ................... 29,103.74
Florida Railroad (from Fernandina to Cedar
K ey) .................................. 290,183.28
Florida Central & Peninsula (from Waldo to
Tam pa) ................................ 460,089.62

Total approved direct by United States.2,219,213.22













STATEMENT SHOWING THE STATUS OF ALL
SWAMP AND OVERFLOWED LANDS PATENTED
TO THE STATE PRIOR TO JANUARY 1, 1923,
UNDER ACT OF CONGRESS OF SEPTEMBER 28,
1850.

Number of acres patented to
the State ............... 20,415,076.46

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 Wi.
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, un-
der contract with the Gov-
ernor of Florida of Nov. 8,
1851, received the proceeds
from sale of about........ 100,000.00

Number of acres deeded on
account of L. G. Dennis,
agent of the State to pro-












cure and receive patents for
swamp and overflower lands
at Washington, under con-
tract with the Governor of
Florida of November 10,
1875 (see orders of trustees
of July 5, 1881, and April
14, 1883) ...............

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...

(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
account 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 of May
18th, 1873 ..............

(Other lands were deeded on
account of W., S. & C., un-


5,800.27


39,480.27


13,542.61













der above contract, belong-
ing to the Int. Imp. Fund
proper, amounting to 15,-
163.56 acres, which are not
embraced in this statement,
as they were not swamp and
overflowed lands.)

Number of acres deeded on
account of Sydney I.
Wailes, agent of the State
to procure patents for
swamp and overflowed
lands at Washington, under
contracts with the Trustees
of the Int. Imp. Fund of
April 13 and Oct. 19, 1878

Number of acres deeded on
account 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
account 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 ...................

Number of acres deeded in
D isston sale .............


224,562.80









164,124.68









5,778.37


4,000,000.00










27


Number of acres deeded un-
der Act of 1917 to Com-
missioners for Seminole In-
dians ...................

Number of acres deeded to all
other persons ...........

Total disposed of......

Balance on hand January
1, 1923 (estimated) ..


99,200.00


2,473,317.74


19,337,315.87


1,077,760.59













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


Amount patented to State (as
shown by last report) to
Jan. 1, 1921 (estimated)..

Patented to State during
years 1921 and 1922 in
Patents No. 179, 180 and
181, less lands previously
sold ........... : ........

Additional lands in Ever-
glades shown from late sur-
veys by State, some of
which were formerly under
waters of Lake Okeechobee

Lands jound in making ab-
stract for State ..........

Total patented to Jan-
uary 1, 1923........

The quantity disposed of pri-
or to January 1, 1921, as
shown by last report .....
Sold in 1921...... 78,710.81
Sold in 1922...... 35,207.18
Grant to Florida
Federation of
Woman's Clubs,
Act of 1921 .... 2,080.00

'Total ........115,997.99


Acres.


20,414,173.38


532.59


247.79


122.70


20,415,076.46


19,224,271.25













Deduct Lands:
Reconveyed to State
C. L. Wilder and
Douglas Graham
in 1921 and 1922.
order Trustees 1.002.38
Canceled entries
for non-payment
credit install-
ments ......... 214.69

114,780.92
Less excess received
in exchange of
lands with Chill-
ingworth and
Geer .......... 1,736.30

Total ........

Total disposed of......
Balance on hand January
1, 1923 ...............


113,044.62


19,337,315.87

1.077,760.59


SWAMP AND OVERFLOWED LANDS SOLD DUR-
ING THE YEARS 1921 and 1922


Acres.
Amount sold in 1921 ............ 78,710.81
Amount sold in 1922 ............. 35,207.18


Amount.
$101,456.93
98,537.81


Totals ..................... .113,917.99 $199,994.74












AMOUNTS PAID ON ENTRIES MADE DURING AND
PRIOR TO THE YEARS 1921 AND 1922, UNDER
CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS WITH THE
TRUSTEES OF THE INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT
FUND OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA.

SWAMP LANDS

1921. 1 1922.
No.Entry. Amount Paid. I INo.Entry. Amount Paid.


16,559
16,571
16,582
16,583
16,584
16,588
16,590
16,592
16,594
16,596
16,604
16,605 A
16,605 B
16,605 C
16,606
16,608
16,609
16,610
16,613
16,620
16,621
16,624
16,625
16,628
16,629
16,639
16,640


$ 6,401.12
70,703.99
226.94
321.34
712.12
46.80
236.93
153.03
12.10
57.59
446.00
479.78
307.03
379.73
326.74
18.53
324.00
330.72
84.54
1,323.41
522.91
328.42
16.25
314.34
146.02
365.77
406.94


16,559
16,571
16,588
16,596
16,599
16,608
16,613
16,620
16,625
16,629
16,635
16,636
16,642
16,643
16,646
16,648
16,649
16,652
16,653
16,659
16,661
16,675
16,683
16,687
16,690
16,692
16,693


$ 6,041.83
59,269.00
444.57
560.06
483.88
334.75
1,493.64
5,300.00
284.67
131.18
3,661.34
3,877.65
543.72
578.01
252.76
347.64
94.23
86.49
253.26
259.16
61.21
731.22
285.32
54.07
1,157.22
719.26
730.24


"











SWAMP LANDS-Continued.

1921. 1922.
No.Entry. Amount Paid. No.Entry. Amount Paid.
16,641 $ 390.22 16,700 $ 172.90
16,642 631.46 16,706 464.83
16,645 762.52 16,707 93,22
16,646 332.94 16,709 916.67
16,648 758.92 16,719 372.14
16,652 91.38 16,720 370.97
16,659 14.88 16,722 154.09
16,661 72.22 16,725 649.35
16,663 894.06 16,732 6,400.00
16,666 1,351.98 16,735 542.74
16,670 758.18 16,740 31.42
16,671 389.88 1 16,744 342.74
16,672 638.94 16,746 90.68
16,674 755.67 16,753 68.73
16,675 392.72 16,755 308.49
16,682 392.94 16,756 356.15
16,683 376.73 16,757 90.68
16,685 731.54 16,758 227.69
16,687 57.39 l 16,763 11.81
16,691 1,432.98 |[ 16,765 314.82
16,692 836.79 16,766 313.39
16,693 393.31 16,767 314.66
16,698 703.20 16,769 100.00
16,700 223.44 16,771 255.31
16,703 752.42 16,775 262.09
14,704 469.34 16,779 1,395.00
16,706 933.78 16,780 2,120.00
16,709 598.67 16,781 1,050.24
16,710 388.25 | 16,782 257.50
16,711 194.21 | 16,785 620.00
16,712 402.83 16,788 772.50
16,714 387.23 16,789 635.00
16,715 387.89 II 16,790 1,060.00











SWAMP LANDS-Continued.


1921. l1 1922.
No.Entry. Amount Paid. I No.Entry. Amount Paid.


16,719
16,720
16,721
16,722
16,723
16,724
16,725
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
16,753
16,755
16,756
16,757
16,758
16,762
16,763
16,765
16,766
16,767
16,771
16,775
16,777


$ 388.97
387.78
156.56
160.38
448.00
448.00
119.89
384.83
385.91
78.34
1,280.00
2,203.98
156.58
385.18
80.57
577.92
666.90
346.42
95.53
628.88
34.36
46.65
53.85
95.13
466.11
96.23
220.56
336.67
335.15
336.38
275.88
276.92
1,000.00


16,791
16,792
16,794
16,796
16,800
16,803
16,804
16,825
16,826
16,831
16,834
16,835
16,836
16,838
16,840
16,841
16,842
16,843
16,844
16,845

16,846
16,847
16,848
16,849
16,850
16,851
16,852
16,853
16,854
16,855
16,857
16,858


$1,060.00
1,556.90
387.43
341.32
2,352.00
339.20
281.87
518.56
462.33
1,065.50
675.84
1,000.00
367.97
221.42
90.00
135.00
33.75
135.00
135.00
135.00

135.00
135.00
135.00
135.00
135.00
90.00
135.00
430.65
99.35
652.00
391.45
1,447.00













SWAMP LANDS-Continued.


1921. 1| 1922.
No.Entry. Amount Paid. No.Entry. Amount Paid.


16,780
16,781
16,782
16,788
16,790
16,791
16,792
16,794
16,796
16,800
16,803
16,804
16,812
16,814
16,818
16,821
16,822
16,825
16,826
16,827
16,830
16,832
16,833
16,834
16,835
16,840
16,841
16,842
16,843
16,844
16,845
16,846
16,847


$1,381.67
222.41
280.00
90.00
1,123.00
1,123.00
88.97
410.22
363.22
252.00
358.44
259.00
273.37
696.56
248.13
407.22
347.24
200.00
200.00
934.24
1,680.00
1,033.34
227.70
378.58
178.56
890.63
135.00
33.75
135.00
135.00
135.00
135.00
135.00


16,861
16,863
16,864
16,865
16,868
16,873
16,876
16,882
16.884
16,885
16,886
16,892
16,89'
16,900
16,901
16,902
16,916
16,917
16,918
16,919
16,920
16,924
16,925
16,928
16,929
16,933
16,940
16,942
16,947
16,948
16,949
16,950
16,951


$ 330.84
133.76
22.84
4,122.00
23.69
217.50
332.32
1,201.64
540.00
4,536.39
53.17
388.10
327.05
269.32
269.45
269.59
213.92
218.86
218.86
218.86
1,263.30
298.33
78.00
39.00
61.87
385.18
901.25
42.96
38.55
38.55
38.55
38.55
38.55











SWAMP LANDS-Continued.


1921. 11 1922.
No.Entry. Amount Paid. I No.Entry. Amount Paid.


16,848
16,849
16,850
16,851
16,852
16,853
16,854
16,855
16,857
16,861
16,863
16,864
16,865
16,868
16,869
16,873
16,876
16,880
16,881
16,882
16,884
16,885
16,886
16,888
16,891
16,892
16,895
16,897
16,898
16,899
16,900
16,901
16,902


$ 135.00
135.00
135.00
891.50
135.00
252.65
148.75
270.00
437.55
348.56
167.43
226.80
4,248.00
234.35
2,996.00
223.45
348.56
720.00
720.00
659.50
2,448.00
555.34
53.17
44.47
349.93
405.27
647.98
339.38
302.40
302.53
46.17
46.20
46.22


16,952
16,953
16,955
16,956
16,957
16,961
16,962
16,963
16,964
16,965
16,966
16,967
16,968
16,969
16,970
16,971
16,972
16,973
16,974
16,975
16,976
16,978
16,981
16,983
16,984
16,985
16,987
16,988
16,995
16,996
16,997
16,999
17,000


$ 38.55
6,843.84
47.12
165.56
288.68
340.68
340.70
340.70
332.92
332.94
340.72
340.72
340.72
340.87
340.87
340.87
333.29
193.31
175.06
175.06
383.50
1,000.00
90.00
295.00
387.25
203.79
944.97
221.25
810.34
210.00
531.00
696.77
31.75












SWAMP LANDS-Continued.

1921. 1 1922.
No.Entry. Amount Paid. No.Entry. I Amount Paid.
16,903 $ 357.12 17,001 Part $ 301.29
16,904 357.12 17,006 4,076.19
16,905 348.89
16,906 401.51 |j Total....... $163,733.81
16,913 235.00.
16,914 235.00
16,915 229.71
16,916 225.38
16,917 230.57
16,918 230.57
16,919 230.57
16,920 702.82
16,924 45.00
16,925 767.00
16,927 2,397.00
16,928 383.50
16,929 58.30
16,930 202.39
16,933 404.77
16,935 45.00
16,937 383.55
16,938 108.71
16,941 66.47
16,942 425.14
16,947 378.30
16,948 378.30
16,949 378.30
16,950 378.30 (f
16,951 378.30
16,952 378.30
16,953 7,208.18
16,955 40.28












SWAMP LANDS-Continued.

1921. I
No.Entry. Amount Paid.
16,956 $ 174.43 |'
16,957 303.50
16,959 383.50
16,976 117.00

Total...... $168,925.70

1921
SOVEREIGNTY LANDS.
No. Entry. Amount Paid.
16,896 part $10,000.00 Second payment.
16,994 part 7,000.00 First payment.
17,001 part 775.50 First payment.
17,004 1,280.00 Payment in full.

Total... $19,055.50

SALE OF TIMBER
No. Entry. Amount Paid.
16,772 .................... ............... $1,953.43

TRESPASS MONEY RECEIVED
M arch 29, 1921 ........................... $217.50
August 8, 1921 .......................... 150.00
September 16, 1921 ............................ 27.75
October 18, 1921.............. .............. 5.25
November 1, 1921 .......................... 225.00
November 25, 1921 ............................ 38.68

Total .. ..................... ....... .. $664.18












RECEIVED FROM LEASES

1921 ..................................... $490.73

1922.

SOVEREIGNTY LANDS

No. Entry. Amount Paid.
16,896 part $20,000.00 Third and fourth payments.
16,994 7,880.83 Second payment.
17,001 part 903.87 Second payment
17,023 1,400.00 Payment in full.
17,026 8,760.00 Payment in full.
17,028 100.00 First payment
17,041 500.00 First payment.
17,094 1,000.00 First payment.
17,096 500.00 Payment in full.

Total... $41,044.70

TRESPASS MONEY RECEIVED

September 11, 1922 ...........................$111.10

RECEIVED FROM LEASES

1922 .................................... $522.38












SWAMP LAND INDEMNITY

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

Total patented as per last report.............. 94,685.86
Patented to State in 1921 and 1922............ None
Total patented to January 1, 1923....... 94,685.86

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

Conveyed in 1921 and 1922 .................. None

Total conveyed to January 1, 1923...... 94,335.48

INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT LANDS

Granted under Act of Congress, approved September 4,
1841 (total grant, 500,000 acres) :
Amount on hand January 1, 1921............. 4,148.88
Sold during 1921 and 1922 ................... 39.79

Balance on hand January 1, 1923............. 4,109.09

Internal Improvement Lands Sold During the Years
1921 and 1922

Acres. Amount.
Sold in 1921........................ 39.79 $497.38
Sold in 1922 ........................ .. . ......


Total ........................ 39.79


$497.38













Paid On Installment Entry 16,946 Made In 1920
Amount paid in 1921......................... $118.00
Amount paid in 1922 ......................... 203.79

Total ................................ $321.79

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 January 1, 1921
(approximated) .............. 204,095.81
Acres.
Surveyed ...................... 44,364.33
Unsurveyed ................... 159,731.48

204,095.81
Amount of' School Indemnity
Lands approved in 1921 and
1922, lists 52, 53, 54, 55 and 56. 2,631.35
Additional lands approved to the
State which subsequent surveys
show in Everglades ............ 25.84

Total .................... 206,753.00
Amount sold, 1921.............. 2,490.81
Amount sold, 1922.............. 1,064.83
3,555.64

Total on hand January 1, 1923 (ap-
proximated) ................ 203,197.36
Surveyed ...................... 43,465.88
Unsurveyed .................... 159,731.48

203,197.36 Estimated.












SCHOOL LANDS SOLD DURING YEARS 1921-1922

Acres. Amount.
Amount sold in 1921.............. 2,490.81 $4,940.54
Amount sold in 1922.............. 1,064.83 10,290.60

Total .......................3,555.64 $15,231.14

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

Total on hand January 1, 1921 ............... 40.06
Sold in 1921 and 1922 ..................... None

Balance on hand January 1, 1923....... 40.06

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 services 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, for 1921 and 1922:
Fees received in 1921 ......................... $251.50
Fees received in 1922 ......................... 201.50

Total ............................... $453.00













STATEMENT

Showing State Lands On Hand January 1, 1923.
Estimated.


County.
Alachua .......
Baker .........
B ay ...........
Bradford ......
Brevard .......
Broward in
Drainage Dist.. .
Calhoun .......
Charlotte ......
Citrus .........
Clay ..........
Columbia ......
Dade not in
Drainage Dist...
Dade in
Drainage Dist...
DeSoto not in
Drainage Dist...
D ixie ..........
Duval .........
Escambia ......
Flagler ........
Franklin .......
Gadsden .......
Glades in
Drainage Dist...
Glades not in
Drainage Dist...
Hamilton ......
Hardee ........


Swamp.
677.27
214.223
759.81

212.83

242.355.28
:313.47
1.648.53
11.470.52
220.09
1.488.71


I. I.
Proper.



440.24

167.38


118.94


School.
160.24
786.61
349.05
120.46
6,316.71

13,955.02
2,565.24
2,637.20
989.98
400.70
18.20


348.02


350,559.00

40.00
330.55
1.485.19
2.80





6.736.85


. .... 24,181.57


79.93


36.86


1,960.00
2,271.06
1,420.09

1,012.84

159.00


. ... 3,840.00


602.05
518.90
160.00


640.00


Semi-
nary.


40.06










42

STATEMENT-Continued,

Showing State Lands On Hand January 1, 1923.
Estimated.


County.
Hernando .
Highlands in
Drainage Dist...
Highlands not in
Drainage Dist.. .
Hillsborough ...
Holmes ........
Jackson .......
Jefferson ......
LaFayette .....
Lake ..........
Lee not in
Drainage Dist...
Lee in
Drainage Dist...
Leon ..........
Levy ..........
Liberty ........
Madison .......
Manatee .......
Marion ........
Monroe ........
Nassau ........
Okaloosa .......
Okeechobee not in
Drainage Dist...
Okeechobee in
Drainage Dist...
Orange ........
Dsceola ........


I. I. Semi-
Swamp. Proper. School. nary.
...... 40.09 40.00 ..


...... .. .. 1,920.00


4,892.27
40.00
39.86
79.75
8,989.06

544.10

13,393.48

38,138.17
4,170.00
4,054.83

39.95
2,578.68
659.54
92,307.87
874.58
80.03

320.00

6,294.83
759.05
531.33


40.00
13.61
40.08


5,440.00
119.79
410.63

962.33
2,662.09
1,236.68


. .... 18,608.63 ...


41.12

160.62

80.25


19,840.00
280.00
1,427.98

1,280.74
641.92
6,608.85
11,819.47
2,530.04
160.00


. 1,601.80


80.16


1,280.72
2,242.72
481.03













STATEMENT-Continued.

Showing State Lands On Hand January 1, 1923.
Estimated.
I. I. Semi-
County. Swamp. Proper. School. nary.
Palm Beach not in


Drainage Dist...
Palm Beach in
Drainage Dist...
Pasco .........
Pinellas .......
Polk ..........
Putnam .......
Santa Rosa ...
Sarasota .......
Seminole .......
St. Johns ......
St. Lucie not in
Drainage Dist...
St. Lucie in
Drainage Dist...
Sumter ........
Suwannee ..
Taylor .........
Union .........
Volusia ........
Wakulla .......
W alton ........
Washington ....


. .... 4,238.17


251,668.62
120.03
124.00
2.209.75
173.00

1,683.27
2,879.87
6,615.66

1,352.63

641.00
280.27
241.19

1.590.17
S.587.04
40.00
302.98
319.63


40.00






80.26


36,485.97
565.29

1,121.24
520.79

632.80.
800.23
348.77


. .... 4,172.37


240.12
658.98
80.08
229.00
440.00
840.00
161.37


Totals ...1,077,760.59 4,109.09


1,917.20
520.45
40.03
2,813.22

2,530.38

795.47
314.59

203,197.36


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, Jefferson County.
(See Florida Supreme Court Report No. 58, page 398.)












VACANT UNITED STATES LANDS ON JULY 1, 1922

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, 1922.

CIRCULAR NO. 837

Department of the Interior,
General Land Office,
Washington, D. C., July 1, 1922.

The following tables show, by States, land districts, and
counties, the area of unappropriated and unreserved pub-
lic 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 township, 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
plats 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.














46


VACANT UNITED STATES LANDS ON JULY 1, 1922
STATEMENT SHOWING THE AREA OF LAND UNAPPROPRIATED
AND UNRESERVED ON JULY 1, 1922.
FLORIDA.


Land District and
County
Sur


Gainesville :
Alachua ....
Baker .........
Bay ...........
Brevard .....
Calhoun .. .. .
Charlotte ......
Citrus .........
Clay ..........
Columbia ...
DeSoto .......
Dixie .........
Duval .........
Escambia ......
Flagler ........
Gadsden ......
Glades ...
Hamilton ....
Hernando ......
Highlands .....
Holmes ........
Jackson .. ..
Jefferson ......
Lafayette .. ..
Lake ..........
Lee ...........
Levy ..........
Liberty ........
Madison .......
Manatee ..
Marion .. ......
Monroe ........

Nassau ........
Okaloosa ..
Osceola ....
Orange ........
Palm Beach ....
Pasco ........
Polk ....
Putnam .....
Santa Rosa ....
Sarasota .
Seminole ..
St. Johns ......
St. Lucie ......
Sumter ....
uwannee ....
Taylor ...
Union ........
Volusia ........
Wakulla ......
W alton ........
Washington ....

State total ...


Area in Ac

I'nsnr-
veyed veyod.


1,060 ... . ... .
360 .........
9,074. ........
9,312 ...... ...
993 ..... .. .
1,736 120
1,907 .........
1,126 .........
714 . . . . .
120 .........
4,65( .........
817 .........
1,188 .........
184 .........
160 .........
2,040 .........
875 .........
731 .........
2,050 200
320 .......
267 .........
83 .........
783 .........
16,009 .........
7,394 ........
3,932 .........
731 .........
025 .........
1,656 .........
2,367 .........
2,122 ........ .


340 .. . .. 1
280 .. . . .
440 ......... 1
1,205 ......... I
. . ..... I 640|
4401 .........
362 . .. .
1,734 ........
360 .........
320 ...... .
280 ....... .
1,396 .........
169 .........
200 .........
334 .........

691 .
7,746 . .. .. ...
40 . . . . .
240 .........
7,280 ......... I
1,647 ..... 1

103.4511 9601


*res

Character
Total


1,060 Low pine.
360 Do.
9,074 Do.
9,312 Low pine and swamp.
993 Low pine.
1,856 Do.
1,907 Do.
1,126 Do.
714 Do.
120 Do.
4,665 Low pine and swamp.
817 Do.
1,188 Low pine.
184 Do.
160 Do.
2,040 Do.
875 Do.
731 Do.
2,250 Pine.
320 Low pine.
267 Do.
83 Do.
7831Low pine and swamp.
16,009 Low pine.
7,394)Low pine and swamp.
3,932 Low pine.
731 Do.
925 Do.
1,656 Do.
2,367 Low pine and scrub.
2,122 Low pine and rocky
I keys.
346 |Low pine.
2801 Do.
440 Do.
1.2051 Do.
640'Low pine and swamp.
440 Low pine.
362 Do.
1,734 Do.
360 1 Do.
320 Do.
280 Do.
1,396 Do.
169 Low pine and swamp.
200 Low pine.
334 Do.
2,480 Do.
691 Do.
7,746 Low pine and scrub.
40 Low pine.
7.2801 Do.
1,6471 Do.

104.411 I


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


I












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
Pensacola 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
Pensacola, July 10 to 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 cf 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, trans-
ferring the field notes, etc., to the Department of Agricul-
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 Con-
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 Author-












ized 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 public records of his office, and shall at all times allow
any duly accredited authority 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 Coommissioner 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 the title to many large tracts of land actually
begins with, and is of record in these volumes, and fur-













other 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
not 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 rebound. 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 services 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

1921.. ............................. $638.79
1922.............................. 550.15 $1,188.94

Total since the passage and approval of the
Act of the Legislature of 1913............. $6,212.61

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
Offffice at Washington, D. C., for Fifty Cents per Town-
ship.




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