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EIGHTEENTH BIENNIAL REPORT

OF THE

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

OF THE

STATE OF FLORIDA


LAND AND FIELD

NOTE DIVISIONS

FOR THE YEARS
1923 AND 1924


NATHAN MAYO
commissionerr of Agriculture
Tallahassee. Fla.


1925


I-J. APPLEVAR, PRINTER. TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA


































































































































































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LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL


DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, STATE OF FLORIDA,
COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., JAN. 1, 1925.

To His Excellency,
John TV. Martin,
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 1923 and 1924.

Respectfully submitted,

NATHAN MAYO,
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 Fertil-
izer Division.
5-The Land Divisiqn.
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.
Perfect titles to lands in Florida are of the greatest
importance to the citizens of this rapidly growing State
and, through this Division titles to over twenty-two million
acres, being more than two-thirds of all the lands in
Florida, have vested in the State of Florida and are cov-
ered by the land records of this office, which show the
original title.
These lands were granted under the various acts of Con-
gress to the State and conveyed by the State to private
parties under various acts of the Legislature of Florida.
Many deeds of conveyance from the State have never been
recorded in the different counties, nor are the patents and
approved lists issued under the different Acts of Con-
gress, of record in these different counties; consequently,
we are daily receiving many letters requesting the status
of lands, and issuing many certificates under Section 2724,
Revised General Statutes of Florida, perfecting such titles.
A detailed statement of the said Acts of Congress grant-
ing these lands to this State and acts of the Legislature
of Florida, authorizing sale of same, are fully given in
this report, from which it will be clearly seen, that a title
from the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund of
Florida for State swamp and Internal Improvement Lands
and from the Board of Education of the State of Florida
for State school lands is a perfectly valid title and must
not be confused with a tax title, which is a statutory title
issued to lands sold to the State for taxes.


2-I.and Div.












SOVEREIGNTY LANDS.

All tidal lands and water bottoms in Florida vested in
the State of Florida under its sovereign rights when ad-
mitted into the Union as a State in 1845.
Under Sections 1056, 1057, 1061 and 1062, Revised Gen-
eral Statutes of Florida, and Chapter 7861 and 7891, Acts
of 1919, all such lands were vested in the Trustees of the
Internal Improvement Fund of Florida, with power to
sell same. This embraces a large acreage of submerged
lands, all of which are unsurveyed, further increasing the
work of this office, as each tract has to be accurately
located and examined before a price can be put on same;
then they must be advertised under the provisions of said
statutes before a sale can be made. There is a great de-
mand for this class of lands, which are bringing large
prices on account of their great value.
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, and the Trustees
are now selling certain State lands on terms of one-fourth
cash and balance in one, two and three years at 8% inter-
est 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
further 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 important that a perfect record be kept
for the use of the present as well as for future genera-
tions.












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.
Many transactions regarding the old legislative grants
and old conveyances to the old Railroad and Canal Com-
panies and illegal conveyances made just after the Civil
War, during Carpet Bag Rule, are unwritten. Many of
the inquiries about such lands require much time and
very careful search, on account of the condition of the
old and imperfect records kept at that time.
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 out of the United States;
making a complete abstract of all conveyances of lands
by the United States and by 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-
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 1055, Revised General Statutes of
Florida.
The School Lands granted to the State, under Act of
Congress, 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 Superintendent
of Public Instruction, under Sections 601, 602 and 3798,
Revised General Statutes of Florida.
Section 173, Revised General Statutes, requires the seal
of "The Department of Agriculture of the State of
Florida" to be affixed on all Deeds conveying lands sold
by the State and all Deeds with said seal attached are valid
and no witnesses are required.
There are no fixed prices on State lands and prices are
only put on same, upon application, and only for five days'
acceptance.
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 enacted,
that upon due proof, by the authorized agent of the State
or States, before the Commissioner of the General Land
Office, that any of the lands purchased were swamp lands
within the true intent and meaning of the Act afore-
said, the purchase money shall be paid over to said State
or States; and where the lands have been located by war-
rant 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 Secre-
tary 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-
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 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
lo-al ed 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 a.id 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 Legilsature, 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 lantl 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
Governor 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 speci-
fled, so much lands in alternate sections or parts of sec-
tions, 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


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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
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 rpiates
to said grant:
Chapter 75, Act of March 3, 1845. Section 1: "Be
it enacted, etc., That in consideration of the concessions
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 sixteenth 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 and 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.











STATEMENT OF LANDS ORIGINALLY CLAIMED BY, AND CONVEYED TO CONSTRUCTED RAILROADS, CLAIMING
LANDS OTHER THAN ALTERNATE SECTIONS, JANUARY 1, 1925.

ACRES CLAIMED. ACRES DEEDED. ACRES CLAIMED.




NAME OF RAILROAD.
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w 1
7 Cw CC_ -. 0:3


formerly Gainesville.
Ocala and Char.otte
Harbor R. R.....(3) 2
Jacksonvil:e, Tampa &
Key West Ry., for-
merly Tampa, Peace
Creek & St. Johns
River R. R....... (3)
Silver Springs, Ocala &I
Gulf R. R........ (3)1
Pensacola and Atlantic
R. R............ (3)
Palatka and Indian
River Ry.........(4)
Carrabelle, Tallahassee
& Georgia R. R., for-
merly August, Tal-
lahassee & Gulf R.
R., formerly Thomas-


288.22




130.3

65.15

161.00

70.


10,000




10,000

10,000

20,000

6,000


2,882,200.00




1,303,000.00

651,500.00

3,220,000.00

420,000.00


2,481,618.77 173,863.91 2,655,482.68




1,285,120.76 189.008.5411,474,12.30 .

362,194.781 1,405.51 363,600.291

2,157,757.071 56,267.30 2,214,024.371

3I7. .
352,477.45'127.094.391 479.571.841


131,711.18






155,743.82

44,865.94


268,870.05




17,879.38

133,561.40

1,017,376.99


400,581.23




17,879.38

289,305.22

1,062,242.93










ville, Tallahassee &
Gulf R. R....... (1) 48.8:
Blue Springs Orange
City & Atlantic R. R. 28j
South Florida R. R.
(from Sanford to
Kissimmee) ..... (3) 40.
Florida East Coast R.
R., formerly Jackson-
ville, St. Augustine &
Indian River R. R.(5) 255.
Atlantic,Suwannee River
& Gulf R. R......(2) 20.
St. Cloud and Sugar
Be't R. R........ . 15.4
Ta'lahassee, Southeast
ern R. R., formerly
Georgia, Florida &I
Western R. R....... 20.


2 15,000


732,300.00

141,666.66


153,600.00



2,040,000.00


206,370.30


50,890.741 07,608.25


67,661.10


4,707.36


260,007.i34 .........


10,000 200,000.00 ......... .........

3,8401 59,136.00 ......... .. ........


10.000 200.000.00 .......... .........


206,370.30


118,498.99 ...........


72,428.55 .........



260,007.34 ...........

. . ... . . . . ... . . .





...........I ...........


T'l talks ............ I ... .I ..... 112.003.402.661 '7.:24.0'Is. i 0 ; ll2 ) .'.-'i. 7.S44.1 1:3.l;; I ::3'.:I20.94 14.344.136.4 31 4.676.457.37

NOTE-* 14-100 acres excess deeded on road from Kissimmee 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 .aid company under a settlement with the Trustees of the remaining
claim of 72,349.18 acres, which had not heretofore been deeded, is net embraced in the above table. C:aim adjusted.
(2) The Act of the Legislature granting lands to the Atlan tic, Suwannee River and Gulf Railroad has been declared uncon-
stitutional by the Supreme Court of this State.
(3) SCHOOL FUND.-Residuary interest under railroad grants, of Florida Southern. Jack-onville. Tampa & Key West, Silver
Springs, Ocals & Gulf. Pensnco'a & At:antic 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 I. It.. adjusted.


490,605.22

90,775.92


85,938.81



1,779,992.66

200,000.00

50,136.00


200 000 00


490,605.22

90,775.92


85,938.81



1,779,992.06

200,000.00

59,136.00


oo00.00oo0











STATEMENT SHOWING RAILROADS WHICH RE-
CEIVED NO DEEDS TO SWAMP AND OVER-
FLOWED LANDS, EXCEPT IN ALTERNATE SEC-
TIONS IN 6 AND 20-MILE LIMITS, TO JANUARY
1, 1925.

Name of Railroad. Acres.
Alabama and Florida (from Pensacola to Ala-
bam a 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
Company .............................. 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, 1925.

Name of Railroad. Acres.
Alabama and Florida (from Pensacola to Ala-
bama line) ............................. 27,613.32
East Florida Railway Company (Jacksonville
to St. M ary'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 ............................... 7,781.4S
-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 Charlotee 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
Railroad; formerly Thomasville, Tallahassee
and Gulf Railroad ....................... 206,370.30
Blue Springs, Orange City and Atlantic Rail-
road ................................. 118,4!)8.99
South Florida Railroad (from Sanford to Kis-
simm ee) .............................. 72,428.55
Florida East Coa( t Railway ................ 260,007.34

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

NOTE-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, 1925.

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, 1925.

Name of Railroad. Acres.
Alabama and Florida (from Pensacola to Ala-
bama 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 Fernandina to Cedar
Key) .................. ........... . 290,183.28
Florida Central & Peninsula (from Waldo to
Tampa) ............. .... ...... .... 46',329'.90

Total approved direct byt:nited Staes'.2,219,453.50











STATEMENT SHOWING THE STATUS OF ALL
SWAMP AND OVERFLOWED LANDS PATENTED
TO THE STATE PRIOR TO JANUARY 1, 1925,
UNDER ACT OF CONGRESS OF SEPTEMBER 28,
1850.

Number of acres patented to
the State ............ 20,422,303.70

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
coupons of Florida R. R.
bonds, which fell due prior
to 1866 ................ 248,602.98

Number of acres deeded Wm.
E. Jackson in 1868 for
coupons of Florida, Atlan-
tic 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 overflowed
lands at Washington, un-
der contract with the Gov-
ernor of Florida of No-
vember 10, 1875 (see or-
ders of trustees of July 5,
1881, and April 14, 1883. 5,800.27

Number of acres deeded on
account of Williams &
Swann, agents of the State
to select swamp and over-
flowed lands, under con-
tract 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
account of Williams,Swann
& Corley, agents of the
State to select swamp and
overflowed lands under
contract with the trustees
of the Int. Imp. Fund of
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. Fund
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
Account of Sydney I.
Waites, agent of the State
to procure patents f or
swamp and overflowed
lands at Washington, un-
der 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. ITen-
derson, agent of the State
to select swamp and over
flowed lands under con-
tract 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 ........... ......


224,562.80









164,124.68


5,778.37












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

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

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

Total disposed of ......

Balance on hand January
1, 1925 (estimated)..


4,000,000.00





99,200.00


2,508,185.14


19,372,183.27


1,050,120.43


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, 1923 (estimated).

Patented to State during
years 1923 and 1924 in
Patents No. 182 to 190
Gain. District and Supt.
Pat. No. 3 New Dist. less
lands previously sold ....

Additional lands in Ever-
lades shown from late sur-
veys by State, some of
which were formerly under
waters of Lake Okeechobee
and omitted from last re-
report .................


20,415,076.46


6,202.24


944.96












Lands found in making ab-
stract for State......... 80..04


Total patented to Jan-
uary 1, 1925........

The quantity disposed of pri-
or to January 1, 1923, as
shown by last report....
Sold in 1923.... 37,653.32
Sold in 1924.... 1,075.35


20,422,303.70


19,337,315.87


Total ....... 38,728.67

Deduct Lands:
Reconveyed to State
W. E. Draper,
Lottie and Lola
Lawler and E. L.
Morgan, R. T.
Rice, M. R. Quin-
nerly, R. C. and
L. C. Gardner
in 1923 and 1924,
order Trustees 1,461.73

Canceled entry No.
16,934 for non-
payment of pur-
chase money ... 4,200.00
Also excess received
in exchange of
lands in entries
17,040, 17,069,
17,1571/2 and
17,125 ......... 1,026.37

6,688.10












Less shortage in
Everglades Est.
and in Bolles re-
conveyance .... 2,826.83
Total ........ 34,867.40

Total disposed of to Jan.
1, 1925 ...............
Balance on hand January
1, 1925 ................


19,372,183.27

1,050,120.43


SWAMP AND OVERFLOWED LANDS SOLD DUR-
ING THE YEARS 1923 and 1924.


Acres.
Amount sold in 1923............ 37.653.32
Amount sold in 1924............ 1,075.35

Totals .................... 38,728.67


Amount.
$204,421.83
79,089.98

$283,511.81












AMOUNTS PAID ON ENTRIES OF SWAMP LANDS
DURING AND PRIOR-TO! THE YEARS 1923 AND
1924 UNDER MORTGAGES AND AGREEMENTS
WITH THE TRUSTEES OF THE INTERNAL IM-
PROVEMENT FUND OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA

SWAMP LANDS


1923 II
I Amount Paid. I No. Entry.


$ 219.49
47,337.50
421.20
230.96
27.60
338.05
961,40
1,018.20
78.21
261.07
360.70
88.75
246.05
350.01
78,30
78,34
91,14
78.30
39.17
78.21
78.34
153.00
348.73
347.65
448.00
448.00
78.05


II


16,559
16,571
16,596
16,635
16,636
16,639
16,640
16,674
16,677
16,699
16,703
16,704
16,732
16,738
16,753
16,755
16,756
16.779
16,781
16,789
16,804
16,814
16,816
16,826
16,838
16,853
16,855


1924
Amount Paid.
$17,070.85
93,046.27
488.40
384.56
407.28
370.30
483.11
378.66
127.32
198.06
377.59
235.45
3,110.90
157.08
225.29
272.17
314.17
360.00
2,020.25
277.50
152.40
1,523.17
377.45
28.45
222.74
331.00
378.67


No. Entry
16,559
16,571
16,588
16,594
16,596
16,599
16,635
16,636
16,641
16,643
16,645
16,649
16,653
16,670
16,671
16,686
16,707
16,710
16,711
16,714
16,715
16,718
16,719
16,720
16,723
16,724
16,728


I











SWAMP LANDS-Continued


1923 1924
No. Entry Amount Paid. [ No.Entry. Amount Paid.
16,729 741.47 16,857 436.09
16,732 2,500.00 16,864 408.07
16,736 78.34 16,868 422.22
16,740 574.05 16,869 3,010.75
16,746 S5.82 16,885 3,608.36
16,753 34.36 16,886 106.34
16,755 290.32 16,888 275.54
16,756 335.12 16,891 699.86
16,757 85.82 16,898 597.07
16,763 205.80 16.U03 697.87
16.769 647.24 I 16,924 310.00
16,777 1.800.00 16,930 202.41
16,781 1.030.00 16,933 346.01
16,784 3.720.00 16,937 741.02
16,788 830.78 [ 16,938 209.76
16,800 2,226.00 16.941 420.93
16,804 129.67 16,942 390.72
16,812 451.75 16.947 334.65
16.814 761.44 16,948 334.65
16,818 241.49 16,949 334.65
16,821 117.52 16.950 343.28
16,825 258.00 I 16,951 343.28
16,826 200.00 i 16,952 343.28
16,835 2,319.46 16.957 266.88
16,836 345.31 | 16,959 442.00
16,858 15,58 16,961 159.81
16,861 327.89 16,962 159.81
16,864 22.77 16.963 159.81
16,868 23.63 16,964 156.16
16,869 336.00 I| 16,965 156.17
16,876 314.10 16,966 159.82
16,885 854.67 16,967 161.88











SWAMP LANDS-Continued


1923 I 1924
No. Entry Amount Paid. II No.Entry.l Amount Paid.
16,888 563.35 16,968 165.96
16,892 364.05 16,969 150.09
16,897 307,03 16,970 8.88
16,916 202.46 16,971 8.88
16,917 207,13 16,972 8.69
16,918 207.12 16,973 8.68
16,919 207.12 16,974 8.88
16,925 78.00 16,975 8.88
16,928 704.00 16,976 525.50
16,929 58.30 16,978 1,000.00
16,930 197.49 F 16,979 12,602.66
16,933 365.59 16,980 11,840.00
16,941 506.18 16,982 3,642.50
16,942 42.96 || 16,983 567.50
16,947 352.91 F 16,985 184.23
16,948 352.91 16,987 861.66
16,949 352.90 16,988 198.75
16,950 352.90 16,995 1,524.11
16,951 352.90 16,997 945.00
16,952 352.90 F 16,999 690.57
16,955 40.29 17,009 387.36
16,956 157.92 17,012 50,000.00
16,973 141.40 17,015 2,582.57
16,974 168.67 17,021 636.66
16,975 171.00 17,029 3,230.14
16,978 2,505.00 17,033 290.00
16,979 7,433.88 17,036 284.83
16,980 2,824.25 I 17,044 584.82
16,985 194.41 17,045 310.57
16,987 901,44 17,046 874.00
16,988 210.00 17,050 157.50
16,996 198.75 17,057 581.75










SWAMP LANDS-Continued

1923 I 1924
No. Entry Amount Paid. No.Entry. Amount Paid.
16,997 54.00 17,058 1,160.00
17,000 467.64 17,059 586.67
17,001 1,112.21 17,060 2,621.66
17,009 52.23 17,063 367.72
17,012 50,000.00 17,064 778.40
17,015 268.70 17,067 1,654.94
17,028 439.11 17,068 434.42
17,033 312.00 17,070 498.07
17,035 60.00 17,071 855.00
17,036 187.32 17,078 2,935.47
17,044 597.68 17,079 580.00
17,050 172.80 17,081 439.33
17,053 2,471.44 17,084 20,000.00
17,057 621.44 | 17,085 1,466.44
17,058 1,243.77 17,089 580.00
17,059 628.33 | 17,090 1,392.00
17,062 7,514.53 17,093 489.50
17,063 393.08 17,0941/2 69,265.00
17,064 83.40 II 17,098 3,477.32
17,065 1.155.00 | 17,099 232.00
17,067 328.42 17,105 1,165.50
17,068 479.46 | 17,107 321.29
17,069 96.03 | 17,109 3,888.64
17,070 549,54 17,110 52.00
17,078 1,528.42 17,113 1,968.32
17,079 620.00 | 17,114 5,000.00
17,080 512.00 | 17,115 33,280.00
17,081 465.00 I 17,118 615.00
17,084 20,000.00 17,122 36.00
17,085 1,541.01 1] 17,124 435.25
17,088 2,271.00 II 17,125 461.75
17,089 620.00 II 17,127 4,092.00











SWAMP LANDS-Continued


1923 |I 1924
No. Entry Amount Paid. No.Entry. Amount Paid.
17,090 1,488.00 17,129 1,558.37
17,094 2,160.00 17,130 9,102.85
17,0941/2 11,500.00 17,131 7,525.90

Total ........ $209,257.59 1 Total....... $414,246.67

PAYMENTS MADE ON SALE OF TIMBER SOLD
PRIOR TO 1923.

1923 I 1924
No. Entry Amount Paid. [ No.Entry. Amount Paid.
16,772 $500.00

PAYMENTS MADE ON SALE OF SOVEREIGNTY
LANDS SOLD PRIOR TO 1923.

No. Entry I Amount Paid. No.Entry.i Amount Paid.
16,896 27,194.37 117,116 $6,630.00
16,994 7,434.70

Total.... 34,629.07












SALE OF SOVEREIGNTY LANDS IN 1923 AND 1924.

1923

Entry Number Acres Amt Paid
17,102 47.34 j$ 4,734.00
17,104 875.40 13,131.00
17,116 30.00 3,420.00
17,123 17.82 1,000.00
17,126 126.00 159.00
17,128 12.50 1,250.00
17,132 5.93 325.00

Total ..... 1,114.99 $24,019.00
1924

Entry Number Acres Amt Paid
17,143 211.00 $12,711.95
17,144 211.00 12,711.93
17,146 311.70 6,234.00
17,147 19.93 1,500.00
17,148 49.16 1,645 00
17,149 102.14 6,406.25
17,178 64.55 5,300.00
17,183 (not given) 75.00
17,184 23.20 2,900.00

Total ..... 992.68 $49,484.13










36

TRESPASS MONEY RECEIVED

January 16, 1923........................... $ 32.00
September 20, 1924.......................... 316.95

Total ................... ............... $348.95

RECEIVED FROM LEASES

1923 ................. ..... .............. $ 522.38
1924 ......................... ............ 522.38

Total .................................. $1,044.76

RECEIVED FROM SALE OF EARTH

Entry No. 17,1751/2 in 1924................... $5,000.00

SWAMP LAND INDEMNITY

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

Total patented as per last report.............. 94,685.86
Patented to State in 1923 and 1924.......... None
Total patented to January 1, 1925 ...... 94,685.86

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

Conveyed in 1923 and 1924 .................. None

Total conveyed to January 1, 1925...... 94,335.48









37

INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT LANDS

Granted under Act of Congress, approved September 4,
1841 (total grant, 500,000 acres) :
Amount on hand Janpary 1, 1923............ 4,109.09
Sold during 1923 and 1924 ................... 41.12

Balance on hand January 1, 1925............ 4,067.97

Internal Improvement Lands Sold During the Years
1923 and 1924

Acres. Amount.
Sold in 1923 ....................... 41.12 $200.00
Sold in 1924 ....................... .. ......

Total ...................... 41.12 $200.00

SCHOOL LANDS

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

Total Granted, Approximated at 1,000,000 Acres.

Acres
Amount on hand January 1, 1923
(approximated) ............. 203.197.36

Acres
Surveyed ..................... 43,465.88
Unsurveyed ................... 159,731.48

Total ............. .......... 203,197.36












Amount of School Indemnity
Lands approved in 1923 and
1924, lists 57, 58, 59, 60 and 61.
Additional lands found in making
abstract .................. .

T otal ................. .
Amount sold, 1923.............
Amount sold, 1924............

Total on hand January 1, 1925
(approximated) ............
Surveyed .....................
Unsurveyed ...................


465.11


1,280.93
505.62




42,187.10
159,731.48


42.66

203,705.13

1,786.55


201,918.58


Total ...................... 201,918.58 Estimated.




SCHOOL LANDS SOLD DURING YEARS 1923-1924


Amount sold
Amount sold


Acres.
in 1923 ............. 1,280.93
in 1924 ............. 505.62


Total .................... 1,786.55 $22,779.15




TIMBER LEASES

Received from timber leases in 1923........... $4,400.00
See entries 3919 and 3922.
Received from timber leases in 1924............ 350.00
See entry No. 3924.
Total ................................. $4,750.00


Amount.
$13,200.00
9,579.15












SEMINARY LANDS

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

Total on hand January 1, 1923............... 40.06
Sold in 1923 and 1924....................... None


Balance on hand January 1, 1925....... 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 1923 and 1924:
Fees received in 1923 ........................ $311.00
Fees received in 1924 ........................ 483.50

Total .................................. $794.50










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STATEMENT

Showing State Lands on Hand January 1, 1925.
Estimated.


County.
Alachua ......
Baker .........
Bay ..........
Bradford ...
Brevard ......
Broward in
Drainage Dist..
Calhoun ......
Charlotte .....
Citrus ........
Clay .........
Collier not in
Drainage Dist..
Collier in
Drainage Dist..
Columbia ......
Dade not in
Drainage Dist..
Dade in
Drainage Dist..
DeSoto not in
Drainage Dist..
Dixie .........
Duval ............
Escambia ...
Flagler ........
Franklin ......
Gadsden ......


Swamp.
757.31
214,23
3,205.45
245.85
212.83

242,220.56
313.47
1,648.53
11,470.52
220.09

3,896.78


1,525.25


I. I.
Proper. School.
... 160.24
... 786.61
440.24 349.05
.. ... 120.46
167.38 6.316.71


118.94


13,955.02
2,565.24
2,637.20
989.98
400.70


.. ... 16,932.55

.. 9,600.00
.. ... 18.20


15.52


349,973.87

40.00
80.00
1,485.19
2.80


.. 24,181.57


79.93


36.86


1,960.00
2,271.06
1,420.09

1,012.84

159.00


Semi-
nary.


40.06












STATEMENT-Continued.

Showing State Lands On Hand January 1, 1925.
Estimated.


County.
Glades in
Drainage Dist..
Glades not in
Drainage Dist..
Hamilton ......
Hardee .......
Hendry not in
Drainage Dist..
Hendry in
Drainage Dist..
Hernando ...
Highlands in
Drainage Dist..
Highlands not in
Drainage Dist..
Hillsborough ..
Holmes .......
Jackson .......
Jefferson ......
LaFayette ...
Lake ..........
Lee not in
Drainage Dist..
Leon ..........
Levy ..........
Liberty ........
Madison ......
Manatee ......
Marion ........


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


9,579.40

602.05
518.90
160.00

6,886.10

38,414.85


3.366.52

39.86

8,989.06
40.00
583.90

2,610.60
4,170.00
4,054.83

39.95
2,578.68


.. ... 3,840.00


640.00




640.00


.. 10,240.00
40.09 40.00

.. ... 1,920.00


40.00
13.61
40.08


4,781.89
119.79
410.63

321.40
2,662.09
1,236.68

1,036.08
280.00
1,427.98

1,280.74
641.92


659.54 160.62 6,608.85 ....


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STATEMENT-Continued.

Showing State Lands On Hand January 1, 1925.
Estimated.

I. I. Semi-
County. Swamp. Proper. School. nary.
Monroe ..... .. 92,30...b i ..... 11,819.47 .


Nassau .....
Okaloosa ......
Okeechobee not in
Drainage Dist..
Okeecobee in
Drainage Dist..
Orange ........
Osceola .......
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 .........


874.58
80.03

320.00

6,275.52
880.22
651.06


80.25 2,530.04
.. 160.00

.. ... 1,587.45


80.16


1,280.72
2,242.72
481.03


.. 4,238.17


221,281.02
40.14
140.05
2,169.75
173.00
79.90
1,683.27
2,879.87
6,615.66

664.30

641.00
280.27
281.19

1,713.02


40.00






80.26


36,469.98
565.29

1,081.24
520.79

632.80
800.23
348.77


.. ... 4,172.37


240.12
658.98
80.08
229.00


1,917.20
520.45
40.03
2,813.22


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STATEMENT-Continued.

Showing State Lands on Hand January 1, 1925.
Estimated.

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

Volusia ....... 8,483.33 440.00 2,331.42 .....
W akulla ....... 40.00 840.00.... ..
Walton ........ 302.98 161.37 795.47 .....
Washington ... 439.91 ..... 314.59 ...
Scoool Indem-
nity Land ..... ..... .... 290.56 ...

Totals ..1,050,120.43 4,067.97 201,918.58 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 Miscosukie, Jefferson County.
(See Florida Supreme Court Report No. 58. page 398.)
dated July 1, 1923.











VACANT UNITED STATES LANDS ON JULY 1, 1923

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, 1923.

CIRCULAR NO. 901

Department of the Interior,
General Land Office,
Washington, D. C., July 1, 1923.

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 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 entered
before application is filed, and the settler should exercise
great care to satisfy himself as to its character before
taking any other step.












CIRCULAR No. 504.
[Revised.]

COST OF CERTIFIED COPIES OF RECORDS
AND PAPERS

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
GENERAL LAND OFFICE,
Washington, D. C., September 12, 1922.
1. Under existing laws, the following is a schedule of
fees for the preparation and delivery of certified copies of
records and papers by the General Land Office. Circular
No. 504 (45 L. D. 485), is amended to read as follows:
(a) For written copies, 15 cents for each 100 words.
(b) For photographic copies, 15 cents for each sheet
not exceeding 111/2 by 15 inches; for larger sizes a pro-
portionate cost, not to exceeded 40 cents per sheet.
(c) For photolithographic copies of township plats, 50
cents each.
(d) For tracings or blue prints, a sum equal to the cost
of preparing the same.
(e) For certifying a copy and affixing thereto the seal
of the officer certifying, 25 cents.
(f) For each certified copy of any printed order or
regulation intended for gratuitous distribution, 25 cents.
2. The cost of a certified photographic copy of a patent
is ordinarily 40 cents and of a typewritten copy 85 cents.
3. A separate certificate and seal must be attached to
each certified copy of a patent, as well as to each certified
copy of a township plat; but where there have been two
or more surveys of a township and a copy of each plat of
survey is desired, all of such related plats may be certified
under one certificate and seal.










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4. All fees for certified copies must be paid in advance.
In any case where the amount remitted is insufficient,
the remitter will be promptly advised concerning the
deficiency.
5. Remittances may be effected by means of New York
exchange, certified check, cashier's check, or post--office
money order, and should be made payable to the Commis-
sioner of the General Land Office.
Please do not send postage stamps.
















VACANT UNITED STATES LANDS ON JULY 1, 1924


STATEMENT SHOWING THE AREA OF LAND UNAPPROPRIATED
AND UNRESERVED ON JULY 1, 1923.
FLORIDA.


Area in Acres
Land District and Char
County Surveyed veed Total


GOiilsvile :
Alachua ....... 1,500 ......... 1,00 Low pine.
Bay ........... 5,614 ......... 5,614 Do.
Baker ... ...... 367 .... 307 Do.
Brevard . .. 2,411 .... . ... 2,411 Low pine a
Calhoun ....... 714 .. .. 714 Low pine.
Citrus ......... 2,097 ......... 2,097 Do.
Clay ........... 1,086 ......... 1,08 Do.
Columbia ....... 918 ..... . 18 Do.
Charlotte ...... 1,494 120 1.614 Do.
DeSoto ........ 40 ......... 401 Do.
Duval ......... 814 .. 814 Low pine a
Dixie .......... 4,305 ......... 4,303 Do.
Escambia ..... 1,170 ........ 1,170 Low pine.
Flagler ........ 182 ....... 182 Do.
Gadsden ....... 102 ......... 192 Do.
G ades ......... 2.160 ......... 2,160 Do.
Hamilton ...... 931 .... 931 Do.
Hernado . . . 1 691 Do.
Highlands 1,643 200 1,843 Pine.
Holmes .245 ........ 243 Low pine.
Jackson ...267 ... 267 Do.
Jefferson ...... 43 ......... 43 Do.
LaFayette .... 943 ....... 943 ow nine
Lake .......... 12,844 ....... 12,844 Low pine.
Lee ........... 6.389 1i0 6.q.1.n iow nine
Levy ....... 3,494 ......... 3,494 Low pine.
Liberty ....... 771 771 Do.
Madison ....... 745 ..... 743 Do.
Manatee ....... 1,656 . .1.61 Do.
Marion ........ 2,367 80 2,447 |Low pine
Monroe ........ 1,419 ......... 1,41 lLow pine
I keys.
Nassau ....... 266 .... 266 Low pine.
Okaloosa ...... 240 ...... 240 Do.
Osceola ........ 455 ....... 455 Do.
Orange ........ 885 ..... 5 Do.
Palm Beach .... 213 640 Low ine
Pasco ......... 560 ......... 560 Low pine.
Polk ......... 403 4031 Do.
Putnam 2,054......... 2.0541 Do.
Sarasota ..... 560 ... 560 Do.
Santa Rosa ... 240. 240 Do.
Seminole ...... 160 ..... Do.
St. Johns .. .. 829 ....... 29 Do.
St. Lucie ...... 99 .. 9 [Mangrove
Sumter ....... 240 ........ 240 Low pine.
Suwannee ...... 3 4 ......... 34 Do.
Taylor ........ 2,320 ........ 2,320 Do.
Union .. 651 .. 651 Do.
Volusia ........ 6,892 ........ 6.89 Low pine
Walton ........ 7,618 ......... 7,618 Low pine.
Washington 1,367 ..... 1,367 Do.
StateTot ..I 8-.8981 1,10 I0-
State Total ..I 85.898[ 1,160 87.058


acter


nd swamp.





ind swamp.









and swamp.
and swamp.



and scrub.
and rocky




and swamp.






swamp.



and scrub.


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












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
people 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
average person does not know that these records go back
to the time when Florida was in the hands of the Span-
iards, 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 any one 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 oui nation was raised over St. Augustine and Pen-
sacola; July 10 to 21. respectively, in the year 1821. the











U. S. Government then had to recognize these confirmed
claims. Many of the unconfirmed claims have since been
investigated by the Boards of Commissioners appointed
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, 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 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.










52

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 desire
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

1923........... ............ .$ 977.85
1924.............. ............... 1,118.47 $2,096.32

Total since the passage and approval of the Act
of the Legislature of 1913 .................. $8,308.93

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-








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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,
NATHAN MAYO,
Commissioner of Agriculture.







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