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TWENTIETH BIENNIAL REPORT

OF THE

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
OF THE

STATE OF FLORIDA




LAND AND FIELD

NOTE DIVISIONS

For the Biennium from July 1, 1926, to July 1, 1928,
The End of the Fiscal Year, Under
Chapter 10124, Acts of 1925


NATHAN MAYO
Commissioner of Agriculture
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA


JULY 1, 1928
T. J. APPLEYARD, INC., TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA


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LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, STATE OF FLORIDA,
COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., JULY 1, 1928.

To His Excellency,
John W. Martin,
Governor of the State of Florida.

SIR:

As provided by law, I herewith submit my Report of
the Department of Agriculture, Land and Field Note
Divisions, for the Biennium from July 1, 1926 to July 1,
1928.


Respectfully submitted,

NATHAN MAYO,
Commissioner of Agriculture.


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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
division 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 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.


2-Land























STATE OF FLORIDA

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
LAND DIVISION

Nathan Mayo ........................... Commissioner
C. B. Gwynn.................... Chief of Land Division
F. E. Bayless, Jr...... Entry Clerk and Ass't Chief Clerk
Mrs. L. B. Hopkins.... Certificate Clerk and Stenographer
Mrs. Harry Mullikin........ File Clerk and Stenographer
S. C. DeGarmo...... Compiling Records of State and U. S.
Lands in Tract Books












Land Division

The head of this Department was formerly entitled
"Commissioner of Lands and Immigration," and this
Department was recognized as a Land Department only.
Under the present Constitution and Laws of this State,
the Land Division is now only one of the many varied
divisions 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.










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SOVEREIGNTY LANDS

All tidal lands and water bottoms in Florida vested in
the State of Florida under its sovereign rights when
admitted into the Union as a State in 1845.
Under Sections 1056, 1057, 1061 and 1062, Revised
General Statutes of Florida, and Chapters 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
land, 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
demand 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 6% in-
terest 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 Depart-
ment, making it most important that a perfect record be
kept for the use of the present as well as for future
generations.









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Since 1877 complete records of all deeds and transac-
tions have been kept, and the records are in good condi-
tion; but prior to 1877 it was not the custom to keep any
record of copies of deeds, and these records are very im-
perfect. Some of them disappeared during reconstruction
days. This being the case it is necessary to make a most
careful search of the old files, abstracts 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 records.
Without the experience of many years in this Department
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-









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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 Congress, but
not conveyed by patent, are known as Internal Improve-
ment 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 of 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










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this State, shall be prima facie evidence of the facts therein
certified. See Sections 2724, 2725, 2726, Revised General
Statutes of Florida and chapter 7381, Acts of 1917.
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
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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 sub-
divisions, the greater part of which is 'wet and unfit for
cultivation,' shall be included in said list and plats; but
when the greater part of a subdivision is not of that
character, 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
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










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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 Proper"
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
located as aforesaid."


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DISPOSITION OF INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT
LANDS

An Act of the Legislature, Chapter 3474, approved
* February 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 in-
debtedness 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.









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By reference to the report of the Trustees of the Internal
Improvement Fund, a full statement can be had as to the
condition of the funds, this Department having nothing
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 Atlantic,
to the waters of Tampa Bay, with a branch to Cedar Key,
on the Gulf of Mexico; and also a railroad from Pensacola
to the State line of Alabama, in the direction of Mont-
gomery, 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
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-
fied, 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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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.
Sections 1215 and 1216, Revised General Statutes of
Florida, relate to the confirmation of titles to lands con-
veyed 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.
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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 section, 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:
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










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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
provisions 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
Government.
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 said 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-
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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
Seventy-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
appropriated 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
derived from the land sales, in these different branches,
reference 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 tD
LANDS OTHER THAN ALTERNATE SECTIONS, JULY 1, 1928.


ACRES CLAIMED. ACRES DEEDED. ACRES CLAIMED.
20 w S., W 4 ,1


NAME OF C3otQ 10 10
RAILROAD a0 10 W| | r |




Fl d | h | |I1 I II 1 |1
__ u _


formerly Gainesville,
Ocala and Charlottel
Harbor R. R. ..........(3)
Jacksonville, Tampa &I
Key West Ry., for-]
merly Tampa, Peace
Creek & St. Johns]
River R R..................(3) I
Silver Springs, Ocala &I
Gulf R. R....................(3) 1
Pensacola and Atlanticl
R. R ..... ....... (3)
Palatka and India n
River Ry. ............... .....(4)
Carrabelle, Tallahasseel
& Georgia R. R., for-I
merely Augusta, Tnlla-|
hassee & Gulf R. R.,|


288.22 10,0001




130.301 10,0001

65.151 10,000o
I I
161.001 20,0001

70. 1 6,0001

I 1
[ ,


2,882,200.00


2,481,618.77


1,303,000.00 1,285,120.76

651,500.00| 362,194.781

3,220,000.001l 2,157,757.07|

420,000.0011 352,477.45|


173,863.91




189,008.54

1,405.51

56,267.30

127,094.39


2,655,482.6811 131,711.18


1,474,129.30 J
II

363,600.29 1
II
2,214,024.3711
II
479,571.8411
II
II


155,743.82

44,865.94


268,870.051




17,879.38

133,561.40

1,017,376.99


H

z
ItJ

W

M
c^


* O
400,581.23 '




17,879.38

289,305.22 H-

1,062,242.93 M








formerly Thomasville,
Tallahassee & Gulf R.
R ., ........ ................. .(1)
Blue Springs, Orange I
City & Atlantic R. R.I
South Florida R. R.I
(from Sanford to Kis-
sim m ee) .............................(3)
Florida East Coast R.I
R., formerly Jackson-J
ville, St. Augustine &I
Indian River R. R. (5)
Atlantic, Suwannee Riv.
& Gulf R. R. ..................(2)[
St. Cloud and Sugarj
Belt R. R. ........ ........ 6) 1
Tallahassee, Southeast
ern R. R., formerly
Georgia, Florida &|
Western R. R. .............


T o ta ls ............................. ................ ..................


| I
48.82 15,00 732,300.00 206,370.30|

28.33 5,0001 141,666.6611 50,890.741

3,840 153,600.00 67,661.
40. 38401 153,6000.0 67,661.19


8,000

| 10,000|

S3,8401



1 10,000|


2,040,000.00

200,000.00

59,136.00


200,000.00 ....


260,007.34


12,003,402.6611 7,224,098.401


67,608.251


4,767.361


I 206,370.3011

118,498.9911
II
II
72,428.5511

I I
260,007.3411
I
SI
II
II



II
.... .... ................... I I


..... 490,605.22

..... 90,775.92

I I
85,938.81


I I*
...... 1,779,992.66|

00,00I 2 0.000

S59.136.001



....... 200,000.00


620.015.261 7.844.113.6611 332.320.9414.344.136.431


Note-* 14-100 acres excess deeded on road from Kissimmee to Tampa, and this acreage is claimed on road from Jack-
sonville 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 re- -
maining claim of 72,349.18 acres, which had not heretofore been deeded, is not embraced in the above table. Claim adjusted. c
(2) The Act of the Legislature granting lands to the Atlantic, Suwannee River and Gulf Railroad has been declared un-
constitutional by the Supreme Court of this State.
(3) SCHOOL FUND.-Residuary interest under railroad grants, of Florida Southern, Jacksonville, Tampa & Key West,
Silver Springs, Ocala & Gulf, Pensacola & Atlantic and South Florida Railroads, amounting to 855,947.57 acres, has been duly
conveyed to the State Board of Education.
(4) Claim of Palatka and Indian River Railway adjusted.
(5) Claim of Florida East Coast Railway, formerly Jacksonville, St. Augustine & Indian River R. R., adjusted.
(6) Claim of St. Cloud and Sugar Belt R. R. declared void by decision State Supreme Court, May 7, 1918. Title of case t
Disston et al. vs. I. I. Board of Florida et al. -


490,605.22

90,775.92


85,938.81



1,779,992.66 Z

200,000.00 .

59,136.00 t



200,000.00
4,676,457.37 M


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22 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

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 JULY 1, 1928.

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
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 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










LAND AND FIELD NOTE DIVISIONS


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 JULY 1, 1928.

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
Company .............................. 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 Railroad and
Navigation Company .................... 10,837.88
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 Co.. 110,398.58










24 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

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 re-con-
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
Railroad; formerly Thomasville, Tallahassee
and Gulf Railroad ...................... 206,370.30
Blue Springs, Orange City and Atlantic Rail-
road .................................. 118,498.99
South Florida Railroad (from Sanford to Kis-
simmee) ......... ...... ................ 72,428.55
Florida East Coast Railway ................ 260,088.23
Charlotte Harbor & Northern R. R ........... 7.00

Total .............................. 9,070,156.56

NOTE.-In conveyance to Florida Railroad there are em-
braced 23,273.58 acres of Internal Improvement lands
proper.
NoTE.-During 1925, 10.95 acres of School Land were
conveyed to the Florida East Coast Railway Company for
right-of-way. During Biennium from July 1, 1926 to July
1, 1928, .33 acre was taken by the C. H. & N. R. R. Co., 15.28
acres by the G. F. & A. R. R. Co., and 3.00 acres by the
S. A. L. R. R. Co. for right-of-way. None of foregoing
school land is included in the above statement.









LAND AND FIELD NOTE DIVISIONS


STATEMENT OF SWAMP AND OVERFLOWED
LANDS CONVEYED TO CANAL AND DRAINAGE
COMPANIES TO JULY 1, 1928.

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
JULY 1, 1928.

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
K ey) .................................. 290,183.28
Florida Central & Peninsula (from Waldo to
Tampa) ................................ 460,810.00

Total approved direct by United States... 2,219,933.60










26 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

STATEMENT SHOWING THE STATUS OF ALL
SWAMP AND OVERFLOWED LANDS PATENTED
TO THE STATE PRIOR TO JULY 1, 1928, UNDER
ACT OF CONGRESS OF SEPTEMBER 28, 1850.

Acres Acres
Number of acres patented to
the State ............. 20,425,963.72
Number of acres conveyed to
railroad companies ..... 9,070,156.56

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 pro-
ceeds 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










LAND AND FIELD NOTE'DIVISIONS


Acres Acres
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 em-
braced 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 un-
der contract with the trus-
tees 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-










28 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Acres Acres
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.
Wailes, agent of the State
to procure patents for
swamp a n d overflowed
lands at Washington, un-
der contracts with the
Trustees of the Int. Imp.
Fund of April 13 and Oct.
19, 1878 ............... 224,562.80
Number of acres deeded on
account of John A. Hen-
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 ........ 164,124.68
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 .................. 5,778.37
Number of acres deeded in
SDisston sale ............ 4,000,000.00 .










LAND AND FIELD NOTE DIVISIONS


Acres


Acres


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 July 1,
1926 (estimated) .......


99,200.00


2,513,447.53


19,377,533.55

1,048,430.17'


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 July 1, 1926 .........
Patented to State during fis-
cal years from July 1,
1926 to July 1, 1928, in
Patents Nos. 981513,
986253, 992905, 1003458,
1006804, 1010936,
1013019, 1014487,
1015891 and 1016268 ...
Additional lands found by
making abstract for State.

Total patented to July
1, 1928 ............
The quantity disposed of
prior to July 1, 1926, as
shown by last report ...


Acres


20,424,972.87


910.70


80.15


20,425,963.72


19,426,756.22










30 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Acres
Sold July 1, 1926 to July
1, 1927 .........1793.00
Sold July 1, 1927 to July
1, 1928 .......... 701.64 2,494.64

19,429,250.86
Deduct Lands reconveyed to
State by New Realty Co.;
P. J. DeMuth, May J.
Frody, The Floridan
Corp.; F. F. Pulver; Geo.
W. Gamble; B. C. Peddy,
R. F. DeMude; Arthur F.
McGowan, Inc.; T. W.
Conely, Jr.; Greenlawn
Realty Co.; Thos. H.
Horobin; John H. Cald-
well; J. P. McDuffie, Jr.;
H. M. Hauer, Philmore
Realty Co.; L. S. Har-
vard; W. H. Nobles; Kre-
tex Realty Co.; Lahey Inv.
Co.; J. P. & J. H. Minton
& L. & J. C. Miller, Ber-
nard A. Luning; Stavi-
nard Inv. Co.; W. E.
Clarke; Horton Land Co.;
Noremac Realty Co.; Col-
lette Realty Co.; Graves
Bros. Corp.; The Rainbow
Realty Corp.; Harry L.
Wilensky; Irons Land &
Devl. Co.; W. Walker Co-
nant; Wm. V. Hill; D. W.
& Emerson Fisher; Clew-
iston Farms, Inc.; Geo. H.










LAND AND FIELD NOTE DIVISIONS


Acres Acres
Snyder; James J. Mar-
shall; Rafter Realty Co.;
D. I. Cameron; Rivers Bu-
ford; J. W. Griffin and
J. W. McWilliams Co. .. 54,131.05

Less: land previously deeded
to R. R. which was in pat-
ents received during
period from July 1, 1926
to July 1, 1928, also lands
previously patented and
deeded during the above
period .......... 256.24
and
Less: lands erro-
neously listed on
July 1, 1926 ... 2157.50
Total ............... 51,717.31

Total disposed of to
July 1, 1928 ...... 19,377,533.55
Balance on hand July
1, 1928 ... .... .... 1,048,430.17

SWAMP AND OVERFLOWED LANDS SOLD DURING
THE FISCAL YEARS FROM JULY 1, 1926 TO JULY
1, 1927 AND FROM JULY 1, 1927 TO JULY 1, 1928.

Acres Amount
Amount sold July 1, 1926 to July
1, 1927 ...................... 1,793.00 $14,362.98
Amount sold July 1, 1927 to July
1, 1928 ....... ..... ........ 701.64 16,053.34

Total ....................... 2,494.64 $30,416.32









32 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

AMOUNTS PAID IN 1926 AND 1927, FROM JULY 1,
1926 TO JULY 1, 1927, ON ENTRIES MADE PRIOR
TO JULY 1, 1927; ALSO AMOUNTS PAID IN 1927
AND 1928 FROM JULY 1, 1927 TO JULY 1, 1928, ON
ENTRIES MADE PRIOR TO JULY 1, 1928, UNDER
MORTGAGES AND AGREEMENTS WITH THE
TRUSTEES OF THE INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT
FUND OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA.

SWAMP LANDS

July 1, 1926 to July 1, 1927 ',July 1, 1927 to July 1, 1928
No. Entry I Amount Paid No. Entry Amount Paid
16,571 $ 25,760.28 16,753 $ 11.46
16,701 700.00 16,810 1,798.76
16,753 11.46 16,865 2,448.00
16,987 742.34 16,902 703.50
17,064 55.60 16,959 395.20
17,084 40,030.99 16,987 702.59
17,115 44,373.35 17,012 45,068.49
17,121 152.16 17,115 57,444.96
17,125 494.28 17,156 712.70
17,154 150.00 17,159 49.07
17,156 652.69 17,160 736.89
17,159 425.00 17,161 147.30
17,160 53.96 17,164 458.86
17,164 503.76 17,166 652.36
17,169 900.00 17,167 70.20
17,170 457.51 17,168 137.23
17,173 150.00 17,169 141.71
17,177 166.20 17,170 421.09
17,185 204.45 17,172 207.72
17,193 783.00 17,173 140.00
17,218 212.12 17,174 25.00
17,220 6,826.39 17,175 1,236.65
17,221 3,432.00 17,185 190.35
17,238 365.80 17,193 40.50










LAND AND FIELD NOTE DIVISIONS


Ju y 1, 1926 to July 1, 1927 f| July 1, 1927 to July 1, 1928
No. Entry | Amount Paid I No. Entry I Amount Paid
17,239 202.47 17,218 204.36
17,240' A' 260.22 17,221 1,320.00
17,240'B' 534.73 17,238 35.40
17,293 176.91 17,299 652.83
17,299 1,775.25 17,300 575.65
17,301 1,777.34 17,337'B 10,210.48
17,308 358.51 17,409 480.90
17,324 1,157.91 17,571 5,580.56
17,337'B' 18,908.03 17,810 236.60
17,354 75.00 17,834 172.53
17,409 4,882.52 17,840 544.10
17,419 432.14 17,853 265.35
17,523 1,552.32
17,574 364.78
Total ....... $160,061.47 I| Total ....... $134,219.35

SOVEREIGNTY LANDS

July 1, 1926 to July 1, 1927 July 1, 1927 to July 1, 1928
No. Entry ) Amount Paid I No. Entry IAmount Paid
17,2121/2 $ 19,631.81 17,452 $ 721.88
17,344 900.00 17,534 2,412.24
17,448 220.20 17,619 1,493.05
17,452 973.44 17,668 7,870.80
17,518 942.94 17,691 126.15
17,524 570.67 17,694 233.08
17,540 10,352.14 17,696 2,983.93
17,619 274.83 17,702 42.53
17,620 1,574.85 17,726 740.16
17,668 8,324.08 17,748 5,900.00
17,691 1,240.48 17,786 1,926.65
17,803 196.50
Total ........ $45,005.44 1I Total ........ $24,646.97










34 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

SALE OF SOVEREIGNTY LANDS
JULY 1, 1926 TO JULY 1, 1927

Entry No. Acres Amount Paid


17,681
17,683
17,684
17,691
17,692
17,693
17,694
17,695
17,696
17,698
17,700
17,701
17,702
17,703
17,705
17,726-17,726A
17,745
17,748
17,749
17,753
17,754
17,758
17,759
17,763
17,764
17,768
17,771
17,772
17,773
17,780
17,781
17,782
17,783
17,784
17,785
17,786
17,788
17,789
17,791


80.71
.96
2.46
42.05
1.097
12.65
34.53
7.31
101.15
15.47
2.26
45.47
3.15
1.50
1.55
164.48
27.23


1.17
.87
.57
1.42
3.55
5.45
4.98
3.29
9.75
2.72
35.12
295.38
3.55
6.72
4.61
1.00
.80
65.31
1.75
10.30
24.52


$2,017.75
96.00
246.00
1,051.25
109.70
316.25
1,294.88
731.00
2,528.75
1,547.00
226.00
1,705.11
236.25
150.00
155.00
4,112.00
100.00
5,000.00
117.00
87.00
57.00
142.00
355.00
545.00
498.00
329.00
975.00
272.00
11,790.00
7,384.50
355.00
672.00
461.00
100.00
80.00
1,632.75
175.00
1,030.00
2,575.00









LAND AND FIELD NOTE DIVISIONS


Sale of Sovereignty Lands July 1, 1926, to July 1,
1927-Continued


27.34
46.42
38.24
7.23
.4304
6.66
3.14
3.27
1.748
3.324
26.18
2.00
3.94
65.76
6.52


2,734.00
Exchange of land.
38,240.00
542.25
43.04
166.50
1,099.00
327.00
174.80
332.40
500.00
200.00
394.00
6,576.00
652.00
500.00


Total. .. . 1,269.06 $103,736.18

SALE OF SOVEREIGNTY LANDS, JULY 1, 1927,
TO JULY 1, 1928.
Entry Number A cres Amount Paid
17,846 2.05 $ 205.00
17,856 116.55 29,137.50
17,857 33.80 3,380.00
17,858 1.30 130.00
17,862 .63 63.00
17,863 1.56 156.00
17,864 .37 37.00
17,865 .84 84.00
17,867 7.49 561.75
17,871 12.69 7,500.00
17,872 1.95 195.00
17,873 4.92 492.00
17,874 2.66 266.00
17,891 10.08 1,008.00
17,895 475.63 5,945.37
17,899 11.33 1,133.00
Total ...... 683.85 $50,293.62


17,792
17,793
17,794
17,799
17,802
17,803
17,806
17,811
17,812
17,815
17,820
17,823
17,826
17,827
17,836
17,838










36 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

RECEIVED FROM SALE OF OIL AND MINERAL
RIGHTS ON SWAMP AND SCHOOL LANDS.

Amount
July 1, 1926 to July 1, 1927 ................. $1,697.31
July 1, 1927 to July 1, 1928 ................. 593.45

Total ................................. $2,290.76

RECEIVED FROM TURPENTINE AND TIMBER
LEASES, ALSO EASEMENTS FOR TRANSMIS-
SION LINES.

Amount
July 1, 1926 to July 1, 1927 .................. $1,353.33
July 1, 1927 to July 1, 1928 .................. 5,421.48

Total ................................. $6,774.81

SWAMP LAND INDEMNITY

The quantity of land located by the respective owners
of Swamp Land Indemnity Certificates, which have been
patented to the State, is as follows:
Acres
Total patented as per last report ............. 94,685.86
Patented to State from July 1, 1926 to July 1,
1928 .................................... N one
Total patented to July 1, 1928 ........... 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 .... 94,416.26
Conveyed from July 1, 1926 to July 1, 1928 .... None

Total conveyed to July 1, 1928 ........... 94,416.26










LAND AND FIELD NOTE DIVISIONS


INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT LANDS.

Granted under Act of Congress, approved September
4, 1841. (Total granted 500,000 acres.):

Acres
Amount on hand July 1, 1926 ........ 3,956.44
Sold July 1, 1926 to July 1, 1927 .... None
Sold July 1, 1927 to July 1, 1928 .... 38.88
38.88

Balance on hand July 1, 1928 ........ 3,917.56

INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT LANDS SOLD DURING
FISCAL YEARS FROM JULY 1, 1926 TO JULY 1,
1927 AND JULY 1, 1927 TO JULY 1, 1928:

Acres Amount
Sold July 1, 1926 to July 1, 1927 .... None None
Sold July 1, 1927 to July 1, 1928 .... 38.88 $388.80

Total .......................... 38.88 $388.80

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 July 1, 1926 (approximated) 181,740.63
Amount of School Indemnity Lands approved
from July 1, 1926 to July 1, 1928, in Lists
65, 66, and 67 .......................... 279.76
Reconveyed to State by, R. F. DeMude; W. E.
Clarke; Horton Land Company; Kretex Real-
ty Company; R. A. Troop, Inc., and D. I.
Cam eron ............................... 3,111.89










38 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Add 10.00 acres omitted from Levy County in
last report .............................. 10.00
Add 412.45 acres School Indemnity land omit-
ted from last report as being on hand. Em-
braced in List No. 25 ................... 412.45

Total ................................ 185,554.73
Sold July 1, 1926 to July 1, 1927 ..1,250.86
Sold July 1, 1927 to July 1, 1928 .. 586.26

1,837.12
Lands taken by railroads for right-
of-way purposes ............... 18.61
1,855.73

Total on hand July 1, 1928 (approximated) 183,699.00

SCHOOL LANDS SOLD DURING FISCAL YEARS
FROM JULY 1, 1926 TO JULY 1, 1927 AND JULY 1,
1927 TO JULY 1, 1928.

Acres Amount
Amount sold July 1, 1926 to July
1, 1927 ....................... 1,250.86 $10,052.10
Amount sold July 1, 1927 to July
1, 1928 ........................ 586.26 1,976.66

1,837.12 $12,028.76










LAND AND FIELD NOTE DIVISIONS


AMOUNT PAID IN 1926 AND 1927, FROM JULY 1,
1926 TO JULY 1, 1927, ON ENTRIES MADE PRIOR
TO JULY 1, 1927; ALSO AMOUNTS PAID IN 1927
AND 1928 FROM JULY 1, 1927 TO JULY 1, 1928, ON
ENTRIES MADE PRIOR TO JULY 1, 1928, UNDER
MORTGAGES AND AGREEMENTS WITH THE
BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE STATE OF
FLORIDA.

SCHOOL LANDS

July 1, 1926 to July 1, 1927 || July 1, 1927 to July 1, 1928
Entry No. ( Amt. Paid I| Entry No. I Amt. Paid
3992 $ 104.75 4014 $72.00
4008 1,488.00
4009 1,488.00
4010 1,488.00
4011 1,488.00
4014 96.00
4015 2,832.00

Total .. $8,984.75 Total .... $72.00

TURPENTINE AND TIMBER LEASES; ALSO EASE-
MENTS FOR TRANSMISSION LINES ON SCHOOL
LANDS.

Amount
July 1, 1926 to July 1, 1927 ............. .. $1,582.78
See Entries 4038 and 4044.
July 1, 1927 to July 1, 1928 ................ 3,496.62
See Entry 4055.
Total ................................ $5,079.40











40 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

SALE OF LAKE BOTTOM LANDS (LAKE OKEE-
CHOBEE) JULY 1, 1926 TO JULY 1, 1927.


Proceeds of which go to School Fund,
Laws of 1919.


Entry Number


17,707
17,708
17,709
17,710
17,711
17,712
17,713
17,714
17,715
17,716
17,717
17,718
17,719
17,720
17,721
17,722
17,723
17,724
17,725
17,727
17,728
17,729
17,730
17,731
17,732
17,733
17,734
17,735
17,736
17,737
17,738
17,739
17,740
17,741
17,743
17,744


Acres


621.75
.155
.54
.53
.71
.50
.37
.345
1.06
2.14
.22
.54
1.40
.55
.48
.47
3.00
1.53
.27
.32
.31
.155
.34
.25
.37
.22
1.01
.26
.42
.22
1.24
1.06
.40
.69
.21
.29


under Chapter 7861,


I Amount Paid


$ 7,897.63
7.75
27.00
26.50
35.50
25.00
18.50
17.25
53.00
107.00
11.00
27.00
70.00
27.50
24.00
23.50
450.00
76.50
13.50
16.00
15.50
7.75
17.00
12.50
18.50
11.00
50.50
13.00
21.00
11.00
62.00
53.00
20.00
34.50
10.50
14.50













LAND AND FIELD NOTE DIVISIONS


Sale of Lake Bottom Lands (Lake Okeechobee) July 1,
1926, to July 1, 1927-Continued
Entry Number Acres Amount Paid
17,746 1.13 56.50
17,747 .47 23.50
17,752 1.31 *
17,755 28.37 150.00
17,756 20.18 150.00
17,757 .22 11.00
17,760 19.14 150.00
17,761 5.04 151.20
17,762 23.39 701.70
17,769 1.15 57.50
17,770 29.42 1,471.00
17,814 .23 11.50
17,822 .23 11.50
17,828 .39 19.50
17,829 .24 12.00
17,830 .53 26.50
17,831 1.15 57.50
17,832 .48 24.00
17,833 .51 25.50
Total.......| 777.905 | $12,436.78
NOTE.-A credit of $65.00 is allowed on Entry No.
17,752. $62.78 is allowed as a credit on Entry No. 17,755,
as Cashier's checks on Bank of Okeechobee were held in
this office for a long period. Bank of Okeechobee in the
meantime failed, and Trustees agreed to the above credits
as per their minutes of September 21, 1926.

SALE OF LAKE BOTTOM LANDS (LAKE OKEE-
CHOBEE) JULY 1, 1927 TO JULY 1, 1928.
Proceeds of which go to School Fund, under Chapter 7861,
Laws of 1919.
Entry Number I Acres I Amount Paid
17,849 .27 $13.50
17,855 1.03 51.50
17,892 .35 17.50
17,897 .50 25.00
Total....... | 2.15 $107.50










42 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

LEASE OF LAKE BOTTOM LANDS (LAKE OKEE-
CHOBEE) JULY 1, 1927 TO JULY 1, 1928.

Proceeds of which go to School Fund, Under Chapter 7861,
Laws of 1919.

Entry Number I Acres Amount Paid
17,860 $ 5.00
17,861 5.00

Total ....... $10.00

AMOUNTS PAID IN 1926 AND 1927, FROM JULY 1,
1926 TO JULY 1, 1927, ON ENTRIES MADE PRIOR
TO JULY 1, 1927; ALSO AMOUNTS PAID IN 1927
AND 1928 FROM JULY 1, 1927 TO JULY 1, 1928,
ON ENTRIES MADE PRIOR TO JULY 1, 1928,
UNDER MORTGAGES AND AGREEMENTS WITH
THE TRUSTEES OF THE INTERNAL IMPROVE-
MENT FUND OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA.

Proceeds of which go to the School Fund, under Chapter
7861, Laws of 1919.

LAKE BOTTOM LANDS.

July 1, 1926 to July 1, 1927; July 1, 1927 to July 1, 1928.
No. Entry Amt. Paid I1 No. Entry Amt. Paid
17,463 $4,481.48 17,463 $ 4,156.73
17,527 103.32 17,527 1,619.47
17,529 214.14 17,529 3,286.02
17,530 234.00 17,530 802.07
17,583 896.87 17,555 139.31
17,556 59.04

Total .....$5,929.81 Total ......$10,062.64









LAND AND FIELD NOTE DIVISIONS


SEMINARY LANDS.

Acres.
Total originally granted .................... 92,160.00
Total on hand January 1, 1926 ............... 40.06
Sold July 1, 1926 to July 1, 1928 ............ None

Balance on hand July 1, 1928 ........... 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, from July 1, 1926 to July 1, 1928:

Fees received July 1, 1926 to July 1, 1927 ....... $590.50
Fees received July 1, 1927 to July 1, 1928 ...... 221.00

Total .................................. $811.50











44 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

STATEMENT.

Showing State Lands on hand July 1, 1928.
Estimated.


County
Alachua .......
Baker .........
B ay ...........
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 ........
Dixie .........
Duval .........
Escambia ......
Flagler ........
Gadsden .......
Glades, not in
Drainage Dist.
Glades, in
Drainage Dist.
Gilchrist .......


Swamp
402.76
214.23
3,273.78
245.85
301.59

262,487.34
40.03
1,601.41
11,631.04
220.09

4,104.52


I. I.
Proper



440.24

167.38



80.06


School
160.24
786.61
6.84
120.46
3,116.71


Semi-
nary


13,547.94

2,636.87
989.98
400.70

15,172.55


. ..... . ... ... 7,680.00
1,565.14 ....... 18.20

71.53 . ........


348,907.08

80.00
1,466.27
2.80
59.28
........o


39.96


36.86
.......


602.05

6,246.20
354.55


22,101.44
1,920.00
1,990.88
984.75

1,012.84
159.00


40.06


640.00


3,840.00 ....
2,565.24 ....


--










LAND AND FIELD NOTE DIVISIONS


County
Gulf ..........
Hamilton ......
Hardee ........
Hendry, not in
Drainage Dist.
Hendry, in
Drainage Dist.
Hernando ..
Highlands, not in
Drainage Dist.
Highlands, in
Drainage Dist.
Hillsborough ...
Holmes ........
Jackson .......
Jefferson ......
Lafayette ......
Lake ..........
L ee ...........
Leon ..........
Levy ..........
Madison .......
Manatee .......
Martin, not in
Drainage Dist.
Martin, in
Drainage Dist.
Marion ........
Monroe ........
Nassau ........
Okaloosa ......
Okeechobee, not in
Drainage Dist.
Okeechobee, in
Drainage Dist.


Swamp
314.31
519.12
160.00

7,527.02


35,857.85


1,932.48




39.86

9,144.65
40.00
583.39
2,620.72
4,210.01
4,174.83
39.95
2,632.21


659.54
91,453.76
874.58
80.03


I. I.
Proper


40.00
13.61
40.08


160.62

80.25


320.00


Semi-
School nary


640.00

9,440.00
40.00

4,741.89

1,920.00
90.00
410.63

321.40
2,662.09
917.48
1,036.08
264.72
1,397.71
1,280.74
641.92


........ ....... 1,957.69


5,115.50
6,168,74
10,602.09
2,527.04
160.00

1,587.45


. ...... 640.00


4,035.54










46 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


County
Orange ........
Osceola ........
Palm Beach, not in
Drainage Dist.
Palm Beach, in
Drainage Dist. 2
Pinellas .......
Polk ..........
Pasco .........
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 ...
School Indemnity


Land .......... ........
Totals ..... 1,048,430.17


....... 453.01
3,917.56 183,699.00


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,
dated July 1, 1923.)


I. I.
Proper
80.16


Swamp
840.00
611.12


Semi-
nary


School
1,763.08
481.03


. ...... 1,920.48


10,793.88
284.98
1,918.45
40.14
160.77
79.90
993.30
2,720.03
6,553.41

394.65

641.00
280.27
201.20

1,713.02
8,483.33
.40.00
302.98
280.35


28,389.95

1,041.16
525.29
520.79

632.80
800.23
228.77

3,972.37

1,917.20
520.45
40.03
2,813.22

2,154.66

795.47
314.59


40.00



80.26


240.12
658.98
80.08
229.00
408.53
840.00
161.37


40.06










LAND AND FIELD NOTE DIVISIONS


VACANT UNITED STATES LANDS ON JULY 1, 1927.

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, 1927.

CIRCULAR No. 1131

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
GENERAL LAND OFFICE,
Washington, D. C., July 1, 1927.

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, character, and location
of the public lands. As a rule, the Government is unable
to furnish specific information as to soil, topography, and
value of the land for different purposes. It may be stated
generally, however, that the remaining vacant public lands,
not mineral in character, are chiefly valuable for grazing
purposes, though some tillable land may be found.
The General Land Office can not advise inquirers as to
the location of the unappropriated tracts in counties where
only a few acres are reported as vacant. Information on
that subject may be obtained by a careful examination of
the records of the district land offices or of this office, which
are open for inspection when not in official use.
Township diagrams and plats giving information speci-
fied below may be prepared and sold by the registers of
the various district land offices at the following prices:
For a township diagram showing entered land only..$1.00
For a township plat showing form of entries, names
of claimants, and character of entries ........... 2.00










48 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

For a township plat showing form of entries, names
of claimants, character of entry, and number .... 3.00
For a township plat showing form of entries, names
of claimants, character of entry, number, and date
of filing or entry, together with topography, etc .. 4.00

If, because of the pressure of current business relating
to the entry of lands, registers are unable to make the plats
or diagrams mentioned above, they may refuse to furnish
the same, return the fee to the applicant, and advise 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 district land office for
this purpose, provided such use of the records will not
interfere with the orderly dispatch of the public business.
The General Land Office records are subject to reason-
able inspection for the purpose of obtaining data as to
vacant public land, and it will be glad to furnish informa-
tion as to the status of any particular tract if the legal
subdivision, section, township, and range thereof, accord-
ing to the public land survey is given, or, if unsurveyed,
by its relative position to adjacent surveyed lands.
The district officers furnish prospective settlers general
advice as to lands in their respective districts and litera-
ture regarding the methods 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.












LAND AND FIELD NOTE DIVISIONS 49

FLORIDA

VACANT UNITED STATES LANDS ON JULY 1, 1927.


Area in acres
Land district Character
and county Sur- Unsur- Total
veyed veyed Ial


Gainesville:
Alachua ........ 40
Baker ............ 135
Calhoun ........1 226
Charlotte .... I ...........
Citrus ............ .... ....
Collier .......... 80
Columbia ...... 120
Dixie .........-.. 80
Flagler .......... 80
Gadsden ........ 1,380
Gilchrist ........ 8
Gulf ............... 25
Hamilton ...... 228
Highlands .... 80
Holmes ........ 470
Jackson ........ 40
Jefferson ...... 3
Lafayette ...... 80
Lake ............. 124
Lee ................ 80
Leon .......... 219
Levy .............. ...........
Liberty .......... 275
Madison ........ 85
Manatee ........ 40
Marion .......... 47
Nassau .......... 8
Okaloosa ...... 80
Okeechobee .. ...........
Osceola ..................
Orange ......... ............
Palm Beach .. 560
Polk .............. ............
Putnam ........ 112
Suwannee .... 51
Taylor ........... 440
Volusia .......... 40
Wakulla ...... 200
Walton .......... 127
Washington .. 167

Total .......... 5,730


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

120
20
120



............ i




------_---
158


............
3,076


20




15







356
40

76
40


2,720




8,132


40
135
226
120
20
200
120
80
80
1,538
8
25
228
3,156
470
40
23
80
124
80(
219
15
275
85
40
47
8
80
1.371
356
40
560
76
152
51
440
2,760
200
127
167

13,862


Low pine.
Do.
Do.
Swampy.
Do.
Low pine and swamp.
Low pine.
Do.
Do.
Low pine and swamp.
Swampy.
Do.
Low pine.
Low pine and swamp.
Do.
Low pine.
Do.
Do.
Low pine and swamp.
Low pine.
Do.
Swampy.
Low pine.
Do.
Low pine and swamp.
Low pine.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Low pine and swamp.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Low pine.
Do.
Do.


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.










50 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
General Land Office, Washington

FLORIDA COASTAL ISLANDS RESERVED

Reservation from settlement of all islands belonging to
the Government situated in the waters off the coast or in
the coastal waters of Florida was authorized by executive
order dated December 8, 1924.
Issued on the recommendation of the Secretary of the
Interior and the Commissioner of the General Land Office
the reason for the order is to prevent the islands from
being acquired by private individuals for land speculative
purposes.
With the recent growth of Florida as a winter resort it
is believed many of these islands formerly considered
worthless, have now or will become in the future very
valuable. According to the order, they are withdrawn
from settlement, location, sale, entry and all forms of ap-
propriation under the present land laws. The islands will
be classified and new legislation proposed with regard to
the manner of their future disposition.

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









LAND AND FIELD NOTE DIVISIONS 51

not exceeding 111/2 by 15 inches; for larger sizes a pro-
portionate cost, not to exceed 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.
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 postoffice
money order, and should be made payable to the Commis-
sioner of the General Land Office.
Please do not send postage stamps.









52 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

DIVISION FIELD NOTES

Miss BESSIE DAMON, Chief Clerk.
WILL E. GRAIfAM, Assistant Clerk.

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 our nation was raised over St. Augustine and Pen-
sacola, July 10 to 21, respectively, in the year 1821, the










LAND AND FIELD NOTE DIVISIONS


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,











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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.
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.










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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 $1,231.20

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

1925 .............. ... ......... $3,139.82
1926 to July 1, 1926 ................ 2,151,85 $5,291.67

July 1, 1926 to July 1, 1927 ........ $1,538.25
July 1, 1927 to July 1, 1928 ......... 1,331.06 $2,869.31

Total since the passage and approval of the Act
of the Legislature of 1913 ............... .$16,469.91

The Field Note Division of the Department of Agricul-
ture is called upon from time to time by the Trustees of










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the Internal Improvement Fund, the State Board of
Education and the Land Office at Washington for in-
formation and for specially prepared certified copies of
Field Notes and Plats, for which there is no charge. Never-
theless, 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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