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Twenty-Fourth Biennial Report
OF THE

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
OF THE

STATE OF FLORIDA



LAND AND FIELD
NOTE DIVISIONS



For the Biennium from July 1, 1934, to July 1, 1936,
The End of the Fiscal Year, Under
Chapter 10124, Acts of 1925


NATHAN MAYO
Commissioner of Agriculture
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA


July 1, 1936




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FLORIDA'S CAPITOL
BUILDINGS



FIRST BUILDING
Begun 1838. Finished 1842

SECOND BUILDING
Begun 1901. Finished 1902

PRESENT BUILDING
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LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL


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

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., JULY 1, 1936

To His Excellency,
David Sholtz,
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, 1934, to July 1,
1936.

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 Depart-
ment 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 magnitude
and importance of the Department of Agriculture, we give
below an outline of the duties of the Commissioner of Agri-
culture 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
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.


and Fertilizer


In addition to the above, the Commissioner of Agriculture
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.


























STATE OF FLORIDA


DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


LAND DIVISION

Nathan Mayo ............................................ ......................... Commissioner

F. E. Bayless .................................................. Chief of Land Division

H. L. Shearer........................Ass't Chief Clerk and Abstract Clerk

Miss Helen Parks.....................Certificate Clerk and Stenographer

Miss Daisy Ferrell ..................................................Ass't Abstract Clerk














Land Division

The head of this Department was formerly entitled "Com-
missioner 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 Divis-
ion 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 im-
portance 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 covered 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 Congress, of record in these
different counties; consequently, we are daily receiving many
letters requesting the status of lands, and issuing many cer-
tificates under Section 2724, Revised General Statutes of
Florida, perfecting such titles.
A detailed statement of the said Acts of Congress granting
these lands to this State and Acts of the Legislature of
Florida, authorizing sale of same, are fully given in this re-
port, 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 Inter-
nal 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 de-
creased the inquiries about lands which the State has dis-
posed of, as well as about lands now owned by the State in-
crease every year in proportion to the continued increase in
population and the increased value of the lands. Further-
more, 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% interest per annum on
deferred payments, giving deeds and taking mortgages and
notes for the balance due on same. Consequently, the work
in the Land Department has 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 generations.











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Since 1877 complete records of all deeds and transactions
have been kept, and the records are in good condition; but
prior to 1877 it was not the custom to keep any record of
copies of deeds, and these records are very imperfect. 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 tne old legislative grants and
old conveyances to the old Railroad and Canal Companies
and illegal conveyances made just after the Civil War, dur-
ing 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 com-
plete 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 rec-
ords, 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.











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The minutes of the Trustees of the Internal Improvement
Fund relating to the State lands are of general public inter-
est, as they show all their transactions and agreements. 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 Overflowed
Lands, and Swamp Indemnity Lands. Lands granted to the
State of Florida by Special Acts of Congress, but not con-
veyed 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 of March 3, 1845, are vested in the State Board
of Education, consisting of the Governor, who is chairman
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 Gen-
eral 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 wit-
nesses are required.











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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, and Chapter 7381, Acts of 1917.
Following are shown the various Acts of Congress grant-
ing all the above classes of lands to the State and tables giv-
ing 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, giv-
ing the number of acres in each county.
Following are copies of the\ several Acts of Congress grant-
ing 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 over-
flowed lands therein, the whole of those swamp and over-
flowed 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 prac-
ticable after the passage of this Act, to make out an accurate
list and plats of lands described as aforesaid and transmit
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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 Legislature 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 subdivisions,
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 afore-
said, 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 aforesaid, the pur-
chase money shall be paid over to said State or States; and
where the lands have been located by warrant or script the
said State or States shall be authorized to locate a quantity
of like amount, upon any of the public lands subject to entry;
at one dollar and a quarter per acre, or less, and patents shall
issue therefore, upon the terms and conditions enumerated in
the Act aforesaid: Provided, however, the said decisions of











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the Commissioner of the General Land Office shall be ap-
proved 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 Govern-
ment, 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 reim-
burses 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 purposes of internal improvement: Pro-
vided, That to each of the said States which has already re-
ceived 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 re-
served 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
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admission, and while under a Territorial Government, for
purpose of internal improvement as aforesaid, as shall make
five hundred thousand acres of land, to be selected and lo-
cated as aforesaid."

DISPOSITION OF INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT
LANDS

An Act of the Legislature, Chapter 3474, approved Feb-
ruary 16, 1883, directed that the remainder of these lands
be set apart and the proceeds from the sale of the same be
applied to the payment of certain bonded indebtedness of the
counties which had issued bonds for aid in building certain
railroads in the State.
The Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund accepted
and approved the Act of the Legislature to distribute 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 outstanding. 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 dis-
tributed. The proceeds of this class of lands have, also so
far as distributed, gone indirectly to aid in the construction
of railroads. An Act of the Legislature, Chapter 6972, ap-
proved June 14, 1915, directed the Trustees of the Internal
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 heretofore taken up, paid off











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and satisfied, and to the taking up, paying off and satisfying
of such 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 Internal
Improvement Fund, a full statement can be had as to the
condition of the funds, this Department having nothing what-
ever 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 Montgomery,
every alternate section of land designated by odd numbers,
for six sections in width on each side of each of said roads
and branch. But in case it shall appear that the United
States have, when the lines or routes of said roads or branch
are definitely fixed, sold any sections or any parts thereof,
granted as aforesaid, or that the right of pre-emption has
attached to the same, then it shall be lawful for any agent
or agents to be appointed by the 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 specified, so much lands in alternate sections
or parts of sections, as shall be equal to such lands as the
United States have sold or otherwise appropriated, or to











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which the rights of pre-emption have attached, as aforesaid;
which lands (thus selected in lieu of those sold and to which
pre-emption rights have attached as aforesaid, together with
the sections or parts of sections designated by odd numbers,
as aforesaid, and appropriated as aforesaid), shall be held
by the State of Florida for the use and purposes aforesaid:
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, sever-
ally, 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 disposed 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 improve-
ment, 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, subject to the approval of the President of the
United States."

Certified lists are on file in this office from the United
States Land office at Washington, D. C., designating the lands
granted to the different roads under said Act.

Sections 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.











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LANDS DERIVED FROM THE UNITED STATES
FOR SCHOOL PURPOSES
Below will be found a synopsis of the Acts and reference
to the Acts of Congress, with the aid of which anyone 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 Gaines-
ville, Florida, and the Florida State College for Women, lo-
cated 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 deficiencies
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 township, or other lands equivalent
thereto, for the use of the inhabitants of such township for
the support of such schools; also two entire townships of











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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 disposed
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 Sec-
tions 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 reserved or pledged for
the use of school or colleges in the State or Territory in which
the lands lie, other lands of like quantity are hereby appro-
priated 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











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provisions of the Act of Congress of May 20, 1826, entitled,
'An Act to appropriate lands for the support of schools in
certain townships and fractional townships not before pro-
vided 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 Hundred
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-emption
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 appro-
priated 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, refer-
ence is made to the tabulated statements in this report re-
lating to the same.













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merly Gainesville, Ocala
and Charlotte Harbor R.
R. ............................ (3) 288.22

Jacksonville, Tampa & Key
West R y., formerly
Tampa, Peace Creek &
St. Johns River R. R. (3) 130.30
Silver Springs, Ocala &
Gulf R. R. ...............(3) 65.15
Pensacola and Atlantic R.
R ............................ (3 ) 161.00

Palatka and Indian River
Ry. .......................... (4) 70.

Carrabelle, Tallahassee &
Georgia R. R., formerly
Augusta, Tallahassee &
Gulf R. R., formerly
Thomasville, Tallahassee
& Gulf R. R. ...........(1) 48.82


10,000 2,882,200.00


10,000

10,000

20,000

6.,000





15,000


1,303,000.00

651,500.00

3,220,000.00

420,000.00


732,300.00 1


2,481,618.77



1.285,120.76

362,194.78

2,157,757.07

S352,477.45


173,863.91 2,655,482.68


189,008.54

1,405.51

56,267.30

127,094.39


206,370.30 ........


1,474,129.30

363,600.29

2,214,024.37

479,571.84





206,370.30


131,711.18






155,743.82

44,8G5.94


268,870.05



17,879.38

133,561.40

1,017,376.99


1


*
400,581.23 r


*
17,879.38

289,305.22
*062,242.93
,062,242.93

B


490,605.22 490,605.22


t
L


W
c3

H


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













Blue Springs, Orange City
& Atlantic R. R ............

South Florida R. R. (from
Sanford to Kissimmee)
............ .......................(3 )
Florida East Coast R. R.
formerly Jacksonville. St.
Augustine & Indian River
R R ......................... (5)

Atlantic, Suwannee River
& Gulf R. R. ...........(2)

St. Cloud and Sugar Belt
R R .........................(6)

Tallahassee, Southeastern
R. R., formerly Georgia,
Florida & Western R. R.


28.33 5,0001


40. 3,8401


141,666.66


153,600.00


8.0001 2,040,000.00


10,000

3,840


10,000


200,000.00

59,136.00


200,000.00 ..


50,890.74


67,661.19



260,007.34


67,608.25


4,767.36


118,498.99


72,428.55



260,007.34


90,775.921


85,938.81



1,779,992.66 1

200,000.00

59,1:36.00


200,000.00


90,775.92

*
85,938.81


*
,779,992.66

200,000.00

59,136.00


200,000.00 z


Totals ............................ I .......... I ..........112,003,402.(i 117,224,098.401 620,015.2(i7,844,113.66 | 332,320.9414,344,136.4314,676,457.37

Note-* 14-100 acres excess deeded on road from Kissimmee to Tampa, and this acreage is claimed on road from Jacksonville
to Palatka.
(1) 35,324.48 acres, being the balance embraced in certificate to the Augusta, Tallahassee and Gulf Railroad Company, having
been relinquished to the Trustees by the assignees of said company under a settlement with the Trustees of the remaining claim of
72,349.18 acres, which had not heretofore been deeded, is not embraced in the above table. Clnim adjusted.
(2) The Act of the Legislature granting lands to the Atlantic, 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, 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
Disston et al. vs. I. I. Board of Florida et al.


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22 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

STATEMENT SHOWING RAILROADS WHICH RE-
CEIVED NO DEEDS TO SWAMP AND OVERFLOW-
ED LANDS, EXCEPT IN ALTERNATE SECTIONS IN
6 AND 20-MILE LIMITS, TO JULY 1, 1936.
Name of Railroad. Acres.
Alabama and Florida (from Pensacola to Ala-
bam a line) ........ ...................... .................................................. 27,613.32
East Florida Railway Company (Jacksonville to
St. M ary's River) ................. ..................... ................... 15,731.29
Fernandina and Jacksonville Railway Company 23,649.98
Florida, Atlantic and Gulf Central (Jacksonville
to L ake C ity) ................................................ ........................ 164,568.21
Florida Railroad (Fernandina to Cedar Keys and
from W aldo to Tampa) ......................................................... 505,144.14
Florida Midland Railway Company ................................. 12,856.79
Green Cove Springs and Melrose Railway Com-
p any .............................................................. .......... ................................... 7,781.48
Jacksonville, Mayport, Pablo Railroad and Navi-
gation Com pany ........................... ..................................... 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 Company 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 Eustic 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 recon-
veyed ) ........................................................................ .............. 2,840.00

T otal ................................................ .......................................................1 ,2 2 5 ,95 5 .0 1

RECAPITULATION OF ALL SWAMP AND OVER-
FLOWED LANDS CONVEYED TO RAILROADS TO
JULY 1, 1936.
Name of Railroad. Acres.
Alabama and Florida (from Pensacola to Ala-
bam a lin e) ............................................ ............ ................. 27,613.32
East Florida Railway Company (Jacksonville to
St. Mary's River) .................................... 15,731.29
Fernandina and Jacksonville Railway Company 23,649.98
Florida, Atlantic and Gulf Central (Jacksonville
to L ake City) .................. ....- .. ....................1...... 164,568.21
Florida Railroad (Fernandina to Cedar Keys
and from Waldo to Tampa) ............................................ 505,144.14
Florida Midland Railway Company ................................. 12,856.79
Green Cove Springs and Melrose Railway Com-
p an y ............................. ......................................................... 7 ,7 81 .4 8
Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Halifax River
Railroad Company .................................................. 56,782.15
Jacksonville and Atlantic Railroad Company...... 21,501.62
Jacksonville, Mayport, Pablo Railroad and Navi-
gation Com pany ....................................... ........ ............... 10,837.88
Live Oak and Rowland Bluff Railroad Company 3,253.21
Orange Belt Railway Company ........................................ 88,687.92
Pensacola and Georgia Railroad (Lake City to
T allahassee) ................................................................................... 65,561.77
St. Johns and Lake Eustic 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 and Lake Eustis Railroad .............................. 14,725.90











24 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Tavares, Orlando and Atlantic Railroad Company 4,002.44
Western Railway of Florida (land not recon-
veyed ) .................................................................. ....... ........... 2,840.00
Florida Southern Railway, formerly Gainesville,
Ocala and Charlotte Harbor Railroad ..................... 2,655,482.68
Jacksonville, Tampa and Key West Railway, for-
merly Tampa, Peace Creek and St. Johns
River Railroad ...................................................................... 1,474,129.30
Silver Springs, Ocala and Gulf Railroad .................. 363,600.29
Pensacola and Atlantic Railroad ................................... ....... 2,214,024.37
Palatka and Indian River Railway ................................. 479,571.84
Carrabelle, Tallahassee and Georgia Railroad,
formerly Augusta, Tallahassee and Gulf Rail-
road; formerly Thomasville, Tallahassee and
G ulf R railroad ...................................... ................. ........ ... 206,370.30
Blue Springs, Orange City and Atlantic Railroad 118,498.99
South Florida Railroad (from Sanford to Kis-
sim m ee ) ................................................................. ....... ....... ..... 7 2,4 28 .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 con-
veyed to the Florida East Coast Railway Company for right-
of-way. During Biennium from July 1, 1926, to July 1,
1928, .33 acres 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 COM-
PANIES TO JULY 1, 1936.

Name of Company. Acres.
H. L. Hart, for removing obstructions from Ock-
lawaha River ............................... ....... ............ 23,356.18
Atlantic and Gulf Coast Canal and Okeechobee
L and C om pany ......................................................... ........... 1,721,530.40
Florida Coast Line Canal and Transportation
C om pany ................................................... ..... .......................... 1,030,559.63
Etoniah Canal and Drainage Company ........................ 4,326.47

T otal ....................................................... .................... .................. 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, 1936.

Name of Railroad. Acres.


Alabama and Florida (from Pensacola to Ala-
bama line) ........................................
Pensacola & Georgia (from Lake City to Pensa-
cola ) ................. ........... ................. ..... ....... ... ........ ...... ...
Florida, Atlantic & Gulf Central (from Jackson-
ville to Lake City) ....................... ..... .....................
Florida Railroad (from Fernandina to Cedar
K ey ) .......... ........ .................................... ............... ...................
Florida Central & Peninsula (from Waldo to
Tam pa) ...... ... .................................. .....................


166,691.08:

1,273,145.50

29,103.74

290,183.28

461,655.42


Total approved direct by United States.................. 2,220,779.02,











26 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

STATEMENT SHOWING THE STATUS OF ALL
SWAMP AND OVERFLOWED LANDS PATENTED
TO THE STATE PRIOR TO JULY 1, 1936, UNDER
ACT OF CONGRESS OF SEPTEMBER 28, 1850.

Acres. Acres.
Number of acres patented to
the State .................................................. 20,439,177.11

Number of acres conveyed rail-
road com panies .................................... 9,070,156.56

Number of acres deeded to canal
and drainage companies ............ 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, Atlantic and Gulf
Central R. R. bonds ........................ 113,064.80

Wells & Randolph, agents of the
State to select swamp and
overflowed lands, under con-
tract with the Governor of
Florida of Nov. 8, 1851, re-
ceived the proceeds from sale
of about .............................. ............... 100,000.00

Number of acres deeded on ac-
count of L. G. Dennis, agent
of the State to procure and
receive patents for swamp and











LAND AND FIELD NOTE DIVISIONS


Acres. Acres.

overflowed lands at Washing-
ton, under contract with the
Governor of Florida of No-
vember 10, 1875 (see orders
of trustees of July 5, 1881,
and April 14, 1883 ........................... 5,800.27

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

(Other lands were deeded on ac-
count 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 ac-
count of Williams, Swann &
Corley, agent of the State to
select swamp and overflowed
lands under contract with the
trustees of the Int. Imp. Fund
of M ay 18th, 1873 ........................... 13,542.61

(Other lands were deeded on ac-
count of W., S. & C., under
above contract, belonging to
the Int. Imp. Fund proper,











28 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Acres. Acres.
amounting to 15,163.56 acres,
which are not embraced in
this statement, as they were
not swamp and overflowed
lands.)

Number of acres deeded on ac-
count of Sydney I. Wailes,
agent of the State to procure
patents for swamp and over-
flowed lands at Washington,
under contracts with the
Trustees of the Int. Imp.
Fund of April 13 and Oct.
19, 1878 ...................................................... 224,562.80

Number of acres deeded on ac-
count of John A. Henderson,
agent of the State to select
swamp and overflowed lands
under contract with the Trus-
tees of the Int. Imp. Fund of
M arch 15, 1884 .................................... 164,124.68

Number of acres deeded on ac-
count of S. W. Teague,
agent of the State to select
swamp and overflowed lands
under contract with the Trus-
tees of the Int. Imp. Fund of
M arch 22, 1902 ................................... 5,778.37

Number of acres deeded in Diss-
ton sale .............. .......... .................. 4,000,000.00











LAND AND FIELD NOTE DIVISIONS


Acres.


Acres.


Number of acres deeded under
Act of 1917 to Commissioners
for Seminole Indians .....................

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


Total disposed of.........................


Balance on hand July 1, 1936
(estimated) ..................................


99,200.00


2,420,923.14


SWAMP AND OVERFLOWED LANDS
THE STATE OF FLORIDA UNDER
GRESS, APPROVED SEPTEMBER 28,

Acres.


Amount patented to State, (as
shown by last report) to July
1, 1934 ..............................................

Patented to State during fiscal
years from July 1, 1934, to
July 1, 1936, in Patents Nos.
1073496, 1077156,
1078495, 1082292,
1074020, 1071565 .........................

Additional lands found by mak-
ing abstract for State ...............


Total patented to July 1, 1936


19,285,009.16



1,154,167.95


GRANTED TO
ACT OF CON-
1850.

Acres.



20,438,252.97


723.96


200.18


20,439,177.11











30 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

The quantity disposed of prior
to July 1, 1934, as shown by
last report ................................................ 19,353,539.98
Sold July 1, 1934, to
July 1, 1935 .....................1,087.68
Sold July 1, 1935, to
July 1, 1936 .....................3,204.73 4,292.41

19,357,832.39
Deduct lands reconveyed to
State by C. C. Hull; W. W.
Hull; S. J. Jones; G. C. In-
low; Philip Bersch; B. W.
Mitchell; A. A. Bishop; H. H.
Hart; W. M. Young; E. B.
Utter; A. H. Ramsey & Sons,
Inc.; Geo. C. McLarty .................. 72,917.66
Less a n d s erroneously
listed in 1934 ...........................94.43
Total ......................... ................ 72,823.23

Total disposed of to July 1, 1936 19,285,009.16

Balance on hand July 1, 1936 .......................................... 1,154,167.95


SWAMP AND OVERFLOWED LANDS SOLD DURING
THE FISCAL YEARS FROM JULY 1, 1934, TO JULY
1, 1935, AND FROM JULY 1, 1935, TO JULY 1, 1936.

Acres Amount
Amount sold July 1, 1934, to July 1,
1935 .......................................................................... 1,087.68 $4,475.79
Amount sold July 1, 1935, to July 1,
1936 ................. ......................... ............... 3,204.73 5,152.08

4,292.41 $9,627.87











LAND AND FIELD NOTE DIVISIONS


AMOUNTS PAID IN 1934 AND 1935 FROM JULY 1, 1934
to JULY 1, 1935, ON ENTRIES MADE PRIOR TO JULY
1, 1935; ALSO AMOUNTS PAID IN 1935 AND 1936,
FROM JULY 1, 1935, TO JULY 1, 1936, ON ENTRIES
MADE PRIOR TO JULY 1, 1936, UNDER MORT-
GAGES, CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS WITH
THE TRUSTEES OF THE INTERNAL IMPROVE-
MENT FUND OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA.

SWAMP LANDS

July 1, 1934, to July 1, 1935 July 1, 1935, to July 1, 1936
Entry No. Amount Entry No. Amount
17,839 $ 750.51 17,911 $ 13.60
17,911 19.50 18,055 12.00
18,006 619.01 18,185 520.41
18,037 286.38 18,188 250.00
18,055 81.75 18,194 371.96
18,097 2,304.12 18,197 1,728.00
18,193 170.43 18,198 105.00
18,194 371.96 18,199 503.64
18,197 267.08 18,241 250.00
18,204 492.75 18,276 199.87
18,235 462.94 18,277 128.80
18,277 257.60 18,303 1,341.11
18,289 3,038.63 18,327 577.49
18,328 32.60
18,329 119.26
S18,330 92.45
Total .................................$9,122.60 I Total ......................... $6,246.19










32 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

SOVEREIGNTY LANDS

July 1, 1934, to July 1, 1935 IJuly 1, 1935, to July 1, 1936
Entry No. Amount Entry No. Amount
17,534 $ 425.00 18,213 $ 567.00
18,212 660.76
18,213 141.75
T total .................................$1,227.51 1 T total ...........................$ 567.00

LAKE BOTTOM LANDS

July 1, 1934, to July 1, 1935 July 1, 1935, to July 1, 1936
Entry No. Amount Entry No. Amount
18,039 $ 105.19 18,166 $ 300.60
18,202 11,896.79 18,202 347.28
18,273 8,227.68
S 18,287 190.96
Total ..............................$12,001.98 II Total ...........................$9,066.52

SOVEREIGNTY LAND SALES
July 1, 1934, to July 1, 1935

Entry No. Acres Amount
18,251...................................................... 44.21 .......................................... $ 100.00
18,252 ............................................. 219.00 ...............D eed of correction
1 8 ,2 5 9 .................................................... .. .......... .. ......... ................... 2 5 .0 0
18,262....................... ......... ......... 56.12 .......... .................... .............. 344.00
18,267.......................... ....... ........ ... 8.48 ................................ 637.50
18,292................ ..... ................... 173.44 ......................................... 50.00
T otals.................................... 501.25 ..........................................$1,156.50











LAND AND FIELD NOTE DIVISIONS 33






SOVEREIGNTY LAND SALES

July 1, 1935 to July 1, 1936


Entry No.
18,301 ............ ...........................
18,304..... ............... ... .....
18,310....................... .....
18,319.................... ....... ....
18,337 .... ............. ....
18,338................. ..... ........
18,342........................ ...........
18,352 ................ ...........
18,353 ............................
18,356................... .... ....... ....
18,359........................ ........ ... ..... .....
18,360......................... .........


Acres
144.20
9.01
3.20

1,071.77

36.00
6.70
32.35
4.00
3.50


Totals ............................. ...... 1,310.73


Amount
.........................-......... $ 721.00

.......................................... 32.00
.......................................... 675.77
32.00

........................................ 3,000.00



.......................................... 3,235.00
.......................................... 150.00
........................................ 3,235.00
...........500.UU
.......................................... 10.00
.......................................... 400.00
...................................... 8,903.77


RECEIVED FROM SAND, SHELL AND GRAVEL
LEASES ON SOVEREIGNTY LANDS

Amount

July 1, 1934 to July 1, 1935 ................... ....$3,276.69
July 1, 1935 to July 1, 1936 .............. ........... .................. 5,723.60

TM 'I tlQ nnn 90


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34 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

RECEIVED FROM LEASING OF LANDS FOR AGRI-
CULTURAL PURPOSES (SWAMP LANDS)

Amount
July 1, 1934 to July 1, 1935 ............... .......... ...... $2,533.55
July 1, 1935 to July 1, 1936 ....................... ........... ................. 5,988.05

T total ............................................................ ....................................$ 8 ,5 2 1 .60



RECEIVED FROM TURPENTINE AND TIMBER
LEASES ON SWAMP LANDS

Amount
July 1, 1934 to July 1, 1935 ...............................................$2,320.54
July 1, 1935 to July 1, 1936 ........................... ..................... 3,751.90

T ota l ........................................ ......................................................$ 6 ,0 7 2 .4 4



RECEIVED FROM OIL AND MINERAL LEASES

Amount
July 1, 1934 to July 1, 1935 .............................................$........$ 246.60
July 1, 1935 to July 1, 1936 ........................ .................... 400.00

T otal ............................................................... ............................ $ 64 6 .60



RECEIVED FROM GRAZING AND MISCELLANEOUS
LEASES

Amount
July 1, 1934 to July 1, 1935 ........................................................$ 223.18
July 1, 1935 to July 1, 1936 ........................... .............. 531.50

T total ........................................................... .......... . ................$ 754 .68











LAND AND FIELD NOTE DIVISIONS


RECEIVED FROM SALE OF OIL AND MINERAL
RIGHTS ON SWAMP AND SCHOOL LANDS
Amount
July 1, 1934 to July 1, 1935 ............................................. .......$.. $ 172.45
July 1, 1935 to July 1, 1936 ............................................. ........ 7.00

T total ....................... ........ ...................................................... $ 179.45


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:
Acres
Total patented as per last report ............................................. 94,685.86
Patented to State from July 1, 1934, to July 1, 1936 None

Total patented to July 1, 1936 .......................... 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, 1934, to July 1, 1936............ None

Total conveyed to July 1, 1936 .................................... 94,416.26


INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT LANDS

Granted under Act of Congress, Approved September 4, 1841.
(Total Granted, 500,000 Acres.)
Acres
A m ount on hand July 1, 1934....................................................... 3,159.09
Sold July 1, 1934 to July 1, 1935........................... 134.03
Sold July 1, 1935 to July 1, 1936......................... 40.06 174.09


Balance on hand July 1, 1936....................


2,985.00











36 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

INTERNAL IMPROVEMENT LANDS SOLD DURING
FISCAL YEARS FROM JULY 1, 1934, TO JULY 1, 1935,
AND FROM JULY 1, 1935, TO JULY 1, 1936.
Acres Amount
Sold July 1, 1934 to July 1, 1935................. 134.03 1,321.66
Sold July 1, 1935 to July 1, 1936.................. 40.06 3,000.00

Total ........................ ....... ........... 174.09 $4,321.66
SCHOOL LANDS
Granted Under Acts of Congress Approved March 3, 1845,
February 26, 1859, February 28, 1891.
Total Granted Approximated at 1,000,000.00 Acres.
Acres.
Amount on hand July 1, 1934......... ............... ........ 183,168.91


Plus land omitted in last report Flagler
C county .............. ....................................................... 480.12
Less land erroneously listed in Marion
County .02 acres and lake bottom land
erroneously listed as School Lands in
Palm Beach County, 400 acres..................... 400.02

T o ta l ........................................... .......... .............
Sold July 1, 1934 to July 1, 1935................. 6,369.55
Sold July 1, 1935 to July 1, 1936.................. 639.20


80.10

183,249.01


7,008.75


Total on hand July 1, 1936 (approximated) 176,240.26
SCHOOL LANDS SOLD DURING FISCAL YEARS
FROM JULY 1, 1934, TO JULY 1, 1935 AND FROM
JULY 1, 1935 TO JULY 1, 1936.
Acres Amount


Amount sold July 1, 1934, to July 1,
1935 ..................... ................................................ 6,369.55
Amount sold July 1, 1935, to July 1,
1936 ..................... ............ ............ ..................... 639.20

T total ................................. ........ ............ 7,008.75


$ 9,038.01

1,500.00

$10,538.01











LAND AND FIELD NOTE DIVISIONS


RECEIVED FROM TURPENTINE, TIMBER AND
MISCELLANEOUS LEASES ON SCHOOL LANDS.
Amount
July 1, 1934 to July 1, 1935 ...................... ................. $5,937.89
July 1, 1935 to July 1, 1936 .................. ............. .......... 4,057.55

T total ... ..................................... ... ................. ....................... $ 9,995 .44
LAKE BOTTOM LAND SALES
July 1, 1934 to July 1, 1935
Entry No. Acres Amount
18,263... .... ..... ........ ........ .18 ............................. R R R /W
18,268 ....... ......... ............... .... 8.52 ........................................ $ 426.00
18,273.......... ........... 1,004.16 ....................................... 3,281.09
18,287.............................. .... .... .. 9.27 ................ ........ ..... 95.48
18,300...................... ........... ........ 105.46 .......................................... 4,000.00
Totals ...................................... 1,127.59 ................... .. $7,802.57
LAKE BOTTOM LAND SALES
July 1, 1935 to July 1, 1936
Entry No. Acres Amount
18,308 --.............--.................. 40.00 ................................... $ 130.70
18,320 ........ .................... 1.04 ..................... ........... 1.00
18,340...... ................... 1.69 ...................................... 42.50
18,354...... ......... ..-- ..... 3.10 ....................Town of Pahokee
18,361 .................. ........... ... 6.70 ....................... ............. 67.00
T otals ................. ....... ..... 52.53 ........................................$ 241.20
SEMINARY LANDS


Total originally granted .................... ..................---
Total on hand July 1, 1934 .............................. ...........
Sold July 1, 1934 to July 1, 1936 .... ............................

Balance on hand July 1, 1936 -- ... --..........-...........
SEMINARY LAND SALE
Entry No. Acres
4143 ................................ ...... .... 40.06


Acres
92,160.00
40.06
40.06

None


Amount
$375.00











38 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Chapters 6447 and 6448, Acts of 1913, put the cabinet
officers on fixed salaries and directed that "All fees or per-
quisites 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 collected
and turned over to the State Treasurer from the Land Divis-
ion, as directed by Chapters 6447 and 6448, Acts of 1913:

From July 1, 1934, to July 1, 1936....................................... $115.60

STATEMENT
Showing State Lands on Hand July 1, 1936 (Estimated)


County
Alachua ...............................................
B ak er .................................. ..................
B ay ........................ .............................
Bradford ........................................
Brevard ............................................
Broward in Dr. Dist. ...........
Calhoun ............................................
Charlotte ................................
C itru s ..............................................
C lay ......................................................
Collier not in Dr. Dist. .........
Collier in Dr. Dist. ..................
Columbia ..........................................
Dade not in Dr. Dist. ............
Dade in Dr. Dist ....................
D eS oto ...............................--..................
D ix ie ...............................................
Dixie.........


I I. .
Swamp Proper I School
402.76 ........................... 160.24
174.23 ........................... 705.61
3,648.03 440.24 6.84
245.85 1........................... 120.46
301.59 ...................... ..... 3,116.71
324,315.26 ........................... 13,547.94
40.03 80.06 .....................
861.12 ........................... 2,636.87
11,882.85 ........................... 989.98
278.59 ........................... 400.70
4,196.53 .......................... 14,492.55
160.00 .......................... 7,680.00
1,528.69 .......................... 18.20
83.82 ........................ 1,780.87
359,157.03 ..................... 20,320.57
.............................. I ........................ 1,920 .00
40.001 59.941 1,351.68











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County
D uval .............. ........ ................
Escambia ................................... |
F lagler .... ........................................
Gadsden ............................... ......
Glades not in Dr. Dist. ........
Glades in Dr. Dist. ................
Gilchrist .................................
G u lf ................... ............ ......................
Hamilton ......................................
H ardee .................................... .......
Hendry not in Dr. Dist.......
Hendry in Dr. Dist. ...............
H ernando .......................... ..........
Highlands in Dr. Dist. .......
Highlands not in Dr. Dist.
Hillsboro .................. .............
H olm es ..................................................
Indian River ....... ..................
J ack son ..............................................
Jefferson ........ .
Lafayette ...........................
L ak e ................. ....................... .....
L ee .................... ... ...... ............
L eon ............... ............ ..........
L ev y ........................ ........................
M adison ........................................
Manatee ....................................
Martin not in Dr. Dist. .....
Martin in Dr. Dist. .................
Marion .................................................
Monroe .....................................
N assau .............. .......................
O kaloosa .............................................


I. I.
Swamp Proper School
1,394.12 ........................... 984.75
2.80 .................................................
40.16 36.86 772.51
39.94 .. ................ 159.00
602.051........................... 640.00
5,354.86 ........................... 3,840.00
394.55 ................I...... .......................
512.42 ................ 2,565.24
479.12 ....................... ........................
160.001 ..................... ..................
7,527.02 ........................... 640.00
50,865.401 ........................... 8,800.00
46.66 ........................... 40.00
.............................. ................... 1 1,920.00
6,889.60 ........................... 4,741.89
.............................. .... .................. 9 0 .0 0
39.86 40.00 410.63
.............................. I........................... ...........................
.............................. -------------------------- ...........................
9,184.651 40.08 321.40
40.00 ......................... 2,662.09
1,060.70 ............................ 757.48
2,692.12 ........................ 1,036.08
4,170.00 ........................... 264.72
4,414.83 .... ................... 1,276.91
39.951 ........................... 882.57
2,283.63 ........................... 641.92
.............................. ........................... 2,517.69
..............I............... ........................... 5,115.50
340.03 160.62 679.91
92,155.681 ........................... 11,499.47
750.66 80.25 2,521.84
80.03 ........................... 160.00











40 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


County
Okeechobee not in Dr. Dist.
Okeechobee in Dr. Dist.......
Orange ..........................
O sceola ......................................
Palm Beach not in Dr.Dist.
Palm Beach in Dr. Dist.......
P asco ............................... ..............
P inellas ....................... .............
P olk ....................................... .............
Putnam ........................... .............
Santa Rosa .................. ............
Sarasota .........................................
Seminole ........................................
St. Johns .............................................
St. Lucie not in Dr. Dist....
St. Lucie in Dr. Dist. ............
Sumter ................... ..........
Suwannee ..................... .............
Taylor ..................................
U n ion ......................... ..................
V olusia .........................................
Wakulla ......................... ......
W alton ......................... ............
Washington ................................
School Indemnity Land .....


Swamp


I. I.
Proper


School


320.00 ...................... ..... 1,587.45
4,018.29 ........................... 640.00
532.44 40.14 602.15
611.12 ........................... 481.03
.............................. ....................... 1,920.48
219,362.96 ....................... 29,271.45
40.14 40.00 525.29
284.98 ...............................................
1,918.45 .......................... 1,041.16
277.01 .......................... 440.79
1 8 9 .4 5 .....................................................
913.30 ........................... 632.80
2,879.87 ..................... 800.23
6,193.98 ........................... 228.77
394.65 ............. ....... 3,972.37
641.00 ............. .... 1,917.20
280.27 240.12 520.45
201.20 538.761 40.03
439.79 ........................... 2,813.22
1,753.02 229.001 .....................
13,495.45 438.53 2,073.26
40.00 480.00 .....................
223.01 40.40 795.47
280.35 ........................... 314.59
.................. ............................... 431.25


Totals ..................... ................... 1,154,167.951 2,985.00 176,240.26











LAND AND FIELD NOTE DIVISIONS 41

NoTE.-The Supreme Court has decided that the Trustees
have no title to and no authority to sell the lands under the
navigable waters of Lake Jackson in Leon County, and Lake
Miccosukee, Jefferson County.
(See Florida Supreme Court Report No. 58, page 398,
dated July 1, 1923.)

VACANT UNITED STATES LANDS ON JULY 1, 1929.

The following Circular and Table showing vacant United
States lands are taken from report of the Commissioner of
the General Land Office, Washington, D. C., dated July 1,
1929.
CIRCULAR NO. 1197

VACANT PUBLIC LANDS ON JULY 1, 1929
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

GENERAL LAND OFFICE,
Washington, D. C., July 1, 1929.

GENERAL INFORMATION

The lands in the thirteen original States, Connecticut,
Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Caro-
lina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania,
Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Virginia, also in Texas,
never formed a part of the public domain; their disposition
is governed by the State laws, and information concerning
same should be sought from the State authorities.

There are no public lands in the States of Kentucky and
Tennessee, and none is known to this office remaining un-
disposed of in the States of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri,
and Ohio. Small areas remain in the States of Alabama,
Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and
Wisconsin, in widely scattered tracts, and no descriptive lists
thereof are available. Entry of these lands must be made at,











42 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

and all other related business transacted with, the General
Land Office, at Washington, D. C., as there are no district
offices in the States named.
Because of the small proportion of surveyed land, no at-
tempt is made to give statistical information concerning the
unappropriated Government land in the Territory of Alaska.
The total area of the Territory is 378,165,760 acres, of which
about 30,000,000 acres are reserved. Of the reserved area,
21,397,521 are within the boundaries of national forests. Ap-
proximately 1,910,951 acres have been surveyed under the
rectangular system and special surveys by metes and bounds.
The following tables show, by States, land districts, and
counties, the area of unappropriated and unreserved public
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 general in-
formation 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, how-
ever, 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 rec-
ords 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 specified
below may be prepared and sold by the registers of the vari-
ous 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 claim-
ants, and character of entries ............................ .... ............ 2.00












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For a township plat showing form of entries, names of claim-
ants, character of entry, and num ber ................................. ................. 3.00
For a township plat showing form of entries, names of claim-
ants, character of entry, number, and date of filing or entry,
together w ith topography, etc. ..... ................................. ....................... 4.00

The General Land Office records are subject to reasonable
inspection for the purpose of obtaining data as to vacant
public land, and it will be glad to furnish information as to
the status of any particular tract if the legal subdivision,
section, township, and range thereof, according to the public
land survey, is given, or, if unsurveyed, by its relative posi-
tion to adjacent surveyed lands.

The district officers furnish prospective settlers general
advice as to lands in their respective districts and literature
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.











44 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 In-
terior and the Commissioner of the General Land Office the
reason for the order is to prevent the islands from being ac-
quired 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. Accord-
ing to the order, they are withdrawn from settlement, loca-
tion, sale, entry and all forms of appropriation 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

Washington, D. C., September 12, 1922.

GENERAL LAND OFFICE.

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.











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(b) For photographic copies, 15 cents for each sheet not
exceeding 111/2 by 15 inches; for larger sizes a proportionate
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 regu-
lation 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 ex-
change, certified check, cashier's check, or postoffice money
order, and should be made payable to the Commissioner of
the General Land Office.
Please do not send postage stamps.

DIVISION FIELD NOTES
Miss BESSIE DAMON, Chief Clerk

Another important division was given to the Department
of Agriculture when the Legislature, by Chapter 5611, Laws
of Florida, Acts of 1907, added the Field Note Division.











46 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Just as the name "Department of Agriculture," as applied
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 mis-
nomer.

There are many people in the State who do not know what
constitutes the "Field Note Division" of the Department 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 Spaniards, and even further back to the time
of the English regime, or when Florida belonged to Eng-
land.

The old Spanish claims, some of which date back to the
early part of the eighteenth century, are divided into bundles
of "Confirmed" and "Unconfirmed" claims. These claims
number several hundred, as anyone can see by a glance at
any of the township plats, or the map of the State, bordering
on the east coast of Florida and up and down the St. Johns
River or over near and around Pensacola in the western part
of the State. When Florida was purchased by the United
States from Spain and the flag of our nation was raised over
St. Augustine and Pensacola, July 10 to July 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 con-
firmed 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


I _











LAND AND FIELD NOTE DIVISIONS


bearing on the Surveys of the United States Government
Land, and all other records referred to in the preceding para-
graph, 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 1907, 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 Apper-
taining 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 Discon-
tinued; Necessitating under the Acts of Congress, the De-
livery 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 Authorized 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 Federal
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











48 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

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 per-
son or persons making application therefore; Provided, That
when the Surveyor-General shall deliver the above named
records to the Commissioner of Agriculture, the Commis-
sioner of Agriculture is hereby authorized to employ one ad-
ditional clerk whose salary shall not exceed one hundred dol-
lars 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 keep-
ing such records, maps and other papers.
Sec. 2. That 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 per-
quisites of any nature or character that are allowed to be
collected or received by any person connected with such of-
fices" 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 collected
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:








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FIELD NOTE DIVISION, DEPARTMENT OF
AGRICULTURE
Amounts received for Field Notes:
1913 .............................................. ..........................$ 457.05
1914 ........................................................ ........................... 716.33 $ 1,1

1915 ............................ ........ ..... .. ................... $ 807.45
1916 ....................................................................................... 639.43 $ 1,4

1917 ............................................... ...........................$ 782.05
1918 .................................................... .......................... 455.15 $ 1,2

1919 ....................... ............ .......................... $ 496.89
1920 ................................................ .......................... 699.30 $ 1,1

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

1 9 2 3 ....................................................... ........................ $ 9 7 7 .8 5
19 24 ................................................. ............................ 1 ,1 18 .4 7 $ 2 ,0


73.40


16.88


37.20


66.19


88.94


96.32


1925 ...... .................... .....
1926 to July 1, 1926 .....

July 1, 1926, to July 1,
July 1, 1927, to July 1,

July 1, 1928, to July 1,
July 1, 1929, to July 1,

July 1, 1930, to July 1,
July 1, 1931, to July 1,

July 1, 1932, to July 1,
July 1, 1933, to July 1,

July 1, 1934, to July 1,
July 1, 1935, to July 1,


........................................ $3,138.82
.......................................... 2 ,1 5 1 .8 5

1927..............................$1,538.25
1928.............................. 1,331.06

1929..............................$1,078.15
1930.............................. 1,527.70

1931............................$1,137.58
1932............................... 907.04

1933.............................$ 725.51
1934............................... 700.20

1935..............................$ 850.62
1936.............................. 1,218.65


Total since the passage and approval of the Act
of L legislature of 1913 ......................................................


$ 5,291.67


$ 2,869.31


$ 2,605.85


$ 2,044.62


$ 1,425.71


$ 2,069.27


$24,546.09











50 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

The Field Note Division of the Department of Agriculture
is called upon from time to time by the Trustees of the In-
ternal Improvement Fund, the State Board of Education and
the Land Office at Washington for information and for spe-
cially 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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