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Princeton-Harvard Highway District Records, 1919-1950
- Princeton-Harvard Highway District
- Princeton-Harvard Highway District Records
- 1919-1950 (inclusive)19191950
- 1 cubic foot
- Collection Number
- MG081 (collection)
- Correspondence, financial records, petitions, election records, minutes of meetings, and plat books.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
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- Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
The Princeton-Harvard Highway District was organized on April 22, 1919 by commissioners J.D. Morrissey, John Leinhard, and S.M. Starner. Morrissey was elected president, Leinhard secretary, and J.M. Bottjer, not a member of the commission, was elected treasurer. This commission was charged with the construction, improvement, and repair of highways in the district. To raise money for machinery a $110,000 bond was issued in 1919. Several other bonds were issued in later years. Money was also received from motor vehicle licenses and tax levies.
Melvin Taggart obtained these papers in the early 1980s during a dispute with his neighbors over a road leading to his property south of Princeton. The Latah County Highway District and Taggart's neighbors claimed the road was a private road and some of the neighbors put up fences to emphasize the point. But Taggart's research showed the road had been opened by the county in 1905, had never been abandoned, and was therefore still a county road. In August 1985 Second District Judge Ronald Schilling ruled in Taggart's favor.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The records of the Princeton-Harvard Highway District span the years 1919 to 1950, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1919 to 1930.
The records include correspondence, financial records, petitions, election records, minutes of a few meetings, and plat books.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
The material in this record group was in no apparent order when received, therefore a series order was imposed during processing.
The correspondence, with the exception of one folder which was segregated by Taggart, was placed in chronological order. Most correspondence is incoming and concerns legal and financial arrangements, including bond issues and plans for road construction. Occasionally there are letters concerning equipment purchases.
Included in the financial records are warrant registers, bank statements, audits, financial statements, monthly payroll time sheets, and inventories of equipment.
Other papers include petitions, election poll and tally books, legal papers such as rights of way consents and contracts, a contract for the Viola to Potlatch section of the North-South highway, minutes of meetings held by the commissioners, and plat books.
Many invoices, paid warrants, and vouchers were included with the records. Samples of these were retained but the bulk was discarded. Likewise only samples of the bond coupons were retained. In all the records were reduced by three cubic feet.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Series I. Correspondence, 1919-1948Return to Top
Correspondence segregated by Melvin Taggart
Series II. Financial Records, 1919-1950Return to Top
County Auditors statements to the Highway District
Bills approved for payment
Potlatch Mercantile invoices
Payroll: monthly time sheets
|1920-1921; 1923; 1928|
Payroll: employees' receipt for compensation
Payroll: State Insurance Board material
Lists of securities on deposit
Department of Public Works reports
Works Progress Administration reports
Samples of checks, vouchers, and warrants
Other financial material
Series III. Other Papers, 1919-1947Return to Top
Elections: bond election ballots
Elections: poll and tally books, notices of elections, oaths of electors, sample ballots
Minutes of meetings
Bureau of Highways. Bulletin 2-4; 7
List of county and highway district commissioners
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Roads -- Idaho -- Latah County
- Taggart, Melvin
- Princeton-Harvard Highway District (Latah County, Idaho)