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Barton County organization records

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Creator: Kansas. Secretary of State

Date: 1872

Level of Description: File unit

Material Type: Government record

Call Number: Kansas. Secretary of State's Office, County Organiation Files, ca. 1861-1912

Unit ID: 216612

Summary: In order for an unorganized county to be recognized by the state of Kansas, a certain number of householders/legal electors had to petition the governor. The governor would appoint a census taker. Initially, unorganized counties were required to document that they had at least 600 inhabitants in order to be recognized as a county by the state legislature. Over time the number of residents needed to organize a county changed to 1500 and later to 2500 residents. The census was submitted to the governor who then issued a proclamation indicating that the requirements had been met, appointing county commissioners and a county clerk, and naming a county seat. Not all of these documents are available for each county.

Included in this file is the completed 1872 census for Barton county, several letters about the organization and census of the county, a list of people stating that the census that was taken did not comply with legislative law, and the proclamation by Governor Harvey appointing county officials and designating Great Bend as the temporary county seat.

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Title (Main title): Barton County organization records

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    Kansas State Agencies. Office of the Secretary of State.