It was a rainy morning Saturday, so I spent it poking through some older books available at the Scipio Town Offices and History Corner. A book printed in Auburn in 1870 by Dennis Brothers and Thorne, held the proceedings of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Cayuga at the Annual Session for the year 1869.
That year the Chairman of the Board was F. L. Batchelor of Brutus. The Clerk was John G. Hosmer of Aurelius. Scipio was represented by A. J. Chapman.
The Annual Session began with a meeting on Wednesday, November 10th, 1869 at the Board rooms in the Court House in Auburn at 10:00 a.m. The last meeting was held on Wednesday, November 23, 1869. A lot of business was transacted along the way, and the book gives you a real sense of what were the important issues of the day.
Some things never change. Ambrose Jones of Scipio presented a petition praying for relief from unjust assessment. Anna Mekeel petitioned for relief from an excess of tax; that was referred to a special Committee on Excess of Tax so must be she was not alone in her complaint.
Four folks were removed from the County Poorhouse to Willard Asylum for the Insane. There was an acknowledgement that Cayuga County was entitled to place no more than 15 lunatics.
The salary was set for the District Attorney's office. I hope you are sitting down. The District Attorney was to be paid $600.00 the following year and his Clerk, $300.00.