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Sartoria - (dictionary definition) sartorial (adj) pertaining to a tailor
        1880’s & 1890’s – the sartorial splendor of a well-dressed man

From the Sartoria Township minute book


The Pauper

1886 - Annual meeting Apr. 6, 1886

    2 mills – roads & bridges
    1 mill – poor fund
    1 mill – town purposes (general fund)


    5 mills for roads & bridges
    1 mill for township
    [none for poor fund]

June 6, 1887
    Bills for goods, 2 months boarding, & “doctoring” a pauper. Approved
    Bills for board member visiting her two days and another for visiting 1 day. Approved

1888 - Annual Meeting April 3, 1888 at Dist 73 schoolhouse

    1 for general fund
    2 for roads & bridges
    3 for poor fund

June 4, 1888
    Bill for keeping pauper 3 months. Approved
    Contract with resident [a man] of the township to keep her 6 months to Dec 4 for $6 per month

Sept. 17, 1888
    Bill from a woman for keeping pauper 1 month, $3. Approved
    Bill from another woman for $9 for transporting and keeping her. Approved
    Bill from another man for $6 for looking after her.
    Also bills for medicine, doctor, and cloth for bandages

1890 - Jan 7, 1890 - Met at township clerk’s office
Pauper was still being cared for

Who was this pauper? – Dorthe Gauze
        (not in 1885 Nebraska census, Sartoria Township)

        Filed for land at Grand Island land office 12-1-1886 – 80 acres in the north part of Sartoria township about a mile from the county line.

        Recorded in Buffalo County Register of Deeds office 12-2-1886

        Sold to William Smith in a sheriff’s sale 12-24-1888

        No Cemetery records for her in Buffalo County

        Poor Farm building constructed in 1889, so probably opened in 1890
                Was Dorthe taken there?
                Did she die and was buried in Poor Farm Cemetery?

        Was she in Colorado before coming to Nebraska?
                1880 census for Leadville, Colorado
                E. D. M. Gause – female – 55 – widow – born in Ohio

The Austin Road Machine

Most of the township business relates to roads and bridges
Townships were each responsible for the maintenance and repair of their roads & bridges


Oct 11, 1890 Special meeting
Petition signed by 14 residents protesting against the purchase of an Austin Road Machine.

Motion to reject the machine since it was illegally purchased and worthless and not meeting the requirements of the board. Carried


Jan 6, 1891 - Paid bills including one “for doing blacksmith work on a very useful and efficient Road Machine belonging to the Township”

April 7, 1891 - Annual meeting held at Dist. 73 schoolhouse
        Motion to accept the Austin Road Machine as township property. - carried

        Motion to expunge the action of the Oct. 11th meeting, - carried

        Motion to purchase suitable road plows.

        Anyone wishing to use road scraper to be charged 10
¢ per mile if the road supervisor needs it and has to go get it.

        Anyone wishing to use the road machine to pay $3/day + pay the township for any breakage.

(Continuation of Township meeting after noon? break)

Motion to accept the minutes of the Oct. 11 meeting - lost.

Motion to accept the minutes of the Jan 6 meeting “excepting that position relating to the payment for repairs on one Austin Road Machine amounting to $6.00 Also that portion of the records which advertises the efficiency of said Road Machine - lost.”

“Moved and second that any town Board who shall purchase any Machine or aught else except by the express consent of the Electors at their annual or special Meeting or strictly with the meaning of the law Will do so at their Peril. Motion lost”


Annual meeting April 5, 1892 at Kaiser’s Hall
Second note on Austin Road Machine to be paid


Annual meeting April 4, 1893
Minutes of last annual meeting read and adopted except for clause relating to the Austin Road machine

Motion that Austin Road Machine be paid for only out of the fund provided for that purpose.

Motion to buy 4 medium sized wheel scrapers. Carried

Resolved that Austin Road Machine be sold or traded for wheel scrapers and buy more to make a total of 4.


Met about purchase of the four wheel scrapers. Could get #1 scrapers for $80 and the Auston Road Machine or #2 scrapers for $100 and the Auston Road Machine. Make decision at annual meeting.

April 3, 1894 – Annual Meeting
They decided on the #1 wheel scrapers.

[End of Austin Road Machine but not of road tool & equipment problems]

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