UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


State of Illinois,} SS. April Term, AD. 1907.
Franklin County]


PETITION TO INCORPORATE ROYALTON AS A VILLAGE.


And now on this 15th day of April A D. 1907, comes the petitioners by their
attorney, W. S. Cantrell, and presents to Thomas J. Myers, Judge of the County Court
of said County, the following petition, to-wit:-

State of Illinois,SS----------------------------------------------In the County Court,
Franklin County,]--------------------------------------of the August Term, A.D.1907


To the Honorable Thomas J. Myers, Judge of said Court. The undersigned
petitioners would respectfully represent unto your Honor: that they are residents and legal voters in the following described territory, situate in the. County of Franklin in the State of Illinois, to-wit: the Southwest quarter of Section No (28) Twenty-eight, and the Southeast quarter of Section No (29) Twenty-nine, and the Northeast quarter of Section No. (32) Thirty-two, and the Northwest quarter of Section No (33) Thirty-three,
all in Township No. (7) Seven South, and in Range No (1) One East of the 3rd P.M. all of which said territory is contingent and has resident thereon a population of at least (300) Three Hundred inhabitants, and which said territory aforesaid is not included within the limits of an incorporated Town, Village or City, and which said territory aforesaid does not exceed two square miles.


Your petitioners would therefore pay your honor, to cause to the submitted to the legal voters of such proposed Village, the question, "Whether they will organized as a Village, under the action of the General Assembly of the State of Illinois, entitled an act to provide for the incorporation of Cities and Village, approved April 10th A.D. 1872, said Village to be known as the Village of Royalton.

Your petitioners herewith present a map of said territory with their signatures written thereon, which said map is marked Exhibit "A" attached to this petition, and make a part hereof, and which said signatures are the original signature of your petitioners. All of which is respectfully submitted,

W.S. Cantrell.
Attorney for Petitioners.
Dated Benton, Illinois, August 13th 1906.


Following are the names of the petitioners as shown on map marked Exhibit "A" attached to the above petition:-
S.E.Dean,Albert Johnson,G. W.Sims, W. Turner Harris, George W. Ward, Walter Stevens,A. B. Davis, Elmer Reynolds, P. A. Renfro, R. W. Manering, M. J. Manering, A. W. Manering, T. A. Tendal, M. M. Curtis, W. C. Davis, A. M. Renfro, M. V. Betson, R. T. Thurston, Ed. G. Schirmer, J. W. Royall, Sr., John T. Williams, W. D. Gammon, B. L. Johnson, Geo. Womsley, R. J. Hammond, Chas. Glover, Thomas C. Chapman, John A. Moore, Fred Thurston, Lingo Firizani, E. Lindsey, Geo. Uqiline. Cause continued to Monday April 29th 1907.


And now on Monday April 29th A. D. 1907, this cause comes on to be heard and by agreement of Council the counter petition of which the aforesaid petition is the one is to be considered and the court hears evidence, and the court being satisfied from the evidence that the signers of said petition are legal and qualified voters residents of the territory described in said petition, and that the territory described in said petition does not exceed two square miles, and that said territory has a population of at least 300 inhabitants and that said territory is contiguous and is not included within the limits of any incorporated Town, Village or City, and said territory being definitely described the number of inhabitants resident within said territory and the name of the proposed Village being fully set forth in said petition and the petition being regular the same is approved by the Court.


And now on this same day it is hereby ordered by the Court that the question whether the territory described in said petition be organized as a village under the General Incorporation laws of said State of Illinois be submitted to the legal voters of said territory described in said petition at a special election to be held on Saturday June 1st A.D. 1907, said election shall be given at least fifteen days prior to the holding of said election, by posting at least five notices thereof within said territory. It is further ordered and the same are appointed judges of said election viz., R. W. Manering, W.D.
Gammon and P.A. Rentfro, and said election is hereby ordered to be held at the office of the Royal Lumber Company within said proposed Village, the polls of said election
to be opened at Seven o'clock AM. and closed at five o'clock. P.M. of said day.


Thomas J. Myers,
County Judge.

 ELECTI0N NOTICE.
Whereas, a petition signed by more than 30 legal voters residents within the limits of the following described
territory, situate in the County of Franklin and State of Illinois, to-wit:- The Southeast quarter of Section No
(28) Twenty-eight and the Southeast quarter of section No (29) Twenty-nine and the Northeast quarter of
Section No (32) Thirty-two and the Northwest quarter of Section No (33) Thirty-three all in Township No (7)
Seven South, and in Range No (1) One East of the 3rd Principal Meridian, has this day to-wit, April 29th AD.
1907, been presented to the undersigned County Judge, praying that the question be submitted to the legal
voters of said territory whether they will organize as a Village to be known as the Village of Royalton under
the General Incorporation Laws of said State of Illinois, and from the evidence submitted on the hearing of
said petition it satisfactorily appears to the undersigned that said era of territory is contiguous and does not
exceed two square miles, and there are resident population thereon of more than three hundred inhabitants
and that said territory is not included within the limits of any incorporated Town, City or Village.
It is therefore ordered by the undersigned that the question be submitted to the legal voters of said proposed
village, whether they will organize as a Village under the General Incorporation Laws of Said State of Illinois,
and for that purpose an election is hereby ordered to be held at the office of the Royal Lumber Company
located within said proposed Village on Saturday June the first AD. 1907, the polls of said election to be
opened at Seven o'clock. AM. of said day and closed at five o'clock P.M. , of said day,
and I hereby appoint R. W. Manering, W. D. Gammon and P. A Rentfro as judges of said election.
Thomas J. Myers,
County Judge.


Dated at Benton Ill. ., 29th day of April 1907.


And now on June 3rd AD. 1907, comes the return of the election held June 1st A D. 1907, at the office of the
Royall Lumber Company in the proposed Village of Royalton to decide whether the territory described in the
aforesaid petition should be incorporated as a Village under the General Incorporation Laws of said State
of Illinois, to be known as the Village of Royalton, and said County Judge called to his assistance C. C.
Payne, S. B. Rotramel, two justices of the Peace of said County to assist in canvassing the returns of said
election, and the returns of said election are accordingly canvassed and the result declared as follows: -
For Village organization under the General Laws received forty (40) votes. Against Village organization
under the General Laws Thirteen (13) being a majority of twenty-seven (27) votes in favor of Village organization
under the general law. It is therefore ordered that an election be held at the office of the Royal Lumber
Company within the limits of said Village of Royalton on Tuesday the second day of July A.D. 1901, for
the purpose of electing one President of said Village and Six trustees; the polls of said election
to be opened at 7, o'clock A.M. , of said day and closed at 5 o'clock P.M., of said day, and I hereby appoint
Robert Mooneyham, S. C. McClintock and J. A Tanner Judges of said election. Notice of said election to be
given at least 20 days prior to said election by posting at least five notices.



Thomas J. Myers,
County Judge


And now on to-wit, July 5th 1907, the returns of the election held in the Village of Royalton for the election of
Village officers are filed in the office of the County Clerk, and the County Judge calls to his assistance W. W.
Higgerson, and C. C. Payne, two justices of the Peace of Franklin County Illinois, to canvass the returns of said
election which was held on Tuesday July 2nd A. D. 1907. The returns of said election are accordingly canvassed
by the County Judge together with the above named Justice of Peace and the result declared as follows:-

For Village President H. H. Pierce received 30 votes and J. W. Royall received 30 votes.

For Trustees of the Village of Royalton as follows:

Walter Stevens----received----thirty-three votes
George Thomas----received----twenty-nine votes.
George Keeling----received----twenty-nine votes
James H. Smith----received----twenty-eight votes
R.I. Thurston----received----twenty-four votes.
Fred Thurston----received----twenty-three votes
George H. Sims----received----twenty-two votes
S. E. Deans----received----twenty-nine votes
Louis Hewlet----received----twenty-eight votes
R. P. Jackson----received----twenty-three votes
W. D. Gammon----received----twenty-eight votes.
James Fiss----received----twenty-two votes.
George W. Ward----received----thirty-one votes.
John Moore----received----twenty-eight votes.
Allen Johnson----received----two votes.

It appearing from the returns of the election that H. H. Pierce and J. W. Royall
received the same number of votes and that they cast lots for President and the result was in favor of H. H. Pierce,
we therefore declare H. H. Piece to be the duly elected President of said Village.

It further appears that James H. Smith, Louis Hewlet and W. D. Gammon received the same number of votes and
they cast lots and the result was in favor of James H. Smith and Louis Hewlet, we therefore declare that from the
returns, Walter Stevens, George Thomas, George Keeling, S. E. Dean, James H. Smith and Louis Hewlet are declared
by us to be the duly elected Trustees of said Village of Royalton.

Thomas J. Myers, County Judge

W. W. Higgerson, Justice of the Peace.
C. C. Payne, Justice of the Peace.


It is further ordered that said officers declared duly elected take the oath of their respective offices required by law.
And now, I, Thomas J. Myers, as Judge of the County Court in and for the County of Franklin and State of Illinois,
by virtue of the authority vested in me do hereby declare the Village of Royalton to be duly and legally organized under
the General Laws of the State of Illinois as the Village of Royalton.

Dated this 5th day of July, A. D. 1907.

Thomas J. Myers,
County Judge

 

County Judge.
State of Illinois,] SS.

Franklin County,

I, Wm. D. Seeber, Clerk of the County Court, in and for said County, and State, and
the keeper of the Records and the seal thereof, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a full, complete true and
correct copy of the record of the organization of the Village of Royalton as shown as County Court Record No (2) pages -
308-309-310-311

In witness whereof, I have here unto set my hand and affix the seal of the said County
Court, at my office in Benton, This the 14th day of May A. D. 1908.

Wm. D. Seeber
County Clerk.

(Information Acquired From the 1993 Round-Up Booklet--Errors Possible.)