This story reminds me of when I was a child and got my first library card, the kind librarian told my mother that she thought that I would enjoy the Laura Ingalls Wilder Books. She wrote her stories so that I thought I was right with her in the Big Woods and all the other stories. It is with that in mind that I think of our ancestors making their own laws, their own taxes, and thinking for the future generations.
This chapter is about the first bridge---the first in Cherokee County. In May 1859 the people voted at the house of Silas Parkurst upon the question of levying a seven mill tax to construct a bridge across the Little Sioux River. The vote stood 14 for and one against.
It was built by R.M. Blain, at the contract price of $1,600, and was completed in November of that year. It spanned the river at or near what pioneers knew as the Old Ford, and now within the limits of Old Cherokee. There being no saw mill in reasonable distance, the plank and stringers for the structure were worked out by a whipsaw by the workmen. Here are a couple of images of they used to saw the planks by whipsaws.
To accommodate the traveling public, while this bridge was being constructed, a ferry franchise was granted to Albert Phipps for a term of three years. In this license it was stipulated that he should not exceed the following charges: Span of horses and wagon, 50 cents; extra teams, 10 cents; man and horse, 20 cents; foot passenger, 10 cents; cattle per head, 3 cents. Date of license, May 30, 1859.
The next chapter deals with the change of government for both County and local government dealt with by the Iowa Governor with the approval of the General Assembly.
See you next time!