The earliest Minute Book of the Honey Grove City Council that we have located to date begins in 1880. This entire volume has been scanned and is available HERE.
We have begun the partial transcription of this Minute Book. Spelling is being corrected to make the below more readable.
November 1st, 1880
Council met at regular session present L. C. Hale, Mayor, W. D. Wilkins, W. Underwood, A. G. Stobaugh, V. A. Howeth and S. E. Bramlette. Minutes of the previous meeting read and approved. Acct of Barnard and Eichler for books five dollars allowed and ordered paid.
Following adopted Resolved that a committee of three be appointed to confer with the board of managers of the Honey Grove High school - with a view to securing one of the rooms of the High School building for the purpose of teaching the public school for the ensuing session, and to report there action at the next meeting.
The following was adopted:
Ordinance No. 40 - Be it ordained by the board of aldermen of the town of Honey Grove, that all dealers in spiritous, vinus or other intoxicating liquors in quantities not less than one quart shall pay on annual occupation license tax of thirty seven and 30/100 dollars. The above ordinance to take effect from and after its passage.
Moved that the marshall be allowed a salary of twenty dollars per month, provided that he perform his duty fully and to the satisfaction of the the board by being on the square at all reasonable hours and attend strictly to the enforcement of every ordinance, and perform every other necessary duty. The salary to be forfeited upon complaint of any citizen or councilman upon a failure upon his part to perform his duties properly which was lost on motion. Council adjourned.
December 6, 1880
Honey Grove Council met at regular session Monday December 6th, 1880, present L. C. Hale, Mayor, W. D. Wilkins, V. A. Howeth, W. Underwood and S. E. Bramlette. Minutes of previous meeting read and on motion approved. Committee to meet the high school board made the following report - There not being a quorum of the high school board no transaction was had. Dr. Howeth presented the following on behalf of high school board . . . . At a meeting of the board of managers of the Honey Grove High School held at 2 o'clock p.m. Dec. 4th, 1880, it was decided that it would be inexpedient to rent any part of the school building for the purpose of teaching the public school in separate from the school already in existence. Signed by Young Burgher President and ___ b G. B. Yarbrough, Secty.
Following presented by Dr. Howeth, I hereby offer to teach the public free school of Honey Grove community for white children for the scholastic year of 1880 at the rate for month of one and 50/100 per pupil actual attendance. I will furnish the house free of charge. Signed J. W. Clark. Following present by Dr. Howth to the Mayor & town council. In order to remove any objections to contracting with the principal of Honey Grove High School to teach the public free school for this school community for the scholastic year ending August 31, 1881, the board of managers has accepted the resignation of the principal and teachers of said school to date from Dec. 4th 1880 and have rented the high school building of Prof. J. W. Clark for the scholastic year ending Aug. 31st 1881 signed by Young Burgher, President, G. B. Yarbrough __ on motion of Dr. Howeth. J. W. Clark's proposition to teach public free school was accepted. Petition by citizens to open alley and presented and on motion referred to following committee for investigation . . .
December 14th, 1880
Council met in called session to complete public free school contract (white) with Prof. J. W. Clark and to fix the time of commencement of same. Present L. C. Hale, Mayor, W. Underwood, W. D. Wilkins, V. A. Howeth aldermen. V. A. Howeth ____ blank contract forms were filed out and signed by a majority of the public free school trustees and also by the contracting teacher, as required by law, on motion. Monday, January 3rd 1881 was the time fixed for the commencement of the public free school and the secretary was required to give legal notice of the same. Owing to Prof. Clark's well established reputation as a teach the Highest Grade certificate was according him by the following committee: ______ The remaining members of the committee did not sign certificate on the grounds ______________.
December 23, 1880
Honey Grove Council met pursuant to call of Mayor Dec. 23d 1880 present L. C. Hale, W. D. Wilkins, W. Underwood & V. A. Howeth & S. E. Bramlette. Object of meeting stated to be employment of teacher for Colored Public School. Mr. E. L. Clark made proposition to teach school for one and fifty one hundredth dollars for actual attendance. Moved by S. E. Bramlett that Mr. E. L. Clark's proposition be accepted and that he _____ the school on the first Monday in January, 1881. Motion carried.
January 3, 1881
Honey Grove Council met in regular session Monday night Jan. 3rd 1881 present L. C. Hale, Mayor, A. G. Stobaugh, W. D. Wilkins & V. A. Howeth. There not being a full board, the petition in regard to adopting the State Charter was not considered. The following committee on examination of teachers was appointed: W. D. Wilkins. S. E. Bramlette & V. A. Howeth. Account for wood, lights and against the city council by S. E. Bramlette Co. presented & the same was accepted & ordered paid, moved ____ that the mayor, marshall & treasurer make a full & complete report at the meeting. Adjourned to meet on next Monday night Jan. 10th 1881.
February 7th, 1881
Honey Grove Council met at regular session Monday February 7th A.D. 1881, present L. C. Hale, Mayor, V. A. Howeth, W. Underwood, W. D. Wilkins, S. E. Bramlette. Minutes of previous meeting read and approved. A. G. Stobaugh having come in Mayor L. C. Hale presented his report - also A. G. Stobaugh treasurer also S. E. Bramlete Marshall, which reports were on motion referred to committee on finance. Act. of L. C. Lamaster ($9.88), referred to Finance Committee. S. E. Bramlette presented following resolution:
Resolved by the council of the town of Honey Grove in council assembled, that his council do adopted the charter provided by the State of Texas for towns of one thousand or more and that the same shall be in full force and effect on and after the first day of March A.D. 1881. Moved by Dr. Howeth that the resolution be adopted, seconded by W. D. Wilkins. Vote being latter following result - V. A. Howeth for new charter. W. D. Wilkins, against, A. G. Stobaugh against, W. Underwood declined to vote, S. E. Bramlette for new charter. Required three fourths vote to adopt, it was declared lost.
March 4, 1881
Honey Grove Council met March 4th, 1881. Present L. C. Hale, Mayor, A. G. Stobaugh, W. Underwood, W. D. Wilkins and S. E. Bramlette. Minutes of previous meeting read and on motion approved. Finance committee made verbal report and ____ time until next meeting. Mayor appointed A. G. Stobaugh member of street committee ___ R. H. Long. Move and seconded that two hundred dollars be set aside as a street fund which motion was ____ moved and seconded that the sum of four dollars be allowed the secretary for drawing off the ordinance. Move by A. G. Stobaugh that the occupation tax and ad valorum tax remain the same as the year 1880 vehicle. Motion was carried. Moved and seconded that one hundred dollars be set aside as a cemetery fund vehicle was carried. Moved and seconded that a standing committee on cemetery be appointed which was carried. Mayor appointed V. A. Howeth, A. G. Stobaugh and S. E. Bramlette, A. G. Stobaugh chairman. Council adjourned.
May 16th, 1881
Honey Grove met pursuant to call of Mayor, Monday May 16th '81 present A. G. Stobaugh, W. Underwood, V. A. Howeth, S. E. Bramlette. On motion A. G. Stobaugh chosen Major Pro Tem.
Minutes of previous meeting read and approved. The deed from W. Underwood & wife to lots one and two in block twenty eight was presented and referred back to them for correction. The deed from J. B. McKee and wife for lot No. 4 in block 28 was presented and referred back to them for correction. Deed from O. B. Walcott et al to lot No 8 in black no. 28 presented and on motion accepted and ordered to be recorded. Deed from John A. Bagby executor of B. C. Bagby to lots 3-6-7-10 & 11 in block 28 presented and on motion accepted, and ordered to be recorded. Moved that the treasurer on presentation of the receipt be ordered to pay back to those having paid occupation tax as of liquor deferred for one year, the tax rate augment for the balance of time called from their receipt, dating from enforcement of local option, May 14th 81. Motion carried.
On motion the marshall was instructed to proceed and take the scholastic census of the town by Jun 1st 1991. Acct. of J. B. Ryan, D. B. McKee for building horserack received and referred to finance committee. On motion of W. Underwood the marshall was instructed to take up the crossing on the southwest corner of the old square. On motion S. E. Bramlette , V. A. Howeth & W. Underwood were appointed as committee to report advisability and plan for improving the new addition to public square.
June 6th, 1881
Council met at regulation session. Present V. A. Howeth, W. Underwood, A. G. Stobaugh and S. E. Bramlette. Minutes of the previous meeting read and approved. Deed from J. B. McKee and wife to lot 4 in block 28. Deed from W. Underwood and wife to lots 1 and 2 in block 28 presented and on motion both deeds were accepted. On motion of Capt. Underwood the cemetery committee were empowered to make contract for fencing the cemetery in case of disagreement - refer it to council following ordinance was adopted.
Ordinance No. Be it ordained by the council of the town of Honey Grove that it shall be unlawful for any person or persons to stand any stud horse or Jack Ass within the corporate limits of the town of Honey Grove provided that owners of livery stables may within the wall of their stables. Any person violating this ordinance shall be fined not to exceed five dollars for each and every day shall constitute a separate offence, on motion council affirms.
August 1st 1881
Council met at regular session. Present V. A. Howeth, A. G. Stobaugh, W. D. Wilkins, W. Underwood and S. E. Bramlette. V. A. Howeth elected mayor pro tem. On motion one hundred dollars was set aside to the credit of the street fund. Petition from colored people read. Moved by A. G. Stobaugh that E. S. Clark be authorized to teach the colored free school. Motion was lost.
Prof. J. S. Kendall presented his application to teach public free school for white children proposing to teach the school at the rate of one dollar and fifty cents per head actual attendance. on motion of A. G. Stobaugh the proposition was accepted and contract entered into, that J. S. Kendall tech the public free school to being at such time as the board may hereafter designate. Following resolution was presented by A. G. Stobaugh and on motion adopted: Whereas the trustee of this school district did in the year 1875 or 6 appropriate the sum of two hundred and seventy five dollars for the purchase of school seats and desks and Whereas said desk and seats are now in possession of the Honey Grove High School, be it therefore resolved by the town council of Honey Grove that the_____ of said town be requested to call on the authorities of said high school and demand of them the seats aforesaid or compensation for the same to the amount of $275.00 as aforesaid to be applied to the public free school as the council may direct. Acct of Jobe Taylor for 2.75 presented and ordered paid on motion council adjourned.
August 9th, 1881
Council met at 4 o'clock P.M. pursuant to call of Mayor. Present - V. A. Howeth, W. Underwood, W. D. Wilkins, A. G. Stobaugh & S. E. Bramlette. Absent - Mayor Hale. V. A. Howeth called the council to order, on motion of S. E. Bramlette, V. A. Howeth was chosen mayor pro tem. Ma yor pro tem requested secretary to read call of the mayor and announced the object of the meeting to be to take into further consideration the free school question and other business as may be of importance.
S. E. Bramlette that the mayor being absent, no person was authorized to call the council or order. V. A. Howeth announced that he would take the responsibility, as Mayor Hale had requested him to do so.
V. A. Howeth presented the application of Prof. J. J. Richardson to teach a public free school at usual price on dollar and fifty cents per head actual attendance. Application filed W. D. Wilkins moved to accept proposition of Prof. Richardson. Seconded by W. Underwood. On suggestion of Mayor Pro tem that the council had best grant Prof. Richardson a certificate before acctepting proposition. Mr. Wilkins by consent of his second, withdrew the motion. A motion was then made by Mr. Wilkins to grant a first class certificate to Prof. Richardson. A. G. Stobaugh was of opinion that town council had no such authority to grant an original certificate and argued same must come form County board of examiners. Mayor pro tem called Mr. Wilkins to the chair and answered the law gave to town and cities having control of public free schools, exclusive control over said school and therefore had the right to grant certificate. Motion carried. Mr. Wilkins then moved to accept the proposition of Prof. Richardson. Seconded by W. Underwood. Mr. Wilkins asked to be excused. Leave of absence was granted. ___ Stobaugh and Bramlette called for the question to be put before the council. Mayor pro tem refused giving as his reason for refusing that a member was absent - who would return. Mr. Stobaugh moved to adjourn. Seconded by S. E. Bramlette. Mayor pro tem refused to put the motion and ruled it out-of-order. Mr. Wilkins returned and took his seat - the quesiton called being a motion to accept Prof. Richardson's proposition. After discussion the same was passed Wilkins and Underwood voting for, Stobaugh and Bramlett against. Mayor protem gave the ruling vote aye. On motion council adjourned.
October 3d 1881
Present - L. C. Hale, V. A. Howett, W. Underwood, W. D. Wilkins and S. E. Bramlette. Minutes read and approved. S. E. Bramlette offered the following ordinance which was adopted. Be it ordained by the Council of the town of Honey Grove that it shall be unlawful for any person or persons to shoot to any toy (?) pistol within the corporate limits of the town of Honey Grove. Any one violating this ordinance shall be fined in a sum not to exceed give dollars, same to take effect from and after its passage. On motion Council adjourned.
Dec 20th, 1881
Council met pursuant to call of Mayor. Present - L. C. Hale, Mayor, A. G. Stobaugh, W. D. Wilkins, V. A. Howeth, W. Underwood and S. E> Bramlette. Minutes read and approved. Committee appointed to examine book, papers etc. of closing term made the following report - That they find the books correct, except for the year 1879-80 the amount of fines as shown on mayor's book is twelve dollars in excess of that accounted for by the marshall and treasurer hence leaving that amount due from mayor. Also that they find no record of marshall relative to the impounding and sale of ___. On motion report accepted and committee discharged. Finance Committee reported recommending payment of accounts of L. C. Lemasater one for $49.50 and $53.48. On motion report adopted and accounts ordered paid. Account of Mayor Hale for office use presented and on motion laid on table. Committeee on cemetery made verbal report. On motion the further consideration was referred to new council. Marshall made the following report:
Mayor Hale read official returns from town election held Dec 13th 1881 and declared following officers elected Mayor L. N. Hornbeck; Marshall, Wm. N. Smith; Alderman 1st Ward J. H. Smith; 2nd Ward, Jno L. Ballinger; 3rd Ward Jas. B. McKee; 4th Ward B. O. Walcott; floater S. E. Bramlette. . . . Moved by A. G. Stobaugh that the council now adjourn Sine die, and that the mayor invite the new board elect to take their seats. Carried.