150 Years: How much property does your neighbor own?

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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2019 12:58 pm

The earliest archives of the Union County Courier at the Elk Point-Jefferson Community Library begin in November of 1877, although the paper began in 1870. The Elk Point Leader debuted in 1890. The Leader bought out the Courier in 1913 and became the Leader-Courier. In 1947, the Leader-Courier purchased the Union County Herald.

The Jan. 21, 1954 paper devoted over three full pages to the Personal Property Tax List. Amounts ranged from $5 in personal property with a tax of 36¢ to $26,618 with a tax of $827.95.

Union County announced load limits in the March 4, 1954 paper. For county graveled roads, the limit was 9,000 pounds per axle. The state set limits of 11,500 pounds per axle on bituminous roads and 13,5000 on concrete.

U.S. Senator Francis Case questioned officers of the Corps of Army Engineers during hearings in Washington, D.C., according to the March 25, 1954 edition.

See full story in this week’s Leader-Courier.