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Converted from paper version of the Broad Ripple Gazette (v14n05)
Old Town of Broad Ripple Meeting Minutes #161
posted: Mar. 03, 2017

The Town of Broad Ripple was incorporated in 1894, and started holding regular meetings at that time. In each issue, I will print my transcription of the old Town of Broad Ripple meeting minutes. These are taken from the original, hand-written minutes that contain many spelling errors. I have transcribed all the records as they were entered, including errors. I will make some corrections to the text in brackets [ ]. The original minutes books are at the Indiana State Archives at 6440 E. 30th St.
Here is the one-hundred sixty-first installment:
From 1903, newly elected officers of the Town of Broad Ripple were sworn in, Frank Watts, who owned the general store where Runners Forum is today, was paid back $1.36 for oil, gasoline and matches.

Board of Trustees of the Town of Broad Ripple met in Special Session this 9th day of May 1903. All members present. The minutes of May 5th 1903 read and approved.
The following bills were read and on regular motion were allowed and orders drawn on the Treasurer for the respective assessments WH Mon + Co. $7.50 C.L. Kirk $18.00
None of the new elected officers were present, the board adjourned to meet Monday Night to swear in the new elected town officers.
C.W. Silvey Pres
C.L. Kirk clerk

Broad Ripple Ind May 11th 1903

The Board of Trustees of the Town of Broad Ripple met in Special Session all members present.
The minutes of May 9th read and approved. Daniel W. Harcourt was sworn in as Trustee from the First District.
Elmore H. Pursel was sworn in as Town Treasurer.
Elmore [this is an error in the book, should be Franklin] Dungan was sworn in as Town Clerk.
Thomas Metsker [also an error, should be Medsker] was sworn in as Town Marshal.
The Board organized electing Daniel W. Harcourt as President of the Board. On regular motion the board selected the first Tuesday night in each month as their regular meeting night. The Bond of Elmore H. Pursel with Henry C. Gresh and O.J. Pursel as sureties was accepted. The Bond of Thomas F. Metsker [error] was also accepted with George Sheets, James M. Watts and J.C. White as sureties.
A bill for $19.90 was allowed C.W. Silvey for election expenses and an order drawn on Treasurer for same. The following were turned over to Thomas Metsker [error].
1 pair nippers, 1 pair handcuffs, and 2 badges. On regular motion the Board adjourned.
D.H. Harcourt Pres.
F.E. Dungan Clerk

Broad Ripple Ind, June 2nd 1903

The Board of trustees of the town of Broad Ripple met in regular session all members present. A bill for $12.00 was allowed E.H. Pursel for services as treasurer. The following bills were also allowed. $10.00 to C.L. Kirk for duties as fire chief.
$1.50 to Chas. Roberts for one day's services as deputy.
$33.00 to T.F. Metsker salary as Marshal.
$1.00 to Dan. A. Day for 4 meals served prisoners.
$3.50 to J. VanSyoc for 7 loads of gravel hauled,
And $3.00 to James Smith for street cleaning and gravel hauling.
On regular motion C.L. Kirk was appointed fire chief for one year.
The Marshal was instructed to repair Jefferson Street between the canal and the railroad.
On reconsideration of election expenses C.W. Silvery was allowed $1.00.
No further business the board adjourned.
D.W. Harcourt Pres.
F.E. Dungan Clerk

Broad Ripple, Ind July 7th 1903

The Board of Trustees of the Town of Broad Ripple met in regular session all members being present. The following bills were allowed.
To Joseph Wambaugh $5.00 for cable.
To Broad Ripple Lumber Co $1.98 for pipe
To H.C. Gresh $2.92 for supplies
To Frank E. Watts for oil, gasoline and matches $1.36
To Melvin Kail $4.50 for services as Deputy.
To James Smith $3.50 for gravel
And to T.F. Metsker marshal $32.00.
On motion the Board decided to have D.W. Harcourt consult an attorney concerning street improvements. No further business Board adjourned.
D.W. Harcourt Pres
J.E. Dungan Clerk


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