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Old Town of Broad Ripple Meeting Minutes #201
posted: Feb. 08, 2024

This historic serial has run on and off in the last 18 years of the Broad Ripple Gazette. The intention is to share the history of Broad Ripple, help people find their ancestors in the text, and to complete the transcriptions of these important early documents.
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 [ ]. I will try to include street name changes, such as: Shelby Street became 63rd, then Broad Ripple Avenue, Morgan Street is now Guilford, North is now 64th, Hancock is now Westfield. See more of our street name research at - Alan
The original minutes books are at the Indiana State Archives at 6440 E. 30th St.

Here is the two-hundred-first installment
Contract for sidewalks let

Broad Ripple, Ind
March 7th 1905
Board met in regular session all members being present.
Bills were allowed as follows:-
To Standard Oil Co $1.90 for oil furnished
Thomas Medsker $30. 00/100 for one months salary as marshall [according to web: $30 in 1905 is worth $1,080 today]
Indpls Sentinal Printing Co $46. 83/100 for printing improvement resolutions for improvement of sidewalks
Recorders bill for recording transfers of lots of platted ground taken into corporation of Broad Ripple Ind amt $20 50/100
C.H. Pearce + Co 2.25/100 for ½ ton coal furnished Town for use in Town Hall.
$25. 00/100 to H.B. Fatout on a/c for services rendered
This being the regular meeting night for the letting Shelby St cement sidewalks on north side from Light Avenue to Morgan St, also North St. on north side from Airline St. to west corporation line on Shelby St., Mr. E. J. Jeffries being the lowest bidder he was awarded the contract at 52 cents per lineal foot and he was ordered to file bond for faithful performances(?) of his work according to specifications.
On North St. there was a remonstrance filed but on account of irregularity it was overruled and the contract awarded to Mr. Franklin Boots he being the lowest bidder at 53 cts per lineal foot.
There being no further business before the board, on motion of H.C. Gresh the board adjourned to meet on the next regular meeting night

DW Harcourt Presdt of Brd
J.O. Brenneman "clerk"

I included this page from the minutes book so you can try to decipher the word "performances", about 5 lines up from this comment. I don't see an F in the handwriting, but I can't think of another word it could be. Maybe you can.

Old Town of Broad Ripple Meeting Minutes #201

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