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Old Town of Broad Ripple Meeting Minutes #209
posted: Jun. 06, 2024

This historic serial has run on and off in the last 19 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-ninth installment
Justice of the Peace to pay for his own fuel

January 26, 1906
At a called meeting of the Town Board of Broad Ripple held this day, there were present J.D Sullivan, B.F. Osborne and Millard F. Eaton, trustees, when the following resolution was passed and ordered on the minutes. Whereas a petition has been presented for the annexation of the Town of Broad Ripple as shown by petition and plat herewith presented. Therefore be it resolved that the Town Board of the Town of Broad Ripple are hereby authorized and empowered to sign said petition for and in behalf of said Town, and to do each every and all acts necessary to secure the annexation of the Town of Broad Ripple to the City of Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana. (Adjourned)

Attest Don A Day Clerk
JD Sullivan President

February 6, 1906
Board met in regular session, all members being present. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. The first business in order was the request of B.J. White J. P. for the use of the Town Hall as his court room, which was granted by the Board. He being required to furnish his own fuel when fire is needed.
It was moved and seconded to borrow $300.00 from M.B. Dawson for 5 months at 6 percent interest

[Morton B. Dawson, your editor's 1st cousin 4x removed]

Bills presented were allowed as follows:-
To the Standard Oil Co for 20 gals of oil as per bill $.200
To Jeffries + White for 100 feet of cement walks $13.50
To Thomas F. Metsker for 1 months salary as Marshal $30.00 and for extra help in attending to fire apparatus 1.50 making a total of $31.50

The Broad Ripple Band was granted the use of the Town Hall as a meeting place to practice. No further business before the Board it adjourned
JD Sullivan President
Attest Don A Day Clerk

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