Ingish - Paris News - Feb. 5, 1939
Fannin Commissioners Of Old Days Fined $25 When Absent From Court Meeting BONHAM, Texas. (/P) — When the commissioners court of Fan- jiin county met 101 years ago it apparently was intended a full repre-sen'.^Uon should be present. Records of a meeting, preserved in the county dark's office, held in 1B38, contain this minute: "On motion of Chief Justice Jouett it is ordered by the court that Esquires Robert B. Fowler, Thomas L. Lindsey and James O'Neal be fined each in the sum of $25 for having failed to attend and take a seat at the present term of court." The minutes were signed by J. G. Jouett, chief justice (corresponding (corresponding to a present day county judge), Joseph Swaggerty, Thomas Thomas G. Lindsey, Robert S. Fowler, arvi Thomas Wright, Fannin coun- ty^lerk. The earlier legal document filed filed in the county, dated February 1, 1838, was one qualifying Bailey Inglish as president of the board of land commissioners. The entry follows: "The County of Fannin, Republic Republic of Texas: "We, Bailey Inglish, principal, and Mark R. Roberts, Martin Vernon, Vernon, John R. Garnett and Wesley Lpllett, his securities, do hereby bind and oblige ourselves and our heirs and assigns to pay to Sam Houston, president of the Republic Republic of Texas, and his successors in office in the just and full sum of $20,000 for the payment of which we jotnliy and severally bind ourselves ourselves as aforesaid. "The condition of the above obligation obligation is such that as the above bound Bailey Inglish is about to qualify as the president of the board of land commissioners for the county of Fannin in the said Republic of Texas and offers the said Mark R. Roberts, Martin Vernon, John R. Garnett and Westly Lollett as his securities in this his office bond, now if the said Bailey Inglish does well and truly pay over all of the public moneys which may come into his hand in the said office and perform perform all of the duties of the said office then the above bond is declared declared to be void, otherwise it is to remain in full force and effect." The article was signed by the principals and approved by Chief Justice Jouett.