C-J 3-13-1898 GRC 2

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the latter, was largely due to the "pow er of the press" and the prestige of Louisville being located In an older State. Much has been written about George Rogers Clark In connection with his coming to Kentucky In 17T7 and making his headquarters in Louisville In 17S0, but very little has been said about his eareer la Clarksville. where he lived for manv years. The records In the county offices In Jeffersonvllle ' at one time contained many Interesting incidents In Clark's life. The writer perused many of these records about fifteen year ago. while , ' serving jas Indian reporter for the Courier-Journal, Courier-Journal, Courier-Journal, Courier-Journal, but whm he went to look . for them a few days ago found many of them missing. It Is well that William H. English got access to them before he finished his book. "The Conquest of the North went. recently Ipaud.' ok-h ok-h ok-h con-.. con-.. con-.. i iu cTatK -XnitrTverr -XnitrTverr - called the Illinois grant, arVellll In the nevoraer s ornce. .. In the year 1783 the State of Virginia, which owned the land northwest of the Ohio river, passed an act providing for the location and survey of 150.000 acres of land granted by a prior resolution of Aseemoijr or that state to Cot George Rogers Clark and the officers and soldiers soldiers who served three years and assisted assisted In the reduction of the British posts In the Illinois country. This sur. vey embraced a part of Floyd county, extending as far west as East Ninth street In New Albany; nearly all of Clark county, embracing Jeffersonvllle. Utlca, Char lest own, Henryvllle and extending up the Ohio river as far as the head of Kighteen-mlle Kighteen-mlle Kighteen-mlle Iahuid. nearly opposite --. --. --. 5 estport. Ky. It also took In a part of Scott county. The land was laid oft Into tracts of &oo acres and 100 acres. It was provided that Brigadier Generals should have 7.500 acres. Lieutenant Colonels 4 -600: -600: Majors 4.000; Captains 3.000; Sergeants Sergeants 200, and privates 108 acres, leaving leaving 19,500 acres after each soldier got a share. The commission to divide this land met In Louisville. August 3. 1784. and commenced the distribution. It is of rwru imi uen. ,iar got 8,(H9 acres. I wasstlputated that 1,000 of the 150.000 -v -v apart lor a town, and Clark ' 00 th board, designated the ' f1 t,or ,h town. His brother, William Clark, laid It off. and the record at Jef. Hiwarun aaows in following: Clarkavilla Boundaries. "Beginning oa the bank of the Ohio at a man wmte thorn, whit oak. and hickory, a little below the mouth of Silver creek, running thence north, crossing Stiver reea twice, 170 poles to a sweet gum. beech and sugar tree, thenoe east crossing said creek again 32s poles to three beeches, thance south 4t degrees, east M poles to a beach and sugar tree, thence east 171 poles a targe sweet gum. sugar tree and dog. ine cana or Mill ereek. thence wvava viwuf BKU e roe it in poles to a sugar ana two white aah trees, thence east IN pole te three beeches, theuce south crossing Pond creek 280 poles to the Ohio at two white ash and two hickory trees, thenc down the Ohio with ks meanders to "Surveyed 1,009 acres of land on .the imottvi hu. vi i ie nver UruO lor the town of t'larkavlile agreeable to an act of wm oik imi a oy w . tiara. . The records of August 7. 1784, show that: Is given Gen. Clark to erect the mm ne u now uuuaingon a branch above the lota already lakl off In Clarsaville, and If completed and of public utility the right of the soil to so much land as shall be claimed aufflclent for the water shall be cuunueu io Dim. Geo. Clark and his brother Intended to make Clarksville a manufacturing . town and to run a canal through the place, establishing many mills along n li an a a. fie cnose tne town as his place of residence, but being unmar- unmar- nea aiviaea tne time between the home of his rlster. Mrs. Wm. Croghan, who lived on the Kentucky side of the river, and Clarksville. That he considered the tatter piace ma home Is evidenced by m raci tnat ne voted at the election in 1804. The vote was viva voce, and ien. uara is recorded as voting against the Territory being organised as a mate, in most histories of Clark, noth-Ing noth-Ing noth-Ing Is said about his home being in : Clarksville, but Josiah Espy, writing in 1&0&, sags he saw his log cabin at the upper end of the town, a half mile below below where the Pennsylvania bridge now crosses the. Ohio. A peculiarity of the law for the organization organization of Clarksville permitted the trustees to use the money from the sale of lots "In such manner as they may Judge most beneficial for the in-, in-, in-, habitants of - the said town." These trustees perpetuated themselves until 1883. and. as well may be Imagined with a law so loosely drawn. It was an easy matter for them to use the money for their own benefit. Growing out of this law much vexatious litigation followed. It was provided that the houses In Clarksville should be 20x18 feet at least, ud a failure to build forfeited tat fat. . W C L, A map ow class; Showing the location of subsequent conduct of both parties. tight of soil remained la Virginia. Virginia Virginia claimed the right of leglalation after this compact, and did actually legia- uie on ine euojfci or tnese lands in years 178 and 1788. The United States acquiesced acquiesced In the right claimed and exercised by Virginia. Congress haa never attempted attempted to make any regulation respecting lands In this grant. Nor have the United States. In any Instance, claimed the right to legislate on the subject, or in any manner manner to Interfere with Virrtnie resneetinv the primary dlapoaal of the soil. ' If thin a fair construction of the unnui. vir. glnla retained and still retains the sole and exclusive tight of legislation, so far respects the transfer from the Government Government to lnd tviduai claimants of the legal title to lands In the Illinois Grant, and. with reepect to these lande, the acta of the General Assembly of Virginia have the same foroe and authority as the acta Congress have with respect to other lands In these States. As reapects the primary diepoeal of the soil. Virginia haa the right to legislate for one part of the State, and the I nited State for the other part. Th acts of both are equally obligatory, and are presumed to be equally . within the anowieage or our courts and Judges, as vnuai a part or tne law or the land. -Th -Th trustees Of Clark's Rnnt mat In Louisville until about 1814. whea they iu tfcuersonvuie. .Meetings wer held until about 1850. when they ceased enurejy. zsy common consent their au- au- moniy was discontinued. About 60,000 people now live in Clark's recognuing the Jurisdiction of Indiana. Some of the original laws regulating th town of Cl&rkavin .tin survlv. For a long time the trustees did not have to reoort or arive wmm " "r proceedings to any superior authority, authority, and the board was m corporation a aeir perpetuating body. But in 1883 the Indiana Legislature Legislature passed a law trovldina- trovldina- that t.n. u Y'"ca may oe taia out. established and incorporated under general laws any part or the 1,000 acres const! luting i.iarxaviiie. tvinr k. Louisville bridge approach, and afterward afterward the trustees of Clarksville sur- sur- iruucrea ineir Decuilar unhnriiv the entire 1,000 acres was incorporated as the town of Clarksville. No attempt has aince been made to ineornnnt. .n fn ui me JL.UUU acrea The ami vnucra yet Deiieve a great town can b built up there, connecting New Albany Albany and Jefferson villa as well as Louisville. Louisville. The Ohio Falls Car Works, th Stat Reformatory and tba Pease fao- fao- lorjr, wuicn manufactures tmr-. tmr-. tmr-. umna. are located In Clarksville. as well aa the Gathright mill. These are all of the manufactories. The two flnuri.hin. towns of Howard Park and rthin ar also located within the strip, and these are filling up with a good class of Industrious and enterprising people. This is something in the wav at ress. but nothing like what was expected expected by George Rogers Clark and his immediate successors one huntri and fourteen years ago. About Ancient Clarksville. ' Th settlement of Clarksville wa begun In 1784, the first In the State outside outside of Vlncennea. When I first Viewed the rauida of tK- tK- Ohio." wrote Gen. Hovey In the year l.s it was my object to have opened a canal on the side of Loulavill hut - amination I discovered u-h u-h u-h ,u - on the opposite aid that I at once decided In favor of It. The tDDraiim.iu. JrTt deep ravines, the one discharging Into the Ohio above th rapids and the other below ui eiccycst tau, wm ii u ui operatioa

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  1. The Courier-Journal,
  2. 13 Mar 1898, Sun,
  3. Page 20

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