This Day in Dayton, 5 June
In the summer of 1871 an attempt was made to incorporate the town of Dayton. Yes, what was probably the first attempt was in 1871. On June 5, 1871, a petition was filed by G.J. Kellenberger and Thomas J. Toole, a son-in-law of town founder William Bush. Included with the petition were a survey and a town census. The Courier of June 24 announced the coming vote to be held on July 1 and predicted passage by “a large majority.” A similar notice, without editorial comment, appeared in the Journal on June 26. The vote was held in the school house. Voting for incorporation were 47 citizens, while 39 voted against it. In September an objection was filed by Van S. Burton and William Pedan, claiming the survey included areas never part of the town, the census was inaccurate, and other irregularities. Comparing the census with the list of voters does show names on the list who were not on the census and vice-versa. On September 15 the case was dismissed, ending the hopes of those who favored incorporation for the time being. The Journal reported the grounds for dismissal of the petition for incorporation by the Commissioners Court were that “the papers filed were not sufficient.” On September 20, George Kellenberger was back in the court house, this time with Jacob Kahl, filing an appeal and putting up a $200 bond, but nothing seems to have come of it (papers in file at TCHA; Courier and Journal).
On June 5, 1873, the Lafayette Journal reported that at the end of the 1873 school year, there were 518 children in the schools in Sheffield township in all grades.