Sumter County Answers to Chapter 14 of Revised Manual

Sumter County Answers to Chapter 14 of Revised Manual

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WPA
(Sumter County) - Officials
County Commissioners
ANSWERS TO CHAPTER 14 OF REVISED MANUAL
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County Commissioners Minutes missing since creation of county, Jan. 2, 1853 - Oct. 15, 1881. (vols. A, B, C)
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County Commissioners met in Leesburg Oct. 15, 1881, to canvas returns of election held Oct. 10, 1881, for locating county site. Election returns as follows:
Town of Sumterville 444 votes
Leesburg 341
Helena 67
Adamsville 6
West Apopka 1
Total 859
Sumterville legally elected county site of Sumter County for next 10 years. (County Commissioners Minutes, vol. D, pp. 1, 3)
On July 10, 1911, an election was ordered to be held Sept. 1, 1911, for the purpose of locating the county site. Election returns as follows:
Sumterville 68 votes
Bushnell 282
Coleman 269
Webster 271
Wildwood 305
(County Commissioners Minutes, vol. F, pp. 578-579)
Sept. 2, 1911, “Ordered that second election be called for the location of the county site of said Sumter County & at election only those two places which had received the highest no. of votes at said first election be considered as candidates for the election of the county site, to wit, the towns of Wildwood and Bushnell.” (County Commissioners Minutes, vol. F, pp. 585 & 586)
Oct. 2, 1911, election returns as follows:
Precinct     Wildwood Bushnell
No. 1 Sumterville 36 18
" 2 Oxford 154 10
" 3 Wildwood 262 0
" 4 Rutland 12 1
" 5 Bay Hill 0 16
" 6 Webster 109 41
" 7 Center Hill 44 83
" 8 Bushnell 1 223
" 9 St. Catherine 13 38
" 10 Linden 8 30
" 11 Coleman 9 197
      648 657
(County Commissioners Minutes, vol. F, p. 594)

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State Library of Florida, WPA - Historical Records Survey, County Histories

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Overview of County Commissioners Minutes of Sumter County, Florida transcribed by the Works Progress Administration's Historical Records Survey. Verifications also included.

Note to Researchers: Though the WPA field workers included extensive citations for the factual information contained in these county histories, it should be noted that these historical narratives were produced in the 1930s by federal government employees, and might reflect the inherent social biases of the era.