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Date Original

1888-01-30; 1888-02-29


These are county court documents for a case alleging the misuse of tax funds intended for educational purposes.

Biographical/Historical Note

In the late 1800s, public schools began to receive funding from various taxes in order to support the educational system, including those taxes imposed on the railroads. In 1888, W.M. Ponder and the other directors of School District number 19 in Lawrence County filed a compliant alleging that James P. Coffin, Commissioner of Public Buildings, did not distribute to their district the money from railroad taxes that under the law was meant for the school district funds. They allege that said tax revenues were used to build a new county courthouse instead of given to the schools. James P. Coffin offers answers to their complaints denying that funds were misappropriated or undistributed.


[Page 1] Lawrence circuit court
M W Pader[Ponder]
el[et.] als[all]
James P Coffin
commissioner ---
William M Pader[Ponder] being duly
Sworn States, that he is one of the School directors
for School District No 19 in Lawrence county,
and that they have not received any funds
from the county Treasurer of said County
amesing[amassing] from the Rail Road taxs[sic] distributed
under the act of 21 of Feby[February] 1887, and that
they have appealed to said treasurer within
the last week or so ^two weeks, and wen[sic] - - - found
that the apportionment had not as yet
been made, but that it would be in a short
time and that District ^ no. 19 would be entitled
to five or six hundred dollers[sic]
WM Ponder
Sworn to and subscribed before me this
Jany[January] 11 1887
A A - - - clerk

Physical Description

Documents, 14.25" x 8.5"


Rural schools; Taxes; Education; Schools; School boards; County government; Law

Geographical Area

Lawrence County (Ark.)




MSNE.0070, Box 31, Folder 114

Resource Type



Lawrence County (Ark.) Circuit Court records, MSNE.0070


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives

Recommended Citation

Court Case, William M. Ponder v James P. Coffin, commissioner, Lawrence County (Ark.) Circuit Court records, Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, Powhatan, Arkansas.


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Court Case, William M. Ponder  v  James P. Coffin, commissioner