OFFICIAL ROSTER OF DEKALB COUNTY, 1837-1884
The following have held the office of County Clerk: John F.
Coburn, 1837-'41; S. W. Sprott, 1841-'51; J. P. Widney, 1851-'5;
S. W. Sprott, 1855-'9; John Ralston, 1859-'67; J. R. Lanning,
1867-'75; G. H. K. Moss, 1875-'80; John W. Baxter, 1880-'4; D.
Y. Husselman, 1884.
The office of recorder was combined with that of clerk for the
first fourteen years of the county's existence, since which time it
has been a distinct office. The incumbents have been: John F.
Coburn, 1837-'41; S. W. Sprott, 1841-'51; John McCune, 1851-'5;
W. E. Griswold, 1855-'9; S. W. Widney, 1859-'64; G. R. Hoffman, 1864-'8; D. Z. Hoffman, 1868-76; M. Boland, 1876-'84;
John Butt, 1884.
The auditors have been: S. W. Sprott, 1841-'2; Aaron Hague,
1842-' 9; Miles Waterman, 1849-'55; M. F. Pierce, 1855-'60; A. J.
Hunt, 1860-'2; George Kuhlman, 1862-'6; W. W. Griswold, 1866-
'70; W. McIntyre, 1870-'4; Isaac Hague, 1874-'8; Albert Robbins,
1878-'82; Thomas H. Tomlinson, 1882.
Twelve men have been the custodians of De Kalb County's
money, as follows: Wesley Park, 1837-'51; S. W. Ralston, 1851-'53; J.E. Hedricks, 1853-'5; E. W. Fosdick, 1855-7; Jacob Helwig, 1857-'9; R. B. Catlin, 1859-'61: George Barney, 1861-'5; L. J. Blair, 1865-7; F. D.Ryan, 1867-72; Nicholas Ensley, 1872-'6;
Daniel Gonser, 1876-'80; L. J. Miller, 1880-'4.
From 1837 to 1850 Wesley Park, Thomas J. Freeman, Jonathan Puffenbarger, and S. W. Ralston
successively kept the county's
disorderly citizens under lock and key. Since 1850 the time has
been divided as follows: W. K. Straight, 1850-'4; Isaac Brandt, 1854-'6; S. W. Ralston, 1856-'60; J. N. Chamberlain, 1860-'2; J. N. Miller, 1862-'4; H. Willis, 1864-'8; J. Plum, 1868-72; W. L.
Meese, 1872-'6; John St. Clair, 1876-'8; A. S. Leas, 1878-'82; John
W. Boyle. 1882.
The Legislators of our county are three in number, and the
board for each year since the organization of the county has been
1837 — Peter Fair (Chairman), Samuel Widney and Abram F.
1838— Peter Fair (Chairman), David Strong and Isaac T. Aldrich.
1839 — Daniel Strong (Chairman), Peter Fair and Isaac B.
1840 — Daniel Strong (Chairman), Isaac B. Smith and Daniel
1841 — Daniel Strong (Chairman), Daniel Moody and Warner
1842 — Daniel Moody (Chairman), Warner Spooner and John
1843 — Warner Spooner (Chairman), John Helwig and Daniel
1844 — John Helwig (Chairman), Daniel Moody and Oliver D.
1845— Daniel Moody (Chairman), Oliver D. Keep and Amzi
1846 — Oliver D. Keep (Chairman), Amzi Seely and James M.
1847 — Amzi Seely (Chairman), James M. Goetschius and Andrew S. Casebeer.
1848 — Amzi Seely (Chairman), James M . Goetschius and Andrew
1849 — Amzi Seely (Chairman), Andrew S. Casebeer and James
1850 — Amzi Seely (Chairman), Oliver D. Keep and William
1851 — William Showers (Chairman), Jacob Helwig and John
1852 — Jacob Helwig (Chairman), Solomon De Long and Joseph
1853 — Solomon De Long (Chairman), Joseph Walter and Jeremiah Hemstreet.
1854 — Joseph Walter (Chairman), Solomon De Long and Joel
1855 — Solomon De Long (Chairman), Joel E. Thompson and
James M. Goetschius.
1856 — Solomon De Long (Chairman), James M. Goetschius and
1857 — James M. Goetschius (Chairman), Jeremiah Hemstreet
and Amzi Seely.
1858 — Jeremiah Hemstreet (Chairman), Amzi Seely and James
1859 — Amzi Seely (Chairman), David Buchanan and Alexander
1860 — Alexander Provines (Chairman), David Buchanan and
1861 — David Buchanan (Chairman), Henry Fusselman and John
1862 — Henry Fusselman (Chairman), John Brandon and J. M.
1863 — John Brandon (Chairman), J. H. Brumback and Amzi
1864 — J. M. Brumback (Chairman), Amzi Seely and Alexander
1865 — Amzi Seely (Chairman), Alexander Provines and R. G.
1866 — Alexander Provines (Chairman), R. G. Daniels and
1867 — R. G. Daniels (Chairman), William Henderson and
1868 — William Henderson (Chairman), William Mclntyre and
1869 — William Hclntyre (Chairman), Daniel Gonser and William Henderson.
1870 — Daniel Gonser (Chairman), George Ensley and William
1871 — William Richmond (Chairman), George Ensley and
1872 — George Eusley (Chairman), Daniel Gonser and William
1873 — Daniel Gonser (Chairman), Nelson Griffith and Charles
1874— Nelson Griffith (Chairman), Charles R. Wanemaker and
George H. Duncan.
1875 — Nelson Griffith (Chairman), Charles R. Wanemaker and
George H. Duncan.
1876 — George H. Duncan (Chairman), Charles R. Wanemaker
and A. D. Goetschius.
1877 — A. D. Goetschius (Chairman), B. F. Blair and George
1878 — B. F. Blair (Chairman), George H. Duncan and A. D.
1879 — George H. Duncan (Chairman), Edward Kelham and B.
1880— Edward Kelham (Chairman), John Shoub and F. D.
1881— John Shoub (Chairman), F. D. Oberlin and Edward
1882— F. D. Oberlin (Chairman), B. D. Thomas and O. H.
1883—O. H. Widney (Chairman), B. D. Thomas and Joseph
Sewell. (B. D. Thomas died in June, 1884, and Henry Probst was
appointed to complete the term.)
1884 — O. H. Widney (Chairman), Joseph Sewell and Henry
DeKalb County has furnished the following Circuit Judges: R.
J. Dawson, James I. Best, C. A. O. McClellan and R. Wes. McBride; Common Pleas Judges, John Morris and
E. B. Mott; Associate Judges, A. Walden, T. L. Yates, Samuel Widney, Nelson
Payne, Robert Work, David Martin, Abraham Cope and G. C.
Mudgett; Probate Judges, Lott Herrick and J. B. Wade; State
Senator: R. J. Dawson, T. R. Dickinson, E. W. Fosdick and
William Mercer. The county has been represented in the lower
branch of the Legislature by Joseph Helwig, John P. Widney,
R. J. Dawson, G. C. Mudgett, Robert Work, S. B. Ward, Miles
Waterman, Henry Feagler, R. M. Lockhart, E. D. Hartman, L.
D. Britton, S. S. Shutt and D. D. Moody. The County Surveyors
have been Joseph Miller, C. Probst, Joseph Nodine, Daniel Altenburg, Marius Buchanan, David Eberly, G. W. Weeks, I. K. Sheffer,
Chauncey Clark, and J. J. Van Auken; School Examiners and
Superintendents, Edward Wright, Spencer Dills, W. H. Mcintosh
and James A. Barnes.
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