Way back WednesdayWelcome to the first installment of “Wayback Wednesday.”  What is that exactly?  We feature a random article from Enid’s newspaper archives at the the Public Library of Enid and Garfield County.  Let’s take a look back at a random piece of history from February of 1900, seven years before Oklahoma was even a state.  At the bottom is a typed translation (sometimes with mis-spelled words….on purpose) of the actual article.  It is definitely not going to be safe for slow internet connections, as the image is really, really large.  Again thanks to PLEGC and specifically Katie Carmack

February 1900

Ordinance No 170.

An ordinance authorizing the issuing of Forty Thousand Dollars ($40,000) of water works bonds, for the construction and equippent of a water works system.

WHEREAS, on the 23rd day of January A.D. 1900, in pursuance of an election proclamation issued by the mayor and duly published for more than thirty days prior to said election in conformity with and under authority of an act of Congress, approved March 4th, 1898, and entitled “An Act to Prohibit the Passage of Local or Special Laws in the Territories, to limit Territorial Indebtedness, and so forth” and also an Ordinance of the City of Enid, Territory of Oklahoma, passed and approved December 4th A.D., 1890 the same being Ordinance number 127, an election was held in said City of Enid, said city having a bona fide population of more than one thousand people, as shown by the last school census next preceeding said election, at which there was submitted to the electors of said city the following propositions.

First – Whether or not Water Works Bonds not exceeding the amount of Forty Thousand Dollars…..said city for the purpose of erecting, constructing, and equipping, and purchasing a system of water works.

Second – Whether or not a contract for the erection, construction, equippment and purchasing a system of water works substantially as outlined in Ordinance number One hundred an twenty-seven, of the city of Enid, will be ratified, and WHEREAS, said election was held in strict conformity with said act of Congress and the election law of the Territory of Oklahoma, at which there five hundred legal voters, each of whom are owners of real or personal property within said city subject to taxation subject to taxation, cast their ballots at said election, of which four hundred and fifty-six were in favor of proposition number one (1) as herein before set out, and thirty-six against said proposition, eight ballots being mutilated, which said result was properly determined by the Mayor and City Council of said city of Enid, and WHEREAS as said city of Enid has by ordinance provided for a sinking fund for the redemption of Forty Thousand Dollars ($40,000) of water works bonds.

Therefore be it ordained by the mayor and councilmen of the city of Enid, Territory of Oklahoma:

Section 1 – That the city of Enid, Territory of Enid is hereby authorized and empowered to issue water works bonds for the construction and equippment of a system of water works not exceeding the amount of Forty Thousand Dollars (40,000) in accordance with the provisions and under authority of an act of Congress, approved March 4, 1898 and entitled “An Act to Amend and Act to…..indebtedness, and so forth.”

Section 2 Said bonds shall be issued in denominations of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000) each, number one (1) to forty (40) both inclusive bearing interest at the rate of six percent per annum, payable semi-annually  on April and October first, of each year, both interest and principal payable at the fiscal Agency of the Territory of Oklahoma, in the city and state of New York, or in case of the discontinuance of the same at the Chemical National Bank in the city and state of New York, in lawful money of the United States of America.  Said bonds shall be dated April 1st, 1900, and shall run for a period of twenty (20) years from date, maturing April 1st A.D. 1920; they shall be made payable to bearer and shall be signed by the mayor and attested by the clerk under the seal of said city; the interest shall be evidenced by attached coupons of proper dates, amounts, and maturities, and the conditions of said bonds shall be such that the city shall be absolutely bound to a full payment of the principal and interest thereon at the times and places herein stipulated.

Section 3 – This ordinance shall be in force and effect from and after its due passage, approval and publication according to law.

Entered on Journal Page 282.  Passed the Council and Approved February 2, 1900

Joseph Meise-something



J.S. Shoemaker

Seal, City Clerk