First Gregg County Election
On motion of Mr. Harris, it was resolved to designate one place in each Precinct as a place of registration and the following were selected. In Precinct No. 1, Longview. In Precinct No. 2, at Walker's Store. In Precinct No. 3, at Davenport's Mill. In Precinct No. 4, at Welborne's Store. In Precinct No. 5, at Gladewater."
The Commissioners further ordered and had entered of Record in Book A, page 5, Minutes of the County Court of Gregg County, the holding of an election for County officials, and the location of the County Seat. The order reads:
"On motion of Mr. Buttrill, it was resolved to hold an election at Longview for County Officers, and location of County Seat, to commence Wednesday, June 25, and continue four days."
The election returns show, Book A, Page 9, minutes County Court:
FOR COUNTY SEAT
FOR DISTRICT CLERK
T. A. Harris................... 1 vote
T. A. Flewellen.............. 7 votes
B. Buttrill........................263 votes
A. S. Taylor....................498 votes
FOR JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 1
T. D. Campbell...............267 votes
FOR JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 2
J. M. Sparkman...............356 votes
FOR JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRINCINCT 3
John W. Lawrence............314 votes
FOR JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 4
A. B. Tankersley...........182 votes
FOR JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 5
W. P. Victory...............606 votes
The candidates who received the highest number of votes were elected.
The judges who held the election were:
W. L. Welborne
The town of Longview, having received the majority of all the votes cast at said election for the County Seat of Gregg County, it was declared selected.
The Commissioners appointed to organize the County, again met
on July 21, 1873
"R. B. Levy, clerk of District Court, July 11, 1873 at 11:00 A.M., M. L. Durham, Sheriff, July 19, 1873, at 3 1/2 o'clock P.M., B. Buttrill, County Treasurer, July 19, 1873 at 3:25 o'clock P.M."
The Constitution of the 1869 in force at the time of the creation
of the County in 1873 provided only for the election of a District
Clerk of the Counties who was to perform all duties of a clerk
and Recorder. The county Clerk, for a County, additional to a
Districk Clerk, was provided for in the Constitution of 1876,
Section 20 of Article 5.
This information was found as a loose page in a folder, donated
by John Ben Shepperd to the Gladewater Library.
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