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An ACT to establish'a ferry across the Illinois river in Grundy county.
In force Feb. SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 27, 1841. represented in the General Assembly, That William E. Armstrong, his heirs or assigns, are hereby authorized to establish a ferry across the Illinois river, on section seven or nine, in town thirty-three, range seven, in the county of Grundy. Sec. 2.' The said Armstrong, his heirs or assigns, shall lo-n
Time of loca. cate and establish said ferry within nine months from the tion. passage of this act, and when said ferry [shall] be located and established, the said Armstrong, bis heirs and assigns[shall]have the exclusive right to cross said river within one mile of the point where he may establish said ferry, and it shall not be No ferry withlegal for the county commissioners of the above named coun-in one mile. ty to grant or establish any ferry or bridge within one mile of the above named ferry, within ten years from the passage of this act.
SEC. 3. The said Armstrong, his heirs or assigns, shall be Rates of ferentitled to the rates of ferriage, as follows: For each wagon riage. and six horses or oxen, seven-five cents; for each wagon, four horses or oxen, fifty cents; for each wagon, two horses or oxen, twenty-five cents; for each dearborn and horse, eighteen and three-fourths cents; for each man and horse, twelve and a half cents; for each footman, six and a fourth cents; for each loose horse or cow, three cents; for each goat, sheep or hog, two cents.
Sec. 4. It shall be the duty of said Armstrong, his heirs or assigns, to keep on hand at all times, good boats, joices, plements. oars and other implements, to ensure a good and safe passage across said river. This act to be in force from and after its passage.
Approved, February 27, 1841.
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AD ACT 10 establish a ferry therein named.
In force, Feb.
27, 1841. Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That Isaac Prickett, Benjamin Godfrey, Nathaniel Buckmaster, and William Martin, their associates, heirs and assigns, be, and they are hereby Persons to exauthorized to establish a ferry on the waters of the Mississip- tablish ferry. pi river, in the city of Alton, in this State, and to run the same from the public landing in the city of Alton, or from such other point or points within the present limits of the city of Alton, as may be agreed upon by the owners of the ferry and Proviso. the owners of the land within said limits: Provided, That they shall not use any boat or water craft except such as shall be propelled or urged through the water by steam or horse power, except in cases of emergency when smaller vessels may be temporarily employed for crossing.
SEC. 2. That no person or persons, except those who haven ferries now established within the present limits of the city to be estabof Alton, shall establish any ferry of the description afore- lished.
said, within said limits, and if any person or persons shall, contrary to the provisions of this act, run any boat or boats of the description aforesaid, he, she, or they sha!) forfeit every such boat with its furniture and apparel to the said owners of said ferry, their heirs or assigns, which may be attached and recovered before any court having competent juris
diction. Rates of fer. Sec. 3. That it shall be lawful for the said owners of riage.
said ferry, their associates, heirs and assigns, to demand and receive the same rate of ferriage as is now of right demandable at either of the two ferries now crossing the said Mississippi river, nearest to the ferry authorized to be established by this act.
SEC. 4. That the ferry hereby established, shall be subSubject to ject to the same taxes as are now or hereafter may be imtaxation.
posed on the other ferries within this State, and under the
same regulations and forfeitures. Privileges Sec. 5. That if the company incorporated by this act may be for
shall, for the space of six months, neglect to carry out the feited.
provisions hereof, the said privileges hereby granted shall cease and determine; and if it shall hereafter appear that facilities for crossing said river shall not be provided, for a
space of one month, a suit may be instituted against said comSuit may be opo instituted. pany by any person desiring the same, and this charter declaProviso. red to be forfeited: Provided, Said person instituting said suit,
shall enter into bond and security to indemnify said compa
ny for any injury sustained by reason of bringing said suit. Time of act. SEC. 6. This act shall be in force for the term of ten
years and no longer: Provided, That if the Alton ferry comProviso. pany, incorporated by an act approved, July twenty-first,
one thousand eight hundred and thirty-seven, shall, before the first day of July next, place upon said ferry a good and sufficient ferry boat, propelled by steam or animal power, (the sufficiency of the same to be judged of by the common coun. cil of the city of Alton,) and shall thereafter continue to keep in use at said ferry the same or some other sufficient boat, then and in such case, the preceding sections of this act shall not take effect.
Approved, February 27, 1841.
An ACT to authorize Stanton Prentiss to establish a ferry across the In force, Feb.
Mississippi River. 27, 1841.
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That Stanton Prentiss,
of the county of Rock Island, is hereby authorized and liFerry for ten censed to keep a ferry for ten years across the Mississippi years.
river, at township sixteen north, and in range six west, of the fourth principal meridian, in the county of Rock Island. SEC. 2. Said Prentiss shall cause said ferry to be furnish- Boats, &c. ed with a tight, good boat for the speedy and safe transportation of all passengers, their teams, horses, cattle and other animals, as well as their goods and effects; said boat shall be furnished with men of suitable strength and skill to manage the same.
Sec. 3. Said Prentiss shall receive such rates for crossing at said ferry as are now allowed ferries like situated, by the county commissioners' court of Rock Island county, and in the management and regulation of said ferry, the said Prentiss shall be governed by the requisitions of the act entitled to "An act to provide for the establishment of ferries, toll bridg-ed." es and turnpike roads," approved, February the twelfth, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-seven. This act to take effect from and after the date of its passage.
Approved, February 27, 1841.
An ACT 10 establish the Kishwaukee ferry company.
In force, Feb. Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, rep. 27, 1841. resented in the General Assembly, That Henry L. Buell and Simeon Towle, and their associates, heirs and assigns, be, and they are hereby constituted a body politic and corporate, for the term of ten years, by the name and style of “The Name and Kishwaukee Ferry Company,” and by that name, shall byle. in law be capable of suing and being sued, pleading and be, ing impleaded, answer and being answered unto in all courts and places whatsoever; may have and use a common seal, and may alter and change the same at pleasure, and in their , corporate name shall be capable in law to purchase, and hold, and convey any estate, real, personal or mixed, that may be necessary for the use of said ferry, not exceeding twenty acres of land.
SEC. 2. The said corporation are hereby authorized and Location empowered to establish and maintain the ferry herein grantcd over Rick river, within one-half mile of the junction of the Kishwaukee river with the Rock river waters in Winnebago county.
ŠEC. 3. The boat or boats necessary for the conducting of said ferry, inay be so constructed as to be propelled by Ferry boats. steam, horse, or other power or means, as the proprietors may deem expedient.
Sec. 4. The capital stock of said company shall be three thousand dollars, which shall be divided into shares of twen. Capital stock ty dollars each, which shall be taken and held to be personal property. The capital stock of said corporation may be increased to any amount not exceeding five thousand dollars, when the stockholders shall deem such increase necessary for the object herein contemplated.
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Sec. 5. Henry L. Buell, Simeon Towle, George W. Lee, to o, and Shelton L. Hall, are hereby appointed commissioners, pen books. the duty of whom it shall be to open books for subscription
of said stock, on the first Monday of May next, or as soon thereafter as is convenient, at Kishwaukee, and such other places as they may deem proper, by giving at least twenty days public notice thereof, and like notice shall be given when it is necessary to increase the capital stock. If the whole of the capital stock herein named shall not be subscribed for, at the time and place appointed for such subscription, said commissioners or a majority of them, shall take such measures for completing such subscription, as they may deem expedient and proper, and every subscriber shall, at the time of subcribing, pay to said commissioners the sum of one dollar on each share subscribed.
SEC. 6. As soon as the capital stock shall be subscribed, Election of the commissioners shall give notice thereof in like manner Trustees.
and appoint the time and place, designating the same in said notice, for such stockholders to meet for the purpose of choosing a board of trustees which shall consist of seven in number. Every stockholder shall be entitled, at such and all other elections, to one vote for each shạre to the number of ten, and one vote for every five additional shares, which votes may be given in person or by proxy, and the persons having a plurality of votes shall be declared duly elected trustees. At the election to be held as aforesaid, the said
commissioners, or such of them as may attend, shall be inCertificates of spectors, and their certificates of the names of the persons election.
elected, shall be conclusive evidence of such election; and said commissioners shall deliver over the subscription books to the said trustees with the money received thereon. The said trustees so chosen, and who may hereafter be chosen, shall immediately after their election, proceed to choose one of their body to be president, who shall preside at all regu. lar meetings of the board. A majority shall constitute a
quorum, and in case of the absence of the president, the ent pro board may appoint a president pro tempore to preside. The
said board shall have power to prescribe the time and place
of holding all future elections for trustees, which shall be Vacancies
once a year. The said board shall have power to fill all vacanhow filled. cies which may occur in their body, which appointment shall
remain until the next annual meeting.
Sec. 7. The said board of trustees, when elected and or.
ganized, shall have power to appoint [a] secretary and treasu. Officers to rer, and such other officers as they may deem expedient, and give bond. require of all or any one, such bonds, as they may deem the
safety of the corporation to require. And the trustees shall have power to form by-laws and regulations for the govern. ment of the corporation, not inconsistent with the Constitution and laws of the United States and of this State..
Sec. 8. When the said ferry is established, it shall and may be lawful for the said company, their assigns and suc- Rates of fercessors, to demand and receive from all persons crossing said riage. ferry, for and during the time aforesaid, the same rates of ferriage as may be then allowed to the ferries crossing Rock river, within the limits of Winnebago county. The said corporation shall obtain from the county commissioners' court of Winnebago county, a list of the rates of ferriage as established by them for the various ferries over Rock river, within the limits of said county, and shall set up in a conspicuous place, free for the inspection of travellers or other persons interested, the rates of ferriage as aforesaid.
Sec. 9. All officers or trustees chosen at the'annual elec. tion aforesaid, shall hold their office until the next annual election, or until others are elected in their stead, and the Term of office president and trustees, or a majority of them, shall have power to call a meeting of the board whenever they may deem it necessary, by publishing a notice of the time and place for :holding the same ten days previous to the time of said meeting.
SEC. 10. The trustees shall have power to require the Instalments. payment, from time to time of such sums on each share as they may deem necessary, and in their by-laws declare what shall constitute a forfeiture of stock for failure to pay the amounts so required.
SEC. 11. If any person or persons shall wilfully or ma- Persons injuliciously do, or cause to be done, any act whatsoever, where-ring ferry how by the said ferry, or any thing appertaining to the same, shall pubis be impaired, injured or destroyed, the said person or persons so offending, shall forfeit and pay to the said corporation treble the amount of damages occasioned thereby, to be recovered by the said corporation, with costs of suits, in an action Penalty. of trespass in any court having competent jurisdiction thereof.
Sec, 12. The ferry hereby granted shall be in all respects governed by the laws regulating ferries, toll bridges How governand turnpike roads, except as is herein otherwise provided.
SEC. 13. The said corporation shall have the time of one year to establish the said ferry after the passage of this act, and ferry to if the same is not established within the aforesaid term of within one
Cestablished time, the said corporation shall be dissolved, and this act of year. no effect.
Approved, February 27, 1841.
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An ACT to establish a ferry on the Mississippi River in Pike county. In force, Feb.
27, 1841. Sec. l. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That David O. Glas- Persons to escock and Jameson F. Hawkins, their heirs and assigns, be, tablish ferry. and they are hereby authorized to establish a ferry on the