County Board of Commissioner Records
related to College Square in Cambridge
Submitted by Rhonda Rusk.
June 6, 1843: Ordered – That the county Surveyor be employed to survey and lay off into town lots, the whole or
a part of the location donated to the County for the purpose of a Seat of Justice by the act of the Legislature at
its last session.
September 5th 1843: Ordered – That Joseph L. Perry, Stephen Cady and Joseph Tilson be appointed Trustees of
School Lands in Township fifteen north Range three East 4th P.M.
Ordered – That the sum of three dollars be paid to Marcus B. Osborn for duties as school commissioner and for
stationary for said office.
Ordered that _______ Cady and others are authorized to remove the Courthouse from Morristown … to Cambridge for
which services the County Commissioners agree that said Cady and others shall have the use of the said building for
schools or other public purposes when not wanted by the Courts for a term of three years.
September 1st 1848 Ordered – That John C. Ward be appointed School Commissioner for the County of Henry.
September 5th 1848 Ordered that the note of Nelson and Sylvester Gaines for the Balance of money due from them
for the Old Court House sold to them as last term of this court be accepted.
June 5th 1849 Ordered that Cambridge School District be rented the probate and Jury Room in the Court House for
a school room for three months from May 28 1849 for two dollars per month
Trustee of Schools/Cambridge Records
April 6th 1857 Ordered that the Treasurer pay to S.C. Welton the sum of Seventy one 82/100 dollars being for
furniture, fuel , repairs on school house in District No. 3 as certified by Directors of said District
Ordered that the Treasurer pay to Saml. J. Longshore the sum of fifteen dollars, being for use of rooms for
school 3 months as certified by Directors of District No. 3
Ordered that Treasurer pay to Trustees of Methodist Society the sum of Eighteen Dollars being for rent of rooms
for school three months as certified by Directors of District No. 3
April 30, 1857 Ordered that the sum of One hundred dollars be paid to Jos. Tillson, assignee of Ms. Gaines and
interest on the same at the rate of ten per cent per amum from the 31st day of December 1856 until paid being the
amount of a bond drawn by H. Griffin Pres. and S. Weston clerk of the board of school directors of District No. 3
in Township 15N 3 E for the above named sum and interest in favor of said M&S Gaines, him for money borrowed of
M&S Gaines and expended in building the brick schoolhouse in Cambridge out of any funds which may come into the
treasurers hands belonging to said District for building purposes and not otherwise appropriated. (Paid July 1857
Ordered that the sale of the old schoolhouse on College Square to ------ and the ame is hereby confirmed and
that the President and Clerk of this Board be authorized to make and sign a bill of sale of the same and the
Treasurer to receive the money ( 300.) therefor
April 5, 1858 Ordered that the Treasurer pay to H. Welton Seventeen dollars for furnishing stove pipe and other
stove furniture for Brick Schoolhouse in District No. 3 as duly certified by Directors
July 13, 1872
Schedule of property owned by Dist. No 3 of Cambridge Township
Frame School house Building (valued at)
School seats & Desks in lower room
Stoves and Pipe
Basin & Dipper
& Desks in Upper Room
Stoves & Pipe
Office Chairs 1.50
1 Coal House & Privy 20.00
School Building and Desks
& Plank Walk
October 7, 1908 The semi annual meeting of the trustees of schools was held at the First National Bank of
Cambridge on Monday, October 7, 1908.
Mr. M.D. F----- reported that he had sold the school building and property for school district No. 70 as
The Frame school building to TC Slone for 430.
The Brick school building to S M Poppleton 50.
Our out building to JJ McHugh 18.
Our out building to JJ McHugh 27.
Our Coal House to J L Hull 12.
The Furnace & Radiators to the Sau--- Suf---- 130.
Illinois Compiled Statutes Schools School
Code 105 ILCS 5/
(105 ILCS 5/5-21) Sec. 5-21. Gifts, grants, donations, legacies - Title to property.
The trustees of schools in townships in which that office has not been abolished as provided in subsection (c)
of Section 5-1 may receive any gift, grant, donation or legacy made for the use of any school or library or for any
other school purpose within their jurisdiction. They are invested in their corporate capacity with the title of all
school buildings and school sites, except as otherwise provided by clause (3)of subsection (b) of Section 5-1 with
respect to school districts which have withdrawn from the jurisdiction and authority of the trustees of school. All
conveyances of real estate made to the trustees of schools shall be made to them in their corporate name and to
their successors in office. School districts may take and convey title to real estate to be improved by buildings
or other structures for vocational or other educational training of pupils as provided in Section 10-23.3. If legal
title to the real estate to be so improved for vocational or other educational training of pupils as provided in
Section 10-23.3 is not held by the school board of the school district, the trustees of schools or other school
officials having legal title to those school sites or other school property shall convey to the school district the
title to any such school site or other school property or portion thereof held for such district, to be used as
provided in Section 10-23.3, upon being presented with a resolution adopted by at least 2/3 of the members of such
board requesting such conveyance. If the trustees of schools for a township are no longer in existence, the school
district shall take and convey title to all school buildings and school sites to be acquired within such township.
If the trustees of schools had previously taken title to a school building or a school site and such trustees are
no longer in existence, the school district shall by operation of law automatically be vested with title to all
school buildings and school sites within such township and shall have authority to convey title thereto.(Source:
P.A. 87-473; 88-155.)
Illinois Compiled Statutes
105 ILCS 5/
ARTICLE 16. GIFTS--USE OF
Sec. 16-1. Gifts - Vested in school board. Whenever any grant, gift, donation or legacy of real or personal
property has been or shall be, directly or indirectly, made to or for the use of any public school district or
attendance center and the deed, will or other instrument by which such grant, gift, donation, or legacy is made
declares in terms or in substance that such property shall be held, managed, improved and invested or otherwise
disposed of for the use and benefit of the public schools in such district or an individual attendance center, the
title to such property shall be vested in the school board of such district for use in whatever manner the board
shall choose and shall be held, managed, improved, invested or disposed of by such board in such manner as the
board, in its discretion, sees fit; provided, however, when the person making such a grant, gift, donation, or
legacy expresses in the instrument by which it was made an intention that it shall be used for a certain purpose,
the school board shall promote and carry into effect such intention until the board determines in its discretion
that it is no longer possible, practical or prudent to do so. This Section does not apply in any case where the
deed, will or other instrument effectively vests the title and control of such property in a trustee or grantee
named in such instrument unless the trustee or grantee is incapable of taking or administering the trust, or
refuses or fails to accept the trust, in which case the title and control thereof shall vest as provided in the
preceding paragraph. This Section does not validate any legacy which but for this enactment would have been
invalid.(Source: P.A. 86-171.)
105 ILCS 5/15-23 Sec, 15-23. Common school lands. The provisions of Sections 15-1
through 15-19, of this Article shall have no application to the sale of any of the common school lands of any
township to a school district located within the township for the use as a schoolhouse site, and the trustees of
schools or township land commissioners in any township in which Section 16 or land granted in lieu thereof remains
unsold may sell to the governing body of any such school district any tract of said common school lands where such
tract has been legally selected as a schoolhouse site for said district.
Where any tract of the common school lands of the township has been legally selected as a schoolhouse site by
the voters of any school district within the township, the governing body of such school district may adopt a
resolution reciting the fact that the voters have legally selected such tract as a schoolhouse site, describing it,
setting for the date of the election and the fact that a majority of the voters voting at the election selected the
said tract as a schoolhouse site, and requesting the trustees of schools, or township land commissioners upon
payment to them of not to exceed the sum authorized by the voters to be paid for any such tract, to execute an
instrument indicating that said trustees of schools or township land commissioners of the township hold title to
said tract for the use and benefit of such school district. A certified copy of such resolution shall be filed with
the Clerk of the trustees of schools or township land commissioners, and it shall be the duty of said trustees of
schools or township land commissioners of such township upon the filing of a certified copy of such resolution with
the Clerk of the Trustees of schools, or township land commissioners to execute an instrument of conveyance or an
instrument of declaration, indicating that they hold title to such property for the use and benefit of said school
district, which shall be filed of record in the office of the recorder. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of
this Section, if the school district is a school district located in a Class I county school unit, or if the school
district is a school district that has withdrawn from the jurisdiction and authority of the trustees of schools of
a township and the township treasurer under subsection (b) of Section 5-1, the resolution of the school board shall
request the trustees of schools, township land commissioners, regional board of school trustees, or other school
officials having title to the property, upon payment to them of not to exceed the sum authorized by the voters, to
deliver to the school board a deed, executed by their president and their clerk or secretary, conveying good legal
title to the property selected as a schoolhouse site to the school board of the school district
(Source: P.A. 88-155)