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Are Now Holding Their Annual Session.


Whitaker is Elected Chairman of the Board.

Prof. DeWitt Elected to the School Examiners. -- Davenport Gets Janitorship. -- Bibbins is President Pro Tem.

The supervisors are with us once more, with the blithesomeness and joyousness of well-fed, happy men, with good consciences and ready for the few hours of hard work and the hours of social recreation while the committees work, which come with being on the board. They were well fed yesterday and most of them look as if they had been well fed for some time past. They are in good spirits, the apple of discord not having as yet been thrown in their midst.

County Clerk Schuh called the annual session to order at 10 o'clock Monday morning. The following supervisors were present: Henry S. Dean, Sid W. Millard, John J. Fischer, Herman Krapf, James Boyle, Arthur Kitson, and G. F. Allmendinger, Ann Arbor city; C. Tuomey, Ann Arbor town; Samuel Bibbins, Augusta; Geo. Walter, Bridgewater; John D. Clark, Dexter; Frank Dettling, Freedom; David E. Beach, Lima; Daniel E. Seyler, Lodi; James Howlett, Lyndon; Wm. Burtless, Manchester; Wm. Donegan, Northfield; Morton F. Case, Pittsfleld; Arthur Van Sickle, Salem; Willis M. Fowler, Saline; Byron C. Whitaker, Scio; W. F. Hall, Sharon; Walter Voorheis, Superior; H. Lighthall, Sylvan; Bert Kenny, Webster; A. D. Mclntyre, York; Sumner Damon, Ypsilanti city, first district; Elmer McCullough, second district; John L. Hunter, Ypsilanti town.

S. S. Bibbins was made temporary chairman and on motion of John L. Hunter, B. C. Whitaker was elected chairman by acclamation. Mr. Bibbins was made chairman pro tem in the same manner. As the board stands 16 democrats to 13 republicans the election of a democratic chairman and a republican chairman pro tem by a unanimous vote was not only a distinguished compliment to both gentlemen but an indication of the harmony which is likely to characterize the proceedings of the session.

At the morning session Tuesday, Chairman Whitaker appointed the following committees:

Equalization--Clark, Allmendinger, Donegan, Damon and Dettling.

Criminal Claims No. 1--Beach, Dean, Hall.

Criminal Claims No. 2--Lighthall, Bibbins, McCullough.

Civil Claims--Boyle, Millard, Hunter.

To settle with County Officers--Voorheis, Case, Tuomey.

On Salaries of County Officers--Hall, Kitson, Mclntyre.

On Apportionment of State and County Taxes--Walter, VanSickle, Howlett.

On Public Buildings--Millard, Krapf, Lighthall.

On Rejected Taxes--Seyler, Fowler, Fischer.

To Examine Accounts of Supts. of Poor--Tuomey, Kitson, Howlett.

On Finance--Dettling, Case, Walter.

On Fractional School Districts--Donegan, Kenny, Clark.

On Drains--Mclntyre, Burtless, Voorheis.

On Printing--Millard, Krapf, Beach.

On Contagious Diseases--McCullough, Kenny, Hall.

On Per Diem--Howlett, Fischer, Boyle.

To Prepare Statements of County Expenses--Beach, Hunter, Tuomey.

Marvin Davenport was elected janitor by a unanimous vote and Prof. A. D. DeWitt, superintendent of the Dexter schools, school examiner by a vote of 15 to 14 for J. S. Savery of Northfield.

Tuesday afternoon County Drain Commissioner Barry submitted his annual report which showed a total of $941.60 spent upon the drains of Washtenaw county for work completed during the year. The work reported completed is as follows: Willow Marsh Drain, Northfield; cleaning Looney and Walsh Drains, Sylvan; cleaning Maybee Drain, Augusta; deepening and widening Pittsfield No. 3 Drain; constructing Bridgewater No. 1; Monroe and Washtenaw County Drain, Augusta; cleaning the Doane and Ferris Drain, Dexter.

Hon. Jas. S. Gorman, of Chelsea, E. B. Norris of Ann Arbor, and Sumner Damon, of Ypsilanti, were elected county board of canvassers, with F. J. Hammond, of Augusta, alternate.

E. P. Mason and Homer Cady were nominated for superintendent of the poor and Mr. Mason was elected by a vote of 15 to 9.

The basis of equalization for county taxes was fixed at $25,000,000.

Yesterday the board visited the county house in a body and found the buildings in better shape than last year, new roofs having been put on and repairs made to some of them. The buildings at their best, however are, hardly such as a rich county like Washtenaw should be very proud of. Although but little notice had been given a big dinner had been prepared at which the guests fed as if there had been a premium offered for the man who could eat the most. There were 39 inmates of the county house, a small number for so large a county. The keeper was complimented for the condition of the buildings and grounds.

Today the special orders will be the filling of vacancies in the list of persons who have the care of the burial of deceased soldiers and sailors and the report of the building committee. Next Wednesday the board will hear the report of the county treasurer, and receive bids on the custody of the county funds from the banks, and on Thursday bids will be received from the newspapers for printing the proceedings and from physicians for the medical care of prisoners in the county jail.