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In force, AN ACT to authorize the county court of Lawrence county to build a Feb. 3, 1843. stone pier under the bridge across the Embarrass river, at the town of

Lawrenceville.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, Lawrence co represented in the General Assembly, That the county comauthorised to missioners' court of Lawrence county be and they are hereby build stone

authorized to cause to be erected and built a good and substantial stone pier under the bridge across the Embarrass river, at the town of Lawrenceville.

Sec. 2. Said commissioners shall agree upon a plan for said Plan of nier pier and cause the same to be recorded, they shall cause a to be pubHsh-correct and true description in writing of the plan of building ed

said pier to be posted up in the clerk's office of said county, at least thirty days previous to letting aliy contract for the building of said pier; and shall cause written notices to be posted up in at least six of the most public places in the county,

for a period of not less than one month before entering into Building let to contract for the materials or building of said pier, stating lowest bidder therein that they will let to the lowest responsible bidder, at

the court house in said town, on a day to be agreed upon by Proviso them, contracts for the delivery of the necessary materials;

also, contracts for the mason work of said pier; Provided, that in making contracts said commissioners shall take a bond pay. able to the county of Lawrence, with good and sufficient secu

rity for the faithful performance of such contracts by the Further pro. person or persons who may undertake the same, and within viso

such time as may be agreed upon; And provided further, that in no case shall the commissioners make any payment to any person engaged in the said work, which shall exceed twothirds of the value of work then performed, until the contract

shall be completed and received by the commissioners; And Channel 45 provided further, that in the construction of said pier, it shall feet wide to be so located as to leave the channel of said river, on at least be left open one side of said pier, as much as forty-five feet in width, and

that said commissioners shall cause the same to be kept free from drift wood and other obstructions for the free passage of flat or keel boats and other water craft.

APPROVED, February 3d, 1843.

In force, AN ACT supplementary to an act authorizing Henry W. Cleaveland to Feb. 3d, 1843.

build a bridge across the Winnebago swamp.”

Former act how construed

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That nothing contained in the act approved February the nineteenth, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-nine, authorizing Henry W. Cleare. . land to build a toll bridge across the Winnebago swamr, shall not be so construed as to compel the said Cleaveland, his associates, &c., to use timber or stone in the erection of the

causeway across the Winnebago swamp only at such place or places where it is absolutely necessary.

Sec. 2. And it is further provided, that said Cleaveland, Mode of as. his associates, &c., may procure one disinterested householder certaining of the county of Lee, in which said bridge and causeway is bridge is coma

whether the situated, to examine the same, and the county commissioners pleted accor. one, and the two so chosen shall choose a third, and if in their ding to law opinion the said bridge and causeway is completed according to the intent and meaning of the act authorizing the same as explained in the first section of this act, they shall file an affidavit thereof, in the clerk's office of the county of Lee, which shall be satisfactory evidence thereof until the contrary appears. This act to be in force from and after its passage.

APPROVED, February 3d, 1843.

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AN ACT authorising the construction of a toll bridge across Rock river. In force.

. Feb. 6, 1843. Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois." represented in the General Assembly, That Solomon Jenks, : Alvan Leland, John J. Rhodes, their associates, heirs, and build bridge assigns, are hereby authorised to build a toll bridge across Rock river, in the county of Winnebago, and State of Illinois, at or Location near the northern line of township number forty-five north, and range number two east of the third principal meridian; said Bridge not to bridge to be so constructed as not to obstruct the navigation obstruot nav

igation of of Rock river.

river Sec. 2. The rates of toll for passing over said bridge shall Rates of toll be such as may be fixed from time to time by the county com- fixed by co. missioners' court of Winnebago county.

comr's court Sec. 3. Said bridge shall be completed within three years Completed in from and after the passage of this act, and shall at all times be three years & kept in good repair, so as to admit of a safe passage for all kept in good persons and their property over it, on the payment of the toll' herein provided for.

Sec. 4. In case said bridge shall be destroyed by high water, Destruction fire, or other casualty, it shall not create a forfeiture of the by bigh water rights conferred by this act, but one year shall be allowed for for

a for not to create the re-building thereof after the happening of such casualties. rights

Sec. 5. The county commissioners of Winnebago county shall be and they are hereby authorised to purchase said bridge County may by paying the cost thereof and six per cent. interest thereon, purchase at any time within five years from the completion of said "" bridge, and at any time thereafter, by paying to the stock. At whe holders of said bridge the appraised value thereof; said value to be determined by three appraisers appointed, one by the stockholders and two by the the county commissioners of Win. nebago county, whose decision, after being duly sworn faithfully to discharge the duties of appraisers, shall be final in the premises.

Sec. 6. This act to be in force from and after its passage.
APPROVED, February 6th, 1843.

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In force, AN ACT authorising the erection of a bridge across Rock river. Feb. 20, 1843.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Ilinois,

represented in the General Assembly, That Stephen Mack, Location of Merrill E. Mack, and their associates, are hereby authorised bridge

to build a bridge across Rock river at Stephen Mack's ferry, in the county of Winnebago, and State of Illinois, and said bridge when completed and approved by the county commissioners of Winnebago County, is hereby declared a public highway, and shall be kept in good repair by the said

county commissioners of Winnebago county. Bridge not to SEC. 2. Said bridge to be so constructed as not to obstruct obstruct navi- the navigation of said river. This act to take effect from and gation

after its passage.

APPROVED, February 20, 1843.

_In force, AN ACT to authorise the county commissioners of Rock Island county Feb. 23, 1843.

to build a free bridge across Rock river.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, Co. comers of represented in the General Assembly, That the county comRock Island missioners of Rock Island county be and they are hereby co. may build authorised to construct and build a free bridge across Rock a free bridge across Rock

river at some suitable place within four miles of its terminariver

tion, which bridge shall at all times be free to all persons for the usual purposes of crossing, and the conveyance of all kinds of property across said river; Provided, said bridge shall be built with draws, or otherwise constructed so that at no time it shall obstructor impede the navigation of the said river, and that the county of Rock Island shall be held responsible for any and all damages that any person or persons may sustain in the construction of said bridge, or may sustain in consequence thereof, at any time after its completion; which damages may be recovered in any court having competent jurisdiction. This act to be in force from and after its passage.

APPROVED, February 23, 1843.

In force, AN ACT in relation to the bridge across Shoal Crcek, in Clinton county. Feb. 23, 1843.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, Bridge over represented in the General Assembly, That the bridge across Shoal creek Shoal creek, in Clinton county, on the Great Western Mail in Clinton co, made a free route leading from Vincennes to St. Louis, shall be free for the bridge passage of all persons and property, saving and reserving all

rights which any person or persons may have in the materials of which said bridge is composed.

Sec. 2. Any person or persons, corporation or company who shall ask, demand, or receive any money or other things

for the passage of any person or property over the same,

Penalty for under any pretence whatever, shall forfeit for every such ten request, demand, or receipt of money or other things, to the receiving toll person of whom asked, demanded, or received, the sum of for crossing twenty dollars, to be sued for and recovered before any justice the sal of the peace, of any county in this State, with cost of suit, by action of debt.

APPROVED, February 23, 1843.

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AN ACT authorising the erection of a bridge across Rock river, at In force. Rockford.

Feb. 27, 1843. Sec. 1. Be ii enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That Daniel S. Haight,

8".. Bridge across' George Haskell,S. D. Preston, Charles J. Horsman, and their Rock riv associates, be and are hereby authorised to build a bridge across Rock river, at Rockford, in the county of Winnebago, at or near where the State road through Rockford crosses Rock river.

Sec. 2. Said bridge to be built in a good and workman-like Not to obmanner, and so constructed as not to obstruct the navigation struct navigaof Rock river, and when completed and accepted by the tion county commissioners of Winnebago county, to be declared a public highway, and kept in repair by said county.

APPROVED, February 27, 1843.

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AN ACT antborising the building of a bridge acroes Rock river. In force,

Mar. 1, 1843. Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That John F. Thayer, J. B. Thayer Thomas B. Talcott, John B. Peeterson, and their associates, others aube and are hereby authorised to build a bridge across Rock build bridge river, at or near the eastern line of the north-western quarter across Rock of section number twenty-four, in township number forty-six,” north of the third principal meridian, in the county of Winnebago.

SEC. 2. Said bridge shall be so constructed as not to ob- Not to obstruct the navigation of Rock river, and when completed and struct pavigaaccepted by the county commissioners of Winnebago county, tion is hereby declared a public highway and shall be kept in repair by said county.

APPROVED, March 1st, 1843.

AN ACT to authorize the building of a bridge over the Pekatonica river In force, in Stephenson county.

Mar. 1, 1843. Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That Robert McConnell,

build a be

R. McConnel his associates, and their assigns, are hereby authorized to build anthorised to

dos a toll bridge across the Pekatonica river, at or near the town

the brid over the Pek of Pennsylvania, in the county of Stephenson; Provided, said atonica river bridge shall not interfere with the navigation of said river.

Sec. 2. The said bridge shall be begun and completed To be com within three years from and after the passage of this act; and pleted in three years

shall be constructed in a good and substantial manner so as to admit a safe and easy passage to all persons and their property

wishing to cross said bridge. The builder SEC. 3. After said bridge shall be completed, the said Roshall be al bert McConnell, his associates, and their assigns are hereby lowed to re- authorized to ask and re ceive such toll

v authorized to ask and receive from each and every person as the county passing said bridge, such toll as the county commissioners' com’rs sball court of said county shall fix from time to time. fix

Sec. 4. When the county commissioners' court of thecounty County como

Tsch of Stephenson deem it expedient to purchase said bridge, way purchase they shall have the right to do so, by paying to the said bridge

Robert McConnell, his associates, and their assigns the cost of said bridge, with six per cent; Provided, however, that after five years from the building of said bridge, the county commissioners' court shall have the privilege of purchasing said bridge by paying the value thereof; which value shall be ascer

tained by the valuation of three disinterested appraisers to be Value how as. appointed as follows: the county commissioners' court shall certained appoint one, and Robert McConnell, his associates, and their

assigns shall choose a second, and the two so chosen skall choose a third, and the men so chosen, after being sworn faith

fully and impartially to appraise said bridge, shall value the Bridge may same. be re-built it

Sec. 5. That in case the said bridge shall be destroyed by destroyed by accident high water, fire, or other casualty, it shall not create a for

feiture of the rights conferred by this act, but one year shall

be allowed for the re-creation thereof after the happening of Penalty for such destruction by any of the casualties named. injuring bridge

Sec. 6. If any person or persons shall wilfully do or cause to be done any injury to said bridge, the person or persons so offending shall forfeit und pay to the owner or owners of said bridge double the amount of such injury or damage, to be recovered before any court having jurisdiction, and be liable as in other cases to criminal prosecution.

APPROVED, March 1st, 1843.

In force, March 3, 1843

AN ACT to incorporate the Rock River Bridge company.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,

represented in the General Assembly, That all such persons as Rock river shall become subscribers to the stock hereinaster mentioned, corporated

12- shall be and they are hereby constituted and declared a body

corporate and politic by the name and style of the Rock

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