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Court Held At Ross Home in 1827-1829
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Newspaper Article: COURT HELD AT ROSS HOME IN 1827-1829

The last court term in the historic log courthouse at Atlas was in June, 1827. Thereafter, until September, 1829, Pike county [had] no courthouse; not even a cle[rk’s] office. Circuit court, for the October term, 1827, convened in [the] log home of John Jay Ross, el____ son of Capt. Leonard Ross. [The] commissioners’ court allowed [Ross] the sum of $5 for the use of [his] home for the sessions of the circuit court at that term.

Circuit and commissioners courts continued to use the [Ross] home for their sessions until [a] new frame courthouse, ne____ completed, was accepted for [use] by the court on Sept. 7, 18[29]. Meanwhile, William Ross had been paid by the commissioners’ court the sum of $12 a year for furnishing quarters for the clerks of the circuit and commissioners’ courts.

Thus, in the period 1827-[1829] Pike county was so poor that early courts had nowhere to _____ their heads. In those days ____ courts depended upon the bou[nty] of the Rosses for a shelter. Times were desperately [hard]. Only the Rosses had any mo[ney] and even they were poor [when] measured by the standards today.

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