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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Wheeler County Records Inventory - Scrollable Version

The following information is based on a June 2014 inventory:


Addresses and links to offices and repositories listed in the inventory:
Main Wheeler County Web site: http://www.wheelercountyoregon.com;

Assessor's Office and Vault: Courthouse, 701 Adams St, Fossil, OR 97830;
Clerk's Office and Storage Areas: Courthouse, 701 Adams St, Fossil, OR 97830;
Fair and Rodeo Office: PO Box 362, 702 Third St, Fossil, OR 97830; ;
Fossil Grade School, Store Room (contact the superintendent's office): PO Box 287, 404 Main St, Fossil, OR 97830;
Fossil Museum: PO Box 465, Washington & Main St, Fossil, OR 97830;
Fossil School District Office: PO Box 206, 404 Main St, Fossil, OR 97830;
Oregon State Archives: 800 Summer St NE, Salem, OR 97310;
Planning Office: Courthouse, 701 Adams St, Fossil, OR 97830;
Road Department Office: Courthouse, 701 Adams St, Fossil, OR 97830;
Road Department Yard, Records Storage Unit: No public access. Contact relevant office (e.g., assessor, planning, etc.);
Spray Pioneer Museum: 402 Willow St, Spray, OR 97874;
Spray School District Records Storage Building (contact the superintendent's office at high school); Highway 19 & E Pine St, Spray, OR 97874;
Tax Collector/Treasurer's Office: Courthouse, 701 Adams St, Fossil, OR 97830;
Trial Court Office and Storage Area: Courthouse, 701 Adams St, Fossil, OR 97830;
Wheeler County Courthouse (All offices and storage locations): 701 Adams St, Fossil, OR 97830;
Wheeler High School, School Vault: PO Box 266, 600 B St, Fossil, OR 97830.



Note: Titles listed in this inventory are exactly as they appear on the outside of a volume, box, drawer, or other container. If the title is only in brackets [ ], the record has no external identifying information. Text inside the brackets includes either exact title information from the inside of the volume, box, etc. or a functional title.

 

Aerial Photographs

1951-1962

Series provides visual documentation of changes made to county lands through development and by natural and man-made disasters. The photographs are taken at intervals along a series of flight paths to attain coverage of all or part of a county. They generally include flight path or township, range, and section numbers; show natural and man-made features; and are produced in black and white or color prints to varying scales. An index by quadrant may also be included.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Aerial Photograph Photocopies-Kinzua area], ca.1951 (5 photocopies).

Records at the Wheeler County Road Department Yard, Records Storage Unit:
Maps Save [Aerial Photographs-large format], 1951 (ca.40 photographs); 1960 (ca.100 photographs);
Maps Save [Aerial Photographs-small format], 1962 (ca.300 photographs).

Records at the Fossil Museum:
[Kinzua Mill Aerial Photographs-includes bird's eye views], n.d. (ca.15 photographs).

 

Animal Bounty Records

1899-1923

Series documents the payment of county and state bounty money to individuals who presented the scalps and other prescribed body parts of targeted predatory animals. The program was intended to control the threat to livestock. Examples of targeted animals include coyote, cougar, mountain lion, panther, wildcat, bobcat, lynx, and wolf. Records include registers, affidavits, certificates, and statements. Information includes claimant and affiant names; kind of animal; number of scalps; date killed or presented; and number, amount, and date of warrant. The records are also referred to as scalp bounty records.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Bounty Record Wheeler County, 1909-1913 (1 volume);
Register of Scalp Bounty Claims, vol. 1, 1899-1923 (1 volume).

 

Assessment and Tax Rolls

1888-[ongoing]

Series documents the assessment of real and personal property, the determination of tax liability, and the collection of county taxes. Assessment, tax, and delinquent tax records are variously labeled as rolls, lists, or summaries. Records show property owner; description and value of urban and agricultural land, personal property, and livestock; assessments, equalizations, and taxes due; and notations on payment and delinquency in payment of taxes. Beginning with 1900, counties have only been required to retain permanently those assessment and tax rolls for years ending in "0" and "5."

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Assessment Roll, 1898 (1 volume); 1899 (2 volumes); 1900 (2 volumes); 1901 (2 volumes); 1902 (2 volumes); 1903 (2 volumes); 1904 (2 volumes); 1905 (2 volumes); 1910 (1 volume).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Assessor's Vault:
Assessment Roll [and Tax-incomplete, mostly 5 year samples], 1915-1953 (18 reels of microfilm);
June 30th Report [Assessment Roll], 2005 (5 volumes of computer printouts).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
[Continuing Real Property Assessment Roll], 1975-1991 (4 inches of microfilm jackets).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Tax Collector/Treasurer Office:
[Tax Roll], 2005-2006 (2 volumes of computer printouts).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Oak File Cabinet:
Reports and Letters [Summary of Assessment Roll], 1908-1911 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Courtroom Display Case:
Statement of Tax Roll, 1888-1903 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wheeler County Road Department Yard, Records Storage Unit:
Assessment [Continuing Real Property Assessment Roll], 1975-1990 (4 cu.ft.);
Assessment Roll, 1995-2005 (7 cu.ft. of computer printouts);
Misc. Tax Roll Cards [Miscellaneous], 1977-1987 (1 cu.ft.);
Old Records [Summary of Assessment and Tax Roll], 1954-1993 (.25 cu.ft.);
Tax Roll, 1999-2001 (1 cu.ft.);
Tax Roll [and Assessment Roll], 1954-1974 (21 volumes);
Tax Roll [Continuing Tax Roll], 1975-1991 (4 cu.ft.).

Records at the Fossil Museum:
Sheriff Tax Ledger, vol. 2, 1904-1907 (1 volume).

 

Attachment Records

1899-1983

Series documents liens placed on real property by the county to satisfy debts. Attachments are ordered by the circuit court and authorize the sheriff to seize or transfer property to satisfy debts such as loans, mortgages, or tax liens. The sheriff will hold the property in trust until the debt is paid or the property is sold. Information includes defendant name, statement of attachment, property description, statement of return when attachment is satisfied, return of execution, dates attachment is issued and returned, court order, and sheriff's signature. Attachment records have been inventoried through 1920.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Attachment Record [with index], vol. 1, 1899-1983 (1 volume).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Oak File Cabinet:
Certificates of Attachment From Other Counties, 1905-1911 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

Birth Records

1915-1930

Series documents the recording of births by the county. Records include certificates, affidavits for correction, registers, delayed entry for births and corrected entries. Information includes registration number; child's name, sex, legitimacy, birth date, and birthplace; name, residence, color, age, birthplace, and occupation of father and mother; number of other children born to mother; signature of physician or midwife; filing date; and registrar's signature. Birth records were not required by the state of Oregon until 1903 when the state began to officially register births. Currently these records are filed with the State Registrar, Vital Statistics Section of the Health Division. Birth records have been inventoried through 1920. For information concerning more recent records, contact the State Registrar. Also see Delayed Birth Records series for related records. Access to birth records is restricted for 100 years following the date of birth by Oregon Administrative Rule 333-011-0096.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Record of Births and Deaths [Oregon Health Division], 1915-1930 (1 volume).

 

Census Records

1990

Series documents the population, property, and agricultural production of the county. Records may include census rolls and abstracts, farm schedules, abstract of assessment and census, enumeration of inhabitants and industrial products, and enumeration of inhabitants and military enrollment. Information includes number of males and females per age category; head of household; name, age, and gender of household members; occupation and relationship of household members to head of household; and description and value of real and personal property. Information may also include nationality, physical description, birthplace, health, and religion of household members and agricultural production statistics.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Wheeler County Census Map], 1990 (7 maps).

 

Circuit Court Case Files

1898-1988

Series documents cases heard before the circuit courts and the U.S. district courts. U.S. district courts were administered by the federal government during the territorial period and subsequently replaced by the circuit courts upon statehood in 1859. Case files include exhibits, transcripts, indexes, and legal documents such as indictments, subpoenas, fee bills, articles of agreement, bonds, summons, executions, petitions, and injunctions. The case files document civil and criminal actions such as debt, theft, divorce, land claims, arson, murder, rape, assault and battery, and boundary conflicts. Circuit court records continue after 1983 under authority of the state and are maintained by the trial court administrator. Circuit court records have been inventoried through 1983. For information on more recent court records, contact the trial court administrator. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
File Case [Circuit Court Case Files-title varies], no. 1-1217, 1899-1935 (19.35 cu.ft.);
File Case Criminal [Circuit Court], 1899-ca.1906 (.15 cu.ft.);
Misc. [Miscellaneous Court Documents-includes indictments, undertakings, complaints, bonds, and related records from circuit, county, justice, and probate courts], ca.1904-ca.1948 (.15 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Trial Court Coordinator's Office:
Civil [Circuit Court Case Files], no. 2436-2705, 1976-1983 (4 reels of microfilm);
Register of Actions [with index-also indexes circuit court case files and journals], vol. 1-4, 1898-1988 (4 volumes).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Trial Court Second Floor Records Storage Room:
Civil [Circuit Court Case Files-also includes some criminal case files and some case files from 1899-1935], no. 1213-2435, 1935-1976 (16 cu.ft.);
Criminal [Circuit Court Case Files], no. 1.C-194.C, 1967-1983 (4 cu.ft.);
Wheeler Circuit Court Misc. [Box 2-Miscellaneous Circuit Court Case Documents-includes decrees, indictments, transcripts of judgment, subpoenas, orders, affidavits, motions, complaints, and related records], ca.1911-ca.1960 (1 cu.ft.);
Wheeler Circuit Court Misc. [Box 3-Miscellaneous Circuit Court Case Documents-includes petitions, orders, reports, and related records], ca.1911-ca.1960 (1 cu.ft.).

 

Circuit Court Dockets

1898-1988

Series records brief entries about the proceedings of court cases. Information includes date; plaintiff and defendant names; cause of action such as larceny, assault, divorce, or receivership; attorney names; and final disposition of the case. Circuit court records continue after 1983 under authority of the state and are maintained by the state court administrator. Circuit court records have been inventoried through 1983. For information on more recent court records, contact the trial court administrator. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Trial Court Coordinator's Office:
Register of Actions [with index-also indexes circuit court case files and journals], vol. 1-4, 1898-1988 (4 volumes).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Trial Court Second Floor Records Storage Room:
Docket Circuit Court Equity, 1899-ca.1923 (1 volume);
Docket Circuit Court Law, 1899-1923 (1 volume).

 

Circuit Court Journals

1898-1988

Series records chronological narratives of the proceedings of the court including actions taken such as decrees, judgments, arrangements, sentences, dismissals, and grand jury reports. Information includes plaintiff, defendant, and attorney names; term of court; character and date of case; case number; and date of issue. The term "judgment" refers to judicial decisions regarding the verdict, decision, or judgment rendered by the court and is distinct from those judgments relating to the recovery of court costs and awards (see Judgment and Execution Dockets). Circuit court records continue after 1983 under authority of the state and are maintained by the trial court administrator. Circuit court records have been inventoried through 1983. For information on more recent court records, contact the trial court administrator. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Trial Court Coordinator's Office:
Index Circuit Court Journals, 1898-ca.1918 (1 volume);
Journal Circuit Court [volumes 7 and 8 combined-title varies], vol. 1-8, 1898-1973 (7 volumes);
Register of Actions [with index-also indexes circuit court case files and journals], vol. 1-4, 1898-1988 (4 volumes).

 

Clerk and Recorder Miscellaneous Recordings

1887-1997

Series documents the recording of a variety of legal documents filed in the clerk's or recorder's office. These documents were not required to be filed with the clerk and often included filings such as birth and marriage certificates of individuals who were born or married outside of the county but wanted the document to be filed in their county of residence. Other documents include wills, obligation bonds, quit claims, deeds, conveyances, mortgage satisfactions, agreements, charters, partnership dissolutions, contracts, powers of attorney, liens, leases, marriage licenses, military discharges, ministerial certificates, medical personnel licenses, birth and death certificates, and affidavits of publication. Information includes dates filed, name of individual filing, type of action, and volume and page number where recorded. Series may also include alphabetical indexes of individuals filing a recording. Clerk and Recorder Miscellaneous Recordings have been inventoried through 1965.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Index Miscellaneous Record, ca.1887-1997 (1 volume);
Miscellaneous Record, vol. 2, 1921-1973 (1 volume);
Record of Discharge Soldiers, Marines and Miscellaneous Record [includes miscellaneous records from 1899 to 1921], vol. 1, 1899-1943 (1 volume).

 

Clerk and Recorder Official Filings

1993-[ongoing]

Series documents the filing of transactions, authorized by statute, with the clerk or recorder of the county for the purpose of making the transaction a matter of public record. Information includes dates filed, type and description of transactions, filing numbers, names of parties involved, amounts charged or assessed, and clerk or recorder's signatures. Series may also include alphabetical indexes that contain volume and page numbers where recorded and names of individual filing transactions. Transactions include records that were previously maintained separately, such as mortgages; deeds; military service records; federal, mechanic's, and road improvement liens; mining claims; satisfactions; judgment assignments; notarial commissions; medical and ministerial licenses; oaths; and affidavits of publication. This series is commonly referred to as the Book of Records.

Since 1993 deeds, mortgages, mining claims, and military discharges have been recorded in the clerk's Microfilm Records-Book of Records. Separate indexes were maintained until 2008.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Microfilm Records-Book of Records], 1993-present (8 inches of microfilm jackets).

 

Corner Survey Records

1888-[ongoing]

Series documents the establishment and/or restoration of survey corners or monuments by the county surveyor or registered land surveyors. Records include maps, field survey restoration notes, historical notes, and indexes. Information includes description of corners; existing markers; descriptions of new markers and any changes made to the locations; property owners; township, range, and section numbers; donation land claim information; date the new markers were set; and surveyor's signatures.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Corner Restoration [Land Survey Record-by township and range], 1975-present (2 binders);
Record of Lost Corners [Land Survey], 1913-1914 (1 volume);
Surveyor's Record [includes corner restoration information-with index], vol. 1-2, 1900-1974 (2 volumes);
Wheeler County Surveyor Indexes [includes corner restoration information], 1888-present (1 binder).

 

Coroner and Inquest Records

1899-1942

Series records the results of the examination of a corpse by the county coroner at the request of the county sheriff. It also documents the proceedings and results of inquests ordered by the district attorney. Reports include date filed; name, age, sex, race, parentage, and birthplace of deceased; date, place, and time of death; names of undertaker and coroner; testimony; and costs. Early reports were narrative accounts detailing the cause of death. After 1900, a standardized form was used for reporting results. Inquest transcripts include coroner and juror names, signatures, and actions; witness names; testimony; and verdict. Coroner and inquest records have been inventoried through 1965.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault, Oak Trifold File Cabinet:
[Coroner's Inquest], 1899-1903 (.05 cu.ft.);
[Coroner's Report on the Death of Lloyd Osborn], 1942 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Oak File Cabinet:
Unfinished [Papers in Matter of Inquest of William Notzke], 1911 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

County Budgets

1961-[ongoing]

Series documents the annual allotment of funds for county government operations as agreed to by the board of commissioners. Information includes total amount of funds budgeted for each office. Later budgets may include organizational charts and a narrative of each county office function.

Beginning in circa 1914 county budgets were included in the Commissioners Journal (County Commissioners Administrative Journals).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Budget Wheeler County, 2004-present (10 volumes).

Records at the Wheeler County Road Department Yard, Records Storage Unit:
Budgets [County], 1978-1992 (1 cu.ft.);
Old County Budgets [Wheeler County], 1961-1975 (.20 cu.ft.);
Wheeler County Budgets, 1989-1996 (.40 cu.ft.).

 

County Commissioners Administrative Journals

1898-[ongoing]

Series documents all administrative actions of the board of county commissioners and the county court. In most counties, the board of county commissioners has assumed the administrative duties and responsibilities of the county court. Administrative actions include levying taxes; budgeting; approving appropriations; appointing county officials; approving officials bonds and annual reports; receiving petitions and remonstrances concerning county roads; defining and establishing county roads; calling bond elections for the construction of county buildings; compiling jury lists and conducting hearings; approving salaries and expenses of county officials; confirming elections; and issuing licenses for such things as liquor, ferries, warehouses, and groceries. The series may be referred to as the County Court Administrative Journal, Commissioner's Minutes, County Court Docket, or Board of Commissioners Meeting Records.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Commissioners' Docket, vol. 1-5, 1900-1973 (5 volumes);
Commissioners' Journal Executive Meeting Minutes, 1987-2003 (1 binder);
[Commissioners' Journal Pages], 2011-present (.30 cu.ft.);
Commissioners' Journal, vol. 1-8, 1898-2011 (8 volumes);
Executive Session Notes [Wheeler County Court], 2004-2009 (1 binder);
Index to Commissioners' Journals, vol. 1-2, 1899-1911 (2 volumes).

Wheeler County Web Site:
Commissioners Minutes and Agendas, 2013-present (Internet).

 

County Commissioners Orders, Ordinances, and Resolutions

1968-[ongoing]

Series documents orders, ordinances, and resolutions passed by the board of county commissioners and the county court regulating and establishing guidelines for specific activities within the county. Information includes activity covered by order, ordinance, or resolution; administrative action number; who introduced; findings of fact; conclusions; recommendations; date heard; and hearings officer name and signature. Activities include noise abatement, nuisances, zoning, animal control, solid waste management, land division regulations, elections, comprehensive plan, and road and bridge use limits.

Beginning in 1899 orders, ordinances, and resolutions were entered into the Commissioners Journal and the Commissioners Docket (County Commissioners Administrative Journals).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Planning Office:
Zoning Ordinance [includes comprehensive plan and subdivision and partition ordinance], 2001-2008 (1 binder).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Ordinances [County-includes subdivision, partition, and zoning ordinances], 1968-present (1 binder);
Resolutions [County Court], 1974-present (6 binders).

Records at the Wheeler County Road Department Yard, Records Storage Unit:
Planning Old [Planning Department Records-includes subdivision and partition ordinance], 1974 (.05 cu.ft.); 1986 (.05 cu.ft.);
Planning Old [Planning Department Records-includes zoning ordinance], 1970 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

County Comprehensive Plans

1972-[ongoing]

Series documents the development and revision of a plan for the use of lands within the county. Series includes plans for transportation, energy, housing, population and economics, public facilities and services, urbanization, natural resources, greenways, recreation, agricultural and forest lands, land capability, resource quality, floodplains, landmarks, historic property, rural community center designation, and natural areas. Each plan includes background information about the subject; supporting documentation such as maps, charts, and diagrams; and a narrative description of each aspect of the plan and how it is to be implemented. Series may also include an overall "comprehensive plan" which contains both historical and current looks at county land practices and defines goals and policies adhered to during the creation and implementation of the plan.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Planning Office:
Comprehensive Plan Technical Report, 1980 (1 binder);
Plan Amendments [Comprehensive], 2004-2008 (.25 cu.ft.);
Zoning Ordinance [includes comprehensive plan and subdivision and partition ordinance], 2001-2008 (1 binder).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Comprehensive Plan [Wheeler County, Oregon Comprehensive Plan and Implementation Measures], 1984 (1 volume).

Records at the Wheeler County Road Department Yard, Records Storage Unit:
Planning Old [Planning Department Records-includes comprehensive plan development records], ca.1972-1984 (.30 cu.ft.).

 

County Court Case Files

1904-1948

Series documents the actions of the county court in civil and some criminal cases. Records include complaints, judgments, decrees, summonses, warrants, affidavits, writs, and an index. County court cases include spousal support, employment compensation, satisfaction of judgments, and divorce. Information includes judge, plaintiff, defendant, and attorney names; case type; and filing dates of actions and decrees.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Misc. [Miscellaneous Court Documents-includes indictments, undertakings, complaints, bonds, and related records from circuit, county, justice, and probate courts], ca.1904-ca.1948 (.15 cu.ft.).

 

County Court Judicial Journals

1899-1933

Series records the proceedings of the county court for civil and some criminal cases. Information includes judge, plaintiff, defendant, and attorney names; trial date; memorandum of subsequent proceedings; and fees charged. Cases include citizenship petitions, legal changes to name, commitments, and writs of habeas corpus. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
County Court Docket, vol. 1, 1903, 1933 (1 volume);
Index County Court Journal Law, 1899-1911 (1 volume);
Journal County Court [includes citizenship], vol. 1, 1899-1911 (1 volume).

 

County Fair Records

1934-[ongoing]

Series documents the preparation and organization of the county fair by the county fair board (including any predecessor group) and other county officials. Records include fair board minutes, reports, and annual premium lists and publications. Minutes and reports include information pertaining to county fair employment, budgets, sponsorship, capital improvements to fairgrounds, and event scheduling throughout the year. Annual premium lists and/or publications may include county fair history, names of fair officers, general fair rules and regulations, event schedules, exhibit lists, and photographs.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
County Fair Premium Lists [includes premium lists from other counties in Oregon], 1934-1940 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wheeler County Fairgrounds, Fair Office:
Annual Wheeler County Fair and Rodeo [Guide-title varies], 2003-present (12 volumes);
Fair Books [Premium Book Wheeler County Fair, 4-H & Rodeo], 1953 (1 volume); 1955 (1 volume); 1958 (1 volume); 1965 (1 volume); 1969 (1 volume); 1971-1981 (11 volumes); 1983 (1 volume);
Wheeler County Fair Board [Minutes-includes related records], 2009-present (.20 cu.ft.).

Records at the Fossil Museum:
Annual Wheeler County Fair and Rodeo [Guide-title varies], 1991 (1 volume); 2004 (1 volume); 2005 (1 volume);
Premium Book Wheeler County Fair, 4-H & Rodeo, 1982 (1 volume); 1983 (1 volume).

 

County Officials Reports

1899-1989

Series reports the activities of county officials to the county court or board of county commissioners. Series may include reports by the treasurer, surveyor, clerk, roadmaster, assessor, sheriff, school superintendent, and county nurse or doctor. Reports summarize the activities of county officials and their staff as they perform their official duties.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Widow's Pension Ledger [includes loose semi-annual reports of sheriff, treasurer, and clerk], 1914-1917 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault, Oak Trifold File Cabinet:
[County Officers Reports-Treasurer, Sheriff, Assessor, Roadmaster, Road Viewers, and Stock Inspector], 1899-1916 (.35 cu.ft.);
[Sheriff, Clerk, and Treasurer Semi-annual Reports], 1899-1917 (.25 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wheeler County Road Department Yard, Records Storage Unit:
Old Clerk Reports [includes some sheriff's reports], ca.1912-ca.1947 (.15 cu.ft.);
Sheriff Report [Annual Reports-Treasurer, Sheriff, and Clerk], 1962-1989 (.25 cu.ft.);
Treasurer Reports, 1923-1950 (.20 cu.ft.).

Records at the Fossil Museum:
From Fossil Courthouse Wheeler County [Semi-Annual Report-includes published clerk, treasurer, and sheriff reports-in file cabinet-with gaps], 1914-1932 (1 volume).

 

Death Records

1915-1930

Series documents the recording of deaths in the county. Records include registers and certificates. Information includes registration number; place and date of death; name, sex, color, birth date and place, age, and marital status of the deceased; names and birthplaces of parents; primary and contributory cause of death; physician, registrar, and informant signatures; filing date; and date and place of burial. Death records were not required by the state of Oregon until 1903 when the state began to officially register deaths. County death records have been inventoried through 1920. Access to death records is restricted for 50 years following the date of death by Oregon Administrative Rule 333-011-0096. Contact the Oregon State Archives for access to state death certificates that are more than 50 years old. Contact the Oregon Center for Health Statistics for access to more recent death certificates.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Record of Births and Deaths [Oregon Health Division], 1915-1930 (1 volume).

 

Deeds and Indexes

1866-2008

Series documents the ownership of land. Series includes deeds, land sales contracts, quitclaim deeds, homestead exemption claims, corporate certificates, agreements, correction deeds, special assessments of unzoned farmland, easements, and indirect and direct deed indexes. Information includes grantor and grantee name; recording and filing dates; property descriptions; title warranties; consideration amounts; witness and recorder names; and volume and page numbers of where recorded.

Since 1993 deeds have been recorded in the clerk's Microfilm Records-Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Deed Record [title varies], vol. 1-33, 1866-1973 (33 volumes);
Deeds [Homestead and Cash], vol. A, 1892-1915 (1 volume); vol. O, 1884-1926 (1 volume);
[Deeds], vol. 34-39, 1973-1993 (10 inches of microfilm jackets);
Index to Deeds Grantee [A-L and M-Z; also indexes U.S. Patents Deed], vol. 1, 1866-1974 (1 volume);
Index to Deeds Grantee, vol. 2, 1974-2008 (1 volume);
Index to Deeds Grantor [A-L and M-Z; also indexes U.S. Patents Deed], vol. 1, 1866-1974 (1 volume);
Index to Deeds Grantor, vol. 2, 1974-2008 (1 volume);
U.S. Patents Deed [title varies], vol. B-C, 1906-1920 (2 volumes).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault, Oak Trifold File Cabinet:
[Warranty Deeds], 1901-1908 (.35 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Oak File Cabinet:
[Miscellaneous Deeds and Mortgages], ca.1917-ca.1930 (.10 cu.ft.);
Unfinished [includes miscellaneous deeds, mortgages, and marks and brands], ca.1909-1919 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

Election Poll Books

1900-1927

Series documents the registration of voters and the compilation of election results. Records may include the election poll books and/or the election voter register. Information includes elector's name and party affiliation, and in some cases, physical description, occupation, naturalization information, and names of parents and spouse. Election poll books and voter registration records have been inventoried through 1930. For information on more recent records, contact the Secretary of State, Elections Division, the county clerk, or the local elections official.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
File Book No. 1 Blanks "A" Oregon Registration [Voter Registration Forms], 1900 (1 volume);
Precinct Register [Election], 1900 (14 volumes); 1902 (13 volumes); 1904 (11 volumes); 1906 (13 volumes); 1908 (13 volumes); 1910 (9 volumes); 1912 (1 volume).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
General Register [Election], 1910, 1914 (2 volumes);
Official Register of Electors, 1900 (1 volume); 1902 (1 volume); 1904 (1 volume); 1906 (1 volume); 1908 (1 volume); 1912 (1 volume).

Records at the Fossil Museum:
File Book No. 1 Blanks "B" Oregon Registration [Voter Registration Forms], 1910 (1 volume);
Oregon Registration Blanks [Voter Registration Record], 1912 (1 volume);
Voters' List and Poll Book [Election-in display case envelope], 1927 (1 volume).

 

Election Voting Abstracts

1927, 1938

Series documents the tabulation and reporting of election results for the county. Records include voting abstracts and the record of election. Information includes election date; precinct name and number; office; precinct and total votes; victory margin; winning candidate; county clerk, board of canvasser, and justice of the peace signatures; ballot number; summation of votes; and election board's decision. Election voting abstracts have been inventoried through 1960. For information on more recent records, contact the Secretary of State, Elections Division, the county clerk, or the local elections official.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Election Nov. [Abstract of votes-rolled], 1938 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Fossil Museum:
Tally Sheets [Election-in display case envelope], 1927 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

Federal Land Grant Records

1864-1974

Series records ownership of county lands obtained from the federal government. Series includes records of land grants administered under a variety of federal programs such as donation land claims and homesteads. Donation land claims are the most common type of federal land grant in Oregon that is documented in this inventory project. Donation land claims resulted from an act of the 1850 Congress under which citizens of the United States, or those who filed a declaration of intention prior to December 1, 1850 and had resided upon or cultivated the land for four consecutive years, were granted a specified amount of acreage in the Oregon Territory. Donation land claims were unique in that acreage granted to married couples was divided evenly. Half of the acreage was placed in the husband's name while the other half was placed in the wife's name. Records include plats, indexes, and survey notes. Information includes township, range, and section numbers, names of donation land claim holders and claim numbers, claim dates, acreage, and descriptions of surveys.

Under the Homestead Act of 1862, settlers were given 160 acres of land in the public domain if they built a home on the land, resided there for five years, and cultivated the land. A complete homestead entry file includes such documents as the homestead application, homestead proof, and final certificate authorizing the claimant to obtain a land patent.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Deeds [Homestead and Cash], vol. A, 1892-1915 (1 volume); vol. O, 1884-1926 (1 volume);
Index to Deeds Grantee [A-L and M-Z; also indexes U.S. Patents Deed], vol. 1, 1866-1974 (1 volume);
Index to Deeds Grantor [A-L and M-Z; also indexes U.S. Patents Deed], vol. 1, 1866-1974 (1 volume);
U.S. Patents Deed [title varies], vol. B-C, 1906-1920 (2 volumes).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault, Oak Trifold File Cabinet:
[General Land Office Certificates], 1888-1907 (.25 cu.ft.).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Search Land Patents [includes patent and legal land descriptions and some document images], ca.1864-ca.1957 (BLM GLO Web site).

 

Foreclosure Records

1897-1952

Series documents the activities of the sheriff and other county officials relating to the foreclosure of property in order to satisfy creditors in cases involving delinquent taxes, mortgage payments, or court judgments. Records include correspondence, sheriff's deeds and foreclosure sale records, circuit court case transcripts of foreclosure hearings, writs of execution, certificates of sale of real property, judgment orders, receipts, tax redemption records, delinquent tax sales, and tax sale certificates. Foreclosure records have been inventoried through 1920.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Delinquent Tax Sales Record [includes only two pages], vol. 1, 1899-1901 (1 volume);
Execution Docket [includes foreclosure information-with index], vol. 1, 1899-1952 (1 volume).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Oak File Cabinet:
Certificates of Sale [Tax Foreclosure], 1897-1908 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Trial Court Second Floor Records Storage Room:
Wheeler Circuit Court Misc. [Box 3-Miscellaneous Records-includes tax foreclosure records], 1916 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

Insane Commitment Records

1899-[ongoing]

Series documents the examination, commitment, and release of mentally ill persons to and from the state's mental institutions. Series contains statements of complaint and commitment recorded by the county clerk or recorder and includes petitions to have an individual committed; physicians certification that an individual is insane; delivery warrants authorizing a county official (usually the sheriff) to take the individual to the state hospital; patient discharges; paroles or transfers; indexes; and correspondence. Information includes patient and family names, date committed, reason, physical description, and a brief family history. This series may also be known as the Insane Record, Mental Illness Record, and Mentally Ill and Feeble Minded Record. By 1968, in most counties, the commitment of the mentally ill or deficient had become the responsibility of the circuit court. Access to these records may be restricted for 75 years by Oregon Revised Statute 192.496.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Insane Record [with index], vol. 1, 1899-1912 (1 volume);
Mental Illness [Case Files], 1899-1987 (2 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault, Oak Trifold File Cabinet:
[Insane Commitment Record], 1914-1945 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Trial Court Coordinator's Office:
Mental Cases [Commitment Files], 1989-present (.20 cu.ft.).

 

Judgment and Execution Records

1899-1983

Series records official decisions by the court and subsequent instructions to the sheriff to recover costs and awards related to debt, divorce, and other civil cases. The record serves as the official notice of the existence of a lien. Information includes title and case number; names of plaintiff, creditor, defendant, debtor, and attorney; amount of judgment; description of property levied on; writ of execution; disposition of case; decisions on appeals; dates docketed and satisfied; and volume and page numbers where recorded. Records may include judgment dockets, execution dockets, and fee books. Judgment and execution records have been inventoried through 1920.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Execution Docket [includes foreclosure information-with index], vol. 1, 1899-1952 (1 volume);
Judgment Docket, vol. 1, 1899-1983 (1 volume);
Judgment Lien Docket County Court, 1902-1904 (1 volume).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Trial Court Second Floor Records Storage Room:
Wheeler Circuit Court Misc. [Box 2-Execution and Return Record], 1912-1917 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

Justice Court Case Files

1903-1948

Series documents criminal and civil cases brought before the courts of the justices of the peace. Records include grand jury indictments, complaints, judgments by confession, transcripts of judgment entries and dockets, statements of witnesses, arrest warrants, subpoenas, bills for court costs and fees, petitions for appointment of justices of the peace and constables, petitions establishing justice districts, and marriage records. Cases heard include disturbing the peace, illegal liquor sales, assault, larceny, trespassing, fraud, vagrancy, and burglary. Justice court records have been inventoried through 1940. For information on more recent records, contact the local justice court.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Misc. [Miscellaneous Court Documents-includes indictments, undertakings, complaints, bonds, and related records from circuit, county, justice, and probate courts], ca.1904-ca.1948 (.15 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Trial Court Second Floor Records Storage Room:
Justice Court [Miscellaneous Case Records], 1903-1939 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

Justice Court Dockets

1891-1950

Series documents criminal and civil cases brought before justice of the peace courts. Dockets include defendant, plaintiff, attorney, witness, and juror names; action dates and nature of cases; judgments; and statements of costs. Actions include complaints, summonses, appearances, testimonies, bonds, judgments, pleas, fines, jail terms, marriages, and writs of attachment. Civil and criminal cases include larceny, burglary, recovering money or personal property, trespassing, hunting out of season, and illegal voting. Justice court records have been inventoried through 1940. For information on more recent records, contact the local justice court.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Trial Court Second Floor Records Storage Room Cabinet:
Justice Docket [Fossil Precinct], 1923-1950 (4 volumes);
Justice Docket [Spray Precinct], 1900-1948 (1 volume);
Record [Recorder's Court-Fossil], 1891-1927 (1 volume).

 

Land Subdivision Records

1914-[ongoing]

Series documents the subdividing and partitioning of land within the county. Records include survey notes, correspondence, photographs, satisfaction of agreements, maps of subdivided and partitioned land, and contracts and permits. Information includes subdivision names; lot, street, and alley dimensions; and township, range, and section numbers of land to be subdivided or partitioned.

See the Deeds and Indexes record series for older subdivision plats drawn on deed record pages.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Fossil Town Plat-rolled], n.d. (3 maps);
LP [Land Partition Plats-folded copies], 1994-present (1.25 cu.ft.);
Ordinances [County-includes subdivision, partition, and zoning ordinances], 1968-present (1 binder);
[Partition Plat Grid Map-rolled], n.d. (1 map);
[Subdivision and Partition Plats-hanging plat cabinet], 1914-present (ca.175 maps);
Wheeler County Surveyor Indexes [includes subdivisions and partitions], 1991-present (1 binder);
Wheeler County Surveyor Land Partition Plats, 1991-present (ca.175 maps).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Planning Office:
Baty Subdivision [Case File], ca.1988 (.35 cu.ft.);
Partitions Minor & Financial [Case Files], 2002-present (3 cu.ft.);
Zoning Ordinance [includes comprehensive plan and subdivision and partition ordinance], 2001-2008 (1 binder).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Courtroom Display Case:
Township Plat Book [includes tax roll land ownership and district boundaries], 1931-1950 (27 volumes).

Records at the Wheeler County Road Department Yard, Records Storage Unit:
M. Partitions [Minor-Case Files], 1997-2000 (.25 cu.ft.);
MP [Minor Partition Case Files], 1984-1996 (.60 cu.ft.);
Planning Old [Planning Department Records-includes subdivision and partition ordinance], 1974 (.05 cu.ft.); 1986 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

Land Title Registers

1884-1926

Series records the ownership of land within the county. Records may include title registers, land indexes, land registration registers, torrens registry of titles, indexes to registered land, certificates of title, town lot indexes, ownership registers, and plat books. Information includes parties involved, land descriptions, dates, number and nature of titles, subdivisions, title holders, terms, discharge dates, and registrar's signatures. The torrens system of land registration was abolished in 1972 by Oregon law. Additional land ownership records may be found in Deeds and Indexes.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Tract Index Lands, 1884-1926 (1 volume);
Tract Index Lots, 1884-1926 (1 volume).

 

Maps, Plans, and Drawings

1900-[ongoing]

Series provides a visual representation of the county and of physical structures constructed on county lands. Series includes maps, plans, and drawings that vary in size, scale, and date. Included are maps, plans, and drawings of counties and cities, election precincts, courthouses and other county buildings, cemeteries, rivers, Indian reservations, school districts, construction projects, and soil classifications. General road maps may be found in the series titled Road and Bridge Records. Technical road survey maps may be found in the series titled Road Maps and Survey Notes.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
City of Fossil, Mitchell, Spray Maps, 1950-ca.1976 (ca.10 maps);
Flood Insurance Rate Map Wheeler County [rolled], 1988 (20 maps);
[Land Ownership Maps-rolled blueprints], n.d. (23 maps);
Metsker's Map of Wheeler County [Election Precinct Map-modified], 1987 (1 map);
[Miscellaneous Maps-includes Fossil, Mitchell, and Bureau of Land Management] 1960-1988 (3 sheets of microfilm jackets);
National Wetlands Inventory [Maps-Wheeler County-rolled], 1991 (ca.60 maps);
Outside of Courthouse [Renovation Plans-rolled], 1978 (3 drawings);
Overlay of Fossil Heritage Trail System [Map], ca.2006 (1 map);
[Rural Address Map Book-on assessor map base], ca.1989 (1 volume);
Soil Association Map [rolled], 1982 (1 map);
Voter Precinct [Map-rolled], ca.2008 (1 map);
[Wheeler County Census Map], 1990 (7 maps);
[Wheeler County Courthouse-Interior Layout Plans-rolled], 1995 (3 drawings);
[Wheeler County Oregon-Peck Map Company Land Ownership Maps-rolled], n.d. (2 maps);
Wheeler County Voting by District [Map-rolled], ca.2008 (1 map).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[Precinct Maps], n.d. (4 maps).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
[Assessor's Maps], n.d.-present (2 volumes); ca.1978-ca.1989 (2 volumes);
Flood Insurance Rate Map [Wheeler County], 1989 (20 maps);
[Land Class Map Book, n.d. (1 volume).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Courtroom Display Case:
Township Plat Book [includes tax roll land ownership and district boundaries], 1931-1950 (27 volumes).

Records at the Fossil Museum:
[Assessor's Map Book-large format], ca.1900-ca.1913 (1 volume);
[Wheeler County Oregon Land and Water Inventory-Maps], 1948 (1 binder).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Tax Assessment GIS Maps [select county], n.d.-present (Internet).

 

Marks and Brands Records

1899-1937

Series documents the registration of marks and brands by livestock owners and logging interests in order to clearly establish ownership. Records include registers and certificates. Information includes owner's name and address; diagram of animal showing location and style of mark and brand; written description of mark and brand; and filing date. Types of livestock registered include horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, and poultry. Log brands are also documented.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Record of Marks and Brands, vol. 1, 1899-1915 (1 volume);
Register of County Brand Inspector [Livestock], vol. 1, 1931-1937 (1 volume).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Oak File Cabinet:
Affidavits of Marks and Brands, 1900-1915 (.15 cu.ft.);
Unfinished [includes miscellaneous deeds, mortgages, and marks and brands], ca.1909-1919 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Fossil Museum:
Brand Record for Crook County and Wheeler County [in display case], 1928 (1 volume).

 

Marriage Records

1896-1977

Series documents the recording of marriages by the county and includes applications, marriage certificates and licenses, and indexes to marriage records. Information includes the names and residences of bride and groom; justice of the peace, minister, or name of individual officiating; fees charged; date filed; volume and page numbers where recorded; certificate number; date and place of marriage; and signatures of witnesses and county officials. Beginning in 1906 marriages have been officially registered with the state of Oregon. Currently these records are filed with the State Registrar, Vital Statistics Section of the Health Division. Marriage records have been inventoried through 1960.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Wheeler County Marriages [Certificates-Oregon Health Division- Web searchable from 1896 to 1952], 1896-1960 (1 cu.ft.);
Search for 1896-1952 Wheeler County marriages in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Marriage Record [1961 & Prior-includes miscellaneous certificates, applications, affidavits, and related records], ca.1915-1961 (.10 cu.ft.);
Marriage Record [with index], vol. 1-3, 1899-1977 (3 volumes).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Wheeler County Marriage List, 1899-1901 (US GenWeb Project).

 

Married Women's Property Registers

1906-1915

Series documents property held by women independently and separately from their husbands. Registration of property usually is in relation to a marriage or divorce settlement. Information includes a description of property (land, livestock, and farm and household goods) to be considered separate and declarations stating that the woman in question is not responsible for her husband's debts.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Record of Married Women's Separate Property [with index], vol. 1, 1906-1915 (1 volume).

 

Medical Profession Registration Records

1899-1960

Series documents the registration of individuals in compliance with the requirements of relevant Oregon boards of examiners to practice a medical profession in the state. Professions registered include physicians, surgeons, osteopaths, naturopaths, dentists, nurses, druggists, chiropractors, chiropodists, optometrists, and veterinarians. Records include registers, certificates, and licenses. Information includes name of registrant; name of school; graduation date; names of members of the examining board; licensing and recording dates; and licensing or registration numbers.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Optometry Record [with index], vol. 1, 1905-1939 (1 volume);
Register of Physicians and Dentists [includes some chiropractors and nurses-with index], vol. 1, 1899-1960 (1 volume).

 

Military Records

1899-1997

Series lists those eligible for military service and records the discharge dates of those who served in the military. Series includes eligibility, enlistment, discharge registers, or muster rolls, and may include alphabetical indexes. Information includes name of individual serving or eligible for service; enlistment and discharge dates and codes; residences at birth and enlistment; occupations and ages at time of enlistment; branches of service; precinct numbers; service records including commendations; physical condition, education and types of jobs performed while in service; and rank at discharge. Access to military discharge records may be restricted for 75 years by 2009 Oregon Legislative Assembly SB 618.

Since 1993 military discharges have been recorded in the clerk's Microfilm Records-Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Discharges-Military], 1974-1993 (4 microfilm jackets);
Index Miscellaneous Record [also indexes military discharges from 1919-1943], ca.1887-1997 (1 volume);
Military Discharges [with index], vol. 2, 1943-1973 (1 volume);
Military List [with index], 1899-1901 (1 volume);
Record of Discharge Soldiers, Marines and Miscellaneous Record [includes military discharges from 1919-1943], vol. 1, 1899-1943 (1 volume).

 

Mining Claim Records

1865-[ongoing]

Series documents actions filed with the county related to mineral interest claims. Types of actions include mineral rights and royalty assignments, mineral interest claims, lease releases, interest stipulations, corrections, bills of sale and conveyance assignments, and location notices. Information includes names of involved parties; action types and dates; and volume and page numbers. The series may also include copies of claim location notices giving descriptions and details of individual claims.

Since 1993 mining claims have been recorded in the clerk's Microfilm Records-Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Dormant Mineral Interest Record], vol. 1, 1984-1985 (1 microfilm jacket);
Dormant Mineral Interest Record, vol. 1, 1984-1985 (1 volume);
Index to Mining Records Indirect/Direct, 1866-1913 (1 volume);
Index to Mining Records, vol. 1, 8, 1865-1902 (1 volume);
[Mining Claim Records], 1999-2001 (.05 cu.ft.);
[Mining Claims and Liens], 1973-2002 (.50 inch of microfilm jackets);
[Mining Claims from Grant County], vol. 1, 1865-1900 (1 volume);
Mining Record, vol. 9, 1950-1973 (1 volume);
Mining Record [Notice of Quartz Location], 1914-1936 (1 volume);
Record of Mines and Mining Deed, vol. 8, 1900-1950 (1 volume).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Oak File Cabinet:
[Mining Notices], 1899-1901 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Online Land Records [includes various federal land survey records related to Oregon such as survey plats and field notes, mineral surveys, and historical indices], ca.1850-present (Bureau of Land Management).

 

Mortgage Records

1871-2008

Series documents the written interest in land providing security for the performance of a duty or payment of a debt. Records include mortgages; trustee's deeds of reconveyance; indexes, both by mortgagor and mortgagee name; and satisfactions. Information includes mortgagor and mortgagee names, property descriptions, mortgage terms, witness names, certifications, recording and satisfaction dates, volume and page numbers where recorded, and recorder's signature. Series also includes executor/executrix information when mortgages were transferred through wills and mortgages of land to individuals under the provisions of the Donation Land Act of 1850.

Since 1993 mortgages have been recorded in the clerk's Microfilm Records-Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Index to Mortgages Mortgagee [A-L and M-Z], 1871-2008 (2 volumes);
Index to Mortgages Mortgagor [A-L and M-Z], 1871-2008 (2 volumes);
Mortgage Record [title varies], vol. 1-23, 1871-1973 (23 volumes);
[Mortgages], vol. 24-25, 1973-1993 (4 inches of microfilm jackets).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault, Oak Trifold File Cabinet:
[Real Estate Mortgages], 1899-1914 (.15 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Oak File Cabinet:
[Miscellaneous Deeds and Mortgages], ca.1917-ca.1930 (.10 cu.ft.);
Unfinished [includes miscellaneous deeds, mortgages, and marks and brands], ca.1909-1919 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

Naturalization Certificates

1899-1946

Series documents the granting of United States citizenship to petitioners. Records include applications, witness affidavits, court findings granting or denying citizenship, certificates, and indexes. Declarations of intention may also be included. Information includes name, age, and residence of applicant; applicant's dependents; date of filing of declarations of intention and petitions; and volume and page numbers where papers are recorded.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Certificate of Naturalization [Stubs-includes some loose certificate copies], 1907-1927 (3 volumes);
Citizenship Record [with index], vol. 1, 1899-1906 (1 volume);
[Declaration of Intention-includes petitions, certificates of arrival, naturalization certificate stubs, orders, and citizenship petitions granted forms], 1923-1946 (1 volume);
Record of Certificates Citizenship [with index], vol. 1, 1903-1906 (1 volume).

 

Naturalization Declarations of Intention

1907-1946

Series documents the process taken by applicants for United States citizenship in declaring their intention to become United States citizens. Information may include applicant's name, age, physical description, place and date of birth, method of immigration, date and port of entry, names and ages of wife and children, and renunciation of allegiance to foreign governments. Declarations of intention may also be attached to naturalization petitions or naturalization certificates.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Declaration of Intention-includes petitions, certificates of arrival, naturalization certificate stubs, orders, and citizenship petitions granted forms], 1923-1946 (1 volume);
Petition and Record [includes declarations of intention-with index], 1907-1927 (1 volume);
Record of Declaration of Intention [no. 1 to 100-with index], vol. 1, 1907-1928 (1 volume).

 

Naturalization Petitions and Orders

1899-1946

Series documents the application for United States citizenship by aliens. Information includes name, residence, and occupation of applicants; place and date of birth; emigration place, date, and vessel; declaration of intention dates; name, birthplace, and birth date of dependents; and renunciation of allegiance to foreign governments. Accompanying the petitions are witness and petitioner affidavits, oaths of allegiance, court orders admitting or denying citizenship, declarations of intention, depositions, and certificates of arrival.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerks Vault:
[Declaration of Intention-includes petitions, certificates of arrival, naturalization certificate stubs, orders, and citizenship petitions granted forms], 1923-1946 (1 volume);
Journal County Court [includes citizenship], vol. 1, 1899-1911 (1 volume);
Petition and Record [includes declarations of intention-with index], 1907-1927 (1 volume).

 

Pension and Relief Records

1901-1913

Series documents financial assistance approved by the county court for widows, mothers, dependent children, orphans, the elderly, and indigents. Information includes applicant name and address, children's names and birth dates, amount of pension or monthly support payment, and county court order. Because the provision of relief became primarily a state and federal function in the 1930s, records are inventoried through 1939.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Widow's Pension Ledger [includes loose widow's pension award record], vol. 1, 1913 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault, Oak Trifold File Cabinet:
[Application for Relief-Old Age Pension], 1906 (.05 cu.ft.);
[Indigent Person Records], 1901-1902 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

Planning Commission Minutes

1966-[ongoing]

Series documents the discussions and activities of the county planning commission as recorded in the minutes and agendas. Topics discussed include the creation, amendment, and appeal of zoning ordinances and county land use laws; county comprehensive plans; and election or appointment of planning commission members.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Planning Office:
[Planning Commission Minutes], 1993-1994 (.05 cu.ft.); 2000-present (.75 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wheeler County Road Department Yard, Records Storage Unit:
Planning Old [Planning Department Records-includes planning commission minutes], 1966-1988 (.30 cu.ft.).

 

Prisoner Registers

1935-1942

Series tracks individuals incarcerated in the county jail. Information includes prisoner identification number; date entered; name, address, age, birth date, height and weight, eye and hair color, and nationality of prisoner; arrest date; arresting officer; crime committed; sentence; bail; court; release date; and remarks. Prisoner registers, which may also be referred to as jail lists, have been inventoried through 1965. Access to portions of these records may be restricted for 25 years after termination of custody by Oregon Revised Statute 192.496(3).

Records at the Fossil Museum:
Jail Record, 1935-1942 (1 volume).

 

Probate Case Files

1887-[ongoing]

Series documents actions taken on probate cases brought before the county, district, or circuit court for settlement. Records include wills, receipts, claims, vouchers, petitions to sell, notices of annual accounting, final estate accounting reports, appraiser's affidavits, bills of sale, inventories, fee bills, appraisals, administrator and appointment certificates, and appraiser oaths. Over the years probate jurisdiction has been transferred from the county court to the circuit court in most counties. However, the county courts in Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties continue to hear probate cases. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Since 1993 most probate actions have been indexed on computer in the county clerk's office.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Misc. [Miscellaneous Court Documents-includes indictments, undertakings, complaints, bonds, and related records from circuit, county, justice, and probate courts], ca.1904-ca.1948 (.15 cu.ft.);
Name Change [Case Files], no. 93.01-2010.01, 1993-present (.15 cu.ft.);
Probate [Case Files-includes small estate case files], 1893-present (21 cu.ft.);
Probate Register [with index-also indexes probate case files], vol. 1, 1887-1993 (1 volume).

 

Probate Estate Records

1903-1911

Series documents information recorded about estates probated in the county or circuit courts. Information includes deceased party's name; recording and death dates; residence; name and address of executors, administrators, or trustees; estimated values of real and personal property; inventory and appraisal dates; the estate's value according to the appraisals and to the county court; and the names and relationship of heirs. Over the years probate jurisdiction has been transferred from the county court to the circuit court in most counties. However, the county courts in Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties continue to hear probate cases.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Record of Estates, 1903-1911 (1 volume).

 

Probate Registers

1887-1993

Series records the actions taken by the county's probate court. Information includes case numbers, estate or deceased's name, administrator's or executor's name, dates and types of papers filed, and memoranda and court orders listed by dates of appointment of administrator or executor. Series may also be referred to as probate journals, dockets, or records of actions. Over the years probate jurisdiction has been transferred from the county court to the circuit court in most counties. However, the county courts in Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties continue to hear probate cases.

Since 1993 most probate actions have been indexed on computer in the county clerk's office.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Index to County Court Journal Probate, 1899-1915 (1 volume);
Journal Probate Court [title varies], vol. 1-5, 1899-1973 (5 volumes);
[Probate Court Journal], 1974-1989 (28 sheets of microfilm jackets);
Probate Docket, vol. 1, 1900-1904 (1 volume);
Probate Order Book [with index], vol. 1, 1899-1909 (1 volume);
Probate Register [with index-also indexes probate case files], vol. 1, 1887-1993 (1 volume).

 

Road and Bridge Records

1876-[ongoing]

Series documents the development, construction, maintenance, and improvement of county roads and bridges. Records include bonds, general road and highway maps, petitions to have roads constructed or altered, notices, complaints, vacation records, and correspondence. Information includes road numbers and names and descriptions of the activity occurring on the road. Information concerning county roads may be available on the Integrated Road Information System (IRIS) at the county road office. Technical road survey maps may be found in the series titled Road Maps and Survey Notes.

Also see County Commissioners Administrative Journals for entries related to county roads.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Butte Creek-Kinzua Section Highway Map [Strip Map-rolled], 1940 (1 map);
County Road Records From Gilliam County [includes surveys and reports], vol. 2, 1876-1903 (1 volume);
General Highway Map of Wheeler County Oregon [rolled], 1971 (1 map);
Mining Record [volume includes loose road construction records], 1931 (.05 cu.ft.);
Record of Roads [includes surveys, petitions, and vacations-with index], vol. 1, 1899-1928 (1 volume);
Richmond-Girds Creek Road [Map], 1974 (1 map);
Road Index Map Wheeler County [rolled], 1985 (1 map);
Service Creek-Mitchell Highway [Strip Map], 1974 (1 map).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault, Oak Trifold File Cabinet:
[Road Case Files], 1882-1903 (.65 cu.ft.);
[Road Petitions], 1899-ca.1921 (.35 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Office Oak File Cabinet:
Reports and Letters [Specifications for Bridge Across John Day River-at Spray], 1904 (.05 cu.ft.);
Reports and Letters [Twickenham Bridge Specifications and Drawing], 1906 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Road Department Back Staircase Second Floor Landing:
[Road and Bridge Case Files-includes agreements, proceedings, maps, photographs, vacations, correspondence, and related records], ca.1906-present (3 cu.ft.).

 

Road Maps and Survey Notes

1876-[ongoing]

Series documents the surveying and mapping of county roads. Records include road surveyor notes, alignment, profile, and other survey maps, and road registers. Information includes legal descriptions of the roads; road names and numbers; plans and profiles; township, range, and section numbers; dates of activity; and scales. General road maps may be found in the series titled Road and Bridge Records.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Copies Record Maps of Surveys [includes filed surveys and road surveys-folded], no. 403-684, 1968-present (2 cu.ft.);
County Road Records From Gilliam County [includes surveys and reports], vol. 2, 1876-1903 (1 volume);
Old Highway Strip Maps [Oregon State Highway Department-rolled], series 2-8, 1921-1963 (4 cu.ft.);
Original Record Maps of Surveys [includes filed surveys and road surveys], no. 400-684, 1934-present (ca.285 maps);
OSHD Strip Map Index [Oregon State Highway Department], 1921-1963 (1 binder);
Record of County Road Surveys, vol. 1A, 1919-1921 (1 volume);
Record of Roads [includes surveys, petitions, and vacations-with index], vol. 1, 1899-1928 (1 volume);
State Highway Specifications, Proposal, and Contract Agreement for Highway Construction [Wheeler County-title varies], 1921-1922 (.40 cu.ft.);
Wheeler Co. Roads [County Road Inventory Description Records], 1980 (1 volume of computer printouts);
Wheeler County Surveyor Indexes [includes road surveys], 1885-present (1 binder).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault, Oak Trifold File Cabinet:
[Road Field Notes and Plats-Surveyor's], ca.1911-ca.1916 (.10 cu.ft.).

 

School District Records

1890-1973

Series reports the general and financial statistics of each school district located in the county. Information includes school district number and clerk's name; number of individuals within the district between ages four and twenty; number of teachers employed; number of school houses (owned by the district); number of legal voters; number of libraries and books within each; number of private schools; cash on hand at last report; district tax received from county; state schools funds received; general value of school grounds and furnishings; property values; enrollment; number of students enrolled from outlying districts; school census; and board minutes. Series may also contain school attendance and grade reports and data on students and parents. Records may be titled School District Clerk Annual Report, District Clerk's Book of Records, District Clerk Record Book, or Oregon School Register and Record Book, which is the most comprehensive record of school district activities. School district records have been inventoried through 1965. Access to student records may be restricted by state or federal law.

Register and record books listed in the Spray School District include the name of the first teacher listed in a particular book. Subsequent teachers may have been listed in each book.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
School District Records [District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 6], 1928-1930 (1 volume);
School District Records [District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 9], 1907-1928 (4 volumes);
School District Records [District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 29], 1926-1929 (1 volume);
School District Records [District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 50], 1896-1906 (4 volumes);
School District Records [High School Report of District Clerk], 1923-1928 (.10 cu.ft.);
School District Records [Oregon School Register and Record Book-District No. 9], 1904-1939 (7 volumes);
School District Records [School District Clerk's Reports], 1903-1926 (.50 cu.ft.);
School District Records [Teacher's Annual Reports], 1905-1914, 1929-1932 (.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Fossil Grade School, Store Room:
Old [Miscellaneous Registers, Censuses, Reports, Etc.], ca.1953-ca.1965 (.75 cu.ft.);
Old Registers Kinzua [includes registers and censuses for Kinzua District No. 4 and Fossil District No. 21], ca.1960-1973 (.50 cu.ft.);
Old School Registers [Annual Report of a Standard High School-Spray], 1930-1958 (1 volume);
Old School Registers [District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 29, 1929-1933 (1 volume);
Old School Registers [Oregon School Register and Record Book-Kinzua], 1934-1948 (.40 cu.ft.);
Old School Registers [Oregon School Register and Record Book-Wheeler High School], 1921-1929, 1947-1948 (2 volumes);
[Oregon Elementary Pupil Cumulative Record-cards], ca.1930-ca.1948 (.60 cu.ft.);
School Registers Old [District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 29], 1914-1927 (2 volumes);
School Registers Old [Oregon School Register and Record Book-District No. 2], 1942-1943 (1 volume);
School Registers Old [Oregon School Register and Record Book-District No. 4-Kinzua], 1932-1963 (1 cu.ft.);
School Registers Old [Oregon School Register and Record Book-District No. 12], 1924-1939 (2 volumes);
School Registers Old [Oregon School Register and Record Book-District No. 21], 1938-1939 (2 volumes)

Records at the Fossil School District Office:
Letters [District School Board Meeting Minutes], 1949-1961 (.25 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wheeler High School, School Vault:
[High School Record-Wheeler County High School], ca.1941-ca.1960 (2 volumes);
Record of Students [Wheeler County High School], n.d.-ca.1940 (1 volume).

Records at the Fossil Museum:
District Clerk's Record Book [School District No. 24], 1930-1932 (1 volume);
[District Clerk's Record Book-School District No. 24], 1933-1942 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [School District No. 24], 1927-1938 (1 volume); 1938 (1 volume); 1939 (1 volume);
Record [School District No. 21 Minutes], 1903-1920 (1 volume).

Records at the Spray Pioneer Museum:
Directory Wheeler County Schools, 1938-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [School District No. 27-Richmond], 1890-1892 (1 volume).

Records at the Spray School District Records Storage Building:
[Credit Book Spray Union High School-includes grades-with index], 1920-1932 (1 volume);
[District Clerk's Record Book-School District No. 1-Spray], 1947-1966 (.50 cu.ft.);
[High School Record-School District No. 1-Spray], 1961-1974 (1 volume);
[Oregon Elementary Cumulative Record Card-Oregon School Health Record Card-School District No. 1-Spray], ca.1937-1954 (.40 cu.ft.);
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-School District No. 1-Spray], 1954-1960 (.30 cu.ft.);
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-School District No. 1-Spray-Aleatha Scobie], 1954-1955 (1 volume);
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-School District No. 1-Spray-Beulah Bell], 1937-1938 (1 volume);
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-School District No. 1-Spray-B.L. Murphy], 1918-1923 (1 volume);
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-School District No. 1-Spray-E.A. Tucker, 1939-1949 (1 volume);
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-School District No. 1-Spray-Elementary School-Ramona Davidson], 1948-1949 (1 volume);
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-School District No. 1-Spray-Emily Crawford], 1946-1947 (1 volume); 1947-1948 (1 volume);
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-School District No. 1-Spray-E.S. McCormick], 1937-1939 (1 volume);
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-School District No. 1-Spray-Helen Upham], 1931-1937 (1 volume);
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-School District No. 1-Spray-Herbert Ekstrom], 1958-ca.1960 (1 volume);
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-School District No. 1-Spray-High School], 1944-1952 (1 volume);
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-School District No. 1-Spray-High School-S. David Prin], 1927-1929 (1 volume);
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-School District No. 1-Spray-Horace Cooke], 1929-1931 (1 volume);
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-School District No. 1-Spray-J.H. Dickinson], 1922-1926 (1 volume);
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-School District No. 1-Spray-Joe Stewart], 1937-1939 (1 volume);
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-School District No. 1-Spray-Lois Toedter], 1950-1959 (1 volume);
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-School District No. 1-Spray-Lola Smith], 1922-1926 (1 volume);
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-School District No. 1-Spray-Louis Knori], 1958-1963 (1 volume);
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-School District No. 1-Spray-Minnie Fitzgerald], 1944-1945 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [School District No. 1-Spray-Mrs. M.A. Toney], 1951-1952 (1 volume); 1952-1953 (1 volume);
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-School District No. 1-Spray-Nellie Raines], 1926-1930 (1 volume);
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-School District No. 1-Spray-T.E. Crocker], 1931-1937 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book-School District No. 1-Spray Union High School], 1928-1931 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [School District No. 1-Spray Union High School-Francis Fraidson], 1944-1945 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [School District No. 1-Spray Union High School-Herbert Copeland], 1926-1927 (1 volume);
[Oregon School Register and Record Book-School District No. 1-Spray-Verna Lawson], 1918-1936 (1 volume);
Record [Credit Book Spray Union High School-includes grades-with index], 1932-1958 (1 volume).

 

Superintendent of Schools Records

1899-1968

Series documents the official and financial affairs of the superintendent of schools concerning teachers, students, and schools located in the county. Records include annual statements on the condition of common (public) schools in the county, school district boundary records, school district accounts, and book purchases. Information includes financial information, school curricula, boundary descriptions, and enrollment and attendance data. Superintendent of schools records have been inventoried through 1965.

Records at the Fossil School District Office:
[Annual Reports, Election Notices, Teacher Bonds, and Teacher Certificates], 1927-1953 (.35 cu.ft.);
Register of School District Boundaries [includes minutes of school boundary board], vol. 1, 1899-1956 (1 volume);
Register of Teachers Under Contract, vol. 1, 1899-1968 (1 volume);
Wheeler County Census Reports [Annual Report-to School Superintendent], 1900-1932 (.35 cu.ft.).

Records at the Fossil Grade School, Store Room:
Register of Eighth Grade Examinations, 1921-1938 (1 volume).

Records at the Wheeler High School, School Vault:
Annual Reports [to School Superintendent], 1900-1950 (2 cu.ft.).

Records at the Fossil Museum:
School Superintendent's Record of Annual Reports, Etc., vol. 1, 1899-1917 (1 volume).

 

Surveyor Field Notes and Plats

1873-[ongoing]

Series documents surveys of county land by the county or licensed professional surveyors. Records include log books, field notes, and plats. An index may also be included. Information includes survey dates; who the survey was for; donation land claims; township, range, section, and survey numbers; a history of previous surveys made for the area; descriptions of land, vegetation, and soil; landmarks; metes and bounds of tracts surveyed; and surveyor's names. Plats also include corner restoration marks, scales, dates created and filed, and donation land claim owners.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Cad Sur Plat-Cadastral Survey Plats-U.S. Bureau of Land Management], ca.1977-ca.1988 (9 sheets of microfilm jackets);
Copies Record Maps of Surveys [includes filed surveys and road surveys-folded], no. 403-684, 1968-present (2 cu.ft.);
Original Record Maps of Surveys [includes filed surveys and road surveys], no. 400-684, 1934-present (ca.285 maps);
Record of Surveys Transcribed From Gilliam County, vol. 3, 1888-1896 (1 volume);
Surveyor's Record [includes corner restoration information-with index], vol. 1-2, 1900-1974 (2 volumes);
Survey Record [U.S. Survey General Field Notes], ca.1873-ca.1929 (1 volume);
Wheeler County Surveyor Indexes [includes land surveys], 1888-present (1 binder).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Online Land Records [includes various federal land survey records related to Oregon such as survey plats and field notes, mineral surveys, and historical indices], ca.1850-present (Bureau of Land Management).

 

Tax Lot Cards

1913-[ongoing]

Tax lot cards, which contain official descriptions of real property, are used to track land ownership and lot size and also may serve as a deed reference. Records include tax lot number; the location of the land in reference to township, range, and section; and a description and record of changes to the property, acreage, and land owner.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
[Official Record of Description of Real Property-Tax Lot Cards], ca.1913-present (2 cu.ft.).

 

Water Rights Records

1879-1987

Series documents the authorization by the state and local governments for the use of public waters. Series includes water rights, licenses, and certificates of water rights issued by the state and filed with the county. Records may include alphabetical indexes to the certificates, transcripts, statements, evidence, and other records specifically related to water rights cases heard by circuit and appellate courts. Information includes names of individuals proving water rights; locations of water rights including the township, range, and section number; descriptions of land under such rights; and limitations of appropriations of rights and use of rights (i.e., length of time, usage). Original water rights certificates are filed with the Oregon Water Resources Department.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Water Right Record [with index], vol. 1, 1914-1973 (1 volume);
[Water Rights Record] 1975-1979 (6 sheets of microfilm jackets);
Water Rights Record Book, vol. 1, 1879-1905 (1 volume);
Water Rights [Record-with index], vol. 1, 1879-1918 (1 volume).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Assessor's Vault:
Drainage Basin #6 [Water Rights Record-includes abstracts of decree, abstracts of permit, applications, certificates, transfers, and related documents], vol. 1, ca.1915-ca.1987 (1 volume).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Trial Court Second Floor Records Storage Room:
Water Rights [In the Matter of the Determination of the Relative Rights to the Use of the Waters of Bridge Creek-Decree], 1937 (.05 cu.ft.);
Water Rights [In the Matter of the Determination of the Relative Rights to the Use of the Waters of Bridge Creek-Original Evidence Court Papers, Notices, Stipulations, Etc.], vol. 1, 1921-1923 (1 volume);
Water Rights [In the Matter of the Determination of the Relative Rights to the Use of the Waters of Bridge Creek-Original Evidence Notices of Contest], vol. 3-4, 1924-1925 (2 volumes);
Water Rights [In the Matter of the Determination of the Relative Rights to the Use of the Waters of Bridge Creek-Original Evidence State Engineer's Maps], vol. 6, 1923-1927 (12 maps);
Water Rights [In the Matter of the Determination of the Relative Rights to the Use of the Waters of Bridge Creek-Original Evidence Statements and Proofs of Claim], vol. 2, 1924 (1 volume);
Water Rights [In the Matter of the Determination of the Relative Rights to the Use of the Waters of Bridge Creek-Original Evidence Supplemental Findings-Jurisdictional Papers, Deposition of Gail Hathaway, Exceptions, Stipulations, Exhibits], vol. 9, 1929 (1 volume);
Water Rights [In the Matter of the Determination of the Relative Rights to the Use of the Waters of Bridge Creek-Original Evidence Supplemental Findings Transcript of Testimony], vol. 12, 1929 (1 volume);
Water Rights [In the Matter of the Determination of the Relative Rights to the Use of the Waters of Bridge Creek-Original Evidence Transcript of Proceedings on Notice of Hearing], vol. 5, 1925 (1 volume);
Water Rights [Miscellaneous Bridge Creek Water Rights Adjudication Records], 1932-1937 (.25 cu.ft.);
Water Rights [Report Bridge Creek Adjudication-Original Evidence], vol. 7, 1925 (1 volume);
Water Rights [Supplemental Report on Duty of Water for Bridge Creek and Tributaries Adjudication-Original Evidence Supplemental Findings], vol. 8, 1932 (1 volume).

 

Zoning Records

1968-[ongoing]

Series documents the development and implementation of codes and policies relating to the zoning of county lands and to illustrate and locate the various zoned areas within the county. Records include uniform zone codes and ordinances depicting various zoned lands in the county. Information in codes and ordinances includes definition, code/ordinance numbers, purposes, uses, conditions for use, and changes made to codes/ordinances. Maps include area and/or zone descriptions, dates created, scales, and commissioners' signatures. Areas are typically zoned for residential, industrial, commercial, flood plain, agricultural, timber, public and government, and mineral extraction uses.

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Planning Office:
ZC [Zone Change Records], 2003 (.05 cu.ft.);
Zoning Ordinance [includes comprehensive plan and subdivision and partition ordinance], 2001-2008 (1 binder).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Land Use Zone Maps [rolled], 1970-1974 (4 maps);
Ordinances [County-includes subdivision, partition, and zoning ordinances], 1968-present (1 binder).

Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
Zoning Map [drawn on Metsker's map base], ca.1991-present (1 map).

Records at the Wheeler County Road Department Yard, Records Storage Unit:
Planning Old [Planning Department Records-includes zoning ordinance], 1970 (.05 cu.ft.);
ZC [Zone Change Records], 1997 (.05 cu.ft.);
ZC [Zone Permits Issued Records], 1983-1984 (.05 cu.ft.).


Inventory by Gary Halvorson, Senior Archivist
Last Update: July 1, 2014

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