U. . LAND OFFICE IS 100
YEAS OLD TODAY.
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Above-7-Fred Dennett, Present
.Commissioner. Below -Edward
Tiffin, First Commissioner
A century ago the government
started the general land offiice,
were a bit previous about start- '
ing, for Congress dMn't pass the
law authorizing it until May 25.
However, Edward Tiffin, former
senator, and former governor of
Ohio, became the first federal;
land commissioner, ,
He had nine men working unrs
der him. Now Fred Dennett fof '
North Dakota, present commis- I
sioner, has over 2,000 employes'1;-1
also the offiice costs us $3,000,000.
a year. --,
The offiice had 1,849,072,08? J
acres of public land to dispose, of
when it began. It took just 100
years to give to the railroads and.
sell to Tiomesteading fanners
Walter L. Fistier, secretary ,ot
the interior, presides at the cen
tennary celebration to be held in
Washington today. The Marine
Band and others will furnish jtfie'r
music and the yerbal fireworks.
An Englishman visiting Lake
Michigan, asked a native if there:
was good fishing in the lake. "
"0h, yes, stranger 1"
"What kinds of fish do you
catch here?"- " ,
"All kinds, stranger."
"What did the largest -fish you
ever caught weigh ?"
"Waalstranger, we don't take,
no weighing machines -when we
e-ees fishiner; and I am' an honest
man, and wouldn't like to say bow
much thai last trout I 'caught
would weigh. But I tell yclu;
stranger, that when I oulled that
fish out of the water the lake went
Qpeuing on Ma 71812,TJ4ilown;a1 foojt
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