|Organization of Camp County|
Laws of the State of Texas.
An Act to create and provide for the organization of the county of Camp.
Section 1. Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, That a new county, to be called Camp county, is hereby established out of the following portion of Upshur county, bounded as follows: beginning at a point twelve miles due north from the town of Gilmer; thence west to the Wood county line, and from said point twelve miles north of the town of Gilmer; thence due east to Big Cypress, the east boundary line of said county of Upshur; thence north with the meanderings of said stream, the same being the county line of said Upshur county, to the northeast corner of said county of Upshur; thence northwest with the meanderings of said stream to the northwest corner of said county; thence south with the west boundary line of said Upshur county to the point where the due west line, from the point twelve miles north of the town of Gilmer, intersects the Wood county line.
Sec. 2. That James F. Newson, Ebb Bolton, J. G. Credelle, J. R. Strickland, W. J. Singleterry, W. K. Heath and Dr. J. E. Harrison are hereby appointed commissioners, with full powers to organize said county; to employ a competent surveyor to run the lines of said county; one copy of said survey to be recorded in the office of the district clerk at the county site of said county, and one copy to be filed with the Secretary of State at Austin. And said commissioners, or a majority of them, shall, as soon as practicable after said survey has been made, meet in the town of Pittsburg and proceed to divide said county into five precincts; said commissioners, or a majority of them, shall then order an election for a justice of the peace for each precinct, and for a sheriff, a clerk of the district court, a treasurer and surveyor for said county of Camp, who shall hold their offices until the next general election thereafter for county officers. Said commissioners shall give at least twenty days' notice of said election, by posting notices thereof in three public places in each precinct of said county; said election shall be held at the town of Pittsburg, and shall be conducted in conformity with the laws regulating elections in this State. And for the purpose of carrying into effect the provisions of this act, said board of commissioners are hereby invested with all the powers conferred upon judges and commissioners of elections by the laws of this State. The commissioners aforesaid shall make return of said election to the Secretary of State, at Austin, within twenty days after the same has been held, and shall retain a copy of the same for record in the office of the district clerk at the county seat of said county of Camp. Upon receipt of said returns by the Secretary of State, it shall be the duty of the Governor to issue commissions to those receiving the highest number of votes for the several offices herein named, after they have qualified according to law.
Sec. 3. That at an election to be held at the same time and place, and to be governed by the same rules and regulations as provided for in section two (2) of this act, the voters of the said county of Camp shall determine by ballot upon what point shall be the county seat, and should any one place so voted for receive a majority of all the votes cast at said election, the same shall be the county seat of said county; but should two or more places be voted for and no one of said places receive a majority of all the votes cast, then it shall be the duty of the aforesaid commissioners to hold another election. They shall give ten days' notice of the same, at which said election the two places having received the largest number of votes at the previous election shall be voted for, and the place receiving the highest number of votes shall be declared by said commissioners as the county seat until otherwise provided by law.
Sec. 4. That until the election and qualification of the officers herein mentioned, the business of the new county of Camp shall be transacted at the county seat of Upshur county.
Sec. 5. Be it further enacted, That until otherwise provided for by law, the county of Camp, for judicial purposes, shall be attached to the Ninth Judicial District, and for purposes of representation, to the Sixth Senatorial District.
Sec. 6. That this act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage. Approved April 6th, 1874.
Gammel's The Laws of Texas Vol.7 chap. LV p.67
Source: Gammel's The Laws of Texas