It appears Torger Peterson paid his 1899 Road Poll Tax of $4.00 versus working on the roads.
In 1899 every male 21 years or older had to pay the road poll tax or pay by labor of $4/day ($4 equivalent to $105 today) or 2 days of labor. Each man had to provide his own tool (axe, shovel or pick) as directed by the supervisor when the supervisor needed them out for work. (Per Enumclaw Heritage.)
It’s an interesting way to keep your roads in shape.
Images courtesy of Linda Lewis.
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