This next document, as I understand it, was required in case there was any “good stuff” underground to which the government could potentially lay claim … I guess things haven’t changed that much, huh?
Territory of Dakota,
County of Charles Mix
Zenophile Lanctot being duly sworn, according to law, deposes and says that he is the identical person who is an applicant for government title to the Northwest Quarter of Section Thirteen (13) in Township Ninety-nine (99) N. of Range Sixty-seven (67) N. that he is well acquainted with the character of said described land, and with each and ever legal subdivision thereof, having frequently passed over the same, that his knowledge of said land is such as to enable him to testify understandingly with regard thereto; that there is not, to his knowledge, within the limits thereof, any vein or lode of quartz or other rock in place, bearing gold, silver, cinnabar, lead, tin or copper, or any deposit of coal; that there is not within the limits of said land to his knowledge any placer, cement, gravel or other valuable mineral deposit; that no portion of said land is claimed for mining purposes under the local customs or rules of miners or otherwise; that not [sic] portion of said land is worked for mineral during any part of the year by any person or persons; that said land is essentially non-mineral land, and that his application therefor is not for the purpose of fraudulently obtaining the title to mineral land, but with the object of securing said land for agricultural purposes.
Subscribed and sworn to before me, this 22nd day of August A.D. 1885, and I hereby certify that the foregoing affidavit was read to the said Zenophile Lanctot previous to his name being subscribed thereto; and that deponent is a respectable person, to whose affidavit full faith and credit should be given.
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