On a recent trip to the corn field formerly known as Sneedsboro, I saw a large map of Anson County, published anonymously in 1904. An internet search that evening quickly revealed the surveyors and cartographer.
E. W. Myers of Greensboro apparently created the map from surveys performed by himself and an assistant, “Mr. —— Webb” of Hillsboro, as revealed in this 1903 newspaper announcement:
The printed map contains no attributions at all; no surveyor, cartographer, or publisher/printer, and no location of printing. Given similarity in appearance to C.M. Miller’s county maps, I would theorize that the Anson County map was published by Rand-McNally in Chicago. I have zero proof of this theory.
Publishing design is not the only similarity between Miller and Myers’s maps. The contracts for their maps stipulate that the cost will be shared by the County Commisioners (i.e. the county taxpayers) and the County Board of Education (i.e. the county taxpayers). I am curious as to the origins of this very common early 20th century county map publication split cost arrangement. Who came up with this idea that was copied from county to county? Any insight that can be provided would be greatly appreciated. Please use the “What’s on your mind?” comment box below.
The Anson County map has been digitized and is available for viewing on the Digital NC web site. Here is a link for a zoomable image of the map shown below.
The map is on display at the Anson County Historical Society in Wadesboro, NC. Their museum has many superb examples of early 19th century furniture from the North Carolina Piedmont. There are a number of pieces made by Anson County (Sneedsboro) cabinetmaker, William Little. I highly recommend a visit to the ACHS and also to H. W. Little & Co. Hardware in Wadesboro, where you can meet a direct descendant of William Little.