The Llano News (Llano, Tex.), Vol. 91, No. 31, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 3, 1982 Page: 7 of 31
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Former Llano County Judge Moore JohansonDoes.
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The following letter will refresh the memories of
those who do and inform those who do not know.
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AN OPEN LEnER TO THE VOTERS OF LLANO COUNTY
May 21, 1982
In the 1880's the state of Texas gave Llano County over 17,000 acres in Tom
Green County, for school purposes. The proceeds from the lease were to be used
for our Llano County Schools. It was given in two funds. The available fund could
be used for improvement on the ranch. The permanent fund was placed in the
bank and draws 1/10 of 1 %. This was to be used for each generation in the
school system as the years go by.
On January 19, 1957, the county commissioners met to vote on a lease agree
ment with Mr. A.E. Davis, for about 75* per acre.
I, Moore Johanson, was a commissioner at that meeting. I was out-voted 3 to
1. I felt the price on the lease was too cheap.
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In 1971, I was Judge of Llano County. Again we tried to break this lease. We
were told by the Attorney General that the lease could not be broken. We took
the issue to court.
On June 13, 1977 Llano County ran ads asking for bids on the lease of Llano
County land in Tom Green County in the following papers:
1. San Angelo Standard-Times
2. Austin American
3. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
4. Llano News
On June 15, 1977, Mr. Don Mobley came in with the highest bid at $4.78 per
acre. I . * \ . •*.
Commissioner Eb Duncan, who loves his county and worked for all of Llano
County, made the motion to accept this high bid, and we all accepted the bid
which still stands today. Many thousands of dollars were gained for our schools
by this action.
I served 18 years in the county government, and Eb Duncan was one of the
best I served with. So VOTE for Eb Duncan. \
Former Judge Moore Johanson
Pol. Adv. Paid for by Friends of "Eb" Duncan; Mr. Frank Shepard, Chairman
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Cunningham, T. H. The Llano News (Llano, Tex.), Vol. 91, No. 31, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 3, 1982, newspaper, June 3, 1982; Llano, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1037957/m1/7/?q=GRANITE%20SHOALS: accessed February 21, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Llano County Public Library.