On March 5, 1895, the county of Blaine was created.
The first section of the act creating Blaine County reads as
follows: "The counties of Alturas and Logan are hereby abolished and
the county of Blaine is hereby created, embracing all of the
territory heretofore included with in the boundary lines of said
Alturas and Logan Counties." The county seat was located at Hailey.
On March 18, 1895, the county of Lincoln was created out of the
county of Blaine and the county seat located at Shoshone.
The "act to abolish the counties of Alturas and
Logan and to create and organize the county of Blaine," provided
that "Sidney Kelley, Fred W. Gooding and Israel T. Osborn, shall be
the county commissioners of said county, H. H. Clay, treasurer, J.
J. McFadden, probate judge and ex-officio superintendent of public
instruction, Andrew J. Dunn, coroner, and Frank C. Mandell,
surveyor. Of the two persons elected in said Alturas and Logan
Counties at the last election to each of the offices of sheriff, of
assessor and ex-officio tax collector, and of clerk of the district
court and ex-officio auditor and recorder, during the first year one
shall be the officer and the other shall be his assistant or deputy,
and during the second year they shall exchange positions, and the
clerk of the district court and ex-officio auditor and recorder for
the third and fourth years shall alternate as herein provided, and
that unless they can agree among themselves upon the order in which
they shall so occupy such office, the Board of County Commissioners
of Blaine County shall determine the same." All the above named
officers qualified. The following also qualified: Geo. W. Richards,
clerk of district court and ex-officio auditor and recorder, Thomas
Fenton,. sheriff, and James M. McPherson, assessor and tax
collector. The creation of Lincoln County on March 18, 1895,
legislated County Commissioner Fred W. Gooding out of office in
Blaine County for the reason that he was no longer a resident of
Blaine County. John E. Schad was appointed County Commissioner by
the governor. He presented his commission and qualified.