By the end of June 1883, Antoni Tarnowski had applied for a land claim in Minnesota under the Homestead Act, had filed an affidavit that he was qualified to do so, had paid the initial fees, had lived on the land for six years and submitted proof thereof, had become an American citizen, and had provided the testimony of himself and two witnesses that he had acted in good faith. Only a few more details remained.
Antoni had to file a Notice of Proof, pay additional fees, and obtain a Final Certificate.
The Notice of Proof was published for five weeks from May 31 to June 28, 1883 in the Lake Superior News and stated that Antoni Tarnowski was proving his homestead claim.
Antoni paid fees totaling $6 to process the claim.
Antoni received a Final Certificate verifying the details of the claim.
Antoni now owned the land specified in his claim. The final document that established the validity of the claim and included the name of the President of the United States was issued on January 15, 1884.
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