Very last week’s column mentioned that Horace Stephen Buckland, a son of the well-known Civil War hero Ralph Buckland, was credited with actively playing a huge element in acquiring land adjoining the courthouse and the setting up of the sheriff’s home and jail on that land.
That making now homes the county commissioners’ offices.
Horace Buckland, who was really thriving himself, attending Harvard Regulation University and becoming Frequent Pleas Courtroom decide, served on the “superintending committee” for the new jail far more than 130 yrs back.
Lots of of us can bear in mind that that business office making as soon as served that dual objective of sheriff’s residence and jail.
Individually, as a young reporter I spent a tiny time there. Not in the jail, individuals, but masking the information. I really do not believe the sheriff continue to lived there, but the jail surely was used.
I have also read a lot of mentions of the truth that one particular-time college students at St. Joseph recall that the substantial school throughout Clover Road was a boredom breaking attraction for those held in the cells.
The jail-home making was erected in 1890 to 1892 with the $36,000 charge funded by the issuance of bonds permitted by a particular act of the Ohio State Legislature.
In accordance to Meek’s “Twentieth Century Background of Sandusky County,” the “ground plan” for the sheriff’s residence was 52-feet by 50-toes with the jail right currently being 48-toes by 40-toes.
The jail, having said that, covered a few floors. There were being 8 cells on the initial two flooring and these were being for male prisoners. On the 3rd level were being 6 cells established aside for female prisoners — “suitably geared up,” according to Meek.
Civil War veteran Lorenzo Dick served as sheriff
The sheriff at the time of design was Lorenzo Dick, who had served with honor and was imprisoned himself through the Civil War. Oddly, while in prison, he was commissioned captain in the Union Army, but did not know of the marketing until eventually he attained residence.
He was honorably discharged May perhaps 15, 1865, and following several years in the cafe and grocery company, he was elected sheriff in 1889. He served two terms as sheriff and was then elected mayor of Fremont.
Rutherford B. Hayes spoke at jail cornerstone ceremony
The previous president Rutherford B. Hayes, who was a champion of jail reform, notably separation of the hardened criminals from other folks, was the speaker for the ceremonies at the laying of the cornerstone on Nov. 6, 1890.
Gen. Roeliff Frinkerhoff of the Ohio Board of Charities sent a message that certainly mentioned that Hayes’ considerations had been answered in the new jail: “your jail strategies will make it entirely practicable to protected absolute separation of prisoners, so as to shut off all contaminating influence.”
Broadly recognized and highly regarded J. C. Johnson was the architect for the grey stone construction with Lake Remarkable pink sand stone ornaments. Theodore Brockman was the contractor.
Roy Wilhelm begun a 40-yr job at The Information-Messenger in 1965 as a reporter. Now retired, he writes a column for both equally The News-Messenger and News Herald.
This posting originally appeared on Fremont News-Messenger: Roy Wilhelm: Meek facts structure of sheriff’s property, jail