June 26, 2022

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Meek details design of sheriff’s home, jail

Final week’s column talked about that Horace Stephen Buckland, a son of the well known Civil War hero Ralph Buckland, was credited with actively playing a large aspect in obtaining land adjoining the courthouse and the making of the sheriff’s home and jail on that land.

That building now residences the county commissioners’ places of work.

Horace Buckland, who was extremely effective himself, attending Harvard Regulation University and starting to be Popular Pleas Courtroom choose, served on the “superintending committee” for the new jail much more than 130 years in the past.

A lot of of us can keep in mind that that business office building at the time served that twin intent of sheriff’s residence and jail.

Personally, as a younger reporter I put in a little time there.  Not in the jail, folks, but masking the news.  I really do not believe the sheriff nevertheless lived there, but the jail absolutely was utilized.

I’ve also listened to many mentions of the point that a person-time college students at St. Joseph recall that the significant faculty throughout Clover Street was a boredom breaking attraction for these held in the cells.

Gen. Ralph Buckland led the 72nd Ohio to achievements in the Civil War. The volunteer infantry regiment involved guys from Sandusky and Ottawa counties. At the time, adult men from the identical city would be put into the same unit, and hefty losses to that unit could wipe out a lot of gentlemen from just one city.

The jail-home setting up was erected in 1890 to 1892 with the $36,000 value funded by the issuance of bonds approved by a particular act of the Ohio State Legislature.

In accordance to Meek’s “Twentieth Century Record of Sandusky County,” the “ground plan” for the sheriff’s home was 52-feet by 50-toes with the jail proper getting 48-ft by 40-ft.

The jail, however, coated three floors. There have been 8 cells on the very first two floors and these had been for male prisoners.  On the 3rd degree ended up six cells set apart for feminine prisoners — “suitably geared up,” according to Meek.

Civil War veteran Lorenzo Dick served as sheriff

The sheriff at the time of building was Lorenzo Dick, who had served with honor and was imprisoned himself for the duration of the Civil War. Oddly, when in prison, he was commissioned captain in the Union Military, but did not know of the promotion until eventually he arrived at home.

He was honorably discharged Could 15, 1865, and just after several years in the restaurant 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 former president Rutherford B. Hayes, who was a winner of jail reform, specifically 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 despatched a message that undoubtedly reported that Hayes’ issues were being answered in the new jail: “your jail designs will make it entirely practicable to protected complete separation of prisoners, so as to shut off all contaminating impact.”

Commonly recognized and revered J. C. Johnson was the architect for the gray stone construction with Lake Remarkable red sand stone ornaments. Theodore Brockman was the contractor.

Roy Wilhelm started out a 40-calendar year vocation at The News-Messenger in 1965 as a reporter. Now retired, he writes a column for both The News-Messenger and News Herald. 

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