Very last week’s column talked about that Horace Stephen Buckland, a son of the famed Civil War hero Ralph Buckland, was credited with participating in a huge component in attaining land adjoining the courthouse and the building of the sheriff’s home and jail on that land.

That making now houses the county commissioners’ workplaces.

Horace Buckland, who was hugely profitable himself, attending Harvard Law School and turning into Typical Pleas Courtroom decide, served on the “superintending committee” for the new jail extra than 130 yrs back.

Many of us can recall that that business office building when served that twin objective of sheriff’s residence and jail.

Individually, as a young reporter I expended a minimal time there.  Not in the jail, folks, but covering the news.  I really don’t believe the sheriff still lived there, but the jail unquestionably was utilized.

I have also read lots of mentions of the fact that 1-time pupils at St. Joseph recall that the high university throughout Clover Road was a boredom breaking attraction for those held in the cells.

Gen. Ralph Buckland led the 72nd Ohio to achievement in the Civil War. The volunteer infantry regiment included guys from Sandusky and Ottawa counties. At the time, gentlemen from the similar city would be place into the similar unit, and heavy losses to that unit could wipe out a lot of men from one town.

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

According to Meek’s “Twentieth Century Heritage of Sandusky County,” the “ground plan” for the sheriff’s home was 52-feet by 50-ft with the jail right remaining 48-ft by 40-feet.

The jail, nonetheless, protected 3 flooring. There were being eight cells on the initial two flooring and these were being for male prisoners.  On the 3rd degree were being 6 cells established aside for woman prisoners — “suitably well prepared,” according to Meek.

Civil War veteran Lorenzo Dick served as sheriff

The sheriff at the time of construction was Lorenzo Dick, who had served with honor and was imprisoned himself for the duration of the Civil War. Oddly, when in jail, he was commissioned captain in the Union Military, but did not know of the marketing until finally he achieved residence.

He was honorably discharged May perhaps 15, 1865, and immediately after a long time in the cafe and grocery business enterprise, he was elected sheriff in 1889.  He served two conditions 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 champion of jail reform, notably separation of the hardened criminals from many others, 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 concept that absolutely claimed that Hayes’ considerations have been answered in the new jail: “your jail ideas will make it fully practicable to secure absolute separation of prisoners, so as to shut off all contaminating affect.”

Widely recognised and revered J. C. Johnson was the architect for the gray stone framework with Lake Superior pink sand stone ornaments. Theodore Brockman was the contractor.

Roy Wilhelm started off a 40-calendar year profession 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 report at first appeared on Fremont Information-Messenger: Roy Wilhelm: Meek particulars structure of sheriff’s residence, jail


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