Shortly after my husband first took office (as sheriff) he was walking past one of the courthouse dumpsters and saw these books. He dove in and got them.
They're prisoner log in books for the county jail. The oldest one dates as early as 1913. The new one has entries from as recently as 1990.
They're beautiful books.
The canvas cover protects the leather binding.
Even the label is gorgeous.
But what's really fascinating is what's written inside. People could be arrested for adultery. And murder, of course.
(But let's be fair~he was acquitted. Although, there are more entries for murder than I would have guessed. This wasn't always the sleepy little town it is now, apparently.)
There are lots of entries for "sickness". I'd like to know if that means extremely inebriated, or if those people were homeless and sick and just needed to sleep indoors.
And here we have a booking for a group of sheep thieves. And someone was arrested for "Family Trouble."
I'm guessing domestic violence.
This is from the newer book. Someone was happy to see the end of 1989!
We also have the old keys from the jail. My husband's grandfather kept them. He was the sheriff here, too.
Jailhouse chic, no?
My husband keeps these in his office, but when he's through with that job, they're coming home.
He who dives for them, keeps them.
Seems fair to me.
Thanks for reading!