121-year old structure continues to serve county – Point Pleasant Register

POMEROY — Do you know that the constructing the place the Meigs County Sheriff’s Workplace and Jail are positioned as soon as included a residence for the county’s high regulation enforcement official?

From 1896 when the present facility was accomplished till the 1980s, the constructing positioned subsequent to the Meigs County Courthouse was the house to the sheriff and his household, in addition to the executive workplace, workplace for deputies and the county jail. Sheriffs and their households from 1896 to 1984 lived within the residence portion of the constructing, in accordance to sheriff’s workplace info.

The constructing, which changed the previous sheriff’s workplace that was destroyed by fireplace was described within the native newspaper on the time as being “One of many most interesting buildings within the county” on the time of its development.

“The destruction of the old jail by fireplace February four, 1894, on the time the Telegraph printing workplace was destroyed, made it crucial for the County Commissioners to erect one other. At first it was the intention to put up an affordable affair, however after mature consideration it was determined to erect a contemporary constructing — one that will be a credit score to the county and an decoration within the metropolis of Pomeroy,” learn a Sept. four, 1895 article in The Tribune-Telegraph.

Building started in 1894 quickly after the hearth.

The county added the previous printing workplace property to county property at a price of $,700 and excavating work started. George Bauer of Pomeroy was awarded the contract for excavating work within the quantity of $,818.75.

The entrance of the constructing, with its two nook towers, was designed to be 52-and-a-half toes excessive with the depth of the sheriff’s residence at 37-and-a-half toes deep. The towers, with their curved home windows, proceed to stand and are parts of the places of work for the sheriff and different officers. The unique home windows stay in place in the present day within the towers.

The constructing was designed with 16 jail cells break up amongst two tales within the constructing. The jail area was 36 toes lengthy and 24 toes, three inches broad.

On the primary flooring, the sheriff’s residence included a parlor on one facet of the primary hallway, with a kitchen, pantry and eating room on the opposite facet. On the second flooring was 4 “spacious” bedrooms and a rest room.

The stonework on the constructing was to be the grey sandstone, uniform in shade, for the bottom.

The 1895 article frequently references that the fabric used for the constructing was the very best of its sort obtainable, from the sandstone to the Peach Backside roofing slate.

The whole value for the grounds and constructing was round $24,000. D. Findling of Pomeroy obtained $589 for the plastering work. The Sanitary Plumbing and Heating Firm of Gallipolis was paid $,905.12. The VanDorn Iron Firm was paid $four,888.06 for iron and metal work. Pfarr and Genheimer of Pomeroy obtained $three,143.60, plus round $80 further for carpenter work. Bauer, who obtained $,818.75 for the excavation work, additionally obtained $,461.62 for the inspiration and $four,800 for the brick work and different work which totaled $10,706.77.

The article notes that a lot of the $23,462.45 spent on the venture went to folks from Meigs County as choice was given to Meigs County residents.

The presently 121-year-old facility continues to serve because the sheriff’s workplace and jail facility, though at a decreased capability.

What was a two-story, 16 cell jail presently is authorised to home solely 5 inmates for up to 12 days because it not passes jail inspections for a full jail facility. The second flooring of the jail has been transformed into an proof room for the workplace.

The constructing has undergone the conventional put on and tear over time, with present basis issues because the sandstone has worn over time.

This undated photograph reveals the Meigs County Sheriff’s Workplace in its early years, full with a horse parked out entrance on Second Avenue.
A drawing within the 1895 The Tribune-Telegraph reveals what the jail, accomplished a 12 months later, was to appear to be.
Sheriff A. P. Ashworth was the sheriff in 1896, transferring his household into the newly constructed sheriff’s workplace, jail and residence constructing.
This photograph reveals the Meigs County Sheriff’s Workplace because it presently stands.

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