Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Roy Eddins]
“Criminal and civil cases tried in the courts were routine—in a county inhabited by law-abiding and conservative -thinking people.
“In passing the district court story, we mention here that the county wandered around in several judicial districts during her career, among them the third, thirteenth, twenty-third, nineteenth, and fifty fourth. It is now the Eighty-Second District.
Courthouse of 1855 to 1870
“In December 1853, two years after the county was organized, it became evident the old original log courthouse was inadequate. S. A. Blain. district clerk, had rented special rooms and it was necessary for the court to allow rental expenses, which appear to have been $25 a month. A few days after this money was spent the court went so far as to order that a contract be made for building a new courthouse—“to be letFebruary 1, 1854.
“However, when February 1st, rolled around the matter was postponed, probably because the court had its eyes and ears toward the state legislature for assistance. A few days after February 1, 1854, the legislature DID come to the assistance of the county in the problem of building a courthouse. By special enactment, the legislature