Wetmore in Nemaha County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Wetmore Calaboose
The Wetmore Calaboose was started November 20, 1882 and completed July 7, 1883 for a total cost of $263.40 which included the price for purchase of Block 22, Lot 20, from Elvis Campfield. The walls are 15" thick native stone. The inside ceiling and wooden door are covered with metal sheeting. The original jail had an earthen floor, but a concrete floor was laid many years ago after a prisoner attempted to dig his way out. The first prisoner in the newly erected calaboose was John Martin who was arrested Aug. 31st, 1883 for disturbing the peace and quiet of the city of Wetmore by getting drunk. He pleaded guilty and was fined $1.00. The total fee, including court cost, was $3.00. The Wetmore Police Log records the last arrest and incarceration on June 22nd, 1942.
The defendant was charged with disturbing the peace of the city of Wetmore and its inhabitants by appearing on the streets in a drunken condition and using vile and obscene language, and did resist the arresting officers by cursing and striking them. The felon's fine and court costs totaled $6.50. A.W. Dickson was Police Judge and Wm. Porter was City Marshal. Several names have been given of later prisoners, but to date no written account later than June 22, 1942 has been found. Two anecdotes supplied by local citizens were about John Rucker, City Marshal for
Location. 39° 37.956′ N, 95° 48.789′ W. Marker is in Wetmore, Kansas, in Nemaha County. Marker is at the intersection of Nebraska Street and 2nd Street, on the left when traveling north on Nebraska Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wetmore KS 66550, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Don Clarence Rising (approx. 0.4 miles away); Battle of the Spurs (approx. 6.3 miles away); Goff Elementary & Goff Rural High School (approx. 6.7 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 10.2 miles away); a different marker also named Veteran's Memorial Original Town Well (approx. 10.4 miles away); Jackson County Courthouse Horse Water Trough (approx. 12.3 miles away); Edward D. Holton (approx. 12.4 miles away).
Also see . . . City of Wetmore, Kansas. (Submitted on March 21, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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