Did You Know?

Did You Know?
Did You Know?

Back in the day bids were opened to build the Old Three-Story Jail on June 7, 1916 by L.V. Cook, President of the Jury but all bids were rejected since they were too high. Lots from Jenkins and Henderson had been purchased for this jail and bids were offered again and on Aug. 3, 1916. President Cook and the Jury accepted Corbin Bros. bid and the jail was accepted as complete on July 17, 1917. Corbin was a master courthouse jail builder having settled down in Mansfield and had built the John Blanchard house for his family’s residence.

The site of the jail is one of the most historic sites in Mansfield as this was the location of the first store in town. It was owned by William Crosby from the Crosby-Carruth Store in Screamerville, La. Mr. Crosby built his family’s log home due north of that store. Mr. Crosby became the wealthiest man in Mansfield during the early years.

This “modern Jail” replaced the previous 31-year-old jail and it was built for the safety and health of the prisoners. The jailor’s office, the kitchen and the hospital wards are on the first floor and are models of convenience and efficiency having several large cells with bath facilities. The second floor had 3 felon cells, several other cells for prisoners of lesser offenses and a larger common room where prisoners could be kept with comfort. On the third floor there are a number of cells for women or insane prisoners. It was acclaimed that there was no way to improve upon its sanitation and confinement. It should be pointed out that a small cell on the third floor had a trap door for hanging and it appears from research that 2 men had been hanged there. There was a gallows in front of the building for public executions. Many groups from over the state and other states visited the jail for observation with an eye for future building of a jail in their own areas.

 

 

 

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