floor of the porch, the plastering and windows, to use the monies from rents
to pay for the same and to report to the Board at the next meeting. $200 was
approved to build a horse barn, a cistern, a pump, putting on conductors,
plastering and putting in an additional door and painting the roof of the jail
and premises. The Clerk of the Board, sheriff, and supervisor from the
Town of Elkhorn to procure the work to be done and report at the next
On November 17
, the Superintendent of the Poor reported that $300 was
spent building a barn, $100 to improve and rebuild fences and $25 to build
an ash and smoke house. The next day the Board approved $110.00 to erect
a fence around the jail. The work to be done under the supervision of the
Clerk of the Board, sheriff, and the supervisor from the Town of Elkhorn.
The Board authorized $30 to purchase the necessary equipment for the safe
keeping of prisoners arrested on criminal process.
On January 3, 1855, the report on repairs to the Courthouse was approved.
They asked the committee charged with building the fence around the
Courthouse to report why said fence was not completed. They appropriated
$25 for a desk for the Clerk of the Board to keep record. They approved a
resolution that the Clerk of the Board was authorized to grant use of the
Courthouse to any Religious denomination for purposes of holding their fair
or donation parties.
On January 5
, the Board as a whole examined the jail and expressed
general satisfaction, but asked the Public Property Committee to examine the
same with a view to improve its security. They adopted a resolution that
$130 be appropriated to make necessary repairs to better the jail security and
to purchase wood. They again resolved that the Clerk of the Board repair
the Courthouse steps, the floor of the porch, plastering and painting the
Courthouse and applying the rents to those costs and that $50 be
appropriated to cover the balance. $25 was approved to purchase 2 stoves
for the offices of the Clerk of Courts and the Register of Deeds. They
decided to insure the county buildings for one year with Etna Ins. Co.
On November 13, 1855, they held their annual meeting with 17 supervisors
present along with C. W. Sibley, clerk and P. Gates, sheriff. E. K. Frost was
chairman. The next day a special committee was appointed to examine the
jail, determine its value if sold, cost of repairs needed, cost of a suitable lot
for a new jail and for the erection of a safe, substantial jail. On November