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Historic plaque, Milam County Jail of 1895

Historic plaque, Milam County Jail of 1895

Date: October 8, 2006
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Description: Photograph of a historic plaque in Cameron, Texas. It reads: "Milam County Jail of 1895. When the 1875 Milam County Jailhouse grew too crowded in the 1890s, it was removed to make room for larger facilities. In March 1895, the Milam County Commissioners awarded a contract to the Pauly Jail Building and Manufacturing Company of St. Louis, Missouri, for the construction of a larger prison. The company furnished all supplies, including St. Louis pressed bricks. County Judge Sam Streetman, who later served on the Texas Supreme Court, approved the contract, although he had preferred the use of local building materials. This structure, designed with Romanesque revival features and stone detailing above the windows, had three main floors and a "hanging tower" equipped with a trap door. The tower was never used for executions because most hangings took place outdoors. The first floor had ten rooms, three for storage and the remainder serving as a residence for the sheriff and his family. The second and third stories consisted of cell blocks for prisoners. In 1975 a new county jail was constructed, and the Commissioners Court turned this facility over to the Milam County Historical Commission. After renovation, it was opened as ...
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Historic plaque, Mrs. Edna Westbrook Trigg

Historic plaque, Mrs. Edna Westbrook Trigg

Date: October 8, 2006
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Description: Photograph of a historic plaque in Cameron, Texas. It reads: "Mrs. Edna Westbrook Trigg (December 30, 1868 - November 15, 1946). Pioneer leader of Texas women in rural club work. While serving as principal of a school near Milano, Mrs. Trigg was asked by the United States Department of Agriculture in 1911 to supervise Texas' first Girls' Tomato Club. Her role included organization, teaching, and experimentation. In Aug. 1912, her clubs showed canned products at Milano Fair -- the state's first exhibit of this kind, and a great success. In 1913-14, she worked in Childress and Milam counties, holding canning schools financed by local groups and the U. S. Department of Agriculture. After enactment of national and state legislation (1914-1915) established the Agricultural Extension Service at land grant colleges, Mrs. Trigg became (in 1916) the first county home demonstration agent in Texas. Stationed in Denton, she also served on staff of the College of Industrial Arts (now Texas Woman's University), overseeing courses in methods for home demonstration work, assuring its professionalism. Edna Trigg was a native of Milam County, daughter of Ervin and Rachel Walker Westbrook. She married (in 1892) Charles Letman Trigg, and was mother of Charles Westbrook Trigg ...
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Lee County Courthouse, detail of cornerstone

Lee County Courthouse, detail of cornerstone

Date: October 8, 2006
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Description: Photograph of a cornerstone at the Lee County Courthouse. Words have been carved into the stone.
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Lee County Courthouse, detail of cornerstone

Lee County Courthouse, detail of cornerstone

Date: October 8, 2006
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Description: Photograph of a cornerstone at the Lee County Courthouse. The words carved into the cornerstone are difficult to read.
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Lee County Courthouse, Veterans Memorial

Lee County Courthouse, Veterans Memorial

Date: October 8, 2006
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Description: Photograph of the Veterans Memorial at the Lee County Courthouse in Giddings. It says, "Dedicated to all veterans who served our country."
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Milam County 1895 Jail and County Museum

Milam County 1895 Jail and County Museum

Date: October 8, 2006
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Description: The Milam County Museum and 1895 Jail house, built by Pauly Jail Building & Manufacturing Company.
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Milam County 1895 Jail and County Museum

Milam County 1895 Jail and County Museum

Date: October 8, 2006
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Description: Photograph looking up at the Milam County Museum and 1895 Jail house, built by Pauly Jail Building & Manufacturing Company.
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Milam County 1895 Jail and County Museum

Milam County 1895 Jail and County Museum

Date: October 8, 2006
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Description: Photograph of the Milam County Museum and 1895 Jail house, built by Pauly Jail Building & Manufacturing Company.
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Milam County Calaboose

Milam County Calaboose

Date: October 8, 2006
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Description: Photograph of a side view of the Milam County Calaboose. It is made of wood painted red, and has two closed windows.
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Milam County Calaboose sign

Milam County Calaboose sign

Date: October 8, 2006
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Description: Photograph of a sign outside the Milam County Calaboose. It reads: "Calaboose. May 16, 1892. A bid to build the calaboose was accepted by the Cameron City Council from a company called Westmoreland and Mullinax for $262.50. Calaboose was to be accepted by Major A.J. Lewis and City Marshall R. L. Batte. Mayor Lewis later became Sheriff of Milam County. The Calaboose is twenty feet long, ten feet wide and twelve feet high. Thick wooden walls are formed by the placement of two-by-four-inch timbers flat on top of each other. The floor is of similar construction. The two-by-fours are placed edgewise forming a four-inch wall. There is a door at each end and two windows, one on each side of the building in both cells. The windows have two sets of iron bars - a rounded set of twelve that is built into the facing and a flat set of nine attached on the inside. To keep out the rain and also to help keep prisoners in, wooden shutters were put on the outside. There are iron bars on each shutter which served as a lock."
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