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Articles from 1976 Journal-Register Newspaper

Courthouse burns

The Journal-Record - Bicentennial Edition
Thursday, July 1, 1976
Section B, Page 7


On a Wednesday night in late March, 1887 at about 1:30 a.m. the Courthouse
in Hamilton was discovered on fire. Before any possible effort could be
made to save anything in the courthouse, it was a solid mass of flames, and
it took hard fighting to keep the fire from spreading to the adjacent

All records dating back to the time when the county was established were
lost in this fire.

The courthouse, a wooden structure, cost the county a remarkable low
amount, only about four thousand dollars. The County Library, said to have
been one of the best and most complete in the State at the time was worth
about fifteen hundred dollars on account of several of the books were
almost out of print and valuable on account of their scarcity. The
indictment record, and all the books, papers, etc. belonging to the offices
of the Circuit Clerk, Sheriff, Tax Collector and Assessor and all the bonds
and notes taken by Mr. LODEN as County Administrator were destroyed. In
fact no books or records belonging to any of the offices were saved except
those of the County Superintendent and the County Treasurer.

Nothing was known as to how the fire started and nothing but theories and
conjectures were advanced.

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