County Court House

 

 

    For many years Deuel county rented quarters for the transaction of the county’s business. The old frame school house that was built in the early eighties, and in which was taught the first legally constituted public school in Chappell, stood on the southwest corner of the present court house grounds. It was used as the office of the county clerk for many years. The school is now situated a block north of the old site.

     

    Economical administration and the danger of fire to records, together with the growing prosperity of Deuel county, led to the building of a suitable court house which would be representative of the county and its people. In 1915, such a structure was erected. the corner stone was laid by the Master Workmen of the Grand Lodge; Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Nebraska, May 15, 1915, A. L. 1915, Thomas M. Davis, Grand Master.

     

    The board of county commissioners at that time consisted of:

     

    Simon Hopper, chairman

    George Kalb, and James Brown; their names being cut in the corner stone with those of J.J.Huddart, architect

    M. J. Kenney.

     

    The cost of the building at that time was about half what such a fine building would have come to later. In the new structure the county offices were suitably and well housed with every modern convenience to facilitate county work and Deuel may well be proud of her court house.

     

    In 1918, J. W. Sjogren was the agricultural agent, the first to hold that office in the county and since that time the county agent has taken an active part in farming industries. He has been influential in introducing new methods, to make the most of. the soil and has been of great aid and benefit to the people of Deuel county.

     

    The Deuel County Farm Bureau was organized December 17, 1917, with G. B. Brown, president; Fred E. Smith, secretary, and Sam Robb, treasurer. These men with William Mack, of Big Springs, Emil Olson, of Swan precinct, and O. C. Brestel, of Chappell, constituted the board.

     

     

     

     

     

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Source:  History of Western Nebraska