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Old Jail

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1900 block of Madison Street. The Old Jail, circa 1938. This sturdy red brick building with decorative raised panel metal doors and heavy iron bars on its windows, has been tucked away on a municipal lot for decades. Built and maintained by the City, there is no 'chain of title' or tax record to document its existence.

The minutes of the town council meetings are a 'must read' for Mandevillians. A resolution was passed on February 14, 1938 establishing 'the municipal building committee' to be composed of Guy Smith, A M Bechac, Philip Smith, John Sherman and William Parker.

It is difficult to calculate the expenses incurred on the new jail as the funding came from the city treasury. Donations of materials and labor were common but are impossible to track. The initial proposal is for a mere $300. A monthly treasurers' report includes $1.50 to Lester Davis for 'work on jail'. There exists an expense list for two toilets, one shower, one faucet to be supplied for $36, with $15 included for labor.

Circa 1938 red brick building has been tucked away on a municipal lot between Jefferson and Madison Streets for decades. The jail was built and maintained by the City of Mandeville, so there is no "chain of title" to document its existence.The minutes of the old town council meetings are a must-read for Mandevillians. A resolution was passed on Feb. 14, in 1938, establishing "The municipal Jail Building Committee," to be composed of Mr. Guy Smith, A.M. Bechac, Philip Smith, John Sherman, and William Parker."

"It is difficult to calculate the expenses incurred on the "new jail" because funding came from the city treasury, but also donations of material and possibly labor too. The initial proposal is a mere $300. The monthly treasurer's report has such minor expenses as $1.50 paid to Lester Davis for "work on jail."

A little more specific is an expense listed as two toilets, one shower, one faucet to be supplied for $36 for materials and $15 for labor.

Tales abound regarding food deliveries to the occupants of the tiny jail. Local restaurants catered the facility!

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