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Courthouse Birthday Celebration Includes Storytelling
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 • Posted October 20, 2010

Besides the free hotdogs, soft drinks, and birthday cake on Saturday, October 30th , we will also have two great story tellers to entertain old and young alike!

Rosemary Davis will be in the court house "pumpkin patch" on the north porch of the court house telling pumpkin stories for the younger children. Her husband, John, will be in the second floor courtroom telling ghost stories for children as well as adults. The times for the storytelling will be:

The Pumpkin Patch: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.

Ghost Stories: 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m.

Another bonus for the day - Jerry Carlman, the courthouse clock’s "guardian" will be available to tell about the history of the clock (which is original to the 1910 structure) and possibly a guided tour of part of the clock tower. Times will be 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Hopefully you turned in an entry form for the Courthouse Trivia Contest. All correct entries will be placed in a box and the winners will be drawn at 4:00 p.m. on the north steps of the courthouse. First place is $100.00! There will also be 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Judge Jerry Bearden and Commissioners will be on hand to explain and answer questions pertaining to why the county is vying to win a Texas Historical Commission Grant to restore our beautiful courthouse. It may look beautiful on the outside, but the hundred year old structure has a lot of internal problems. You will learn about these problems the courthouse is facing as well as the costs involved and see why the grant is important to preserve this beautiful building. Tours of the courthouse will be going on all day and those that take the tour will receive a special 100th birthday courthouse koozie. The big birthday cake will be cut at 4:00 p.m. so be sure to be there if you want a piece! Mason’s Jennifer Smith Barros will be baking the cake.

A special guest will be on hand to help us celebrate also. Congressman Mike Conaway will be speaking at 2:00 p.m. on the north porch of the courthouse.

Don’t forget – the Starving Artists Show will also be going on all around the square so plan on spending some time at the art show as well as the birthday on Saturday, October 30th!


(Excerpts from the Mason County News Pertaining to the New Courthouse)

March 26, 1909 – The crowded and foul condition of the courthouse during the recent Joy murder trial, and the inconvenience in which the jurors were subjected are certainly strong arguments in favor of a new courthouse. Anyone who was present knows the truth of this. Don’t forget to vote Saturday.

July 23, 1909 - M.B. Lewman, representing the Mutual Construction Co. of Louisville, Kentucky, was awarded the contract Monday for the construction of the new courthouse, the contract price being $39,721.00.

July 30, 1909 – The old courthouse vault was sold Saturday to Hofmann Dry Goods Co. for $1050. The work of tearing it (courthouse) down was begun Monday.

The County Commissioners Court and the county officers were jailed this week, it being necessary to move all the offices there as the courthouse is being torn down preparatory for erecting the new building.

September 3, 1909 – The work of putting in the foundation of the courthouse is not progressing very rapidly owing to the nature of work, as it is concrete. Several stone cutters are at work and when the stone setting begins, the work will progress more rapidly.

September 24, 1909 – The corner stone of the new courthouse will be laid the morning of October 8 by the Masonic Lodge. All are invited to be present.


If you’ve not already turned in your entry to possibly win $100, today, Wednesday, October 20th is the DEADLINE! You can take it to the Mason County Library or get it in the mail today so it is postmarked today (MCHC P.O Box 1542 Mason, TX 76856).



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