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Summerfield Jail

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Built: 1903 | Abandoned: N/A
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Christopher Singleton

The Summerfield Jail was built in 1903 and constructed of lovely native stone making the walls thick and “indestructible”. It was dedicated on September 3, 1903 with the imprisonment of a man named Johnson who “lit the town and proceeded to get hilarious when his actions were brought to a sudden close by confinement in the city bastile.” The jail then became known as the ‘Jo[h]nson House’, the man was released in the morning after sobering up.

The Summerfield Sun reported on November 6, 1913 the following:

The most comical “stunt” pulled off Halloween night was when some of the boys caught Ed Wescott and Bart Clark and put them into the city jail. They first captured Ed and shut him up, then someone called Bart from the restaurant and after a useless struggle, he also was put in the jail. Bart did not know anyone else being in there and when Ed began to scratch the walls and growl Bart began to yell for help as he thought a dog had been thrown in the cell and was about to attack him. He tried to find a lump of coal and was just about to knock the “stuffin” out of the supposed dog when Ed spoke thereby saving himself from being injured.




Bibliography

https://www.loc.gov/resource/g4204sm.g4204sm_g030891911/?r=0.306,0.28,0.449,0.343,0

https://www.newspapers.com/image/290562628/?terms=summerfield%20jail&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/313741748/?terms=summerfield%20bastile&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/324617453/?terms=summerfield%20city%20jail&match=1

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Emily Cowan

Emily is a two-time published author of "Abandoned Oklahoma: Vanishing History of the Sooner State" and "Abandoned Topeka: Psychiatric Capital of the World". With over two hundred published articles on our websites. Exploring since 2018 every aspect of this has become a passion for her. From educating, fighting to preserve, writing, and learning about history there is nothing she would rather do.

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