The 1899 Post Rock Jail is located at the corner of Center and Madison in Mankato, KS. It is owned by the Jewell County Historical Society. Take a step back in history to see the jailworks of the time.
The Jewell County Jail is constructed from limestone rock. It was registered as a National and State Historic Building in 1995. It was in operation from 1899-1982.
++++JAIL WAGES - Taken from "The Jewell County Republican," 17-Oct-1930++++
In 1930, a sheriff's salary was $150 a month with no extra pay for his time. They also received $1 per day for each day there was a prisoner and $.25 for each meal served to each prisoner. If the prisoner was working on the road, bridge or fence crew, they needed a heavier meal and the sheriff was then paid $.40 per meal. The sheriff was allowed mileage of $.10 per mile, but must use and maintain his own vehicle. He also received mileage for calls on disturbances or liquor law violations. The sheriff receives no extra for laundry or goods to keep the jail sanitary.
Karen (Morris) Ross, daughter of Sheriff E. J> (Jack) Morris, 1948-1952, remembers living in the jail from the 3rd to 7th grade. Jack Morris was elected when he was only 29 years old. Marie (Thronson) Morris, Jack's wife, was the undersheriff. Karen remembers that there was a radio in the front hall that was used to communicate with the office in the courthouse and with her dad's car. She call still remember the call letters, "KAD759." Her mother prepared the meals for the prisoners. The jail had a bathroom which their old house didn't have. She thought that was nice! Karen said they had a man prisoner who periodically returned to "serve time." They would play cards with him in the cell and he was allowed a certain amount of freedom because he was trusted, but that ended when vanilla and other kitchen items "disappeared." The women's cells were upstairs and one woman would pace continually saying "one trip around, two trip...." There were peep holes on each floor to monitor the prisoners. One day her mother discovered a prisoner had hanged himself. During his tenure as sheriff, Jack Morris had to work many accidents on Highway 36, some of them fatalities. He served two terms, all that was allowed at that time.
Francis (Hanson) Weaverling remembers baysitting for the Morris girls, Karen and Brenda. There was a man who was a "frequent visitor" to the jail. If there was any trouble with the prisoners, Jack Morris told her to let out the "frequent visitor" and he would help her.
Katherine (Keeler) Grimes was already married when her father Roy Keeler (1944-1948) was sheriff and lived in the jail. She does remember that during WWI II, due to the shortage of men, her sister was his deputy, with her main duty being the bookkeeper,but she did go on calls occasionallyk with her father. Her mother cooked for the prisoners. She remembers one man that "quite frequently over-imbibed" and was often in jail. He was a painter by trade and asked if the sheriff would get him some paint, he would paint the inside of the jail so it wasn't so "drab."