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Niobrara County Jail

Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 07/10/1913

The Lusk Herald, July 10, 1913

Contractor Elmer H. Ranck acting under instructions of the Niobrara Board of County Commissioners, has drawn new plans and drafted new specifications for the sheriff's residence which it is intended to have built. The first floor will contain the sheriff's office, a bedroom , cell room, bath and lavatories. On the second floor there will be four commodious rooms with bath, clothes closets, pantry and other accessories and the whole building will be heated from a plant on the first floor. This change from the original plans is a good one as the sheriff's residence should be convenient to his office and jail. 

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The Lusk Herald,August 14, 1913

Commissioners Proceedings, Lusk Wyoming August 5, 1913

The following bids for the construction of a jail were opened and considered:

  E.H. Mulholland,  $7545.00   

  E.H. Ranck,   $7325.00

  T.H. Blair     $7720.00

John Fernau for plumbing only, $995.00.

The bid of E.H. Ranck being the lowest, he was awarded the contract, he to give a bond of $1500.00.

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The Lusk Herald, August 17, 1915

Elmer H. Ranck was the successful bidder for the construction of the new county jail in Lusk. His competitors were Tom Blair of Manville and Van Tassell and Mr. Mulholland of Rapid City, S.D. Construction work will commence just as soon ans the old school building has been razed and out of the way.

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The Lusk Herald, August 21, 1913

Contractor Ranck has finished the excavation for the new jail building and will be putting the cement into the forms this week.
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The Lusk Herald, September 18, 1913

Contractor Ranck is getting along splendidly with the jail building. The walls are up to the second story , the heavy iron doors are set in place and the steel cells are being put in position, He  has had good weather since the work commenced, the only lay-off being Tuesday of this week when it rained.

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The Lusk Herald, October 30, 1913

Contractor Elmer H. Ranck is being delayed in getting the roof of the jail building finished on account of the stormy weather. As soon as  he is able to get the building under cover the inside work will be rushed to completion which should not be later than Dec. 1st.

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The Lusk Herald, November 13, 1913

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Rogers have moved into a room in the Masonic building which they will occupy until the jail building is ready for habitation, that is, the upper story. 

(Harry R. Rogers was the first Sheriff of newly formed Niobrara County, and served from 1913-1914.)                                                                     

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