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Sumner Jail

Sumner Jail

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Built: 1906 | Abandoned: N/A
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Elizabeth Kalinka

The Sumner Jail was dedicated in June 1906 with the first inmate being Frank Pearson, a horse tamer. The new concrete fireproof structure was to replace the previous calaboose which was set on fire by prisoner George Cheatham a year prior. The first Marshal was known as Berry and the jail was given the nickname “Hotel el Berry”. A story reported in a local newspaper is included:

Chariton Courier May 17, 1907 – Jas A. Rowlett, the Moberly brakeman who was arrested about a week ago on the charge of breaking a government seal on a boxcar and abstracting some articles therefrom, jumped from a moving train, near Chillicothe, Monday, and escaped from the custody of a US Marshal. He was rearrested in Sumner Monday night by the City Marshal Berry. Rowlett was not injured by his wild leap for freedom. He was placed in the Sumner jail and held until the US Marshal arrived to escort him to St. Joseph.





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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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