Cooke County's first County Judge in 1849, Robert Wheelock, jug of whiskey in hand, mounted his horse and shouted, "All who want the courthouse over here, follow me and have a drink!" Evidently at least two of his Commissioners must have followed him because a decision was made on a site for the County's first courthouse. Amid rumors that this was possibly an illegal meeting as it may not have been posted properly, a walking quorum had established the site of the original and succeeding courthouses.The story goes that the first courthouse was really just a small shed, and someone's bull broke into it and destroyed it. There was a 2nd courthouse which burned down, taking with it the records of my great-great grandparents. The third courthouse also burned down in 1909, so the one we're using now is the 4th courthouse. May it stand for another 100 years.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Pop and I went to the rededication ceremony for our Cooke County courthouse in Gainesville yesterday. The building was built just about 100 years ago, and it just went through a total restoration over the past couple years. I care because I spend quite a bit of time there doing research. I wouldn't have to spend as much time there if they were up to date and had everything on computers, but maybe now they can start getting to that point. I also care because I have gotten to know many of the folks who work in the courthouse - judges, attorneys, clerks, commissioners, etc. Plus I just can't resist the history. I like this one: