On Sept. 23, 1899, the Lawrence World's headlines read, "A NEW COURT HOUSE -- The Commissioners to Decide Monday Whether or not to Submit the Proposition to the Voters." The accompanying article noted that a recent special state legislative act had left the decisions regarding the building of a courthouse at the discretion of the county commissioners. The World noted: "There will be various opinions advanced in this city. It is well known that we have to have more school room. This cannot be long postponed. That will take money. It is also well known that just now Lawrence is making a determined effort to get better streets. That will take a good deal more money than is in sight. Then again, the city will lose $1,400 in rent if the city builds a new court house. This amounts to nearly one mill of taxation."
-- Courtesy Watkins Community Museum