Saturday, February 04, 2012

Condemned: Bedbugs!

"...don't let the bed bugs bite!"
The Old Kittson County jail was visited May 6, 1896. This jail was condemned by Judge Ives in June, 1895, and has since been disused. It is a wooden building, containing four cells, 8'x9'...and thousands of bedbugs, and is unfit for any use. A prisoner set fire to the building in October 1893, but became frightened and put out the fire. It has been proposed to convert this jail into a lockup for the village of Hallock, but it is entirely unfit for the purpose and should not be so utilized.

- Minnesota Bulletin of Charities & Corrections (1901)