FOND DU LAC – Once you’re sheriff, you by no means fairly know what may find yourself in your desk subsequent, Fond du Lac County Sheriff Ryan Waldschmidt shared in a Facebook post Thursday.
In his case, it was a forgotten piece of native historical past that dates again to the mid-Twenties.
A transferring firm was clearing furnishings out of a former financial institution in Oshkosh and located a pockets and badge within the drawer of an previous picket desk, based on the put up. The objects belonged to Fond du Lac County’s thirty ninth sheriff, Arthur A. Briggs, who served a time period in 1924 and 1925, Waldschmidt mentioned.
Inside the wallet was Brigg’s business card, which included the three-digit phone number of 427 and the address of 226 Linden St. — the phone number and address of the old sheriff’s office and jail before the current building was constructed in the 1950s.
The Linden Street location now serves as the site of the City-County Government Center’s employee parking lot.
“The leather wallet was from the Glasow & Leitman Company, presumably one of Fond du Lac’s numerous leather companies from back in the day,” the current sheriff wrote.
Briggs, who died in March 1969, was born Dec. 11, 1882, in Nebraska, a descendent of pioneer families, according to his obituary. He married Ella May Peebles at her farm home on Thanksgiving Day 1907. They later lived in Peebles, Fond du Lac and Hopokoekau Beach on Lake Winnebago.
Ella was the daughter of Sanford Peebles, for whose grandfather the community of Peebles was named.
Briggs was also a loan examiner for Central Wisconsin Cattle Credit Company and at the time of his death was the oldest member of the Fond du Lac Yacht Club.
“This piece of history will make a great addition in our historical display cabinet, and if descendants of Sheriff Briggs see this, feel free to contact us if you wanted to see the items in person,” Waldschmidt said.
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