Keeping up with past and present happenings in a remarkable small town.
The portraits of the judges which hang in the room as you enter the courthouse from the annex were painted (the ones through the 1940's) by Butler native David Cleeland. Cleeland had been a Time magazine portrait artist (the covers)and then went onto Hollywood where he painted many movie stars including Joan Fontaine. His father had owned a jewelry store on Main Street.
watched the courthouse tour on PNNC last night, Judge O'Brien gave the main tour, while he was up in the courthouse clock area he signed his name in chalk on the wall, what a scamp
glad to say i have never been in that room !!!
I was in that room,back in 1965. It was a field trip to a civil trial with Mr Ifft's Government class. We students sat to the left in a panel box while the actual jurors sat to the right. We sat through the trial,deliberated and came up with our "verdict". It was fairley complicated involving awards for injury,pain and suffering,anguish etc. I was surprised that our awards were almost identical to the real jurors. The system must work,as well as possible any way.Bob Dorcy
That's where I got my Eagle Scout award. Never forgot that occasion.
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