sioners to issue bonds for the purchase of a convenient lot and the construction of a court-
house and jail subject to the approval of the electorate of the County.6 The issue was presented
on the ballot at the congressional election of November 1904 and must have failed of a
majority since nothing further is heard of it. Another bill providing for a bond issue of
$75,000 for the same purpose was passed at the next session of the General Assembly.7 This
time the voters at the ensuing November election approved, and the work was undertaken
shortly thereafter. A more convenient location was chosen, and the contractor W. A. Liller
of Keyser, West Virginia completed the building for the contract sum of $60,692 by Novem-
ber 23, 1908. The architect was J. Riley Gordon.8 There have been no important changes
since that time.
6 Ch. 471, Acts of 1904.
7 Ch. 788, Acts of 1906.
8 Some of this information is from a communication of Oc-
tober 17, 1957, of the Honorable Vernie R. Smouse, Register
of Wills of Garrett County. I am indebted for additional in-
formation of Miss Elizabeth J. West, of Oakland, Md.