MARCH, 2015 - "OUR IOWA" MAGAZINE INSERT

Last fall Jerry And Paula Wiebel visited Cedar County. The attached article is a result of that visit. This will be featured in their magazine that comes out soon.
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AUGUST 30, 2014 - HONOR FORMER SHERIFFS
Jack Leverenz 1959 - 1963
Richard (Dick) Barden 1963 - 1972
Eugene (Dick) Hancock 1972 - 1976

Dear Friend,

The Cedar County Friends of Historic Preservation is a non-profit 501(C3) group that owns the old Cedar County Jail and House and operates it as "The Old Cedar County Jail Museum". We are the official museum for the Iowa State Sherriff's and Deputies Association for the entire state of Iowa. Each year we have several special activities at the jail museum plus we are open the 1st Saturday of each month from 10am to 2pm.

One of our activities is to honor former sheriffs of Cedar County. In 2012, we honored Sheriff Bill Christian who was sheriff from 1933 to 1942. Last year we honored 2 former sheriffs. Charles Willey who was the sheriff from 1943-1956 and Elwood Hemmingway who served from January 1, 1957 to December 31, 1958. Their careers were intertwined. Each man served as the others deputy at one time.

This year we are planning to honor Jack Leverenz 1959 - 1963, Richard (Dick) Barden 1963 - 1972, and Eugene (Dick) Hancock 1972 - 1976. Jack actually had served as a deputy under Elwood Hemmingway. Jack resigned to take a position with the Iowa Department of Public Safety. Dick Barden had served as a deputy sheriff under Sheriff Leverenz. Dick Barden was appointed to fill out Leverenz's term and was then was later elected to the Office of Sheriff. Dick Barden was the first sheriff in Iowa to pilot his own plane and one of the first sheriffs in Iowa to attend the FBI Academy for officiers. Leverenz and Barden were the first sheriff and deputy to wear complete "officier" uniforms.

Eugene (Dick) Hancock 1972 - 1976 was appointed to serve as sheriff by the Cedar County Board of Supervisors in October 1972 after he defeated Sheriff Barden in the primary election. He was them elected Sheriff in the General Election. Hancock had been serving as Deputy under Sheriff Barden. Dick Hancock later worked security at the University of Iowa.

To honor these 3 sheriffs we are trying to contact as many of their family, descendants and friends as we can. We have some information from newspaper files and books, and some pictures but we need more! We have pictures of the sheriffs, but if you have anything of interest please contact me or you are welcome to bring it with you to this event .The widows of the three Former Sheriffs have been invited; Grace Leverenz, Doris Barden and Bev Hancock.

Incidently, Judy Archer started to work for Sheriff Barden in 1965 and was the first female deputy sheriff in Cedar County. She was deputy, secretary and jail matron. Keith Whitlatch was Tipton Chief of Police. Judy served as Radio Dispatcher for Sheriff Hancock thru 1982. Judy is secretary for the Cedar County Friends of Historic Preservation; "The Old Cedar County Jail Musuem"

We will also be recognizing those who worked for these 3 sheriff's including Judy Archer, Lora Mae (Ike) Ward, Ron and Joyce Stein, Doris (Kolsrud} Barden, Jerry Simmermaker and anyone else that worked for them.

This special event will be held on Saturday, August 30, 2014. The museum will be open from 10am to 4pm for tours and visiting.

Johnny Krob "Singing Cowboy" will entertain on the east lawn of the Old Jail from 1 -2:15 p.m. About 2:15 p.m.,the ceremony will begin to pay tribute to these three past sheriffs. The Cedar County Friends will be serving their famous homemade shortcake and strawberries with ice cream.

As you can see we have a full day planned! You and your family are invited to this celebration. If you have any information, pictures, or comments please contact me.

Keith Whitlatch
Telephone: (319) 329-1785
Email: kwhitl1601@gmail.com
Address: 707 King Avenue Stanwood, Iowa 52337

I look forward to seeing and meeting you on August 30!

Keith Whitlatch
Cedar County Sheriff Retired
Old Cedar County Jail/Museum



The Cedar County Friends of Historic Preservation is a non-profit 501(C3) group that owns the old Cedar County Jail and House and operates it as "The Old Cedar County Jail Museum". We are the official museum for the Iowa State Sherriff's and Deputies Association for the entire state of Iowa. Each year we have several special activities at the jail museum plus we are open the 1st Saturday of each month from 10am to 2pm.

One of our activities is to honor former sheriffs of Cedar County. Last year we honored Sheriff Bill Christian who was sheriff from 1933 to 1942. This year we plan on honoring 2 former sheriffs. Charles Willey who was the sheriff from 1943-1956 and Elwood Hemmingway who served from January 1, 1957 to December 31, 1958. Their careers were intertwined. Each man served as the others deputy at one time.

To honor these 2 sheriffs we are trying to contact as many of their descendants as we can. We have some information from newspaper files and books about Sheriff Willey and Sheriff Hemmingway, and some pictures but we need more! I personally own Elwood's saddle that my father; Don Whitlatch purchased from him many years ago.We have pictures of both sheriffs, but if you have anything of interest please contact me or you are welcome to bring it with you to this event.

This special event will be held on Saturday, August 31, 2013. The museum will be open from 10am to 4pm for tours and visiting. Ron Semler performing as "Nearly Elvis" will entertain from 1pm to 2pm on the east side of the jail. At 2pm the ceremony will begin honoring Sheriff Willey and Sheriff Hemmingway. The Cedar County Friends will be serving their famous homemade shortcake and strawberries with ice cream.

As an added attraction the Tipton Lions Club will be holding a "Hog Roast" in the street by the jail. Profits from this will go to benefit the "Backpack Buddy" program. They will be serving from 11am to 1pm.

As you can see we have a full day planned! You and your family are invited to the celebration honoring Sheriff Willey and Sheriff Hemmingway. If you have any information, pictures, or comments please contact me.

Keith Whitlatch
Telephone: (319) 329-1785
Email: kwitl1601@gmail.com
Address: 707 King Avenue Stanwood, Iowa 52337

I look forward to seeing and meeting you on August 31!

Keith Whitlatch
Cedar County Sheriff Retired
Old Cedar County Jail/Museum

  • ANNUAL MEETING - JANUARY 12, 2011
  • The Cedar County Friends of Historic Preservation will hold their Annual meeting on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 6 PM at the Tipton River Family Restaurant located on Cedar Street south of the Courthouse. We will meet in the private meeting room and order off of the menu. Reservations not needed, but a rough head count will help us set up.

    The Cedar County Friends of Historic Preservation is an incorporated group whose primary goal is the preservation of the Old Cedar County Jail and adjoining residence, and the establishment of the Jail and House as a Law Enforcement Museum. This is the site of the Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association Museum. You are cordially invited to attend this meeting. You may already be a member of our group, in which case you have already been involved in projects or are someone who is interested in becoming involved.

    Annual dues for membership are as follows: $10, single membership; $18, family membership; Society Friend, $50; and Patron membership, $100 per calendar Year. If you are coming to the meeting you may pay dues at that time, or mail them to our treasurer, Jim Jorgensen, 303 Meridian, Tipton, IA 52772. After you have placed your order there will be a short business meeting while the food is being prepared. We will review our past year’s activities and discuss the coming year’s goals. Officers will be elected. I have a couple exciting announcements to make; Reference a movie, or part of being shot at the old jail, and being featured in the Our Iowa magazine.

    If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at 319-329-1785, e-mail kwhitl1601@gmail.com, Kris Clark at 886-6220 or Daisy Wingert at 563-357-9650. We look forward to seeing you there.

    Sincerely,
    Keith L. Whitlatch, President
    Cedar County Friends of Historic Preservation
    707 King Avenue, Stanwood, IA 52337

  • WILL HONOR CEDAR COUNTY SHERRIFS AS JAIL DEDICATION CEREMONY IN JUNE 2004
  • dedication ceremony, recognizing the old Cedar County Jail and Sheriff's Residence and past and present Cedar County Sheriffs, will be held June 26, beginning at 10 a.m. at the old jail, located at the corner of 4th and lynn Streets in Tipton.

    he Cedar County Friends of Historic Preservation, who own the old jail and residence, are restoring the home and plan to turn the jail into a museum to exhibit criminal justice artifacts along with other items of historic interest from the county. Click Here to read full story .....



  • FACT SHEET ON OLD CEDAR COUNTY JAIL
    - By Keith L. Whitlatch
  • he old Cedar County Jail in Tipton, Iowa, is on lots 7 & 8 of Block 19, of the original town of Tipton. This is on the southwests corner of the block on the intersection of Fourth Street and Lynn Street, one block west of Iowa State Highway 38. It functioned as a working jail from its construction and opening as a jail in mid-November 1892, and continued to serve as a jail until April 13, 2001 when a new jail was opened in Tipton.

    he town of Tipton came into existence in 1840 when the county comissioners (now called supervisors) chose the geographical center of the county of cedar to become the county seat. Click Here to continue .....





    PHOTOGRAPHS OVER THE YEARS

    Bob Whitlatch, resting the horses during a "jail breakout" 2005


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