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by MICHELE L.
Adair County was
organized January 29, 1841.
The first courthouse was a log structure, and was built during 1843, and
first occupied in October of that year. This building was used for
about six years, when it was replaced by a brick building, which was
burned on the night of March 25, 1865. In this fire a few records
were burned, though there was no serious loss suffered. From that
time until 1898 the county had no courthouse, rooms for county offices
and court purposes being rented.
The first circuit court for Adair County was held at the house of John
Cain, on April 23, 1841, Honorable James A. Clark presiding judge, with
David James, clerk, and Isaac N. Eby, sheriff. The members of the
first grand jury were Jesse Jones, E. Braggs, James A. Adkins, John
Warner, William Sholl, John Nickel, Westal Mason, David Floyd, Spencer
Googan, Quitley Henry, William Hurley and Walter Crocket.
The members of the first county court were Jonathan Floyd, Benjamin
Morrow and one Wilson.
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