THE STONE MEMENTO
WHOT WAS RO
1892, and time for Carl Barr, Deputy Warden of the
Penitentiary, to leave his job. His relative, Warden
Marquis Barr, was winding up his first term as Anamosa
Warden, and had taken a job as claims agent for the
Minneapolis / St. Paul Railway. It was customary at that
time for the Warden's appointees to depart when he did.
Not much is known about Carl Barr. He was a guard for only five months before being appointed to Deputy Warden. We also know that he was involved in resolving a major escape attempt, and was a central character in the Nosy Williams episode.
He must have made his share of friends, however. To commemorate his service at Anamosa, someone, probably an inmate, fashioned an extremely unusual memento: a piece of stone, resembling a small book. Intricate designs cover both sides. Despite wear and tear over the past century, the piece is in remarkably good condition. It was recently listed on the Ebay auction site, was procured by the Penitentiary Museum, and will be on display there.
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