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Book Reviews Robert R. Kracke History & Hollywood Historic Alabama Courthouses, A Century of Th eir Images and Stories by Delos Hughes NewSouth Books, Montgomery, Alabama, 2017, 155 pages Th is new paperback includes historic photographs of every courthouse in Alabama Ala- from a design and construction perspective (in most cases the present courthouse is not pictured). Th e descriptions of each courthouse emphasize the style of architecture, the architect who designed it, and the builder who constructed the courthouse. It seems to contain some new information not covered in Sam Rumore’s Alabama Courthouses which appeared in “Th e Alabama Lawyer.” As to the Jeff erson County courthouses, there are photographs of the fi rst courthouse in Jeff erson County built in Elyton around 1841. Interestingly, the builder was named William Rose Sadler, probably an ancestor of our own previous Birmingham Bar member Will Sadler (Sadler, Sadler, Sullivan & Sharp). Th e location of this courthouse was near the present day Family Court of Jeff erson County and there is still an extant cemetery near that site. Jeff erson County’s second courthouse was built in about 1875 and its third courthouse in 1889. Interestingly, the third courthouse was designed by Charles Wheelock & Sons. Early in his career, this reviewer represented Charles F. Wheelock & Sons on a retainer basis, a company that designed and built hydraulic pumps owned by an old friend Th omas Bargeron. Th is is a fascinating book for those members of the Birmingham Bar who come from counties other than Jeff erson County as those persons might be interested in the photographs and names of the architects and builders mentioned for each county. Th is reviewer discovered the name of a builder of the fi rst Mobile County Courthouse named Charles Fricke (interestingly, one of this reviewer’s ancestors from Germany was named Charles Fricke and this Charles Fricke is listed as an Austrian immigrant). Th is short history of courthouses is a valuable resource for amateur Alabama historians. Th e author, Delos Hughes, taught political philosophy at Washington and Lee University from 1963 until his retirement in 1996. He has published studies of courthouses in Alabama, Virginia and South Carolina. A valuable reference asset listed at $25.95. Alabama Historical Association Markers, Second Edition Compiled and Published by Laura C. Hood, Sara M. Hood, Hugh M. Hood and Jack B. Hood AuthorHouse, Bloomington, Indiana, 2006, 366 pages One of the authors of this collection of Alabama Historical Association Markers is Jack B. Hood, whose books have been reviewed on these pages previously. Jack is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. Th is reviewer obtained his copy from a meeting of the Alabama Historical Association. Th is is, again, an interesting resource for checking the accuracy of historical events that took place in the state of Alabama. It, like “Historic Alabama Courthouses,” lists the markers county by county alphabetically. Some of the various markers that exist in Jeff erson County include one which most lawyers pass on their way to the courthouse entitled, “A County Older Th an Th e State - Jeff erson County.” Continued on page 32 28 Birmingham Bar Association


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