It’s coming up on 121 years since the only execution in Redwood County took place Oct. 16, 1891.
The gallows chamber and jail once stood near the courthouse in Redwood Falls.
The jail is now behind the Redwood County Museum west of Redwood Falls.
To commemorate this very tragic but historic event, Pat Lubeck, author and curator of the Redwood County museum, is scheduled to present two separate readings from her book “Murder In Gales, A Rose Hanged Twice,” in the tiny one-cell jail where William Rose stayed the night before his hanging.
The first reading is being held Oct. 15 at 3 p.m., telling of Rose’s activities the day before the execution and the last letter he wrote to his parents.
The second reading is scheduled for Oct. 16 at 3 p.m., telling of Rose’s last speech at the gallows.
Do you want to sit in the tiny jail with Lubeck as she does the readings? Be one of the first six to eight individuals to call (507) 641- 3329 and leave a message, specifying which day you want.
Admission to these readings is a free-will donation, which is go-ing to be used toward fixing up and furnishing the inside of the jail.
A discussion and book signing follows the readings.
Be sure to dress appropriately as there is no heat in the jail.
An open house is being held in the museum after the reading with refreshments served on the north porch.