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Early History


 1838 Jail Ledger

Berrien County Jail Ledger from March 15, 1838, during the tenure of Sheriff Fowler J. Preston.

1839 Berrien County Courthouse

1839 Berrien County Courthouse in Berrien Springs, Michigan is the oldest original courthouse still standing in Michigan.

George Bridgman for Sheriff

Election Poster for George C. Bridgman circa 1920.

George C. Bridgman

Sheriff George C. Bridgman, served from 1921 to 1924.

Moonshine Raid in New Buffalo

Moonshine raid in 1928, believed to be in New Buffalo. Appearing in this photo are Deputy Ben Phairas, Berrien County Sheriff Fred G. Bryant, Deputy Frank Priebe, Deputy Erwin Kubath, Deputy Chet Overcash and Deputy Charles Johnson.

Sheriff Jane Cutler 1932

Sheriff Jane Irene Cutler's first day on the job, February 16, 1932. She is Berrien County's first and only female sheriff to date.

Sheriff Jane Cutler

Charles Johnson

Sheriff Charles A. Johnson, served from 1909 to 1912.

James Graham

Sheriff James Graham, served from 1859 to 1862.

 Joseph Tennant

Berrien County Deputy Joseph Tennant standing at far left with a jury in 1885.  Deputy Tennant would later become Sheriff of Berrien County serving from 1905 to 1908.

Benton Harbor PD

Berrien County Sheriff''s Office personnel under the command of Sheriff Fred G. Bryant, in center, circa 1928.

Berrien County Sheriff's Office Motorcycle Squad, circa 1931. On far left is Deputy Erwin Kubath and far right is Sheriff Fred J. Cutler.



April 4, 1929, The News-Palladium

St. Joseph Police Motorcycle Officer Gottlieb Koch

Old squad car emblem courtesy of Ret/LT. Mark McKie.

Frederick C. Franz served as Berrien County Sheriff from 1913-1918 and from 1925-1926. Election card courtesy of Donald Divis.

Behind Berrien County Jail, 1931. Photo courtesy of Ret/LT.. Mark McKie.


Special thanks to Robert C. Myers, Author, Historian and former Curator at The History Center at Courthouse Square in Berrien Springs.

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