121 Years Since the Last Hanging

It’s coming up on 121 years since the only execution in Redwood County took place on October 16th, 1891. The gallows chamber and jail once stood near the courthouse in Redwood Falls. 


To learn more about this true murder mystery that took place in Gales Township in 1888, and to commemorate this very tragic but historic event, Pat Lubeck, Curator of the Redwood County Museum, and author of a “Murder in Gales, A Rose Hanged Twice” will be performing 2 separate readings from her book in the tiny one-cell jail where William Rose stayed the night before his execution. 

There will be two readings. One on Monday, October 15th at 3 pm. This reading will tell of Rose’s activities the day before the execution, and the last letter he wrote to his parents that night. The reading on Tuesday, October 16th at 3 pm will tell of Rose’s last speech at the gallows and the hanging. Seating in the jail is limited to about 6 to 8 people. Please contact the curator at 507-641-3329 (leave message) to make your reservation for this very special event. Admission is a free-will donation. A discussion and book signing will follow the readings. Be sure to dress appropriately as there is no heat in the jail. Attendees will meet in the jail, which is located behind the Redwood County Museum, 913 W. Bridge Street, Redwood Falls.  Refreshments served in the north porch.

                               William Rose 1891