Wisconsin sheriff's badge from 1920s found during move

Former Sheriff Arthur Briggs, badge (Courtesy: Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office)

The Fond du Lac County sheriff on Thursday, Sept. 2 shared a piece of law enforcement history on the sheriff's office Facebook page.

A moving company was cleaning furniture out of an old Oshkosh bank and found a wallet and badge inside the drawer of a wooden desk. The items belonged to Arthur Briggs, who served as Fond du Lac County sheriff from 1924 to 1925, current Sheriff Ryan Waldschmidt wrote.

Also found were a business card that listed the old, three-digit phone number and address of the sheriff's office – that address is now a parking lot for the Fond du Lac City-County Government Center. The current sheriff's office and jail were constructed in the 1950s, Waldschmidt said.

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Briggs was the county's 39th sheriff.