The small town of Lawrence is in southwest Michigan. The old town hall built in 1902 still stands in downtown Lawrence. Besides housing the town offices, the building was the main venue for plays, recitals, concerts and movies. It was a regular stop in the 1920s and 1930s for touring Vaudeville groups. The Village Jail was located in the hall underneath the stage. I can imagine during tap-dancing recitals that would be considered cruel and unusual punishment. The township offices moved out in 2010 and a non-profit organization maintains the building now.
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