I was allowed to tour the Auburn Prison some time in the forties with my uncle Fred Davis who then was District Recorder for Cayuga County we were the first guests for a long period of time due to a riot I could see Copper John from the prison yard he suggested I take a good look Oh I said why did they do that Unkle Fred said because that is the way the artist saw it A mother story is he was to be taken down and shipped to the New York Worlds Fair but due to his enormous penis it was decided it would not be appropriate My uncle Fred Wenzel was a guard there also he took prisoners to funerals of their mediate family Later years I lived in Auburn and worked for Henry and Allen as a Diesinker. I am now 87 years
Please post your prison story here. I am researching if prison records have any information on Mr. G.C. Platner who was a yard master at the Auburn State Prison in the approxomate period 1862 - 1876. Would like to learn about his duties and if there exist any photographs of him.
He is a historical figure in the Auburn - Fulton New York area after the Civil War and did have a position as a prison employee at Auburn.
I thank you in advance for any effort to assist in my research.