The building that is providing the initialed bricks was reportedly built in 1867. The Wades operated a brick kiln about one-half mile west of that building, on the banks of the Post Oak Creek, which was the likely source for the clay. Warrensburg was named for Rev. War Veteran Martin Warren and his brother James, who was first clerk of the County Court, ca. 1836.
Apparently Joe Wade was quite the character, he invented his own vocabulary with words like "squintalize," that meant you were looking closely at something. Joe doesn't appear on the 1840 Census, but he married in Warrensburg in 1843, so he may have been here in time to help finish the Courthouse in 1842. One newspaper story from later years says he danced a jig on top of the last chimney.
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