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The cornerstone for the third, and current courthouse was laid on May 21, 1903. It cost $90,600 to build and was designed by the architects Smith and Gage. The exterior walls are covered with Bedford stone veneer and the roof is all tile. The clock tower, which rises from the middle of the building, sets the building apart from all others. The courthouse is situated on a large town square and is the pride of Centerville and Appanoose County.

General Assitance Office

Contact: Jack Maletta
P.O. Box 271
Centerville, IA
jmalett@dhs.state.ia.us
Phone: 641.856.7431


Appanoose County General Assistance is a county-funded program of limited financial assistance for eligible poor and needy in Appanoose County.

Eligible persons are typically experiencing an interruption in their ability to earn a living from work because of a disability or serious injury or illness and are not receiving assistance from another source, such as SSI, FIP, etc.

Financial assistance provided takes the form of direct payment of eligible expenses, which may include some utilities, rent, etc.

The first step in the assistance process is completion of a General Assistance application. Applications are available at the General Assistance Office, 209 East Jackson Street, Centerville.