Overall considerable bad blood was engendered, but Off remained politely firm and determined in his vision for the road, and relied on that sound judgment for which he was known. The road was indeed built, and there was plenty of gravel to build it. The Crane Pond proved not to be the obstacle that was first thought, and no one was broke when the road was finished.
At the time Off was up for re-election, and many feared that the commotion would result in his defeat. But the people did indeed re-elect him.
At the completion of the courthouse and jail projects, and his 18th year as a county commissioner, Off decided it was time to step down. He thought he had served long enough, but the people thought otherwise and they were greatly disappointed when he refused to be a candidate again.
As commissioner, he left his county with a beautiful and efficient courthouse and jail that — at least up to this present time — have served the people well for over 100 years. Much of the road system that efficiently carries the county’s traffic exists largely because of a polite German immigrant named Jacob G. Off.