Fulton County Poorhouse
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Fulton County Poorhouse in old West Bush, 
Fulton county Highway 22, Town of Johnstown


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Fulton County was established in 1838 from "parent county" Montgomery.
For information about earlier poorhouse conditions see MONTGOMERY County.

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1824 LAW (required establishment of poorhouse vs. exempted): SEE ABOVE
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This is a wooden building thirty by one hundred feet, two stories high, recently constructed and adjoining an old dwelling house formerly used for this purpose. Connected is a farm of ninety-four acres, yielding a revenue of $200.00.

The building furnishing eleven rooms and wards for the use of paupers is warmed by stoves, but destitute of all means of ventilation. Sometimes ten persons are placed in a single room. The present number of inmates is thirty; twenty males, ten females. Of these, five are foreign born, twenty-five native born. Four are children under sixteen years of age. The sexes are separated only at night. They are under the care of a single keeper and his wife. The usual system of registration is kept. The average number of inmates is fifty. They are supported by contract at an expense to the county of $1.25 each per week, besides the avails of the farm. The keeper who has this contract, is also one of the superintendents of the poor, and beside the contract price is allowed such labor as he can obtain from the paupers on the farm. Under this system they receive a diet of potatoes, meal, rice, beef, pork, etc.

The house has been inspected by the supervisors once during the year. It is supplied with Bibles, and occasional preaching is afforded. Children are sent to the common school of the district, in which the house is located. A physician is employed by the year. During the year there has been in the house three births and six deaths. The scarlet fever has prevailed among them.

Of the inmates five are lunatics; all females and all paupers. These are not confined or in any way restrained. In one case corporeal punishment was resorted to as a means of discipline. One has recovered, and one improved. The latter for two years before being brought to this house was confined in chains. Since coming to the house she has been unconstrained and is now slowly recovering. Four have been admitted since January last. They receive no particular medical attendance, and the construction of the house is such as only partially to allow of their classification. One lunatic escaped and is now in the custody of friends. There is one blind. Intemperance brings here one-fourth of the inmates.

Transcribed by PHS-Volunteer, Cheramie Breaux in Louisiana
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Microfilm Series A1978  Roll Number(s) 36-37
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