Jefferson County Poorhouse
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YATES REPORT      1824 LAW      1857 REPORT EXPLANATION
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YATES REPORT:

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1824 LAW (required establishment of poorhouse vs. exempted):
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1857 INVESTIGATION:

Jefferson County House is located near Watertown; it is a large, substantial, well-built building of limestone, in size one hundred by thirty-six feet, and three stories in height, beside basements. The basements are mostly above ground. Attached is a farm of one hundred and seven acres, yielding a revenue, of $1,500.00. In the building are about forty rooms or wards occupied by the paupers. These are warmed mainly by furnaces, and are kept comfortable in winter, but are destitute of all means of ventilation. The number of inmates was one hundred and twenty-five, the sexes about equally divided, and one half native and one half foreign born. Fifteen are children under sixteen years of age. From two to ten are placed in each room. The sexes are separated at night but mingle during the day. All are now in the charge of a single keeper. The average number of inmates is one hundred and fifty, supported at a weekly charge of seventy-five cents. As usual, the males who are able to labor are employed on the farm and the females in domestic affairs. Once in two months a committee from the board of supervisors visits and inspect the house, the good result of which is evidenced in the superior appointments and cleanliness of the establishment. It is supplied with Bibles, but no provision is made for other religious instruction. A teacher is employed who teaches the common branches of an English education, in the building, during the whole year. The keeper imposes rules for the government of the paupers, and regulates their system of diet. Their fare is of plain, wholesome food. The keeper provides medical attendance as the wants of the paupers demand. No facilities exist for bathing, except in the apartment designed especially for lunatics. During the last year there has been ten births, and thirteen deaths.

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Transcribed by PHS-Volunteer, Cheramie Breaux in Louisiana
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Poorhouse INMATE REGISTRATION CERTIFICATES
Microfilm Series A1978  Roll Number(s) 40-42  more information
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