Inquiries about Institute Poorhouse in KANAWHA County
|The following are messages which have been posted on our Message Board. PHL|
|"I, too, have been looking for records
of the Kanawha County Poorhouse. My husband (now deceased)'s grandfather
supposedly lived and died there sometime after 1934. I even found a
picture of it in the Charleston Gazette in July 1999. It is shown on
another page of this website. But, no records. I can't even find
where he was buried. It is unbelievable that there are no records
anywhere of the patients that lived and died there.
Mabel McDaniel Wilson
|"Have been looking for information on
the records for the "poor farm" and have had the same no luck.
Two Hartwell daughters were there sometime after 1880 and one died in
1898. If I could find the date in which they entered, would tell me when
their parents died.
Just does not seem possible that the amount of records that had to have been accumulated just disappeared."
|"I had a grandfather that lived and died at the
Institute Poor house. When I wrote to the Archives and the County clerk
of Kanawha county, I was told there were no records of the deaths of the
people that had died there. I do know the home built the caskets that
the residents were buried in. Hoping to find more about my grandfather,
but have so far met only a brick wall. I know the name of the family
that operated the poor farm there, but unfortunately they have passed
away and have lost contact with her son. The Charleston Gazette ran a
picture of the poor farm at Institute as a millennium celebration ad.
Not real sure of the date of the picture, but think it was July of 1999.
If any one has any more info, would love to have it. I remember well the
poor house as I delivered newspapers to it in the mid 40's. Please email
me if you have any more information.. Thanks."
|"In the early 1930s as a boy growing
up in Dunbar, WV, I remember a large brick building in the center
of large farm at Institute west of Dunbar in KANAWHA County. To
the local people this place was known as the "POOR
FARM". Institute was the site of a college for black
students, and the poor farm was located between the College and
the Kanawha River, as I recall. I am interested in when the Poor Farm
closed and any other information on it's history."
William (Billy) Knight Roberts II
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