County Poor-House and Farm Clinton County, Michigan
From History of Shiawassee and Clinton Counties, 1880, D.W. Ensign and Co.
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About ten years elapsed before further action was taken for the purchase
of a farm. At the fall
session of 1854, N.I. Daniels, of Watertown, moved “that a committee
of three be appointed, whose duty it shall be to examine locations and
receive proposals with a view to the purchase of a farm and the erection
of a poor-house, and report to the board at the next meeting.”
Three days later Supervisors Plowman, Estes, and Fitch were
appointed such committee. On
the 12th of October, 1855, Stephen Pearl, county treasurer,
was authorized to advertise and receive proposals for the purchase of a
farm of from eighty to one hundred acres.
It does not appear that Mr. Pearl made a purchase, as on the 24th
of January, 1856, the committee appointed in 1854 reported in favor of
purchasing one hundred of land of George W. Stoddard for fifteen hundred
dollars, situated on the northwest quarter of section 18, in the
township of Olive. This report was
adopted, and Stephen Pearl was appointed agent to examine title and
consummate the purchase. The
deed is dated January 25, 1856, and recorded on the 29th of
January of the same year. At
the January session in 1858 a communication was received from the
superintendents of the poor, recommending an appropriation to erect a
building on the county poor-farm which was referred to a special
committee. There is no
record of the appointment of this committee, or of any report made upon
the annual session in the autumn of 1859 it was decided to let the
maintenance of the county paupers to the lowest bidder with good
security. This method of
supporting the poor was
continued for several years.
the January session in 1864 the offer of William Sickles to exchange
lots 1 and 2 in Block 13, in the village of St. Johns, for the county
farm was accepted, and Charles Kipp was authorized to convey the title.
This exchange was not made, as it appears that on the 17th
of December, 1867, Charles Kipp conveyed the farm owned by the county to
Henry Lackey, ---this conveyance being in accordance with a resolution
of the Board of Supervisors made October 17, 1867, the farm having been
sold on contract to Mr. Lackey in October, 1865.
A committee was appointed to report on the necessity of
purchasing a poor farm, which committee reported the next day,
recommending the purchase of a farm of one hundred acres near the
village of St. Johns. This
report was approved, and on the next day the superintendents of the poor
were authorized to purchase a farm at a price not to exceed four
thousand dollars. A farm
was purchased of Hiram L. Lamb for three thousand five hundred dollars,
the deed bearing date April 8, 1867.
It contains seventy-six and a half acres, forty of which are
under cultivation, and includes an orchard of one hundred and
seventy-five fruit trees. Its
location is on the south half of the southeast quarter of section 18, in
the township of Bingham. The
superintendents of the poor were authorized to erect a building not to
exceed eighteen hundred dollars in cost, “to meet the demands of the
unfortunates who are intrusted to their care.”
Under this authority a building was constructed in the summer of
1871, and another is being erected the present year to further
accommodate the increasing demands of the county poor.
report of the superintendents of the poor for 1879 shows as follows:
The whole number of paupers maintained in the poor-house during
the year was thirty; the whole number temporarily relieved outside of
the poor-house was one hundred and nineteen;
the whole amount paid from the poor-fund during the year was
$6962.53; the whole amount
paid from other funds was $2393. 06.
The total expenses of the poor-farm, exclusive of interest on
capital invested and value of pauper labor, was $3816.23. Value of products of farm during the year (estimated),
$793.30. Value of poor-farm
and buildings, $6500; of live stock, $330.
Total value of poor-farm and appurtenances, $8056.50.