The Poorhouse Story NEWSLETTER 12/15/2001 (Thirteenth issue)
Well, since the last newsletter went out on September 3rd ... I guess that staying an honest woman would require changing the description to quarterly ! (Or what is it called when a newsletter comes out only 3 times a year? A tertiarly?) Sheesh. Instead, I think I will just make a New Year's Resolution to really make an effort to put it out bi-monthly. (And try to forget what usually happens to such resolutions.)
Let's see ... where to start?
NOTE: As usual, you can skip all this talk and scroll down to find the facts about what has been posted to the PHS since the last newsletter.
Here I will highlight the major additions or revisions made to the website since the last newsletter. Then I will give you a summary of the speaking tour, "Going to the Poorhouse", below in REFLECTIONS. First, thanks to the help of my wonderful friend, Brenda Fleming, (again!)...the CEMETERY page has been completely revised and updated. You can view the new page by clicking on the link above. You will need to click REFRESH on your browser if you do not see the big yellow "NEW" arrow up in the upper right corner. (And the page already needs updating again! Which reminds me of the writer Pearl Buck saying what was wrong with housework -- It's like stringing beads on a string with no knot! Sigh.)
Illinois has become the fourth state which we have broken out into separate county pages. Whew! That was a lot of work. (Personally, I think 102 counties is waaaay too many. But <grin> don't tell them I said that.)
I have finally upgraded from my old dial-up internet service to a cable service ... which is so much faster. Unfortunately that means having to change my e-mail address. The new address is as follows. email@example.com We are in the process of changing the old address all over the website; but that may take some time. If you will change it in your address book ... that will help.
Finally, I owe profound apologies to the many people who have written me e-mail over the past weeks (and even months!) which has not yet been answered, and to those who have submitted material which has not yet been published. In the last newsletter I described the problem I am having finding time to keep up with all of you. But the old saying is very true. "The hurryered I go, the behinder I get!!!" I am not ignoring you because I do not value your correspondence. (And I will not get upset if you e-mail me again about some project which I may have left hanging.)
I beg your forgiveness and hope to find a way to catch up in the New Year.
Here's Wishing Wonderful Holidays for You & Your Loved Ones !
Linda ( & Maddie, too )
What a year! The highs have been so high; and the lows have been, as Mayor Giuliani said, almost beyond bearing. I still don't quite understand why September 11th took me down so far and kept me there so long. While no one I knew personally was hurt at the World Trade Center, it did feel personal. There was a strange coincidence of timing. I had cleared my schedule (no working my "day job") for two full weeks to finally pull my book, Portraits of Poverty, together ... or as my friends were putting it, "get it off your ironing board and into print!" So, September 11th, the second day of that two weeks, found me sitting at my computer, cracking-my-knuckles ready to go, and glancing over the top of the monitor at my TV watching Good Morning America when the first plane hit. I think I sat hypnotized with horror in that same spot for about the next 72 hours. (You may have noticed the banner we placed at the top of the website that week.) That next Saturday had been planned for a birthday party for my two adult children; so we disciplined ourselves to keep the television turned off and tried our best to remember that we did have life to celebrate. And fear to overcome.
That sort of broke the totally sad spell and I went into a kind of automaton mode and did manage to edit and print all the masters of the different program documents that comprised the various sections of the book. It went to the printer on schedule and I had the first few copies to take with me on the tour in November. But I think the book will always remind me of that terrible time.
Looking forward to "Going to the Poorhouse" ... well, not literally! ... the speaking tour scheduled to start at the beginning of November was really exciting. And the trip turned out to be all that I had hoped and even a great deal better. I had hoped to provide you with a scrapbook page and photo album of the trip but, since this newsletter really needs to go out now, I will have to wait and put that in the next letter. [Well, here is a tiny sneak preview: a photo story about visiting the Town Historian for Onondaga NY.]
And here is what was one of the things I enjoyed most!
It was great to meet with so many folks who have their own passion for poorhouse research and the preservation of poorhouse history and records. Their hospitality was greatly appreciated. The number of people who attended the presentations (in Warren, Ohio; New Paltz, NY; Goshen, NY; and Saratoga Springs, NY) totaled about 300. Local experts in records preservation very generously shared information which I will be sharing with you over the next weeks and months. Walking around cemeteries, visiting the old buildings, and even handling the original documents (achoo! mold allergies, sigh) made the poorhouse experience much more real than simply reading about it. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to do all of that. And I hope to be able to do it again a couple of times next year.
Table of STATISTICS and NEW ITEMS ADDED to The PHS Website
|E-mail Subscribers to
as of 9/03/2001 -- 636
as of 12/24/2001 -- 693 (57 new)
|Here we are presenting a newer and more accurate detailed way of looking at the statistics regarding the volume of usage of The POORHOUSE STORY website. Click here if you would like to see an explanation of the wonderful reports which are being generated by our new server. (If you host a website, this could be very helpful to you! If you don't like unsolved mysteries, read this!)|
Visits to The POORHOUSE STORY
(based on readers submissions)
We published the full NAME
INDEX (all 1600+ !!) for my new book,
History & Abstracts of Inmate
|Look here to view actual bonds. >>>>>||An eBay purchase of bonds
issued during the Great Depression
by Clinton County Ohio to raise funds for the poor relief fund and
for the County Home. They represent a third method of funding poorhouses and poor relief. (The other two methods were local taxes and the revenue from deliberately high fees for the licenses of businesses felt to be of a kind that helped cause "pauperism" ... i.e. taverns and other businesses which involved the sale of "spirituous liquors" ... therefore those were considered "sin taxes!") The bonds we featured here were issued during the Great Depression ... when apparently even taxes and sin were not enough to support poor relief!
|This is typical of the vast
involved the issue of who was responsible for
the relief of specific individuals under the
poorhouse system. >>>>>
We also placed this on our History page.
LETTER DENYING RECOGNITION
of the Legal Settlement (or Residence) of an Individual
from the Overseers of the Poor of Canton
to the Overseers of the Poor
of the Town of Mexico, Oxford County
This is an excellent
A GREAT Website! >>>>>>
ANOTHER Great Website! >>>>>
The Precinct Book (ISBN
0-9703767-0-7) by Mike Troy
from the BILLINGS GAZETTE
Monday September 02, 1996 PAGE: 10A
HISTORY ON YOUR DOORSTEP
"Before welfare, [Yellowstone] county housed and fed the indigent."
By LORNA THACKERAY Of the Gazette Staff
submitted by Jackie Corr firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: This is a wonderful, very comprehensive and well written article about the history of the Yellowstone County Poorhouse. It has been reprinted with permission of the Billings Gazette. PHL
The Warren County (New York) Archives has done a really outstanding job of presenting information about their holdings on their website
The Town of Onondaga (New York)
Historical Society has a wonderful website!
When you get there, click on the link to their
[NOTE: The website requires that you have Vector Graphic Rendering (VML) on your computer. If you open the pages and get that notice (or cannot see the photographs) you may have to upgrade to the latest version of your web browser (i.e. Internet Explorer) which takes quite a while but is well worth being able to view the graphics which so many are now using on their websites.]
No new items.
|HONORED STATES||current||Illinois now has a table of separate county pages.|
|Picture Postcards/Photos/Illustrations||IA||Chickasaw / Jefferson / Waukon|
|IL||Ford / Iroquois / Menard|
|MA||Lawrence / Plymouth|
|OH||Erie / Hardin / Harrison / Huron / Logan|
(an image from an 1872 map of the Millvale Burrough of Pittsburgh showing the location of the Allegheny City Poorhouse)
Bradford / Cambria / Jefferson / Schuylkill / York
|WI||Dane / Vernon / Walworth|
|Notes: from Readers/Local/Historical||AL||Marshall|
|IN||Clay / Vigo|
|NY||Monroe / Onondaga|
|This is an amusing 1863 newspaper blurb! >>>||VT||Rutland County|
|NY||Clinton County (1824 Yates Report)|
|NY||Chenango County (1824 Yates Report)|
|NY||Dutchess County (1824 Yates Report)|
|NY||Monroe County (1824 Yates Report)
& 1857 investigation
|NY||New York (City & County) (1824 Yates Report)|
|NY||Onondaga (see more info above under Featured Articles)|
|NY||Putnam County (1824 Yates Report)|
|NY||Queens County (1824 Yates Report)|
|NY||Schoharie County (1824 Yates Report)|
for Lemons Missouri's Centennial Celebration
(Includes a drawing of the County Farm)
|Poorhouse Records||NJ||Burlington County --
POORHOUSE INDENTURE BONDS
-- October 29, 1822 through April 28, 1846
|NY||Warren County website
contains name indexes for their poorhouse holdings as follows:
Almshouse Admission Records 1855 - 1979 (Including Building Photograph)
Almshouse Burial Permits 1911 - 1933
Reports of Death 1906 - 1930
|Cemetery Lists (or notes)||KY||Calloway|
|MO||St. Louis poorhouse deaths (1850-1908)|
|MT||Silver Bow (vandalism noted)|
|NY||Monroe / Warren (see Records above)|
|RI||Bristol / Cumberland / Coventry /
Cranston / Exeter
Foster / Glocester / Portsmouth / Warwick
Resident lists from CENSUS
(new material or off-site links to the web)
Poorhouse in Literature
||Didn't have any time to read any new books! PHL|
|STATE ARCHIVES Holdings||new||none added|
|Thanks for your continued support.
(aka=The Poorhouse Lady)