The Poorhouse Story NEWSLETTER 02/24/2002 (Fourteenth issue)
Well, I'll be ... on time for the first time in recent memory! This (so-called now) bi-monthly newsletter is coming out two months to the day from the last one. I may break my arm patting myself on the back. (And try to forget all the times it was late.)
If you have visited The POORHOUSE STORY website
recently ... you may have noticed something new.
All of those conditions still prevail -- but now we are accepting and soliciting advertising and affiliation with companies whose advertisements we will post very discretely at various places on the website. We had no choice but to do this. Frankly, the project is becoming expensive and very time-consuming. And the paradox is: while the growth in usage of the site demonstrates its value, that very growth threatens our ability to maintain it without some financial assistance.
So here is what we are doing. On most major pages we now have a box that looks like this:
There are two ways in which you and other viewers can help us with this project. First, whenever you have the need to purchase any books or genealogy services on-line -- consider coming first to The POORHOUSE STORY to click on one of our affiliate links to AMAZON.com or ANCESTRY.com or BARNES & NOBLE (or our future affiliates.) And you can encourage friends and family members to do the same. When you do that, our website receives a small commission.
Secondly, many of you who regularly read this newsletter own local regional publishing companies (which specialize in local history and/or genealogy) or are professional genealogists. An inexpensive advertisement on one of our state or county pages may help you make your business better known to just the specific audience whom you are trying to reach. If you would like to consider this, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how we can best create a win/win situation.
In future newsletters we hope to keep you advised (in the stats section) of the success of this project. Of course, if we succeed in raising enough to replace the equipment or software we need -- we may be jumping up and down with joy in this section!
Red Face Report:
In the last newsletter we made the following statement: "We recently passed the quarter million mark for the number of visits which have now been made to the website!" Well ... turns out that was a really embarrassing dyslexic senior moment.
It goes something like this -- "You mean 225,000 is not a quarter of a million?" Duh. But ... NOW we have passed that milestone!
The New York Times
February 19, 2002
... "Dr. Horn
Click on the link above to read the
The POORHOUSE STORY -- Newsletter 13
December 24, 2001
"This is an amusing 1863 newspaper blurb!"
January 5, 1863
REMARKABLE MARRIAGE -
By reference to the marriage notices in our columns this morning, it will be seen that a rather remarkable marriage is reported to have taken place in Pittsford not long ago; the happy bride and bridegroom being respectively 67 and 54 years of age, and both town paupers. The reason, says our informant, given by the overseer of the poor for this proceeding is that he was crowded for room and gained the use of an apartment by the operation. Our informant further suggests that as a matter of economy it might be well for other towns to follow this example.
SMITH-MILLINGTON - In Pittsford, October 1, 1862, by M.C. Bogue Esq., assisted by R.R. Drake, Esq., Titus Smith and Mary Millington, both town paupers, the bridegroom being 54 and the bride 67 years of age.
Table of STATISTICS and NEW ITEMS ADDED to The PHS Website
|E-mail Subscribers to
as of 12/24/2001 -- 693
as of 02/24/2002 -- 721 (28 new)
Visits to The POORHOUSE STORY
(recent mainstream newspaper articles)
More and more frequently lately, we are being consulted by newspaper reporters wishing to obtain background information for articles they are writing about their own local poorhouse issues. We will share these with you & hope you will give us a "heads up" when you spot such material in the media.
NOTE: Unfortunately most of these articles, when
they are even included on the on-line edition of the paper, are only
kept on-line for a limited period of time. Please let us know if the
links here are not currently working. Some
of these papers require that you subscribe to their on-line edition in
order to be able to access the articles; the subscription may be free or
very nominal in price. PHL
(based on readers submissions)
We are delighted to have finally obtained (through the generosity of OCGS) an intact copy of a set of the original Rules & Regulations of a county poorhouse! It seems likely that these were similar for all of the counties in New York at that time
& REGULATIONS --
Orange County NY -- 1831
Wouldn't you know it!
"Showing the Number of Paupers in the State,
On another page by Linda Ogborn --
There are over 4000 on this list
from public records of the
Pauper's in the "Poor House" in Delaware County."
Linda Ogborn, September 6, 1998
This lady should get a trophy! What a huge work! PHL
|This is a very exemplary
to pay tribute to those who are buried in Potter's Fields or Poorhouse Cemeteries. This community has gone the extra mile and researched the names of those who had no names recorded on their gravestones -- and included that on the plaque at the entrance.
|Here is a wonderful Photo
Album of the DeKalb County IL Cemetery
This was both a poorhouse cemetery and what is often called a "Potter's Field" -- a cemetery for the burial of indigent people -- often transients to the community.
|We are delighted to share a
wonderful article which was written by Don
Darling ... who spent some of his childhood on the Dickinson County Poor
Farm, where his grandfather was the superintendent.
It is a great read!
A great website article
about the history of social services for the poor in North Dakota.
Food for the hungry, shelter for the
|Jackie Corr has written a piece of creative non-fiction (and if you don't know what that term means, just click to see a wonderful example) which uses the vehicle of an imaginary interview with the author, Charles Dickens, to present some thoughtful insight into the history of the Silver Bow County Poor Farm in Butte MT.||
Don't miss ...
A NEW YEARS TALE: The Charles Dickens Interview
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH --
February 11, 2002, Monday
Recent DISCOVERY OF REMAINS from
the POOR FARM CEMETERY in Meade County SD
(for what was allowed to be done in the past)
Here is a wonderful Photo
Album of the DeKalb County [Illinois] Cemetery
|HONORED STATES||current||Illinois now has a table of separate county pages.|
|IN||Jay / Vigo|
(only a link; could not get consent to copy)
|NY||Cattaraugus / Erie / Putnam / Tompkins|
|OH||Athens / Henry / Lucas / Pickaway / Preble / Union|
|WI||Columbia / Jefferson / Milwaukee (2)|
|Notes: from Readers/Local/Historical|
|CO||Adams / Arapahoe / Denver|
|MD||Talbot / Worcester|
|MT||Silver Bow / Park|
|NJ||Camden / Gloucester|
|NY||Erie / Greene / Monroe / Montgomery|
|TX||Galveston / Gonzales / Grayson / Waller / Wise|
|WV||Mercer / Monroe|
1852 -- 1898
WPA Interview with Matron
Poorhouse Rules &
Regulations -- 1831
Yates Report (1823)
/ El Paso / Galveston / Hill / Kaufman
Navarro / Parker / Wise
|NY||Delaware / Queens / Tompkins / Wayne|
|A record book from the Cairo Almshouse covering the period 1887-1905||NY||Greene|
|Cemetery Lists (or notes)|
|NY||Delaware / Erie / Putnam|
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)