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|Have a Happy Labor Day!|
compassion is more than flinging a coin at a beggar;
Here's a story those of you who know me or who have heard my poorhouse presentations may appreciate. Dan Gunderson, the producer of the wonderful poorhouse radio documentary described below, was gracious enough to ask, "And would you be interested in writing a commentary of 200-300 words that could be posted on our web site? I'm thinking of something re: why you think Poorhouse history is important."
Would I ?! Ha! My son nearly rolled on the floor laughing when I told him about the request. He said he only hoped Dan had a lot of red pencils. (Meaning, of course, that once I get started on that topic I can't stop.) I hate it when he laughs at me -- and he's right. The first draft was 800 words!
Well, Dan didn't have to do too much editing after I finished gnashing my teeth (and my own red pencils) to distill my passion for poorhouse history down to a few choice words. So I will let the article serve as my "Reflections" for this issue of the newsletter. (Hey! I'm going on vacation next week. I deserve a rest. And I need to take shortcuts to get ready.)
Have a great Labor Day weekend!
Recently The New
York Times has carried a couple of articles criticizing the new
practice of housing the homeless in an old jail.
[Honest. I do not make these things up! PHL ]
August 12, 2002, Monday
The doors of the former jail, the Bronx House of Detention for Men, just south of Yankee Stadium on River Avenue, were thrown open last night to homeless families who had gone to seek shelter at the city's only homeless intake center, the Emergency Assistance Unit, which is a few blocks away on 151st Street. ... "
In 1896 Theodore Roosevelt (then
Commission of Police for NYC) forbade the lodging of paupers in
police station houses and effected the change of the law of the city
to remove the clause giving care of vagrants to the police.
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|MEET THE PRESS|
the MPR radio documentary has come and gone
WAIT! It's not entirely gone!
RealPlayer is required to hear the audio tape.
Note: The tape link on the
documentary website does not include the Q & A
hear the documentary
Be sure to check out all the sidebars and links!
These audio tapes are presented here in RealPlayer
format. If you do not have RealPlayer, click this logo to go to
their website to download the necessary software. The
"Basic" version of the software is free and all that you need.
It is not necessary to purchase the "Plus" version.
You will have to look closely to find the Basic version, but it is
Click on the upper right link where it says
"Free RealOne Player" PHL
We find clues about: community health
From the CLERK'S BOOK
received from the State Board of Charities
for a non-resident (born in Nova Scotia) -- who had lived
in Salem for 12 years but was never naturalized and had paid
no taxes -- who is ill.
And much much more!
(from material submitted by readers)
FAMILY PHOTO ALBUM
Especially if you love those old-timey photos!
Submitted by: Guess who!
Remember Corine's Christmas Letter ?
(We didnít create them;
we just show them!)
really proud of our good friend, Richard Wilson.
And so is his community! See the certificate he was awarded by
the Washington County Board of Supervisors -- commending Richard for his work and offering support for the the publication of his wonderful book listing ALL of the people known to have died at the Washington County (NY) Poorhouse.
This is where it all started for me. And
I will be visiting there next week and hope to get an autographed copy
of the book which should be hot off the presses then! PHL
DEATHS AT THE
COMPILED AND EDITED BY
|NEWS ALERTS||TWO VERY GOOD NEWS ITEMS!|
County Wisconsin --
Northview Cemetery Park (formerly Pauper's Cemetery)
This community has done something really admirable by creating beautiful memorials with the names of those known to be buried there inscribed on the memorial stones!
<<< click to enlarge (with photos of the stones)
COLUMBIA County Pennsylvania
... thanks to the efforts of Eagle Scout Ben James ... has
cleared and dedicated their old poorhouse cemetery and erected
this memorial where the names of most of the interred are sadly
not yet known. But there is an ongoing project to research the
identity of these people.
You can read about it at this wonderful website.
Kudos to the "Kids"!
|Of interest to researchers
in NEW YORK State
On the New York State page we have posted
|Notes: from Readers/Local/Historical|
Don't miss these!
... and so it began >>>>>>>
|KY||Monroe [terms of hire for a new Keeper in 1903]|
|KY||Monroe [1872 announcement
requiring all paupers --
except the blind -- to report to poorhouse]
|Cemetery Lists (or notes)|
|MI||Shiawassee (with photos)|
|NY||Albany (cemetery list completed!)|
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)