If the only prayer you
would say in your whole life is "Thank you," that would
Since my last newsletter closed with
my departure for vacation, I guess I should open this one
with a vacation report.
[Note: You can always scroll down past all the fru-fru -- and go directly to the nitty-gritties -- like recent additions, etc.]
with my dose of Grandma Moses reminding me that we are never "too
old" to start anything new (yesss!)
For some reason ... I can't
seem to get this section going right now.
Two things you can be thankful you are not doing for the holidays!
Table of STATISTICS and NEW ITEMS ADDED to The PHS Website
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|MEET THE PRESS|
Poorhouse History was the topic ...
on the radio again!
November 14th, host Lee Fielding on "North Jersey's Talking" WGHT (1500) highlighted poorhouse history in an attempt to help the community better understand what the poorhouse really represented. The program airs from Pompton Lakes, Passaic County, New Jersey. At issue was the controversy in Hudson County about how to deal with an abandoned cemetery in which were buried some 3500+ people from the local poorhouse, a mental hospital, and a jail.
Jeanne Summerton Spangler (who grew up in a NJ poorhouse where her parents -- and before them, her grandparents -- were the Superintendent & Matron) was interviewed. Also interviewed were Patrick Andriani, whose immigrant grandfather was buried in the graveyard; and Bill T Hastings, who is circulating a petition and has created a clearinghouse website about the issue and is also a descendant of someone interred there.
The program could be heard only live (in "real time") on the internet. [This station does not yet archive programs online for later listening.] But we sent out a special notice to those of you on the e-mail list to receive this newsletter.
was early, verrrry early. Especially for those of us who live in
Texas and are not morning people! <yawn>
carried the article
for which we hope to gain permission to copy soon
by Tom Dalton
This was an interview
with PHL and William La Moy, librarian,
(based on readers submissions)
We've gone international!
Check out our page for
The Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD) on-line has microfilmed many important poorhouse records, and they have also listed on their website many other records which they have in their holdings. But the most exciting news is that they have provided an on-line searchable name index to several of the Almshouse Registers!!!
This time they have outdone themselves!
has recently added an on-line searchable name index for Morgan County
Poor Farm records.
time they have abstracted and transcribed many details from each of these
records. Also included are wonderful graphics and much information
|Here is a fascinating and rather extensive article about the history of the Dallas County Iowa poor farm. It is an eight page PDF file entitled "Historic Interpretation of Institutional Management." While it focuses in great detail on Dallas County, it also includes statistics and some historical information about the 20th century fate of poor farms in other Iowa counties. [This was apparently part of a project of students and faculty at Iowa State University who have been studying and using data from the General Land Office. We are uncertain about the date of publication. ]|
Hudson County NJ
Dutchess County NY
Ginny Buechele is working hard as an advocate for retaining the history of the poorhouse and for the preservation of it's cemetery and records. She is documenting the effort on her website. But we recently got her latest updates. They include: (1) a resolution which the county executive and legislators recently passed; (2) an offer by Professor Brian G. McAdoo of the Vassar College Department of Geology & Geography to volunteer the services of his 2003 Fall Semester Advanced Geophysics class to conduct a geophysical survey at the Potter’s Field Site similar in scope to the project they recently performed in Ulster County to research that poorhouse cemetery; (3) confirmation of the probability that the poorhouse records are in the custody of a private historical repository; and (4) the creation of a list of volunteers who may be needed to assist with future clean-up efforts for the cemetery.
For more information please click on the link to NEWS ALERTS and scroll down a little.
|IL||Kane / McDonough / Warren|
|NY||Fulton / Ulster|
|Notes from Readers / Local/Historical Notes|
|IA||Jackson / Jones / Mitchell / Polk /
Note: added excerpt of poor law summary 1904 report
|NC||Note: added excerpt of poor law summary 1904 report|
|NJ||Essex / Sussex / Union|
|VA||Norfolk / Princess Anne|
|MA||Essex (Salem records returned to Peabody-Essex Museum)|
|Historical Memorabilia||None added recently|
|See Featured Article section above
for information about searchable name index
|Cemetery Lists (or notes)|
|Note of Thanks: She's done it
Our thanks to Brenda
Fleming for having updated the Cemetery Pages --
Here's Brenda smiling about turning in her
| obituary of first inmate of
the Warren County Poorhouse in Illinois
|See the information above and on NEWS ALERTS page -- includes 3500+ burial list||NJ||Hudson|
Resident lists from CENSUS
(new material or off-site links to the web)
|The Poorhouse in Literature||
More Than A Roof:
By Ethel McClure
Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul 1968
(currently out of
print; but available from many sources
REVIEW by PHL
STATE ARCHIVES Holdings
|new||Illinois ... again.
They outdid themselves this time! (See Article Above)
|Thanks for your continued support.
(aka=The Poorhouse Lady)