of the Board of Supervisors
County of Dutchess
related to the Dutchess County Poorhouse
|Submitted by: Ginny Buechele email@example.com|
|The following report of the inspection
of the Dutchess County Alms House, was read by the clerk:
NOTES OF INSPECTION OF THE DUTCHESS
COUNTY ALMS HOUSE, OAK SUMMIT, N.Y.
NOTES OF INSPECTION OF THE DUTCHESS
COUNTY ALMS HOUSE
I. THE BUILDINGS
|Capacity, 150 Estimated Value, $80,000
General Character and Condition: There
are four modern two story, attic, and basement brick
Recent Improvements Adopted on Recommendation of the State Board of Charities: None
Other Improvements: A new water main
has been laid from the upper reservoir. Some painting
Contemplated Improvements ordered by Supervisors or Committee: None
Heating: Steam from two low pressure boilers.
Lighting: Acetylene gas from Millbrook
Ventilation: Natural means. The air in several rooms is foul.
Water Supply: From spring fed
reservoirs at about 10 lbs. Pressure. There are also two wells
Bathing Facilities: 6 showers and a
tub for the men, 4 showers and a tub for women.
Laundry Appliances: Slate set tubs. A power laundry would set free labor for other needs.
Drainage: Tile Drains to a septic Tank.
Precautions Against Fire: 12 liquid
chemical extinguishers and 36 grenades.
Means of Escape in the Event of a
Fire: One fireproof interior stairway in each building.
II. THE FARM
|Number of Acres of Acres: 103
Estimated Value: $3,000
Number of Acres Cultivated: About 10 beside garden, pasture and meadow.
Adaptability of the farm: It is a fair dairy farm.
Principal Crops: Potatoes, about 1,000 Bushels; hay, vegetables.
Barns and Outbuildings: Old but
serviceable. The hog house is near the men's building
Dairy, and the Disposal of its
Products: 8 cows are now milked. Butter is made and bought.
Other Stock Kept: 4 horses, 25 swine, 50 hens.
III. THE CENSUS
|Number of Inmates: 73 Male, 20 Female,
Children Under Two Years Old with Mothers: 0 Male, 1 Female, Total 1
Other Children Under Two Years Old: 0 Male, 0 Female, Total 0
Children Between Two and Sixteen Years: 0 Male, 0 Female, Total 0
Number of Blind: 0 Male, 0 Female, Total 0
Number of Deaf Mutes: 0 Male, 1 Female, Total 1
Number of Feeble Minded: 2 Male, 1 Female, Total 3
Number of Idiots: 0 Male, 0 Female, Total 0
Number of Epileptics: 0 Male, 0 Female, Total 0
Number of Insane: 0 Male, 0 Female, Total 0
Number of Pensioners: 3 Male, 0 Female, Total 3
Number of Alien: 0 Male, 0 Female, Total 3
Persons Over Seventy Years Old: 33 Male, 10 Female, Total 43
Number of Tramps Entertained Since Last Inspection: 211
Means of Separation of the Sexes Indoors: Separate Quarters and Dining Rooms.
Means for Separation of the Sexes Outdoors: None
IV. CARE OF THE SICK
|Hospital Accommodations: None. The
front room of each dormitory building intended for hospital
purposes is not so used. The policy is to put each sic man in a room with a well one who is to take
care of the invalid. The various rooms at the time of the inspection contained about 9 men each, or
about 5 women. One old man lay, practically unconscious and apparently near death in such a room,
while in another room a Negro lay in a helpless condition, from whom, though he evidently received
frequent attention. The stench pervaded the whole room. As the only paid employees at the alms house
are the keeper and the matron, it is impossible for them to give any great amount of personal attention to
the sick with their other duties to perform. Those whose condition demands closer attention than the
alms house can afford are sent to the hospital in Matteawan, where they are cared for at the rate of
$5.00 per week.
Medical Services, By Whom Performed:
Dr. D. H. Mackenzie of Millbrook, calls twice a week,
Hospital Supplies, Diet, Medicine, etc., How Furnished: By the county.
Number of Paid Hospital Attendants: 0 Males, 0 Females, Total 0
|State Board of Charities Record of
Inmates: Not Kept. The Superintendent says he has not time to
keep it and that the Board of Supervisors will not furnish him with a Clerk.
Alms House Register of Inmates: Properly Kept.
Are County and Town Poor Distinguished?: No
State Board of Health Record of Vital Statistics: Kept with stubs on file.
Deaths Since Last Inspection: Males 6, Females 2, Total 8
Births Since Last Inspection: Males 0, Females 1, Total 1
VI. SALARIES, WAGES AND LABOR
|List of Officers and Employees of the
Institution, with their annual compensation:
I. P. Carman, Superintendent, $1,700
|Superintendent Carman, Keeper Howell
and the Matron accompanied the inspector. The premises
were found generally neat and clean. No signs of vermin were observed. Some slight lack of
constant and immediate attentions to toilets and invalids must be laid to the lack of sufficient competent
help for the conduct of so extensive a plant. Food supplies, as seen by the inspector, were stored in an
ordinary manner and of good quality. Dinner, served while the inspector was present, was well cooked,
excellent in quality and abundant in quantity. For the day: Breakfast; hash, bread, coffee. Dinner; pork
and beans, corned beef, bread, tea. Supper; bread and tea. The men's smoking and the women's sitting
and sewing rooms are poorly furnished, bare and unattractive. It seems that the best is being made by
both Superintendent and Keeper of the limited resources available.
|1. Improved Hospital Services
2. More Paid Help
3. Improved Laundry Machinery
4. Fire Escapes
5. Compliance with the law in regard to the State Board of Charities Record.