INVENTORY OF THE
COUNTY ARCHIVES OF OHIO
Excerpts of portions dealing with Infirmary (poorhouse) Records
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|Housing, Care, and Accessibility of the Records|
office is near the front entrance of the county home building, located
near Chauncey on state highway 31. The
room is well lit and well ventilated.
The records are all kept in bound volumes, most of which are in
good condition. However,
bindings and paper of some of the others are in very bad condition.
All of them are kept in the superintendent’s desk.
Accommodations for those wishing access to the records are
|Superintendent of the County Home|
The Athens county poorhouse was established in 1857 by the county
commissioners, acting under authority granted them by the legislative act
of 1816 which gave them the power to purchase land and construct
poorhouses in which to care for the county’s indigent.
By the same act the commissioners were authorized to appoint
annually a board of seven directors which was authorized to make rules and
regulations for the management of the institution and to appoint a
superintendent. Accordingly, in 1857, the county commissioners purchased a
farm of one hundred and forty seven acres in Dover township near Chauncey.
The old farm buildings were remodeled and used for the purposes of
the home until they were destroyed by fire in 1903.
Temporary quarters were constructed for use until the modern
buildings, now in use, were completed.
present plant, built at a cost of $45,496.43 and having a capacity of one
hundred and fifty inmates, is very well planned and equipped.
The institution is maintained at low cost to the taxpayers of the
county because of its efficient management and also because of the policy
of “self-help” employed to encourage a feeling of self-respect on the
part of the inmates.
While old age pensions and other forms of social aid have reduced the
number of inmates, approximately fifty are cared for by the institution at
present. Mr. Bert Daugherty
|Superintendent of the County Home -- Journal and Register|
(County Home) JOURNAL, 1857-1929 2 vols.
INFIRMARY REGISTER, 1857--.
3 vols. (two
|Superintendent of the County Home -- Business Administration of Office|
LEDGER, 1896 -- .
INFIRMARY ACCOUNTS, 1898-1907
RECORD OF EXPENDITURES AND RECEIPTS,
1907--. 2 vols.
ACCOUNT WITH COUNTIES, 1888-1900.
|County Commissioners -- Journals and Reports|
COMMISSIONERS’ JOURNAL, 1805--, 36 vols.
INDEX TO COMMISSIONERS’ JOURNAL,
1877--, 5 vols. (one unlettered, B, C, C, E).
INFIRMARY REPORTS AND VOUCHERS,
1872-1905, 30 file boxes (labeled by years).
ANNUAL REPORT OF THE COUNTY HOME OF ATHENS COUNTY, TO THE DIVISION
OF CHARITIES DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WELFARE,
1930--, 1 file box (labeled County Home).
|Roster of County Officials|
|Infirmary Directors* pages 240 & 241|
Ziba Lindley 1859-1862
Henry Brown 1861-1864
|excerpted and transcribed by: Peggy Laird -- Jan 2001|
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