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|
of the County Home. The county
home is located on the Flushing Bannock Road, which leads off from the
United States Route 40, about 3 miles west of St. Clairsville, Ohio.
It is a three-story brick building, which is said to be about 50
percent fireproof. The
records are kept in metal file boxes and on wooden shelves in the office
of the superintendent, a room 15 by 17 feet in dimensions.
The records are in very good condition, and the accommodations for
both officials and the public are adequate.
|Superintendent of the County Home|
commissioners of Belmont County on October 18, 1828, under the terms of
the act of 1816, purchased for $2,800 a 150 acre farm three miles west of
St. Clairsville, Ohio, for the purpose of providing a suitable home for
the indigent persons of the county. A
brick building standing on the farm was repaired and remodeled for the
first “poorhouse.” When
the institution became crowded in 1843, an addition was built at a cost of
$500. Persons suffering from
mental ailments who had been admitted to the “poorhouse” were moved to
separate quarters constructed in 1847.
From time to time improvements and repairs were made on the old
building until 1870 when a new four-story brick infirmary was erected on
the farm at a cost of $63,000.23.
RECORD OF INFIRMARY PATIENTS,
1878--, 2 vols., 1 f. b.
CASE RECORDS, 1873--. 22 f. b.
DAILY MOVEMENTS OF INMATES, 1931--.
2 f. b.
ANNUAL REPORT OF COUNTY HOME,
1931--, 10 reports (dated).
|County Commissioners -- Proceedings|
COMMISSIONERS’ JOURNAL, 1810-1827, 1833--. 33 vols. (three
vols., 1810--27, 1833-62,
unlabeled; thirty vols., 1862--, 1-30).
Record of meetings of the board of county commissioners, showing
date of meeting, roll call, and proceedings in all business
transactions, including appropriations for various funds, appointments of
county officials, orders for issue of vouchers in payment of bills and
claims, road petitions, annexation of property by hamlet, village, or
city, and action taken on requests by property owners for a review of
taxes and refund of excess amounts paid.
Also contains a record of discussion and action taken on proposed
buildings including courthouses, jails, children’s home, and infirmary,
contracts let for construction of same, fiscal reports of county
officials, establishment of miscellaneous relief agencies, registry of
officials’ bonds, petitions for incorporation of hamlets, villages, and
cities and authorization of purchase of machinery and other equipment for
road work. Arr. chron. by
dates of meetings. For index,
see entry 2. 1810-27,
1833-1919, hdw.; 1920--, typed.
COMMISSIONERS’ JOURNAL INFIRMARY, 1828-73, 1891--.
6 vols. Title varies: Infirmary Journal, 1828-73, 1891-1915, 4 vols.
Record of meetings of trustees of county home, showing date of
meeting, approval of bills for supplies and other expense for maintenance
of the home, and all business transacted in connection with the
institution. Also includes
annual inventories of property belonging to the home.
Prior to 1913 trustees were appointed to serve as infirmary
directors. Since 1913 the
county commissioners have served in this capacity.
Arr. chron. by dates of meetings.
No index. Hdw.
Aver. 240 pp. 16 x 12 x 2. 4
vols., 1828-73, 1891-1915, bmt. stg.; 1 vol., 1916-30, aud. pvt. ofc. no.
|County Commissioners -- Financial Records|
BELMONT COUNTY INFIRMARY CLASSIFIED RECEIPTS AND EXPENDITURES,
1829-53, 1908-23. 3 vols.
Classified list of weekly receipts and expenditures of the county
infirmary, showing date of transaction, amount received or spent, to whom
paid, for what purpose, and source of receipts, including proceeds from
sale of garden products, livestock, hides, wool, and other farm products.
Arr. chron. by dates of transactions.
No index. Hdw. Aver. 240 pp. 16
x 12 x 2. Bmt stg.
INFIRMARY REPORTS, 1904-14. 2
INFIRMARY REQUISITIONS. 1928--.
21 f. b.
|Auditor -- Fiscal Accounts|
INFIRMARY DIRECTOR BILL DOCKET,
1904--. 4 vols.
|excerpted and transcribed by: Peggy Laird -- Jan 2001|
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