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OHIO POORHOUSE HISTORY by county


PERSONAL NOTES FROM READERS:

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LOCAL NOTES:

"The first hospital in Central Ohio was Franklin County’s "Poor House" which was mandated by Ohio Legislation on March 8, 1831.  The poor house was originally located on a farm at the fork of the Olentangy and Scioto Rivers, three miles from Columbus.  

In 1839 the Poor House moved to a new facility on the west side of King Avenue, one mile west of High Street.  An average of 45 patients were seen annually by 1849.  

In 1847, City Hospital was erected on the southeast corner of the Poor House grounds.  This hospital served persons infected with contagious diseases.  An act of legislature in March 1850 changed the name of all Ohio Poor Houses to "County Infirmaries."  

On December 1, 1869, the county commissioners purchased 150 acres on the west side of the Olentangy River, two miles north of the State House, one mile west of High Street for the New County Infirmary.  It consisted of a central administrative section and two distinct parts for male and female patients, with a kitchen in the basement, two dining rooms on the second floor, and a chapel on the third floor.  The fire proof building was equipped with steam heat and gas lights."  

[The above is from http://bones.med.ohio-state.edu/heritage/hospitals/ ]

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RECORDS:

WPA   Inventory

OHS Microfilm


Note: For every county in Ohio it would be a good idea to check the statewide resources listed below.     PHL

We have found so many infirmary/poorhouse records for Ohio that we have created a special page for the references -- which will be found in a table alphabetized by county.
(WPA) INVENTORIES OF THE COUNTY ARCHIVES OF OHIO -- 
EXCERPTS RELATED TO POORHOUSE (INFIRMARY) HOLDINGS 

During the 1930's and 1940's the Work Projects Administration (WPA) began the process of inventorying County Archives of Ohio. Those which inventoried infirmary records have been transcribed and links are here posted on a table
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CEMETERIES:

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We are hoping to build this base of information about the poorhouse in FRANKLIN county through the helpful participation of readers. All are requested to submit items of interest by sending e-mail to The Poorhouse Lady.

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