INVENTORY OF THE COUNTY ARCHIVES OF
Excerpts of portions dealing with Infirmary (poorhouse) Records
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|Housing, Care, and Accessibility of the Records|
|Superintendent of the County Home. The records are kept in the office of the superintendent of the county home which is located on highway 140 approximately two and one-half miles west of Findlay, Ohio. The office is to the left of the main entrance and is the dispensary room of the institution. The records are filed in an orderly manner. p. 55|
|Superintendent of the County Home|
| On May 2, 1867 the commissioners of Hancock County
purchased about 225 acres of land for a county infirmary farm, and March
7, 1868 the county commissioners awarded a contract for the construction
of a brick infirmary building for the sum of $12,393. The next year a
contract was awarded for the construction of a building at the home to be
used for the housing of the insane. This contract was for the sum of
$3,370.50. A brick addition to the infirmary was constructed in 1880.
An order from the state fire marshal dated January 19, 1915, directed that the old infirmary building be razed as it was unsafe and unsanitary. The county commissioners passed a resolution to submit to the voters of Hancock County, at a special election to be held May 1, 1915, a bond issue for $100,000 to provide funds to finance the erection of a new county infirmary building.
A building commission was appointed May 7, 1915. This commission awarded a contract for the construction of a new brick infirmary building for the sum of $90,058. On September 20, 1918, the infirmary building commission reported the building as completed, and they were discharged by the common pleas judge.
"The infirmary farm has proven to be of good oil producing qualities and for several years, the entire expense of the Hancock County Home has been paid from the income from oil." In 1937 the farm returned about $20 per acre and produced all the meats, poultry, eggs, and milk for use of the home. The farm now contains 250 acres. The number of inmates averages 80 and the per capita cost of maintenance and operation is $320.55. p. 273 & 274
|Minutes; Case Records; Financial Records|
585. JOURNAL, INFIRMARY, 1907-12. 1 vol.
Original case histories of inmates of county home, showing name of inmate, birthplace, date of birth, sex, legal residence, date admitted, nativity, race, names of father, mother and children, remarks, and record of physician's examination and attendance on inmate. Arr. Alph. by names of inmates. No index. Hdw. on p. f. 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 c 9. County home dispensary.
587. RECORD OF INMATES, 1878--. 4 vols. (1-3; one unlabeled).
588. REPORTS TO COMMISSIONERS AND DIVISION OF CHARITIES,
1906--. 1 f. d.
589. RECEIPTS AND EXPENDITURES, 1887-1924. 3 vols. Title varies: Record, 1887-1910, 2 vols. Discontinued. Record of receipts, showing date received, from what source, for what, amount, and total; itemized expenditures, showing date and amount expended, for what, to whom due, and total. Arr. chron. by dates received and expended. No index. Hdw. on ruled paper. Aver. 172 pp. 14 x 9 x 2. Superintendent's office.
590. DAILY RECORD OF MOVEMENT OF POPULATION,
1904--. 1 f. d.
|excerpted and transcribed by: Linda Crannell (PHL) -- Dec 2000|
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