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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.
Minutes and proceedings of the board of infirmary directors, including resolutions, motions, orders, and other entries relative to administration of county home, showing date and place of meeting, names of members present, title and text of resolutions, motions, and orders; detailed semiannual report of home superintendent of receipts, disbursements, admissions, discharges, and deaths, showing year, date of report, period covered by report, receipts classified, showing from whom received, date and amount, expenditures itemized, showing date expended, for what, and amount, number of admissions, number of discharges, and number of deaths; statements of annual inventory of furnishings, equipment and livestock, showing year, date of statement, item, and number of each item; bills, showing name of creditor, amount, for what, and amount approved. Arr. chron. by dates of meetings. No index. Hdw. 450 pp. 18 x 12 x 2 1/2. Aud. vlt.
   For subsequent records, see entry 5.

Case Records

586. CASE HISTORIES, 1933--. 1 f. b.
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).
Record of admissions to county home, showing name, age, birthplace, and nativity of inmates, date admitted, sex, legal residence, date discharged, if deceased date of death, and place of interment. Arr. Alph. by names of inmates and chron. thereunder by dates admitted. No index. Hdw. on p. f. Aver. 100 pp. 14 x 9 x 1. 3 vols., 1878-1910, superintendent's ofc. vlt.; 1 vol., 1911--, county home dispensary.

                                                                 Financial Records

Duplicate copies of financial reports for the fiscal year from superintendent of the home to county commissioners and division of charities, department of public welfare, Columbus, Ohio, showing expenses for new equipment, structures, average cost per annum for each inmate, total amount spent last year and this year, general statistics covering inmates as to age, cause of pauperism, nativity, and physical and mental condition. Arr. chron. by dates of reports. No index. Hdw. on p. f.  19 x 11 x 20. County home dispensary.

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. 


Duplicate copies of reports to State Welfare Department, Columbus, Ohio, of daily movement of population, showing year, date of report, number on hand at beginning of day, number received during day, number males, females, total, average for month, number continuous present for entire month, number of deaths during month, number of persons received who were former inmates, males, females, and total.  Arr. chron. by dates of reports.  No index.  Hdw. on p. f. 19 x 11 x 20. County home dispensary.
                                                                                                                                    pp. 275 & 276

excerpted and transcribed by:  Linda Crannell (PHL)  -- Dec 2000
Note: Most of these inventories were heavily footnoted. We did not include the footnotes (which were usually references to other documents) here because we felt that this website is for general readers without a strong academic/legal need to see these footnotes. However, they are available upon specific request from researchers who e-mail us.

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