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|
All of the records of the county home are in the office of the
superintendent on the first floor of the institution, a two-story brick
building three miles southeast of Jackson on State Route 75. The records
are kept in a fireproof safe, and are in good condition. Accommodations
for the public are adequate.
|Superintendent of the County|
The Jackson county Home was
projected on June 3, 1872 ; when the county commissioners purchased for
$9,000.00 a 160-acres farm , three miles southeast of Jackson on State
Route 75. Construction of a three-story brick building with a capacity
for accommodation of 80 indigents was started early in 1873 and
completed in January 1874 at a cost of $16,000.00 . This building was
occupied until 1905 when it was condemned by the state inspector of
public buildings. It became
necessary to provide temporary quarters
for the inmates who were moved to a farm known as “The Maples” , two
miles from Jackson while a
new home was being built. In May 1906 , the commissioners passed a
resolution to levy a tax and issue bonds to the total
amount of $40,000.00 for the purpose of rebuilding the home on
the site of the old one. The new home, a two-story , 53” by 83”
brick building with a basement, was completed in 1907 and is
still in use.
In Jackson County the average number of
inmates in the home in 1939 was 40, and the per capita cost of operation
and maintenance was $ 222.19.
|Superintendent of the County Home -- Records|
254. Infirmary Records, 1877
-----. 1 vol.
255. Receipts of County Home, 1907 ----. 2 vols.
256. Records of Expenditures of County Home, 1907 ---- 2 vols.
|Roster of County Officials|
Joseph Rule 1874-1876
Washington S. Schellenger 1874-1877
Lawrence G. Dyson 1876-1879
Alexander F. McCasley 1877-1883
Stephen B. Dixon 1879-1885
Joseph Hale, Jr. 1883-1889
J. H. Harshbarger 1887-1890
John W. Horton 1889-1895
William B. Lewis 1890-1896
Daniel N. Griffith 1891-1898
Jerome Behm 1895-1902
James H. Webb 1896-1903
W. C. Wilmore 1902-1908
George S. Drummond 1903-1909
Samuel Conrad 1904-1911
William J. Jenkins 1909-1913
R. W. Drummond 1911-1913
W. W. Roberts 1911-1913
|excerpted and transcribed by: Carol Adkins -- Jan 2001|
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