County poorhouse' prepares to close its doors"
Painesville Township [Ohio]
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
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online archives of the paper ...
we have requested and are awaiting consent to publish
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|This is a sad
one. We sincerely hope that the community will
find a way to preserve this lovely building.
Dave Beashau [email@example.com
] wrote to tell us that the former poorhouse (infirmary) of Lake
County is still standing and operating as a county home for the
"It is a very majestic looking brick building. They still
have the farm on the premises as well. ... The metal bars on dirt
floors (in the basement) still exist."
Note: For every county in Ohio it would be a good idea to check
the statewide resources listed below.
|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.
"This Lake County home used to have a cemetery where
the salt bins are now, but there is no trace now. They also had a
section at Evergreen cemetery in Painesville. I suspect most of the
people at the infirmary burying ground were moved there after
Evergreen opened in 1860. There are very early records of
this home transcribed at Morley Library. The continuation of the
records are still at the home in the care of the
superintendent." Cynthia Turk firstname.lastname@example.org