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OHIO POORHOUSE HISTORY by county


In the Old Days! -- 1874

Now! -- 2001

Photographed (2001)and Submitted by Marie Chesbro rchesbro@froggernet.com 

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NEWSPAPER ARTICLES:

 

"Lake County poorhouse' prepares to close its doors

 from the Plain Dealer   Painesville Township [Ohio]
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
Michael Scott

Because we are uncertain how long this article will be available in the online archives of  the paper ...
we have requested and are awaiting consent to publish this article.       
For now ... you should be able to click on the article title above to read the online version.   PHL

This is a sad one.  We sincerely hope that the community will find a way to preserve this lovely building.  

 

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LOCAL NOTES:

Dave Beashau [dbeashau@ncweb.com ] wrote to tell us that the former poorhouse (infirmary) of Lake County is still standing and operating as a county home for the indigent.  "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."

 

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RECORDS:

WPA   Inventory

 


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:

"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  cynthia.turk@juno.com 

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We are hoping to build this base of information about the poorhouse in LAKE 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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