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The caption below reads: Marion County Infirmary  Marion, Ohio.

 
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Copied from Jacoby's History of Marion County, Ohio

THE MARION COUNTY INFIRMARY

The paupers of the county were taken care of by their respective townships until 1852, when the county established an Infirmary just north of Marion. It consisted of a small tract of ground and several log buildings. In 1869 these ancient structures burned down, and the commissioners then purchased 130 acres on the Claridon road, two and a half miles east of Marion, to which have since been added 100 acres more.

The first superintendent of the new Infirmary was Daniel Lawrence, who served in that capacity from 1871 to 1885, when he was succeeded by John Hogan. Mr. Hogan served until April 1, 1900 since which time William F. Hurr, the present superintendent, has managed the institution.

The last annual report gave the inmates received during the year as 151 and the expenses of the institution for year as $8,949.23, and for outside relief as $7,342.26. The value of the farm, buildings, stock, machinery and equipment is not far from $50,000. The average number of inmates last year was 82, but at present (December, 1906) the number of inmates is reduced to 60.

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Marion Ohio Poor House  
[The above website contains two files which are extracted from the Marion County Ohio Poorhouse / Infirmary records. They include all admissions from 1856, the opening of the poorhouse, through 1888. The entries include date of event (admission, leaving, death, birth), name, age, township, and comments.(Both files contain the same information -- just the order is different.) The Poor House records have been microfilmed and are available (on film #1869488) through your local LDS Family History Library. The original record books are in the Ohio Historical Society Library,  located at 1985 Velma Avenue, Columbus, OH]

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