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Caption: Seneca County Infirmary, Tiffin, Ohio.

       Submitted by Stephen J. Hartzell   stevehartzell@friendlynet.com 

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June 30, 2004

These cemetery photos belonged to my father, George R. Steinmetz, who was a Seneca County Commissioner at the time.  A man by the name of Ernie Miller became Superintendent of the home in 1953, and it was then that he brought the deplorable condition of this cemetery to the attention of the County Commissioners.  

I can remember my dad saying that no one, not even the poorest, should have their grave and those of many others run down and abandoned.  He and the other Commissioners decided to clean up the mess.

He said that attempts to mow it were frustrated because so many graves had sunken in. (Very early burials used rough wood boxes and they eventually rotted and collapsed the graves.) Mr. Miller turned sheep loose and they pretty much cleared the area.  Then graves were leveled up, the area reseeded and gravestones straightened.  This was accomplished in 1953-54.  The photos and years involved in restoring this cemetery were confirmed by his son, Don. Miller.

Dick Steinmetz     das7z@bright.net

 

See CEMETERY section below to view the wonderful photos.   PHL



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RECORDS:

WPA   Inventory

OHS Microfilm


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:

 

 

PHOTOS FROM 1953-1954

BEFORE

AFTER

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It's wonderful to see these neglected cemeteries restored.  Good Work!  PHL


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