INVENTORY OF THE
COUNTY ARCHIVES OF OHIO
Excerpts of portions dealing with Infirmary (poorhouse) Records
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|Superintendent of the County Home|
The Seneca County board of commissioners took up the question of
establishing an infirmary as early as June 7, 1841, but it was not until
March 18, 1854, that a decision was reached as to a site for the home.
The institution is located on State Route 100 , two and a half miles
south of Tiffin, Ohio. It's 251.96 acres represent three purchases of
farmland. For a time the original farm buildings were used. The first
new building erected was the main building of an every growing group of
useful structures. All are of brick except the barns, chicken houses,
and hog houses. An extensive remodeling program was undertaken in 1935
as a WPA project. The program included additions, remodeling,
redecorating, and general renovation. Included in
the project were fireproofing, heating, plumbing, electrical work,
waterproofing, and painting. The Seneca Home, at present, has a capacity
of 90 inmates. There are now domiciled within it's comfortable quarters
a total of 84 persons who call it their home.
All records are located in the superintendent's
office, county home, State Route 100, Tiffin, Ohio, unless otherwise
|Housing, Care, and Accessibility of the Records|
The institution is situated on state route 100, two and a half miles from Tiffin, Ohio. A few of the older records are located in the auditors vault. The other records are located in the superintendents office at the county home.
|County Commissioners -- Reports|
3. COMMISSIONERS' INFIRMARY JOURNAL, 1913-33. 1 Vol. (1). 1934-36 in
Commissioners' Journal, entry; 1 1937 in Journal County Home and
Tubercular Hospital, entry 4.
Minutes and record of proceedings of county commissioners organized as board of infirmary directors, consisting of copies of resolutions and motions proposed and acted on, record of bills and claims approved for payment, showing date and place of meeting, names of members present, record of yea and nay votes, names of creditors, amount of bill, for what, and voucher number. Arr. chron. by dates of meetings. Indexed alph. by names of creditors, principals of subjects. Typed. 600 pp. 18 X 12 X 3. State
For prior county home record, see entry 514
4. JOURNAL COUNTY HOME AND
TUBERCULAR HOSPITAL, 1937----. 1 Vol. (1).
9. REPORTS, COUNTY
HOME, 1913--. In County Home entry 25.
|Superintendent of the County Home -- Minutes and Reports; Case Records, Financial Records, Inventories|
(Minutes and Reports)
514. JOURNAL, 1900-1912. 1 Vol. Discontinued; board of
infirmary directors abolished.
515. DAILY MOVEMENT OF POPULATION, 1933---. 6 vols.
prior record missing.
516. REPORTS OF SUPERINTENDENT TO STATE DIVISION OF
CHARITIES, 1913-14, 1917---. 1. f. b.
517. RECORDS OF INMATES, 1856---. 3 Vols. (1-3).
or death. 1856- 81 . arr. chron. by dates of entries; 1881 arr. alph by names of inmates. 1856-81, indexed by names of inmates; 1881---, no index. Hdw. on form. Aver. 575 pp. 18 X 13 X 3.
518. CERTIFICATE OF INDIGENCY, 1900---. 1 f. b.
521. LEDGER, 1912-26 1 Vol.
522. DAY BOOK, 1886-1921. 4 Vols.
523. CASH BOOK, 1886- 1912. 6 Vols.
cash credit, total credit for year, number of meals served each year, and average monthly registration. Arr. 275 pp. 14 X 9 X 1 1/2. Aud. Vlt.
524. INVENTORY OF COUNTY INFIRMARY, 1904-23. 2 Vols.
|Roster of County Officials|
John Kerr 1856- 1858
(Resigned in August)
Daniel Brown 1856-1859
Jonas Hampshire 1858-1861
(Vice John Kerr)
Thomas Swander 1859-1861
George C. Christlip 1861-1865
Barney Zimmerman 1861-1868
(Resigned in January)
Harrison Noble 1866-1871
Eden Lease 1866-1871
Uriah P. Conrad 1868-1873
(Vice Barney Zimmerman)
Jesse Weirick 1872
(Died in December)
Peter Heafling 1872-1877
George W. Bachman 1873 (Appointed in January)
Charles Mutchler 1874-1876
John Britt 1874-1880 Lewis Spitler 1877-1882
George Hepler 1878-1882
(Resigned in May)
|George B. Acker
(Appointed in May)
Joseph E Magers 1881-1883
James Saunders 1883-1888
William H. Kline 1883-1888
Daniel Metzger 1884-1889
John Rheinbolt 1889-1894
William King 1889-1894
John Roller 1890-1895
Emanuel Fisher 1895
(Died in May)
Elmer Fisher 1895
(Appointed in May)
John L. Arnold 1895-1897
George R. Huss 1895-1897
James H. Bowser 1896-1899
vacant in September)
John Y. Gahris 1893-1903
John Krupp 1898-1903
Frank P. Sherman 1899
(Appointed in September)
Frank P. Sherman 1900-1904
James T. Williams 1904-1906
Daniel B. Crissel 1905-1907
David H. Good 1907-1909
John Staib 1907-1909
John R. Jewett 1910-1913
David Auble 1910-1913
|excerpted and transcribed by: Barbara Zerkel -- Jan 2001|
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