Otsego County Poorhouse
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YATES REPORT      1824 LAW      1857 REPORT EXPLANATION
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YATES REPORT:

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1824 LAW (required establishment of poorhouse vs. exempted):
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1857 INVESTIGATION:

This house is located near Cooperstown, and consists of several buildings of stone, one 24x60 feet, one 24x90 feet, & etc., furnishing twenty-four cells or rooms for the insane, and fifteen for the other paupers. The insane departments are ventilated, the others are not, but without any provision for bathing. The farm connected consists of 153 acres, and yields an annual revenue of $1,400. The number of inmates was eighty-six, forty-four males and forty-two females, of whom seventy-nine were native and seven foreign born, including sixteen children. The insane each occupy a small cell, the residue are placed from one to twelve in a single room. The sexes are partially separated by day, complete at night, and are all under the care of one keeper and his wife, who have charge of the family and the farm, assisted by the paupers. The keeper also purchases the supplies for the house. The superintendent provides and imposes rules regulating the diet, binds out the children when suitable places are found, and discharges the lunatics when cured. The house is supplied with Bibles, and religious services are held every Sabbath. The children are sent to the district school. A physician is employed, who attends when called upon, and receives one dollar for each visit. One birth the last year (illegitimate) and fifteen deaths. The average number supported in this house is ninety, fifty-four of whom have been brought here directly, and twenty-nine indirectly, from habits of inebriation.

Fifteen of the inmates are lunatics, five male and ten female, and all paupers; three have been received during the past year.

Four of the lunatics have been much improved; they have their liberty during the day, but are locked up at night. The only form of restraint is by locking in cells. The majority of the insane have been in this house from five to sixteen years. The construction of the house admits of the classification of the insane. They have no special attendants, and receive no special medical attention. Five of the inmates are idiots, two male and three female. The generally clean appearance of the house, and the order manifested everywhere, speak well for the sagacity of the superintendents in selecting a keeper.
Transcribed by PHS-Volunteer, Cheramie Breaux in Louisiana
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PERSONAL NOTES FROM READERS:

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LOCAL NOTES:

Here is a website with a scan of an 1836 Certificate of Removal  to transport a "lunatick" from the town of Burlington  to the Otsego County poorhouse, authorized by the town Overseer of the Poor 

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RECORDS:

Poorhouse INMATE REGISTRATION CERTIFICATES
Microfilm Series A1978  Roll Number(s) 167-168  more information
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CEMETERY:

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