Postcards for Clarion
County Home, Sligo, Pa.
on either the B/W
or color postcards above & right to enlarge.
"1898--Voters approved a proposal to build a county poorhouse."
"1903--The County Commissioners bought the G. V. Curll farm for $71 an acre, for use as
the County Poor Farm."
"1927--Clarion County paid off the last of its 1903 bonds for building the Poor Farm. The
original debt was $90,000.
all of the above quotes from
from the NEW OWNERS !!!
From the owners of
the Clarion poor farm.
The Clarion poor farm
was built in 1898 and was an 800 acre working farm for
the poor and outcast. This farm was totally self
sufficient., everyone on the farm had some kind of
In you happen to be in a
wheelchair you might help inside by peeling potatoes
or doing anything you were capable of doing. Other
then raising chickens and pigs this farm had a full
running dairy which produced milk, cheese and meat.
Fruit trees and vegetable gardens were also raised for
food. Some of this food products would be used to
barter for other goods that the farm needed. And this
would be done mostly in the local community.
The building is built
from brick, in fact the walls have three rows of brick
making up the walls. The three rows gives the building
its thermal values as in the winter, the inside row of
bricks will heat from your heat source "Fire
place" and keep the heat within the first row.
The second row of bricks acts as a barrier between the
inside bricks and the out side bricks. And in the
summer time the out side bricks will heat up leaving
the inside bricks nice and cool. Donít need AC.
The inside will be 10 to 15* cooler then the outside
temps. All the floors are cast concrete 1 ft thick
with big steel I-beams every 15 feet. The place is
built like Fort knox.
In the old red photo you
can make out where the main house and the right wing
come together on the roof you can see that, in 1898
that they had installed skylights for natural light.
This I did not know in till I was under the left wing
in the assess tunnel that leads under the main left
wing and found this old five pane window unit. At the
time I thought it might have went to a porch roof. But
the more I looked at it, I thought to myself that this
must be a skylight! The skylight is made of copper and
has leaded glass in a zig zag design in it. I would
like to have them reinstalled. But thatís another
The main house in front
was the superintendents home. It has three living
rooms on the first floor. Three bedrooms on the second
floor with an bathroom and a reading room. Each room
in the house has its own fire place. Sometime in the
early 1900ís a third story was added to the main
house adding four more bedrooms to the main house .The
left wing was the womenís side and the right wing
was the menís side. Your right no hankey pankey
here. Thereís a big kitchen in the back not shown in
the old photos. With a big walk-in pantry. It also has
what I believe to be four office rooms and one
bathroom also in the back.
We still have a lot of
research to do and finding new things about this
place. And theirs so much more to tell, but that will
be in the next update.
We plan to register are
place as an Historical Institution with the Federal
God Bless all of you!
I am so excited to hear of your
purchase and your plans for the old poor farm! I
will be delighted to share any and all news, records,
photos, etc. on The POORHOUSE STORY website.
This is what the website is all about!
Congratulations and thanks for taking on the job of
preserving that poorhouse history. PHL
here to see the "BEFORE"
[Well, they are
before the current restoration but after the old photos
above. The roof had been changed, etc. PHL]
NOTES FROM READERS:
"Just saw the postcards
of the Clarion County Poor House, and it sure looks different
than it does now. In the first postcard, there is a small
building in the front left of the Poor House. That is the
Lonesome Stoney School House. It was still standing a few years
ago when my mother took a picture of it. The building looks the
same except for a chimney that was added to one end. My
Grandfather attended that school when he was only 4 years
old. "He had to go with his older brother since there wasn't anyone to
watch him. My great grandfather was the director (others have
referred to his post as the "caretaker") of the Poor House for 4
years around 1910. When he and his wife were busy at the Poor
House, no one could watch my grandfather, so that is why he went
to school when he was 4. Later, my great aunt was the school
teacher in the same school. Their names are Altman and
Sue Llewellyn email@example.com
County Almshouse -- 1910
Census (List of residents)
From the: Thirteenth Census of the United States: 1910
State of Pennsylvania/ County of Clarion/ Township of
Enumerator: James J. Neil/ Enumeration District: No. 22/
Supervisor's District: No. 18/ Date: 25 April 1910
and submitted by: Sue
whose great-grandfather was
the superintendent at the County
Home (as the family always called it) for four years,
sometime between 1900 and 1910. He was Oscar
Altman. His wife was Dora Altman and the boys were
John and Arthur Altman.
|We are hoping to build this
base of information about the poorhouse in CLARION county
through the helpful participation of readers. All are requested
to submit items of interest by sending e-mail
to The Poorhouse Lady.