the Poorhouse Story

the Poorhouse Story


     "My grandparents, Claude and Bessie Collins,  ran the county house in White county somewhere between the years of 1953 and 1955.   I remember it very clearly.  I am currently writing a book about this; and I would love to be able to go back and visit this house and see if it is as grand as I remember it to be. There was a big staircase going upstairs and it had at least 3 floors. The grounds were beautiful. I remember the patients ward was in the back of the kitchen. I have always wondered about the history of the county house, who built it and why and how it became the county house.
     Although I was happy there, I still remember a haunting feeling of sadness.  If I could only go back and see and visit that house I am sure it would be a most rewarding experience. I know there was great sadness there, and
I feel such empathy with those people.  I know there is a great story waiting to be written about that place and the brave people -- both those that ran it and those who were forced to be wards." 


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Poorhouse Residents from the 1850 Census, WHITE Co.

Reader's Letter containing list of Residents from the 1910 Census, WHITE Co.

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