The book described above
is featured on the TXGenWeb site for
It is excellent! And it is rare for Texas.
|In 1905 the Bell
County Commissioners required that a very detailed set
of books be kept by the managers or superintendent of
the county farm for the purpose of providing monthly
reports on the status of the facility. When the County
Home closed, the record book was saved. (See note
below.) Then, Janet Clayton Gardner discovered during
her own genealogical research that her
great-great-grandmother (whose personal history was very
elusive!) had spent the last years of her life in this
poorhouse. Subsequently, she felt compelled to
transcribe and publish these records to assist others
who might also be searching for family who had found
themselves in similar circumstances.
|NOTE: Needless to say, I
immediately recognized a kindred spirit!
Discovering that my great-great grandmother was taken
from a poorhouse as a child provided my own
for creating The POORHOUSE STORY website. PHL
This book includes an
extensive history, poignant photographs, interviews with people
their time living or working at the home. There are also
maps and an indexed
list of inmate
of Inmates of County Home, Bell County, Texas,
compiled by Janet Clayton Gardner.
Author Gardner, Janet Clayton.
Publisher Huntsville, Texas : J.C. Gardner, 1995.
Paging 98 leaves ; ill., port. ; 28 cm.