the Poorhouse Story


The 1913 newspaper article about removing bodies from the cemetery on the old County Farm (scroll to bottom of this page for link) indicates that at that time there was (or recently had been) a poorhouse on property "on Jones Avenue"   which was up for sale.  There was the intent to build a new poorhouse on property already purchased which was "9 miles from San Antonio."  We hope to soon learn more specifics about the locations of these two facilities.
[9/23/2003  PHL ]

the Poorhouse Story

I am searching for records about a County Poor House named on an 1889 City of San Antonio Texas map.  The home is off of Rock Quarry Road as the maps states.  That road is now N. St. Mary's Street.  Brackenridge Park, Japanese Sunken Gardens, and the Alamo Portland and Roman Cement Company (a rock quarry which operated in the same area 1880 - 1908) were all located off of this very important street.  I grew up on Pastores Street -- just behind this old home structure .  After some very extensive family history research at the San Antonio Library,  I was able to locate Pastores Street in a 1915 city directory.  My grandparents are from Mexico and started to reside on Pastores Avenue (formerly Avenita Diaz ) about 1920. (That date is my best guess, but I'm not sure.)  

This Bexar County Poor House is listed on the 1885-86 San Antonio City Directory with an address shown as:
"West Side Rock Quarry road, nr N. city limits, J.A. Smith, supt [superintendent]."

     Maryann Ramos 
the Poorhouse Story


the Poorhouse Story

"Will Remove Bodies From County Farm" ( newspaper article from July 27, 1913 San Antonio Light )

the Poorhouse Story

We are hoping to build this base of information about the poorhouse in BEXAR county through the helpful participation of readers. All are requested to submit items of interest by sending e-mail to The Poorhouse Lady.

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