Overseer's Report, Town of West Rutland, 1888 (year ending 2/1/1888)
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taxpayers of West Rutland,
In submitting you this report I ask from you a careful study of the same, feeling confident that I have performed my duties as your overseer to the best of my ability and judgement, and been ever anxious to curtail the running expenses of our new town.
The present winter has been exceptionally a severe one, which with the number of mills and quarries suspending operations, has largely increased the demand for aid.
I have drawn orders on your treasurer to date to the amount of $3,708.47. I have received and paid your treasurer, from all sources, $1,129.23 and there is still owning $72.15, making net amount of orders drawn for support of town poor $2,507.09. Of this amount, $2,077.68 was for aid to the outside poor, leaving total net expense of the poor farm and inmates $429.41.
In taking charge of the poor farm last March I found that there was insufficient fodder and grain to winter out the stock on the farm. This necessitated my purchasing quite a quantity of hay and grain as you will find itemized in this report. I had also to employ choppers almost immediately to supply the house with fuel as little remained on hand when I took charge.
In the matter of assisting outside poor, while refusing aid to many applicants who were not, in my judgement, in such needy circumstances as to render necessary their becoming a charge on the town, yet I have endeavored to act so that no one really deserving of aid has suffered and have made myself acquainted with their personal needs in every case. [Note: Outside poor refers to those who were given some assistance while living outside the poorhouse. PHL ]
In dispensing wood to outside poor I have, when possible to do so, purchased the wood from farmers in the vicinity, and delivered it with town farm team thus saving from $2.00 to $2.50 per cord on wood so delivered.
Such groceries and provision as were used at town farm I have brought principally at wholesale, thereby saving considerably on the retail prices.
I believe all bills are paid to date and I have a detailed account of all orders drawn on the treasurer by me and vouchers for same, all of which are open at all times for inspection to all taxpayers of the town, who are cordially invited to examine the same by your obedient servant.
Mathew Quinlan, Overseer of Poor,
Names and Ages of Inmates of Poorhouse
Patrick Coffee 87
Ann Gordon belongs to town of Rutland for whose keeping said town of Rutland is indebted to town of West Rutland. Said town of Rutland is indebted to town of West Rutland to date in the sum of $67.66 as reported elsewhere.
Names and Ages of those who have died at Poorhouse From March 1, 1887 up to date
Johanna Collins 86
Discharged from Poorhouse during same time
Although Johanna Collins died at the
poorhouse, her keeping and funeral expenses were paid from her personal
estate and not by the town.