Kanawha County poor farm
|from Snapshots of the 20th Century: A
photographic look at the past 100 years in West Virginia
(the Charleston Gazette) By Rosalie Earle p 107
|Note: the Charleston Gazette on-line may be found at http://www.wvgazette.com/ However, this article is no longer available there. PHL|
|Nearly 100 children were removed from the Kanawha County
poor farm in the summer of 1934 after the Gazette found that
children were kept in the same unsanitary quarters as 200 adults.
"Bed bugs and other vermin crawl out of the crumbling old
walls ... to torment them at night.
Sick old men, nauseatingly inflicted with loathsome diseases,
come in personal contact with them by day.
The danger of horrible death by fire ... eternally hangs over
them," the Gazette reported. The
article got results. Within
two weeks, chil-
|dren from poor farms were taken to Putnam County to spend
the summer at the Salvation Army Camp, called Camp Kump.
Articles said the children were trained in behavior, health and
character building for placement in private homes. Built in 1895 to hold 75, the poor farm was on a 120-acre
site along the Kanawha River and W.Va. 25, just west of Dunbar In 1953,
it was converted to a work farm for jail inmates. (Photo from Charleston