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The following is an excerpt from a U.S. Government REPORT summarizing various state poor laws in 1904. .
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"In the 1930s there was a "Poor Farm" outside of Mena, Ar. Actually it was in a place known as Potter. I visited my g-uncle there, and later went back to visit his grave. In trying to locate any information about the "farm" or his burial place now I have been told there is no information available. Were these people just placed there with no records being kept. I would think there would have to be some sort of records, even if only to support their financial expenditures. I do have his death certificate, but it only gives his place of burial as "Poor Farm." Does anyone know of this place?"
Ruby Martin

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When 'The Baron' taught school here
By John Adams

This article begins ...
DOWNEY-The man who called himself "The Baron" and threatened to steal most of Arizona with a fake land grant in the 1880s once worked as a school principal in Downey.

James Addison Reavis duped railroads and gold mines, and lived like a king until his adventurous scheme was unmasked. He served as a principal at Gallatin School for two years before he sprang his mega-scheme. Later, after six years in a Santa Fe prison, he returned to Downey where he raised vegetables and lived until 1913, often in the county poorhouse.

This fascinating article ... about one of the most fascinating poorhouse residents of whom we have ever read! ... may be found at 
(which is one of the stories from The PaperInk presents The Time Traveler As published in The Downey Eagle Downey, California, USA By John Adams at 
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