NOTES FROM READERS:
"When I was a young man back in the 1920's there was a Poor House
(called a Poor Farm) in Johnson Co. AR on Highway 103 between Clarksville
and Harmony. I recall one poor old lady names Alberta who used to call out to
everyone passing in a car, wagon, buggy or walking."
Bill Mills email@example.com
"Uncle Dan" by Glenda Ramsey -- re:
Independence County Poorhouse
[This is a really poignant memoir regarding a much loved "un-official"
family member who was sent to the poorhouse...without the knowledge of
those who cared about him... and subsequently died there.]
How would I go about checking if there was a poorhouse in my area? I live
where several counties --Lawrence, Sharp, Randolph, Clay
-- meet; and would love to find out if there was a poor house near
: Sherry firstname.lastname@example.org
"My great grandparents ran the poorhouse in Craighead Co.
Arkansas, my grandmother was raised there with her sisters, and my mother
remembers playing with her cousins and the other children left at the
poorhouse...in fact, my mother's sister was born at the poorhouse....they called
it the "poorfarm", the county poorfarm where they raised a big garden,
had cows for milk and pigs, chickens, etc for food to feed the
"family". I have wanted to learn more about it, and now with this site
and the interest in such a place, I will and report back."
Ingrid Roades email@example.com
"In the 1930s there was a "Poor Farm" outside of Mena, Ar. --
actually it was in a place known as Potter. [Polk County] 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 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org