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Graham County Poor Farm

copied with permission of Graham County Historical Society

Read the historical essay at their website http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/Vines/5320/poor.html 
The original house still standing, although most of the other outbuildings have long since departed.

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HISTORY:

The following is an excerpt from a U.S. Government REPORT 
summarizing various state poor laws in 1904.  

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NOTES FROM READERS:

We are delighted to share a wonderful article which was written by Don Darling ... who spent some of his childhood on the Dickinson County Poor Farm, where his grandfather was the superintendent. 
It is a great read!  PHL


"I was told as a boy that my Grandmother was born in Anthony, KS. Her father disappeared and her mother and children ended up in the poorhouse. I have no idea where. Does any one know if there was a poorhouse in Harper County Kansas in middle to late 1890's ?
Any info would be appreciated."
     John Murnan
  murnan@bitwisesystems.com


http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~dalebrown/ElliottGuntleFamily/GuntleFamily.htm 
 
"The link above is a page with some history and  family that were superintendents of the county poor farm in Labette County  KS. As you will note the photo of the poor farm shows my wife's maternal grandparents and her mom."
    Paul Dale  pdale@sprynet.com 

[This is a great website! Paul's wife, Phyllis June Elliott's maternal grandfather was Superintendent of the Poor Farm from 1901 to 1922 and was married to a woman whose own father had been Superintendent of the same poor farm from 1885 to 1889. The site includes wonderful photographs...including one of the poor farm building itself  (which must have taken about 1907). PHL ]


Letter containing FRUSTRATING attempts to find poorhouse records for Reno County. 


The Kansas State Historical Society has told me that they have no references to the Sedgwick County Poor Farm in their holdings. The reason why I believe there was such a place is because I think I may have found my g-grandmother there in 1900. The 1900 US Census reference is Kansas, Sedgwick County, Gypsum Township, Enumeration District 262, Sheet Number 10a. She is listed on line 11 as Flora Foltz, and listed under the Name of Institution is "Sedgwick County Poor Farm". She is listed as an "inmate". As supporting information I found Flora's children, living with her parents in nearby Wichita City in 1900. 
     Teresa Olmsted     teresa.olmsted@ittrmi.com  


"I'm looking for information as to where people that lived at the Woodson County Kansas poor farm were buried. My gg uncle, Benjamin Kinnamon lived there, and died in 1911, but do not know where he is buried."
      Judy Mowery  jmowery@glasscity.net 

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LOCAL NOTES:

 

From "History of Cherokee County Kansas and its representative citizens",
ed. & comp. by Nathaniel Thompson Allison, 1904 - pp. 389-390
biographical sketch regarding  H. S. COON
Superintendent of the Cherokee County Poor Farm.  

Submitted by: Jerry McClure   jmac23@ipa.net   who wrote ...
The son (Hulbert Simeon Coon) of my g-g-grandfather (Florello Coon) 
was the superintendent of the "poorhouse" in Cherokee Co., KS, from 1899 until 1905.
His obituary says, "He was said to have been the first superintendent to make the 
institution self supporting, with a balance on the credit side."

JEWELL COUNY FARM photo

Notes on an eBay announcement about this postcard:
INTERESTING CARD. A PRIVATE MAILING CARD USED SOME YEARS LATER.  SIGN BELOW THE TWO,( ARE THESE PERCHERON'S ?) SAYS PROPERTY OF JEWELL CO FARM. THE NOTE ON THE BACK SAYS THAT THESE ARE THE HORSES AT THE POOR FARM AT MANKATO. MAILED AT ESBON, KANSAS, MAY 8, 1912. INTERESTING PIECE OF KANSAS HISTORY.


"November, 1882... Superintendent of the Poor, E. Brown"
     at http://www.ukans.edu/carrie/kancoll/books/cutler/lyon/lyon-co-p2.html 
     Lyon County history

"The County Poor Farm is situated one mile southwest of Emporia. It comprises eighty acres of land, and a substantial two story brick building, used as a Poor House. The entire property is valued at $6000. The farm is in the trustworthy charge of E. Brown, and the inmates are given all possible comforts."
     also at http://www.ukans.edu/carrie/kancoll/books/cutler/lyon/lyon-co-p2.html 
     Lyon County history


A short article concerning the Peabody (Marion County) Poor Farm, as transcribed from the 1901 Peabody News.

A short article on the recent history of both the Marion County Poor Farm buildings 
and the current owner. Marion County Record 1998 

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MISCELLANEOUS:

 

A Former Inmate of Morris County Home  

  This is an old studio portrait (photograph) which was titled:  Indian Haun.  It is a formal pose of a young man in dress clothing of the times. Written on the back of this old photograph:
Note: We would very much like to learn more of the life of this man. Thanks, PHL
We are delighted to thank the man who purchased this old photograph on eBay for generously offering to share it with us: Neil D. MacDonald, Toronto, Canada  http://www.macdonaldbooks.com/ 
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RECORDS:

 

11/07/2000 

In an attempt to document a group of Kansans that has gone largely unnoticed, 
the
Kansas State Historical Society is beginning an effort to borrow and microfilm records of KS County Poor Farms, particularly the inmate registers. 
We are hoping to gather a list of KS counties that still have records of their poor farms.
If your KS county had a poor farm and any records of the inmates still exist, please contact:

Mary Douglass, CGRS, 259 N. Kansas Ave., Salina, KS 67401-8515 
or e-mail: mdoug-hm@swbell.net 

 Thank you for your help!

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CEMETERIES:

 

Newspaper Articles -- BOURBON County Poor Farm  
Uniontown News      Friday, March 24, 1905       "The County Cemetery"
Uniontown News     May 24, 1905     "County Cemetery Again"  

 


http://skyways.lib.ks.us/kansas/genweb/pottawat/potcem9e.html#poor POOR FARM CEMETERY
(County Poor Farm, Old County Farm, Pottawatomie County Cemetery)

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We are hoping to build this base of information about poorhouses in KANSAS 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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