NOTES FROM READERS:
"I am interested in information on the
poorhouse in Harrison County, Missouri. My grandfather was born in
Missouri, Harrison County. In my research, I found my g-grandmother listed
in the poorhouse there. I was hoping to find some information on her from
their records there. Thanks for your time." Beatrice L. Shibley
"Would anyone be able to tell me where or how to find
information on the Jackson County, Missouri poor farm? My great
grandfather died there in 1907. The J.C. historical society had a few
newspaper articles, but really didn't know how to go about finding
" My great great grandmother was in a county farm
(known as the poor farm) in our area. It was in Ashley [Pike
County] Mo. and known as the County Farm. There was some tombstones but
a farmer bought the land and destroyed it all. Was hoping I could find
information on this place." Christine J.
"I never heard of a 'poor house' in our county, until I began
researching family history 3 or 4 years ago. My mother, now 80, revealed that my
paternal great grandfather had died in the [Shannon County] 'County
Farm' as it was apparently called, which was located in the Eminence
township, apparently just east of Main Street behind the row of shops now
opposite the Courthouse. He is said to be buried in an unmarked
grave in the Summer Cemetery at Ink (Shannon County). Given the circumstances, I
would speculate that others who died at the County Farm are also buried
Ron Burnett firstname.lastname@example.org
"My Great Grandfather William Clark Ray was the manager
of the Worth County Poor Farm in or about 1900, My records show that he
lived at or near Denver, Mo. Does anyone have any information on this poor
farm, pictures, facts, etc. I would sure like to have some information on
Pastor Jim Ray RevJRay@aol.com
Willie Daly Scrapbook web site includes images from some collector
stamps which show poorhouse pictures from the St. Louis area.
from the on-line version of the "History of Buchanan
County and the City of St Joseph and
Chapter XV: Public and Private Charities Pages 133-137
"The poorhouse for
Callaway County, Missouri was located approximately 1/4 mile West of
Ham's Prairie on Hwy 'C' and approximately 1/4 mile South on Poorfarm Road.
38º 45' 52"N Latitude 91º 55' 33"W Longitude (38.76444ºN
91.92583ºW), NAD27, 827 ft elevation. It was located in NW1/4 of NW1/4
Sec15 Twn46N Rng09W and was comprised of approximately 320 acres. The poorfarm
was closed for good in the 1950's and there are no buildings remaining at the
Wayne Johnson email@example.com
Missouri USGenWeb Project information
about Franklin County Poor Farm.
about the Howell
County Poor Farm
near West Plains, Missouri.
It was taken from the local newspaper (The Quill ) on May
went to the 1876 and 1898 indexes to the Jefferson County atlases and lo
and behold found County Farm listed in both of them.
Why didn't I think of that sooner???
The county map shows the farm to be in Township 40 North, Range 3 East,
Section 5. It is slightly southwest
of Hillsboro and Highway B runs
right through it today. (To be sure, it
was news to me that we had a "Poor Farm" in Jefferson County!)
Betty Olson firstname.lastname@example.org
good pastor of the Presbyterian church in DeSoto [ Jefferson County] and his Woman's Christian
Temperance Union decided one November afternoon in 1896 to visit the poor
'inmates' at this institution!"
Charlotte Maness CManess@Lescom.org
[This refers to "A
Crying Shame": an open letter which describes very deplorable
conditions. PHL ]
Vicki Allen email@example.com
typed and submitted an excerpt
from The History of Laclede County, Missouri which tells about the county
"Laclede county will continue with its present county farm,
the poorest in the entire state of Missouri, according to last week's
Laclede County Republican; unless the county court makes new plans for the
holding of a special election to vote on a bond issue for purchasing a
county farm and building a poorhouse." (``The Conway Weekly Record,''
January 5, 1922)
found at http://www.llion.org/conway/jan1.html
"The Miller County Mo. County Farm for aged and unfortunate
people was built in 1930 , 2.5 miles southeast of Tuscumbia on Hwy
"My great-grandparents ran a poor farm in Clearmont, Nodaway County,
Missouri. The family tends to call it a nursing home and only accede that
it was a poorhouse when pressed. The house was burned down by the fire
department years ago."
(See Link to Photo above.)
WIGenWeb-Rock County coordinator, Lori Niemuth
NOTE: There apparently was also at one time another poorhouse for
Nodaway County, but this one was in Maryville. PHL (See Link
to Photo above.)
"In Stoddard County, We have a
poor farm. The building is now being used for a Home Care Facility under
private ownership, but is essentially the same as when it was built. The
farm was about 160 acres and they attempted to raise everything they ate.
There is a paupers cemetery. [See Cemetery section below.] We have a list of interments, but there is
only one stone. That part of the farm is still owned by the County. We
are putting together a group of people to clean up and fence the paupers
cemetery and erect a monument with the names of all the interees.
In the last few years, the County has given a
portion of that tract of land to the Stars and
Stripes Museum/Library. The first Military Stars and Stripes was printed
in Bloomfield in 1861 by Illinois soldiers. The Veterans Cemetery will
be built on 70 acres of the old county farm property."
"For What it's worth, St. Louis Co. Mo. Poorhouse
was located in the town of Allenton, St. Louis Co.Mo. on old Hwy. 66 now I-44,
Six Flags Over Mid-America is located on a portion of the property, Now part of
the city of Eureka, St. Louis Co. Mo. Oh, part of one of the old stone
buildings, is a part of a Fancy Ritize Motel, Ain't life amazing."
Special Note: In the State Constitution of Missouri we found the
following in Article VIII SUFFRAGE AND ELECTIONS
"Section 6. For the purpose of voting, no person shall be
deemed to have gained or lost a residence by reason of his presence or absence
while engaged in the civil or military service of this state or of the United
States, or in the navigation of the high seas or the waters of the state or of
the United States, or while a student of any institution of learning, or kept in
a poorhouse or other asylum at public expense, or confined in public
- "ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE HISTORY OF ST. LOUIS, A COMPENDIUM OF HISTORY
AND BIOGRAPHY FOR READY REFERENCE (1899), was edited by William Hyde and
Howard L. Conard. It was published by the Southern Publishing Company of New
York and Louisville, Kentucky. Copies of this four-volume book set are
available at the following St. Louis Public Library locations: Baden,
Library Stacks, and St.
Louis Area Studies Center (Central Library). (Call Number 977.866
- Significant names and topics have been indexed by volume and then
Missouri- St. Louis ---------------------- II-1010
- [We found the above entry at http://www.slpl.lib.mo.us/libsrc/hyde2.htm#P
It could be very helpful to researches who come to The POORHOUSE STORY if
some kind reader out there in Missouri could consult that book and share
with us the information in that entry. PHL ]
"MISSOURI, OSAGE COUNTY, Osage County Poorhouse, MO 621, 0.5
mi. S of Linn, Linn vicinity, 98000038, LISTED, 2/13/98" [We
found this addition to the NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES at http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/listings/980220.htm
[Again, if anyone has further information about this poorhouse, we would
greatly appreciate its submission to The POORHOUSE STORY. PHL ]
NOTICE & CORRECTION (4/1/02)
|Previously we had published the list of people who died
while they were residents of the St. Louis Poorhouse
(1850-1908). It appears that we were in violation of copyright
laws in doing that. This is not the responsibility of the person who
submitted the information to us. We made an incorrect judgment
about whether our selection of a subset from an Ancestry.com
database was an
acceptable procedure for publication on our own website. Our
apologies to Ancestry.com and to the St.
Louis Genealogical Society PHL
|To find out who the people
were who died in this poorhouse, you will need to access the "St.
Louis City Death Records, 1850-1908" on the pay-for-use
Ancestry.com pages. This database includes the person's address.
If you query the database for "Poor House" you will get 2592
hits for people who died while they were poorhouse residents. The
majority do not have cemeteries listed, but many show they were buried
in "Potters Field", while some ended up in medical colleges.
Of course, if you are merely wanting to determine whether a specific
individual did indeed die in that poorhouse, you can simply enter
their name into that database.
"The original Jasper County poorhouse ledger can
be found at: Jasper County Records Annex, 125 N. Lincoln, Carthage MO 64836
417-359-1100 Steve Weldon is the Jasper county
Archivist. The original ledger is unindexed and I doubt that the archive staff
would search without a very good date."
Brenda Langston - McMinn firstname.lastname@example.org
Franklin County./Clerk. County Court records.
County Ward and pauper records. 1871-1939
List of Gentry
County Poorhouse Residents from the 1880 Census
of Stone County Poorhouse Residents from the 1920 Census on the
County Missouri MOGenWeb
List of Putnam
County Poorhouse Residents from the 1880 Census
List (partial) of Montgomery
County Almshouse & County Farm from the 1910 Census
about Registers of the Greene County Alms House
"1910 Federal Census 3 May 1910
Missouri, Cole County, Marion Township, Elston and Marion Road
Enumeration District #55, House #159/Family 163
Sheet #8A, Line 36 lists Herman PRENGER as Almshouse Keeper
and on Lines 45 through 51 lists 7 'inmates' under his care."
John T P Dryden email@example.com
"Register of Inmates at Poor Farm 1895 Webster
The above article may be found in the Summer 1990 issue of Ozar'kin
- a quarterly periodical of the Ozarks
See St. Louis Poorhouse Deaths above (in Records).
"The Jasper County poorhouse cemetery
is accessible by the first N/S road to the east (under the water tower), and has
only 1 modern stone dedicated to all who were buried there. (I have a picture of
it around here somewhere.... if I come across it, I'll send it along). My nieces
have told be of finding a "pile of headstones" in a wooded patch, not
far from this spot, but I haven't been out to check it out yet"
Brenda Langston - McMinn firstname.lastname@example.org
of those buried in the cemetery for the Cooper County Poorhouse on the Cooper
County Missouri GenWeb site for cemeteries.
of those buried from the Franklin County Poor Farm, etc.
of those buried in the Howell County Farm cemetery.
[This is a scan which may take a while to load.] See Photos
buried in the cemetery for the Stoddard County Poor Farm (County Home)
[This is a four page document which has been scanned. Those pages take a while
to load. Thanks for your patience.]
of those who died in the Harrison County poorhouse & description of
from the book, Harrison County Cemetery Records, published 1985, by the
Harrison County Genealogical Society.
See Notes From Readers (above) for information about possible burial
place for Shannon County.