Oklahoma Poorhouse
the Poorhouse Story



Here is the Oklahoma excerpt   from a U.S. Government REPORT 
summarizing various state poor laws in 1904. .
Click on the links above for more information.

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"My great grand father Alvin W. Hair died in the County home in Enid, Garfield Co., Oklahoma and I believe people called it the Poor folks home. I received his death certificate that proved he did die there. Hope this helps the Oklahoma Poor Farm page."
     Janet "Silks" Rowan   JRRowan@aol.com 

"John Jefferson Nelson died on the Poor Farm in Bristow, Creek County, Oklahoma. Does anyone know where a tombstone would be located or where records could be found to be searched?"
     Jane Collins Ulrich   janec@ldd.net

"I am from Anadarko, Caddo Co., OK and lived in a former poorfarm house in the latter 1950s, about 4 miles east of Anadarko. The house was at this time a large 13 bedroom, large kitchen, dining room, full basement spacious hallway separating rooms, full length covered porch, huge bell on top of house and surprisingly his & hers outhouses. Several large barns, a creek and farm land with plenty of room for vegetable gardens or whatever. The house was later somehow dismantled into several different sections and moved into Anadarko as residential homes." 
     JL Smith.... ttjims@aol.com 

the Poorhouse Story

the Poorhouse Story

the Poorhouse Story


        Karen Wise has a wonderful webpage which is titled:
   "A Census Guide To Oklahoma's Poor Farms, Orphanages, Sanitariums and Institutions"

In this guide she lists the place in the respective census reports to find the poor farm
listings for many, many counties from the 1900 through 1930 census reports.

It is interesting that she found only 2 for 1900; 17 for 1920; and 23 for 1930.
Note: She indicates that this may not be a totally comprehensive list
because in some census reports the enumerator may have 
failed to indicate a poor farm under institutions.



the Poorhouse Story

the Poorhouse Story

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