about the removal of children from the Kanawha
Poorhouse in 1934.
submitted by Mabel Wilson Mabelwilsn@aol.com
Here is another of Linda Fluharty's GenWeb Pages -- Marshall County
Poorhouse", From History of the Pan-Handle, West Virginia, 1879;
page 382. PAUPERISM.
(supplemented with photographs from George & Janet Jones)
The following listing -- "Alderson, Joseph A. 1 Feb. 1851 300
acres on gap on Second Creek joining the Poorhouse Plantation"
-- clearly establishes that there was indeed a poorhouse in the county
at that time and may help pinpoint the location. PHL
Records of Monroe County, West Virginia (GenWeb site)
"My mother-in-law grew up in Elm Grove, Ohio County,
West Virginia and purchased a book which she gave my husband for Christmas one
year. The title of the book is "Elm Grove A History In Pictures"
Research by Jack & Barbara Maynard. Copyright 1999 by Creative
Impressions Studio Keeping History Alive
On page 13 in this book is the exact photo of the postcard you have on your
web page without the caption! Here is what it says about the photo: "1888 - A nice view of Elm
Grove. At the left is the first Junior Avenue Bridge. At the left
in the distance is the first Elm Grove School. In the distance on the
hill is the Stone Church and Cemetery. In the center is the Ohio County
Infirmary which was later converted into the first Bridge Street School.
This photograph was taken from about where the present day Dorothy Avenue is
At the top of page 37 is a closeup photograph of the infirmary with the
following written about it: "The Ohio County Infirmary, located on Junior
Avenue in the same field that Bridge Street Junior High School sits today.
The Infirmary was for T. B. patients, when the sanitarium was moved to Roney's
Point. The infirmary was used as the first Bridge Street School."
The second photo on page 37 shows part of the back of the building when it was
used as a school. The information reads: "This photo shows the
other side of the old infirmary after it was converted into the first Bridge
Street School. In the back row, 7th from the right is Bernice Crider.
Her married name is Bernice Crider Stauffer Ellis. At 90 years of age,
she still lives at 2208 Marshall Avenue."
I thought you might be interested in knowing that these photos exist and
verifying that the postcard you have IS INDEED of Elm Grove, West Virginia."
This one is a MUST READ!
Linda Fluharty LCFlu@aol.com host
Pleasants County WVGenWeb Page
obtained permission from Goldenseal and the author to post the full text and
pictures from the article cited above --" A
Home for the Homeless: Remembering the Pleasants County Poor
Farm." This is a truly wonderful example of the emotional power of recorded
oral history, an interview with surviving personnel of the poorhouse. Linda put
this online from the hard copy provided by Thelma Wells West. (Hooray to both of
"The "Walnut Crest Lodge" Poorhouse and Cemetery are located in
the Kingwood District of Preston County, West Virginia. The Lodge
was built in 1877. It is built of red brick, has a slate roof and the
interior woodwork is all oak, including the three staircases. The
building is presently being used by the Preston County Board of Education for