This poor farm was closed 40 years later in February 1939. It had become an expensive drain on the county's budget. The 92 acres and buildings were sold in 1941 for $1,900.
1892 Investigation
            There are no voices now to speak for the paupers, of their lives and times; how life was on the poor farms, how the paupers were treated. Were they treated like human beings with dignity and respect, or was it with indifference and less than minimum care?
           After the poor farm east of Dover was closed in 1885 and the paupers committed to the "keeper of the poor" -- how were their lives and treatment then?
          Something must have appeared very wrong at one time for in 1892 an investigation was launched against the then "keeper of the poor." The case, titled "In the Matter of the Investigation of the Poor House" and styled "State of Arkansas vs. F.M. Taylor," was heard in Pope County Court in October 1892.
          No record of the specific allegations against Taylor have been uncovered yet in old county records. There is no transcript of testimony from the 18 witnesses, or a list of which ones testified for the prosecution and which ones for the defense. Then County Judge G.W. Berryman presided over the County Court hearing. He ruled that the allegations weren't supported by the evidence and dismissed the case. The names of the 18 witnesses are listed in the County Court Record Book with the judge's order to pay $1 in county script to each of the 18 as a witness fee.
         Pope County Court Record Book I, Pages 409 and 410, October 20, 1892:
         "In the matter of the investigation of poor house ... State of Arkansas use of Pope County vs. F.M. Taylor .... and the court having heard the testimony for plaintiff and defendant, the court is of the opinion that the charges are not well founded and doth find for the defendant. It is ordered and adjudged that this cause be dismissed at plaintiff's cost and the court doth allow the following claims as cost in the above case."

          S.H. Rye, deputy sheriff fees, $12.60; 18 witnesses to receive $1 each -- Jacob A.J. Vaughn (keeper of the poor in 1890 and a son of Edward Vaughn who bought the poor farm property in 1885); Maggie Vaughn (probably wife of Jacob A.J. Vaughn); Ed Vaughn (possibly the Edward Vaughn who bought the poor farm property for $100 in 1885); H.L. Bowers (keeper of the poor in 1891 and 1894); Mrs. Will Halley, A.D. Lindon (Linton), Ida Landers, M. Taylor, E. Taylor, J.W. Donnelly, A.J. White, Mrs. Will Hicks, Mrs. Dave Worthen,


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