Oct. 7, 1881 -- Mrs. Caroline Tinsley declared a
pauper and Mr. Campbell ordered to deliver said Mrs. Tinsley to the poor house
Oct. 7, 1891 -- G.A. Gideon brings Emeline Morris before the court and she is declared a pauper. Gideon is ordered to deliver Morris to H.L. Bowers, the keeper of the paupers.
March 28, 1892 -- Peter Huggler receives $60 for burying a pauper.
March 29, 1892 -- Ephaim Stinnett, "unable to work and earn a living by manual labor," is declared a pauper and ordered delivered to the poor house keeper.
January 1893 -- Mary E. Hampton, 3, and Cleveland Hampton, 5, abandoned by their father two years prior, are declared paupers and are to be "clothed, maintained and otherwise supported by the County of Pope."
Jan. 16, 1894 -- Anna McLaren is declared a pauper and ordered delivered to the poor house keeper.
Oct. 2, 1894 -- G.W. Berryman, county judge, reports 11 paupers supported by the county at a charge of $6.75 per head (per month).
THE FIRST POOR FARM -- 1876-1885
County Record Book F Page 326 -- Jan. 22, 1876 --
"In the matter of the Poor House Commissioners -- It is ordered by the
court that said commissioners (H.S. Maddux, W.L.D. Ewing and J.C. Bonds) have
until Thursday, the third day of February 1876 to file their report." The
order was signed by County Judge Frank Thatch. He died in 1878 and was succeeded
by R.B. Wilson.
The 1870 Pope County census shows Harry S. Maddux (age 48, born in Illinois) and his wife and 10 children living in Illinois Township. J. Clark Bonds (age 32, born in Arkansas), his wife, five children and a laborer living in Dover Township. William L.D. Ewing (age 31, born in Arkansas), wife and four children lived in Gumlog Township.
County Record Book F, Page 330 -- Feb. 4, 1876 -- "Your poor house commissioners have selected the East Half of the Southwest Part of Section 31 Township 9 North Range 19 West containing 80 acres now owned by J.H. Baker -- 30 acres of which lands are now cleared and in good state of cultivation, and a good log house with one large room and a kitchen and entry and also a good log barn on the same and several good fruit trees and a spring also. Said land can