purchased for $400 in U.S. Currency." (The purchase price was to be paid
April 15, 1877.)
The three commissioners were "ordered and empowered to purchase said land and take a bond for title from said J.H. Baker." The county clerk was ordered to "issue a warrant upon the treasury of said Pope County for the amount of said purchase money."
Records show Maddux received $16.50 and Ewing and Bonds $18 each for expenses as commissioners. They didn't receive actual cash -- the county clerk was ordered to issue county script in payment.
0n Nov. 21, 1885, Edward Vaughn bought the poor farm property for $100 at 5 percent yearly interest. The $105 payment was made Jan. 4, 1887, and a deed executed deeding the "County Poor House Property" to Vaughn's wife, Charlotte A. Vaughan.
The 1870 Pope County census shows James H. Baker, 28, living in Moreland Township with his family, a wife and daughter. His occupation was listed as "works on farm." At the time of the 1880 census the family was living in Dover Township (two children had been born since the 1870 census was taken). Baker's occupation was listed as retired merchant.
The Vaughns were listed in Dover Township in both the 1870 and 1880 census reports. In 1870 Vaughn (age 58, born in Virginia) and his wife, Charlotte A. (age 36, born in Tennessee), were living with seven children. In 1880 Vaughn and his wife had five children at home, including two born after the 1870 census was taken.
THE SECOND POOR FARM -- 1898-1939
The justices of the peace at the October 1897 County
Court meeting discussed but made no appropriation for a poor farm.
The County Court at its October 1898 term "deemed it expedient to establish a poor house" and County Judge William Thompson on Oct. 7, 1898, appointed three commissioners to buy land and erect and furnish buildings. The commissioners were W.H. Baird, S.A. Henry and G.T. Brown. The County Court appropriated $3,000. The Court directed the purchase of up to 120 acres of land not to exceed $2,000 in cost and buildings thereon not to exceed $1,000.
A.M. Gibson became county and probate judge in 1899. The poor house commissioners on Jan. 6, 1899, reported to the County Court expenses totaling $1,819.13. This included $825 to G.J. Gideon for 50 acres of land and $868.40 to Bryan and Wells for building the