house in which the poor farm residents (termed inmates) were to live.
            The 50 acres was three miles east of Russellville. That area is now inside the present city limits of Russellville and the poor farm property located along what is now the Tyler Road of today. Another 37 acres was bought in 1904 in the same general area.
            Only one building remains to show where the poor farm once was -- a long field stone building on the west side of Tyler Road was the residence of the poor farm inmates. In the years since the 1939 closing of the poor farm the residential building has undergone several renovations and now houses a church.
            On Jan. 21, 1899, the commissioners reported another $557.17 in expenses for such things as livestock, farm equipment, clothing, food and firewood. The total spent was $2,376.30.
            The three commissioners received $3 each per day from the county as pay for their work. In addition, Henry sold a pair of mules to the county for $135 for the poor farm; Baird sold four loads of wood for $6, and Brown received $101.53 for one cow, one sow and five pigs, corn, hay and cotton seed.
            Gideon Trigg (G.T.) Brown was appointed as the first superintendent of the poor farm. His wife, Sarah B., was the matron. The Browns served until sometime in the 1910s. The 1920 Pope County census shows Matthew D. Hanks (or Hankins) and wife, Julia A., as superintedent and matron.
            In 1923 County Court records listed J.M. Harris as poor farm superintendent. His salary was listed as $375 for the third quarter of 1923. Harris' son and daughter-in-law, Leonard and Ava Harris, moved to the poor farm after their marriage and worked there for three years in the 1920s.
            A 1938 report about the poor farm by the Justice of the Peace committee composed of W.J. Grant, S.E. Teeter and H.P. Hudson says:
            "Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery are keepers of the home, are pleasant, accommodating people, and seem to take great interest in the home and inmates."
            The report said there were 12 inmates in the home, "none bedfast but not able to do any work except maybe look after themselves." The report also said the residence building with 21 rooms was "well kept and in good repair." However, the hay barn was "badly in need of a new roof."
             The report noted the poor farm had produced 200 to 250 bushels of corn during the year and four or five bales of good meadow hay. There were three head of work stock on the farm, four milch cows ("with the prospect of plenty of milk for the home this


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