six or seven dozen good chickens, and tools, mower, cultivator, planter, harrows
and other small tools "all in good shape."
the poor farm was a financial drain on the county. Records show the county spent
$1,937.24 for "support of the poor" in the first nine months of 1926.
On Nov. 7,
1938, the county and probate judge, M.L. Turnbow, in his report to the County
Court said: "If the Welfare Committee could be induced to provide a
sufficient amount with which to pay board for inmates in private homes .... the
county farm could be sold and the money used to pay on outstanding county
Poor Farm Is Closed
The farm was closed in early February 1939 by County Judge Hays Gibson,
grandson of Alexander McFaddin (A.M.) Gibson, county judge in 1899 when the poor
farm opened and he admitted the first inmates. A.M. Gibson's son, David A.,
served as county clerk and county sheriff. David's son, Hays, was circuit clerk
1935-38 and took office as county judge in 1939.
on Nov. 20, 1939, in his first annual report to members of the County Court
said: " .... a big factor in cutting down the expenditures of this fund
(county general) was the elimination of the county home .... your appropriation
of $2,500 last year for the county farm would hardly take care of all the
expenses of operating this home."
A story in
the Courier Democrat of Feb. 9, 1939, quoted Hays Gibson as saying the
closing of the poor farm would save the county more than $200 a month. Of the 14
residents when Gibson took office as county judge up to the time the poor farm
was closed, one had died, three left of their own accord, five were taken to the
State Hospital, four were placed in private homes and one was admitted to the
State Tuberculosis Sanitorium.
farm of 92 acres and buildings were appraised at $5,000. Personal property
listed included two mares ($200 value), four cows and one calf ($150 value),
poultry ($10 value), and farming tools. The livestock was sold through sealed
bids and Carl Jones bid and paid $193 for four Jersey cows, one Jersey heifer
calf and two bay mares.
county farm commissioners to sell the 92 acres were W.S. Bell, W.J. Grant, S.E.
Teeter, C.W. Morgan and O.T. Barnes.
records show the land was sold on Nov. 1, 1941, for $1,900 cash paid by T.H.
Abboud and Elnora Abboud. On Nov. 1, 1942, T.A. Abboud and Ina Abboud, his wife,
and Elnora Abboud, a single person, sold the land for $3,325 to Macie Tippin.