year"), six or seven dozen good chickens, and tools, mower, cultivator, planter, harrows and other small tools "all in good shape."
            Support of 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 warrants."
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.
            Hays Gibson 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.
            The county 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.
            Named as 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.
            County deed 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.


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