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Re: County Farm
Posted by: Sophia D. (ID *****4943) Date: July 06, 2010 at 10:51:46
In Reply to: County Farm by Barbara J Schwartz of 7408

Hi Barb,

I did some reading of old newspapers to try to understand this County Farm. It appears to me that it was a place for elderly people who did not have the financial means to live independently. I gather that it was a government-run charity. It seems the County Farm also had wards, some of which were for insane patients, but that does not seem to have been the primary function of the place. Anyway, if you're interested in doing some reading for yourself, this website is free: and you can select the newspaper the "Los Angeles Herald" and even limit the timeframe of your search by date. For example, in the "select a date range" I put 01/01/1900 to 12/31/1922, and in the search box next to "with the phrase" I used "county farm" as my search term. You will see actual newspaper images (you have to magnify them). Let me know if you need additional explanation on how to use the site.

Regarding your question of a burial site, how disappointing that no cemetery was listed on the death certificate. Some death certificates distinguish between the remains being "buried" versus "removed". Anything like that on your gg grandmother's certificate?

Best regards,

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