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Re: poor farm cemetery
Posted by: Marc Houseman (ID *****9127) Date: December 04, 2007 at 12:52:49
In Reply to: Re: poor farm cemetery by LouAnn Kepner of 632

No, there wasn't actually a hospital there. The poor farm was a place where folks were sent when there was no one able (or willing) to care for them. Often, it was elderly people without family. Sometimes, the people were insane and families simply didn't know how to care for them. If they were, or became, dangerously insane, they were usually sent on to one of the state institutions such as the one at Fulton. The only catch was, that the people had to be able to do some sort of farm-like work in order to stay there. They only exception was for those in a completely disable or dying condition. The inmates planted crops and tended animals on the farm. Health care was provided by a doctor, but on a limited basis. The county actually paid a set amount of money monthly for the care of each inmate. Normally there were between a dozen and two dozen inmates at any given time.

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