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"HOMES of the POOR"
|The following information and table was prepared from data extracted from pages 237-241
History of Hamilton and Clay Counties Nebraska
George L. Burr, Hamilton County
O. O. Buck, Clay County
Compiled by Dale P. Stough
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
(Original article reprinted from Omaha World Herald, October, 1920)
History of Nebraska
Homes of the Poor. These fifty-three counties having poor farms and indigent cared for on them consist of 10,175 acres, cultivated by the counties, or leased for agriculture or hayland and grazing. The valuation placed on this land by the officials is $2,153,300.
In addition to those cared for on county poor farms the various counties of the state assist in their homes a total of but fifty-three male and female partially indigent, they being supplied from special funds available for that purpose.
Many of the county poor farms have great, roomy homes on them, modernized and beautiful lawns, orchards and flowers.
That each county may have the benefit of its showing, following will be found an authentic report which I have just completed, the facts and figures being taken from the county records - from records that did not exist except in rare instances.
Remarkable Showings. Holt County has no county poor farm or building. When there are indigent that require assistance they are assisted from the general fund. O'Neill is the county seat.
Hitchcock County has no poor farm or building. There are no indigent in that county. The county seat is at Trenton.
Pawnee County has no poor farm. At present ten persons are being assisted from the general fund, four males and six females. The county seat is Pawnee City.
Gage County has a 160-acre poor farm, where nine males and three females are cared for. The farm is valued at $30,000. Beatrice is the county seat.
Wayne County has no poor farm and only one person assisted in the way of paying a part of the house rent. Wayne is the county seat.
Perkins County has a $12,000 poor farm of 160 acres, but it is not improved. There are about a dozen persons taken care of, in part or in full, in the county. Grant is the county seat.
Chase County has no poor farm or home and no indigent requiring assistance. Imperial is the county seat.
Grant County has no poor farm and only one person, male, who is assisted from time to time as requirements demand. Hyannis is the county seat.
Box Butte County, with Alliance the county seat, has a 320-acre poor farm, on which is a nine-room brick building. Three males are cared for on the farm, the value of which is $18,000.
Rock County has no poor farm or building. There are only two indigent that the county pays $16 per month for their keep in private families. Bassett is the county seat.
Furnas County hasn't any indigent. However, it has a 160-acre poor farm, valued at $15,000. The county seat is Beaver City.
Morrill County has no poor farm and no indigent. Bridgeport is the county seat.
Gosper County has a 320-acre poor farm, valued at $12,000, but no one to occupy it, as there are no indigent in that county. Ellwood is the county seat.
Saunders County, Wahoo county seat, has a 320-acre poor farm, valued at $96,000, on which are cared for ten males and two females.
Polk County, Osceola county seat, has a 200-acre poor farm, where are cared for two males and one female. The farm is valued at $45,000.
Boone County, Albion county seat, has a 160-acre poor farm, valued at $35,000.