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BARRY COUNTY, MO
COUNTY FARM

Submitted by Darla Marbut and Donna Cooper


Ref: Newspapers were transcribed from State Historical Society of MO Microfilm - transcribed for the Haddock Family web site.

Ref: Goodspeed's History, published 1888, reprinted by Barry County Genealogical and Historical Society and is still available for sale.

Cemetery Folder


Barry County Almshouse Cemetery

Files Collection

Poor Farm Story - Published by Democrat

Early History of the County Farm & Photos - Submitted by: Jack Fly

Newspaper Item Submitted by: Diana Cope

Photo Collection

Photos to follow from the files of Darla Marbut

County Farm - Back Side

County Farm House - Contracted 1872

School Hill - View of House

Event or Published Item Resource Or Reference
Prior to 1867 the care for poor persons was entrusted by the judges to any householder who would support them at reasonable rates.
Goodspeed's History - Reprinted Edition, Page 46
In April 1867, Superintendent Moore was ordered to “look out” a suitable site for the poor house.
Goodspeed's History - Reprinted Edition, Page 46
In May 1872 Elisha D. Stubblefield was appointed agent to purchase a poor farm not to exceed forty acres in area or $1,000 in price. He reported having bought from John H. Moore 80 acres in Sections 33 and 34, Township 23, Range 27, for $1,000, in August 1872.
Goodspeed's History - Reprinted Edition, Page 46

In September 1872, E. D. Stubblefield was appointed agent to contract for building a house on the poor farm, of hewed logs, and have it completed by January 1873. In November the farm was leased to W. J. Cresswell for one year at $90 but this lease was rescinded the following month, and John W. Brattin was awarded the contract of keeping the poor people, at the rate of $5 per month each.

Goodspeed's History - Reprinted Edition, Page 46
W. N. Bates was the superintendent of the poor farm in 1874, receiving $7 per month for each poor person.
Goodspeed's History - Reprinted Edition, Page 46
In February 1875, John T. Homer (Horner?) succeed him, his bid being $5 each per month.
Goodspeed's History - Reprinted Edition, Page 46
In April 1875 John Raye, William Hubbert and James D. Wooten were appointed inspectors of poor farm and house.
Goodspeed's History - Reprinted Edition, Page 46
Dr. William Walker was appointed county physician in May 1875.
Goodspeed's History - Reprinted Edition, Page 46
Mr. Miles E. Finney Esq., informs us that Elisha Stubblefield let the job of getting boards to cover the poor house, at the lowest bidder, and that he got the same, by bidding one cent less per hundred than was bid by any other bidder, without specifying the amount per hundred. Mr. Stubblefield was commissioner of the poor farm, and fully understood what was meant by the lowest bid, and recognized the fact that when Mr. Finney bid one cent under any other bidder, that his was the cheapest bid, for the other bidder had bidden 40 cents per 100, and the lamented Stubblefield knew that one cent less meant 39 cents per hundred and gave the contract to Mr. Finney as aforesaid.
Cassville Democrat, Saturday January 22, 1876 - John Ray, Editor
R. R. McGuire, John Hessee and J. J. Wallen were commissioned inspectors of the poor farm in Oct 1877.

Higason King was appointed superintendent, by agreeing to pay $2.60 per acre for the farm, and accept $6 per month for the support of each poor person.

Goodspeed's History - Reprinted Edition, Page 46
B. F. Gabriel was appointed superintendent of the poor farm in October 1878, he paying $60 per annum rent and accepting $4.70 per month for each poor person.
Goodspeed's History - Reprinted Edition, Page 46
H. A. Surett succeeded Gabriel in 1880. [Commissioner]
Goodspeed's History - Reprinted Edition, Page 46
W. D. Manley, J. J. Wallen and W. C. Hawk were poor farm commissioners in 1880.
Goodspeed's History - Reprinted Edition, Page 46
337. 351. Henry Surrett, Self, Married, Male, White, 42, NC, Keeper Poor Farm, ___, ___
Susan Surrett, Wife, Married, Female, White, 30, MO, Keeping House, TN, TN
Georgia Ann Surrett, Dau, S, Female, White, 10, MO, At Home, NC, MO
Robt. Surrett, Son, S, Male, White, 9, MO, At Home, NC, MO
Ella Surrett, Dau, S, Female, White, 7, MO, At Home, NC, MO
Charlie Surrett, Son, S, Male, White, 5, MO, At Home, NC, MO
Harvey Surrett, Son, S, Male, White, 3, MO, At Home, NC, MO
Albert Surrett, Son, S, Male, White, 1, MO, At Home, NC, MO
1880 Flat Creek, Barry Co., MO Federal Census

Next door to the Poor Farm Keeper.

338. 352. Barbary Terry, Self, Widowed, Female, White, 92, NC, NC, VA [Pauper] [chills]
Wm. Terry, Pauper, Widowed, Male, White, 72, TN, NC, NC [Pauper] [Dead Palsey]
Sarah Tieg, Pauper, Widowed, Female, White, 57, MS, ___, GA [Pauper]
John McGuire, Self, Married, Male, White, 23, MO, Works on Farm, PA, ___
Susie McGuire, Wife, Married, Female, White, 19, TX, Keeping House, TN, IL

1880 Flat Creek, Barry Co., MO Federal Census
In 1881 R.. R. McGuire, W. Kirk and Albert Talbert were appointed commissioners of the poor farm; Clay Stubblefield was elected county surveyor and B. L. Evans, probate judge; W. O. Evans coroner.
Goodspeed's History - Reprinted Edition, Page 46
In Oct 1885 Dr., John Ray was appointed county physician, and A. J. Baker, J. J. Wallen and John Hessee were chosen poor farm commissioners, with Alfred King, Superintendent.
Goodspeed's History - Reprinted Edition, Page 46
In 1887 E. A. Frost succeeded Hessee.
Goodspeed's History - Reprinted Edition, Page 46
Old Grandma Johnson died at the poor farm Monday age 87? years. Mrs. Johnson was a well known and highly respected lady though adverse circumstances placed her on the pauper list five years ago. She was a sister of Silas May of near Purdy. The remains were laid to rest Tuesday in the Cassville Cemetery.
Cassville Republican, Thursday, Weekly Paper, March 10, 1892, Barry Co., MO

County Court Proceedings:

Third Day

Friday, Nov 11

Quarterly settlement of A. King and S. B., Felland: as superintendents of poor farm for $165.88 to Oct 31st, 1892.

John Ivey's account of $1.00 for digging grave for poor person. Allowed and warrant ordered issued.

S. B. Fenud's? bond as superintendent of poor farm approved.

Cassville Republican, Thursday, Weekly Paper, November 17, 1892, Barry Co., MO

County Court Proceedings:

Second Day

Tuesday, Dec 6, 1892

It is ordered by the court that the following amounts be allowed and warrants issued therefore:

Hudson & Hesse, account poor farm .75

J. M. Black, acc't poor farm, 5.75 ...

Cassville Republican, Thursday, Weekly Paper, December 29, 1892, Barry Co., MO
County Court Proceedings: Quarterly settlement of Filand, superintendent of the poor farm, approved and warrant for $205.85, ordered.

August 9, 1894, Thursday, Weekly Paper, Cassville Republican

Warrants Ordered:

Wm. Polson, poor person $5.00; Phaise Fabion, same 6.00 ...

Jasper Dalton, poor person 5.00 ...

Mrs. John Scott, care poor person, 7.00 ...

August 9, 1894, Thursday, Weekly Paper, Cassville Republican

Warrants Ordered:

Wm. Polson, poor person, $3.00

John Mills, burial of poor person, 17.50

A. J. Baker, services as poor farm commissioner, 10.00

Isaac Brock, same 10.00

W. D. Manley, same 10.00

October 4, 1894, Thursday, Weekly Paper, Cassville Republican
Horner News: Alfred King, who has charge of the poor farm, was visiting his sister, Mrs. Hall, Sunday.
August 19, 1897, Thursday, Cassville Republican, Barry Co., MO

John Shriver, an inmate at the poor farm died.

November 11, 1897, Thursday, Cassville Republican, Barry Co., MO
Solomon Brown's remains were removed from the county farm cemetery last week to the Cassville Cemetery.
September 27, 1902 Cassville Democrat, Weekly Barry County Paper, Cassville, MO

Warrants Drawn:

Mrs. Smith and daughter of near Butterfield, poor persons, 12.00; S. A. Henry of Mineral Springs, same 10.00; Willis Russell of near Butterfield, same 8.00; Ben Fields of near Butterfield, same, 10.00 ...

Frank Duffy, poor person, 5.00; Dr. Quinn waiting on poor, 10.00; W. A. Kinacy for deaf and dumb, 62.15; Mrs. White, poor person ...

August 26, 1905, Saturday, Cassville Democrat, Weekly Paper, Barry Co., MO
William Beaver serving a time in jail, with other prisoners, were taken out to the County Farm Thursday, to do some work, by Merton Meador, and while there, Beaver made his escape. The blood hounds, they say traced him quite a distance, and then it seemed that Beaver went straight up because he could not be traced. Some fellow suggested he crawled in a hole and pulled the hole in after him.
December 9, 1905, Saturday, Cassville Democrat, Weekly Paper, Barry Co., MO
Married, Jan 26, 1906, at C. & W. depot, by Rev. J. T. Brattin, Wm. Nelson of near Peirce [sic] City and Mrs. Harriett Barnes of near Cassville, Mrs. Nelson has been staying at the county farm for sometime.
February 3, 1906, Cassville Democrat, Saturday, Barry Co., MO
Chas. Williams ran away from the county farm but Superintendent Newman got him back. He is loosing his mind.
May 18, 1907, Saturday, Cassville Democrat, Barry Co., MO
The above given Charles Williams died at the County Farm Nov 27, 1929. Burial at County Farm. He was about 75 years old.
MO Archives - Death Certificate # 36246
Lizzie Bryant an inmate of the county farm fell in a fit, July 5th, and broke her right arm near her shoulder.
July 13, 1907, Saturday, Cassville Democrat, Barry Co., MO
Wm. Sampson, a crazy man, wandered away from his home near Shell Knob, Sunday night, he arrive at C. A. Morgan's resident east of town, who kept him over night and brought him to the county farm, Monday.
February 22, 1908, Saturday, Cassville Democrat, Barry Co., MO
Nute Sprager, an inmate of the county farm, was sent to Western Oklahoma, last week.
April 25, 1908, Saturday, Cassville Democrat, Barry Co., MO
Mrs. Schuman, a very old lady, at the county farm, who is believed walked off the front porch of the building, Tuesday, breaking her right ankle. She is over 70 years old.
May 23, 1908, Saturday, Cassville Democrat, Barry Co., MO
Mrs. Frederick Schuman died at the county farm and her death certificate reads that she was buried at the Poor Farm. She died Sept 20, 1911. She is buried next to her husband, Frederick, in Oakhill Cemetery.
MO Archives - Death Certificate # 30590
Mrs. Louise Card, wife of the late Jos. A. Card, died Jan 29, 1909, at Neodesha, Kan., and the remains were laid to rest in Monett. She was a daughter of Alfred Smith formerly of Monett, and who built the county farm building. Joseph Card was a son of the late Wm. Card of Monett who formerly resided in northeast part of this county.
February 13, 1909, Saturday, Cassville Democrat, Barry Co., MO
Sheriff Newman removed Byron Barker from the county farm to the Nevada Asylum Monday night; he had become dangerous. He also took Anna Spitzner of the northwest portion of the county to the asylum.
May 22, 1909, Saturday, Cassville Democrat, Barry Co., MO
Wm. Goins, an old man aged about 70 years, who has been staying in the Dry Hollow neighborhood was brought to Cassville Monday and was taken to the county farm, but not being a resident of this county was sent Tuesday to a brother, that resides near Fairland, Oklahoma.
July 3, 1909, Saturday, Cassville Democrat, Barry Co., MO
Mrs. Sarah Nivens died at the county farm Thursday evening of a larynaxl? trouble, aged about 65 years. She had been an invalid for several years. She is well connect? in the northwest part of this county. The remains were convey to Osa yesterday where they were interred.
October 9, 1909, Saturday, Cassville Democrat, Barry Co., MO
Sarah Nivens, an inmate at the county farm, died Thursday aged about 65 years. She had relatives near Osa and her remains were taken there for burial Friday.
October 14, 1909 Thursday, Cassville Republican, Barry Co., MO
Alfred King Dead: At an early hour Tuesday morning, April 5, 1910, Alfred King passed away at the home of Joe Hall, following several months of feeble health and a few weeks of illness. Three weeks ago he suffered a stroke of paralysis but partially recovered within a few days he began again to decline until death claimed him for that other existence from whose bourn no traveler ever returns. Alfred King was born in Clinton Co., KY, April 13, 1836, making him at death about 74 years of age. He moved from Kentucky to Marion County, Arkansas, then known as the West in 1856. From there he moved to Greene County, in this state, where he lived until he came to this vicinity in 1878. In 1859, he was married Nancy Wood and to them were born ten children. The six living children are: sons, Thomas, Charles, Walter, and Oren; daughters, Mrs. Mollie Morgan and Mrs. Bette Baker. Two children died in infancy, Mrs. Victoria Neeley and Mrs. Nellie Wilder, two daughters, are also deceased. Alfred King was a citizen who enjoyed the confidence and highest esteem of the people of this community. For several years he was superintendent of the county farm and was in other ways interested in public affairs. He was agreeable, generous and a friend to everybody. Several days before his death he recognized the fact that his time was near and directed how he wished to be laid away and what he wished to be done with his property. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. W. Ennes at the Horner Cemetery, Tuesday afternoon in connection with Masonic ceremonies of which order he had long been a member.
April 7, 1910, Thursday, Cassville Republican, Barry Co., MO
1910 Flat Creek Township, Barry County, MO Poor Farm

01 15A Schumon, Aretia Inmate F 78 Wd Germany Germany Germany
02 15A Almstead, Rufus H. Inmate M 74 M US US US
03 15A White, Mary E. Inmate F 72 Wd US US US
04 15A Levasay, Lucy Inmate F 78 Wd US US US
05 15A Russell, Rachel Inmate F 66 S US US US
06 15A Brown, Jacob Inmate M 48 S US US US
07 15A Hall, Joseph M. Inmate M 58 M US US US
08 15A Barnes, Hudson Inmate M 66 M US US US
09 15A Willburg, Emma Inmate F 60 Wd Germany Germany Germany
10 15A Austin, Ellen Inmate F 58 S US US US
11 15A Perkins, Jesse Inmate F 56 S US US US
12 15A Chandler, Jacob Inmate M 79 M US US US
13 15A Chandler, Lucinda Inmate F 55 M US US US
14 15A Cranston, Minnie Inmate F 31 M US Unk Unk
15 15A Williams, Chas. Benton Inmate M 61 Widower US US US
16 15A Hannahs, Emma Inmate F 27 S US US US
17 15A Jones, Mary Inmate F 40 S US Unk Unk
18 15A Martin, Harvey Inmate M 35 S US US US
19 15A Bryant, Elizabeth Inmate F 45 S US US US
1910 Poor Farm Census
John A. Bowman who has been at the county farm for the past ten months died Monday night from epilepsy. He was found dead in his bed early Tuesday morning. Bowman had been in a bad condition or some time and his death was not unexpected. He had relatives living northwest of Cassville.
February 8, 1912, Thursday, Cassville Republican, Barry Co., MO
John Andrew Bowman was buried in Potter Field, Cassville, MO. He was born June 19, 1892, Cherry Co., Nebraska. George W. and Della (Miller) Bowman were his parents. He died Feb 6, 1912.
MO Archives Death Certificate # 4069
G. F. Jordan, Superintendent of the County farm, states that Mrs. Cranston who has been at the farm for sometime on account of being a feeble-minded person left her room late Saturday night and was found making her way up the C. & W. track towards Exeter. She appeared to be violently insane at the time and it was with difficulty that she was brought back to the farm.
March 7, 1912, Thursday, Cassville Republican, Barry Co., MO
J. C. Lowe took charge as superintendent of the county farm Tuesday. J. F. Jordan, who has been superintendent of the farm for the past three years, has moved to this farm near Butterfield.
April 3, 1913, Thursday, Cassville Republican, Barry Co., MO
In among the county court proceedings was a mention that W. R. Payton had been paid $3.00 for a wolf scalp. Also listed was Frank Jordan who had been paid $2.00 for fruit for the county farm.
October 2, 1913, Thursday, Cassville Republican, Barry Co., MO
Oak Ride News: The funeral of L. Kirkpatrick formerly a resident of the Oak Ridge vicitny for 40 years but lately an inmate of the county farm, was held at Oak Ridge Thursday, conducted by Bro. Ennis. He was a brother of Mrs. A. D. Burns of this locality, also of William Kirkpatrick of Idaho.

Kirkpatrick, an inmate at the county farm, died Wednesday of last week of complication of diseases, age 70 years. Interment was made Thursday.

November 6, 1913, Thursday, Cassville Republican, Barry Co., MO
Mrs. Russell, an inmate at the county farm, died Sunday night. Interment was made Monday at the Sparks Cemetery north of town.
November 12, 1914, Thursday, Cassville Republican, Barry Co., MO
Personal and Local News: Tuesday out on the Jenkins road Dr. Periman of Jenkins, who was driving in his auto, met W. C. Robertson, superintendent of the county farm who was driving in a buggy, on a grade where he could not stop his car. Seeing that he had lost control of the car, Periman signaled Robertson who jumped from his buggy and escaped injury, but the buggy was pretty badly damaged. Dr. Periman then took Mr. Robertson home. The only damage done to the auto was the braking of one light.
August 19, 1915, Thursday, Cassville Republican, Barry Co., MO
Personal and Local News: James Conley whose home had been at Monett, died Sunday night at the county farm. He came to the county home on Christmas eve day. He was about 70 year sold and had been sick and weak minded for sometime. Conley was for a number of years employed by the city of Monett as street sweeper. He has a widow and children living there.
January 6, 1916, Thursday, Cassville Republican, Barry Co., MO
James Conley's death certificate reads that he was buried in Monett. His death occurred Jan 13, 1916.
MO Archives - Death Certificate # 5301
Wm. Crow, aged about fifty years, died Thursday morning in the county where he had been incarcerated for sometime under a charge of white slavery. A charge of breaking jail was also against him. He had been sick for about ten days, taking sick first with lagrippe. He is said to have left six children in Arkansas, all under age. His body was buried Friday at the County farm.
March 9, 1916, Thursday, Cassville Republican, Barry Co., MO
Wm Crow's death certificate reads that he was buried at the county farm. It is indexed as W. H. Crowe, date of death Mar 2, 1916, Barry Co., MO.
MO State Archives - Certificate # 9060

The following warrants were drawn on pauper fund:

W. T. Bailey, salary county physician for May and quarantine smallpox, $38.00;

W. C. Robertson, salary superintendent, co. farm for May, and expenses, $57.66;

Abernathy & Stuckey, groceries for county farm, $41.55;

Tom Hilburn, 13 crates of strawberries, county farm, $17.25;

Geo. Venable, milk and butter for Mrs. Rogers, poor person, $6.65;

H. T. Montgomery, water rent county farm for April and May, $10.00;

F. N. Reese, medicine, etc, county farm, $8.45;

A. H. Cox & Co., disinfectant, $2.00;

E. P. Deal support of patients at Sanatorium;

King & Hutcheson, coffin for O. L. Taylor, $15.00;

King & Hutcheson, coffin for C. C. Laws, $15.00;

I. O. O. F. Cemetery association, grave digging for O. L. Taylor, $11.00;

Warrant drawn on pauper fund to Perkins & Vanhorn for $29.70, feed for county farm

W. H. Depew, strawberries for county farm $8.10;

T. C. Zinn, 3 days county court $15.

June 15, 1916 Cassville Republican, Cassville, Barry Co., MO
The above mentioned Christopher Columbus Laws died from the effects of TB on April 16, 1916, and was buried in Jenkins Cemetery. His coffin was paid for out of the pauper fund.
MO Archives - Death Certificate # 13425
He leaves one brother, Ernest of Granby, and two sisters, Mrs. May Walker of Purdy and Mrs. Ester Berry of Tulsa, Okla. He was a cousin of W. C. Robertson, Supt. of the county. Mr. Robertson and his father, T. B. Robertson, attended the funeral.
July 6, 1916, Thursday, Cassville Republican, Barry Co., MO

Tressie Perkins died at the County Farm and according to her death certificate was buried there. Her death occurred Oct 21, 1921.

Oct 21, 1921

MO Archives Death Certificate # 16698b

"The reason I remember it so well, I guess, is because we children also took part in the ceremony. On May 29, we would go with Grandfather and gather baskets of daisies over on the hill behind the Poor Farm. (Grandfather living next to the old schoolhouse up on the hill.) We just cut the blooms off the daisies leaving the stems. That afternoon or early the next morning Grandfather would cut a bushel basket or more of blooms from the enormous crimson ramblers in his yard, We would mix these with the daisies ... Memorial Day morning we would take these flowers and a bundle of U. S. flags which were carefully stored from year to year and trudge down the long hill and across the long wooden bridge and on to and up the cemetery hill."

Barry County Missouri - MEMORIAL DAY IN CASSVILLE AS I REMEMBER IT - Written by Nell Parthene Taylor Hunt born 9/25/1903 Died 4/24/1984 - Transcribed and Donated to our web pages by her daughter, Anne Hunt Lozano

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