ST. CLAIR COUNTY POOR FARM

From History of St. Clair County 1883, page 881:

POOR FARM

The Poor Farm was purchased in 1871, Judge Henly acting for the County. The farm embraced a tract of 236 82/100 acres, on which was nineteen acres of wheat standing, for which the judge paid $2900. He also paid $230 for a pair of good mules. The Florsheim farm of 120 acres was offered at $2000, but declined and the former purchased.

This, it seems, did not suit some persons, and the county court went into an examination of the purchase, which it was reported had put money improperly into the pocket of Judge Henly. The investigation showed so plainly that the purchase was not only a fair one, but a good one and that no stain rested upon the honor, integrity or manhood of Judge Henly, or upon Thomas B. Sutherland, that the county court
dropped the whole matter with disgust.

In October, 1872, an inventory was taken of property at the poor farm, which was reported as follows:

Poor Farm $2900.00
Implements on Poor Farm 634.97
Other expenditures 1307.20
Total cost $4842.17

The commissioners reported the poor well taken care of, but suggested that the fences needed better attention and more care taken of the
farm implements.

The farm was purchased February 14, 1871 and its first manager was William P. Welch, who took charge and gave bond in the sum
of $800 for the faithful discharge of his duties.

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History of St. Clair County, page 945:

MANAGERS POOR FARM

1871, William P. Welch
1872, Jacob Longan
1878, R. W. Perren
1879, Daniel P. Morgan
1880, Frank Hannah
1881, A. Canady
1882, W. J. Perrin

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St. Clair Co., MO Death Records, 1883-1900:

Dan, Joseph
Male, White, Single, age 44 years, Laborer (Pauper). Mexican, born Mexico. Missouri resident for 6 years.
Died 7 November 1884 on Poor Farm, near Osceola. Cause of death was Consumption, lasting 4 years.
Buried in Yeater Graveyard on 8 November 1884. Physician was Cally Hamblin, Osceola, Mo.

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1920 St. Clair Co., Missouri Census
Residents - St. Clair County Poor House
Osceola Township, 20 & 21 January, 1920

Name - Age - Marital Status - Birthplace - Father's Birthplace - Mother's Birthplace
All residents listed as "Inmates"

Abner Watson, age 44, single, Missouri - Ohio - Illinois
James Liles, age 68, single, Missouri - South Carolina - Unknown
Robert Liles, age 66, single, Missouri - South Carolina - Unknown
Will Lewis, age 46, divorced, Kentucky - Kentucky - Kentucky
Pearl Stevens, age 45, single, Missouri - Missouri - Missouri
Nora Ervin, age 44, single, Missouri - Missouri - Missouri
Susie Elkins, age 53, single, Missouri - U.S. - U.S.
Ida Brown, age 45, single, Missouri - U.S. - U.S.
Margaret Petree, age 46, widowed, Iowa - Iowa - Iowa
Mary McCossick, age 71, widowed, Ohio - Ohio - Ohio
Hellen Carrier, age 54, single, U.S. - U.S. - U.S.
Lottie Walker, age 46, single, Missouri - U.S. - U.S.
Mollie McDaniels, age 55, widowed, Missouri - U.S. - U.S.
Sarah Dickens, age 96, divorced, Missouri - U.S. - U.S.
Dowdy Walker, age 50, married, Georgia - U.S. - U.S.
John Rick, age 50, single, U.S. - Germany - Germany
Joseph Betenshausen, age 44, single, Germany - Germany - Germany
Frank Cramb, age 41, divorced, U.S. - Germany - Germany
Dick Batts, age 45, single, Germany - Germany - Germany
August Diviney, age 50, male, Missouri - U.S. - U.S.
Geo. Johnson, age 47, single, Missouri - Missouri - Missouri
Fred Culberson, age 43, single, Missouri - Missouri - Missouri
John Bloomquist, age 78, married, Sweden - Sweden - Sweden
Frank Polk, age 54, single, U.S. - U.S. - U.S.
Roy Fuller, age 35, single, Iowa - U.S. - U.S.
John Gursen, age 60, single, Ohio - U.S. - U.S.
Wm. McCall, age 50, single, Missouri - U.S. - U.S.
Corbie Bernarde, age 35, single, Missouri - U.S. - U.S.
Roufes Wats, age 35, single, Missouri - U.S. - U.S.
Wm. M. Hicks, Hired Hand, age 61, married, Missouri - Kentucky - Tennessee

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1930 St. Clair Co., Missouri Census
Residents - St. Clair County House for the Poor
Osceola Township, 30 April 1930

Name - Age - Marital Status - Birthplace - Father's Birthplace - Mother's Birthplace - Status

Ernie Morris, age 34, single, Missouri - Indiana - Indiana, feeble minded
William J. Wilson, age 86, married, Missouri - U.S. - U.S., insane
Joe Betsenhauser, age unknown, status unknown, Ohio - Germany - Germany, insane
Mary A. Burk, age unknown, status unknown, U.S. - U.S. - U.S., feeble minded
Effie Alexander, age unknown, status unknown, U.S. - U.S. - U.S., insane
Roy Fuller, age unknown, status unknown, U.S. - U.S. - U.S., insane
Rufus Watts, age 43, single, Missouri - Kansas - Missouri, insane
John J. Gustin, age 73, single, Ohio - Switzerland - Pennsylvania - pauper, slightly insane
Clark Gillette, age 35, single, Missouri - Illinois - Missouri, insane
Frank Cramer, age unknown, status unknown, U.S. - U.S. - U.S., pauper
Sue Elkins, age unknown, status unknown, U.S. - U.S. - U.S., feeble minded
James E. Smith, age 60, single, single, Pennsylvania - U.S. - U.S., insane
August Devanney, age unknown, status unknown, U.S. - U.S. - U.S., insane
Tamera Baker, age unknown, status unknown, U.S. - U.S. - U.S., pauper
Sarah C. Stout, age 77, widowed, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania, pauper
Rhoda J. Huckley, age 69, widowed, Missouri - Tennessee - Missouri, pauper
Willis E. Roberts, age 63, divorced, Iowa - Illinois - Illinois, insane
Joseph Beardslee, age 66, divorced, New York - New York - New York, sick, pauper
Frank Polk, age 65, single, Illinois - U.S. - Missouri, feeble minded
William B. King, age 59, single, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania, broken leg, pauper
Nathan B. Smith, age 65, single, Kentucky - Kentucky - Kentucky, pauper
Adam Stanmur, age 85, single, Germany - Germany - Germany, pauper
John S. Tinker, age 72, widowed, Indiana - New York - Indiana, pauper
William Doyal, age 79, widowed, Missouri - Illinois - U.S., pauper
William Foster, age 48, divorced, Kentucky - Kentucky - Scotland, insane
Maggie E. Townsen, age 53, widowed, Texas - U.S. - Virginia, feeble minded
Thomas Conway, age 89, widowed, Wisconsin - Ireland - Germany, injured
William A. Anderson, age 49, single, Missouri - Virginia - Iowa, feeble minded
Aaron Moore, age unknown, status unknown, U.S. - U.S. - U.S., insane
Jake Rich, age 60, single, Iowa - Germany - Germany, feeble minded
Luther Walker, age unknown, status unknown, Missouri - Missouri - Missouri, insane
Eliza B. Wheeler, age 68, widowed, Tennessee - Tennessee - Tennessee, slightly insane, no home
Nora Irwin, age 57, single, Indiana - U.S. - U.S., slightly insane
Ida J. Brown, age 51, single, Missouri - Missouri - Missouri, feeble minded
Pearl Everett, age 59, widowed, Missouri - Missouri - Missouri, insane
Sarah M. Peterie, age 74, widowed, Iowa - Virginia - Virginia, insane
James P. Stewart, age 68, widowed, Indiana - Indiana - North Carolina, sick, pauper
Charlie Bernard, age 54, single, Missouri - Missouri - Missouri, insane
Henry J. Johnson, age 85, widowed, Tennessee - Tennessee - Tennessee, pauper


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