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CaislasMom

United States

#1 Jul 2, 2010
I am a volunteer at the library, doing some research on the old county poor farm, something I did not know ever existed until this project. Now I am in deep. ;) I am looking for anyone, who knows anything, stories told to you by your grandparents, etc. Located in the CR4500/CR3800 area of Liberty Township, near Shanks, Veath, Barnhart & Hunsinger properties.
Farm was in operation around 1900-1930+... I am still working on that. I was actually out on the property today. There is a cemetery and two of the original buildings still standing.
Anyway, planning to put a book together for the library, so future patrons will already have all the research done for them.
Any info, verified or not, would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.
zach webb

United States

#2 Jul 2, 2010
Webb Funeral Home made numerous removals from the poor farm and burials at the cemetery during the depression....Penwell has a (SHOULD HAVE) a big red book for that period that lists every death and burial there, but you'd have to look through it and pick them out.

When I say numerous....I mean 2 to 3 dozen.
CaislasMom

United States

#3 Jul 2, 2010
Wow, that's great. I will go there Monday. Thanks so much!:)
eyewittness2009

United States

#4 Jul 2, 2010
poor farm is straight east on college ave to dead end
MUNGA

United States

#5 Jul 2, 2010
They may need to reopen it.
Andy Taylor

Wichita, KS

#6 Jul 3, 2010
I toured the remnants of the Poor Farm about 15 years ago with a member of the Montgomery County Genealogical Society. We were interested in finding info on the cemetery. Found a few tombstones, but time, weather and neglect have taken a toll on the inscriptions. In fact, it looked as if cattle had roamed freely through the cemetery plots. Sad deal. Anyway, you also might check with the Montgomery County Clerk's Office for any old records. After all, the Poor Farm was an official function of county government in those days (okay...let the jokes and sarcasm now ensue, Topix pollsters).
CaislasMom

United States

#7 Jul 3, 2010
Thanks Andy... I do have the records from the county, all 6 of them.:) But the library and museum both have a thick file, which I am tackling now.... a lot of news articles on "hearings," changes in management, etc. The current owner was once ordered to fence the cemetery and maintain the easement to it, but he has not done so. I am hopeful that if it were mowed down, maybe there would be a few stones. Did you take any pictures?
Elvis Proctor

Ingleside, TX

#8 Jul 3, 2010
This is very interesting I just moved to indy 1 yr and a half ago or so and i cant believe how much history this town has. I live close to college ave. Ill have to check this out I plan on filming a ton of historic but forgotten kansas locations thanks for the info any more info on this i would appreciate thanks.

“Better listen the first time”

Since: Aug 09

jest an ol' hillbilly

#9 Jul 3, 2010
This is interesting..I hope you keep updating this thread..I'd like to see how you are progressing..Then read the book when you finish
CaislasMom

United States

#10 Jul 3, 2010
Will do!!!:)
Joe Perrigo

Mount Hope, KS

#11 Aug 6, 2011
My great aunt was a resident of the Montgomery Poor Farm as late as the 1960's at which time she was transferred to a hospital where she died.. My aunt suffered from a feeble mindedness and lived in on of the many cottages present on the grounds. When I was young, I visited her residence several times with my mother and grandmother. The accomadations were basic to meet her needs. She appeared reasonably happy with her living conditions......but as I said, she was feeble minded. She enjoyed keeping her toys (trinkets) and kept a couple turtles as pets.
poorman

Derby, KS

#12 Aug 6, 2011
CaislasMom wrote:
Thanks Andy... I do have the records from the county, all 6 of them.:) But the library and museum both have a thick file, which I am tackling now.... a lot of news articles on "hearings," changes in management, etc. The current owner was once ordered to fence the cemetery and maintain the easement to it, but he has not done so. I am hopeful that if it were mowed down, maybe there would be a few stones. Did you take any pictures?
Sounds like the owner should face a fine or something.He should be made to take care of it it is disgraceful to have cows walking on graves.
memyselfanme

Chanute, KS

#13 Aug 6, 2011
I think the county is required (by law) to take care of any cemetery not owned buy a private company or city.
screws up everything

United States

#14 Aug 7, 2011
Add that to larrie veith's list
Wants to know

Parsons, KS

#15 Aug 7, 2011
How's the book coming along Cherilyn?
now poor myself

Severy, KS

#16 Aug 7, 2011
My grandfather was the manager of the poor farm in the 40's and early 50's. His name was Cal Taylor.As a small boy I visited him there numerous times and have many old pictures of it if you might be interested.
CaislasMom

United States

#17 Aug 7, 2011
now poor myself wrote:
My grandfather was the manager of the poor farm in the 40's and early 50's. His name was Cal Taylor.As a small boy I visited him there numerous times and have many old pictures of it if you might be interested.
Wow... pictures would be great. I would love to talk to you more. I can be reached through the library Kansas Room.

Independence Public Library
220 E Maple, Independence KS 67301
[email protected]
CaislasMom

United States

#18 Aug 7, 2011
Joe Perrigo wrote:
My great aunt was a resident of the Montgomery Poor Farm as late as the 1960's at which time she was transferred to a hospital where she died.. My aunt suffered from a feeble mindedness and lived in on of the many cottages present on the grounds. When I was young, I visited her residence several times with my mother and grandmother. The accomadations were basic to meet her needs. She appeared reasonably happy with her living conditions......but as I said, she was feeble minded. She enjoyed keeping her toys (trinkets) and kept a couple turtles as pets.
. I would love to talk to you more. I can be reached through the library Kansas Room.

Independence Public Library
220 E Maple, Independence KS 67301
[email protected]
Protect Them

United States

#19 Aug 7, 2011
poorman wrote:
<quoted text>
Sounds like the owner should face a fine or something.He should be made to take care of it it is disgraceful to have cows walking on graves.
Burial sites like the poor farm, Native American and pioneer burials sites, all burial sites in Kansas are protected by state statute.
Eddie

United States

#20 Aug 8, 2011
At last a thread that is informative, not negative and was helpful, not a bit of bashing or judging or spreading crap...Good for you...and thanks..Good Job

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