Wayne County NY Poorhouse Reports

Source: "Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Wayne. 1913." Lyons, NY: Democratic Press Print.

Report of the Superintendent of the Poor for 1913

To the Honorable Board of Supervisors of Wayne County:

Gentlemen: The undersigned Superintendent of the Poor of Wayne County herewith presents his annual report for the year ending November 1, 1913.

Number remaining in Almshouse December 1, 1913, 72.
Females..... 28
Males ...... 44
TOTAL ......72

Admitted during the year..... 68
Born during the year..... 00
Whole number in the Almshouse during the year..... 138
Died during the year..... 13
Discharged during the year..... 53
Remaining in the Almshouse December 1, 1913..... 72

The following named persons have died the year ending December 1, 1913:

Philip LANGDON, Died December 12, 1912
William W. AGGETT, Died January 8, 1913
Cora KING, Died March 6, 1913
Owen McGOVERN, Died September 24, 1913
Roland MILLIMUM, Died September 26, 1913
Richard KEECH, Died September 27, 1913
Menryo H. DILLENBECK, Died September 27, 1913
Stephen NICHOLS, Died October 13, 1913
William H. STEINBURG, Died October 21, 1913
William HOWARD, Died OCtober 25, 1913
Morris WAGER, Died October 27, 1913
Corrin QUINN, Died October 28, 1913
John VANDERBILT, Died November 4, 1913

Wayne County has the following named children in the:

(Name, Where Charged)

Rochester Orphan Asylum, Rochester, N.Y.
Gertrude DUTCHER, Sodus
Alma DUTCHER, Sodus
George HAMM, Macedon
Adelbert BELKNAP, Savannah
Leah BOLKOSKI, Arcadia
Sophie BOLKOSKI, Arcadia

St. Mary's Boys Orphan Asylum [city not stated]
Frank DEVITO, Lyons
Bernard KANE, Galen

St. Patrick's Orphan Asylum [city not stated]
Mary DEVITO, Lyons
Esther KANE, Galen

Guardian Angel Home and Industrial School, Poehbo Ave., Troy, N.Y.
Mary CAHILL, County

Syracuse Institution for Feeble Minded Children
Gertrude McCUE [charge not stated]
Olive S. LaFAVOR [charge not stated]

Western New York Society for the Protection of Homeless and Dependent Children [city not stated]
Clara ALLEN, Galen

Jefferson Farm School, Watertown, N.Y.
Sidney SMITH, Lyons
Daniel PRATT, Lyons

Syracuse Orphan Asylum
Flossie SMITH, Galen

[Note: for historical information about these institutions, contact the historical society of the county where the institution was. If city not stated, try your luck with the on-line search engines. Most paper records about specific minor children (confidential records) wouldn't have survived after 90 years, especially years after institutions closed.]

Town of Arcadia.
To maintenance of inmates at 1.50 per week.

Name, Weeks, Days, Amount
Anna CRISBY, 52, ___, $78.00
Mary CONNORS, 52, ___, $78.00
Phoebe PYRE, 52, ___, $78.00
David FORD, 42, 2, $63.43
Patrick O'BRIEN, 52, ___, $78.00
John DAYTON, 24, 6, $ 36.29
Clark E. HOUGHTON, 39,1, $38.71
Samuel CRAWFORD, 10,3, $15.65
Mary LARRABEE, 35, 5, $53.58

Total ..... $ 519.46

Town of Butler.
To maintenance of inmaes at 1.50 per week.

Name, Weeks, Days, Amount
William BLACKMORE, 52, ___, $78
Catharine CHASE, 52, ___, $78
Ensign CULLIFORD, 4, ___, $6

Total ..... $162.00

Town of Galen. To maintenance of inmates at 1.50 per week.

Name, Weeks, Days, Amount
Cora KING, 13, 5, $20.58
Lany ROY, 52, ___, $78
Richard KUCH, 43, ___, $64.50
Corrin QUINN, 47, 3, $71.12
Phoebe SOURS, 52, ___, $78
Ira WITHERILL, 52, ___, $78
Edward COON, 21,2, $31.93
Lewis ALLEN, 26, ___, $39
Emily BRUNDAGE, 52m ___, $78
Eugene HART, 30, ___, $45
Stephen NICHOLS, 45, 2, $67.93
William McDOUGALL, 15,3, $23.14
Viola MARSH, 15, 1, $22.72
John O'BRIEN, 33, 1, $49.72
Jane THOMPSON, 38, ___, $57
John VANDERBILT, 14, 6, $22.29
Catharine CUNNINGHAM, 1, 2, $1.93

Total ..... $828.86

Town of Huron
To maintenance of inmates at 1.50 per week

Name, Weeks, Days, Amount

Garada BELDING, 52, ___, $78
Charles ELLSWORTH, 37, ___, $55.50
Joseph GRANT, 25, 3, $ 38.15
Owen McGOVERN, 36, 3, $54.65
Mary A. ROAS, 26, 1, 39.22
Frank E. SNYDER, 2, 3, $3.65

Total ..... $269.17

Town of Lyons.
To maintenance of inmates at 1.50 per week

Name, Weeks, Days, Amount

Mary RICE, 52, ___, $78
Eliza VANMARTER, 52, ___, $78
Patrick MURPHY, 52, ___, $ 78
Menyo DILLINBECK, 43, ___, $64.50
Jospeh FROEP, 6, 3, $9.65
David PROSEUS, 52, ___, $78
William W. AGGETT, 5, 4, $8.36
Charles ACKLEY, 52, ___, $78
Frank BROWN, 52, ___, $78
Ella McCALL, 52, ___, $78
Daniel ROBINSON, 52, ___, $78
Frederick SCHADING, 52, ___, $78
William STEINBERG, 52, ___, $42.22
Frederick SCHRADER, 18, 3, $27.65
Philip ERNST, 20, 4, $30.86
Frank GALLAGER, 9, 1, $13.72
John FOWLER, 47, 2, $70.93
Frank ROOKER, ___, 4, $.86
William T. PAIREE, 3, 3, $5.15
Nettie WHITE, 2, 6, $4.29
Margaret WHITE, 2, 6, $4.29
William CLASU, 15, 3, $23.15
Benjamin JOHNSON, 5, 4, $8.36

Total ..... $1,015.99

Town of Macedon.
To maintenance of inmates at 1.50 per week

Name, Weeks, Days, Amount

James NUGENT, 52, ___, $78
Mary J. ALDRICH, 52, ___, $78
May HAMM, 52, ___, $78
George HAMM, 13, 5, $20.58
Mary J. ALDRICH, _____

Total ..... $254.58

Town of Ontario.
To maintenance of inmates at 1.50 per week

Name, Weeks, Days, Amount

Esther STEPHENS, 52, ___, $78
Rush B. MACK, 45, ___, $67.50
William McGANN, 16, 5, $25.50
Andrew COOK, 35, 5, $53.58
Antony MARCUSS, ___, 4, $.86
John BRAY, ___, 6, $1.29

Total ..... $226.31

Town of Palmyra.
To maintenance of inmates at 1.50 per week

Name, Weeks, Days, Amount

Kate BALWAY, 52, ___, $78
Philip ANGDON, 1, 5, $2.58
Johannes SULLIVAN, 52, ___, $78
Charles H. RICE, 52, ___, $78
Patrick BRYERTON, 21, 2, $31.93
Jacob BRIGGS, 14, 6, $22.29

Total ..... $290.80

Town of Rose.
To maintenance of inmates at 1.50 per week

Name, Weeks, Days, Amount

Scott SPRONG, 52, ___, $78
Laura DEACONS, 52, ___, $78
Edward DURAMUS, 20, 6, $31.29
Morris WAGER, 1, 3, $2.15

Total ..... $189.44

Town of Savannah.
To maintenance of inmates at 1.50 per week

Name, Weeks, Days, Amount

Mary CONKLIN, 52, ___, $78
Mary ROBERTS, 52, ___, $78
Frank REED, 23, 3, $35.15
Alice L. HAMILTON, 41, ___, $61.50

Total ..... $252....65

Town of Sodus.
To maintenance of inmates at 1.50 per week

Name, Weeks, Days, Amount

Add MOXIN, 52, ___, $78
Mary Jane PARSONS, 52, ___, $78
Riley BADGRO, 52, ___, $78
Abram BUSHART, 52, ___, $78
William HOWARD, 47, ___, $70.50
Paul BRAKEWOOD, 52, ___, $78
Hattie JEWELL, 41, ___, $61.50
David MORMON, 52, ___, $78

Total ..... $600.00

Town of Walworth.
To maintenance of inmates at 1.50 per week

Name, Weeks, Days, Amount

Mary WEBSTER, 52, ___, $78
Michael FITZGERALD, 52, ___, $78
James WHALEN, 17, 5, $26.58
Jessie SHARP, 5, 5, $8.58

Total ..... $191.16

Town of Williamson.
To maintenance of inmates at 1.50 per week

Name, Weeks, Days, Amount

Ann PLYTER, 19, 4, $29.36

Total ..... $29.36

Town of Wolcott.
To maintenance of inmates at 1.50 per week

Name, Weeks, Days, Amount

William CORY, 52, ___, $78
William GRIFFIN, 24, 1, $26.22
Elanor HOPEMAN, 52, ___, $78
Roland MILLIMAN, 42, 6, $64.29
Madison QUAW, 35, 4, $53.36
Charlotte WENDOVER, 29, 4, $44.36
Abe SHERMAN, 1, 1, $1.72

Total ..... $ 355.95
Error in footing of journal, 1912, page 235, $78.00
Total ..... $433.95

Total Reimbursement for Year Ending December 1, 1913 ..... $5,263.73

     The remainder of the report itemizes expenses, reimbursements from the towns, lists all crops grown on the county farm by bushels or tons, numbers of live stocks,and inventories all farm implements, hospital equipment, and house, men's dormitory and women's dormitory furnishings.

I would recommend as an estimate for the amount necessary to be raised by tax for the support and relief of the poor in the County of Wayne for the ensuing year the sum of five thousand dollars ($5,000.00).

Superintendent of the Poor.

Report of Inspection of the Wayne County Almshouse

Made by Inspector Hunn, January 16, 1913.

Superintendent of the Poor, N.J. Field, began service January 1, 1911.

Keeper, J.W. Tindall, appointed April 1, 1907.

Postoffice address, Lyons, Trolley Station, stop 49, R.S. & E. Electric R.R.

Capacity for men 75, for women 50, total 125.

Plan, cottage.

Estimated value of buildings and land $75,000.

The Wayne County Almshouse plant comprises an administration building, separate dormitory buildings for the sexes, a hospital, a laundry building and various frame out buildings, barns and farm buildings. The administration and dormitory buildings are each of brick construction and two and a half stories high, with a basement under the wing of the men's building. There is a pleasant sitting room on each floor of the women's building. Small cell rooms with rough wood floors open to a central hallway, making the men's building unattractive and hard to ventilate. The men smoke in their rooms or in the hallways as they have no day room. A hand rail is needed on the entrance steps to their building. The contemplated repairs to cement walks are still needed and there is no covered way between the almshouse buildings.

Improvements since last inspection are as follows:

(1) One thousand dollars has been appropriated for the renovation of the hospital. This will include moving bath and toilet facilities to rooms with windows for light and ventilation, putting in an elevator and a separate steam heater, widening and changing the stairway, arranging an operating room and surgical ward, providing nurse's quarters with separate toilet and bath facilities, providing rooms for the segregation of infectious cases and complete interior painting. This will involve the use of the two story frame hospital annex now used as morgue and for storage.

(2) Recementing the laundry floor and the purchase of a washer.

(3) A bath tub for women.

(4) A new hen house, new sills and general repairs to the ice house, and the purchase of seven young, high grade cows.

The fire fighting equipment for the women's building consists of a hydrant in the yard and a liquid extinguisher on each floor. The men's building has a stand pipe to the garret with a hose connection on each floor and there is one liquid extinguisher in that building. There is also one liquid extinguisher in the hospital and two other hydrants on the grounds. An extinguisher is needed in the shop in the hospital annex as long as it is so used and the steam pipes of the wooden laundry dryer should be screened. There are front and rear interior wood stairways in the women's building. When the matron is absent the exit door to this building is locked to prevent feeble minded inmates from absconding but this cuts off the principal escape in case of fire. Linen is dried and ironed in the women's garret; this is reached by a single wood stairway and no fire escape or extinguisher is provided here. The men's building has one interior wood stairway and an exterior iron balcony fire escape. A small fire occurred in the hospital early in December. It started from a lighted match in rubbish behind a radiator and burned within the walls. Liquid extinguishers were used to put it out and the necessary repairs have been made.

The barge canal and the trolley lines have reduced the farm to 162 acres; 120 acres of this are cultivated. More land could be worked to advantage. The farm buildings were found generally adequate except the cow stable. This is located beneath the horse stalls with manure drippings falling; one side of the cow stable lacks windows, and water stands on the dirt floor of that side. A modern sanitary cow stable is much needed. The live stock and fowl consists of four horses, 27 swine, 14 cattle and 172 chickens.

The administration building is heated by hot water, the others by steam. Electric light is provided throughout. A fifty thousand gallon reservoir is filled by an electric pump from a spring-fed well and a wooden tank is filled from the canal and from the reservoir. The tank water is used for flushing toilets. The power laundry is generally well equipped except for the fire menace of unscreened pipes in the wooden dryer and the water tank over this dryer leaks. The laundry is individualized and infected laundry is separated. Two sewers discharge to a cess pool and to the Erie Canal. The men have individual wooden lockers and a good clothing storage room is provided for each sex. The buildings were found generally clean and in order. Weekly bathing is enforced, but individual towels are not always supplied for bathing. The inmates appeared happy and contented. Straw mattresses are used over spring beds and there is an accumulation of old papers, bottles, etc., in most of the men's rooms. Sick women are cared for in their rooms. The two story frame hospital has capacity for 15 men and 6 men present suffered from various chronic complaints. Only the first floor of this building is used. The visiting physician is present twice a week or on telephone call. He directs all medication. The contemplated renovation of the hospital is greatly needed.

The dietary department is located in the basement of the men's building with dining room in each dormitory building. The inmates expressed satisfaction with the quality and quantity of food served. The meals for the day of inspection were as follows:

Breakfast: Cold boiled pork, fried potatoes, bread and coffee or tea.
Dinner: Sausage, boiled potatoes, mashed turnips, bread, tea.
Supper: warmed potatoes, apple sauce, bread, tea.

Butter is served three times a week. The sick have whole milk and butter as needed and such diets as the physician orders. For holidays, oysters, pork spare rib, chicken, cranberries and mince pie are served. Cookies, pie or cake are served Thursday and Sunday nights.


Males, Females, Totals.

Number of inmates ..... 53, 25, 78
Children under two ..... 1, 0, 1
Blind ..... 1, 1, 2
Feeble minded and idiots ..... 3, 6, 9
Epileptics ..... 0, 1, 1

Application should be made for custodial care for May ----, age 31, feeble-minded and epileptic, who has given birth to her fifth child. [Note: out of courtesy to any living descendants, I've omitted her last name.]

The last entry in the State Board of Charities record of inmates is No. 1585, dated January 13, 1913. The cause of dependency is not shown in the Almshouse register.

Since last inspection, November 16, 1911, 18 men and 9 women have died at the institution.

There have been but slight changes in the personnel of the employed force since last inspection. The wages of the waitress have been increased from $216 to $264 per year and the second farm hand is now paid $30 per month for seven months instead of $20 for eight months.

The weekly per capita cost for maintenance for the year ending November 30, 1912, was $2.43.

It is occasionally necessary to lock an inmate in his room for discipline. Religious services are held Sunday and at burials. Markers are needed for the graves.

Respectfully submitted,
(Signed) Herbert J. Hunn, Inspector.
January 18, 1912.

The principal needs of the Wayne County Almshouse indicated in the foregoing report of inspection are:

(1) A renovated hospital (planned).

(2) A better cow stable.

(3) More fire extinguishers, screening dryer pipes, and leaving exit of women's building always unlocked.

(4) Individual towels for all baths, pads replacing straw mattresses and removal of rubbish from dormitories.

(5) Repairs to cement walks and markers for graves.

Respectfully submitted,
(Signed) Herbert J. Hunn, Inspector.
January 18, 1912.

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