Friday, August 31, 2007

Living by the Poor Farm - by Brad

I was doing a little research for work and stumbled upon information about Chelan County's Poor Farm. I had heard the sayings such as, "you'll end up in the poorhouse." Well, apparently poorhouses and poor farms really existed. There is some interesting history about poorhouses at The Poor House Story.

Anyway, I was able to find some interesting information about the poor farm in in the Chelan County's annual financial reports between 1911 and 1935. The following is taken from the 1935 annual report, which was apparently the last fully operational year of the poor farm...


Before the 20's, the poor farm was located at a place called Springdale Orchards outside of Peshastin, WA. Sometime around 1920, the County bought 20 acres of the Red Apple Orchard Tracts. I wanted to know exactly where this was located, so I did a little research in our County's Recording Office, and found an old map that shows where this orchard was. Combined with some information in the financial reports, we figured out that this poor farm was right across the street from our current house! This is the view of where the poor farm used to be located...


I guess this means I can say that I'm not very far from living on the poor farm!

3 comments:

Peaby said...

So THAT's what you do at work.

Gail said...

First of all I want to say touché , Peaby!

Then to Brad, I really am impressed with the way your mind works. You come up with all sorts of blog posting ideas. Are we really related?

P-Jak said...

Okay... I know this is a little delayed, but I had to change the language in the first sentence.

"I was doing a little research FOR work..." Not just "AT work".

This time, I was actually working when I was at work!