Hardin County

Almshouse / Poor Farm


Hardin.—Hardin county is not under township organization. The county owns a county farm, and maintains a poorhouse, which is managed by a contractor. The contractor pays one hundred and ninety dollars a year for the use of the farm, and receives twelve dollars a month for each pauper sent him. He supplies everything, except medicines and medical attendance. The county employs no county physician. There is only one inmate, who is a blind woman. There is no change in the almshouse, except that the buildings are becoming more dilapidated, especially the cabin occupied during the day by the blind woman. The county board requires all paupers to go to the county farm, and expends nothing for outdoor relief. No almshouse register is kept, and the county court appoints no overseers of the poor.

Source: Report to the General Assembly of Illinois – 1881

Visited May 19, 1884. A new one-story frame building, sixteen by thirty feet, and lined with matched boards, with two rooms, has been erected since our last report. The blind woman who used to live in a log cabin by herself, has been compelled to leave it, in consequence of its dilapidated condition. She is now provided for in the new frame building, but does not appreciate it as well as she did her old home. There were six paupers present, when inspected, two males and four females, of whom one was an idiot, two blind, and two were children under sixteen years of age. The premises were in fair condition, in respect to cleanliness and comfort. There is no almshouse register kept, the former keeper having taken the book away and not returned it. In consequence of the destruction of the records of the county, through the burning of the court-house, no figures can be given in respect to the cost of pauperism.

Source: Eighth Biennial Report of the Board of State Commissioners of Public Charities of the State of Illinois, 1884, Volume 4, Page 242

Hardin. – Visited April 25, 1888. There has been no change in the buildings of this almshouse since last visit. The necessity for repair seems to be more urgent. The rooms are unplastered and can not be made comfortable in cold weather. The beds and bedding are poor. There were three inmates present; one male and two females. The two females were blind, and are the same persons who were present at last visit. The appearance of the inmates as to cleanliness was not commendable, their clothing was poor. They had plenty of plain food to eat and appeared to be in good health. The county clerk states that there is in this county a child, eight years of age, who has been adjudged insane, which the authorities have tried to get admitted into the hospital, but in vain. She was first adjudged to be feeble-minded, but he says that her actions unquestionably denote insanity. She is disposed to run away, is noisy and quarrelsome and tears round generally.

Source: Tenth Biennial Report of the Board of State Commissioners of Public Charities of the State of Illinois Reports to the General Assembly of Illinois, 1888, Volume 2, Page 101


A A Fox died 20 Jan 1894 at the Rosiclare Poor Farm.
Source: Illinois State Archives Pre-1916 Deaths database.

Hardin County Almshouse, Eichorn. Total 7, 5 males, 2 females.
1910 Paupers in Almshouses: Summary by Individual Institutions, page 56.

Superintendent McMurphy
1908 Superintendents of Almshouses
Hardin County - Mat McMurphy - PO Address: Elizabethtown
1910 Census, Rosiclare Precinct, Sheet 8B
Elizabethtown Road
Line 66 - James M McMurphy, Head
Line 75 - George Renfro, Pauper
Line 76 - Alexander Treece, Pauper
Line 77 - Arminta Carlisle, Pauper
Line 78 - Mary Carlisle, Pauper

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