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Bond County Illinois Poor House

Reports of Inspections of the County Infirmaries of Illinois in 1911

R. C. ALLEN, Superintendent, Greenville.
The Bond county almshouse is an old, two story brick building, located
at the edge of Greenville. The seventeen and one-half acres of land are so well improved that the almshouse is self-supporting. At the time of inspection, there were two male and two female inmates.
The bed rooms are so large that several cots are kept in them, ready for additional inmates.
The almshouse is an old building, which is very damp; the walls are badly cracked; the floors are old and warped. There are no modern conveniences. The hath tub, which has been installed, is not used as it is impossible for the keeper to lift the old people out and in. Although the building is barely furnished and cheerless, it is kept scrupulously clean. Colored sheets and blankets are used; they are clean and free from vermin. The keeper gets $365.00 a year. He and his wife do all the work. Great credit should be given them for their thrift in making the farm self-sustaining, and for the care, which they give the inmates. Bond county could easily afford to install modern conveniences at the farm and to repair the interior. It is very difficult to keep vermin out of cracked walls and floors; a less energetic keeper would find it impossible. Help should be provided for the care of the sick.

[Source: SECOND ANNUAL REPORT OF THE State Charities Commission, By Illinois State Charities Commission, December 31, 1911 - Submitted by Candi Horton]



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