Pike County Almshouse - September 23, 1910
G. W. Main, Superintendent, Pittsfiled
The Pike county almshouse is well managed. The inmates are treated with great kindness and are kept busy helping with the sewing, ironing, gardening, etc. They are glad to help about and the matron likes to make them feel their usefulness, but the lack of modern conveniences makes the work extremely difficult for all of them. There is no plumbing in the building, water must be heated in the laundry and carried to the bath-tubs. Water for all purposes must be carried in buckets, while the drinking water comes from a well situated a long distance from the house.
As there are no inside toilets, the old people must go to closets, which are a good distance from the house, and in a very insanitary condition. It is especially hard to care for the sick, as there is but one man employed as outside help; the lack of toilet and bath facilities renders it impossible to attend properly to inmates who are sick but could wait on themselves to some extent if these conveniences were provided. The buildings are beautifully located on a rolling, grassy plot; shade trees abound. But when one gets inside, the ill-arrangement for light and air impresses him. The dining rooms are dark, as are many of the bed rooms. But the freshly painted walls, the oiled, hardwood floors, the clean beds, render the interior pleasant despite the obstacles.
Only coal oil lamps are used, the kitchen stove looks rusty, there are very few rockers none in the men's sitting room and no screens in most of the bed room windows. The stairs are steep and very hard for the women who live on the second floor, to climb. There is nothing modern about the place save steam heat; the basement has a dirt floor. The farm buildings are old and run down; the farm itself is very poor; very little food is raised for the inmates. A great deal of money should be spent on improving the buildings and more money should be expended in securing attendance for the sick. The management is humane and competent.
Contributed by Candi Horton
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