Jewell County Poor Farm operates from 1881-1968

Jewell County Poor Farm


February 24, 2022

Jewell County was organized on July 14, 1870. The U. S. Census for 1870 found 205 persons living in the county. By 1880, the population had grown to 17,475. A tremendous increase in population in a relatively short period of time.

Not all the residents of the county found prosperity, some found dire financial straits. It was not many years into the county history that Jewell County faced the necessity of caring for those in need. "Pauper" was the term used in those early days to identify someone without the means to care for themselves.

The Aug. 18, 1876 Jewell County Monitor in repor...

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