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Henry County Infirmary
(Poor House)


photo courtesy of "The Poorhouse Story" a great website documenting histories of Poor Farms

The Henry County Infirmary has been known by a number of names including the Poor House, Poor Farm and Almshouse. The "Atlas of Henry Co. and the State of Illinois," by Warner & Beers Publishers of Chicago in 1875, on pages 4-5" included this brief description of the facility.

POOR HOUSE – The present poor-house is located on the northwest quarter of section twenty-one, in the Town of Munson. It was built in the years 1871-2, at a total cost, including furniture and heating apparatus, of about $55,000. The design of the building was after a plan by O. E. Page, Esq., one of the building committee. The former poor-house was a frame building now standing just north of the present one.

The Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) at Western Illinois University holds microfilmed records of the Almshouse records from 1889-1902 (Assension #2/0084/06). Please see the Archives page of this website for information on IRAD. They also hold records for applications for Relief for the Blind dating from 1903 - 1930, some of whom may or may not have ended up at the Infirmary.

There were also CHILDREN in the infirmary, so if you have not been able to locate a child in an orphans facility, you may also wish to look at the Infirmary records.

Census records are available onsite for the Henry County Infirmary for the following Federal Census periods:

1880 Census listing for Henry County Infirmary

1900 Census listing for Henry County Infirmary