IAGenWeb Project - Clayton co.
updated 09/24/2017


Odds & Ends

County Poor Farm & Insane Asylum

Read Township, Section 7


See also:

*County Poor House & Insane Asylum, and the State Asylum - from the 1882 Clayton County History
*State Insane & Inebriate Asylum
*County Home Cemetery burials
*County aide to paupers & others


Unless otherwise credited, the information on this page was transcribed by S. Ferrall


1870 U.S. Census, Read twp., Clayton county, IA - July 16, 1870 - pg 13
Dwelling no. 103 / Family no. 101

Name Age Sex Color Occupation Birthplace Parents birthplace Citizen of U.S.
(males)
Other comments
King, James 55 M W Keeping county poor house England f=foreign / m=foreign X  
King, Mary 53 F W Keeping house England f=foreign / m=foreign    
Rollof, Rachel 23 F W Works in poor house Prussia f=foreign / m=foreign    
Kielly, Mary 53 F W Pauper Ireland f=foreign / m=foreign    
Marshall, Fritz 72 M W Pauper Hanover f=foreign / m=foreign X  
Downey, Wm 69 M W Pauper Ireland f=foreign / m=foreign X Can't read or write
Miller, Fritz 69 M W Pauper Macklenburg f=foreign / m=foreign X  
Larkin, John 75 M W Pauper Ireland f=foreign / m=foreign X  
Becker, Peter 76 M W Pauper Bavaria f=foreign / m=foreign    
Bruhnhard, Francis 73 M W Pauper Lichenstien Germany f=foreign / m=foreign    
Oelson, Andrew 60 M W Pauper Norway f=foreign / m=foreign    
Griffin, Samuel 76 M W Pauper Ireland f=foreign / m=foreign X Blind
Spoors, Abram 9 M W Pauper Iowa f=foreign / m=foreign    
Lish, Peter H. 7 M W Pauper Iowa f=foreign / m=foreign   Attended school within the yr
Spoor, Wm H. 4 M W Pauper Iowa f=foreign / m=foreign    
Billyer, Francis 65 M W Pauper France f=foreign / m=foreign   Right to vote denied on grounds other than rebellion or crime
Lenniken, Mary 73 F W Pauper Hanover f=foreign / m=foreign    
Simon, John 42 M W Pauper Lurenburg France f=foreign / m=foreign X  
Reinhart, Adam 78 M W Pauper Bavaria f=foreign / m=foreign X  
Anderson, Anna 35 F W Pauper Ireland f=foreign / m=foreign   "Can't read or write, Insane"
Quart, August 37 M W Pauper Hanover f=foreign / m=foreign X  

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Sheriff Benton, assisted by John Prior, returned Sunday from the asylum at Independence, bringing two insane persons from the assylum [sic] who were pronounced incurable, and will be cared for in our county hospital. Their names are Hiram Davis and Benjamin Castor; the latter has been an inmate of the state assylum [sic] from this county for the past fourteen years. ~Elkader Register, September 26, 1876

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1880 U.S. Census, Read twp., Clayton county, IA - June 1880 - pg 10 & 11

Dwelling no. 94 / Family no. 94

Name Color Sex Age Relationship to HOH Single
Married
Divorced
Widow
Occupation Birthplace Parents birthplace Other comments
Stran, Samuel W M 55 HOH M Steward of Poorhouse New Hampshire f=New Hampshire m=New Hampshire  
Stran, Mary W F 56 wife M Keeping house New Hampshire f=New Hampshire m=New Hampshire  
Stran, George W M 16 son S   Iowa f=New Hampshire m=New Hampshire attended school within census yr
Brasridge, Debara W F 83 mother-in-law Wd   New Hampshire f=New Hampshire m=New Hampshire  
Radloff, Mina W F 16 servant S   Prussia f=Prussia m=Prussia  
Thompson, Isabel W F 22 servant S   Norway f=Norway m=Norway  
Hulverson, Lars W M 19 servant S   Iowa f=Norway m=Norway attended school within census yr
Camps, Mini W F 18   S Pauper Iowa unkn can't read or write
Camps, Charles W M 1mo   S Pauper Iowa f=Iowa m=Iowa born in April 1880
Rohwettar, Frank W M 55   S Pauper Prussia f=Prussia m=Prussia  
Carry, Thomas W M 20   S Pauper Iowa f=Ireland m=Ireland Idiotic
Hankee, Nancy W F 67   S Pauper Ohio f=Kentucky m=Virginy can't read or write
Pratt, Rose W F 30   M Pauper Iowa unkn Idiotic
Pratt, Frank W M 3   S Pauper Iowa f=Iowa m=Iowa  
Pratt, Jane W F 2m   S Pauper Iowa f=Iowa m=Iowa born in March 1880
Marshall, Fritz W M 75   S Pauper Prussia f=Prussia m=Prussia can't read or write
Hoffman, An W F 20   M Pauper Illinois f=Illinois m=Illinois Insane; can't read or write
Carney, Richard W M 22   S Pauper Iowa f=Ohio m=Bavaria  
Lunon, William W M 31   S Pauper Mecklenburg f=Mecklenburg m=Mecklenburg  
Sherdan, Denis W M abt 60   S Pauper Ireland f=Ireland m=Ireland  
Gaines / Goeines, Moses W M 50   S Pauper New York f=Connecticut m=Connecticut Blind; Can't read or write
Clark, Philip W M 71   S Pauper Ireland f=Ireland m=Ireland Blind; Can't read or write
Acort, Peter W M 78   M Pauper Pennsylvania f=Baden m=Ohio Blind; Can't read or write
Fairman, Henry W M 95   Wd Pauper New York f=Italia m=Ireland  
Reed, Annilyn W F 48   Wd Pauper England f=England m=England  
Jones, Finley W M 73   Wd Pauper Illinois f=Virginia m=Virginia  
Markart, Peter W M 60   S Pauper Prussia f=Prussia m=Prussia  
M?ller, Fritz W M 79   Wd Pauper Mecklenburg f=Mecklenburg m=Mecklenburg  
Jakel, Johann W M 29   M Pauper Bohemia f=Bohemia m=Bohemia Idiotic
Dale / Dole, William W M 76   M Pauper Hanover f=Hanover m=Hanover can't read or write
Billigin, Francis W M 75   Wd Pauper French f=French m=French Transcriber: surname is smeared, looked like Billyer on 1870 census
Walter, Jacob W M 73   S Pauper Pennsylvania f=Baden m=Baden  
Nagel, Luise W F 39   S Pauper Indiana f=Indiana m=Indiana can't read or write
Nagel, Lily W F 2   S Pauper Iowa f=Iowa m=Indiana  
Kelly, Mary W F abt 65   Wd Pauper Ireland f=Ireland m=Ireland  
Johnson, Luise W F 27   S Pauper Norway f=Norway m=Norway Deaf & dumb
Carns, Michael W M 75   S Pauper Ireland f=Ireland m=Ireland can't read or write
Cartright, John W M 83   S Pauper New York f=New York m=New York  

Dwelling no. 95 / Family no. 95

Name Color Sex Age Relationship to HOH Single
Married
Divorced
Widow
Occupation Birthplace Parents birthplace Other comments
Kiesel, Henry W M 35 HOH M Steward of the Insane Prussia f=Prussia m=Prussia  
Kiesel, Katharina W F 24 wife M Keeping house Hessen f=Hessen m=Hessen  
Kiesel, John W M 2 son S   Iowa f=Prussia m=Hessen  
Pelzer, Gerhard W M 64   M Insane Hanover f=Hanover m=Hanover  
Kolster, Bernhard W M 44   S Insane Hanover f=Hanover m=Hanover  
Gutheil, Henry W M 52   M Insane Hessen f=Hessen m=Hessen  
Sheridan, Martin W M 45   M Insane Ireland f=Ireland m=Ireland can't read or write
Warnecke, Henry W M abt 40   S Insane Prussia f=Prussia m=Prussia  
Davis, Hiram W M abt 55   Wd Insane Ohio f=Ohio m=Ohio  
House, Edward W M abt 36   S Insane Iowa unkn  

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On his return from Independence, where he had been to take Eben Colby, Sheriff Place brought back John Daugherty and M. Barrett, as incurable, and placed them in the county asylum. ~Elkader Register, Fri., July 15, 1881 (Home News column) ~contributed by Reid R. Johnson
Note: A death notice (April 1883) for Michael Barrett states he "...was an inmate of the county insane asylum at the time of his death" (see Obituary board, this website)

Ann Hoffman, an inmate of the county poor house, has been declared insane by the commssioners of insanity, and transferred to the county insane asylum. ~Elkader Register, August 19, 1881 (Home News column)

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Petition of the trustees of Sperry township, asking for $3.00 per week for G. Davidson and wife. Ordered that the trustees send them to the poor house. ~Elkader Register, January 12, 1883 (Board of Supervisors report) ~contributed by Reid R. Johnson

Petition of trustees of Cox Creek township, for aid for Loray Peick, trustees ordered to take pauper to the poor house. ~Elkader Register, Fri., April 13, 1883 ~contributed by Reid R. Johnson

Mrs. Schultz
, an inmate of the county poor house, died Wednesday evening, at the advanced age of 86 years. ~Elkader Register, Fri., Sept. 7, 1883 ~contributed by Reid R. Johnson. (For additional information & surname variations, see the death notice for Christiana Schultz on the Obituary board, this website.)

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1890 Board of Supervisors
Board of Supervisors, January Session
Warrant to Mendon twp. trustees who are authorized to remove Mrs. Schmidt to poor house.
Warrant to Elk twp. trustees, who are authorized to take Mrs. Smothers to the poor house.
Ordered that the trustees of Boardman township be authorized to remove Minnie Rankle to Clayton county poor house.
~Elkader Register, Thur., January 23, 1890 ~contributed by Reid R. Johnson

1890 Board of Supervisors
April Session, Mon.,  April 7 through April 11, 1890
Present: J. H. Welch, Chairman; John Luther and James Rogers, Supervisors.
Ordered that the auditor be authorized to draw warrant on county fund for $1,000 and on the insane fund for $550 in favor of John Daniels in full for purchase price of W 1/2, NW 1/4, section 7-93N containing 80 acres for use poor house and asylum.
Ordered that the trustees of Mendon township be authorized to remove Mrs. Raitt, James Estley and Mrs. Castleman to Poor House.
Ordered that the trustees of Volga township remove Mrs. Julia Penrod and family to the Poor House.
Ordered that the trustees of Lodomillo township remove Nathaniel Scovil to Clayton county Poor House.
Ordered that auditor draw warrant in favor of Jno. Cooney for $1.50 for conveying paupers.
~Elkader Register, Thur., April 17, 1890 ~contributed by Reid R. Johnson

Obituary, 1890
A.W. Lindwald, formerly of Farmersburg township, died at the poor house on Sunday, October 26th, 1890 of stomach trouble. He was 58 years of age.
~Elkader Register, Thursday morning, October 30, 1890; Local Scrap-Bag column ~contributed by Audrey Haught (note: there is a longer obit on Obituary Board)

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1897 Report of Grand Jury to the Board of Supervisors
"We have visited the County Poor House and Insane Asylum and find them both to be clean, orderly and well kept places. We inspected the houses, barns and other buildings and found them in good repair, the cellars full of provisions, the granaries full of grain, the horses, cattle, hogs, etc. looking sleek and well fed, and we highly commend Messrs. Kalpein and Zahrndt on their manner of conducting, and their treatment of the inmates of these institutions." James Schroeder (foreman), H.H. Barnard, Richard Humphrey, E.W. White, Jos. Andres, C.F. Meier & Jos. Randall.

Insane hospital annual report of expenditures for the Clayton County Hospital for the Insane, from Jan 1, 1896 to Jan 1, 1897; prepared by Louis Zahrndt, Superintendent:

Superintendent's salary 600.00
Hired girls 300.00
Other hired help 31.50
Tea, 160 lbs 36.30
Sugar, 872 lbs 48.65
Syrup, 222 gal 69.16
Soap, 500 lbs 16.75
Wood 101.00
Corn, 396 bushels 79.20
Beef, 3225 lbs 162.75
Potatoes, 380 bushels 9.00 (?)
Coal, 31 tons 232.60
Coffee, 250 lbs 57.00
Flour, 9760 lbs 161.31
Hardware 49.89
Hay 56.35
Painting 96.85
Clothing 464.48
Miscellaneious expenses 113.76
Total $2689.55
Cost per patient per month $5.00


List of Patients
(Note! Unknown if these are only Insane Asylum patients or if County Poor House residents are included as well)

Anderson, Anna
Brinkhous, Herman
Bond, John
Bannister, Lucy
Beerman, Louis
Bucheim, Barbara
Bristol, Amelia
Beyer, Lena
Carrol, John
Duskardt, Bertha
Fritz, Anna
McGlyn, John
Gulsvig, Mary
Gul, Barbara
Goldschmidt, Lucy
Gill, Phebe
Hencell, Mary
Houre, Mary
Henderson, Lizzie
Hulverson, Peter
Hanna, Alexander
Heimbrodt, Catharina
Hugnes, William
House, Edwin
Johnson, Elsa
Lockname, Miles
Olson, Mary
Ornberg, Ole
Peterson, Carrie
Rison, Hannah
Rison, Turkel
Runquist / Ronquist, Hattie
Rust, Herman
Welch, John
Williams, Phoebe
Welman, Barbara
Smidt, August
Schutte, Mrs.
Zarbock, Fred

~source: The Argus, January 14, 1897

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1900 U.S. Census, Read twp., Clayton county, IA - June 4, 1900

Dwelling no. 26 / Family no. 26

Name Relation to HOH Color
Sex
DOB Age Single
Married
Divorced
Widowed
Yrs married
No. of children born / living
(females)
Birthplace Parents birthplace Yr of Immig
Yrs in U.S.
Naturalized
Occupation
Brown, Wm. Steward W/M Feb. 1860 40 M
18y
  Wisconsin F=England M=England   Farmer & Steward Poor Farm
Brown, Emma Wife W/F Nov. 1860 39 M
18y
2/2 Iowa F-Ireland M=Ireland    
Brown, Leslie Son W/M Feb. 1883 17 S   Iowa F=Wisconsin M=Iowa   At school
Brown, Genevieve Daughter W/F July 1886 13 S   Iowa F=Wisconsin M=Iowa   At school
Theodore, Amelia Servant W/F July 1882 17 S   Iowa F=Germany M=Germany   Servant girl
Younk, Alvina Servant W/F Feb 1881 18 S   Iowa F=Germany M=Germany   Servant girl
Bretchsprecher, Ed Servant W/M Mar 1879 21 S   Iowa F=Germany M=Germany   Farm laborer
McNamara, John Servant W/M Mar 1869 31 S   Wisconsin F=Ireland M=Ireland   Farm laborer
Tracy, Dennis Inmate W/M Jan 1829 71 S   Ireland F=Scotland M=Ireland 1852
48
Na
 
Vanna, A.B. [surname is best guess] Inmate W/M Feb 1826 74 M
1y
  Ireland F=Scotland M=Ireland 1839
61
Na
 
Whittle, Patrick Inmate W/M Aug 1828 71 M
1y
  Ireland F=England M=Ireland 1860
40
Na
 
Cameron, George Inmate W/M Mar 1837 63 S   Vermont F=Ireland M=Ireland    
Trumble, Geo. S. Inmate W/M July 1850 49 Wd   New York F=Canada (Eng) M=New York    
Malandy, Henry Inmate W/M Sept 1818 81 Wd   Sweden F=Sweden M=Sweden 1844
56
Na
 
Lindroth, Fred Inmate W/M Feb 1844 56 Wd   Germany F=Germany M=Germany 1869
31
Na
 
Osises, Edward [surname is best guess] Inmate W/M Mar 1853 47 Wd   Pennsylvania F=Germany M=Germany    
Miller, Henry Inmate W/M Oct 1824 75 Wd   Germany F=Germany M=Germany 1871
29
Na
 
Wolf, John Inmate W/M Mar 1813 87 Wd   Germany F=Germany M=Germany 1840
60
Na
 
Hardin, James Inmate W/M Jan 1825 75 Wd   Virginia F=Virginia M=Virginia    
Rohde, Rimer Inmate W/M Mar 1834 66 Wd   Germany F=Germany M=Germany 1869
31
Na
 
Jole, Joseph Inmate W/M Aug 1837 63 Wd   Germany F=Germany M=Germany 1875
25
Na
 
Skippe, Aug Inmate W/M June 1829 70 Wd   Germany F=Germany M=Germany 1871
39
Na
 
unknown, Louis Inmate W/M Feb 1850 50 Wd   Russia F=Russia M=Russia unkn  
Fair, Lyman Inmate W/M unknown unkn unkn   Iowa F=Iowa M=Iowa    
Trumble, Anna Inmate W/F Jan 1891 9 S   Colorado F=New York M=Scotland   At school
Trumble, Callie Inmate W/F Dec 1896 3 S   Iowa F=Colorado M=Scotland    
Brietspecher, Wm Inmate W/M Aug 1806 94 Wd   Germany F=Germany M=Germany 1866
34
Na
 
McCaffy, Frank Inmate W/M Mar 1816 84 Wd   Ireland F=Ireland M=Ireland 1860
40
Na
 
Lucas, Barney Inmate W/M May 1881 19 S   Iowa F=Iowa M=Iowa    
Miller, John Inmate W/M Apr 1825 75 S   unkn unkn    
Calkof, Coonrod Inmate W/M 1824 76 S   unkn unkn    
Shendam, Dennis Inmate W/M 1806 94 Wd   unkn unkn    
Tyler, Oliver Inmate W/M 1825 75 S   unkn unkn    
Skinner, Nora Inmate W/F Nov 1850 49 Wd
mar 27ys
2/1 at sea F=New York M=at sea   Servant
Gardner, Mary Inmate W/F July 1824 76 Wd 1/1 at sea F=Pennsylvania M=Kentucky    
Jones, Eliza Inmate W/F May 1871 29 S 0/0 unkn unkn    
Kelly, Kate Inmate W/F Feb 1871 29 S 0/0 unkn unkn    
Bolls, Eliza Inmate W/F Apr 1874 26 S 0/0 Indiana F=Indiana M=Missouri    
Schafer, Barbara Inmate W/F May 1860 40 Wd
mar 23y
4/4 unkn unkn    
Smuggles, Sarah Inmate W/F Apr 1878 22 S 0/0 Iowa F=Illinois M=Illinois    
Smuggles, Vera Inmate W/F Sept 1897 2 S   Iowa F=Iowa M=Minnesota    
Smuggles, Karry Inmate W/M May 1900 12m S   Iowa F=Iowa M=Minnesota    
Warren, Eliza [possibly Warner] Inmate W/F Sept 1805 94 M
70y
13/0 Massachusetts F=England M=England    
Warren, Steward [possibly Warner] Inmate W/M Apr 1804 96 M
70y
  Massachusetts F=England M=England    
Vagner, Eliza Inmate W/F June 1825 75 Wd
mar 40ys
6/0 Ohio F=Pennsylvania M=Virginia    
Lutje, Maggie Inmate W/F May 1850 50 Wd 0/0 Germany F=Germany M=Germany unkn  
Karry, Thom [possibly Barry] Inmate W/M May 1855 45 S   Iowa F=Ireland M=Ireland    
Regan, Robt Servant W/M Nov 1830 69 S   Ireland F=Ireland M=Ireland 1856
44
Na
Farm laborer

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1924
W. H. Koehn was appointed Steward of the County Home for the year 1924 at a salary of $115. per month. ~Elkader Register, Thur., January 17, 1924. Board of Supervisors column. ~contributed by Reid R. Johnson

1949
Mrs. Mary Patrick, 99, one of the oldest residents of Clayton county, died Monday at the county home. Burial at Mt. Harmony cemetery at Elkport. ~Clayton County Register, Thur., 5 May 1949 ~contributed by Reid R. Johnson

1955
August H. Ihde died Tuesday at the Clayton county home. Burial will be in the Zion cemetery, Clayton Center. ~Clayton County Register, Thursday, June 9, 1955

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See also:

*County Poor House & Insane Asylum, and the State Asylum - from the 1882 Clayton County History
*State Insane & Inebriate Asylum
*County Home Cemetery burials

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