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Canyon County Archives

Canyon County Poor Farm (NEW)

Located on Marble Front Road according to the 1915 Standard Atlas of Canyon County Idaho

The Canyon County Poor Farm was created in 1893 by the Board of County Commissioners during a regular meeting at the new court house building in Caldwell. Among the important matters to be considered by them are the fixing of school district boundaries, selecting a county poor farm, approving of license bonds and deciding the desirability of fixing a bounty on rabbits, gophers, etc. (Source: Idaho Daily Statesman, Boise, 11 July, 1893, p.2)

CANYON COUNTY POOR FARM. The contract for the management of the county poor farm was approved and signed by the county commissioners Wednesday. T.C. Pierson, who has had charge of the farm for the past four years, was again hired by the board and will be allowed 60 cents per day for the care of each pauper and pesthouse patient. the contract is practically the same as that of former years, and will be in force until the second Monday in January, 1915. (Source: Idaho Daily Statesman, Boise, 22 May, 1913, p.7)

LET CONTRACT FOR DWELLING. The contract for the erection of a seven-room dwelling on the Canyon county poor farm, for the occupancy of the superintendent of the farm and his family, has been let by the county commissioners to Fred Howard, a Caldwell contractor, Howard's bid for the contract was $2457. (Source: Idaho Daily Statesman, Boise, 9 July, 1913, p.7)

REPORT POOR FARM OF CANYON COUNTY IN GOOD CONDITION. "The Canyon County poor farm is in excellent condition, and the patients are enjoying life," is the report brought by George W. Stovell, probate judge, and D.J. Westcott, Canyon County commissioner, who recently visited the farm. There are now 16 patients, mostly men, said Judge Stovell, and everything about the home, both exterior and interior, is "most sanitary."
W.A. Perkins is caretaker. His wife, an aged woman, some time ago slipped on a wet board walk while crossing to another part of the building in front of the home, and suffered a hip injury. She is still in bed, though, according to a report of the attending physician, Mrs. Perkins will be able to resume routine work within two weeks. (Source: Idaho Daily Statesman, Boise, 2 June, 1921, p.5)

SANTA TO VISIT POOR FARM. Lots of candy, an apple, a handkerchief and an orange will be the Christmas presents to be given to those at the Canyon County poor farm by men employes of the court house. Nineteen green stockings were made by the girl employes under direction of Mrs. Katherine C. Wolf and Mrs. Henry Thompson. There are 15 men and four women at the institution.
The gifts have been sent to the farm and the superintendent left word at the court house that they will be held until Sunday, and then distributed.
The girls each adopted an orphan at the industrial school at St. Anthony, and made gifts which will please the recipents on this Yuletide. (Source: Idaho Daily Statesman, Boise, 22 Dec., 1921, p.7)

Canyon County Poor Farm - 3 miles s of city RD 4 JK Moore supt. (Source: 1930-1931 Polk's Canyon, Gem, Payette and Washington Counties Directory)

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