RECENTLY DISCOVERED ARTICLES OF INTEREST
Remember the horrendous problems encountered in New Jersey when the
stumbled across thousands of burials from an old multi-use former poorhouse cemetery? No?
(Well, click here to go down the page to the earlier stories.) Now, Bill Hastings has updated us.
His website contains the list of all the names on this memorial, etc. posted 10/13/2004
Click on these pictures to enlarge them.
This beautiful memorial (with individual names inscribed) is being dedicated in a ceremony to mark the re-interment of these remains in a beautiful cemetery. "The monument service will be held on October 24, 2004 2:00pm at the Maple Grove Park Cemetery 535 Hudson Street, Hackensack, New Jersey. Photos of the monument as well as the cemetery in general are available at www.graveinfo.com/maplegrove " Bill Hastings
and now ...
PREVIOUS NEWS ALERTS
on March 21, 2001, Philadelphia Daily News (PA)
PENN UNEARTHS CEMETERY
-- for previous treatment of this cemetery
-- waiting to see what response this community makes
a construction crew struck human bones on a parking garage site
at the University of Pennsylvania, they immediately shut down
the backhoe and sent for campus police.
But what they found wasn't the grisly
aftermath of some modern murder. They had dug into a
19th-century burial ground that may give archaeologists clues
about the humble people of that day.
Whoever they were, these people were
decently - but perhaps anonymously - buried."
NOTE: The rest of this on-line article
is available only for a fee on their archives.
But what they found wasn't the grisly aftermath of some modern murder. They had dug into a 19th-century burial ground that may give archaeologists clues about the humble people of that day.
Whoever they were, these people were decently - but perhaps anonymously - buried."
NOTE: The rest of this on-line article is available only for a fee on their archives. PHL
Here is a wonderful Photo Album of the DeKalb County [Illinois] Cemetery
This is a very exemplary
way to pay tribute
Recent DISCOVERY OF REMAINS from
the POOR FARM CEMETERY in Meade
(for what was allowed to be done in the past)
The remains of seven people who
were buried in the cemetery of the old Meade County poor farm have
recently (December 2001 through February 2002) been uncovered during
digging for the construction of a new home in Sturgis, according to
recent newspaper reports. The articles state that county officials are
just now finding records of the old poor farm. Apparently the State
Office of History’s Archaeological Research Office is helping to
locate other unmarked graves on the site and identify the gender,
approximate age and ethnic origin of the remains. A 1902 plat indicates
approximately 300 graves near the poor farm. In the absence of any
burial records, officials are reviewing county commission minutes for
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
-- February 11, 2002, Monday
"Paupers' Cemetery Rises from Neglect" posted Feb. 2002
"Remains of some who
lived at the old St. Clair County Poor Farm are buried at the
cemetery, which is now getting better care.
Please visit this wonderful website for the:
ALMSHOUSE Cemetery (
for ... making amends for the past )
It contains photographs and the sad and fascinating history of the cemetery as recorded on the stone memorial in the current memorial garden and the inscription on the (May 27, 1994) dedication plaque. posted Sept 2001
AN UPDATE on the MACOMB County Michigan Poor Farm
This one gets mixed reviews:
for not saving the historic old building ...
for finding a new way to preserve the history
Formerly we posted several articles about the controversy over the future of the old Macomb County Poor Farm. [These have been archived on our website. You can find the index to the articles by clicking on this link.] One carried the title: "Poor farm future uncertain; County has choice: Raze 1868 facility or make it museum." Sadly they chose the former. The building was razed recently. We understand that a documentary about the old poor farm has been produced and has been showing on local cable TV during the summer of 2001. But we have not been informed whether permanent copies of the video will be archived where the public can have access to them in the future, or whether there is a way in which people interested in that history but who do not live in the viewing area of that television station will be able to see it. For information you may inquire of Donald W. Green, Chairman of the Clinton Township Historical Commission, firstname.lastname@example.org
Belated Congratulations to Abner 'Junior' and
Sarah Graham !!!!
Wythe County [Virginia] Poorhouse Farm Website --
with many many articles documenting the history of this project.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT GRANT
Susan Stessin-Cohn, an adjunct professor at SUNY New Paltz, NY, has received a grant to continue the study of the history of those buried at the Ulster County Poorhouse (NY). For more information see the notices (with links) on our ULSTER County page. posted 5/07/2001
ACADEMIC INTEREST IN POORHOUSE HISTORY GAINS MOMENTUM!
We are very grateful to Timothy
T. Orwig for sharing information about his master's thesis:
This involves the following
See the abstract and table of contents.
Preservation Effort Succeeds!
In an attempt to document a group of Kansans that has gone
Mary Douglass, CGRS, 259 N. Kansas Ave., Salina, KS 67401-8515
|ALBANY COUNTY (NY) POORHOUSE CEMETERY
An article in the Times-Union newspaper, by Elizabeth Benjamin Staff writer, published: Wednesday, April 19, 2000, titled "Forgotten in life, interrupted in death" told of the following. Construction workers discovered several dozen graves near the armory behind what is now the David Axelrod Institute of Public Health in 1989. "County records show the site was used as a cemetery for the Albany County Almshouse from as early as 1880 until it moved to Colonie in the 1920s, but historians to date have been unsure of the exact boundaries of the area in which bodies were buried."
Then during Spring of 2000 more bodies were discovered during the site work for the University Heights project -- a campus complex for a group of local colleges which was expected to include a bookstore and food court in the old armory as well as a hotel and conference center.
Some of the graves were located beneath the foundation of buildings once used by the Air National Guard which had been recently demolished. Others were said to lie beneath the parking lot of the state-owned Axelrod Institute.
Carol Raemsch, a bioarchaeologist with Hartgen Associates was quoted as saying, "These were poor people who didn't matter much back when there weren't a lot of rules about building. Construction was done right on top of them.''
It was also reported that the poorhouse deaths were allotted one line apiece in a ledger kept at the Albany County Hall of Records. Apparently there are plans to exhume and relocate those remains.
posted 4/19/2000 (and revised 3/7/2002)
NEWBURGH (Orange County/NY) POORHOUSE CEMETERY CLEAN UP
Read about it
|10/27/2000 Star Ledger Newspaper article re: Court ordered cleanup of Potter's Field Cemetery in Newark NJ|
Use the Gentlest Means Possible
|Please e-mail us if you read or hear of any other Poorhouse buildings, cemeteries, records, etc. which may be in danger of being lost or where efforts are being made to save them!|
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