items in the early Winterset Madisonian alluded to the fact that
children from the Poor Farm were available for adoption, anywhere
from infants to teenagers. The children could be "tried
out" and if found unsatisfactory, could be returned.
the later years, the Poor Farm housed mostly the elderly, many of
them dying there. Some remaining financial records show that the
county paid for burials both at the farm and in a regular
cemetery. There are no surviving records showing how many died
there or where they are buried. From an unknown source, it was
stated that the Poor Farm cemetery was eventually destroyed, the
markers being "thrown in a quarry" and the graves farmed
February of 1975, Leonard Abrahams, a lifelong resident of Douglas
Township, living in Section 23, spoke of people who were residents
of the County Poor Farm, located in Section 24, being buried on
the County Farm property, west line, adjacent of the draw that
goes through the property.