AKA Wexford county farm, and the Wexford County poor house was located first in Colfax Township, and later in Haring Township.
I am interested in this poorhouse because several of Bill’s ancestors worked there at at different times.
On April 16, 1885 the following notice appeared in the Grand Traverse Herald on page 6 under Wexford County News:
“A county house is being erected on the poor farm in Colfax Township. The main building is 20 x 46 with a front extention (sic) of 14 x 16, all two stories, with a one story wing 18 x 20 in the rear. Rooms for the overseer’s family will be separate from the pauper’s apartments. Twelve dormitories for the later are provided and will furnish ample accommodations for all of Wexford count’s unfortunates. The building is being done my county superintendents under the supervision of A.E. Tilyou, one of their number.”
1910 census of the Wexford County Alms House–name, sex and age only. This is subject to transcription errors. Please consult the census yourself if you find a person of interest.
On this census, a cousin of Papa’s, Maud B. Lamunion, is listed. She was working at the county farm, and possibly boarding there, also.
Colfax Township, Wexford County, Michigan
Printed page 217
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|Hillard||Charles W||M||40||Head||Farm Manager county farm|
|Hillard||Ella M.||F||32||Wife||Matron, County Farm|
|Gill??by||Roy C.||M||20||boarder||Farm Labour, working out|