County Home Cemetery
Bureau County

 

County Home Cemetery is located in Section 23 of Wyanet Township
and was established in 1855.

Source: The Voters and Tax-payers of Bureau County, Illinois
Pub. by H.F. Kett & Co., 1877, pages 114-115

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About twenty years ago, 160 acres were purchased and the necessary buildings erected to care for the poor of the county. From time to time additions have been made to these, until now the farm contains 240 acres, with capacious and comfortable buildings.

It is not entirely self-supporting, but the farm is turned to good account, the labor being performed by the inmates. The following report, made by the Farm Committee to the County Board of Supervisors for the year closing September 1, 1876, is given: .

There is at present forty-eight inmates, classified as follows: Insane 12, idiotic 8, cripples 2, homeless 26. Total days attendance for the year is 17,613, or 2,516 weeks. The greatest number any month was 58 in March; the least 41 in September. The average per month for the year—51.

The total expenses of the institution to the county for the year has been as follows:

Bills allowed and due, - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - $3,651.79

Cash including Superintendent's salary, - - - - -1,050.00
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                                                                            $4,701.79
Deduct cash on hand, - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -     400.00
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Total, - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - $4,30179

This shows the entire expenses to the county for the year, and makes a cost of $1.70 per week for each person kept; if we deduct $300 which has been expended for improvements and betterments, as fencing, painting, etc., we find a net cost of $1.59 per week for each person kept.

There has been raised on the farm, the present season, 14 acres of oats, 70 acres of corn, 8 acres of potatoes, and vegetables of various kinds; 60 tons of hay, which was put up in good time and condition; of potatoes and vegetables we shall have a large supply. The corn is good; the oats are poor, but fortunately we have a part of our last year's crop still on hand, so we shall not want in that direction; we also have about 600 bushels of old corn on hand.

Of stock we have six horses, 35 head of cattle, 50 hogs and 100 pigs, all of which are looking well, and show that they have proper care and attention.

The Superintendent is Mr. D. C. Cooper.

 


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