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Subject: Re: WVPLEASA-D Digest V99 #42
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 1999 01:39:11 EDT
My wife is going to get suspicious.
An article about the Pleasants Co. poor farm does exist and as soon as I
can get a copy I will send it to Linda to post. However IM not sure that
this article was about an actual poor house. There was an institution at
Spring Run about 2 miles north of St. Marys where challenged and
disadvantaged children were sent until the age of 18.
One of my fathers uncles was overseer there for some time, and the brother
of my fathers paternal grandmother owned this property around the turn of the
On page 20 of the book there is a record of the county being divided into 4
districts for the overseeing of the poor. On page 68 of the BOOk is a
picture of the Brouse Mansion that became the dorm for the girls that were
placed with the state as being challenged. This structure burned in the
1940"s The four large pillers in front were of one solid piece of white
popular, some times called a tulip tree because of the tulip type flower it
produces. These pillars were cut and hewn in France and shipped to WV. by
boat, All but one burned in the fire. I imagine that most of the so called
poor houses were used to separate out the undesirables, and the mentally ill.
I knew three people who were incarcerated in Spencer State Hospital. One
was just soused on cheep wine and the threw him out in a year after it became
obvious that someone just wanted him gone, one had a cancer behind his ear
that was going thru his skull and was sent there to die, One was a genius
that crossed over the line.