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We would like to invite you to re-visit our website, The POORHOUSE STORY (a
clearinghouse for information about 19th century American poorhouses) at
We have just published a picture postcard image of the BENTON County Home
At the homepage (link above) click on POORHOUSES BY STATE, then on IOWA on
the table of states. If you have been to the website recently you may have
to click REFRESH or RELOAD on the browser to see the new information.
There are other pages on the site which may give you some interesting
perspective on poorhouses. They are off the homepage and include: the
HISTORY page and the LETTER TO GENEALOGISTS (which explains why you might
climb over your own "brick walls" at the poorhouse) as well as FEATURED
ARTICLES. There are great tips for researching poorhouse records for
yourself on the RECORDS page; and you might want to subscribe to our
(almost) monthly newsletter (which you can do in the lower right corner of
The information on our site will only grow through the submissions of
generous readers. If you would like to e-mail me ... please do so off-list
because I cannot maintain subscriptions to as many lists as we post messages
on. (You can use an e-mail link off one of our web pages.)
We hope you enjoy the site!
(aka=The Poorhouse Lady)