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Chase County poor farm near Elmdale, Kansas

Chase County poor farm near Elmdale, Kansas
Creator: Hixson
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
This photograph shows the Chase County poor farm located near Elmdale, Kansas.


Kansas Emergency Relief Committee, bulletin 307

Kansas Emergency Relief Committee, bulletin 307
Creator: Kansas Emergency Relief Committee
Date: October 01, 1935
The Kansas Emergency Relief Committee was created in July 1932 to obtain and administer federal emergency loans made available to states through Herbert Hoover's Emergency Relief and Construction Act of 1932. President Franklin Roosevelt expanded on this act with the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) in 1933, leading the Kansas committee to change its name to the Kansas Emergency Relief Committee (KERC). Under the direction of Kansas's new governor, Alf Landon, the KERC managed direct and work relief programs in Kansas including emergency education, transient relief, rural rehabilitation, drought relief, and a slew of public works projects including the construction of farm ponds and lakes, and the renovation and construction of public buildings, roads, and quarries. This bulletin contains a report on county poor farms and examines their social and economic cost. In 1934, 77 out of the 105 Kansas counties had a county poor farm for the aged and ill. John Stutz was executive director of the KERC.


Poor farm, Marion County, Kansas

Poor farm, Marion County, Kansas
Date: 1909
This is an exterior view of the three-story poor farm building in Marion County, Kansas.


Structures in Allen County, Kansas

Structures in Allen County, Kansas
Date: 1910-1938
Two photographs of structures in Allen County, Kansas. One is a residence with people on the front porch and in the yard, while the other could possibly be the Allen County poor farm.


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