Henry County Infirmary
photo courtesy of "The
Poorhouse Story" a great website documenting histories of Poor Farms
The Henry County Infirmary has been known by a number of names including the Poor House, Poor Farm and
Almshouse. The "Atlas of Henry Co. and the State of Illinois," by Warner & Beers Publishers of
Chicago in 1875, on pages 4-5" included this brief description of the facility.
POOR HOUSE – The present poor-house is located on the northwest quarter of section twenty-one, in the Town of
Munson. It was built in the years 1871-2, at a total cost, including furniture and heating apparatus, of about
$55,000. The design of the building was after a plan by O. E. Page, Esq., one of the building committee. The former
poor-house was a frame building now standing just north of the present one.
The Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) at Western Illinois University holds microfilmed records of the
Almshouse records from 1889-1902 (Assension #2/0084/06). Please see the Archives page of this
website for information on IRAD. They also hold records for applications for Relief for the Blind dating from 1903
- 1930, some of whom may or may not have ended up at the Infirmary.
There were also CHILDREN in the infirmary, so if you have not been able to locate a child in an orphans
facility, you may also wish to look at the Infirmary records.
Census records are available onsite for the Henry County Infirmary for the following Federal Census periods:
1880 Census listing
for Henry County Infirmary
1900 Census listing for Henry