Before the days of social security if you were unable to care for yourself but did not suffer from a major mental illness you would probably find yourself at a county poorhouse. Constructed in the winter of 1892 upon a hundred acre farm, this poor house was one of the last operation remaining open for nearly a century. With a yearly average of 75 residents, all were required to contribute daily either with farm or household work as they were capable. Men and Women's housing remained separate, however a few children were born at the poorhouse. Children were not permitted to attend public school but instead a makeshift class room was set up in the basement of the women's wing.
Constructed in the early 1920’s this church served its community for 56 years before its closure. This church flourished; at its peak, approximately 160 families were in attendance. The upper floor held six large classrooms that were regularly occupied with children studying worship. However, overtime families began to move into the suburbs. This initiated the gradual decline. Just before vacancy in 1979, only 20 members were in attendance.
This property was built in 1961 with intent to alleviate overcrowding in state hospitals; however, the campus remained empty until it hosted its first patient in 1963. This facilitated offered a complete community for children with developmental and intellectual disabilities. On site, one could find access to hosing, education, and medical attention. The children resided here for fifty years until they were transferred to group homes upon closure.
This place experienced much change. From 1928-1954 the property was used as a catholic girls school. Upon the school’s relocation, this building sat empty for three years. It wasn’t until 1957 that the doors reopened; this time as a religious teaching school. By 1960 it was converted to a convent. With the skyrocketing nun population, additions were quickly added to facilitate long term care.