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Almshouse needs upgrade

Every almshouse should consist of a group of cottages, each with its own garden, its own lawn and its own home-like atmosphere. No one should be admitted to an almshouse but the respectable and deserving poor, but after they are admitted they should be treated like human beings. Unfortunately in today's society, this is not the case.

Housed in the state's almshouses for the poor are the epileptic, the feeble-minded, the vagrant, the blind, the crippled, the insane, inebriates, and people with tuberculosis. It is widely felt that to keep these people together is scandalous and they should be segregated according to their various classes. To confine advanced cases of tuberculosis with other patients is intolerable. They should be cared for in hospitals and not in almshouses.

(Note...There was an "almshouse," or "Warren County poor farm," on the west bank of the Schroon River in Warrensburgh since 1826. The stone building was built in 1860 by Peter Bewel. The residents of the county home worked the county farm to help pay for their own upkeep. The barns on the farm, part of the county home complex, are now incorporated in the Warren County Fairgrounds. The county home stone building was converted decades ago into private apartments.)

Husband drowns as family watches

James Robbins, 45, formerly of Hague, drowned Sunday afternoon, July 17, 1910, at Charcoal Bend, on the Poultney River in Vermont, in full view of his wife and two children.

He was bathing at the time of the accident with William Marnes of West Haven, Vt. Robbins, who could not swim, ventured too far out in the river where the sandy beach suddenly dropped off into deep water. He called to Marnes that he was drowning and Marnes swam to his rescue, but in the struggle that followed, Robbins was swept away.

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