Hope College

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Also known as the Ottawa County Poor Farm/Work Farm/Poor House/Infirmary/Community Haven from 1887-1997. The collection includes Ottawa County Circuit Court records of persons housed at the facility titled “Ottawa County Infirmary Records of Inmates,” transcribed in 2002 by Holland Genealogical Society members Irene Reidsma and Darlene Winter; histories; newspaper clippings about the facility (1887-2011); photographs; correspondence; audiotape cassette and transcription of 1978 facilities addition dedication; original scrapbook and photocopies; loose clippings; receipts and correspondence, 1891-1973; yearbooks; Haven Hilite (1986-1987); receipt ledger, 1915-1921; Record of Inmates of the Poor House ledger, 1887-1933; compact disk (CD) titled The Poor Farm: A Broadcast Production by WGVU/NPR with David Moore, Featuring the Friends of Ottawa County Parks Project to Restore and Preserve the Cemetery at Eastmanville Farm, November 2-3, 2009; and materials concerning the 2010 Poor Farm Cemetery dedication.


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