Title

Caring for Their Own: Penobscot Bay's Poor Farms.

Authors

Harry Gratwick

Source

Island Journal

Date

2013

Pages

57-61.

Abstract

Brief histories of the poor farms on Deer Isle, Islesboro, and Vinalhaven. With details on some of the residents and caretakers, including Melvin Grover and Woodrow Bunker, who grew up on Vinalhaven's town farm as his father, Lorenzo, was the superintendent from 1924 until 1936. Poor farms disappeared in the first part of the 20th century as the islands' populations declined and the state and federal government took on a larger role in providing social services. The poor farm buildings have since been purchased and renovated.

Subjects

Almshouses

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