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ORLEANS COUNTY ALMSHOUSE.
Albion, N. Y. V. D. LUDINGTON, Superintendent and Keeper. About three miles from Albion, the Orleans County Almshouse stands in a prominent position, surrounded by a fine farm. It has a capacity sufficient to accommodate 125 inmates, and is generally well equipped. The buildings are in good repair at the present time. Each year the supervisors of the county were in the habit of making special appropriations to cover repairs, but unfortunately at the last annual session the board forgot this appropriation, and, in consequence, the institution must get along for a time as well as possible without repairs. Fortunately the almshouse is now in such good condition that it can probably do so for the current year, as it needs no special additions or improvements.
The sick are cared for in a small two-story frame cottage adjoining the main building, and connected with it on the second floor. Of this building, only the main floor is used as a hospital. This has thirteen beds for men. The women when sick are looked after in their ordinary rooms instead of being removed.
One necessary improvement has been deferred from year to year, and as a result there is a considerable annual loss. The coal supply is piled in the rear yard exposed to the weather, owing to lack of storage room in the building. The coal deteriorates in quality as a result, and, in all probability, were the loss of heating power carefully calculated it would be found that the exposure of the supply for the last few years has resulted in a loss which would more than pay for the erection of a storage building of considerable size. It has been suggested heretofore that the old frame building now used as a hospital for men be removed to some distance from the main structure and be adapted for the storage of the fuel. This building is not suitable for a hospital. As has been stated, it has no accommodations for the women, and should give way to a brick structure properly equipped. Its removal would solve the storage problem, and result in an economy which would go far toward paying for the new hospital in a short time.
WYOMING COUNTY ALMSHOUSE.
Varysburg, N. Y.
EDWARD C. STANLEY, Keeper. This is another representative of the cottage group alms houses. Its buildings are all connected by open corridors, and the dormitories are completely separated from the work and service building. All are in good repair and kept well painted. It is expected that the general safety will be provided for by the erection of outside iron fire-escapes upon the men's building. A new ice house and cooler is also provided for.
The inmates are well cared for and abundantly supplied with milk and butter, as there is a large dairy connected with the almshouse.
It would be well were some safer and better illuminant used than the kerosene oil lamps which now serve for lighting purposes. This almshouse is perhaps near enough to the natural gas belt to have the gas introduced, but if that be impossible it may be well to install an acetylene gas plant.
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