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 The running of the tax-supported Infirmary was assigned to an appointed official, who was entrusted with the care of the inmates and facilities. We have unique insight into the day-to-day operations of the county Infirmary, which was recorded in a diary kept by Frank Rouse, who held the position of superintendent for over 20 years, beginning in 1911.  Rouse’s journal describes the comings and goings of county inmates, as well as what went into maintaining the facility.  ​ The running of the tax-supported Infirmary was assigned to an appointed official, who was entrusted with the care of the inmates and facilities. We have unique insight into the day-to-day operations of the county Infirmary, which was recorded in a diary kept by Frank Rouse, who held the position of superintendent for over 20 years, beginning in 1911.  Rouse’s journal describes the comings and goings of county inmates, as well as what went into maintaining the facility.  ​
  
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 From the [[infirmary_residents_in_the_census|United States Census records from 1880-1940]],​ we know that the infirmary residents ranged in age from infants to the elderly, and the facility was integrated. ​ There were often children in the infirmary, sometimes as part of a displaced family, other times as orphaned wards of the county. ​ There were occasions when abandoned infants were temporarily taken in at the infirmary. From the [[infirmary_residents_in_the_census|United States Census records from 1880-1940]],​ we know that the infirmary residents ranged in age from infants to the elderly, and the facility was integrated. ​ There were often children in the infirmary, sometimes as part of a displaced family, other times as orphaned wards of the county. ​ There were occasions when abandoned infants were temporarily taken in at the infirmary.
  
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 The building which served as home for these county-supported residents was located on Idlewild Road, where the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky’s Burlington campus now stands. The large frame house had 24 rooms and there were additional buildings on the property. ​ Also on the grounds were the grape arbor and apple orchard, as well as practical outbuildings for the farm animals and equipment. ​ Additionally,​ there once stood a “pest house”, a building used for quarantine of residents with highly contagious illnesses, such as small pox, typhus, cholera or tuberculosis. ​ Many of the residents of the Infirmary and pest house were buried in a cemetery on the property. The building which served as home for these county-supported residents was located on Idlewild Road, where the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky’s Burlington campus now stands. The large frame house had 24 rooms and there were additional buildings on the property. ​ Also on the grounds were the grape arbor and apple orchard, as well as practical outbuildings for the farm animals and equipment. ​ Additionally,​ there once stood a “pest house”, a building used for quarantine of residents with highly contagious illnesses, such as small pox, typhus, cholera or tuberculosis. ​ Many of the residents of the Infirmary and pest house were buried in a cemetery on the property.
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-  * [[http://catalog.bcpl.org/POLARIS/view.aspx?subject="​Fusion Digital Collection",​ "​electronic photographs",​ "boone county ​infirmary"|Browse photographs]] of the Infirmary +  * [[https://bcp.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/​history/​search/​results?qu=infirmary&​te=&​lm=LHDC|Browse photographs]] of the Infirmary 
-  * [[http://catalog.bcpl.org/polaris/search/title.aspx?​ctx=1.1033.0.0.7&​cn=686972|Frank H. Rouse Diary]]+  * [[https://bcp.ent.sirsi.net/client/​en_US/search/asset/​35278/​0|Frank H. Rouse Diary]]
  
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