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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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