Chippewa County Poor Farm Cemetery 2009 Dedication

© Photographed May 22, 2015
Erected by Chippewa County Historical Society
Chippewa Falls, Chippewa County, Wisconsin
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This cemetery is the resting place
for the residents of the former
Chippewa County Poor Farm (1877-1902),
Insane Asylum (1895-1930) and County
Home & Hospital (1930-1971). Although
little is known about the people buried
here [sic] most of them worked on crops
with the livestock and took pride in
"their farm".

As you walk among these unassuming
gravestones you will see names and
headstone row numbers, but no birth
and death dates. Some residents spent
their entire lives in these institutions.
About a dozen were transients whose
names were unknown upon their deaths.

Although the facilities where the people
who were buried here lived had several
names [sic] the original name, the "historic
name" [sic] the Chippewa County Poor Farm
Cemetery was chosen for use on these
historic [sic] markers. The Chippewa County
Historical Society coordinated cemetery
restoration in September 2008.

The cemetery and marker are located behind the S.P.O.T.S. House, located at 2815 County Highway I, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin 54729.

Additional notes provided by the Chippewa County Historical Society:
  • The County of Chippewa, through its local legislative body, decided in 1894 to build a county asylum and in 1895 the main building was erected, and other improvements on a farm of 240 acres were made. The farm located 2 miles east of the city is on the banks of the Chippewa River and overlooks beautiful country across the river from the home for the Feeble Minded. The first patient was received December 26, 1895 and the number of patients in 1912 was around 75.6
  • The first recorded burial was William M. Monroe November 26, 1900 Row 2 Site 25
  • The next recorded burial was Mary N. Hill July 31, 1901 Row 1 Site 1
  • The last recorded burial is Robert Page June 25, 1955
See also, Chippewa County Poor Farm Cemetery, also at this location.

The marker is on the right.

This photo used with permission of Chippewa County Historical Society.

The marker is located in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

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