Thoughts About the Poor House, 1907

The Skidmore New Era recruited correspondents who would send in local news items from their neighborhoods. Although they didn’t receive a byline, they did get a subscription to the paper. The Carden City correspondent was one of the most active in the early 1900s. She (we think it was a “she”) often reported on the comings and goings of the Carden family, but in the September 19, 1907 edition of the paper, she offered the following opinion piece:

Some are kicking about the new poor house. If men vote to make paupers they have the same right to build houses to keep them, so there should be no kick coming. Go if you will to the poor farm, ask those unfortunates why they are there, and see if they won’t, nine times out of ten, say whisky did it. Some are poor women who could not help it. We have seen a great deal of the stuff in our younger days, but how thankful that since our marriage there has never been a drop of liquor in our house. As for me, I don’t think I could put it too strong when I talk against the stuff, although I know I am called a crank. Well some things won’t run without a crank. I would rather put my girls in their graves than see them marry drinking men, and this is not putting it too strong for it’s every word true.

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