Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Benton County Records Inventory

Pension and Relief Records


Series documents financial assistance approved by the county court for widows, mothers, dependent children, orphans, the elderly, and indigents. Information includes applicant name and address, children's names and birth dates, amount of pension or monthly support payment, and county court order. Because the provision of relief became primarily a state and federal function in the 1930s, records are inventoried through 1939.

Pension records have also been recorded in the County Court Journals. See the County Court Judicial Journals series.

Records at the Benton County Courthouse, Clerk's Archive Vault:
Minutes Old Age Pension Commission [with index], 1934-1936 (1 volume).

Records at the Benton County Historical Museum:
[Pauper and Poor Relief Applications-Benton County Transfer 2006 Records], 1879-1886 (.05 cu.ft.).


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