Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Clatsop 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.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
County Poor Reports, 1877-1881 (.05 cu.ft.);
[Old Age Pensions-Payment Register], 1934-1936 (1 volume);
Pensioners Accounts [Old Age Pension Payment Record], 1934-1936 (1 volume);
Record of Poor Receiving Aid from County, 1902-1909 (1 volume);
Relief Petitions, 1864-1910 (.10 cu.ft.);
Widows Pension [Record], vol. 1, 1899-1949 (1 volume).

Records at the Clatsop County Judge Guy Boyington Building, Records Storage Room:
Miscellaneous Recorded Historical Documents [includes deeds, road records, tuberculosis hospital applications, and unemployment relief records-no. 002.05.02], ca.1871-ca.1940 (1 cu.ft.);
Poor [Reports-includes reports documenting county poor farm, hospital, and indigent soldiers-in trifolded document box], 1936-1947 (.20 cu.ft.).

Records at the Clatsop County Historical Society, Archives:
Monthly Time Book [County Poor Farm Register], 1914-1917 (1 volume).


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