Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Columbia 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 Columbia County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Old Age Pension Applications Held for Investigation, 1933-1936 (.15 cu.ft.);
Old Age Pensions Allowed [includes applications, agreements, and orders], 1933-1935 (1 cu.ft.);
Petitions for County Aid and Rejected Widows' Pensions [Records-trifolded], 1918-1935 (.10 cu.ft.).