Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Coos 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 Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Index to Widow's Pensions, Indigents, and Indigent Soldiers, ca.1920-1931 (1 volume);
Record of Commitments and Discharges at the County Infirmary, 1926-1930 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
Applications for Widow's Pensions, 1913-1920 (.35 cu.ft.);
[County Farm Record of Purchases & Groceries], ca.1923-1944 (.40 cu.ft.);
Dependent Mother's Petitions [includes some indigent petitions-title varies], 1914-1939 (1 cu.ft.);
[General Assistance Records-Coos County], 1936-1939 (.10 cu.ft.);
Indigents [and Widow's Petition Reports], 1926-1927 (.20 cu.ft.);
T.B. Applications [for Admission to State Tuberculosis Hospital], 1925-1932 (.20 cu.ft.).


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