Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Harney 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 Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Application for Widow's Pension [Vivian Crossen-trifolded], 1929 (.05 cu.ft.);
County Court Journal [includes probate, naturalization, widow's pension, and mental commitment information], vol. A, 1889-1919 (1 volume).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Application for Relief [Widows, Dependent Mothers, Sick], 1932-1935 (.15 cu.ft.);
Old Age Pensioners Accounts [Record], 1934-1935 (1 volume);
Widows Pension and Relief [Records-trifolded], 1912-1935 (.25 cu.ft.).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Circuit Court Old Jail File Room:
County Court Journal Juvenile [Administrative and Judicial Journal-includes adoptions, mental commitments, widow's pensions, water rights, civil and criminal judicial actions, and administrative actions], vol. B, 1920-1963 (1 volume).


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