Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Malheur 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.

No separate county generated pension and relief records were located in the inventory. However, pauper and indigent relief information is included in the commissioners journals and indexes for a number of years in the later 1800s and early 1900s. See the Commissioners Administrative Journals record series.

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