Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Polk 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:
Old Age Pension Ledger, 1934-1936 (1 volume).

Records at the Polk County Courthouse, County Clerk's Office:
Journal County Court [includes mostly judicial actions and some administrative actions-includes widow's pensions-with index], vol. 6, 1932-1954 (1 volume);
Old Age Pension Journal [with index], vol. 1, 1934-1936 (1 volume).

Records at the Polk County Historical Society Museum, Archives:
County Court Journal [includes adoption, widow's pension, judicial, and administrative actions-with index], vol. 5, 1904-1932 (1 volume).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Old Age Pension Journal [includes scanned images], vol. 1, 1934-1936 (FamilySearch.org).


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