Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Wasco 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:
Human Services Records [includes requests for payment of indigent health care and petitions for relief], 1860-1904 (.25 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wasco County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
County Indust. Farm [Industrial Farm and Hospital Reports and Attachments], 1930-1972 (.85 cu.ft.);
[Paupers-Relief Records], 1894-1898 (.05 cu.ft.);
Widows Pensions [Records-includes applications, reports, and orders], 1913-1937 (.35 cu.ft.).

Records at the Original Wasco County Courthouse Museum:
Wasco Co. Clerk Treas. [Clerk and Treasurer Semi-Annual Reports and Statements-includes one page of non-resident pauper information], 1892-1894 (1 volume).


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