In the spring of 1873 the Holt County
Commissioners selected 145 acres owned by Jephtha Martin, near the
town of Oregon, for the Holt County Poor Farm. It was chosen for
the timber and luscious fruit trees. Construction of a large
two story brick building began right away by Moses Bennet, owner
of the Oregon Brick Yard. A part of the building still stands
today. Nearby burial grounds contain an unknown number of unmarked
graves. On Sunday, November 2, 2014, at 2 pm in the
courtroom of the Holt County Courthouse in Oregon the Holt
County Historical Society will take a trip back to the beginning
of the establishment and recall the many who lived and died there.
This is the Annual meeting of the Society and will include the
election of 2015 officers. The Society welcomes photographs,
histories, and memorabilia to display. Anyone interested is
invited to attend this free program.
***Be sure to
Check out the “What Do You
Remember” column in the
City News each week! Thanks to Publisher Adam Johnson for
providing the space for the Holt County Historical Society to recall
Holt County memories along with finding answers to queries and to
identify historical photographs!