Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Gilliam 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.
Public assistance applications for relief are interspersed in the wooden cabinet holding trifolded records in the courthouse lower vault to the left of the door upon entry.
Records at the Gilliam County Courthouse, Lower Vault, Wooden Trifolded Record Cabinet:
218-248 [Old Age Pensions-Applications-trifolded], 1933-1935 (.35 cu.ft.);
837-859 [Relief Application Records], 1932-1933 (.10 cu.ft.).