Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Umatilla 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:
County Hospital Poor Farm Account Book, 1897-1900 (1 volume);
Misc. [Indigent Soldiers-Application for Relief], 1901-1906 (.10 cu.ft.);
Misc. [Old Soldiers Home-Application for Admission], 1898 (.05 cu.ft.);
Poor Farm Reports, 1908-1924 (.50 cu.ft.);
Relief Applications Pauper Hospital Applications, 1891-1907 (.30 cu.ft.).

Records at the Umatilla County Courthouse, Main Basement Vault:
Minute Book Old Age Pension Commission, 1934-1936 (1 volume);
Old Age Pensioners Accounts [with index], 1934-1936 (1 volume);
Pauper Record [with index], vol. 1, 1900-1942 (1 volume);
Poor Care Operation Bills [includes poor relief, indigent soldier claims, etc.], ca.1900-ca.1939 (.35 cu.ft.);
Poor Care [Records-includes trifolded applications for relief, admittance to county hospital, etc.], ca.1878-ca.1916 (.35 cu.ft.);
Transferred Old Age Pensioners Accounts [with index], 1934 (1 volume);
Widow's Pension Accounts, vol. 1, 1914-1937 (1 volume).

Records at the Umatilla County Records Storage Building, Trial Court Front Room:
Certificate of Old Age Pension, 1933-1935 (.35 cu.ft.).


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