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Lydia Stockley

Lydia Stockley lived as a spinster and in destitution for the majority of her life and entered the Poorhouse three times due to pregnancy.

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Strasburger Family

Henrietta Strasburger played a role in attesting against the Itter’s during the 1893 Scandal and subsequent trial.

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Frederick Helwig

Frederick Helwig was born around 1840 in Germany. He was living in Waterloo County before he entered the Poorhouse on January 5 1878, at 38 years old. No occupation is listed for him and the cause of pauperism is “weak intellect”. He stayed at the House for about three months before he is discharged. He was committed for a second time to the House on June 4 of that same year. He stayed at the House for about a year when he was sent to the County Gaol for being too dangerous to live with the other House residents. ...

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The Groff Family

The Groff family had a total of eight relatives stay at the House between 1878-1939, almost the entirety of the Poorhouse’s operation. Five of the relatives were sent to Hamilton Insane Asylum and the Orillia Hospital of the Feeble-Minded from the House.

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William Henry Pope

William Henry Pope came to the Poorhouse at 19 years old out of destitution. He had a few family members that lived in the Queen’s Bush Black Settlement in the nineteenth century. He eventually died in the House in 1877 and was buried in the House of Refuge cemetery.

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Lucinda Potter

Lucinda Potter had a very difficult and isolated childhood, entering the Poorhouse when she was just 9 years old and then being sent back and forth four times from the House to families wanting to use her for child labour in their farms and houses.

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