A building was erected in 1921 on the county farm to be used to, "shelter and care for the poor and unfortunate." The building was a two story main center building with one story wings.
"The kicker regretted to learn last month of the mental derrangement of Rufus J. Cate, a good Stoddard county farmer, of Pike township, who was taken to the Farmington asylum. Mr. Cate was an active Socialist of much influence, but "the system" is no respecter of person, and is keeping the asylums, prisons, and poor houses crowded."
-From the Scott County Kicker, January 8, 1916
Poor Farm Resident, Circa 1920s (Arnold Collection)