Time Line of Events

The timeline below shows events at the infirmary from 1869 to 1900. This includes the creation events of the infirmary and different building episodes as the infirmary was expanding from its creation in 1869 to 1900 when this study ends. This continued building is indicative of the rise of the infirmary and its expansion as time goes on. Paralleled with the timeline for the infirmary are events that would have potentially impacted the infirmary. Included in this are: immigration reform and economic depressions. 5,9,11,22

One thing to notice is besides the construction of one barn and a chicken coup during the 1873 depression, no other building episodes took place during depressions. However, after the Panic of 1893, two wings are torn down and then rebuild larger than before. The chart on this page shows the population at the Infirmary from 1888-1900. At the time of the rebuilding of the East and Central wings of the Infirmary, the population was the highest it had been yet with 71 residents. Perhaps in addition to declining building conditions, this was a cause for the renovations (see Newspaper below). The infirmary was changing as the years went by and events occurring in the United States were impacting the infirmary and what life was like there.5,9,11,22

Perrysburg Journal

Image Courtesy of Chronicling America: Perrysburg Journal February 26, 1898

The Depression and Population at the Infirmary

When one compares the years of the Panic of 1893 to the population of in the Infirmary an interesting trend appears. At the beginning of the depression there are 56 residents. At the end of the years noted as the depression, the residents number 70. From 1893 to 1897 the population increases steadily. The number of residents climbs to 71 in the year following the depression and then continues to drop ending at 66 residents in 1900. It appears that the depression had an impact on the number of residents at the infirmary with that number rising as the depression lasted and falling after it ended. Other studies done on infirmaries, by Ruswick and Wagner saw a similar trend with depressions causing an increase in institutionalized individuals at infirmaries. Wagner notes, this is in part due to the mobile “tramp” that is now able to move from area to area looking for work without having a residence in any location. 9,21,25