MERCER COUNTY ALMSHOUSE RESIDENTS
It is situated three and one-half miles due north of Aledo. A beautiful drive leads to the house, the site for which was selected by an artistic eye. Inviting shade trees, the lawn, the orchard, the fruit, the waving grain on either side in summer, the well-filled granaries in winter, all present an inviting appearance ; nothing repulsive meets the eye. It is a home for the unfortunate and the imbecile : an institution that is a credit to the generosity and liberality of the citizens of Mercer county.
The visitor to our county farm and infirmary will see no grand pile of masonry, erected with a view mainly for architectural effect, but a large and substantial building, well adapted for the purpose erected. That improvements might now be added, or that a different plan might embody them if a building was now to be built, which would better the accommodations and lessen the labor, is readily conceded; but it has and will for some years to dome furnish' ample accommodation for all who have been or may be consigned to its friendly shelter.