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Records of the Portsmouth City Almshouse, 1889-1895 - image 30


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The Portsmouth City Almshouse was a locally administered public institution for the poor, homeless, and aged persons without means. In the 1895 Mayor's Message to the Common Council, the Keeper of the Almshouse, Joseph Overton, reported "the conduct of the inmates has been excellent, with the exception of a few, who have persisted in being intoxicated, but who have promised to reform and do better in the future." Overton was Keeper of the Almshouse of Portsmouth City from 1889 until his death from asthma on December 9, 1896.