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Chicken Coop, Wash House, and Wood Shed, 1873

 
 
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Photographed By Craig Doda, November 12, 2021
1. Chicken Coop, Wash House, and Wood Shed, 1873 Marker
Inscription.  Chicken Coop
Originally constructed in 1873, the chicken coop was an essential part of daily life at the infirmary. This chicken coop was one of two poultry buildings, but the smaller coop is no longer standing. German immigrant John Abke and Wood County native Jim Sprague were infirmary inmates in the 1940s, whose daily chore was to help with the chickens.

Photo John Abke and Jim Sprague

Wash House
Laundry at the infirmary was a daily chore and difficult to manage given the number of inmates and insufficient supply of water. Local stonemason, Morris Walker, built a new laundry facility in 1911 for $1,048.50. Over the course of many years, the wash house structure changed to accommodate updated models of industrial washing machines. Hired man, Charley Crusa, noted in his journal countless hours of maintenance on the wash house. Documentation revealed that in 1956, the Wood County Commissioners approved the purchase of a Bock Laundry Machine Model 400 Extractor and a Huebsch Gas Heated Open End Tumbler from Carl Ebert & Co., Findlay, Ohio.

Wood Shed
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wood shed was an area to keep cut wood dry until ready for use in the boilers or stoves. This building was repurposed after the Wood County Museum was established and referred to as the slaughterhouse. While animals were processed on the former infirmary site, documentation does not indicate or specifically mention a slaughterhouse building. This structure is no longer standing.

Fun Fact

Morris Walker, the stonemason for the Wash House, was the father-in-law of William Blystone, the stonemason for the Hog Barn. William was married to Morris's daughter, Clara G. Walker.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1873.
 
Location. 41° 21.021′ N, 83° 37.032′ W. Marker is in Bowling Green, Ohio, in Wood County. Marker is on County Home Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bowling Green OH 43402, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cisterns, Ponds, and Privies (a few steps from this marker); Ice House, 1905 (a few steps from this marker); Boiler House, 1898 (within shouting distance of this marker); Gas Plant, 1906 (within shouting distance of this marker); Wood County Museum (within shouting distance
Chicken Coop, Wash House, and Wood Shed, 1873 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 12, 2021
2. Chicken Coop, Wash House, and Wood Shed, 1873 Marker
of this marker); Corn Crib & Tool Shed, 1872 (within shouting distance of this marker); Lunatic Asylum 1885 (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Wood County Museum (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowling Green.
 
Chicken Coop, Wash House, and Wood Shed, 1873 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 12, 2021
3. Chicken Coop, Wash House, and Wood Shed, 1873 Marker
Chicken Coop, Wash House, and Wood Shed, 1873 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 12, 2021
4. Chicken Coop, Wash House, and Wood Shed, 1873 Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 106 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 14, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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