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Historic places and people in the land of milk and honey: Wisconsin's treasure: a tribute to our past, a celebration of the present and our commitment to continue the good life

[On Highway NN],   pp. 94-95 PDF (731.3 KB)

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COUNTY ANNEX-WEST. Note the cupola on
the roof. This was the original Walworth
County General Hospital. Later it housed
the County Poor Farm residents. In 1967, it
was remodeled   and  became   the
Walworth County Hospital and Home
UWEX, University of Wisconsin-Extension,
was first available in this county when the
first county agricultural agent, James
Murphy, was hired on February 15, 1915. He
worked with farmers' clubs, established a
farm employment bureau, did rope splic-
ing, tested soil, started dairy testing pro-
grams, and helped control hog cholera.
Mr. Murphy later established Murphy
Products Co.
Other departments Included the ASCS
(Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation
Service), Land Conservation and Soil
Conservation   Service  (SCS), County
Housing Authority, and the Association for
the Prevention of Family Violence.
began in 1852 as the Walworth County
Poor Farm and the Asylum for the Chronic
Insane. In the early days, many residents
worked on the county farm to help pro-
duce food which they would be eating.
In 1879, a separate institution for the insane
and another for the homeless and poor
were established. In 1917, a county asylum
with infirmary was built.
In 1970, the name Lakeland Nursing Home
was initiated for the Institution to serve
aged, infirmed and the residents from the
County Mental Hospital.
PUBLIC HEALTH NURSES. The first recorded
Health Committee meeting was October
29, 1921. A budget of $4,000 was estab-
lished to start a County Infant Welfare
Association. Miss Bertha Becht, R.N., was
the first county nurse.
LAKELAND FARM. With its herd of Holstein
dairy cattle, the farm is a research center in
cooperation with UW-Extension and UW-
Madison. Bi-annually it hosts the Walworth
County Dairy Breakfast. More than 3,000
attended this sesquicentennial year.

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