- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

NEWPORT, N.H. (AP) - County officials in western New Hampshire have used a $6,000 grant to preserve and publicly release historical records from the county’s poor house and prison.

The Valley News reports (http://bit.ly/1Tq2uRX ) Lionel Chute, the natural resources director for Sullivan County, found the records and received a state Moose Plate Conservation grant to preserve them.

An Essex, Vermont, company cleaned and stabilized the books. The leather-bound volumes are now available at the register of deeds in Newport, New Hampshire. They are written in cursive.

The books contain statistics on those who either lived at the county poor house or were imprisoned at the jail. Alcohol-related crimes are the most common offenses cited. County poor house records date back to 1868 and prison records date back to 1903.

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Information from: Lebanon Valley News, http://www.vnews.com

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