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The Cost of a Home

The Confederate Soldiers homes were institutions; like hotels, cruise ships or prisons, they had to acquire the goods that allowed them to care for their residents.

While researching My Old Confederate Home I plowed through reams of operational documents, charting what management bought, who they bought it from and how much they paid. These documents—particularly the list of bills due and paid—helped me understand what was ocurring at the Home during a particular period.

In September 1920, the 150 residents of the Kentucky Confederate Home were about to move back into a facility rebuilt after fire destroyed the original building six months before. The payables list for that month shows that management wrote a check to Levy Bros. Department Store for $705.05 to replace inmate uniforms lost in the fire. The rebuilt laundry building was not yet operational, so the Home paid Capital Laundry Co. $278 to launder bed clothes, tablecloths, and the inmates’ clothing. Louisville Grocery Co. and Denunzio Fruit Co. received checks of $181.38 and $28.25 respectively for fresh provisions.

The Theodore Tafel Surgical Supply Company billed the Home $9 in September, and Taylor Isaacs Drug Co. delivered $13.30 worth of medicine and supplies that month. Milton A. Stoess, owner of the funeral home in nearby Crestwood, earned $23.32 for mortuary service that month.

The expenses above are part of the $3137.33 in bills paid by the Kentucky Confederate Home in September 1920.

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