While they were tolerated for many years the POGIES weren't exactly appreciated. The seasonal workers who flooded the poor house before winter set in were a drain on resources and needed bed space, exacerbating the over-crowding situation long present at Eloise. Many proclamations were made to put the able-bodied men out or to work on the farm and doing other manual labors. The vast majority would not work for their room and board and chose to vacate the premises rather than pitching a hand when called upon to do so. Here is one such proclamation by an unnamed County official. The gravy train steamrollered onward just the same.