Jasper County Residents
Residing at the Illinois Southern Hospital for the Insane
©Transcribed by Kim Torp

Various years



1874

Leo Raef, grandson of Mathias Raef was brought to town on last Tuesday and tried and convicted of insanity. He will be taken to Jacksonville in a few days. Newton Weekly Press, August 20, 1874

Our County Clerk received a letter the other day from the authorities of the Insane Asylum at Jacksonville stating that Samuel
Smallwood had made his escape. Newton Weekly Press, Sep 3, 1874

1875

Mrs. Caroline Nelson has been declared insane and sent to Anna. Newton Press, January 28, 1875

Our worthy Sheriff, John W. Selby, started to the Anna Insane Asylum on Tuesday morning with Wm. N.
Miller, who was convicted of insanity at this place about four weeks ago. Miller was from Granville township, and we understand religion is the cause of his insanity. Newton Press, July 22, 1875

We are informed that Samuel
Smallwood is in the country again. It will be remembered that he is the identical Sam that stabbed Jake Bowers and George Wise, in this place about three or four years ago, from which Bowers died. Smallwood was sent to the Insane Asylum on charge of insanity, and has either been discharged by the authorieis of the Asylum or has made his escape, probably the latter. We learn that he has made threats since his return against several persons and asserts that he intends to carry them into execution. The authorities should take him in charge for fear another tragical occurrence will take place still more serious that the one when Bowers lost his life. Newton Press, Oct. 14, 1875


1880

From Supplemental Schedule No. 1 to the 1880 Federal Census

"Insane Inhabitants in the Illinois Southern Hospital for the Insane at Anna, Union County"

Name

City/Town

Form of Disease

Duration of present attack

Total

# of attacks

Age at which first attack occurred

Does this person require restraints

Length of time in asylum

Epiletic/ Suicidal/ Homicidal

Reaf, Leo

Newton

Mania

12

1

8

no

6 yrs

epileptic

Miller, W.W.

Newton

Melancholia

5 ½

1

25

no

5 yrs

 

Huss, Henry

Newton

Mania

3

1

23

no

3 yrs

 

McReynolds, J.S.

Newton

Mania

3 mo.

1

44

no

2 yrs

 

Lipscomb, Malinda

Newton

Mania puerple

15 mos

1

25

no

3 mos

 

Nelson, Caroline

Newton

Mania, acute

5 ½ yrs

2

47

no

5 ¼ yrs

 

Hass, Thresa

St. Marie

Mania, chronic

11 ½ yrs

1

49

no

6 ½ yrs

 


1889

The County's Unfortunates

Published in the Newton Press January 16, 1889: "The report of the superintendent of the Illinois Southern Hospital for the Insane at Anna shows the following inmates from Jasper county and their condition:"

Name

Date of Admission

Condition

Leo Raef

August 25, 1874

Incurable

Caroline Nelson

April 21, 1875

Incurable

Wm. W. Miller

October 11, 1878

Incurable

Elizabeth Hayes

July 29, 1882

Not improving

Jonathan Downey

January 3, 1884

Improved

Marshall Vint

April 4, 1884

Unimproved

Elizabeth Conley

June 25, 1884

Dementia

Abraham Keller

October 7, 1885

Unimproved

Laura B. Youngman

January 25, 1887

Not improved

Elizabeth Cary

October 24, 1887

Not improved

Alphonzo M. Thompson

January 7, 1888

Declining

Rosella Mardis

May 3, 1888

Improved

"Mrs. Hayes is now at home. The crowded condition of the asylum suggests enormous extravagance, somewhere, as the appropriations for enlargement, etc. have been unusually large. The penal and charitable institutions need overhauling and new men put in them. The old barnacles appear to be there only for the purpose of squandering money."


1891

Jasper County Residents Who Were Adjudged Insane

(as reported in The Newton Press)

1892

Jasper's Insane Patients

(Newton Press, Feb. 17, 1892) "The following is the report of the superintendent of the asylum for the insane at Anna as to the mental and physical condition of the inmates from Jasper County"

Name

Physical

Mental

Mattie Buford

Good

Improved

John D. Ward

Good

Stationary

Josephus Reed

Good

Much improved

Caroline O. Nelson

Good

Much improved

Rosella Mardis

Good

Stationary

Louisa Carpenter

Good

Stationary

Abraham Kelley

Good

Stationary

Jonathan A. Downey

Good

Stationary

Wm. W. Miller

Good

Stationary

Leo Raef

Good

Stationary

Marshall Vint

Good

Stationary

John Harris

Good

Stationary

Frank Milet

Good

Improved

Mrs. Belle Blea_er from St. Marie, and Mrs. Laura B. Youngman of West Liberty, have been discharged.

1892


1901


1902

Following is a report of the Jasper county patients under the care of the Illinois Asylum for the Incurable Insane, at Peoria:


1903

1926


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