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Quote:Soldat251 Sun 20th 8:27 pm
Quote:Smithjaj Sat 19th 11:38 pm
Yeah, that's what I thought. Thanks.



Given their age I would say there is a decent chance they are sitting collecting dust or mold is\n some basement room.

I don't know if it's federal or state law going into effect, but the state hospital here is having to digitize and archive all the records they have. Hopefully this will get some institutions to finally dig out all the old patient info they have laying around. As it is now, most don't have any type of inventory of what records they have.

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My grandfather
I so want to view records of my grandfather who I believe was admitted to MHI of course not called that at the time. It was called an insane asylum and I believe he was committed about 1930 to Independance Ia. All it took then were relatives to say you were crazy and believe me he wasn't. His sisters wanted the family farm and I know he was a drinker but he had 4 children he was raising one being my Dad. I loved him dearly. He was a big guy very strong and I know they broke his nose there. I think he may have been there at least 3 yrs. So sad back in those days when they had such limited knowledge. I am an aging nurse and would love to see his his records. I don't know how to go about doing it and they probably may not let me view them if they were violent to him. SUE

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Quote:Dr,flimflam Sat 2nd 10:27 pm
I remember Irene as I was a former patient of Dunning. Irene was lobotomize. Unfortunately it didn't improve her malady, so after extreme electro-shock treatments (which didn't take), her corpse was thrown in with the rest of the nuts in Potters Field. To bad, so sad, ha, ha.

Is that comment supposed to be funny ? Maybe you should have stayed there !!!!
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Quote:Thomasp94 Wed 17th 7:00 pm
Originally posted my Jessie Taylor on Sun Dec 14, 2008:

Hi,

I am a former patient of the infamous Chicago State Hospital (Dunning), Formerly located at 6500 W Irving Park Road (Now the Dunning Shopping Center). In 1969 at 13 years of age I ran away from a foster home, lived on the streets of Chicago for 7 months, and was arrested on 12/07/1969, and placed in the Audie Home ( a juvenile correctional facility) not knowing what to do with me the juvenile court judge ordered me to be committed to the Chicago State Hospital, on 01/27/1970 at 14 years of age I was admitted to the MEN'S Recieving Ward at Chicago State, 4 months later I was transferred to an adolescent unit CW 10 was for boy's and CW 11 was for girls, the hospital itself was a huge place about 30 buildings, it was a small town, it had a school, a church, a store, there was even a medical hospital on the grounds, I have a lot of memories both good and bad, I escaped from the hospital when I was 16, so I was there for about 2 years.
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I guess what concerns me the most is that there is nothing on the internet or anywhere else about the Chicago State Hospital, as if it never existed. On August 15, 2012 a complaint will be filed in the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois on behalf of all children that were housed in CW 10 and CW 11 at the Chicago State Hospital . children that were housed there were denied the basic right to an education ( there was no state accredited school on the grounds ) they were given anti-psychotic drugs ( milarel and thorizine ) that are not FDA approved for persons under 18, they were provided cigarettes and tobbacco by the State, the were placed in leather restaints and put in locked quiet rooms for discipline, and they were physically abused by Hospital security and staff. The defendants in this complaint will be : Lisa Madigan, the Illinois Attorney General and the Illinois Dept. of Humane Services (Formally the Illinois Dept. of Mental Health.

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Looking for records and information on a patient Elizabeth Utting
Today I learned my great grandmother was a patient here at Chicago State Hospital. She died in May 1937. I do not know how long she lived there. I have found she is buried at what is now known as Forest home Cemetery, part of the Waldheim Cemetery Complex.

I would love to get a hold of her medical records and any other information on her.
Beth Walsh
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Beth,
Unfortunately I haven't heard of anyone having much success with old Chicago State records. Most were lost about the time the old hospital closed and was demolished. You could try one of the universities in the city, the county hasn't been very helpful unfortunately.

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You mentioned contacting one of the universities in the city, for information. My great grandfather also died at the Dunning state hospital in the 1940's. I was trying to find the death certificate. - I assume that death certificates weren't filed at cook county?

I appreciate any information. Thanks

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The Cook County clerk's office should have copies of all death certificates. Only thing that can be found online is a summary of one, not the original. You could try the familysearch.org site, they had some digitized, but not sure if it's searchable yet.

Cook County Clerk DC records request

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National History Fair Project
Does anyone know someone I can contact to help me do some research for my school project. I would really need some officials contacts to interview them. Please help me , regards ,garcianhd@gmail.com

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Quote:64.150.17.4 Fri 18th 12:42 pm
Does anyone know someone I can contact to help me do some research for my school project. I would really need some officials contacts to interview them. Please help me , regards ,garcianhd@gmail.com

What official contacts are you looking for? Anyone directly with the hospital is long retired by now since the hospital closed in the early 1970s. I can email you the only contact I have of a retired employee.

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Quote:64.150.17.4 Fri 18th 12:42 pm
Does anyone know someone I can contact to help me do some research for my school project. I would really need some officials contacts to interview them. Please help me , regards ,garcianhd@gmail.com

What official contacts are you looking for? Anyone directly with the hospital is long retired by now since the hospital closed in the early 1970s. I can email you the only contact I have of a retired employee.

Yes Please! That would be very helpful.Thank you so much

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Quote:Squad546 Sat 19th 6:14 am
Quote:64.150.17.4 Fri 18th 12:42 pm
Does anyone know someone I can contact to help me do some research for my school project. I would really need some officials contacts to interview them. Please help me , regards ,garcianhd@gmail.com

What official contacts are you looking for? Anyone directly with the hospital is long retired by now since the hospital closed in the early 1970s. I can email you the only contact I have of a retired employee.

Yes Please! That would be very helpful.Thank you so much

Oh and can you also send it to catrambonenhd@gmail.com and andreasiknhd@gmail.com? These are my partners that I am researching with.

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I would really like to interview you Jessie Taylor and also all the other people who were there at Dunning for the book I am writing. You can contact me at tcpi69@yahoo.com

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William Hopps
I've been told that my GGGrandfather died penniless at Dunning. I have also been told that all records had been destroyed. Has anyone had success in finding information. I don't know when he died, but I would guess between 1864 and 1875.

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Is there anyway to get copies the my grandmothers records? She was in Dunning somewhere between
the 1950's thru 1960's. If not is there somewhere else I could get them?

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Quote:68.112.206.94 Thu 10th 3:04 pm
Is there anyway to get copies the my grandmothers records? She was in Dunning somewhere between
the 1950's thru 1960's. If not is there somewhere else I could get them?

Unfortunately those records are long gone. They were either destroyed or lost when the hospital closed.

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Is there an index w/date of birth of inmates somewhere
I would think that there would be at least a list of names kept somewhere. I am looking for an individual relative just up and disappeared on or about 1934-35. Is there a search engine avail?
How about prison records of the state?

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check with state archives in salem

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i mean in chicago, salem was for a different case

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Quote: Sat 21st 4:01 pm
I would think that there would be at least a list of names kept somewhere. I am looking for an individual relative just up and disappeared on or about 1934-35. Is there a search engine avail?
How about prison records of the state?

I believe at onetime someone was working on a database of burials but I never could find it. Death records aren't easy to find for Illinois. As far as prison records, you can try this link;

http://genealogytrails.com/ill/convicts/convictregister.htm Illinois Genealogy Trails History Group
Convict Registers

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Quote: Wed 15th 9:31 pm
hi
in searching i came to this site, and was hoping the person you are talking about at cook county may be able to help me. i was born in 1950 at cook county hospital and then was transfered to a tuberculosis sanitarium, there is alot more to the story and would like to know if are interested in helping me, please contact me at smileyjoann@hotmail.com
thank you
joann smiley

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Quote:Squad546 Sat 22nd 3:29 am
If your a relative you can request records, although I should warn you it usually isn't easy to do. I've been told most of the old Dunning records disappeared years ago.

My great grandmother was admitted to dunning state hospital . Her name was Lillian Hagen her adult children admitted her against her wishes shortly after the death of her husband. She was simply grieving and depressed. She was always looking for a way out of there and she found it! In July of 1966 Lillian Hagen was found dead in a drainage ditch inside the hospital grounds. I am very interested in obtaining her records and finding out where she was buried or if her body was cremated. There's an article about the staff finding her dead published in the Chicago tribune July 14 1964 page 31. Lillian A Hagen born April 4 1901 was married to David Hagen. Had three children with David Hagen. 1. Florence Dorothy Hagen 2.Herbert Hagen 3. Norman Hagen. My name is Cindy Doyle my email address is cindydoyle24@gmail.com if anyone can point me in the right direction I'd be forever grateful!! Sincerely Cindy Doyle

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Lillian hagen
Is potters field a cemetery built on the dunning state hospital property. I am beginning to wonder if her body was thrown into a grave with several other deceased people. If she were cremated can I find that out.


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