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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] 1905 Directory of Asylums and Institutions
Date: Tue, 8 May 2007 12:08:39 -0500
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Hi Marilyn,

Potters Field was a term given to a cemetery for the indigent and the
unknown.
There were several of them in the Chicago area. There was another
one in Oak Forest, also run by the County.
I don't know where those records would be.

Nan

On May 8, 2007, at 11:54 AM, <> wrote:

> Hi Nan:
> Very very interesting, and I recall this location. Wondering if
> one could
> access the data for the
> Potters Field. I have an uncle buried there, and have often
> wondered where
> Potters Field was located.
> Never knew it was on those grounds.
> Thanks
> Marilyn
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Nan Brennan" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2007 9:08 AM
> Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] 1905 Directory of Asylums and
> Institutions
>
>
>> Hi Karen,
>>
>> Dunning was originally opened as a poor farm or almshouse around
>> 1850.
>> There was a working farm there until about 1950.
>> Later an insane asylum was added and an infirmary was added.
>> There was a cemetery there, too, a "Potters Field" run by Cook
>> County.
>> Orphaned children were buried there, too. There are also some Civil
>> War Veterans and unidentified victims of the Chicago Fire buried
>> there.
>>
>> Around 1912 it was taken over from Cook County by the State of
>> Illinois and renamed
>> Chicago State Hospital. It became one of the first training
>> facilities for psychiatric nurses in the country.
>> A children's facility was added in the 1930s I think, called the
>> Horner center.
>> In the late 60s new facilities were built across the street and they
>> are still there, Chicago Read Mental Health Center.
>>
>> The original buildings have all been torn down and south east end of
>> the old acreage is a shopping complex.
>> The north west end is being developed now.
>>
>> Chicago Read was one of the largest mental health facilities in the
>> United States.
>>
>> My husband was on the psychology staff there for many years, from
>> about 1974 to 1999.
>>
>> I'm not sure but about the name Dunning, Dunning was the name of the
>> township which was outside the city limits at that time. Maybe the
>> original settlers of that rural area were named Dunning.
>>
>> Nan
>>
>> On May 8, 2007, at 7:44 AM, wrote:
>>
>>>
>>> In a message dated 5/8/2007 2:36:36 A.M. Central Daylight Time,
>>> writes:
>>>
>>> http://genealogytrails.com/ill/cook/1905asylums.html
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> I looked through this site & was amazed to see :
>>>
>>> COOK COUNTY INSANE ASYLUM
>>> 6400 Irving Park Road (corner of Irving Park and Narragansett)
>>> Located at Dunning, Ill.
>>>
>>> COOK COUNTY POORHOUSE
>>> 6400 Irving Park Road (corner of Irving Park and Narragansett)
>>> Dunning P. O.
>>>
>>>
>>> Dunning, Illinois?? I lived in the area of North Ave & Oak Park
>>> Ave, not
>>> that far from "Dunning" as the property was called & that was
>>> definitely
>>> Chicago in the 1940's & currently. Where did the Dunning,
>>> Illinois come from? My
>>> girlfriend & I took a tour of the place one day at their open
>>> house in the
>>> late 50's. Bad idea - I can still remember very vividly, the
>>> horrible scenes we
>>> saw, especially the ward where the young mothers, most in their
>>> 30's, were
>>> clutching baby dolls. Now they call it post partum(?) depression
>>> & it can be
>>> treated if addressed in time. I believe the place has been torn
>>> down now or
>>> at least closed. Whatever happened to all of those people ?
>>> Would be
>>> interested to hear more on this if anyone knows.
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>> Karen
>>> (mailto:)
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
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