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Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] 1905 Directory of Asylums and Institutions
Date: Tue, 8 May 2007 14:45:28 -0500
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Thanks Nan, maybe I will try the county records...
Marilyn

----- Original Message -----
From: "Nan Brennan" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2007 12:08 PM
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] 1905 Directory of Asylums and Institutions


> 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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