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From: Frederick Boland <>
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] 1905 Directory of Asylums and Institutions
Date: Wed, 09 May 2007 06:57:55 -0500
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Nan Brennan wrote:

>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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I should have mentioned that the Oak Forest Potters Field is adjacent to
the County's Oak Forest Hospital at 159th St. and Cicero Ave. in Oak
Forest IL


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