Craig County, Oklahoma

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Re: Eastern State Mental Hospital, Vinita, Oklahoma   1601

Query posted by Redhead0461 on January 06, 2014 for EDARDS

 

 
 

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Re: Eastern State Mental Hospital, Vinita, Oklahoma   1601A

Query posted by Kori_Carriger on January 07, 2014

 

I had called and emailed and spoke with a lady at the forensics department (eastern state hospital) and she told me not only would she not be able to give them to me but also she doesn't see why I need the information and that it doesn't matter. Also she said that even if she could give the information that it is so old that she couldn't read it. I had argued with her that any information on my family is important no matter how little info there is. I also told her that if census from the 1800's can be read then I don't see any reason why documents from 1920's wouldn't be readable also. She was rude and unwilling to help me in anyway what so ever. I had called the museum in Vanita and talked with an older lady and she told me that when it changed from Vanita mental institution to Eastern State that they had burned many documents. What documents made it out from being burned were locked up and that at one point and she wasn't sure how long but had sealed to never be opened by anyone. The only people who can have access is the next of kin who were responsible for the patients care. Beings most of them are now dead those of us now who are looking will never be able to get these documents. I was lucky to find the info I was looking for by posting on the message boards and someone knowing a little more then average joe and knew where to look outside of the hospital. I at least now know of her death date. I also now know where she is burried on the hospitals premises but no one is allowed to go there. They are double stacked out there and the markers are not much readable any more.

 
 

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Re: Eastern State Mental Hospital, Vinita, Oklahoma   1601B

Query posted by Redhead0461 on January 07, 2014

 

That is so sad. Makes you wonder why so secretive. I found the following about all of the doctors there that invented this and that and experimented with this and that...well heck..it's our family they experimented on...no wonder the big secret...Take a look at this historical information....

 
 

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Re: Eastern State Mental Hospital, Vinita, Oklahoma   1601C

Query posted by Kori_Carriger on January 07, 2014

 

Yes I have seen this before. I have done quite the research on this such as you are doing. It is horrible. I believe that the reason my great grandmother was there was post partum depression and also from what I think is her father... he died at that time...Back then they didn't have post partum depression. She admitted her self 6 months after my grandfather was born. If you subscribe to or maybe even contact Oklahoma's genealogy department they know lots of info... that might be a great place to start.

 
 

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Wolfe Orphanage in Gwendale...looking for anna and pearl adams info   1600

Query posted by Lallen246 on January 08, 2014 for , ADAMS, HEATER, ALLEN

 

Looking for info on my G Grandmother Anna Belle Adams Heater. She was supposedly adopted by the John Adams family out of the orphanage. She then married my G Grandfather Robert Perry Heater. My grandmother was their oldest child Jesse May Heater Allen. Thanks.

 
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Looking for Obituary of Joseph Groppe from Vinita, OK   1608

Query posted by Meshackhart, S on January 08, 2014 for , GROPPE, DRIGGS

 

Hi, looking for an obituary for my Granny's dad, Joseph Groppe, originally from Germany 1872. Immigrated to Canada, then to Vinita in 1928. Died in Vinita in October 1954. He was a widower with one daughter, Mary Driggs, who lived in Idaho. He was a farmer, owned land somewhere outside of Vinita. I am hoping to give him a story. . . Any information or leads would be greatly appreciated!
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Eastern State Mental Hospital   1602A

Query posted by Schmidt, Debbi Aery on January 28, 2014

 

I too have an ancestor that died while in the hospital. I recently read an article in a small paper called the Grand Laker and found his name associated with a disease called pellagra, which is caused by a lack of niacin. Imagine my surprise to learn he died from that disease as a patient there and our family knew NOTHING of his demise. We were always told he "just died" from old age or something. I was told that he had dementia, a well known symptom of pellagra. My concern is how did the author of the article get the info????? I can tell you that there are many many bad secrets in that place. I often drive by there on my home and just think of the horror associated with the treatment of the mentally ill. The State of Oklahoma does not want that ugly secret to be public despite the need for us to know. I am a Registered Nurse and know several people who have worked there and it was a hell hole for sure. I will keep my exploration going and if I can find out any way for more info I will GLADLY post for others to see and use.

 
 

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Re: Eastern State Mental Hospital, Vinita, Oklahoma   1601D

Query posted by Waters, Sherry on January 31, 2014

 

My great grandma was sent there when the stress of working two jobs and caring for her land was too much. Her daughter in law, my grandma, would contact the hospital asking when they were going to release her. Everytime she was told that her mother in law was not ready to be released. After, I believe 2 years, my grandma wrote a letter stating that she was coming up there with the sherrif to receive her mother in law. When she arrived the hospital decided that Mary was well enough to go home. Before Mary was committed she was an excellent cook at a local restaurant in her hometown and to my grandma's shock the hospital had been using Mary as a cook at the hospital.
Guess the hospital considered it good therapy.

 
 

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Re: Eastern State Mental Hospital, Vinita, Oklahoma   1601E

Query posted by Kori_Carriger on February 10, 2014

 

That is sad... They had many things going on there and will not release information to me. They have all sorts of reasons why they can't and by law they don't have too even though its been so long. There were so many law suits with them that nothing is available really. Its just a matter of what you happen to fall upon and or who that knows something. I am glad she was able to go get out and hope it was not horrible for her to be there. Did she ever write about her stay there. If so I would love to read about it.

 
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