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Re: Wisconsin Home for Feeble Minded
Posted by: MARY LOU CUNNINGHAM Date: September 11, 2000 at 19:45:24
In Reply to: Re: Wisconsin Home for Feeble Minded by Tracy Carlson of 305

tracy, i thought of you and your search.feeble minded did not always mean mental problems. institutions were not governed like they are today. people could be committed for a club foot, to depression, to being "odd", to mental problems. sometimes a child was left with a relative or a neighbor, a lady could be widowed, or be odd after "the change of life". people didn't know what to do with them, so they'd take them to a facility and drop them off. sometimes they'd leave them on the door step and leave. and never return. if you can't find a cemetery, a lot of counties had a "potters field" where unclaimed people would be buried. good luck

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