MARSHALL COUNTY ASYLUM


From: History of Marshall County, 1836 to 1880, by Daniel McDonald, pg. 34

The first county asylum property was purchased in 1849, of John Murphy, for the sum of $1,671.11. It was situated on the Plymouth and LaPorte road, about three miles west of Plymouth. For some cause which does not appear of record, it was ordered sold June 19, 1853, for not less than $1,350, and the Auditor was authorized to sell to Joseph Evans for $900 in Fort Wayne and Chicago Railroad stock, and $450 in two equal annual payments. The record of its sale does not appear, but the offer of Mr. Evans was probably accepted, as he afterward owned the property. The present [in 1880] "Poor Farm" is located about one mile from Tyner City. The building is of wood, 34 x 36, two stories, and was erected in 1862. William B. KYLE is the present Superintendent.

ASYLUM REGISTER - MARSHALL COUNTY, IN
1884 - 1900


From: Marshall County Roots and Branches, Vol. 16, No. 1, January, 1995; Judy McCollough, editor and compiler.

The County Asylum was first located three miles west of Plymouth on the LaPorte Rd. The farm was purchased from John Murphy and then sold to Joseph Evans in 1853. From 1853 to 1862 the "poor of the county were let out to the lowest bidder and did not always receive the care and attention that humanity would demand." The first "Poor Farm" built was on a farm one mile north-east of Tyner City in 1862. It was sold by the county in 1891 to Andrew Campbell for $6,000. The Independent, a local newspaper, stated in the Dec. 21, 1894 issue that, since the completion of the Asylum near Tyner, "no county in the state has taken better care of her poor than has Marshall."

The commissioners decided to relocate the poor farm at a site nearer the county seat, Plymouth. In September, 1891 they purchased 195 acres from Henry Humrichouser for $19,547.50 and contracts were let for the erection of the new asylum. In 1898, The Republican, another local newspaper, describes the 39 inmates at the home....."They do not belong to the criminal class, though the moral perceptions of some of them are weak because of mental defects, but they are respectable people who are obliged to partake of the bounty of the institution because of physical disability or mental taint and lack of relatives who are able to support them."

Visitors to today's "Shady Rest" Home will find a bright, clean, attractive homelike atmosphere where a resident is cared for with the utmost respect for their individual dignity. While the County Poor Farm of 1891 fulfilled the needs of its time, Shady Rest is truly a home, no longer an asylum.

The old register is being printed here due to the wealth of genealogical and historical information it contains. For the most part, age probably refers to the age at the time of entering the home, but not in every case. If there is a question, looking at the original entry is in order. An attempt has been made to copy entries as written, including misspelled words.

Researchers please note: This information has not been proofread. Errors could have been made at every level of entry. This should be used as a secondary source only.

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Name Age Nativity Date Committed By Order of Trustee Date Discharged Remarks
MORICLE, Isaac ? American bef 1 Dec 1868 Tippecanoe Twp. 7 Nov 1907 63 Aug. 31, 1900(probably referring to his age
VINNEDGE, George 56 American bef 1 Dec 1868 no 9 Aug 1902 Died 9 Aug 1902, buried in Asylum Cemetery 10 Aug 1902, Row 3, Lot 1
WINKLEY, Catharine 42 American 17 Mar 1874 Bourbon Twp. 24 July 1905 Body buried in Asylum Cemetery at County expense, Row 3, Grave 6. Body claimed by Theo. Cressner, legal representative
WAGLEY, David 56 estimated 31 Aug 1900 Swiss 2 June 1874 German Twp. not given not given
ELLINGER, Henry ? American 6 June 1885 Polk Twp. 23 May 1893 Taken away by his brother, George Ellinger
MOORE, Joseph ? American 16 Feb 1879 Center Twp. 28 March 1894 Died of chronic diorhea 28 March 1894. Taken to Plymouth for burial in Oak Hill Cemetery
FRANCIS, Mary ? American 28 Dec 1884 no 2 Sept 1891 Died 2 Sept 1891, buried on the farm
BIXLER, Viola ? American 28 Dec 1884 no 7 Aug 1896 Taken to Longcliff, Logansport
FLORA, Lucinda 17/18 American 13 Dec 1884 Bourbon Twp. not given Daughter of Abraim Flora was born 23 June 1867 in Kosciusko Co. Her mother was Lavina Smith. Relatives live near Etna Green. Died 18 June 1942. Body taken by Danielson. Buried at Sandridge North of Bourbon.
DICK, Leah 35, estimated 31 Aug 1900 American 20 June 1888 Bourbon Twp. 15 Feby 1905 Taken to Longcliff, Logansport
LEHMAN, Barbara ? American 31 May 1889 no 15 Jan 1891 Sent to Asylum at Logansport, Ind.
JOHNSON, Vickey ? American 25 Feb 1885 no 19 March 1895 Died 19 March 1895 of consumption, buried on farm
BAGLEY, Jennie ? American 3 Oct 1889 no 12 Oct 1891 Taken away by Mr. & Mrs. Calvert Knott near South Bend, Ind.
RICE, Samuel 38 American 24 Feb 1883 no 1 Oct 1890 Returned to the Insane Asylum at Logansport
BAKER, Jacob ? German 30 Sept 1889 no 14 April 1890 none
HIGGINS, William 52 American 7 Dec 1888 Walnut Twp. 17 Jan 1897 Born in Ohio. Cor. William Spencer, Rutland, Ind. Died of Epilepsy and was taken away by his friends.
CLIPPET, John 74, estimated 31 Aug 1900 German 6 Nov 1884 Green Twp. 19 Feby 1907 Buried on Farm Cemetery, Row 3, Grave 8. Died Feby 19, Buried Feby 20, 1907
MACALIER, James 18 American 2 Nov 1889 Center Twp. 21 May 1890 none
FRANK, Charles 33, estimated 31 Aug 1900 (45 also written below) American 28 Jan 1890 West Twp. 31 Aug 1903 Taken to Longcliff Asylum
KAISLER, Mary 74 German 20 June 1888 Bourbon Twp. 28 May 1890 none
DEVINNEY, Catharine 58 American 28 May 1889 West Twp. 12 Oct 1891 Sent to her sister, Mrs. Cook of West Twp., who had decided to keep her.
STEVENS, Christopher ? German 21 Nov 1876 Center Twp. 12 Sept 1892 Sent to Jolliett, Illinois there taken charge of by the Sisters in a Catholic Hospital. Mr. Stevens having received a pension.
JOHNSON, August ? Swede 24 Nov 1873 Polk Twp. 2 Oct 1892 Died 2 Oct 1892. Was taken away and burried in the Swedish grave yard.
TAYLOR, Chas. 20 American 27 Jan 1889 Walnut Twp. 1 Mch 1890 none
BURNS, John ? American 28 Feb 1890 Center Twp. 5 Mch 1890 Died 5 March 1890 of Titanis following amputation of finger on both hands because of being frozen. Was burried at the Farm.
TOWN, Lyman 44 American 26 Feb 1890 Walnut Twp. 4 Mch 1890 none
DAVIS, John I. ? American 20 Feb 1890 North Twp. 12 Mch 1890 Returned him to Rochester and delivered him over to the Trustee of Rochester Township of which place he was a lawful resident.
TOWN, Lyman 44 American 10 Apr 1890 Walnut Twp. 21 Apr 1890 none
RISTINE, Charles W. 46 American 20 Apr 1890 Walnut Twp. 19 May 1890 none
GALAWAY, Owen ? American 2 May 1890 Center Twp. 17 May 1890 none
MOORE, Mary 22 American 23 May 1890 Walnut Twp. 14 June 1890 none
SHADE, Rudolph ? German 29 May 1890 Bourbon Twp. 2 June 1890 none
KAISLER, Mary ? German 4 June 1890 Bourbon Twp. 11 July 1890 Died 11 July 1890, was taken to Plymouth and buried in the Catholic cemetery.
SHADE, Rudolph 61 German 12 July 1890 Bourbon Twp. 22 Mch 1891 Died 22 March 1891 and was taken to Bourbon for burial
HEALY, Frank 20 Irish 2 Aug 1890 Polk Twp. 14 Aug 1890 none
GREGORY, Lizzie (nee Kessling) 45 American 19 Aug 1890 Center Twp. 30 Aug 1890 none
HORNSBY, Eliza 41 American 19 Aug 1890 Center Twp. 11 Sept 1890 none
FIELD, Charles 20 American 4 Dec 1890 Polk Twp. 10 Sept 1890 none
BAKER, Jacob 70 German 10 Sept 1890 Polk Twp. none
DAVIS, Isaac born 19 Dec 1858 American 17 Sept 1890 Center Twp 3 Feb 1927 Burried in Hindle Cemetary. Bunnell Directors--has 1 brother Tom Davis. 1 sister in Mississippi
MATISON, Ora 20 American 13 Oct 1890 Center Twp. 27 Feb 1891 none
FISHER, Karl 52 German 18 Oct 1890 German Twp. 31 Oct 1890 none
TOWN, Lyman 44 American 20 Oct 1890 Walnut Twp. 3 Nov 1890 none
DUNBAR, Jacob 3 American 5 Dec 1890 Green Twp. 12 Dec 1890 Sent to the Orphans Home at Mishawaka
DOE, John (true name not given) ? American 10 Dec 1890 Polk Twp. 12 Dec 1890 none
DIGGINS, Lewis 59 American 30 Dec 1890 Walnut Twp. 10 Mch 1890 none
MOORE, Mary 22 American 26 Dec 1890 Center Twp. 10 Jan 1891 none
male child of MATISON, Ora ? ? 8 Jan 1891 no 27 Feb 1891 Gave birth to a male child

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