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MARATHON COUNTY ASYLUM AND POOR FARM

All the following information about the history of the Asylum and Poor Farm comes from copies of materials at the Marathon County Historical Libary, 410 McIndoe, Wausau, WI

The asylum was built in 1893 for $80,000 at the end of Sturgeon Eddy Road in Wausau, at the urging of Judge Louis Marchetti, and was called the Asylum for the Chronic Insane. Built next door to the insane asylum was the Marathon County Home and Hospital which served as maternity and general hospital for poor residents.

The asylum was once considered a model structure for care of mental patients.

In 1939, there were 210 chronically insane persons in the asylum. In 1948 the asylum changed its name to the Marathon County Hospital.

In 1963 it became Sunny Vale Infirmary, and a renovation of a tuberculosis sanatorium on Highway 29 became Sunny Vale Manor.

The current Marathon County Health Care Center was built in 1971. They do have a very few records from the early period in their basement, but there is minimal information on those records - just names and charges. They destroyed most of the records.

The county poor farm was built in 1883 on Town Line Road. It was destroyed by fire in 1909, and was rebuilt in 1910 to the asylum complex on Sturgeon Eddy Road. It was destroyed again by fire in 1926, but was rebuilt in 1928 and continued to operate as a poor farm until 1944 when residents were transferred to the home and hospital.

From "Appropriations for the Care of the Chronic Insane, in County Asylums, for the year ending September 30, 1890"

For Marathon County Insane ..............$1,710.34

From "Northern Hospital for the Insane STATEMENT of the amount due for the Support of Inmates from Marathon County, 1899. Filed Oct. 16, 1899, W. J. Gehrke, Co. Clerk.

Office of Wisconsin Home for the Feeble Minded, Chippewa Falls, Oct. 1, 1899 - $676.47

Name                         Time          Board @ $1.50 week Clothing Total Amount

Bartholomew Burek  52 wks 1 day   78.21                $30 year                    $108.21

Willie E. Brawley      52/1                 78.21                30                             108.21

Mary Dorsky           52/1                  78.21                30                             108.21

Hannah Lipinski       52/1                   78.21               30                              108.21

Fred C. A. Peters    52/1                   78.21               30                            108.21

Myrtle Bell Harris     52/1                   78.21               30                           108.21

Frank E. Rothmann 13/1                    19.71                 7.50                         27.21

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Office of State Board of Control of Wisconsin Reformatory, Charitable and Penal Institutions: Amount due from Marathon County, as of 10th of October, 1889 - $1678.95

Name               Time                    Board                      Clothing               Money                    Total

Augusta Goeling 52/1                   78.21                                                                                  78.21

Robt. Buss          7/1                    10.71                        11.25                    24.65                     46.61

Geo. Schremp    39/4                   59.35                        41.50                    18.61                   119.46

Emelie Krause    52/1                   78.21                        20.00                                                  98.21

William Crawford 52/1                 78.21                       15.25                                                   93.46

Emil Riccorz         52/1                 78.21                         24.25                                                102.46

Agnes Bessey       37/1                 55.71                         10.25                                                  65.96

Louisa Werner      9/3                 14.14                            4.13                       8.85                      27.12

Eddie Fitzpatrick   27/5              41.57                           5.88                        8.85                       56.30

Mary Paa             52/1                 78.21                       16.75                                                     94.96

Otto Westphal       52/1               78.21                        12.75                                                     90.96

Mathilda Frayer     52/1                 78.21                       8.75                        8.85                        95.81

Christ Franklin       52/1                78.21                         34.50                                                   112.71

Ferdinand Buckholz 52/1               78.21                        17.38                                                    95.59

Henry Ferge            28/2              42.43                         18.50                 2.82                            63.75

Joseph Tuhalski      38/4              57.86                            37.00                                                 94.86

Frank Golz              42/3               63.64                          2.00                                                  65.64

Edward Grimm       41/6                 62.79                      41.25                                                 104.04

Fred Klinschmidt    28/3                42.64                        12.00                                                 54.64

Herman Mielke        6                    9.00                       16.00                                                      25.00

Rudolph Brose      13/2                 19.93                      16.63                       2.95                     39.51

Julianna Karas       7/6                  11.79                       15.75                                                    27.54

Mary Boeni         5/4                      8.36                                                                                      8.36

James Quinn         6                         9.00                                                                                    9.00

Frank Emil Prenss   5/6                  8.79                                                                                     8.79

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The following names are from the town of Weston 1910 Census, and are possibly from the inhabitants of the Marathon County Poor farm. The first listing of dwelling 208 the people are listed as patients, and the second listing of dwelling 209, the people are listed as charges.

House number 208, family number 213. This is only a partial listing of the information from this census.

Also, the enumerator seems to have taken it upon himself to put down not only the place of birth, but the persons nationality also - which seems to include both parents place of birth - for example, Russ. Polish - I think - he was born in Russia, and one or both parents were born in Poland.

Name Relation Age Place of Birth

Roehl, Joseph Jr. Head 42 Wisconsin

Roehl, Theresa Wife 42 Wisconsin

Roehl, Joseph M. Son 19 Wisconsin

Roehl, Susan Daughter 18 Wisconsin

Bramm, Renata Cook 23 Wisconsin

Gross, Louis Supervisor 22 Wisconsin

Schneider, Sigismund Attendant 21 Wisconsin

Muenchow, Emil Attendant 28 Wisconsin

Doleshal, Minnie Supervisoress 36 Michigan

Loschky, Barbara Attendant 23 Ohio

Schroeder, Helen Attendant 21 Wisconsin

Griepp, Elsie Cook 21 Wisconsin

Davis, Louise Baker 18 Wisconsin

Hanson, Alma Laudress 21 Wisconsin

Heutsch, Alois Barn Boss 40 Switz. German

Nelson, S. A. Farm Boss 42 ?

Kauter, Herman Farmer Mistake, Was taken elsewhere

Paulus, George Farmer 20 Wisconsin

Peterson, Gust Attendant 40 Nor.

Bedynek, Mary Attendant 19 Wisconsin

Miller, Pauluise Attendant 21 Wisconsin

Shoepke, Hattie Attendant 21 Wisconsin

Bettin, Carl Patient 41 Ger.

Nowacki, Anton Patient 37 Pennsylvania

Ohde, Carl " 53 Ger.

Kersling, Daniel " 24 Wisconsin

Rollenhagen, Henry " 32 Wisconsin

Frayer, Matilda " 41 Wisconsin

Lillie, John " 46 Wisconsin

Kunz, Mary " 70 Germany

Seefeld, August Jr. " ` 31 Wisconsin

Nelson, John " 68 Nor.

Boettcher, Bertha " 50 Ger.

Ruder, Edward " 40 Wisconsin

Hendrickson, Emil " 57 Nor.

Golz, Frank " 35 New Jersey

Davis, Lizzie " 49 Wisconsin

Fiker, Augusta " 81 Ger.

Crawford, William " 64 New York

Albrecht, Emelie " 46 Ger.

Boeni, Mary " 55 Switz.German

Besdek, Elizabeth " 43 Wisconsin

Van Order, Willaim W. " 62 New York

Salzmann, Louisa " 62 Swiss German

Riccioz, Emil " 45 Switz German

Bessey, Agnes " 61 Scot. English

Teeter, Jane A. " 77 New York

Gesellchen, Anna M " 45 Ger.

Miller, Amelia " 67 Ger.

Fogarty, Martin " 67 Can. English

Johlke, Bertha " 39 Ger.

Scheer, Anna " 33 Ger.

Krueger, Ottilie " 49 Wisconsin

Hoolshan, Anna " 30 Wisconsin

Goerling, Augusta " 47 Ger.

Heihl, Mary " 46 Ger.

Raatz, Ferdinand " 60 Ger.

Randall, Katherine " 51 Ger.

Brown, Mary " 36 Ger.

Kamerath, Edward " 43 Ger.

Ladwig, Emile (male) " 30 Ger.

Ellingson, Tena " 30 Wisconsin

Weigal, John J. " 50 Ger.

Furger, Josephine " 65 Switz.

Harth, Emma " 25 Wisconsin

Kleinschmidt, Fred " 37 Wisconsin

Nilson, Anton " 52 Swedish

Grams, William " 57 Ger.

Golbach, Kate " 55 Ger.

Gallagher, George L. " 23 Wisconsin

Albrecht, Caroline " 50 Ger.

Steidtman, Harvey " 33 Missouri

Prezewsloska, Andrew " 65 Russ. Polish

Frickner, Edward " 36 ?

Dunn, Charles L. " 22 Wisconsin

Michlig, Fredolin (male) " 44 Switz. German

Pasha, Frank " 28 Wisconsin

Clark, Kittie " 41 Wisconsin

Baerwald, Charles " 31 Wisconsin

Allis, Elizabeth " 59 Pennsylvania

Naell, George Jr. " 33 Switz. German

Schwartz, Elizabeth " 59 Aust. Bohemian

Dallman, Hulda " 45 Wisconsin

Hoffschmidt, Edward " 22 Wisconsin

Kolbeck, George " 75 Ger.

Schneider, Theresa " 60 Aust. Bohemian

Traeger, Augusta M. " 53 Ger.

Sopes, Pauline " 32 Wisconsin

Doleschal, Frank " 42 Wisconsin

Krause, Amelia " 72 Ger.

Papke, Johanna " 64 Ger.

Buckholz, Ferdinand " 51 Ger.

Aschbrenner, Adolph " 67 Russ. Polish

Franklin, Christ " 60 Ger.

Gohdes, Herman " 57 Ger.

Hoffman, John " 51 Ger.

Kruppe, Louis " 58 Ger.

Koltes, Joseph " 81 Ger.

Richter, Bernhard " 43 Ger.

Sell, Emelie " 41 Ger.

Christopherson, John " 48 Nor.

Kahner, John " 69 Hun.Mazyan (?)

Leffel, Carl " 61 Ger.

Mattis, Charles " 48 Ger.

Leitt, Lizzie " 29 Wisconsin

Gibbs, Clara " 45 New York

Baker, David W. " 61 Wisconsin

Dietrick, Anna " 36 Ger.

Krueger, William " 50 Wisconsin

Jesse, Anna " 42 Ger.

Walker, Joseph " 46 Can. English

Ossenfort, Freda " 53 Ger.

Lecini, Angelo " 41 Aust. German

Bever, Laura " 34 Wisconsin

Kell, Herman " 27 Wisconsin

Helke, Clara " 35 Wisconsin

Goertz, Emelia " 50 Ger.

Throm, John " 64 Ger.

Chapman, Kittie " 39 Wisconsin

Koch, Julius " 69 Ger.

Bennett, Louis " 47 New York

Bartells, William " 62 Ger.

Bell, Nellie " 49 Wisconsin

Fischer, John G. " 52 Ger.

Damity, Emilie " 61 Ger.

Cummings, Stephen " 53 Wisconsin

Rape, Adolpha H. " 63 New York

Henich, John " 56 Aust. Bohemian

Dahlke, Gustav " 66 Ger.

Oleson, Mary " 77 Den. Danish

Elk, Ferdinand " 51 Aust. German

Klewin, Frederich W. " 47 Wisconsin

Paulson, Charles " 56 Nor. Norwegian

Letwan, Melvin " 42 Wisconsin

Reiter, John " 48 Aust. German

Reese, Willaim " 60 Ger.

Corrigan, Lizzie " 41 Can.

Jones, Mary " 50 Russ. German

Hill, Minnie " 66 Swd. Swedish

Boldt, Walter " 27 Wisconsin

Skinner, George " 39 Wisconsin

Kersten, Celia " 70 Ger.

Lestikow, Wilhelmine " 82 Ger.

Jacobs, Elmer " 41 Ger.

Pyjoch, Herman ' 41 Wisconsin

Viergutz, Emelia " 43 Ger.

Rista, Ole " 49 Nor.

Gunell, Hilda " 33 Fin. Finnish

Huebner, Lydia " 44 Russ. German

Larson, Nels " 49 Swd. Swedish

Lehman, Charles A. " 72 Ger.

Hanson, Ephriam " 52 Swd. Swedish

Huges, Harold ' 33 Pennsylvania

Jensen, Anna M " 54 Den. Danish

Stadig, Niels " 54 Nor. Norwegian

Schneider, Anton " 59 Switz. German

Norelius, Johannes " 50 Swd. Swedish

Nedden, Herman " 50 Ger.

Jahnke, Emil " 44 Ger.

Johnson, Rasmus " 49 Nor. Norwegian

Hathaway, Silvester " 59 New York

Thomkins, Valentine ' 45 Wisconsin

Peterman, William " 40 Wisconsin

Mineshewski, Emilie ' 53 Ger

Miske, William " 50 Ger.

O'Hara, Thomas " 36 Wisconsin

Carr, William D. " 17 Wisconsin

Hoxie, Lizzie " 36 Can. English

Wilson, Charles " 66 Eng. English

Valicka, James " 46 Aust., Danish

Barrett, Edward " 38 Aust. Irish

Graham, Mary " 36 Wisconsin

Hansen, Peter " 49 Swd. Swedish

LaMontague, Louis " 57 Unknown

Belanski, Joseph " 44 Aust. Polish

Ballanz, John " 48 Ger.

Ellis, Eliza " 48 Wisconsin

Kryazana, Madgelena " 50 Russ. Polish

Levandoski, Balbina " 59 Russ. Polish

Hansen, Caroline " 54 Wisconsin

Knotz, Juliana " 64 Hun. Magyar (?)

Keogh, John " 51 Ire. Irish

McCleary, William " 63 Ohio

Dumonowski, August " 48 Russ Polish

Piankowski, Frank " 56 Russ.Polish

Ceary, John " 69 Ire. Irish

Rawson, Michael " 52 Wisconsin

Hesse, Tracy " 42 Ger.

Dudzeh, John " 51 Ger.

Buffum,Cassandra " 44 Wisconsin

Osowski, John " 38 Russ. Polish

Gorman, Maria " 71 Georgia

Eder, Anna " 51 Ger.

Ellis, Ottillia " 58 Wisconsin

Holmes, Ransom " 53 Can. English

Knook, Rudolph " 26 Wisconsin

Finkel, James " 57 Can. English

Theilig, Christina " 45 Wisconsin

McAdams, Mary E. " 52 Wisconsin

Dennis, Mary C. " 79 New York

Keeper, Amelia " 55 Ger.

Hansen, Charles " 56 Nor.

McGoff, Patrick " 54 Can. English

Strand, Ingra (female) " 42 Nor.

Olson, Ellen " 54 Nor.

Cynderman, John " 47 Finland

Hasselberg, august " 48 Ger.

Lilja, Amelia " 43 Sweden

Siebert, Jessie " Info. not here

Auglim, Delia " 20 Wisconsin

Howland, Alice " 31 Wisconsin

Humphrey, Anna J. " 56 Wisconsin

Kluxtal, Louise " 38 Wisconsin

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Dwelling 209 - Household 214 - here the patients are called charges

Kurtz, Henry Manager 70 Ger

Nelson, Ida Matron 23 Wisconsin

(this says she is 23, yet has been married 10 years.)

Nelson, Madeline Daughter 9 Wisconsin

Nelson, Linda Daughter 7 Wisconsin

Donner, Mabel Cook 28 Wisconsin

Donner, Pearle Daughter 1 10/12 Wisconsin

Trantow, Fred Charge 25 unknown

Peterson, Ole " 32 unknown

Wehlitz, Charles " 67 unknown

Pflughoeft, albert " 78 Ger.

Verden, John " 48 unknown

Pinsky, Theresa " 10 unknown

Pigeon, Patrick " 70 Ire. Irish

Plieffer, Nic " 76 Ger.

O'Niel, Dennis " 65 U. S.

Domhowsky, Caroline " 73 Rus. Polish

Schlee, August " 59 Unknown

Helke, John " 47 Ger.

Holtz, Charles " 55 Ger.

Goldman, Mike " 36 Unknown

Tilton, Lewis " Unknown Unknown

Burkhardt, Joseph " Unknown Unknown

Rusch, Ernest " Unknown Ger.

Lipinski, Maria " Unknown Russ. Polish

Haesle, Anna Nurse 28 Wisconsin

Woldt, Albert Charge Unknown Unknown

Wehlick, John " 68 Ger.

Sikorski, Charles " 60 Ger.

Elliot, George " 60 Wisconsin

Miller, Fred " Unknown Wisconsin

Jeskowski, James " 57 Russ. Polish

Cerney, Joseph " 69 Unknown

Kilroy, Patrick " 58 Ire.

Peterson, Kettle (male) " 70 Swedish

Barry, William " 72 Unknown

Rank, Mike " 60 Unknown

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