many employees living on campus when you were there?
The Female Home, Gray Gables were occupied with staff. Even upstairs
in front and center (Kirkbride administration) had a few employees
living in there. They had what was like studio apartments in the admin
building. They shared a bathroom and soforth. I forget her name off
hand but the assistant to the head chief was living in the admin.
For the large numbers there was the Female Home and married couples
lived in the Gray Gabels. Farm Hall, at the bottom of the hill was
where the employed farm workers lived. Grove Hall was for patients
and it was sort of a privilege to live there. It was a step-forward
and an honor to live there. The patients had much more freedom if
they were living in Grove Hall. They could walk around whenever they
wanted, come and go as they please and many of them worked on the
farms. Horace Clark who was the head farmer at the time lived at the
bottom of the hill too. His cottage was the grey house on your right
side just before you head up the hill. I ended up working out of his
cottage towards the end after the farm went under. That's where the
campus police were located and I had an office in that cottage.
lived in the yellow cottage just as you enter the property off of
route 62? It had a white screened in porch in back.
was Dr. Sullivan's home. He was the assistant superintendent when
I first started in 1969.
So I assume the cottages/houses
near Grove Hall that are in use today were all occupied with DSH staff?
they were. Dr. Stone who was a psychiatrist lived over there along
with other Doctors. It was real economical for them because everything
was provided and I mean everything. Their phone service, their heat,
their electrical and they paid like $6 a month to live there.
Was maintenance notified when a patient escaped?
P-Oh yeah. Everyone
was notified. They'd phone us or call us on our 2-way radio. When
I worked in transportation it was my job to go out and find them.
J-Did patients escape
once a month. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Usually it was the same
patients always escaping so you'd actually get to know them and know
where they are going. They were repeats. They'd go get cigarettes,
or food or go get alcohol. There was a store in Middleton that would
always call us "Hey John Doe is here again, can you come and
pick him up?" so they pretty much went to the same places over
and over again when they took off. Don't get me wrong, we had some
that escaped with the intention of never getting caught but for the
most part it was repeats.