Rome State School? - page 2

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I am curious if anyone has any ties, professional or personal to the Rome State School in Rome, NY, for the mentally retarded, from the 1950s to early 1070s. I think that now it is a home for the deaf, but I may be incorrect. ... Read More


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    I would also like to find out any information about Rome State School. My uncle, who I never met, was put there around 1948 or so due to emotional issues, and supposedly committed suicide in the early 1960s by hanging himself. My late mother never believed that her little brother killed himself, and even the telegram by the head of the facility said it was a shock because they had no reason to believe he was depressed.

    I wondered if any of the records on the patients who had been there still exist, because I would really like to try to find out what really happened to him, or if anyone is still around who was there and remembers anything. Because of all the abuse I've been hearing went on there, I wonder if he really hung himself or if someone did it to him.

    Thanks to anyone who might be able to help!
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    You may try to contact any newspapers to see if the hanging was reported. Or the Historical Society of the county. Let us know what you find.
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    Hi everyone, Contact the Oneida County Historical Society for more info. on just where old records are kept. Their contact number is 315 735 3642 or write them at 1608 Genesee St. Utica NY 13502

    Good luck finding any info.. Not sure if the court house in Rome NY would have old records for that time. The historical sociey should be able to point you in the right direction. Also don't forget that in that time record keeping was not a priority like today but hopefully you can get answers. Do let the us know if you make progress. Joan
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    I would appreciate any info that you have on Rome State school. My uncle was there from about 1935 until his death in 1969. I am just beginning to search for records but my understanding is that they are held by the NYS Health Dept.
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    Hello, Iīm currently looking for information about my grandmother which I believe was there in 1920. Apparently in the census it states she was 12. I donīt understand was it an orphanage because I believe she was not ill. Was it also like a shelter for the poor? I would greatly appreciate if anyone can help to find records when she entered and date when she left. Please help.
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    I think it's odd that nobody has anything to say about Rome State school. My uncle, Donald Halacy, lived his entire life there from about 1935 until his death in 1969 and nobody wants to talk about it. I can't even find out who keeps these records. I've contacted the city of Rome and they totally disavow any knowledge of the school. How can that be???
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    Quote from biology
    I think it's odd that nobody has anything to say about Rome State school. My uncle, Donald Halacy, lived his entire life there from about 1935 until his death in 1969 and nobody wants to talk about it. I can't even find out who keeps these records. I've contacted the city of Rome and they totally disavow any knowledge of the school. How can that be???
    ...if you read this whole thread, you will see I initited it. Look back to what is posted; there are the addresses, and phone #s of a couple of leads. The daily newspaper may be a good idea to check but there can be $$ charges for it, maybe not. (Some authors use libraries and are charged for the research & copies of articles the librarian supplies).

    It's not lack of interest, I think it's just because most questions have already been answered in the thread. Let us know how it goes.
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    Hello, I just wanted to respond to your message. I myself was a patient there from 1963-1972 and wanted to let you know that the address there was
    p.o. box 550
    Rome, N.Y. 13440
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    Hello, I just wanted to respond to your message. I myself was a patient there from 1963-1972 and wanted to let you know that the address there was
    p.o. box 550
    Rome, N.Y. 13440

    Thank you for your post. Would you be able to tell us why you were there as a patient, and what you are doing now? My brothers were mentally retarded and there from 1958-1972; then they were relocated to O.D. Heck.
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    I was sent there for strictly behavior issues by the school that I was attending. Now I am married and live in upstate N.Y. The things that I saw there and had to endure myself on a daily basis were horrifying and I'm glad that I was one of the ones released by the Elenor Roosevelt foundation. I did work at the Oswald Heck for a while.
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