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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... Read More

  1. Visit  biology profile page
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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.
  2. Visit  myarte profile page
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    Hello, Im currently looking for information about my grandmother which I believe was there in 1920. Apparently in the census it states she was 12. I dont 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.
  5. Visit  getitpaul profile page
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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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    Quote from getitpaul
    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.
  7. Visit  getitpaul profile page
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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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    Quote from getitpaul
    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.


    This is very interesting. I thought it was always a school for mentally retarded, then for the deaf, and now a prison. Was there a behavioral unit also; is that why you were there? I always wondered about meal times, because my brothers ate so fast when we visited them or they came home for vacation...and had some interesting things to say about the attendants.
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    There were many people there that were just behavioral problems, there wasn't a unit that held us we were seperated by age no matter what the problem was. As far as the eating goes, we were under strict rules that you had to eat fast, and everything that was on the plate are you would be punished. I'm sure if your brother's came home and said anything about the attendants then it was probably true, and if any complaints would have been made about any situation then your brothers would have suffered a consequence.
  10. Visit  larrydudefl profile page
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    I(patient) was at Rome State School for Boys in 1954-1957(approximate time). The stories I could tell you about the School would make a person feel like the lowest animal on earth. If you would like to contact me on this,you sure can. Merrill
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    I had posted before, looking for info on my uncle who committed suicide at Rome State School in 1960. He was also sent there solely for behavioral issues. He and his 5 brothers and sisters were all split up into foster homes when their parents divorced when he was about 13 years old, and he didn't handle it well. His foster parents put him into Rome State, where he lived for the rest of his life, until his death.
  12. Visit  TeeTeeD profile page
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    My grandmother was placed in Rome State School after her parents split up and all the children were separated. She was considered too old to be adopted and so the orphanage in Ogdensburg, NY sent her to the school.
    I ended up getting information from the Rome DDSO after writing letters for about 2 years.
    When they did finally reply, it was worth the wait.
    Although, I didn't find out everything, they did shed some light on what happened to her during those years.

    This was the address back in 1994:

    Rome DDSO/Administrative Offices
    PO Box 550
    Rome, NY 13442-0550

    Hope this helps!
    Good luck with your search!!
  13. Visit  marywsc profile page
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    I am so glad I finally found this forum. I have been searching for information on Rome State School for quite a while.

    After reading these posts I have two questions. First, a couple of you said to contact you for more information, but I don't understand how to do that. I clicked on the name, but it takes me to a brief profile and no way to send an email.

    Second, to TeeDeeD: Do you have any suggestions on how to get a quicker response? Since you say it took you two years of writing letters, I thought you might be able to give me some shortcuts so my questions won't take two years.

    Thank you.

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