Rome State School? - page 3

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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    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.
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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.
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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!!
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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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    Hi Mary,
    The best advice I can give you is - never give up. Keep writing letters, eventually you will get to someone who is willing to respond. If nothing else, they will respond so that you will stop writing letters! Good luck to you in your search!
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    Hello, My sister was a patient there.
    How would I find more information about the school?
    Last edit by dianah on Oct 17, '11 : Reason: Terms of Service
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    Have you done a search of old newspaper articles at
    The site is a little cumbersome, but search in different ways, you may find something.
    Good luck with your search.
    Last edit by dianah on Oct 17, '11 : Reason: Terms of Service
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    my brother was there for 10 years, he's never really been the same. kinda in his own world now.

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