Pueblo County, Colorado
Colorado Insane Asylum
Jackson, Anna R
attendant, residence: 719 W 15th 1948, City Directory page 202 State Hospital
dietitian helper, residence: 2623 E Routt av 1948, City Directory page 202 State Hospital
dietitian helper, residence: State Hospital 1948, City Directory page 202 State Hospital
Jacobs, George L
attendant, spouse Myrtle R residence: 912 1/2 W 12th 1948, City Directory page 202 State Hospital
Jacobs, Myrtle R
attendant, residence: 912 1/2 W 12th 1948, City Directory page 202 State Hospital
attendant, residence: 706 Albany 1948, City Directory page 203 State Hospital
James, Robert T
attendant, residence: 1102 W 13th 1948, City Directory page 203 State Hospital
Roomer gender M race W age 73 marital status S birthplace Kentucky occupation General Utility Man source 1930 census
worker race: W sex: M age: 61 marital:S place of birth: Kentucky occupation: hostlers source: 1920 census
hostler 1914 City Directory
hostler, 1919 Directory
hostler, 1921 Directory
hostler, 1923 directory
utilityman, 1930 Directory
hostler, 1913 City Directory
Irene (Saja) Radakovich Jamnik - Pueblo Chieftain - October 16, 2002 - Irene (Saja) Radakovich Jamnik, passed away Oct. 14, 2002. Born to the union of Steven and Anja Radakovich of Serbia Croatia decent on Dec. 19, 1917. Preceded in death by Albert B. Jamnik Sr., the father of her children. Brother Michael (Minch) Radakovich; Sisters Mildred (Milka) Radakovich Gentry, Daisy (Danisa) Radakovich Pryor. Granddaughters: Tammy McCartee and Deborah Oster, Nephew Brian E (Buddy) Gentry Jr.. Most cherished second mother Anna (Bukovic) Jamnik. Survivors include IreneŐs eight children: Albert B. (Nancy) Jamnik Jr, Avondale, William T. (Rebecca) Jamnik Sr., Las Animas, Donna J. (John) Riebschlager, Pueblo, Sharon K. (Robert) Ellingboe, Albuquerque, Susan C. (Frank) Latka, Pueblo, Shirley J. (Bradley) Steward, Pueblo, Elizabeth A. (Robert) Aldrich, Pueblo, Warner W. (Karen) Jamnik, Loveland. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Rhonda Livengood, daughter Brianna Livengood, Alan Jamnik, William T. Jamnik Jr.. children: Kayla and T.J., Jennifer Jamnik, son Nicholas Campos, Brenda Jamnik, Kathy Jamnik, Adrian Jamnik, Shane (Pamela Jamnik. children Gerry, Rusty and Shane Jr., Renee (David) Anderson, children Christopher, Victorea and Abigail, Annette (Ron) Turnpaugh, son Alexander, Kristina Steward, Mark S. Yengich, Bleu (Ryan) Morton, Justin (Venessa) Aldrich, children Savannah and Harley Kona, Clint Jamnik, Marene Jamnik, Chantelle Jamnik, Dylan Jamnik, Kyle Jamnik, Colt Jamnik. Also survived by sister Violet Capritta and brother Danny (Stella) Radakovich and many beloved nieces and nephews and beloved friends. Special niece Patricia Hayson and nephew Robert Gentry. Special friend Betty Stewart and the friends from the Grove Drug Store. Irene worked at the North Kitchen at the Colorado State Hospital and the retired from there after 20 years of service. She also worked at Pueblo Tent and Awning during World War II and the cafe at Cooper Auction. Irene loved gardening, travel, cooking and working her daily crossword puzzles but her main joy in life was her family. Services will be held at David Mortuary, Friday, Oct. 18, 2002, at 2p.m.. Internment at Imperial Gardens with graveside service. Family will be received after the services at 2801 Aster.
nurse 1914 City Directory
Jasper, Henry F.
worker race: W sex: M age: 63 marital:W place of birth: Germany occupation: painter source: 1920 census
worker race: W sex: F age: 20 marital:M place of birth: Russia occupation: domestic source: 1920 census
Jennings Jr, John H
employee, residence: 2612 1/2 5th av 1948, City Directory page 204 State Hospital
Jergens, Annie L.
nurse, 1899 City Directory
Jiron, Octaviano J.
Octaviano J. "Toby" Jiron - Pueblo Chieftain - December 05, 2004 - Octaviano J. "Toby" Jiron, 82, born Aug. 25, 1922, in Lobato, Colo., passed away Dec. 1, 2004, at Fuente de Vida Hospice. Mr. Jiron is a retired barber with the former Colorado State Hospital. Preceded in death by his parents, Jacobo and Hijinia (Archuleta) Jiron; a brother, Ben Jiron; two sisters, Nina DeHerrera, Christina Perea. Survived by beloved wife, Ida Dora (Valdez) Jiron; children, Lucille Trujillo, Hannah Jiron, Richard Jiron, Jack (Pat) Jiron, Solomon Jiron; siblings, Procopio (Jane) Jiron, Billy (Dorothy) Jiron, Edward (Erlinda) Jiron, Eloisa Lujan, Irene (Ernest) Salazar, Rose DeHerrera, Eulia (Pete) Montoya; grandchildren, Phillip (Diana) Trujillo, Ronda Martinez, Euvie (Mike) Trujillo, Paula Jiron Finn, Rachel Jiron, Jim Jiron, Randy Jiron, Rayn Jiron, Jasmine Jiron, Jason Jiron and Justin Jiron; five great-grandchildren, Robert, Anthony and Melissa Martinez, Leonard and Jordan Finn; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation, noon until 6 p.m. today, Angelus Chapel. Funeral service, 1 p.m. Monday, First Seventh-day Adventist Church, Pastor Rad Milosavljevich, officiating. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens.
Albert "Al" Johnson - Pueblo Chieftain - October 25, 2005 - Albert "Al" Johnson, 76, was born in Ringwood, Okla., and passed away on Oct. 22, 2005. Survived by his wife, Janiece "Jan" Johnson; four nieces and nephews, Mary Beth Talmon, Richard Penner, Leon (Joni) Johnson; all of Enid, Okla., and Aryliss (Sam) Segar of Meno, Okla. He was preceded in death by his sister, Gertrude Penner and her husband, Alvin; and by his brother, Walter Johnson and his wife, Verna Lee; all of Oklahoma. Al worked for Firestone, was a psychiatric technician at the Colorado State Hospital for eight years and retired as a letter carrier after 18 years. He volunteered for 20 years in same-day surgery at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center. Cremation has taken place. Memorial service, 10 a.m. Thursday, First Southern Baptist Church, 301 Cleveland. Donations in his memory may be made to First Southern Baptist Church.
Johnson, Anna E.
worker race: W sex: F age: 35 marital:M place of birth: South Dakota occupation: nurse source: 1920 census
attendant, residence: 1207 W 15th 1948, City Directory page 206 State Hospital
Johnson, Carroll W.
baker, 1930 Directory
Johnson, Chas. E.
worker race W gender M month born March year born 1870 age 30 marital status S place of birth Kansas occupation fireman source : 1900 census
plumber, 1921 Directory
plumber helper, 1913 City Directory
plumber 1914 City Directory
Johnson, Edwin K.
worker race: W sex: M age: 31 marital:M place of birth: Sweden occupation: plumber source: 1920 census
nurse, 1923 directory
employee, white, female, age 47, single, Michigan, 1885 census
worker race W gender M age 28 marital status S place of birth Missouri occupation fireman source 1910 census
attendant, residence: 606 W 14th 1948, City Directory page 207 State Hospital
Johnson, L. Carrie (Kelsey)
Denver Evening Post 9-24-1896 – A Pueblo Sensation – Dr. Carrie Johnson Accused of a Serious Crime – Pueblo, Sept. 24 – The coroner's jury in the case of Mrs. Ella Kelsey, who died last Sunday from malpractice, returned a verdict to-day, reaching the conclusion that death came by abortion. The jury charges Dr. L. Carrie Johnson with the crime, and warrants have been issued for her arrest. Drs. Work and Stoddard examined the remains and appeared before the jury. The physicians have been watching Mrs. Dr. Johnson for some time and it seems they have at last caught her. She was four months ago married, her maiden name being Kelsey. She was arrested on a similar charge before but was discharged by a justice of the peace. For some years she was an employe in the insane asylum and also assisted in conducting the Home for Enfeebled Children. The district attorney says her conviction is sure.
cook, 1913 City Directory
cook 1914 City Directory
laundress, 1919 Directory
Johnson, Mary C.
matron, 1913 City Directory
Johnson, Mary C.
matron 1914 City Directory
laundryman, 1923 directory
Johnson, Sadie B.
Sadie B. Johnson - Pueblo Chieftain - July 06, 2001 - Sadie B. Johnson, 88, of Pueblo, passed away July 4, 2001. She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 69 years, Holly O. “Doc” Johnson, February 1999. Survived by children; Madlyn (Francis) Haines, Phyllis White (Glenn), Marie (Deanne) Gebbie, Jane Woodbury (Dave), Gayle (Donna) Johnson, Marilyn (Albert) Collins, Patricia “Becky” (Guy) Roberts, Kenneth (Christina) Johnson. Also survived by 23 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Sadie worked at the Colorado State Hospital as a dietician for many years. She and her husband also ran the Pine Valley Cafe and service station in Beulah from 1964-1975. She will be remembered as a dedicated mother and grandmother. Visitation, 1 to 6 p.m. today, T.G. McCarthy Funeral Home. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Saturday, July 7 T.G. McCarthy Rose Chapel. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. In memory of Sadie, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association through the funeral home.
Johnson, William A
engineer dept, residence: State Hospital 1948, City Directory page 208 State Hospital
laundry worker, 1923 directory
Johnston, Celia A.
domestic, 1921 Directory
gender m age 38 occupation Laundry man birthplace Prussia source: 1880 census
attendant, residence: RD 3 Box 30-A 1948, City Directory page 208 State Hospital
nurse Woodcroft Hospital, 1919 Directory
Johnston, Ora E.
nurse, 1913 City Directory
nurse, 1923 directory
attendant, residence: 1707 W 17th 1948, City Directory page 209 State Hospital
Denver Evening Post 1-22-1899 – Feeling Shows in Asylum Inquiry – Pueblo, Colo., Jan. 21 – The investigation by the joint legislative committee into the affairs of the state insane asylum is now beginning to warm up… Former Lady Attendant Heard From Again – Mrs. Sadie Fisher was called. Mrs. Fisher was supervisoress of the female building, and she is a good looking young woman. She wore a chic new bonnet and was tastefully dressed in brown. As in the case of Dr. Thombs, Mrs. Fisher's testimony before the investigating committee of the board of charities and corrections was accepted by the committee, the members taking turns in reading it to the witness. Mrs. Fisher made several minor corrections. She testified substantially, that she came to Pueblo from Clarinda, Iowa, after having worked in asylums at Lincoln and Hastings, Neb. As supervisoress she found a lamentable and surprising state of affairs. She did not pretend to live up to the rules, as her predecessor, Mrs. Martin, told her that it was impossible to try to create order. Miss Carrie Jones had attacked her openly, abusing and insulting her; the patients were unruly, and the attendants left whenever they wished without reporting. She complained continually to Dr. Thombs about the food. It was wormy and of poor quality. Witness made a direct charge that Dr. Thombs had straight jackets and handcuffs applied by the attendants and while much cruelty was practiced, Dr. Thombs never took any steps to remedy it, because he did not care. She also asserted that patients died without its being discovered for several hours. The only exercise given the female patients was to take them for a walk on the lawn. This was done nearly every evening in the summer months. Mrs. Fisher Kept a Diary of Asylum Events – Attorney (Mortimer F.) Taylor at 6 o'clock began a sharp cross-examination of Mrs. Fisher, aimed to destroy the damaging effect of her testimony. The attorney asked, and the witness admitted that she had kept notes of all these occurrences of which she testified. She realized there would come a time when they would be needed. She began making notes last May. “What did you contemplate using them for? Were you preparing for an investigation?” “Yes.” “You made them so you would have something definite when called upon; hadn't you made up your mind to bring up this investigation?” Without a tremor Mrs. Fisher turned to the attorney. “Yes, I was convinced it was my duty.” The witness said that the ones insulting and abusing her were Miss Mock, Miss Carrie Jones, attendants, and Miss Batson, the laundress. It became so unbearable that she told Dr. Thombs if he did not settle it she would go to the board. “Who is Mr. Hoyt of Clarinda, Iowa?” “The superintendent of the asylum there.” “Did you not have the same trouble there that you have had here?” “No, it is not true, and I can prove it.” Witness emphatically denied that she had been asked to resign by Superintendent Hoyt. The first troubles at Pueblo with Miss Jones arose over Miss Jones taking her plants before witness' eyes. Miss Jones never told her that her patients were in the habit of taking things. It was Miss Jones who stole the plants. “Now, don't you know Dr. Thombs is a very busy man?” “I know he gave but little time to the institution.” Witness repeated that the nurses and attendants frequently went away, locking the doors, seeking amusement themselves and leaving the wards alone and unattended. After describing how supplies were dumped in the middle of the halls and carelessly left alone, witness said that Dr. Thombs never talked to her while supervisoress, but her work was always satisfactory. She had time to watch the visits of Dr. Thombs and noted the same. “I could tell more than this,” said Mrs. Fisher. “In the letter you wrote to the board you said, did you not, that Dr. Thombs said to you, 'by God, thrash her!' “Will you please explain the circumstances of this conversation?” Witness said it took place after she had trouble with Miss Jones. A Question Drew Tears From the Witness – “Is it not a fact that Dr. Thombs is a kind man; that he did not mean such a remark seriously, and that he afterwards tried to adjust troubles in the female ward?” Witness had tears in her eyes when she replied that personally she had nothing against Dr. Thombs. She said she thought Dr. Thombs should have discharged either Miss Jones or herself, but she did not feel like resigning as she needed the position. She had resigned some weeks after her letter to the board. During the spring and summer of 1898 witness did not apprise the board of commissioners of the affairs of the asylum. The child was born in her ward and Miss Jones nursed the case. Mrs. Wright (Harriet Wright, a member of the investigating committee), at this juncture, for the first time, took part in the examination. She asked witness if she made the complaint for personal reasons or from a humanitarian standpoint. “They are personal reasons,” said Mrs. Fisher.
Jones, Carrie A.
attendant, 1898 newspaper article
Jones, Carrie A.
Denver Evening Post 12-8-1898 – Stories of Brutal Treatment Sworn to by Witnesses – Extracts From the Testimony Before the Insane Asylum Investigating Committee – Mrs. Sadie Fisher, the supervisoress of the asylum, was the first witness examined at the insane asylum investigation made by the state board of charities and correction… Carrie A. Jones, an attendant, was the next witness. She never made written reports of the condition of the patients. She had known that as long as five weeks at a time Dr. Thombs had not visited her ward. He never came to her ward unless asked to. One of her patients died from consumption unattended. Dr. Work had previously examined her and said nothing could be done for her. Dr. Thombs never visited her. She was not given any medicine, but died alone during the night. Miss Jones said she often prescribed for patients without asking for any advice and gave physics and often whisky. She said clergymen had never visited the sick or the dying to her knowledge. She was asked: “What efforts were made for the cure of the patients in your ward for the diseases for which they were committed?” A – Nobody gave me any instruction in that. I did the best I could myself. She said she used straightjackets on the women, and sometimes wristlets. When patients refused to eat they were let go until they would eat. One Italian woman was kept locked in her room most of the time with wristlets on. She said Dr. Thombs was present when the illegitimate child was born in July, 1897. She made no record of the case. The matter was kept secret and the mother was placed in a little room on the upper floor so that no one would hear the baby cry. Miss Jones said Dr. Thombs gave her $20 for extra work in caring for the child. Dr. Thombs was placed on the stand. He said he had been superintendent of the asylum for twenty years. He said that the restraint was never severe, occasionally he admitted straightjackets were used. They were permitted to remain on a patient until she got over her excitement. Dr. Thombs was asked: “If the supervisors should testify that it was not uncommon for attendants to be away from their wards an hour or two at a time, would you contradict it?” A – I could not contradict it, but I should not credit it. He said that the matrons in attendance were supposed to make verbal reports to him. Question – Suppose one or two or three attendants in the building here should testify under oath that a year ago last Christmas Mr. Burrows brought in a two-quart bottle of whisky with a label attached to it, “Merry Xmas; Help Yourself; Drink All You Want,” and that the attendants helped themselves, some freely, some not at all, and at least one of them because violently intoxicated and the druggist was driven out of his room and told Mrs. Thombs the circumstances. Have you any knowledge to contradict that? A – No, sir. I never heard of it and doubt it. Dr. Thombs said he had no private practice in Pueblo, but occasionally called in to see families he had known a long time. He once found an attendant drunk and reproved him. He claimed that he visited the wards often and always looked out for the sick. He said he spent at least two hours every morning at the asylum. He admitted that no printed or written record was ever kept of the general condition of the various patients. He depended entirely on verbal reports. He swore absolutely that a week had never passed without going to every ward in the institution. He admitted that he did not O.K. all requisitions for supplies. He said there was no record of the distribution of supplies. He said that relatives were always notified of the death of patients. Question – Invariably? Answer – Invariably. Q – Do you recall the death of a man named George Hodgson? Do you recall ever notifying his wife after his death? A – I did not have her address. He did not live but a little while after he came. He was asked what prescriptions he had given during the past ten days, and could only recall one. He said no other physician beside himself had visited the asylum during the past month, except in one special case. He could give no satisfactory explanation of why a room large enough for forty patients had never been used. He said three children had been born at the asylum. The mothers of two of them were brought to the place in a delicate condition. He continued: “A year ago last summer we had an unfortunate occurrence. One of our patients became in that condition here. I do not know that it was known how it happened. It is simply impossible to watch them all the time.” Q – How did it happen? A – We were kalsomining a ward, and the patients had to leave the ward until we got through. Some way in going or coming this accident must have occurred. Q – Could it have occurred without carelessness of the attendant? A – I would say there was carelessness, but with thirty-five patients to one attendant it seems to me that the patient might separate off a little and that condition occurred that way. Q – Did you discharge that attendant? A – No. Q – Did you make any report to the commissioners? A – No. I felt chagrined at it. She was a lady of family. I took care of her the best I could. Q – A child was born? A – Yes, sir; I was present. Q – Was the father of that child an inmate of this institution? A – Yes, sir. He came from the penitentiary. Q – Who nursed the woman? A – Miss Jones. Dr. Thombs denied that he paid Miss Jones any extra wages, and when told that Miss Jones would testify that she received $35 more than regular, he said he did not know it. Q – What became of the child? A – It died. Q – Of what did it die? A – It never was healthy. I do not know what ailed it. It got good attention. Q – Did you prescribe for the child at all? A – All I gave it was a little paregoric once or twice. He said he kept the facts of the birth from the patients because they were very curious about such things. Q – Where was the child taken when it died? A – We buried it here. We have an old cemetery here. Q – Who buried it? A – Mr. Burrows and I took it out and buried it. Q – The mother was not allowed to go? A – She did not know really what had occurred. She was dazed. I do not think she realized what had been done…
Jones, Carrie A.
Denver Evening Post 1-25-1899 – Summed Up By Word “Nothing” – Insane Asylum Investigation Devoid of Results – Pueblo, Jan. 25 – After five days' investigation by the joint legislative investigating committee into the affairs of the state insane asylum, the state rested its case last night with the announcement of defeat… Clarence L. Stonaker, secretary of the board of charities and corrections, was placed on the stand… At the time the board made the investigation and discovered the dead body of Lyman Hunt, the board had been locked in the ward. “Miss Jones came in and found us,” said the witness. “When she saw us she appeared surprised. I do not know who went out and locked us in. I had been beating on the door to attract somebody's attention, but was told to desist by one of the party for fear that it would excite some of the patients. We were in the midst of a crowd of insane women. In the committee were Governor Adams, Mrs. Sarah Platt, J. S. Appel, Chancellor McDowell and T. H. DeVine.”
Jones, Clare E
attendant, residence: 606 W 11th 1948, City Directory page 209 State Hospital
Jones, Edward W
engineer dept, residence: 1213 W 16th 1948, City Directory page 209 State Hospital
Jones, Ella F,
Ella F. Jones - Pueblo Chieftain - May 23, 2000 - Ella F. Jones, 87, of Pueblo, went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 19, 2000. Ella was someone who always put her family first. It was during her sophomore year at Central High School that she chose to leave school and went to work to support her family during the Depression. Ella retired from the Colorado State Hospital. She was a member of Belmont Baptist Church, the Jolly Sam's Club and a sewing club with many of her closest friends. She was loved by everyone whose lives she touched. She will be sadly missed by her husband of 63 years, Harold L. Jones, who was always uplifted by her loving smile. Also survived by her children, Duane L. (Sally) Jones of Wetmore, Leonard F. (Dee) Jones, Fort Collins and Charlotte A. Baker of Longmont; seven grandchildren; her "family" at the Villa Pueblo Towers; and numerous other friends and extended family. Preceded in death by her parents; brother, Julius A. Peterson; and sister Mary E. McMillan. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 25, 2000, at Adrian Comer Garden Chapel, with interment at Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Belmont Baptist Church.
worker race W gender F age 25 marital status S place of birth Illinois occupation nurse source 1910 census
Jones, Helen Mrs
attendant, residence: 720 W 12th 1948, City Directory page 209 State Hospital
Jones, Lela A
attendant, spouse widow of Odis L residence: 716 W 13th 1948, City Directory page 210 State Hospital
attendant, residence: 2314 Cedar 1948, City Directory page 210 State Hospital
Louise Jones December 16, 1920 - October 30, 2010 Louise Jones, 89, passed away peacefully on October 30, 2010. Preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years, Nolan Jones, whom she missed very much; sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Joe Aikens; brother, J.P. North; brother-in-law, Russell Medean; and son-in-law, Edward Arriaga. Survived by son, Kenneth (Dorene) Jones; daughter, Kaareen Arriaga; grandchildren, Dorri Werner of Divide Colorado, Deven Jones of Florissant, Colorado, Melissa (Adam) DeAngelo, Pueblo and Michelle (Faron) Eddy also from Pueblo. Also survived by great-grandchildren, Dustin (Naomi) Jones, Trenten and Tristen Werner, Domenic and Nicholas DeAngelo, Sarah Audet, Chanse Eddy and Kody Eddy. Also survived by sister, Celestine Medean; brother-in-law, Huey (Phyllis) Jones; and many loving nieces and nephews. Louise was born in Jackson, Mississippi. She was raised in an orphanage, graduated at the age of 16 as valedictorian, met Nolan and then came to Pueblo, where she married; and they both began working at the Colorado state Hospital in 1940. She retired in 1982. She was a phenomenal budgeter, who utilized every penny earned to raise her own family in comfort as well as financially aided many family members still in poverty in the south. She was able to help many family members find jobs and enabled them to relocate to Colorado. She entered college at age 49, earning a degree as an LPN. She was very fond of people and made many lifelong friends. Being a "snowbird", for many years she traveled to Arizona for the winter and returned to Pueblo to tend to her beautiful flowers. Her favorite pastime was going to the mall every Friday with best friends, Helen and Lessie, for lunch and a sample of the newest perfume. Forever a "Southern Lady", she never lost her accent, her dignity or the ability to teach us all what good manners are all about and to always do the right thing. She will be missed by all and remembered with great affection. Services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, November 6, 2010, at Temple Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. The family respectfully requests omission of flowers and food. Donations may be made to Temple Baptist Church in Louise's memory.
nurse, 1913 City Directory
Jordan, C. D.
nurse, 1930 Directory
worker race W gender F month born December year born 1872 age 27 marital status M place of birth Missouri occupation attendant source : 1900 census
Joslin, Sherman M.
worker race W gender M month born December year born 1879 age 20 marital status M place of birth Wisconsin occupation attendant source : 1900 census
office worker, residence: RD 1 Box 208 1948, City Directory page 211 State Hospital
employee, white, female, age 18, single, Pennsylvania, 1885 census
Denver Evening Post 2-18-1898 – Two Coolies – Chinese Cheap Labor in a State Institution – The trustees of the state insane asylum are charged with employing coolie labor. The matter was laid before Secretary Stonaker of the board of charities and correction several days ago by the Pueblo Courier, but it has not been considered as yet. It is doubtful if the board can take any legal action, as the laws governing the asylum do not specify any particular nationality for its employes. Vouchers from the insane asylum on file in the auditor's office show conclusively that the charge is well founded, though the fact that two Chinamen are on the pay rolls of the institution is not by any means a new one. The Chinese employes are Fong Sing and Fong Jue. They each draw a salary of $120 per quarter and the vouchers show that their work is washing and ironing. Fong Sing has been a state employe for eight years past, but Fong Jue was only recently given a job. The discovery that the Chinamen were regular employes was made only a short time ago. The Pueblo labor organizations have taken up the case and have notified Superintendent Thombs that he owes it to the people to make an explanation of his action of giving aliens work, when there are hundreds of able bodied Americans willing and anxious to wash and iron the dirty linen of the asylum for $40 per month. Neither Fong Sing or Fong Jue are American citizens. About $200 of the $240 paid every quarter by the taxpayers of Colorado to these two Chinamen are forwarded to friends and relatives of the recipients in China. The insane asylum is the first state institution charged with the employment of people not citizens of the United States. If Superintendent Thombs ignores the requests of the parties who are objecting to the continuance of the Chinamen in public office, it is likely that the matter will be taken to the courts by the labor organizations. The point raised of the right of the state to pay salaries to aliens opens up an interesting legal question of much importance to both organized labor and the people at large.
Denver Evening Post 1-24-1899 – Asylum Inquisitors Down to Hard Pan – Pueblo, Jan. 24 – What will probably be the last day of the insane asylum investigation by the legislative committee began this morning with a denunciation by Attorney (Mortimer F.) Taylor, who, in vigorous language, characterized the examination of witnesses as “bullyragging,” and of such an illegal nature that 90 per cent of the testimony taken would be thrown out of an ordinary justice court… Burrows' Graphic Story – Thomas J. Burrows, supervisor of the male department was placed on the stand. The witness had come from a sick bed and his voice was husky, but he did not hesitate in his answers… In answer to the questions of the attorney general Mr. Burrows told the committee that he had been supervisor since Sept. 16, 1879, at a salary of $1,200 a year. Pay rolls had been kept for years. Attendants received $30 a month. An old attendant named J. L. McWilliams received $40 per month, the engineer $75 a month, the head Chinaman, who looks after the laundry for the male building, $40 a month and the other (Fong Jue) $25 a month. The salary of Mrs. Thombs is $75 a month.
nurse 1914 City Directory
nurse 1914 City Directory
Justice, K. C.
truck driver, 1930 Directory
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