Pueblo County, Colorado
Insane Asylum Patients
patient race: W sex: F age: 20 marital:M place of birth: Italy occupation: ward helper source: 1920 census
Valdez, Anna M.
patient race W gender F age 31 marital status S place of birth Colorado occupation servant source 1910 census
Valdez, Annie M.
patient gender F race W age 51 marital status S birthplace Colorado source 1930 census
Valdez, Annie M.
patient race: W sex: F age: 41 marital:S place of birth: Colorado occupation: none source: 1920 census
Valdez, Candelaria T.
patient gender F race Mex age 64 marital status M birthplace New Mexico source 1930 census
admitted 5-25-1901 from Las Animas, Co - Woodcroft Hospital
patient gender F race Mex age 44 marital status M birthplace New Mexico source 1930 census
patient gender F race Mex age 36 marital status M birthplace Colorado source 1930 census
Valdez, Jose E.
patient gender M race Mex age 69 marital status Un birthplace Colorado source 1930 census
Valdez, Jose E.
patient race: W sex: M age: 58 marital:M place of birth: New Mexico occupation: kitchen helper source: 1920 census
Rocky Mountain News 3-11-1892 Died in the Asylum Sad Death of Leonidas Valdez in Pueblo Yesterday Pueblo, Colo., March 10 Leonidas Valdez, Jr., died to-day at the state insane asylum in this city. There is an awful story connected with this young man's untimely taking off. His father is likely the most wealthy Mexican in Colorado and his son was given the advantages of an excellent education, after which he assumed charge of the old gentleman's business. A few months ago young Valdez visited Pueblo from his home in Cucharas, and in his wanderings about town in the evening, dropped into a variety show, one of the most disreputable of its kind and known for years as the Bucket of Blood. A minute later he was surrounded by sirens who importuned him to buy them drinks. He did so, but after the first glass had passed his lips he became unconscious, and it is supposed he was drugged. It is not necessary to say that he was relieved of his money, which was a large sum. From that time his mind failed rapidly, and at last he was placed in an asylum, from which place he was taken out to-day, feet foremost, to a lunatic's grave.
Valencia, Nora E.
patient gender F race W age 36 marital status M birthplace Oklahoma source 1930 census
Colorado Springs Free Press 11-9-1949 Accused Patrolman Killer to Get 30-Day Mental Tests Daniel Valenzuela, 21-year-old carnival worker, was taken to the state hospital in Pueblo late yesterday after entering a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity to the Sept. 14 murder of State Patrolman Harold Bechtelheimer. District Judge G. Russell Miller ordered the confessed slayer of the patrolman to the hospital for a 30-day period of observation. The plea of guilty by reason of insanity at the time of the Highway 85 shooting "and since" was accepted by the court after Miller denied a motion by Defense Counsel Andrew J. Evans for a bill of particulars specifying the act on which the prosecution plans to base its case. Judge Miller also set for Nov. 21 the arraignment of 16-year-old Richard McKenna, Niagara Falls, N. Y., youth, charged as an accessory in the slaying. A hearing on Attorney Allan F. Asher's petition for a bill of particulars on behalf of McKenna was scheduled for Nov. 14. First degree murder charges were filed against Valenzuela after he admitted the slaying of the patrolman following the robbery of $200 from a Castle Rock liquor store.
patient gender M race W age 22 marital status S birthplace New Mexico source 1930 census
Colorado Springs Gazette 1-26-1901 - Alex Valley, one of the oldest colored residents of the city, was locked in the county jail today to await an inquiry as to his sanity. The trial of his young son in the district court yesterday developed testimony which showed that Valley has been terrorizing his wife, children and neighbors for a long time past, and in postponing the sentence of the boy Judge Voorhees promptly told the district attorney to look after the father.
Van Liew, Mrs.
Rocky Mountain News 6-30-1897 Court Calendar County Court Judge Steele: People vs. Mrs. W. K. Van Liew; alleged insane; ordered continued to county hospital on petition of Dr. Clark, county physician.
Van Liew, W. K.
Denver Evening Post 9-29-1897 Released From County Hospital Judge Steele ordered today the release of Grace Boden and W. K. Van Liew from the county hospital, where they have been confined as insane patients.
Fort Collins Courier 7-2-1896 Ben VanBramer of Loveland, was adjudged insane last Saturday in the county court, before Judge Bailey. Sheriff Bond took the unfortunate man to the asylum at Pueblo on Sunday.
Aspen Weekly Times 5-28-1892 Off to Pueblo Montrose, Colo. May 21. Thomas VanBuskirk was to-day adjudged insane and ordered taken to the hospital at Pueblo.
Vance, Frances Mary
Telluride Daily Journal 2-19-1912 Mrs. Frances Mary Vance, of Dallas, has been adjudged insane.
Vance, Frances Mary
Ouray Herald 2-2-1912 Mrs. Vance To Be Examined By County Court On Mental Condition Sheriff McKnight went this morning to Ridgway and will return this evening with Mrs. Thos. Vance, who is cited to appear before the county court and be examined as to her mental condition, which alleged to be unsound. In case she is declared to be insane or of unsound mind, it is probable she will be committed to the asylum at Pueblo or to the new state home for the feeble-minded opened last month at Denver.
Vance, Frances Mary
Ouray Herald 2-16-1912 Mrs. Mary F. Vance Found Insane Mrs. Mary F. Vance was tried in the county court on Wednesday on a charge of insanity and found guilty. The jury was composed of Messrs. H. C. Branch, Chas. Munn, George Scott, Jas. Mullaney, O. L. Howell, and A. W. Doolittle. E. E. Wheeler was the attorney for the prosecution, and J. P. Cassedy conducted the defense. Drs. Crosby, Sickenberger and Stadler were called as witnesses and testified that they had examined the defendant and were of the opinion that she was mentally unbalanced. Mr. Thomas Vance was also called as a witness and testified along the same lines. The trial lasted the greater part of Wednesday and Thursday morning. The jury was out about two hours before reaching a verdict. Mrs. Vance's daughter, Miss Eucher (?) Vance, arrived from Denver Wednesday evening and will try to have her mother committed to her care. However, as yet, the court has not directed where she shall be sent.
Vance, Frances Mary
Ouray Herald 2-16-1912 Items >From All Around Sheriff McKnight was down Tuesday and subpoenaed Thos. Vance in the lunacy case of Mrs. Vance at Ouray on Wednesday.
Vance, Frances Mary
Ouray Herald 2-23-1912 Mrs. Vance Will Make Her Home With Her Daughter Mrs. Thomas Vance of the Dallas, adjudged insane by the county court last week, on Saturday accompanied her daughter to her home in Denver where she is to remain indefinitely. The youngest daughter went with them and is to make her home with her sister in Denver also. Mrs. Vance's condition is such that the court did not feel justified in committing her to the insane asylum. No doubt she will be able to live with her daughter. Should she require restraint, it is probable the court would commit her to the home for feeble-minded. This home will be open about April 1.
Vance, Frances Mary
Ouray Herald 3-15-1912 Commissioners' Proceedings The Board met this day
The following bills were presented and allowed on the Poor Fund: Sisters of Mercy, care, Mrs. Vance - $48.55
Colorado Springs Gazette 5-8-1918 - Three insanity cases were heard by the county insanity board in the county court yesterday. They were Martha Vancil, Rose Day and Harry Weston.
patient gender F race W age 39 marital status M birthplace Minnesota source 1930 census
patient race: W sex: F age: 28 marital:M place of birth: Minnesota occupation: none source: 1920 census
admitted 11-19-1914 from Park, Co - Woodcroft Hospital
San Juan Prospector 7-11-1908 Henry Van Gundy, the wealthy ranchman whose mind recently became affected over the problem of perpetual motion and who gave Mrs. Steve Adams and President Moyer of the W. F. W. a fright by demanding to be made counsel for Adams, was adjudged insane in the county court of Mesa county and taken to Pueblo. [repeated in teh Littleton Independent 7-17-1908]
patient gender M race W age 21 marital status S birthplace Colorado source 1930 census
Vanliew, Mary Mrs
admitted 9-28-1897 from Alamosa, Co - Woodcroft Hospital
Vanliew, Mary Mrs
Rocky Mountain News 6-30-1897 Court Calendar County Court Judge Steele: People vs. Mrs. W. K. Van Liew; alleged insane; ordered continued to county hospital on petition of Dr. Clark, county physician.
VanNess, Rosa M.
patient gender F race W age 49 marital status M birthplace Kentucky source 1930 census
Fort Collins Courier 5-16-1921 Around the Court House An interlocutory decree of divorce was granted in the county court Saturday to Earl Vannorsdel from Dora Vannorsdel, and the custody of the four children, Grace, Ella, James and Margaret, 13, 12, 10 and 8 years old respectively, is given to the father. The charge of cruelty is made against Mrs. Vannorsdel by her husband. Mrs. Vannorsdel was committed to the insane asylum in Pueblo, January 27, 1919.
patient gender F race W age 39 marital status M birthplace Colorado source 1930 census
patient race: W sex: F age: . marital:M place of birth: Colorado occupation: ward help source: 1920 census
Ouray Herald 12-5-1913 Mary Vanolla Insane Decides The Commission E. J. Bent Appointed Conservator of Her Estate In the county court Monday Mary Vanolla was adjudged insane by the commission appointed to inquire into her mental condition. She will be placed in a private sanitarium. E. J. Bent was appointed conservator of her estate.
Ouray Herald 12-12-1913 Insane Patients Taken To Pueblo By Sheriff Mary Vanolla and Axel Johnson Leave Yesterday Morning Mary Vanolla, adjudged mentally incapable in the county court last week, was taken to the private sanitarium for the insane, Woodcroft, yesterday morning. She was accompanied by Mary Del Sante and Sheriff McKnight. Axel Johnson, adjudged insane Wednesday in the county court, was taken at the same time to the state insane asylum at Pueblo.
Rocky Mountain News 7-22-1891 Placed in the Asylum Pueblo, Colo., July 21 Oliver Van Ouse of Fairplay was brought to this city to-day and placed in the asylum for the insane. Oliver is only 23 years of age, but has studied so deeply in matters theological that his mind gave way. His mania is that it is his mission to reform the world and that those who refuse to be saved should be at once removed from this life.
patient gender M race W age 57 marital status S birthplace Illinois source 1930 census
Colorado Transcript 1-11-1906 While at the asylum at Pueblo Tuesday Deputy Sheriff Dennis learned that John Van Pelt, of Evergreen, who was taken there some years ago violently insane, has remained so ever since until quite recently, but is now improving, and strong hopes are entertained for his ultimate recovery. They have been compelled to keep him in a straight jacket and padded cell all the time of his incarceration.
patient race W gender M month born . year born . age . marital status . place of birth . occupation . source : 1900 census
patient gender M race W age 62 marital status Un birthplace United States source 1930 census
patient race: W sex: M age: . marital:. place of birth: United States occupation: none source: 1920 census
Colorado Transcript 8-17-1899 John van Pelt was examined in the county court last week regarding his sanity. He has been more or less affected for some time, but recently his malady developed until he was considered dangerous, consequently he was adjudged insane and Sheriff Lake took him to the asylum.
patient race W gender M age . marital status . place of birth . occupation . source 1910 census
Colorado Transcript 8-14-1919 Do You Remember? Items Conned from The Transcript Files of Former Years Twenty Years Ago This Week John Van Pelt was adjudged insane in county court and was taken to the asylum by Sheriff Lake.
patient race: W sex: F age: 40 marital: M place of birth: Austrianone source: 1910 Woodcroft census
Vantassel, J. A.
patient gender M race W age 48 marital status M birthplace Indiana source 1930 census
patient gender F race W age 70 marital status M birthplace Pennsylvania source 1930 census
VanWinkle, Mrs J. E.
patient gender F race W age 60 marital status Wd birthplace Iowa source 1930 census
Wray Rattler 4-15-1910 Barney Devling returned from Denver last Thursday. He went a few days previous to accompany Mr. VanWyck to the insane asylum.
Wray Gazette 7-24-1908 Commissioners Proceedings County Clerk's office, Wray, Colo., July 7, 1908 Board of county commissioners met in Clerk's office at 9 a.m
Report of W. E. Jordan received and the following claims allowed in overseers district No. 1 Boggs Bros., supplies for Mrs. Wyk, $30.00
July 13, 9 a.m., board met, all members present except Manuel Boyes, and proceeded to allow the following claims: A. T. Nester, hauling goods to Mrs. Van Wyk, $2.00
Wray Gazette 7-16-1909 Official Proceedings of the Board of County Commissioners of Yuma County, Colorado Wray, Colorado, July 5, 1909 Pursuant to the call of the Chairman the Board of County Commissioners of Yuma County, Colorado, met in the County Clerk's office
Out of Poor Fund Geo. F. Conrad & Co., mdse for Van Wyk's, $15.00; Boggs Bros., supplies to Van Wyk's, $44.99
Wray Gazette 10-1-1909 Local and Personal In the trial of Mrs. Van Wyk for insanity in the county court last Friday, the lady was found insane but not declared by the jury to be dangerous to the community and was released. It is hoped that this unfortunate woman will improve in her mental condition.
Wray Gazette 10-15-1909 Proceedings of the Board of County Commissioners Wray, Colo., Oct. 4, 1909 Pursuant to the call of the chairman, the Board of County Commissioners of Yuma County, Colorado, met in regular session in the office of the County Clerk
Board then allowed claims against the county as follows: Out of Court Fund Frank Armstrong, witness People vs. Wonterje Van Wyk, insane, $2.65; Oliver E. Eckburg witness same, $5.20; H. R. Coston witness same, $2.65; S. D. Karns juror same, $2.65; James T. Rightsel juror same, $2.65; W. G. Ramsey juror same, $2.65; L. W. Wright juror same, $2.65; Thomas A. Calkins juror same, $2.65; H. Lepper juror same, $2.65; Frank Armstrong, trip to Van Wyks, $5.00; M. M. Bulkeley, atty for Mrs. Van Wyk, Ed Nevills, under sheriff's, People vs. Wonterje Van Wyk, $22.45; T. C. Jennings, court costs, People vs. Wonterje Van Wyk, $12.25
Wray Gazette 1-14-1910 Seeks to Be Freed Gerret Van Wyk Finds a Fellow Prisoner Who Makes a Statement Proving Innocence A newspaper report from Canon City, dated Friday, Jan. 6, appeared in the Denver papers of the 7th inst. and was to the effect that a man had been found who, by his own statement, could prove conclusively that Gerret Van Wyk who is serving a life sentence in our state penitentiary from this county, for murder, is innocent of the crime for which he is charged. Van Wyk has been in the penitentiary since May, 1907, where he was committed after being tried twice. His wife was charged with the same crime and at the first trial was convicted with her husband but at the second trial held in Logan county was acquitted. The crime was alleged to have been committed December 27, 1905. In that year Mr. and Mrs. Van Wyk were living on their ranch near Beecher Island. They had previously brought a sister of Mrs. Van Wyk, Gerritje Haast, to this county from Holland, she took a homestead near the Van Wyk place and lived in a small shanty on her claim at intervals frequent enough to comply with the homestead law. Late in December of 1905, she was taken to her claim by Mrs. Van Wyk. On Sunday December 31, Mrs. Van Wyk went to the shanty and found the dead body. She first reported it to some neighbors named Ball. Mrs. Van Wyk claimed she had taken dinner with her sister on December 28, which was on Thursday. Van Wyk left his homestead on that same morning, going to Holyoke, in Phillips county, to buy sheep. He was arrested there. The prosecution claimed that the murder was committed on the night of December 27, (Wednesday), it being their theory that Van Wyk had gone there on that night, killed the girl, and that his subsequent movements were all designed especially to establish an alibi, with the knowledge and connivance of his wife, but also suggested that Mrs. Van Wyk had killed the girl because she suspected her husband was intimate with her sister, as well as to get her insurance. Gerritje Haast had been shot through the head, above the right ear, and the gun was found in the bedclothes, which were not disturbed to any extent. A note was found in a can which read: I met him at Parker's dam. He has ravished me and abused me. Follow him and put him in jail. - Gerritje Haast. I do not know his name. As one theory of defense, the Haast girl was not without admirers; several men of the neighborhood had paid her attention and the fact that she was about to become a mother might have furnished a motive for the crime by some one else. About the time the crime was committed a man was working for H. E. McKinney near Armel by the name of J. E. Caine. He was considered by those who knew him to be a witless sort of a fellow upon whom little dependence could be placed. He left this community in the month of July following, going to Denver. It seems that later he, himself, got into trouble and is now serving a term in the penitentiary for forgery. Now he comes out with a signed statement which is given below. The man's name whom Caine claims offered him money to leave the country, is given in the statement but is withheld from the public. The statement is as follows: This is to certify that on the morning of December 28, 1905, I, J. E. Caine, was on top of a hill north of Beecher Island. I saw there Gerrit Van Wyk riding a light bay horse, going north towards Wray. I was that day hunting over that country for stray cattle belonging to H. E. McKinney, for whom I was working at that time. In the afternoon I came to Jack's Gulch. There I saw a strange man riding a bay horse. I tried to overtake him to see if he had seen any cattle with our brand, and I could not catch him as he had a faster horse. My route taking me farther west in my search for cattle I came in the neighborhood of Spring Canyon, which is known as Van Wyk's homestead. There I saw at a distance on the prairie the sister of Mrs. Van Wyk. I did not know that she had a homestead there for I had not noticed any buildings there or did not see any at that time. On the 29th day of December, 1905, Mr. R---- offered me $200 to leave the country. As I did not know what he wanted me to leave for and as I had not done anything in that part of the country, I refused his offer. I met him in Jack's Gulch on that day while hunting cattle again. Afterward, that is to say, in 1906, I heard that Mrs. Van Wyk's sister was murdered and that they convicted Van Wyk for the murder, and I began to think about it. I had heard that Van Wyk was on the road to Holyoke when I met him at that time. I was going to tell it to Sheriff Johnson of Wray, who was informing me of the case and before I could tell him he was called away by another man. I was going to tell him my statement of meeting Van Wyk. As this statement is true, I am willing at any time to appear whenever it is necessary. Signed, J. E. Caine. Very little credence is given the Caine statement by those who were acquainted with the circumstances of the case and the belief in Van Wyk's guilt is still strong among his former neighbors.
Aspen Democrat 4-11-1910 Mrs. Van Wyck, Once Accused of Murder, Now In Insane Asylum, Denver, April 11 - Mrs. Gerrett Van Wyck, once convicted by the lower court , of the murder of her sister, Gerretje Haast, for her insurance money of $8,000 was taken to the insane asylum at Pueblo Friday a raving maniac, after threatening the lives of her four children who have been placed in the state home for dependent children. Van Wyck is now serving his term in the penitentiary for the Haast murder. Since her husband's commitment to jail Mrs. Van Wyck has been living at the expense of the Humane Society officials. It was charged that her demands were becoming exorbitant and that she was starving the children. An investigation disclosed the fact that she was out of her mind.
Longmont Ledger 4-15-1910 Mrs. Van Wyk Insane Wray. Mrs. Gerrett Van Wyk, whose husband was sentenced for life in the penitentiary for the murder of Mrs. Van Wyk's sister, Gerretje Haast, has been committed to the insane hospital at Pueblo, a raving maniac.
Wray Rattler 4-8-1910 Mrs. VanWyck Insane Mrs. Wourtje VanWyck who has been a county charge since her husband was sentenced to the penitentiary for the murder of her sister several years ago was tried on an insanity charge before the county court Wednesday, by jury, and found guilty as charged. She was therefore taken to Pueblo yesterday by B.E. Devling, sheriff, assisted by Cora Conway as attendant. The children will be taken charge of by the Colorado Home for Dependent and Neglected Children at Denver. W.B. Rankin of that institution is here on business this week, and on his return to Denver in a few days will take the children with him. The county commissioners for some time have had a great deal of trouble with Mrs. VanWyck, because of her curious actions and delusions and finally came to the conclusion that she was unbalanced.
patient race W gender F age 29 marital status M place of birth Holland source 1910 census
Yuma Pioneer 4-8-1910 - Sheriff Delving passed through this city Wednesday night on his way to Pueblo, where he was taking Mrs. Van Wyk, who was adjudged insane by County Judge Jennings. The Van Wyk children have been sent to Denver to the state home for children. For some time it has been apparent to Wray people that the woman was losing her mind. She is known to have worried continually during the years her husband has been in the penitentiary and this is believed to have brought on her present condition. For some time the county has been caring for the family.
Yuma Pioneer 4-8-1910 Sheriff Delving passed through this city Wednesday night on his way to Pueblo, where he was taking Mrs. VanWyk, who was adjudged insane by County Judge Jennings. The VanWyk children have been sent to Denver to the state home for children. For some time it has been apparent to Wray people that the woman was losing her mind. She is known to have worried continually during the years her husband has been in the penitentiary and this is believed to have brought on her present condition. For some time the county has been caring for the family.
Yuma Pioneer 5-6-1910 Proceedings of the Board of County Commissioners of Yuma County Wray, Colo., April 28, 1910 The board of county commissioners met in the office of the county clerk
The following claims were audited and allowed out of the general county funds and appropriated to the various sub funds as listed: Out of Court Fund
T. C. Jennings, court costs, State vs. Van Wyk children delinquents, $18.75; M. M. Bulkeley, Special Atty. same case, $10.00; Louis Henke, Atty. Guardian at Litem same case, $10.00; Mary E. Staininger, witness same case, $2.65; W. C. Conway, same, $2.65; Mattie Sprigg, same, $2.65; Dr. E. J. Bales, same, $2.65; Dr. E. Bales, four health certificates same case, $8.00; T. C. Jennings, Court Costs, State vs. Wonterje Van Wyk, insane, $13.40; M. M. Bulkeley, Special Atty. same case, $10.00; Louis Henke, Atty. Guardian ad Litem, same case, $10.00; Frank T. Hawks, Juror same case, $5.15; Charles Wells, same, $5.15; Robert Lynam, same, $5.15; Tom Grant, same, $5.15; Richard Lumbard, same, $5.15; Fayette Lamphere, same, $5.15; Mary E. Staininger, witness same case, $2.65; Martha Selby, same, $2.65; W. C. Boggs, same, $2.65; W. C. Conway, same, $2.65; J. H. Pearson, same, $2.65; Arthur Rounds, same, $2.65; Mrs. E. G. Spriggs, same, $2.55; Dr. C. Crawford, same, $5.15; Dr. E. J. Bales, same, $5.15; B. E. Devling, (Sheriff case people) vs. Wonterje Van Wyk insane, 100.00; B. E. Devling, same vs Van Wyk children delinquents, $56.20
Out of Poor Fund: Mary Staininger, care of Van Wyks, $26.30
patient gender F race W age 58 marital status M birthplace Illinois source 1930 census
patient gender M race Mex age 22 marital status M birthplace Mexico source 1930 census
patient gender F race Mex age 45 marital status Un birthplace Colorado source 1930 census
Vasquez, Nellie Mrs
admitted 3-25-1899 from Aguilar, Co - Woodcroft Hospital
patient gender M race W age 59 marital status M birthplace Greece source 1930 census
patient race: W sex: M age: 48 marital:M place of birth: Greece occupation: none source: 1920 census
Fort Collins Courier 3-13-1907 Notice of Adjustment Day Estate of Joe Vaughan, an insane person. The undersigned having been appointed conservator of the estate of Joe Vaughan, an insane person of the county of Larimer, in the state of Colorado, hereby gives notice that he will appear before the county court of said Larimer county, at the court house in Fort Collins, in said county, on Monday, the 25th day of March, A. D. 1907, at the hour of 10 o'clock a. m. of said day, at which time all persons having claims against said estate are notified and requested to attend for the purpose of having the same adjusted. All persons indebted to said estate are requested to make immediate payment to the undersigned. Dated at Fort Collins, Colorado, this 18th day of February, A. D. 1907. A. M. Conover, Conservator of the estate of Joe Vaughan, an insane person. Leftwich & Crose, Attorneys.
patient gender F race W age 51 marital status M birthplace New York source 1930 census
admitted 1-16-1900 from Victor, Co - Woodcroft Hospital
Vaughn, Smith W.
Wray Rattler 4-3-1913 Farmer To Insane Asylum Smith W. Vaughn of Kirk Brought Before Court on the Complaint of His Brother Former Inmate of Asylum A One Time Bright Intellect and Leader in Social and religious Circle Yuma County added one more to her already large delegation in the State Insane Asylum at Pueblo, last Thursday. On complaint of his brother, Smith W. Vaughn, of Kirk, was brought before the county court charged with insanity. He was tried before a jury of six and found to be insane and the court committed him to the asylum. The jury was as follows: W.D. Johnson, T.W. Smith, D.B. McGinnis, W.H. Penton, James Drummond and E.E. Hovermale. Sheriff Bullard took the unfortunate to the state institution immediately following the trial. Mr. Vaughn had formerly been a school teacher in Kansas and was a man of more than ordinary intellect and was a leader in his community in social, educational and religious circles, doing much work in the educational and religious organizations of his locality. It seems that his mind gave way some four or five years ago under the strain of family troubles, and he was sent to an asylum in Topeka, Kans. On being released from that institution, he came to this country and settled on a homestead. It is hoped that a course of treatment to improve his physical condition will result in cure of his mental disturbance.
patient gender M race W age 84 marital status S birthplace Germany source 1930 census
patient race: W sex: M age: 73 marital:S place of birth: Germany occupation: bakery worker source: 1920 census
patient gender F race W age 37 marital status S birthplace Colorado source 1930 census
patient gender M race Mex age 47 marital status M birthplace Colorado source 1930 census
patient race W gender F age 34 marital status . place of birth New Mexico source 1910 census
Veller, Mary A.
patient race W gender F age 49 marital status . place of birth Ireland occupation housekeeper source 1910 census
patient gender M race W age 80 marital status S birthplace Alsace Lorraine source 1930 census
patient race W gender M age 40 marital status . place of birth Austria occupation laborer source 1910 census
Venetisch, Vida C.
patient gender F race W age 38 marital status S birthplace Colorado source 1930 census
patient gender M race W age 48 marital status S birthplace Austria source 1930 census
Verder, James C.
patient gender M race W age 74 marital status M birthplace New York source 1930 census
Verger, Floyd I.
Rocky Mountain News 7-31-1889 Intellect Unhinged Pathetic Partings Between Loved Ones Unconscious of Their Farewell Greetings Freaks and Fancies of Those Whose Minds Have Been Blighted by Shocks or Misfortunes Yesterday was a sort of lunatic field day, so to speak, in the county court. Male and female, white and colored, strong and enfeebled all were represented and submitted without any violence or demonstration to the proceedings of the court. As usual on such occasions the accused unfortunates had the benefit of a legal advocate assigned to the especial work of seeing that no injustice was perpetrated. That was such a method of protecting the alleged insane folks is necessary was well evidenced yesterday in the case of a little deaf and dumb boy who had been sent up from the institution of the mute and blind at Colorado Springs on the plea that he ought to be adjudged a lunatic. After a most careful investigation into his mental condition through the agency of an interpreter, it was discovered that the boy was not only sane but bright, intelligent and cheerful
Intelligent and Not Insane Next came the case against Floyd Berger, the deaf and dumb boy referred to above. In the ten short years of his young life it would appear that Floyd has been the victim of a heartless, relentless fortune. As a football of fate he has for two years drifted around the Colorado public institutions, at various times being an inmate of the Mute and Blind institution at Colorado Springs, the Arapahoe county hospital and the Poor farm. According to the report of John E. Ray, superintendent of the asylum, he was admitted to the Colorado Springs asylum in 1887. Born with a sense of hearing he was stricken at an early age with scarlet fever and although he still retains some auricular power, he is practically deaf and dumb. His father and mother are both alive, the latter it would appear living in Denver. Mr. Ray informed the county commissioners that she had abandoned her boy, and although strenuous efforts were made to find her, she has never turned up. As to the boy's father no one knows anything about him. The doctor of the Colorado Springs institution also reported concerning the boy, as follows: Colorado Springs, March 26, 1889: This is to certify that I am the regular medical attendant of the Colorado Springs Deaf and Blind institution, and that on February 6, 1889, one of the inmates, Floyd Berger, was attacked with paralysis of the left side. This condition still remains, and despite the best care possible from the officers of the institution or other medical attendance than mine the patient has improved but little. His mental condition is in about as bad a shape as his physical, and he certainly is not a proper subject for this institution. T. P. Anderson, M. D. Such was the case made out by the officers of the deaf and mute asylum, and on the boy's arrival in Denver he was first of all placed in the county hospital and subsequently sent to the poor farm. At both places the officials who testified yesterday stated that he was a mischievous youngster, and being fond of playing with matches, he was considered dangerous. Dr. McLauthlin was examined, but as the boy cannot speak, he was not in a position to give any very definite opinion. One feature of the case, he said, was that the youngster didn't appear to appreciate danger. When the boy hobbled over, in his feeble, paralyzed state, to the witness stand to face his accusers, there was consequently no direct testimony as to his insanity. If there had been any such, he himself would soon have dispelled it. Through Mr. Farrar, the interpreter, he answered on his fingers all the questions asked him in a lucid way and gave every indication of intelligence. A specimen of his handwriting, taught at Colorado Springs, showed furthermore that he has made good use of his opportunities in the matter of instruction. The opinion expressed in court was that Master Floyd was very far from being insane. His brain might show some conditions peculiar to the deaf and dumb class, but a lunatic no. Officials Scored Judge Miller in charging the jury gave the officials at Colorado Springs a severe scoring for sending the boy away. Although he might not have a well-balanced mind, yet there was no lack of intelligence and no proof that he was a lunatic. To send him to Pueblo among the distracted people there would certainly be harrowing to my understanding, quoth the judge, and his indignant features told how strongly he felt on the subject. The jury deliberated a short time and found by their verdict that he was not insane that his incapacity was physical more than mental and recommended that he be received back into the Deaf and Mute asylum. Mr. Corben appeared as guardian ad litem for Berger.
Verger, Floyd I.
Rocky Mountain News 8-7-1889 Protecting the Helpless Superintendent Ray of the Colorado Springs deaf and mute institution, has had a talk with Judge Miller with reference to the deaf and dumb boy Berger, who was recently discharged from that institution and placed on his trial as an insane person. Mr. Ray explained that although the boy wasn't insane he was so constituted that he couldn't be taught any more than he now knows, and as there were many applicants for a home at the asylum, it was only right that they, being capable of receiving some benefit, should not be shut out by cases like Berger's. Judge Miller, whilst admitting that the superintendent's story might be true, quietly reminded him that it certainly did not justify the officers of the institution in trying to have the boy consigned to a lunatic asylum, perhaps for his life. Young Berger is still in the county hospital. He will probably be again sent to the poor farm. The case is a very melancholy one and is puzzling the county commissioners considerably.
Verger, Floyd I.
Rocky Mountain News 10-11-1893 Workhouse Wanted State Board of Charities Thinks Denver Should Have One The state board of charities and corrections held an interesting and important meeting yesterday afternoon
Mr. Mills precipitated a lengthy discussion concerning Floyd I. Verger, the deaf and dumb and partially idiotic boy at the county jail. He declared that the lad had been imprisoned since 1891 without warrant of law, and despite the allegation he was afflicted with insane or idiotic tendencies, was really as bright as any other boy would be who had never heard a sound or uttered a word and had no teaching. The lad knew that he was restrained illegally of his liberty, and, said Mr. Mills, if something is not done concerning him I shall take steps to get him out of jail. Mr. Appel reported that he had been appointed as a committee of one to examine the boy's condition. He recognized that if there were an institution in the state where he could be restrained as well as taught it would be more humane to send him there, but as the governor had been obliged to veto a bill for the establishment of an idiot asylum, because it had not passed the senate, there was no better place. He recommended that Verger be left for the present where he is. There was so much opposition to this determination of the unfortunate's case that another committee, consisting of Mr. Mills and Dr. Love, was entrusted with his disposition, with power to act
Verger, Floyd I.
Rocky Mountain News 10-14-1893 First Official Visit Officials of the State Call at the County Jail J. Warner Mills and Mrs. Dr. Love, as representatives of the state board of charities and corrections, yesterday paid a visit to the county jail to look into the case of Floyd Verger. The first seen of Verger in Colorado was at Colorado Springs. One day about three years ago he was found wandering about the depot, having evidently been put off a train. A card was pinned to his coat reading: Floyd Verger. He is unfortunate deaf and dumb. Treat him well. The new arrival was then 14 years of age. An investigation by the committee indicates that Verger has committed no jail offense, but was sent to the jail from the county hospital on January 31, 1891. The committee examined the boy as to his mental condition. We found, said Mr. Mills, later in the day, that the boy readily answers ordinary questions in writing, although his answers are incoherent. He expressed a desire to go to work and especially to learn the painter's trade. Dr. Eskridge agrees with the committee that the boy should be sent to the insane asylum, where he can be treated for his mental weakness. It is an outrage that Verger is confined in the jail and we will take steps at once for an inquest of lunacy to release him from the jail.
Verger, Floyd I.
Rocky Mountain News 10-18-1893 Court Calendar County Court Judge Le Fevre 3375 Floyd Verger, lunacy; order for jury; J. A. C. Reynolds appointed guardian ad litem; set for trial October 19, 9 a.m.
Verger, Floyd I.
Rocky Mountain News 10-18-1893 Civil Briefs J. A. C. Reynolds was appointed as guardian ad litem for Floyd Verger yesterday. The boy's trial for lunacy was set for October 19.
Verger, Floyd I.
Rocky Mountain News 10-20-1893 Floyd Verger Tried Floyd Verger was convicted of lunacy yesterday in the county court, and was sent to the Pueblo insane asylum. Mrs. Havens, matron of the county jail, will accompany him there as trained nurse. He is paralyzed on one side, deaf and dumb, and an object both pitiful and repulsive. He showed a curious mixture of knowledge and idiocy on the witness stand. Some questions were asked him in writing and he answered in the same way. The training of the mute and blind institute was very evident, for his writing is as legible as print, and his punctuation perfect. The matter is entirely incoherent, however, and consists principally of appeals for money. He has a curious way of counting backward, for instance he begs on paper for 15, 10, 20, 35, 30, 45, 40 cents. He has learned all that the authorities found it possible to teach him at the mute and blind institute, and there seems no other place for him except at the insane asylum. Dr. Eskridge testified that he had known the boy six years, and that his mental condition would never improve.
patient race W gender F age 53 marital status M place of birth Missouri occupation midwife source 1910 census
patient gender F race W age 73 marital status M birthplace Missouri source 1930 census
patient race: W sex: F age: 63 marital:M place of birth: Missouri occupation: ward help source: 1920 census
Denver Evening Post 3-31-1899 A Lady With a Gun Constable Moore Will Have to Hire a Cuirass or Die on April the Fifth J. B. Moore, constable of Justice Mullins' court, walks the streets with one hand on the gun he is authorized by law to carry. His eye is not bent with purpose stern upon some man for whom he has a warrant, but all his mind and both eyes are on the lookout for a woman. This morning he received a postal card saying that he may expect to die on April 5 at the hands of the writer. The writer is a woman from whom the constable has received many postal cards, and some of her letters are still in the postoffice, the government refusing to deliver them. The woman is said to be a midwife and former detective, Rose Veerdon by name. It is believed that she is insane and Moore said that he will cause the county court to have her mental condition examined. Meantime, I'll look out for myself, he added.
Denver Evening Post 3-31-1899 Rose Veering Arrested Rose Veering, the midwife, who has threatened to shoot Constable Moore of Justice Mullins' court on or before April 5, was arrested yesterday at the instance of Moore and placed in the county jail. A charge of lunacy was preferred against her. She has also sent letters threatening similar fatalities to Chief of Police Farley, Postmaster Tabor and others.
Denver Evening Post 5-16-1899 A Female Detective Mrs. Rose Vering, a Hospital Escape, Says She is One I am one of the few successful female detectives in the world. This was the statement made by Mrs. Rose Vering at the city jail today. The noted Mrs. Vering is in the jail because she escaped from the county hospital last night, where she was confined on a charge of insanity. She says that Constable Joe Moore preferred the charge of insanity against her because he had a spite against her. Mrs. Vering says she is 36 years old and not insane. She converses intelligently on nearly all subjects except detectives and secret service business. She imagines she is the star detective of the world, and has worked out with success the most mysterious cases that ever happened.
Denver Evening Post 5-18-1899 Examinations for Sanity Removal of Certain Persons From the Realm of Reason Age and youth, the caucasian and the negro, met in the county court yesterday afternoon to be examined for sanity
An inquisition into the sanity of Mrs. Rose Veering is still going on in the court. She was formerly a mid-wife, and whether insane or not, has a penchant for writing obscene letters and postal cards. Some of this literature is in evidence and is extraordinarily filthy, so much so that the authorities are of the opinion that the woman must have a mania for the foul acts of which she accuses others. Among those to whom she has thus written are Dr. Addison Hawkins, Constable Moore, O. A. Whitemore and Deputy Sheriff Allen. The inquisition was ordered at the suggestion of Mr. Moore. Mrs. Veering is about 40 years old and was fashionably dressed. The proceedings are contested and conducted with locked doors.
Denver Evening Post 5-19-1899 President of Golden Hens Rose Veering has been adjudged insane in the county court above her protest. She is 36 years old, and was formerly a midwife. Her mania is the writing of obscene letters to people against whom she fancied a grievance. These became too numerous and were so vile that the post-office authorities took cognizance of them and seized them in transit. Mrs. Veering tried to act reasonably witness stand, but did not succeed. She said that she was president of the Society of the Golden Hens and had $22,000 in money. The jury pronounced her insane. Mrs. Ellen McKnight was also adjudged insane. She has a delusion that she sees spirits, who commune with her. The trial was the second one, the former jury failing to agree.
Vernan, Nite B.
Denver Evening Post 12-9-1895 State Happenings Boulder Nite B. Vernan, a young man of 26, who came here from Wyoming, was adjudged insane by the county court on Saturday, and was ordered taken to Pueblo.
Vernan, Nite B.
Denver Evening Post 12-9-1895 Master's Sale United States of America, District of Colorado, ss, in chancery. In the Circuit Court of the United States for the District of Colorado. The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance company, complainant, vs. Florian Spalti, Eurdelia Spalti, Anton Wilke, M. Rauh, John E. Kiefer, H. H. Arenz, Henry Falke, the Hanson Produce company, a corporation, Jerome S. Riche, Charles Hene, John Schltess, Salo Baer, W. W. Shaw, John Wolf, Abraham Portnoy, Shing Kee, Casson D. Hindley, Charles Ekstrom, Earl M. Cranston, the Bedell Mortgage and Trust company, and Edward Chase, conservator of the estate of the defendant, Florian Spalti, who has been declared a lunatic, defendants. In pursuance of a decree of said court entered in the above entitled cause on the seventh day of December, A. D. 1895, I, Sanford C. Hinsdale, master in chancery of said court, will sell at public auction to the highest and best bidder for cash, on the eighth (8th) day of January A. D. eighteen hundred and ninety-six, at the Tremont street door of the county court house in the city of Denver, Arapahoe county, Colorado, at 10 o'clock in the forenoon of said day the premises and property in said decree mentioned and described, to-wit: Lots fifteen (15) and sixteen (16), in block forty (40), in the East Division of the city of Denver in said county, together with all and singular the tenements, hereditaments and appurtenances thereunto belonging. Signed, Sanford C. Hinsdale, Master in chancery of the circuit court of the United States for the district of Colorado, Talbot & Denison, Solicitors for Complainant. Dated December 9th, A. D. 1895.
patient race: W sex: F age: 45 marital:M place of birth: Iowa occupation: ward help source: 1920 census
Vernon, Frances E Mrs
admitted 3-18-1898 from Lamar, Co - Woodcroft Hospital
Vernon, Frances E.
patient race W gender F age 45 marital status M place of birth Iowa occupation housekeeper source 1910 census
patient gender F race W age 65 marital status M birthplace Iowa source 1930 census
Vernon, Francis E.
patient race W sex F month of birth . year of birth 1864 age 36 marital M place of birth Iowa occupation housekeeper source 1900 census
patient gender M race W age 52 marital status M birthplace Italy source 1930 census
patient race: W sex: M age: 41 marital:. place of birth: New York occupation: none source: 1920 census
Vertress, S. H.
patient race: W sex: M age: 62 marital:S place of birth: Illinois occupation: none source: 1920 census
patient gender F race W age 55 marital status Un birthplace New York source 1930 census
Fairplay Flume 12-10-1885 Last week Fred Veuscher was brought from Como to the county jail on a charge of larceny, having stolen a watch, which he sold and with the proceeds went on a drunken spree. It was shown at the jury trial that Veuscher was mentally deficient and he was sent to the Pueblo asylum. The sheriff took him there last Friday.
Vialpando, Felipe J.
patient gender M race W age 21 marital status S birthplace Colorado source 1930 census
patient gender F race W age 44 marital status M birthplace Ohio source 1930 census
patient race: W sex: F age: 34 marital:S place of birth: Ohio occupation: none source: 1920 census
Vickers, L. B.
Denver Evening Post 5-14-1896 Town Talk L. B. Vickers, 65 years of age, escaped from the Pueblo insane asylum several days ago. He had been allowed privileges as trusty, because his mania was mild. Vickers had been at the asylum six years.
Vickers, L. B.
Rocky Mountain News 5-14-1896 Out of the Asylum L. B. Vickers Writes at Length Upon His Pueblo Experience A few weeks ago Mr. L. B. Vickers, a man of about 65 years of age, walked away from the Pueblo insane asylum, whither he had been sent some six years previously. He is a man of fine education, and had been so quiet and amenable that he has enjoyed almost entire liberty. He has been employed as a trusty about the building, and has made the most of his opportunities, judging from the lengthy budgets of manuscript he brought away with him. He has written out at considerable length an account of the harrowing sufferings of the beings imprisoned by their heartless fellowmen at Pueblo. Most of the victims are quite sane at the time of their arrival, but after a few weeks incarceration their health begins to give away and they die or go hence, or are translated, or meet that mythical animal known as a boojum, and silently, suddenly vanish away, and never are heard of again. Mr. Vickers is no mean psychologist, judging from his deductions, and the systematic way in which he has arranged his cases of horrible examples, and he does not appear to bear malice towards any of the managers of the Pueblo institution. The frightful severity of the discipline as shown in his own case hardly bears out some of his allegations, since when he finally wearied of the life he moved serenely on to green fields and pastures new.
Vickery, Caroline F
admitted 3-31-1900 from Pueblo, Co - Woodcroft Hospital
Vieths, Harry I.
patient gender M race W age 44 marital status M birthplace Iowa source 1930 census
Leadville Daily Herald 9-14-1882 Sent to the Insane Asylum Pueblo, September 13 Peter Carl, an unfortunate brick-mason, was tried to-day, convicted of insanity, and sent to the asylum. Alvino Vijal, an unfortunate Mexican, will follow him to-day.
patient gender M race Mex age 44 marital status S birthplace Colorado source 1930 census
Vigil, Francisco G.
Wet Mountain Tribune 5-20-1921 Pedro Vigil, 68 years old, well-to-do owner of a ranch eleven miles southwest of Monte Vista, was almost instantly killed by his son, Francisco G. Vigil. The boy had but recently been discharged from the state hospital for the insane at Pueblo. The boy disappeared from the ranch home. The father went in search of him, and while the father was looking through a field glass the son slipped up behind him and struck him down with a club. The boy is being held for trial in District Court on the charge of first degree murder.
patient gender M race Mex age 28 marital status S birthplace Colorado source 1930 census
patient race Mex gender M month born . year born 1856 age 44 marital status S place of birth Colorado occupation herder source : 1900 census
patient race: W sex: M age: 63 marital:S place of birth: Colorado occupation: none source: 1920 census
patient, mulatto, male, age 27, single, Colorado, 1885 census
Vigil, Maria E.
patient gender F race Mex age 34 marital status S birthplace Colorado source 1930 census
Fort Collins Courier 11-23-1922 Deputy Sheriff H. H. Sanders left Thursday for Pueblo, with Mrs. Mary Vigil, a Mexican woman, aged 37 years, who was adjudged insane by a commission in the county court and ordered sent to the state hospital for the insane.
Vigil, Nicolas Mrs.
Colorado Transcript 8-22-1907 Sees Dead Babe in Water. The sight of her dead baby floating in an irrigating ditch is believed to have caused Mrs. Nicholas Vigil to lose her mind. Last month her child was drowned and she herself took it from the water. Recently she was sent to the home of her parents in Pueblo, from which place she may be put in the insane asylum unless the condition of her mind improves. She is said now to be violently insane.
patient race W gender M month born . year born 1850 age 50 marital status M place of birth Ohio occupation bricklayer source : 1900 census
patient gender M race Mex age 38 marital status Wd birthplace Mexico source 1930 census
Rocky Mountain News 5-24-1888 Made The Night Hideous Lunatics Hold a Night Session at the County Jail Attempted Suicide For a considerable portion of last night there was music in the air at the county jail. To the nocturnal wanderer in the region of the bastile it appeared as if Sheriff Weber's large family had taken leave of their senses and were devoting their superhuman efforts to making the night hideous. On inquiring into the matter Jailors Hutchinson and Rafferty discovered that the noise, which, by the way, has not been by any means unusual in the jail recently, emenated from the cells occupied by Ben Robbins, the assistant district attorney, and Julius Villard
The past eight days, said one of the guards to a News reporter, have been about the worst we have ever experienced here. We had four lunatics in our charge and they have been holding high revelry, so much so that it has kept us busy to preserve anything like order in the jail. Ben Robbins, especially, has been very troublesome and two other cranks named Brooks and Olsen have given us reliable testimony of their lung powers at frequent intervals. Jail Notes Ben Robbins was this morning taken to Pueblo by Sheriff Weber, where he will be placed in the state insane asylum.
Boulder County Herald Weekly 11-28-1883 Mrs. Mary Villiman, of Salina, formerly of upper St. Vrain, was adjudged insane 22 Nov 1883. Source Boulder County, Colorado, Deaths and the Insane, 1859 1900, by Mary McRoberts.
Rocky Mountain News 11-23-1883 Foot-Hill Cities Boulder Mrs. Mary Villmin, a French lady of Salina, was adjudged insane in the county court yesterday. Miss M. Barnett, a young lady, was also adjudged insane the first of the week.
Fairplay Flume 7-15-1898 Insane. In the county Court last week Mrs. Villineanx of Alma, was adjudged insane. It is said there is no ---- (not legible) room for patients at Pueblo, and so will probably be sent to some institution in Denver.
Fairplay Flume 7-22-1898 Sheriff Wilson returned Monday, from Pueblo where he left Mrs. Villineanx, lately adjudged insane, in a private asylum until a vacancy occurs in the state institution.
Villineau, M A Mrs (Alma)
admitted 7-16-1898 from Park Co., Co. - Woodcroft Hospital
Littleton Independent 11-27-1908 County Court In the county court last week John Vince and Katherine Lawrence were found insane by the following jury: J. H. Goddard, H. L. Shellabarger, J. Durant, S. Chandler, Jess Markle and G. H. Domire. They were taken to the Pueblo asylum by Sheriff Geo. E. Beach.
patient gender F race W age 57 marital status Wd birthplace Illinois source 1930 census
patient race: W sex: F age: 46 marital:W place of birth: Illinois occupation: none source: 1920 census
Vipan, Benjamin R.
Colorado Springs Gazette 9-24-1912 Benjamin R. Vipan, aged 68, resident of the Union Printers home for the last two years, was ordered committed to the state insane asylum at Pueblo by Judge Little in the county court yesterday afternoon. Vipan appeared fairly rational during the hearing, but it was shown that his mental condition is considerably impaired. He was born in Mepal, England, and had lived in Chicago for many years before coming to Colorado.
patient race W gender M month born . year born 1875 age 25 marital status S place of birth Colorado source : 1900 census
patient race W gender M age 34 marital status S place of birth Colorado source 1910 census
patient race: W sex: M age: 44 marital:S place of birth: Colorado occupation: engine room helper source: 1920 census
Vittenean, M. A.
patient race W gender F age 66 marital status W place of birth Ireland occupation laundress source 1910 census
patient, white, female, age 16, single, Kentucky, 1885 census
patient gender F race W age 64 marital status Wd birthplace Iowa source 1930 census
patient race W sex M month of birth . year of birth 1882 age 18 marital S place of birth . source 1900 census
patient race: W sex: M age: 51 marital:M place of birth: Pennsylvania occupation: none source: 1920 census
patient race: W sex: M age: . marital:M place of birth: Russia occupation: none source: 1920 census
Central City Weekly Register-Call 11-24-1899 Taken to Insane Asylum George Voll was adjudged insane on Wednesday afternoon by a jury before Judge Flor Ashbaugh in the district court room. On August 4th of this year the unfortunate man suffered a stroke of apoplexy which left his right side partially paralyzed. Before that time he had been treated for brain trouble, but had not acted so queerly until after the stroke. He had threatened harm to his family at different times and annoyed the guests at the Eureka House, and while never very violent it was thought best to place him in the asylum, where, it is believed, that on account of the lower altitude and with kind and proper treatment, his reason may be restored again. Sheriff Mitchell left for Pueblo with Mr. Voll Wednesday afternoon.
patient gender M race W age 67 marital status Wd birthplace Czechoslovakia source 1930 census
patient gender M race W age 45 marital status M birthplace Russia source 1930 census
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. The direct examination of the supervisor, who is a tall, determined-looking man, with a light brown mustache and dark hair worn in a pompadour fashion, was interesting from beginning to end. He had the power of telling a graphic story and shed much light on the birth of the child and the escape of the Italian convict, Voltaire, from his cell
Maniac Who Made Stilettos Witness told of the Italian, John Voltaire, a convict who had pleaded insanity and been incarcerated here. Voltaire was the subject of some remarks by the committee from the board of charities and his escape from his room was touched upon by the attorney general. He was confined in one of the rear rooms in Ward A, said Mr. Burrows. In his room he had a galvanized iron chamber, from which he cunningly manufactured a pair of stilettos. One of these he used to remove the bricks in the back wall to effect his escape from his cell. McWilliams, the attendant, hurriedly sought me out and asked me to go with him at once. When we reached the ward Voltaire stood behind a pile of bricks with a stiletto hidden behind his wrist. Three other attendants were present, none of whom would venture to go against him. I approached the patient and began a gentle persuasion. It had no effect and almost before I knew what he was going to do he had sprung upon me and wounded me in the loin with his stiletto. I grappled with him, threw him down and we bound him without giving him a single scratch. He now lives in Denver and is accessible if you desire him.
patient gender F race W age 64 marital status D birthplace Sweden source 1930 census
Ouray Herald 6-15-1899 Conservator's Notice Estate of Paul Von Hagen, Insane. The undersigned having been appointed conservator of the estate of Paul Von Hagen, of the county of Ouray in the state of Colorado, insane, hereby gives notice that he will appear before the county court of said Ouray county, at the Court House in Ouray in said county, at the June term, 1899 on the last Monday in June next, at which time all persons having claims against said estate are notified and requested to attend for the purpose of having same adjusted. All persons indebted to said estate are requested to make immediate payment to the undersigned. Dated at Ouray, Colo., this 15th day of May A.D., 1899, Curt Von Hagen, Conservator, May 18 June 8.
patient gender M race W age 44 marital status M birthplace Illinois source 1930 census
patient race: W sex: M age: 34 marital:. place of birth: Illinois occupation: none source: 1920 census
patient gender F race W age 45 marital status M birthplace Iowa source 1930 census
patient race: W sex: F age: 34 marital:M place of birth: Iowa occupation: dish washer source: 1920 census
admitted 2-7-1915 from Fremont, Co - Woodcroft Hospital
Vories, George W.
Akron Weekly Pioneer Press 12-25-1903 The body of a man that was found at the foot of the Greenhorn range last month, and which was supposed to be that of E. Johnson, has been positively identified by Mrs. Adelaide Vories of La Veta as that of her husband, George W. Vories. Vories escaped from Dr. Work's sanitarium in Pueblo, where he was being treated for a mental disorder, about May 22nd, and nothing had been heard of him.
Denver Evening Post 11-9-1898 Because Hilda Danielson Did Not Love Him Edward Vosborg Makes Three Attempts To Kill Himself and, Failing in That, Waited in a Haystack For Two Days and Three Nights For Death to Come to Him Because he has been jilted by a girl Edward Vosborg made a desperate attempt to kill himself on a ranch eleven miles from Denver. So strong was his determination that after cutting his throat he slashed long gashes across his wrists. He did this while resting in a country hay stack, and there he remained for three lonely nights and two long days waiting for death to come. What agonies he suffered from his wounds, exposure and the dreadful loneliness he alone knows. His love must be strong. Vosborg is a Swede and by occupation a ranch hand. He has worked on ranches around Denver for the past four years. For about four months past he has been working for Peter Danielson a few miles from Eaton. In the family of Danielson is a beautiful young girl, Hilda by name, with whom Vosborg became smitten. As time went on the attractions of Hilda Danielson increased rapidly in the mind of Vosborg, and he became almost insane over her. He confessed his love for her to Mr. and Mrs. Danielson and to Hilda herself, but she did not reciprocate. The parents decided that their daughter could choose her own husband, and when she spurned the love of the ranch hand the parents were satisfied and informed Vosborg that Hilda's decision was final. Vosborg did not want to remain on the ranch after that, so he was paid what money he had coming to him and left the place. He grieved over his disappointment. He came to Denver and spent several days trying to drown his sorrow in Larimer street whisky. His debauch lasted for about four days and then he started for Brighton, where he has friends residing. He started for the place on foot and the walk sobered him up. When the fumes of the whisky left his mind the fumes of love returned to it. As he walked along the lonely road the old thought that he would rather be dead than live without Hilda Danielson returned to him with full force. He decided to kill himself. In his pocket he had a large knife. With this he could end his sorrows, he thought. He saw a hay stack in a field. Climbing through the barbed wire fence he went to it. He crawled in under the hay, pulled his knife from his pocket and drew the edge of the blade across his throat directly beneath the chin. The blade cut the skin and severed the windpipe. Vosborg dropped his head forward on the hay and waited for death. Some small veins were cut and the wound bled little. It was hard for him to breathe, but that is all the inconvenience he suffered. Realizing that the wound was not fatal he again seized the knife and drew the blade across his left wrist. The blood spurted out, and again Vosborg waited for death, and again he was disappointed. The wound in the wrist ceased to bleed after a few moments. Then the love-sick Swede took the knife in his left hand and slashed his right wrist. This, like the other two wounds, proved not deep enough to cause death. The loss of blood lulled him to sleep. When Vosborg awoke it was daylight and his wounds were paining him intensely. He reached for the knife with the intention of finishing the job but the pain in his wrist prevented him from grasping it. So he calmly awaited whatever fate there was in store for him. All this happened last Saturday night and Vosborg remained in the hay until yesterday forenoon without a bite to eat or water to drink. Yesterday he crawled from his hole in the hay and started to walk to the ranch house of S. B. Atwell, a quarter of a mile from where he was. He staggered along the road and as he got to the house he fell from exhaustion. He was carried inside and the police of Denver were notified. A wagon was sent for him and he was taken to the county hospital and it was there that he told of his love affair and of how he had tried to end what he considered a most miserable existence. His wounds were cleansed and sewed up and he is in a fair way to recover. Vosborg is about 30 years old and has been in this country for eight years. In his delirium when he was at Atwell's house, he said that six men attacked him and tried to kill him but they failed and then he tried to kill himself.
Denver Evening Post 11-10-1898 Love, After All, Cuts Some Figure in Life Edward Vosborg All for love, Edward Vosborg lies on a cot at the county hospital weeping and is breathing through a hole in his trachea. He's not asleep, said Dr. Lawn, physician in charge at the hospital, as he tried to press back Vosborg's eyelids. He's just nutty crazy as a bug. Hey, Vosborg! he continued, shaking the patient gently, Wake up; there's a friend come to see you! But Vosborg only groaned and made a sputtering sound through the ugly aperture in his neck. A little later and he was asleep and dreaming. Now his face worked in anguish and tears crept from his shut eyes and rolled down his cheeks. He is dreaming now, of his sweetheart, perhaps, said the doctor, gently. Oh-h! cried out the sleeper, clasping his bandaged arms over his breast in tense spasmodic fashion. He was awake again, but he would not open his eyes. What is it, Vosborg are you thinking of Hilda? asked his friend. Oh-h! exclaimed Vosborg again, and again there was that dreadful wheeze from the region of the collar button. You know his story, of course, said the doctor. He was brought in here Tuesday afternoon from S. B. Atwell's ranch about ten miles out in the country, with his throat all torn up like this and these sawed places across his wrists. He had been cooking as a farm hand for Peter Danielson out near Eaton and he fell in love with Danielson's daughter I forget her name. Hilda, wasn't it? Yes, Hilda, and because she wouldn't have him he wandered off and chopped himself all up with his pocket knife and crawled into a hay stack to die, but he was slow about it, and finally after three nights and two days' agony he got hungry and got up and staggered along till he came to Axtell's (Atwell's) house, and then he tumbled over and they brought him to us. Vosborg interrupted with another groan and another spasm which was partly mental and partly physical. In appearance he is like any one of a thousand Swedish farm hands you could find anywhere. His florid face, little yellow straggling moustache, high cheek bones and that distinct lack of expression which characterizes the faces of the unlettered, were just what one would expect. Miss Danielson is pretty. If Vosborg could paint he would immortalize his canvas with a representation of his love as a radiant angel with all the beauty of the world concrete and shining from her eyes. But Vosborg cannot paint; he can only pant through the artificial vent he has carved out for himself and dream fitful, gaggy dreams of Hilda who will never be his. Dr. Lawn says he will get well in spite of himself.
Denver Evening Post 11-14-1898 Vosborg Calls for Hilda Danielson, But She Comes Not and He May Die Edward Vosborg, who made a determined effort to kill himself by cutting his throat and wrists, is not expected to recover. He lies on a cot at the county hospital, a maniac. He refuses nourishment and medicine and he has to be fed through a silver tube, the food being forced down his throat. Since Vosborg staggered to Atwell's ranch and fell in the door of the house from exhaustion after lying in a haystack for nearly three days with his throat and wrists cut, he has been crazy. The sufferings were too much for him. He told the Atwells in an incoherent manner that he had been in love with a girl named Danielson, but that she rejected his suit and he had decided to kill himself. He hid himself in a haystack on the Atwell ranch, which is located eleven miles from Denver, and cut his throat. This did not kill him so he cut his left wrist. This was also a failure and he then cut his other wrist. This occurred Saturday, Oct. 5, and Tuesday following he crawled from the hay and staggered to the ranch house. He was taken to the county hospital, where everything was done for him. His wounds were sewed up and a silver tube was inserted in his throat as the wind pipe had been cut, but he refused absolutely to eat. He wailed that he would die in spite of the efforts of the physicians, and Dr. Long was just as determined that he should not die. The physician inserted a tube from Vosborg's mouth to his stomach and put in nourishment that way. This has to be done five times a day to keep him from dying. He is one of the craziest patients we have at the hospital, said Dr. Lawn this morning. He wants to die worse than any person I ever saw and he will in all probability succeed in his desire. He refuses to eat anything and we are obliged to feed him through a tube. Only light nourishment can be administered in this way and he may manage to starve himself to death eventually. He moans and says he wants to die and is angry because we are doing anything for him. He says he wishes he had remained in the haystack where he could have starved to death even if his injuries would not have proved fatal. He is plumb crazy, and all for the love of a girl, too. He keeps calling for the girl that disappointed him, but she has not yet come to see him. I wish she would, as it may help him some.
Denver Evening Post 11-19-1898 Life Grows Sweet Edward Vosborg Has Decided That He Can Get Along Without Hilda Danielson Edward Vosborg has experienced a change of heart and now wants to recover. This morning he informed the physician at the county hospital that he was not only willing but anxious to live. Since Vosborg was taken to the hospital on Nov. 8 he has made as strong a fight to die as most men make to live. He refused to take medicine or nourishment down his severed throat through tubes. He insisted that he wanted to die because he loved Hilda Danielson and could not have her. He was taken to the hospital because he had severely wounded himself in an effort to commit suicide. Vosborg hid himself in a hay stack at Atwell's ranch, cut his throat and then cut both wrists. He lay in the hay stack for three days without food or water and then went to the ranch house, and from there was taken to the hospital. When he cut his throat he severed the windpipe, but no vein or artery.
Denver Evening Post 1-8-1899 In The Wards For Insane Chats With Mother McDonald, William H. Lahey, Edward Vosborg, Amy Love and the Evasion of Mrs. Guire It was cosy in the office of the county hospital. There was warmth and the clock ticked and Dr. Long wrote at a neatly kept desk. We have twenty-three of them now, said the doctor, resuming the conversation in a leisurely manner as he finished making his notes and put up the pad. The talk had been of insane patients. Sixteen of these are women, he continued; the others are men. Would you like to see some of them? The visitor said he would and the courteous doctor led the way. Out in the corridor two tidy women in white caps were mopping the floor. Through the open doors on either side one could get glimpses of cleanly store rooms, a shining kitchen, a well ordered dining room and a methodically arranged drug department. Wait till I get the key to No. 4, said Dr. Long as he went into a small room near the stairway. He was back in a second, and the two proceeded to an apartment with a grated door, which, being opened, brought to view a lobby with other grated doors opening into it
Now let's go and see Vosborg, said he turning to the stairway. You remember Vosborg; he's the fellow who cut his wrists and his throat, and lay three days in a haystack out near Brighton all for the love of Hilda Danelson, the young daughter of the man on whose ranch he was employed. Here we are, come in. They had reached the upper floor and turned into a long ward with rows and cots on which lay all sorts of sufferers. But the young man to whose side the doctor stepped was not suffering at all. Hello, Vosborg. Hello, sir, said the rosy, fat-faced, clean-shaven young man who dropped the paper he had been reading, as he heard the familiar salutation. How are you? First rate, doctor, and he smiled like a contented baby. Look at his wrists, said Dr. Long. They are all healed up and that big hole he sawed in his throat is closed, and though he has lost a foot and three toes, he will soon be as right as a trivet. As he spoke he took Vosborg's wrists and turned them over so that the two long scars could be seen. But you tried hard to do it, didn't you, old man? he continued. Yes, sir, said the Swede. I s'pose I try. And did you love Hilda so much that you did not care to live without her? Vosborg colored deeply and then his lips pursed half angrily. Wy I should luf her? She is saxteen years, only saxteen. Dare wos no use. Then why did you do it? I kent find out that I don' get known that; I kent find it out. Everybody else found it out, Vosborg, said the doctor, and then to the visitor, but he isn't going to worry about that any more, are you, old man? No, I tenk not. It is no good no use. After leaving Vosborg the doctor said that as soon as he could get about the Swede would be sent to Weld county, the commissioners of that county having agreed to care for him
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