Patient list from 1955 Department of the Interior Report Added

The Morningside Hospital patient list found in the 1955 Department of the Interior (DotI) Report has been posted and incorporated into the Wall of Names. You can view these lists here: 1955 Department of the Interior Report The Wall of Names is sorted alphabetically by last name, and then by first name, rather than by source. The intended reason for this was to organize the names in a way that makes it easier for someone researching their family history or looking for a specific name to find the name they're looking for. The other effect of sorting the names like this is that names that appears on more than one list group together. In adding the names from the Department of the Interior Report from March 1955, I stumbled upon a few patients who's names appear in Judge Wickersham's list from Morningside in 1916 and in the 1955 DotI Report.
  • Robert Belling is listed in the Wickersham Papers as admitted 6/23/1911 from Nome with admission # 359. The 1955 DotI Report includes a Robert Belling, 44 years later. Unfortunately the 1955 report does not include any further information about Robert Belling.
  • Charles Benson appears in the Wickersham Papers as having been admitted from Ketchikan on February 16, 1915 with admission # 553. According to the Department of the Interior Report from 1955, 40 years later, there was still a patient named Charles Benson. Again the 1955 report does not include any other information about Charles Benson.
  • David Hull is in the Wickersham Papers, admitted from Nome 6/29/1908 with patient # 201, and present in 1916. DotI report lists a David Hull in 1955, 47 years later.
  • W.T.C. Jensen is shown in the Wickersham Papers, admitted from Juneau 8/30/1914 with patient # 534, and present in 1916. DotI lists W.T.C Jensen in 1955, 41 years later.
  • G. McLain appears in the Wickersham Papers, admitted from Ft. Gibbon with patient # 476 in August, 1913, and Present in 1916. DotI has a Granville McLain in 1955, 42 years after G. McLain's admission.
  • Carl Miller is listed in the Wickersham Papers as admitted from Ketchikan in October 1909, but "Eloped" 10/22/1910. However, a Carl Miller does also show up in the 1955 DotI report.
  • Richard Harris is shown in the Wickersham Papers as admitted 8/19/1905 from Juneau, and deceased 10/10/1907. The DotI report also includes a Richard Harris.
  • J. Hubbard is listed in the Wickersham Papers as admitted 4/13/1913 from Juneau, and deceased 10/2/1914. The DotI report includes a John Hubbard
  • There are potentially more, as both patient lists are missing first or last names from patients, or have names off by one or two characters which could be misspellings. There are probably others that I overlooked. As we add lists, more duplicate names will appear, adding to the ability to cross-reference names.
It is probably reasonable to assume that some of these patients were sent home and later re-admitted to Morningside, but there is currently not enough information to expand on. There is also the possibility that some these records are not referencing the same patients; the DotI report doesn't give much information to work with, and there is no way to know if these are the same persons or if they just share names. Given the population of Alaska at the time, duplicate names may have been somewhat rare, but as the final two in that list show, there are records indicating that over the course of Morningside Hospital's operations there were patients who shared the same names. Even if some of the names that appear on both lists are duplicate names, and some of the rest are patients who were sent home and later re-admitted, it seems possible that at least a few patients spent upwards of 40 years at Morningside Hospital. Hopefully we'll be able to make things more clear as we collect additional patient lists and get them into spreadsheets.
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  1. JC
    Posted July 5, 2009 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    I found my Mom’s father on the list. My Mother received a letter that he died Jan 1971. Where? If all patients were returned to Alaska prior to that date just where did he end up & where is he buried?

  2. Posted July 6, 2009 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    During the early 1960’s, many Morningside patients returned to Alaska. The Alaska Psychiatric Institute opened in 1962. It’s difficult to answer your question about where he is buried without a little more information about you grandfather. I’ll email you directly to see if we have anything that will help in your search.

    [WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The poster sent us ‘0 which is not a hashcash value.

  3. JC
    Posted January 28, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Ellen: I don’t believe I ever received an e-mail back

  4. Posted March 1, 2010 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    My father in law, Joe Carter, Sr. had a sister, who was mentally deficient. He said that one day someone came and picked her up while they were young kids and she never came back. I asked if there were any permission slips signed, he said no. He was her caretaker, her older sibling. He never received any letter to inform him of her whereabouts. He had heard about Morningside tho. We did request some information through Alaska Legal Services, we got a reply saying that the place had closed and that all records had burnt in a fire. Her name was Ruth Nauyaq Carter from Noorvik, Alaska. If there are any records of her whereabouts or her death, information would be appreciated. Her nieces and nephews are still here but their dad passed on, not too long ago.

    Thank you.

  5. Posted March 1, 2010 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    What further information do you want. We are talking about a female, Ruth Nauyaq Carter from Noorvik. Joe Carter, Sr. was her brother. Are there any records to show that she was returned to Alaska. We can ck with API here, if she was returned here, I think they would have sought to inform her family.
    Could you provide me a list.
    Thank you.

  6. Edith Orasuk
    Posted April 23, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    Since our name is Orasuk, I am wondering if you have any information on Mary Orasuk listed in 1955.

  7. Edith Orasuk
    Posted November 7, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    I have been watching your postings but perhaps you only reply by E-Mail which perhaps I did not include when I was looking for more information on Mary Orasuk listed in 1955. Please e-mail editho

  8. Robin Renfroe
    Posted January 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Contact Oregon Vital Statistics they have the following:

    Mary Oraskuk, Date of Death Nov 22, 1958, Spouse Carl, buried in Multnomah County, which is where Morningside was located, death certificate number 13703. Let me know what you find.

  9. Tinmiaq Hailstone
    Posted September 26, 2011 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    Joe Carter Sr, is my grandfather. my mother is his daughter..

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