Patient Death Certificates

by Sally Mead Over the past two weeks in Portland we've unearthed quite a bit more backdrop on the search for the burial locations of Morningisde patients. Working closely with Robin Renfroe and her sister Peggy, from Salem, we visited the State of Oregon Archives to search for death certificates for over 150 people. Robin had done research on the Wickersham Paper, US Census reports and Morningside Admittance lists to unearth as many Alaska Native people (or known family names) as possible.
Outside Archives

OR Archives, Salem

We have now searched all 121 names on the Wickersham list (pre 1916) as well as around 50 more Alaska Native people reported from 1920 to 1957. It is not complete but an important start.  Not all of them had a death certificate, but most did. The certificates are telling, from full names, to cause of death, burial location and family members if known. Those lines were almost always empty…. It was very sad to see how many were listed with epilepsy as cause of death.


Paggy and Sally

Peggy and Sally

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  1. Posted June 13, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    i was wondering was the hospital located where mall 205 and cherry blossom estates are now… i was just wondering alos how many people may have passed one the premisses for for i have had unusal things going on in my apartment and there is no way living beings could have done it and i have 2 others whom witnessed it.. please contact me by the email above please that email again is thank you very much for your time also wanted to see if i had realitive/s there for one had schisophrinia.. thanks dawn diedrich

  2. Lois Fedele
    Posted December 3, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    I am looking for Edmond T LaValley who was supposed to have been taken to Morningside from Alaska in or around 1936-1940…

  3. Robin Renfroe
    Posted January 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    I see in the Oregon Death Records the following;

    John E LaValley, Date of Death Aug 3, 1962, age 89, spouse Lillie

    If you believe this is him contact the Oregon Vital Records for his death certificate, it should indicate the cemetery. Hope this helps, let me know.

  4. debra
    Posted July 19, 2014 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    I found my ggg grandmother on the list of patients at morningside. Sarah carscadden was there from 1904-1926. She died there from diabetes, perhaps she was given insulin shock therapy. I am still looking for actual death cert. Her husband was in Wash at soap lake in 1921. Without this site it would have been impossible to obtain this info. Thank you.
    el 1933. How can I find out what led up to her being placed here from nome ak? Without all of good health. After 10 yrs or so it changed slightly to health poor.

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