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Suit For Divorce

Schwartz, W. B. - 1900-05-26Suit for Divorce.

William Schwartz brought suit for divorce from his wife, Mary Schwartz, yesterday. He alleges that they  separated in 1890 and charges her with having an ungovernable temper and striking him. He also says she has been an inmate of the Central Insane Hospital for the last ten years.


Joseph Souer vs. Richard M. Crosby et al.: damages. Demand, $1,000. Superior Court. Room 2.
William Schwartz vs. Mary Schwartz; divorce. Superior Court. Room 2.
Max Gundelfinger vs. Sarah Gundelfinger et al.; partition. Circuit Court.

“Suit for Divorce,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 26 May 1900, p. 3, col. 3; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 15 March 2014).

“New Suits Filed,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 26 May 1900, p. 3, col. 4; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 15 March 2014).


There is plenty information available on-line about the early Indiana medical health system and the Central Hospital for the Insane. Below are several links to sites regarding the Indiana Central Hospital for the Insane. (I have avoided those sites and videos that dwell on the ghost hunting and paranormal activity around the old hospital site, if you are interested in those, just google the Central Hospital for the Insane). Several members of the extended Yegerlehner family ended up “in the system” in the 1890s and early 1900s. At this time, three women are known: Mary Victoria (Wheeler) Schwartz, Rosina (Yegerlehner) Wolfe and Nancy (McCoy) Walker Kline. Accessing mental health records in Indiana is not easy due to privacy restrictions so it may never be clear why these women were institutionalized, basically for the remainder of their lives. In Rosina’s case, she spend nearly 40 years in the state hospital system. Were these women merely victims of the time in which they lived, when medical science did not understand conditions and symptoms that are more easily understood today? Were they genuinely ill? Or were they sent away to be hushed up? Whatever the reason, the conditions that existed at Central and the other state hospitals was deplorable.





© Deborah Sweeney, 2014.
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