Tag: Mental Health

Nancy Lassert

Nancy was committed to the Poorhouse on November 22, 1905, listed as an “Idiot”. She remained at the House until 1908 when she died of paralysis.

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Margaret Wirsching

Margaret Wirsching was admitted to the Poorhouse in 1899 for having “Weak Intellect” and was later sent to the Hamilton Asylum in 1911.

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Louisa Finkelstein

Louisa Finkelstein entered the Poorhouse due to “insanity” and was sent to the County Gaol where she would die a few months later due to her presumed infliction.

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The Marti Family

“Of all the inmates of the Waterloo County House of Industry and Refuge throughout the years none was better known than Bismark, the deaf mute who spent his waking hours trudging up and down Frederick Street within the bounds of poor-house property dressed in the red coat of a British soldier. “

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The Groff Family

The Groff family had a total of eight relatives stay at the House between 1878-1939, almost the entirety of the Poorhouse’s operation. Five of the relatives were sent to Hamilton Insane Asylum and the Orillia Hospital of the Feeble-Minded from the House.

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Edwin Murphy

Edwin was admitted to the Poorhouse on November 5th 1877, after having shot himself in the chest with a revolver.

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