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Deaths at Indiana Boys' School, Plainfield, Indiana (1869-1932)

Index © Meredith Thompson

Source: Annual reports of the board of the Indiana Boys' School for the years 1869 through 1932 (with the exception of the years 1871 and 1881).

The Indiana Boys' School was a state correctional institution established in Plainfield, Indiana in 1867 to reform male juvenile offenders through education. Originally known as the "Indiana House of Refuge for Juvenile Offenders," its name was later changed to the Indiana Reform School for Boys and then the Indiana Boys' School. Judges from courts across Indiana could commit boys to the school if they had been charged with a crime or with being delinquent. In more recent times, the institution was called the Plainfield Juvenile Correctional Facility. The Indiana State Archives has the records of the Indiana Boys' School; they have an online database that covers 1867-1937.

Last Name First Name Date of Death Age Cause of Death Remarks
Adams Roy June 28, 1932  dragged by mule died at Long Hospital in Indianapolis; accident occurred on June 26, 1932
Alexander Word November 11, 1908  pulmonary tuberculosis entered hospital on September 8, 1908
Alexis Albert June 16, 1892 12 years, 4 months, 18 days  died at 8:45 pm
Allen Joseph November 13, 1883 12 years, 11 months, 5 days catarrhal pneumonia after typhoid fever  
Baker Adolph May 7, 1900 19 years consumption sent to school February 14, 1900 by governor; admitted to hospital 10 days later with well-developed case of consumption
Baker Peter A. July 4, 1885  consumption  
Baron Theodore December [blank] 1923  rheumatism caused heart valve disease; died from pneumonia contracted November 23, 1923  
Beadle George May 11, 1877  scarlet fever  
Bellamy Anthony December 30, 1887  pneumonia sick only a few days; died very suddenly from heart clot
Bennett Clarence J. March 7, 1895 10 years, 5 months, 5 days congestion of lungs admitted to hospital on March 6; was unconscious during illness; Inmate #3935
Bowlin John February 2, 1874  tuberculosis colored
Brazney Joseph February 2, 1913  pulmonary tuberculosis  
Brown Eddie January 21, 1905  dropsy entered hospital on September 2, 1904
Burke Michael March 26, 1877  pneumonia  
Bush Leroy July 28, 1901 15 years tuberculosis  
Calusio John July 10, 1924  drowned while bathing in swimming pool  
Cashion Walter July 4, 1912  pulmonary tuberculosis died at 2:15 pm; entered hospital on April 28, 1912 with measles complicated with pneumonia
Chaney Fred June 4, 1897 17 years catarrhal pneumonia after measles complicated with effects of cigarette smoking before his admission to the school
Cheatham Orlando Edward [blank] 1887  consumption (by heredity) former inmate (over the age of 21) who was dying in a Cincinnati hospital; allowed to return so he could die with comforts of home around him
Cisna Joseph June 8, 1875  cold developed into pneumonia had inflammatory rheumatism for 2 months; recovered and then visited home, where he got a cold
Comincavish Martin March 3, 1894 13 years, 22 days pneumonia had previous attack of pneumonia immediately prior to his admission to the school, which left him enfeebled
Cook Dolly July 26, 1899  cerebro spinal meningitis died at 11:50 pm; had entered hospital on evening of July 25 with intense headache which developed into a delirium
Cook George December 28, 1891 11 years, 1 month, 17 days meningitis died at 9:47 am; ill for 3 days; Inmate #3452
Cordell Edward November 9, 1900 15 years cerebro spinal meningitis entered hospital November 2, 1900 with intense pain in the head and extreme nausea
Daily Patsey April 4, 1875  inflammation of the brain kicked in skull by a horse
Daniels Frank June 7, 1894 14 years, 7 days pleuritic pneumonia ill for 3 days; last autumn had severe attack of typhoid fever lasting 3-4 weeks, which he never fully recovered from
Decker Paul January 20, 1904 11 years, 7 months entero-colitis tubercular meningitis; Inmate #5527
Depue Amos A. November 10, 1883 16 years typhoid fever  
DeWert Russel January 21, 1905   sick only a few days
Dunn George October [blank] 1925  malnourished; had frequent corneal ulcers and tubercular inflammation of neck glands; died of pulmonary tuberculosis colored
Edmonds William April 24, 1906  pneumonia admitted to hospital on March 16, 1906; had tubercular trouble
Elkins Edgar May 17, 1910  typhoid fever entered hospital on May 5
Emerson Charles December 17, 1878  consumption  
Flowers Green W. April 1, 1876  consumption  
Fouse Spencer January 2, 1899  consumption colored; had a lingering illness
Goen John January 24, 1920  died at Robert W. Long Hospital, Indianapolis from complications from appendicitis operation  
Good Joseph April 22, 1913  pulmonary tuberculosis  
Graves Henry C. May 15, 1877  congestion colored
Green Clifford April 18, 1925  catarrhal fever complicated by pneumonia colored
Gulliver William April 5, 1874  tuberculosis colored
Guyer Albert October 26, 1893 15 years, 2 months, 6 days acute meningitis entered hospital October 24, 1893 with very high temperature and was soon delirious; Inmate #3530; was born August 20, 1878
Haggerty William December 26, 1913  diptheria  
Hall James February 21, 1901 16 years tuberculosis colored
Hays Charles May 23, 1875  probably congestion small colored boy; he was fine the previous day; found dead in bed the next morning
Hill Elmer April 28, 1891 16 years, 6 months, 12 days basilar meningitis died at 11:30 am; suffered for 17 days; Inmate #3166
Hill William August 19, 1888  entero-colitis suffered inflammation of bowels, which resulted in perforation; died from peritonitis
Hitchcock William May 13, 1876  typhoid pneumonia  
Hoadley James O. July 25, 1888  consumption (by heredity) died in less than 4 months from decline; no living relatives
Howarth Stephen January 18, 1902  pneumonia light attack of pneumonia was complicated with a tobacco heart and a violent nostalgia
Ilgenfritz Fred May 16, 1910  typhoid fever entered hospital on April 28
Isabel Willie August 19, 1905  appendicitis  
Johnson Charles August 12, 1888  consumption (by heredity) died in less than 4 months from decline; no living relatives
Johnson Daniel April 7, 1889 12 years, 7 months, 28 days consumption colored
Johnson Thomas February 11, 1901 11 years measles and pneumonia  
Jones Robert March 15, 1899  consumption colored; had a severe attack of pneumonia and consumption followed hastily
Kelley Edward June 1, 1883  consumption mild attack of pneumonia developed into consumption (which was hereditary in his family)
King Harry September 27, 1900  cerebro spinal meningitis entered hospital on morning of September 26 after complaining of not feeling well; post-mortem confirmed the diagnosis
Kinley George August 25, 1909  pulmonary tuberculosis entered hospital on June 7, 1909
Knorr Ignatz September 11, 1876  congestion or apoplexy  
Leavitt William B. April 14, 1876  typhoid pneumonia  
Lee Robert E. May 21, 1891 13 years, 3 months, 19 days pneumonia died at 10:30 pm; taken ill on May 17 with violent congestion of the lungs; Inmate #3331
Lee William June 12, 1901 19 years typhoid fever  
Leighton Donald November 21, 1914    
Lockridge John August 14, 1894 19 years, 2 months, 6 days bilateral pneumonia entered hospital August 9 suffering severe congestion of lungs; had 2-3 attacks of pneumonia prior to admission to school and 3 attacks while an inmate; had symptoms of incipient phthisis
Logan Charles June 6, 1896  tuberculosis confined to hospital since March 3; had the disease when committed and was in very delicate health
Logan John May 5, 1899  consumption colored; confined to hospital for 6 weeks
Lynch William June 7, 1897 13 years abscess of middle ear became sick May 12 with severe attack of measles but seemed to be recovering
Mahin Schuyler C. December 2, 1893 16 years, 11 months, 6 days edema of glottis died very suddenly from complication of tonsillitis; post-mortem performed, which confirmed diagnosis
Markle William April 21, 1911  acute cardiac dilation complicated by rheumatism; entered hospital on April 12, 1911
Martin John August 26, 1914  re-infection from pneumonia  
Martin John June 11, 1884 15 years, 5 months, 10 days skull crushed colored; heavy timber that was being raised for loading accidentally hit him behind the ear
Maurice Joseph June 24, 1901 15 years typhoid fever  
McColley Lyman January 23, 1885  traumatic tetanus (lock-jaw) stepped on rusty nail which penetrated his shoe and slightly wounded his foot
McDonald George December 19, 1899  tubercular meningitis colored; confined to bed only 5 days
McEntegart Clyde June 16, 1894 15 years, 7 days pneumonia sick for 10 days; had not been at school long; when he was admitted he could barely eat with knife and fork because of extreme nervousness from cigarette smoking
McGill Charles February 23, 1901 15 years measles and pneumonia colored
McKinley Clarence November 1, 1910  diabetes mellitus entered hospital October 23, 1910
McPike Glen February 12, 1917  rheumatism caused heart disease; died suddenly from endocarditis  
McRea Robert February 8, 1873  congestion of lungs sent from jail at Columbus but was too old; while awaiting legal outcome, he got sick from a cold contracted in jail; death occurred in 4 days.
Miller Clyde May 3, 1927  acute indigestion  
Miller Felix April 27, 1914  tuberculosis  
Miller George April 24, 1876  consumption  
Moore Clifford February 18, 1909  pneumonia entered hospital that day; died that night
Myers Harley October 11, 1890 13 years, 11 months, 28 days typhoid fever had typhoid fever for 2 weeks
Neal Russell November 26, 1903 19 years typhoid fever complications from tuberculosis; Inmate #4519
Nickett Charles December 6, 1927  taken to Robert W. Long Hospital, Indianapolis on December 3 with a constitutional disease  
Nickles Roy June 6, 1920  carbuncles on both lips became facial erysipelas and meningitis  
Orth Michael June 11, 1902  chorea was a very delicate boy who had a feeble heart
Oswald Carl May 14, 1914  pharyngitis followed by pneumonia  
Paris James May [blank], 1879  drowned while fishing  
Phillips Herman May 20, 1904 13 years, 2 months tuberculosis of lungs and stomach consumption; colored; Inmate #5438
Porter James March 9, 1877  consumption of the lungs colored
Powell Albert April 6, 1877  consumption of the lungs colored
Rentsch Fred July 27, 1901 15 years typhoid fever  
Robertson Julius October 7, 1879  lingering illness  
Rogers Marion June 4, 1931  pneumonia complicated with follicular tonsillitis; initial symptoms were of diptheria but culture was sent and came back negative
Sargent [blank] July 4, 1873   former inmate who returned on visit to celebrate with friends; hit his head against stone while bathing in creek, paralyzing his extremities; death occurred in 5 days
Schneidwald Frank April 2, 1885  pneumonia  
Severance Eldo June 27, 1901 14 years typhoid fever  
Sexson Walter August 2, 1889 16 years, 6 months, 17 days lingering illness had lingering illness of about 8 months, with caries of pelvic and left femur bones
Shattuck Frank February 9, 1901 17 years measles and pneumonia  
Simms Otto May 1, 1897 16 years pleuritic pneumonia admitted to hospital on April 26; evidence of a cigarette heart contracted before his admission to the school, which added to the suffering
Small Arthur June 19, 1901 15 years typhoid fever colored
Smith Adam September 4, 1876  typhoid fever  
Smith Benjamin April 5, 1907  pulmonary tuberculosis colored; entered hospital on February 15, 1907 with severe attack of pneumonia
Smith John March 11, 1902  bronchial pneumonia  
Stiles John March 21, 1885  congestion of lungs lived only an hour and a half after attack
Stillinger Roy May 13, 1897 16 years pleuritic pneumonia and heart trouble admitted to hospital on May 9; had cigarette heart
Swallow George January 3, 1876  congestion of lungs  
Swineheart Christian August 25, 1894 13 years, 8 months, 13 days hemorrhage of bowels had mild case of typhoid fever for 3 weeks and perforation of the bowels occurred
Taylor Charles May 19, 1884 16 years phthisis pulmonalis had returned to school April 8, 1884 to die; had been away from school about 3 years
Teal John June 16, 1914  valve lesion of heart from childhood, followed by pneumonia  
Tinker Lewis April 23, 1877  congestion colored
Tressler Eldo May 19, 1910  diptheria entered hospital on May 14
Tuttle Frank July 11, 1888  entero-colitis suffered inflammation of bowels, which resulted in perforation; died from peritonitis
Valentine William [blank] 1926  pneumonia and heart infection annual report ending September 30, 1926
Violet Willie January 10, 1911  pulmonary tuberculosis was in hospital many times, but the last time he entered was on December 27, 1910
Wagoner George August 31, 1872 about 15 years fermentation of food in stomach and bowels sent to arrange items in store room and ate enormous amount of cheese, pears, etc.
Wakefield Ernest March 20, 1906  bronchitis complicated with asthma; entered hospital on March 1, 1906
Waldron Tobe March 26, 1885  purulent pleuritis  
Walker Lloyd December 15, 1904  pneumonia ill for more than 5 weeks
Welch Ora March 21, 1910  appendicitis entered hospital on March 12; operated on March 20 by Dr. E.D. Clark of Indianapolis
Williams Walker May 28, 1910  typhoid fever and erysipelas entered hospital on May 5
Wilson Charles March 19, 1877  consumption of the lungs colored
Wilson Warren June 16, 1893 15 years, 7 months brain meningitis struck on back of head by baseball on June 10 and appeared fine; June 14 returned to hospital with headache that developed into brain trouble meningitis (from fracture at base of skull); Inmate #3238; born November 16, 1877
Wood Otis V. August 10, 1877  jaundice