Indiana Farm Colony for Feeble-Minded, Muscatatuck Colony Mortality Lists
Indiana Farm Colony for Feeble-Minded, also known as Muscatatuck Colony, was opened in Butlerville, Jennings County, in 1920. It was originally a work farm and residential facility, which housed developmentally disabled men over the age of sixteen. In 1925, the Colony's administrative authority was transferred to the School for Feebleminded Youth at Fort Wayne. For this reason the mortality lists for the Colony were included in the Annual Reports of the Fort Wayne State School to the Governor. These lists cover the time period from August 1924 through June 1937, and include name, age, date and cause of death, and, until 1932, evaluation grade. The Colony became the Muscatatuck State School in 1941 and began to accept women as residents. A decision was made to close the Muscatatuck State Developmental Center by the beginning of 2005 and have its grounds used for Homeland Security training.
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