Earlier this month I wrote on this blog about the U.S. Federal Census Schedule of Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes , also known as the DDD. The DDD schedule supplemented the 1880 Federal Census with information about prisoners, orphans, physically ill or injured persons, disabled persons, homeless children, indigent persons, and the mentally ill.
On the 1880 Federal Census record for my three-times great-grandfather there is a mark in the "Insane" column of the "Health" section. When I first saw the mark, I assumed it was a stray or a flaw in the microfilm. It seemed impossible to me that the census taker could have deliberately marked that column.
The introduction to the issue of Indiana Genealogist that I edited.
Today, the Courier & Press begins a weekly column from correspondent Laura Pinhey, a freelance writer, professional researcher and former newspaper reporter. Pinhey earned a master's degree in library science from Indiana University and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Southern Indiana.
Q: Driving over the railroad tracks at Lynch Road damaged my car's front axle. How do I contact CSX about this? A: Garrick Francis of CSX Corporate Communications suggested you call (877) 835-5279, and he assured me a human being will take your call.
They stumble over toys, bags of fertilizer, and charcoal grills. They slip on the dewy grass, muttering "fuck." Jeff stops and nods toward a yard. "Check it out" he says.