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Terrell State Hospital - North Texas Hospital for the Insane

After interviewing several of my uncles and aunts at one of our Richards Family Reunions I learned that my grandparents met while working in Terrell at the Terrell State Hospital. I knew nothing about the hospital and so started trying to find out something about it and in doing so hoped to shed more light on my grandparents young lives. I don't know where they worked in the hospital but because of jobs they had later in life I feel like they probably worked in the housekeeping or food service area. I have copied some of what I have found on other websites about the hospital that I hope you will find interesting.

My grandparents, John Robert Richards and Willie Laura Homsley got married in 1912 so they must have worked at the hospital when the name was the
North Texas Lunatic Asylum. I have not been able to find any employee records from that time.

"Supper for 2000 Patients"
Postcard of North TX State Hospital in Terrell, 1920
Submitted by Elaine Martin

Terrell State Hospital

1200 East Brin St., Terrell, TX 75160

The Terrell State Hospital, first known as the "North Texas Lunatic Asylum" opened on July 14, 1885. In 1888 the hospital was renamed "North Texas Hospital for the Insane". In 1925 the facility was renamed "Terrell State Hospital". The hospital was established for the treatment and care of the "chronic incurable insane" whose care had previously been supplied by county jails or poor houses. It has undergone an almost continuous program of building and enlargement during the twentieth century and provides services to the Texas counties of: Bowie, Camp, Cass, Dallas, Delta, Ellis, Fannin, Franklin, Henderson, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Lamar, Morris, Navarro, Rains, Red River, Rockwall, Smith, Titus, Van Zandt, and Wood.

"TERRELL STATE HOSPITAL." The Handbook of Texas Online. [Accessed Sat Nov 22 18:59:27 US/Central 2003 ] and accessed Nov. 22, 2003.
For more information, see the above sources as well as and

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Anonymous said…
Judy, I love so much that you are willing to dig into our family history and bring to light for our generations and the generations to follow a sense of where we came from, and who we are!
Greta Koehl said…
Judith - I can't believe it - another connection. I am writing another article on my gg-uncle William Henry Lewis and there is a big connection to the North Texas Hospital for the Insane. So I googled it and your blog was the first hit! I'll be posting the article Monday (18 May 2009).
Anonymous said…
Hi :)

I was wondering if you have found any way to get records of employment or patient records? I found these postcards in an antique mall and they were addressed to the asylum. There were 15 post cards in all that I found and I would love to be able to piece together a story.
Just wondering if you found anything in records.
Ashley Davis said…
sorry forgot to leave my contact info...

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