Oregon State Insane Asylum Staff, 1908-1910

22 12 2011

The following is a transcribed staff list from the Biennial Report of the Oregon State Insane Asylum for the Biennium covering the years 1908 -1910.  The list includes information on staff members, their positions, and monthly salary.  Also cross-referenced, is the 1910 Federal Census shows the marital status, age in 1910 and birthplace of some of the staff members.

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The Tale of John Krine, 1913

23 05 2011

John’s tale begins with a paperclip.  In putting away some old records found in storage today, I came across one employee card with two rusting paperclips clipped to the back of it, making it difficult to refile the two cards I had been looking at.  Irritated, I pulled out the offending card and found the bizarre and intriguing story of John Krine/Kirne (the exact spelling is a little unclear, as you can see in the signature above).

John Krine was hired on as an Attendant at the Oregon State Hospital on April 3, 1913.  The tall, blue-eyed 52 year old widower had come from Indiana where he was previously employed as a clerk.  As an attendant, he received $30 dollars a month and worked on a ward directly supervising and caring for patients.  Krine worked at the hospital for just over two months before he was discharged, not an uncommon occurrence for new employees at the State Hospital during that time.  The payroll cards show a high attrition rate for new staff members.   If not for the paperclip, Krine would have just been another short-tenured attendant. Read the rest of this entry »

Staff, 1903

28 12 2010

The following is a schedule of monthly wages for employees at the Oregon State Insane Asylum (OSIA).  The schedule was adopted by the Board of Trustees of OSIA, April 1, 1903.[1]  For a little perspective, the average household income in the U.S. in 1901 was $62.50 a month [2] and $1.00 in 1903 is worth $25.20 in today’s money.[3]

Laundry workers at OSIA, Oregon State Archives OSH0012


Bookkeeper 100.00 Stableman 35.00
Stenographer 50.00 Musicians Left to Superintendent
Steward 80.00 Engineer 100.00
Dept. Overseer 75.00 Asst. Engineer 35.00
Commissary 60.00 Carpenter 60.00
Basementman 45.00 Asst. Carpenter 45.00
Supervisor 60.00 Plumber 55.00
Night Watchman 60.00 Blacksmith 45.00
Porter 35.00 Tinner 45.00
Portress 30.00 Mason Plasterer 50.00
Chief Cook 75.00 Painter 40.00
Cook & Baker Cottage Farm 70.00 Shoemaker 45.00
1st Asst. Cook 40.00 Tailor 45.00
2nd Asst. Cook 35.00 Seamstress 30.00
Baker 60.00 Laundryman 45.00
Can Washer 35.00 Asst. Laundryman 37.50
Table Girl 25.00 Laundress 37.50
Farmer 60.00 Druggist 50.00
Gardner, Farmer 50.00 Matron 50.00
Gardner, Landscape 40.00 Night Attendants (male) 40.00
Farm Help 25.00 Night Attendants (female) 40.00
Dairyman 40.00 Attendants (Male) 42.50
Hackman 35.00 Attendants (Female) 40.00

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