19 March 2010

Fearless Females: Day 19

Today's prompt for the Fearless Female Women's History blog challenge is:

March 19 — Have you discovered a surprising fact about one of your female ancestors?  What was it and how did you learn it?  How did you feel when you found out?

Earlier this month, I blogged about discovering that my great-great-grandmother Katherine (TOEMMES) HUIGENS WEND died in the Illinois State Hospital for the Insane.  That was very disconcerting at first.  I know that she was most likely there due to senility rather than insanity.  Still, I don't like to think about what Katherine had to go through.  As bad as it is to have people I love in nursing homes, I'm glad that today we have places that are much more humane to care for our elderly.

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