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.