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Oregon’s ‘forgotten souls’ by the numbers

By From page A6 | July 07, 2014

SALEM, Ore. — Cremated and forgotten, their remains became a symbol of Oregon’s – and the nation’s – dark history of treating the mentally ill. A two-year research effort is now shining a light on the 3,500 people whose ashes were discovered at the Oregon State Hospital.

Here’s a look at the research by the numbers:

Who they were:

Urns present: 3,447

Remains claimed since 2005: 183

Native Americans to be repatriated: 21

Veterans: 110

— Potentially eligible for military burial: 88

Babies: 6

Oldest ashes present: Date of death Jan. 13, 1914

Most recent ashes present: Date of death June 22, 1971

Where they were born:

States: 48, plus the District of Columbia

Most common states: Oregon, 539; Illinois, 165; Iowa, 157

Countries: 44

Most common countries: Sweden, 131; Germany, 129; Finland, 116

 

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

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