The Haslam House

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The Haslam House


This is a large cottage on the easterly side of Pontiac Avenue, beyond the State Hospital for Mental Diseases, built in the 90's by a Mr. Haslam, as a home for himself and wife who worked at the State Institutions - the·man as the teamer and farmer and the woman as a practical nurse at the State Infirmary. Upon their departure from the State employ, this house was rented. The upper story was rented by Dr. Henry A. Jones, the physician at the State Hospital for Mental Diseases, who with his wife, started housekeeping in this upper tenement. The lower floor, at this period, was rented by the father and mother of Dr. George F. King, the then Superintendent of the State Hospital. They died there.
After being used as a rented cottage for a number of years, it was finally purchased by a Mr. Morse who has been a Prison officer for many years, and who has built a gas station on this property. As this property is now surrounded by land purchased from the King and Slade Estates, it would seem advisable that the State own and control it.
Excerpt from: Scrapbook, c. 1930 of properties at Howard (Accession 1998-121)

It was the infusion of large amounts of federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) funds that dramatically altered the appearance of the Howard complex and permitted, if briefly, appropriate physical accommodation for patients, inmates, and attendants. Overcrowding has been a chronic problem at Howard and only the large-scale construction program of the WPA could solve it. Despite the building effort of the 1920s, in 1933 the State Hospital, with accommodations for 1,550, housed 2,235 and was labeled the most overcrowded mental hospital in the northeast.
Excerpt from: Historical Preservation Commission’s Statewide Historical Preservation Report P-C-1 on Cranston, 1980

See also:
Cranston: National Register of Historic Places, 1984

Report of the Committee of State Charities and Corrections Upon the State Institutions at Cranston, Made to the Senate, at its January Session, 1883

Report of the Joint Special Committee on the State Asylum for the Insane Made to the General Assembly at its January Session, A.D. 1868

Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission:  Statewide Preservation Reports, 1975 - 1982

Article Written by William F. Gleason, M.D....on a State School for Feeble-Minded Children, 1907

Report of State Commission on Public Welfare Institutions, 1943

Special Legislative Commission to Study the Howard Complex records, 1970-1972

Annual Report of the State Hospital for Mental Diseases, 1922-1935

Mother's Aid Annual Report of the State Public Welfare Commission to the General Assembly, 1923 - 1935

State Home and School Annual Report, 1898-1935

External Related Resources:
Rhode Island Historical Society: Rhode Island State Institutions Records, 1839-1968 (bulk 1885-1944)

Missouri State Archives exhibit- Quest for a Cure: Care and Treatment in Missouri's First State Mental Hospital


Accession 1998-121 - Scrapbook of [Photographs], c. 1930 of properties at Howard (Cranston)


Rhode Island State Archives


c. 1930


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Rhode Island. State Public Welfare Commission, "The Haslam House," in Virtual Exhibits, Item #819, (accessed October 15, 2019).