Obit: Haley, Michael (1836 - 1907)



Surnames: HALEY

----Source: Greenwood Gleaner 1/24/1907



Last Saturday old Michael Haley, an early resident of Clark County and well remembered by the older resident of Greenwood, died in the state asylum at West Salem, Wis., after twenty-five years of insane raving and delusions.

The records of the asylum, as furnished by Supt. O. Cullisckson, show that he was committed from this County July 7, 1882, at the age of 46 years, to the state asylum at Oshkosh, and a few years later was transferred the West Salem asylum, where he had remained ever since. From some of the older residents it is learned that old Michael was a bachelor, who lived very much alone, on what is now known as the John Sanford farm, west of Greenwood. He is said to have depended largely upon his vegetable garden for revenue. While not a recluse he lived alone and to himself, and it is thought his lonesome life had much to do with turning his mind. It is remembered that he used to wander about with a witch hazel bush, claiming to be able to locate wells with its aid. Nothing can be learned of his history previous to his settlement here, and if there was any sentimental disappointment or tragedy connected with it, it probably is buried with him.

At the asylum he claimed to have a brother living in Greenwood, and was so positive in the assertion that inquiry was recently made of Postmaster Hartson by the asylum superintendent, but those of the old time residents here who knew him say it must have been an insane delusion of the man, as no brother is known to have ever lived here. While not of the violent type, his insanity was considered dangerous enough to warrant having him committed to the asylum.




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