She married Charles Lange in 1872, prior to their immigration to America. By 1880, they were living in Vincennes, Indiana. According to census records, Augusta never learned to speak English. Charles and Augusta had four children. Wilhelm, her first son, was born shortly before the Langes left Germany. The other three, Charles Carl (my great-great-grandfather), Alvina, and Mary, were all born in Vincennes.
|Main building of Southern Indiana Hospital for the Insane in Evansville, early 1900's|
"Woodmere", as the institution was locally known, was situated on 879 acres of land and surrounded by thick woods. The facility opened to patients on October 30, 1890. In 1927, the asylum changed its name to Evansville State Hospital. Among the buildings on the grounds were a carpenter shop, well house, railway station, greenhouse, chapel, assembly hall, bakery, laundry, dairy and stock barns, carriage house and two silos.
Although Augusta remained at Woodmere for 31 years, the only record I have discovered is an index card with limited information: her physical health at admission was good, her mental illness was "mania acute," and her father was a drunkard. The majority of the records of patients admitted before 1943 were destroyed in a disastrous fire.
|Postcard of "Woodmere" at the time Augusta was there.|
Augusta Lange was released from Woodmere on October 11, 1929. I think the hospital must have sent a letter to Augusta's family saying that her health was declining and suggesting that she be brought home. Only a week later, on October 19, she died at the home of her son, Charles, in Vincennes.