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After half-past-nine on Thurs-
day night, De Nu Pub is set to
get very hot indeed as jointpop
takes the stage in the latest
installment of the New Fire con-
The long-lived local rock-n-
roll band is preparing a set includ-
ing older favourites and new songs
from their upcoming album
After almost two decades play-
ing music, both abroad and at
diverse local stages, the show will
mark jointpop s first performance
at the legendary culture mecca
which has been a haven for calyp-
so music for decades.
Lead singer Gary Hector is
looking forward: "I ve been to see
great shows there---from Sparrow
to Rudder to Zandolie and Blakie---
always loved the vibe of the venue.
You could feel the history in the
"I tried a few times to book a
gig there in the past and it never
happened, so we re looking for-
ward to it finally.
"Now I could say I ve played
CBGBs in New York, The 100
Club in London, and finally The
Mas Camp Pub!(De Nu Pup)."
Singer-songwriter Gillian Moor
will also be performing, debuting
her new band. She said: "We re
really excited about opening for
jointpop, one of my favourite
bands over the years---and on this
The New Fire concert series run
by musician/activist Gerry Antho-
ny Williams, features the best of
T&T s non-mainstream and inde-
pendent bands and musicians,
including Gyazette, Orange Sky,
Solman and West Indian Rhythm
They were dubbed the "forgotten souls"---
the cremated remains of thousands of people
who came through the doors of Oregon s state
mental hospital, died there and whose ashes
were abandoned inside 3,500 copper urns.
Discovered a decade ago at the decrepit Ore-
gon State Hospital, where One Flew Over the
Cuckoo s Nest was filmed, the remains became
a symbol of the state s---and the nation s---dark
history of treating the mentally ill.
A research effort to unearth the stories of
those who moved through the hospital s halls,
and to reunite the remains with surviving rel-
atives, took centre stage Monday as officials
dedicate a memorial to those once-forgotten
"No one wants to be laid to rest without
some kind of acknowledgement that they were
here, that they contributed, that they lived,"
said state Senate President Peter Courtney, who
led a successful effort to replace the hospital
and build the memorial.
Between 1913 and 1971, more than 5,300
people were cremated at the hospital.
Most were patients at the mental institution,
but some died at local hospitals, the state tuber-
culosis hospital, a state penitentiary or the
Fairview Training Center, where people with
developmental disabilities were institution-
Hospital officials have been working for years
to reunite the remains of their former patients
with surviving relatives. Since the urns were
found by lawmakers on a tour of the hospital
in 2005, 183 have been claimed.
The 3,409 that remain and have been iden-
tified are listed in a searchable online database.
Thirty-eight urns will likely never be identified;
they re unmarked, have duplicate numbers or
aren t listed in ledgers of people cremated at
They came from different backgrounds, for
Some stayed just days before they died, others
for nearly their entire lives. They came from
every state except Alaska and Hawaii. Nearly
1,000 were born in 44 countries, including 131
from Sweden, 129 from Germany and 116 from
Finland. Five were born at sea.
Twenty-two were Native Americans. Their
remains won t be part of the memorial; they ll
be returned to their tribe for a proper ceremony.
Members of the local Sikh community are
working to claim the remains of two people.
Many of the 110 veterans still there will even-
tually receive proper military burials, though
some are ineligible due to dishonorable discharges
or insufficient information available.
Some patients spent a lifetime at the hospital
for conditions like depression and bipolar dis-
order that, in modern times, are treated on an
"At the time, they just put them in a safe
place and treated them with what they knew
to treat them," said Sharon Tucker, who led the
two-year research project.
Records are sparse, even for people who lived
for decades inside the walls. Some suffered from
severe delusions, others from physical defor-
mities. Some seemed to be institutionalised
because their families just didn t know what to
do with them.
But what does survive is a window not only
into who they were, but the time in which they
---Mr S Erickson was committed on February
2, 1929, at age 78. A doctor who examined him
wrote that he "wanders around naked at night"
and suffers from senility. A laborer with gray
hair and blue eyes, he arrived in New York from
Norway on the steamship Norstatter on August
22, 1883, according to the doctor s report.
---Wencel Devorak, a saddler born in Bohemia,
was 33 when he was committed on January 31,
1890, struggling with delusions that others on
the road to Portland were following him and
teasing him about his wife. The handful of notes
in his file show his delusions continued through-
out his 40-year stay at the hospital.
---Susanna Weber arrived at Dammasch State
Hospital, a now-closed mental institution, on
July 26, 1962, at age 82. A widow, she was com-
mitted by her sister and a friend, who had cared
for her for three years, but couldn t keep going.
She d been sent to a nursing home, but admin-
istrators kicked her out because she wouldn t
stop wandering and rifling through other
patients possessions, according to a social work-
er s report written shortly after Weber arrived.
The remains of Erickson, Devorak, Weber
and thousands of others have been transferred
from the copper canisters to ceramic urns that
will better protect them. The old canisters will
be preserved to give visitors to the memorial
a sense for how they once were housed.
"I think it will be very difficult to forget them
now," said Jodie Jones, the state administrator
leading the hospital replacement project. (AP)
Jointpop brings New Fire to De Nu Pub
Jointpop has performed at venues
all over the world, but on Thursday
it will be the first time the band will
appear at De New Pub.
Mental hospital to honour 'forgotten souls'
This undated photo provided by the Oregon
State Hospital shows a copper urn containing
the cremated remains of Susanna Weber, a
former patient at an Oregon state mental
hospital. More than 3,000 urns were
discovered a decade ago and dubbed the
"forgotten souls." AP PHOTO
This is an undated photo provided by Oregon
State Hospital of Susanna Weber, a former
patient at an Oregon state mental hospital in
Salem, Oregon. Weber was one of more than
3,000 people, mostly former mental patients,
whose remains were never claimed and
remain at the hospital. AP PHOTO
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