WLM | arts
During this period, Alice helped a great deal
at the hospital working with the very disturbed
residents. It was said that she never showed
fear and even invited the patients into her
home. Her experience at the State Hospital
gave her a life long appreciation for the
problems of the mentally ill and she was very
progressive in her ideas for their treatment.
Without medical training and little schooling,
Alice was a leader in giving respect to patients
at the hospital and also took an interest in
them after they were released. In a period of
history when few women had the opportunity
of working with the mentally ill, Alice proved
herself to have great understanding and
compassion for each individual.
She died of chronic asthma at the age of 53
married and moved to that community and
lived in a home at 342 8th Street.
She was born in 1853 in Bristol, England, the
daughter of Ellen Beaumont and John Rugg.
She came to America when she was two years
old arriving in New York City. After living
there a few years, the family came west by