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The Craig Colony for Epileptics is located at Sonyea in Livingston county, New York State. Seventy miles southeast of Buffalo and 40 miles south of Rochester. Including over 900 acres of woodland, it has a total area of 1,895.5 acres.

The Colony, maintained solely by State appropriations, was named in honor of the late Oscar Craig of Rochester, N. Y., president of the State Board of Charities at the time the Colony was founded in 1894. The first patient was admitted in January 1896.

From New York and Buffalo, the Colony is best reached over the Lackawanna railroad to Mount Morris, thence by conveyance or train, four and one-half miles to the Colony. From Rochester one can reach Sonyea either over the Pennsylvania or Erie and from Olean over the Pennsylvania railroad. The Pennsylvania and Erie railroads have stations on the Colony premises.

Adams Express, Western Union Telegraph offices, long distance Bell and Independent telephones are on the Colony premises.

Visitors to patients are admitted Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:30 A. M., and 2:00 to 4:00 P. M. Sick patients may be visited at any time the physician in charge of such patient gives permission to that effect.

When a patient becomes seriously ill, the nearest relative of such patient, whose address is at hand, is notified as soon as possible by telegraph or letter. All inquiries about patients are promptly answered. The Colony cannot undertake to write voluntarily concerning a patient who is not ill, but will gladly reply to inquiries. Relatives and friends of patients should give prompt notice of any change in their address in order that they may be reached without delay, if necessary.

Address all inquiries regarding patients to the Medical Superintendent. Give your full name and address and the patient's full name each time you write.



To be admitted to the Craig Colony for Epileptics, the applicant must be a legal resident of New York State. All patients are admitted on the same basis as indigents. Once admitted their financial standing is inquired into by the Colony's agent, and if it is found that the relatives of the patient or the patient can reimburse the State in whole or in part, they are expected to do so.

Admissions are regulated in accordance with the law which provides that equal favor be shown every county in the State. Epileptics of all ages are received. The Colony has as yet no proper facilities for caring for those epileptics who are insane or who are markedly delinquent, therefore it is useless to consider filing applications for such types. The first step to secure a patient's admission is to consult the superintendent of the poor of the county, or the commissioner of charities of the city in which the applicant lives. This officer has the necessary application papers which must be filed at the Colony in every instance by such officer before applications can be approved. Applicants who are mentally incompetent (this includes the majority of epileptics) must be committed through a court of record. Applicants of normal mentality are received as voluntary patients.

Leaves of absence are always injurious to patients, and are systematically discouraged in every instance.

No person suffering from epilepsy should enter Craig Colony as a matter of experiment. None should come with a view of spending a few weeks or a few months only. Epilepsy is a most intractable disorder, and if a person suffering from it begins to show improvement under two or three years, he has every reason to feel encouraged.

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