I mentioned earlier finding something about a similar school in Chicago. I was helping someone on another list find out why her relative had been sent to this place,
and what it was exactly. I just found my information and while it doesn’t pertain to Sarah Ice, it was a similar situation –
The place was called the Chicago Parental School. Children who were truants were sent there. It started out for boys only, then a school for girls was added later. Children were sent there after
a hearing at something called the Juvenile Court – for not attending school and for misbehaving when they were in school. In 1923 there was a trial concerning floggings at the school where boys
were beaten severely, then sent to the ‘guard house’ until their bruises had healed. Their letters home were taken by the administration, and the letters to them from their families were not delivered.
Three administrators were said to be responsible, but by the time of the trial they had disappeared.
If anyone wants the article, I’ll send it to you. It doesn’t pertain to the case of Sarah Ice, except that there was the same level of brutality of some of the administrators against the children there.
I think a lot of these institutions had this sort of problem. A big disconnect between the idea of what the institution was supposed to be doing and the hiring of employees who had their own
This came from my cousin on the Soule side in response to all your help!
Thank everyone for their generous help with this. I have requested further information on Sarah from the Archives and hope to hear back from them soon.