Friday, December 27, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 27

December 27, 1919 – “The North Dakota Training School [in Mandan] is perhaps the only reformatory in the country with a voluntary inmate—a sixteen-year-old boy committed by his own request. A chance to earn an honest living—to specialize in a trade—was what this orphaned boy from Cass county [Minn.] wanted. His only opportunity seemed to be the industrial school of the state reformatory and he sought admittance through the juvenile commissioner. His plea was granted and he was enrolled, the term to expire at any time he wishes.”

The Bemidji Daily Pioneer; Bemidji, Minn.; December 27, 1919; p. 1.

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