Does anyone remember the girls reform school ???

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Nancy Bass

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Nov 25, 2006
 
I would like to find out about some of my old girl friends and also Bev. and other staff to see how they are doing,
Ann Carter

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May 15, 2009
 
I am trying to research (for Personal) the old Mitchellville Girls' Reform School. Can't find a web link, maybe someone can help me out?! Doesn't seem as though there is anything that is available to be found.
Help, Annie
Annie

Cedar Rapids, IA

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May 16, 2009
 
I remember the school back in the mid 70's
Ann Carter

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May 20, 2009
 
At one time (so Iv'e heard) the Iowa Correctional Facility For Women, ICIW was a girls' school. And one of the men's prisons was a "twin" School for boys. There is a very old graveyard at ICIW supposedly from the late 1800"s. I am curios about this and it wiuld be interesting to know if anyone knows about this.Please Reply;
Ann Carter (Anny)
Annie

Cedar Rapids, IA

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May 21, 2009
 
Don't know about any "twin" facility other than Eldora Boys Training School in Eldora Iowa. Mitchellville in the 70's was real old small town. You may try checking with some of the churches if there is more than one, they may be able to point you in the right direction for research.
stephanieG76

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May 27, 2009
 
My mom was at the reform school in Mitchellville in the 70's, she has told me so many stories of her crazy times there.
Annie

West Des Moines, IA

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May 27, 2009
 
What year was she there?
stephanieG76

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May 31, 2009
 
Annie wrote:
What year was she there?
I would imagine, either '74 or '75, her name is Kathy Clabaugh, did you know her?
Amy

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Jun 12, 2009
 
My mom was in there in the early 70's. It wasn't a very good time in her life. She has told me some things. She said she remembers the counselors,Sage and Hanover. She claims the staff never helped her. She ran off from there a couple times, got caught and brought back. My mom is a 52 year old who has had 6 kids, and has lived a good and healthy adult life. My dad adores her. She doesn't feel shame anymore for what happened to her in her childhood,but she did for a long time. All she really did was run away from home because she was sexually abused. She never told anyone about the abuse back then and only came to terms with it in middle age,. From what I hear the place was rough and was for girls who were considered delinqent. I can Not image my mom going thru that!!
Annie

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Jun 12, 2009
 
Thanks for sharing that very personal note. I was there in the 70's as well. No it really didn't help at all and my family regrets going down that road as well. I'm glad your mom has been one that life turned out good. I too can be thankful for the life I have made for myself. I often wander about some of the girls and how they are doing. It's difficult to find any of them because I'm sure they have married and moved on but not forgotten Mitchellville. I was there for running away from home, not drugs or anything else bad just running away. We were in with girls who had committed armed robberies, murder and all kinds of bad things. I'm almost 49 so your mom is a few years older than me. You can tell her I was in cottage 3 (I think)it was the cottage where Rec Center was held once a week where we played pool and hung out with the other cottage girls. My counselors were Barb Beckly and Art Dutcher.

I'm glad to have chatted with you and tell your mom hello.
Annie

Morrison, IL

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Jul 3, 2009
 
Hi Stephanie,
I saw you responded to a reply I sent to Amy, so I am a bit confused. Are you Kathy's daughter? Who was the other girl that was in the crash?
stephanieG76

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Jul 8, 2009
 
Annie wrote:
Hi Stephanie,
I saw you responded to a reply I sent to Amy, so I am a bit confused. Are you Kathy's daughter? Who was the other girl that was in the crash?
I am the daughter of Kathy Clabaugh. The girl that died was Debbie Briggs.
I guess these threads can be confusing sometimes.
rose

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Sep 5, 2009
 
Nancy Bass wrote:
I would like to find out about some of my old girl friends and also Bev. and other staff to see how they are doing,


nancy, are you still looking for information?
Ron

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Sep 13, 2009
 
There are currently 6 headstones left in the graveyard, all from the late 1800's. If i remember correctly they were all 15-17 years of age and the deaths were fairly close on the dates as if from some kind of epidemic. I had pictures of the headstones to research with but lost them when my computer crashed. I have been told by a person who worked there for many years that at one time there were as many as 25 headstones from infants through the ages mentioned. I am also trying to research this.
peggy

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Oct 25, 2009
 
i was wondering if any one has any info on the girls training home back around 1947-1950 era. i know my mom was there sometime in late 40's but do not any other info on the whole facility. why she was there. she has passed on so not able to get much info from any family, seems to a bit of a taboo to talk about back in those days.. my siblings & i are wondering if girls were ever sent there due to being pregnant. we have heard a few family rumors our mom went there & she also had a baby back then.trying to get any info on the place in that era of time..
Debby

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Nov 2, 2009
 
I was in mitch for a couple of years , in the 70s , yes there were perverts there , I remember Ione , rose , nancy , debi , and loretta , and a strange nite man..
Debby

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Nov 2, 2009
 
I tryed to runaway from mitch , they cought me in a corn field, and roxanne a girl in my cottage went with me , she hid in the dirt but got caught a few days later , they locked you up for 2 weeks in the infermery , just a mattress and a can to piss in.. I was also in toledo state home for boys and girls , that wasnt a picnic either they had some strange people working there .
Annie

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Nov 2, 2009
 
I remember, a debi nickname Chico, Mieshara, Shawn, Lori who had a twin but I don't remember her name, I was in the cottage closest to the school on the same side as the nurses clinic. I too remember the strange night watchman and how his keys would rattle when he checked in with the houseparents.
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Nov 3, 2009
 
hi debby. i was there around 70 or 71. first i had mr and mrs jones as house parents and i think the cook was mrs denton. then i was moved to another cottage. the cook there was miss leta schlosser. there was a lot of debs. the one i remember most we nicknamed rooster.
rose

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Nov 3, 2009
 
also i was there when a news crew came out.after that we got to wear clothes from home. the nurse that ran the hospital retired. she was a mean old thing. worst memory was the day i arrived there.

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