Does anyone remember the girls reform...
Ruth Montenguise

Granite Falls, MN

#227 Apr 17, 2013
Jeff wrote:
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It's hard to believe we could make contact after this many years. I thought about you often and our "jogging time" at noon. I will not post much due to some of the hurtful and untrue things that have been said about me and other staff but I would like to find a way we can communicate without using this blog.
Yes we can. [email protected]
Wendi marshek-ewins

United States

#229 May 4, 2013
Ruth Montenguise wrote:
<quoted text> Yes I did have a boyfriend named Fernando.. wow Wendi I do remember you...It is so good to have made contact with you. Remember the boys came from Eldoro for a short while.
Hey,Ruth! Great to hear from you. I do remember the boys from eldora.Remember Bev the cook and after K.P. Duty we would smoke cigs and listen to our records.Bad company and yes are 2 I remember.
Don Berkey

Altoona, IA

#230 May 6, 2013
Ann Carter wrote:
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)
Prior to being a "training" or reform school the facility was a girls' school. It was called the Mitchellville Seminary. My step grandmother attended there. You might try googling Mitchellville Seminary, Seminary Plat, Mitchellville, IA; Training school for girls; Marie Carter, Superintendent, Girls' Training school. Possibly, Mary and or Ham Marmon, Mitchellville Index. My Email is [email protected]
Darcy Birch

Charles City, IA

#231 May 6, 2013
Hello, and who is this, really... a cute pug nose??? wow, what a memory you have.. lololo
Darcy Birch

Charles City, IA

#232 May 6, 2013
Hello,
Looks like this has been busy since I've been on here. Nice to see every one on here, I don't recognize any names, does any one remember me, Darcy Birch, I am back in Iowa~
Darcy Birch

Charles City, IA

#233 May 6, 2013
Jeff Hanover, is this really you? OMG this is Darcy Birch, remember me?:)
Darcy Birch

Charles City, IA

#234 May 6, 2013
Jeff Hanover is that you? this is Darcy Birch, remember this name???
jeff

Ocean View, DE

#235 May 6, 2013
Darcy Birch wrote:
Jeff Hanover is that you? this is Darcy Birch, remember this name???
I sure do!
Gini Yach

Madison, WI

#236 Aug 16, 2013
I was a houseparent and counselor in Cottages 1 amd 4, 1972-77. I worked with Bev, Diane, Leta Schosser, and Mrs Trotter. I am still dear friends with some staff members and a parole officer from that era. I have been volunteering for over 25 years at the current ICIW, but I've only met 1 or 2 women who I knew from GTS as juveniles.
maureen

Iowa City, IA

#237 Aug 17, 2013
well what is your tae on the current investigation of the Juvenile Home in Toledo?
lhicks

Council Bluffs, IA

#238 Aug 31, 2013
Reading this brings back bad bad memories. What a horrible place to bring young girls. It was not to reform it was to abuse. Women in prison aren't treated that bad. We were just young girls with bad homes. Love goes a long way in helping young people not abuse. I was there for 9 months and I was locked up for 1 week and that does not inclue when we got there. Mrs Carter was a bitch and a nasty old lady. Hope she got what she gave out I did hear she was fired from there. So in spite of what they told me I did not come back and I did not become a criminal. Hope all that were there have found much happiness. If you liked the place you were not there the same time I was.
Maureen

Iowa City, IA

#239 Sep 1, 2013
lhicks wrote:
Reading this brings back bad bad memories. What a horrible place to bring young girls. It was not to reform it was to abuse. Women in prison aren't treated that bad. We were just young girls with bad homes. Love goes a long way in helping young people not abuse. I was there for 9 months and I was locked up for 1 week and that does not inclue when we got there. Mrs Carter was a bitch and a nasty old lady. Hope she got what she gave out I did hear she was fired from there. So in spite of what they told me I did not come back and I did not become a criminal. Hope all that were there have found much happiness. If you liked the place you were not there the same time I was.
I read your post with interest. What year were you there? i was there 67-68 for 11 mons. My name was Maureen Hass I was in cottage 3. There was an investigation there in 71-72 actually none of the monsters were fired, they were allowed to retire with their pensions. remember Miss Kirk? I never returned either.
Darcy Birch

Charles City, IA

#240 Sep 2, 2013
Hello Mr. Hanover,
How are you? I just want to put it out there that I had nothing but the best memories of Mitchellville, It changed my life for the better and you and Barb Beckly were huge in that change. I don't even know how long I was there, the hell I went through I brought on my self by running away and making stupid decisions. When I left I knew that wasn't the life for me. I remember going on a tour of Rockwell woman's prison and that scared the crap out of me, best thing they did for me was give me that tour. Changed me life in making those stupid decisions. Jeff I thank you for all you did for me. You were nothing but a professional man to me that wanted to help and you did!!! I owe you so much, would love to catch up with you.:) ;) God Bless~ Darcy
Jeff

Ocean View, DE

#241 Sep 4, 2013
Darcy Birch wrote:
Hello Mr. Hanover,
How are you? I just want to put it out there that I had nothing but the best memories of Mitchellville, It changed my life for the better and you and Barb Beckly were huge in that change. I don't even know how long I was there, the hell I went through I brought on my self by running away and making stupid decisions. When I left I knew that wasn't the life for me. I remember going on a tour of Rockwell woman's prison and that scared the crap out of me, best thing they did for me was give me that tour. Changed me life in making those stupid decisions. Jeff I thank you for all you did for me. You were nothing but a professional man to me that wanted to help and you did!!! I owe you so much, would love to catch up with you.:) ;) God Bless~ Darcy
Thanks Darcy,
I spent over 40 years working with people who struggled to change something that was slowing them down or causing them a problem The years I spent at Mitchellville were the best of all those years. I'd like to think that most staff at that time made a difference to the "girls" because most of the staff really cared. In some ways it seems like long long ago but some of the names and faces are still very fresh. Thanks for remembering me fondly.
Mary Baker Skinner

Pacifica, CA

#242 Sep 7, 2013
For some of us the changes that made Darcy's time at Mitchellville positive were "too little and way too LATE! By that time several hundred young girls lives had been heavily impacted with the torture and abuse that took place. That impact would affect us for the rest of our lives.
Shame on the State of Iowa who the courts gave custody. They failed far worse than my parents ever did, and believe me, my family life was no picnic. I went from a bad environment to HELL!

Mitchellville 1966
Kim L Briggs

Omaha, NE

#243 Oct 7, 2013
I am looking for information about my mother, Mildred Louise Brown. She was sent to Mitchellville sometime in the early 1960's...she was originally from Hastings, Ia. She was born in 1947 and was obviously very young. I have reason to believe she was pregnant and gave the baby up for adoption. I have been unable to confirm or obtain any information about this time period through family members. Please respond to my email: [email protected] Thank you.
Susan

Minneapolis, MN

#244 Oct 19, 2013
Not sure if I'm doing this right. I was there in the mid 70's. I was 14 years old! Like you, I was only a run away. What a horrible restrictive place. I remember being locked in our rooms for hours.... and got forbid you ever get sent to the infirmery.

I remember Art Dutcher and Barb Beckly. I must have known you as well? I don't remeber which cottage I was in.
Annie wrote:
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.
Susan

Minneapolis, MN

#245 Oct 20, 2013
I was in Mitchellville twice-age 14 & 15. I'm thinking it was 74, and 75. I remember Art Dutcher and Barb. Some of the names mentioned here sound very familiar. I think I was in two different cottages. I remember one of the cottages going into "lock down" mode because some girls tried to break out and choked the night staff. Does anyone else remember that?
Susan

Minneapolis, MN

#246 Oct 20, 2013
I am so sorry to hear about your mom. The name Jeff. H. sounds familiar to me. I was there but I've blocked out so much of it. It is so sad to think that Jeff was sexually abusing your mother. I'm sure countless numbers of girls were abused and he got away with it! It makes me sick to think of it. Anyway, sorry that your mother is not present for you.
Stephanie G wrote:
I remember my mom talking about Jeff H. Special favors got her special meds.
My mom went on to have 3 daughters, I'm the oldest and was born 1 month after my moms 18th birthday.
She went to college and worked as a legal secretary full time and taught aerobics.
Then when I was 9 she lost her marbles. No one seems to know why. She lives in an assisted living facility for the mentally ill. I'm glad I have memories of my mom before she lost it. She still talks about Mitchellville from time to time. I'm not saying it made her crazy, but it certainly didn't help. Our youth today have so many better options today. She was there somewhere between 1969 and 1974. Her name is Kathy Clabaugh, she was besties with Debbie Briggs who died in a car accident when she ran away from the school. I see my sister in another thread Valerie, was looking for information too. Anything would be great. [email protected]
Susan

Minneapolis, MN

#247 Oct 20, 2013
Annie wrote:
I remember the school back in the mid 70's
Annie, my name is Susan. I was there in the mid 70's. We may have been in the same cottage. Do you remember a Susan?

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