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Comments on: Illinois State Training School c. 1970 https://cheriebombell.com/state-training-school-c-1970/ Kids Behind Bars, Geneva Illinois Sun, 03 Nov 2019 15:51:58 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 By: Cassandra https://cheriebombell.com/state-training-school-c-1970/comment-page-1/#comment-27639 Sun, 03 Nov 2019 15:51:58 +0000 http://cheriebombell.com/?p=618#comment-27639 Growing up in Geneva I always found the place very fascinating as did most townies. This thread is very interesting and I find the stories of the women who spent time there, very interesting. We did not know much about the place. The urban legends of what went on were discussed quite a bit. I always took them with a grain of salt. Happy to read of the success stories. Very heartwarming. Thank you to the ladies who are sharing.

By: linda j yougman https://cheriebombell.com/state-training-school-c-1970/comment-page-1/#comment-25315 Sun, 28 Apr 2019 20:00:34 +0000 http://cheriebombell.com/?p=618#comment-25315 i was in there started at 14 3 to 4 times from 1960 to 1964 had a child there in 1964 brought her home with me. i was 18 i was never mistreated i was just a mean girl lol , i got out got married to the father and i am still married as of april 28 2019 , sad to see the place go away , i am still planning to see where the sites was , if any one on here that remembers me email me are leave message i am originaly from east st louis illinios , i believe some girls in the early 1900 was mistreated in sexual ways , i just was not . brings back a lot of memories a few fights in there , it was a experience hope to hear from some of you its been along time we are up in age now

By: Carolyn Whittington https://cheriebombell.com/state-training-school-c-1970/comment-page-1/#comment-25119 Fri, 12 Apr 2019 17:21:30 +0000 http://cheriebombell.com/?p=618#comment-25119 I have been trying to search out this place and where all the school records may be archived. With no success I need a copy of diploma or copy of my transcript, I was there from 1960 to 1965, anyone with any information I please reach out.stay strong and be Blessed.

By: Mary Lynn https://cheriebombell.com/state-training-school-c-1970/comment-page-1/#comment-24400 Fri, 08 Feb 2019 01:48:28 +0000 http://cheriebombell.com/?p=618#comment-24400 I was there two different times in 63 and in 64. A habitual runaway because my step-father was too touchy feely and my mother didn’t believe me. I remember both Oak and Wallace cottages.
The best memory I have is liking and being liked by my fellow “inmates”; I was white and had never been around black people before. So many of us had nicknames, but the only one I remember is a young woman named Marco. Another good memory is being allowed off campus during Passover, to celebrate the holiday with a local rabbi and his family.
The worst memory, and one that I still live with today, is being subjected to Electroconvulsive therapy – electric shock therapy. Twice. On the campus. I tried to get medical records released, but was not successful. This has caused a lifelong loss of bits and pieces of memory.

Also remember the hole. Remember the smell of the beauty shop, where the girls would get their hair washed and pressed. And the toast at breakfast that was brushed with melted butter. Using pencil lead to outline my eyes.

By: Cathleen bailey https://cheriebombell.com/state-training-school-c-1970/comment-page-1/#comment-20214 Mon, 12 Nov 2018 01:52:36 +0000 http://cheriebombell.com/?p=618#comment-20214 I was taken here in 1961 when my mother died. I was mixed in with all kinds of kids and taken care of by girls incarcerated there. A man named Mr.Tevis brought me out to an office to meet a couple who was paying to adopt a child. I kicked him in the butt as hard as I could. They told the couple I was a baby. I was 5 years old. They adopted me and immediately we moved to California. I ran away 3 times and when I was 15 stayed on my own.
My Brother was taken there. He was taken to three different foster homes and then adopted to a family found by Mr.Tevis. His experience at this place was much rougher than mine. The state placed us there. We should have been allowed to stay with our family.

By: Jeni https://cheriebombell.com/state-training-school-c-1970/comment-page-1/#comment-17425 Tue, 25 Sep 2018 07:01:24 +0000 http://cheriebombell.com/?p=618#comment-17425 In reply to Cherie Bombell.

My mom worked there around 1972. I am interested to know what she did there.

By: Alexis Medinna https://cheriebombell.com/state-training-school-c-1970/comment-page-1/#comment-17190 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 01:30:10 +0000 http://cheriebombell.com/?p=618#comment-17190 I was there in 1967,I was 15 years old,and I lived at Geneva cottage for 10 months. I remember Mother Watson,our house mother,was awesome. And I remember Ms. Monday was the best cook,and a sweet little bit of a woman. Call me crazy,but I kinda liked it there,it was the first place where I felt safe in several years at that time. We had awesome teachers at the school,I remember our art teacher was a retired college art teacher who had toured Europe,and brought a bit of the world to us through art,I still use things she taught me when I draw. It was hard sometimes,rules were rules,and when broken you lost tv time,or had to stay in your room,but it was better than what I had kept running away from at home. I remember Ms. MacMinera I think was the name of the head lady who gave me my first pair of pierced earrings the day I left,I thought I was so slick for piercing my own ears while I was there. For some of us it was better than what we didn’t have at home…

By: Anne Tuisl https://cheriebombell.com/state-training-school-c-1970/comment-page-1/#comment-11617 Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:02:36 +0000 http://cheriebombell.com/?p=618#comment-11617 I live in the Fox Run neighborhood and have always wanted to learn more about the facility and about those buried in the cemetery. I found these records with very detailed information about the school, letters from the girls, and their monthly Gazette, written by the girls. Hope you’ll find this information helpful and interesting.


With regards to the damage done to the cemetery, it is so disrespectful and such a shame. Individuals in the neighborhood have taken it upon themselves to now lock up the cemetery at dusk and re-open at dawn to try and prevent any further incidents.

By: Blankety Blank https://cheriebombell.com/state-training-school-c-1970/comment-page-1/#comment-9656 Thu, 02 Nov 2017 07:36:49 +0000 http://cheriebombell.com/?p=618#comment-9656 Back around 1971, I was at Charlie Town, Illinois State Training School For Boys, outside of St. Charles.

I recall that once while I was there, they took us to Geneva Girls School for a dance one evening.

It was a very exciting evening.

I recall dancing with several woman that evening, and we all feasted on hamburgers and fries from Mc Donalds. I do not recall what cottage we were in.

I was around 18 at the time, and killing time till I was released to go back home.

Now at age 64, I still have fond memories of that evening at the Geneva Girls School.

It was really great to get out of Charlie Town for an evening to go there.

Sometimes they also used to take us to the movies for an evening in St, Charles, if we were on good behaviour.

Blankety Blank.


By: Neil Benedict https://cheriebombell.com/state-training-school-c-1970/comment-page-1/#comment-9593 Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:43:36 +0000 http://cheriebombell.com/?p=618#comment-9593 Hello,

My name is Neil and I have been researching my genealogy and I discovered that my grandmother lived at the State Home in Geneva per the 1940 census records. I don’t know the duration of her time there, she never mentioned it (totally understandable from what I have read so far). I spent a lot of time with her as a child and she died when I was 14 years-old. I just want to learn more about her life and she does not have any siblings or surviving relatives (my dad died when I was 9 and he knew her best). If anyone on the forum happened to know her or could direct me to other resources for records or pictures I would really appreciate it.
Best regards,