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Comments on: Lindagail https://cheriebombell.com Kids Behind Bars, Geneva Illinois Sun, 01 Nov 2015 22:52:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 By: Linda Tart https://cheriebombell.com/true-stories-2/lindagail/comment-page-1/#comment-5214 Sun, 01 Nov 2015 22:52:55 +0000 http://cheriebombell.com/?page_id=717#comment-5214 I know this is two years after you posted and I hope you return to it.

I was in Geneva, from 1961-1962. I am sorry, so very sorry of your experience in Geneva, because mine was completely different. I guess it depended on the cottage you went to, the housemothers, and the ERA. I was on Willow Hall, my housemothers were, Miss Minnie Miller, Mrs. Clara Breckenridge, and Mrs. Scott, was the cook and who you did kitchen training with.

I was 13 1/2, when I went and was placed into high school and I was on the honor roll. Mrs. Miller, was and very or should I say, an extremely KIND person. Through her guidance and support, I learned a host of POSITIVE things about life, to many to name here.

The school was excellent and I learned, and had fun with ALL of my teachers. I was typing over 60 words a minute, maybe 70, by the time if left. The grammar I learned in English, in conjunction with my typing skills, at times, have provided me with a small, but steady stream of income, during different times in my life.

I wanted them to keep me, I wanted to stay on Willow Hall with Miss Miller and everybody else.

I could go on, but once again, I am sorry for your experience.


I admit, they did work you and yes, we did scrub the floors on our hand and knees, wash the walls of the hallway and our rooms, at least twice a month. The rooms were cold in the winter and hot in the summer, however, it was better than being at “home”, where I was getting my butt BEAT, cursed out EVERYDAY, inadequate clothing AND food, roach infested apartment, with no love and support.