Hester Caldwell to Industrial Home

Poor Hester Caldwell didn’t have an easy time of things as a girl. Here’s hoping her life improved as she grew older. This article was printed in the March 21, 1907 Skidmore New Era on page 1:

Sent to Industrial Home.

Because she lacked proper care at home, which led her into taking things that belonged to others, little Hester Caldwell, a 12-year-old girl from Skidmore, must go to the girls’ industrial school at Chillicothe, where she will remain until she is 18 years of age.

This is the decision of Judge W. C. Ellison with regard to the case of the child, who was charged by Miss Maude LInville, of Skidmore, with having stolen $10 from the latter.

Miss Linville was in court when the judge sentenced the Caldwell girl. The child’s parents were also present and desired to take their daughter back home, but the court decided they had not proven themselves capable of giving her the training she needs.

Hester Caldwell was until a few days ago a pupil in the Skidmore public schools, Miss Linville being her teacher. One day the teacher missed $10 from her desk and a little later learned that Hester Caldwell had changed a bill of that denomination at a Skidmore store.

When the child was asked about the matter, she admitted having taken the bill, a part of which she said she spent.

She said she didn’t mean to do anything wrong, but couldn’t explain why she had stolen the teacher’s money. The child’s father, James Caldwell, was unable to repay the amount taken by his daughter, and the teacher caused her pupil’s arrest.

Judge Ellison found that the little girl was permitted to spend much of he time on the streets, and he decided that she would be better off in the state industrial school home for girls than with her own people. — Daily Tribune.