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Re: Kansas State Industrial Reformatory
Posted by: Lois Murphy (ID *****5800) Date: January 31, 2006 at 21:03:50
In Reply to: Kansas State Industrial Reformatory by Gene Talley of 417

Gene: In 1885 Hutchinson was selected as the site for the State Reformatory and it opened in 1895 when 30 prisoners arrived from Lansing according to "A Time Line of Events in The History of Reno County, Kansas From Its Beginning Through 2001-Compiled by Wm. D. Rexroad."
Also, a book of postcards from Hutchinson by the late Pat Mitchell, entitled The Fair City, there are 7 postcards re: the Reformatory. One is a pic of the tailor shop, another #72 says: "From the beginning the reformatory offered training in blacksmithing (in pic), barbering, bakery,......." it goes on from there, but the barbering is mentioned. You could check with the Reno County Historical Society PO Box 664, Hutchinson, KS 67504 to see if they have anything showing the name of your answer teaching there. The Reno County Museum website address was at one time. Not sure that is current. 620 662-1184 Hope they can help you.

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