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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Several “delinquent and dependent children” had been sent to farm homes after an appeal was published in the paper seeking farmers willing to take on the children.

The county probation officer said children had been sent to farms as far away as Chelan, Okanogan and Spirit Lake.

The probation officer said some of the requests came from “individuals in search of cheap labor,” but he weeded those out and sent children only to “ideal homes.”

One Italian boy was doing well at a home on Moran Prairie. Several other children went to a home near the Oregon line and only one of the children “did not turn out well.” The children were getting a small wage for their work on the farms.

He said he had only two boys left who were available to go to farm homes. 

“One is an Austrian, age 16,” said the officer. “He speaks only Russian and Austrian, and he was detained recently when he was found to be in a gang of Austrians, but he is not a delinquent. We hope to give him a home where he can work for a small wage this summer and go to school this winter.”

From the patronage beat: The Spokesman-Review reported that three county commissioners had hired their own relatives and close friends for county jobs. One commissioner responded testily to a reporter, “I did not know that this was a crime.”

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