BOY SENT TO PRESTON FOR STEALING FLOWERS!
According to the Sacramento Daily Union (March 18, 1895), a boy by the name of William "Billy" Banning was sentenced to 8 years confinement at the Preston School of Industry for stealing Camellias out of a lady's yard! Yes, you read that right. Because he picked some flowers out of the garden of Miss Hurd of P Street (Sacramento) he was sentenced by Judge Davis to spend 8 years at Preston.---- Unbelievable, right? Believe it!!
HATCHET WIELDING WARD ATTACKS ATTENDANT
According to the San Francisco Call dated July 27, 1909, a Native-American ward, Albert Journey attacked one of the Preston School of Industry's Supervising Attendants, J. Strawn with a hatchet while working in the kitchen. Although Strawn was banged up, he was able to ward off the blows in order to avoid serious injuries. Journey was subdued by the other wards who witnessed the attack until help arrived.
WARD STEALS GUN FROM BAKERY!! ATTEMPTS TO SHOOT DRILLMASTER DURING ESCAPE
According to the Amador Ledger dated March 11, 1910, Captain William H. White, who was drillmaster and held the rank of Major, narrowly missed being fatally shot by ward Eugene Griffin, when he and his accomplice, fellow ward Albert Brown attempted their escape at Preston. Griffin had stolen a revolver from the bakery shop and after being chased by White, he fired behind him barely missing White. Brown and Griffin were later caught and the newspaper states that the school had no intentions on keeping them so it was more than likely they were sent to the State Prison for the remaining term of their sentences, and any other time added for their attempted escape.
FIGHT AT FOOTBALL GAME LEADS TO DEATH OF WARD
In December of 1924, after a fight between wards Edgar Hough and Leland Price started during a Saturday night football game at the Preston School of Industry, the boys were thrown in the basement as a punishment, where the fight again resumed. Somewhere in the tussle, Price was knocked down or slipped, and his head cracked the concrete floor, fracturing his skull. He slipped into a coma and died the next morning.
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