|Hospital Staff, 1916|
ESCAPES- During the first 18 years of the Preston School of Industry's existence, nearly 66 wards escaped or attempted to. The reporting years for 1895-96 (having 10 escapes), 1896-97 (having 17 escapes) and 1911-12 (having 13 escapes) were the years with the most escapes at the time period.
Do you see the V-notch in the heel of this shoe? Well, it was a standard issue for wards at the Preston School of Industry, that way in case one of the wards snuck off and tried to escape, they could track their heel prints in the dirt.
From page 26 of my book, "Behind The Walls"- a list numbering the wards who were sent to Preston and the reasons for being sent there between the years 1894-1898.--
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Besides teaching the boys discipline, proper education and a trade, the boys were also allowed to be in social clubs, sports teams and even a band. Not everything that happened at Preston was bad, and I am sure there were plenty of good stories along with those that were not so good.
At one time the Preston School of Industry had a very popular band (circa 1900). In fact, the residents of Ione petitioned Preston to allow the boys to perform at the Commercial Hotel (which once stood where Ione's City Hall office sits today). Once approved, it became a weekly occurrence. Every Saturday the boys performed at the Preston School, but every Thursday they performed for Ione residents at James Mc Cauley's "Commercial Hotel" in downtown Ione.
Here's an old photo of the wards from the "Brotherhood Club" and staff from the Preston School of Industry, long ago.-- Archives.
Preston's football team, lined up on the field. (Circa 1915)
Inter-Company Basketball Team Season Champions, proudly displaying their trophy, circa 1915.