Iowa Has 15 State Institutions
Waterloo Courier, Aug. 29, 1923

List of the fifteen as published:

1. Iowa State Penitentiary at Fort Madison, Iowa
2. Clarinda State Hospital, Clarinda, Iowa
3. Cherokee State Hospital, Cherokee, Iowa
4. Independence State Hospital, Independence, Iowa
5. Mt. Pleasant State Hospital, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
6. Girl’s Training School, Mitchellville, Iowa
7. Women’s Reformatory, Rockwell City, Iowa
8. Boy’s Training School, Eldora, Iowa
9. Orphan’s Home, Davenport, Iowa
10. Iowa State Juvenile Home, Toledo, Iowa
11. Sanatorium, Oakdale, Iowa
12. Soldier’s Home, Marshalltown, Iowa
13. Hospital for the Epileptic and Feeble Minded, Woodward, Iowa
14. Institute for the Feeble Minded, Glenwood, Iowa
15. The Men’s Reformatory, Anamosa, Iowa

TAMA COUNTY - Variety of newspaper articles -- Descriptive Explanations -- Iowa State Juvenile Home, Toledo, Iowa.

The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa)
Monday, October 18, 1920

State Juvenile Home Will Be Dedicated Thursday at Toledo 

Toledo, Ia. Oct. 16.—The dedication of the new state juvenile home in Toldeo, Thursday, promises to be very imposing ceremony.  Six hundred invitations have been issued by the Toledo Commercial club and citizens of Toldeo, and a large number of prominent persons in Iowa public life have already accepted the invitation. 

The purpose of the Home has made a dramatic appeal especially to the judges and probation officers of the state.  The Home is a new departure in that it will care for homeless, dependent, neglected, or destitute children.  It is to be, in fact, a home in every respect.  The institution will receive children who are physically and mentally normal, but who are without adequate and proper home and school life. The responses to the invitations which have been extended are bringing many happy congratulations to the institution and the community. 

The program for the day includes a number of after-dinner speeches following the banquet to be served in the Toledo I. O. O. F. home at the noon hour.  Senator A. V. Proudfoot, Indianola, will preside, and responses will be given by H. J. Stiger, Toledo, Representative Ray P. Scott, Marshalltown, Mrs. Frances E. Whitly, Webster City, and Arch W. McFarlane, Waterloo, speaker of the Thirty-Eighth general assembly. 

G. H. Struble, Toledo, will preside at the dedication exercises to be held on the home grounds at 2:30 o’clock.  Dr. M. R. Drury, Cedar Rapids, former president of Leander Clark College, the buildings of which were donated to the State for juvenile home purposes, will give the invocation.  Addresses will be given by Lieut. Gov. E. R. Moore, Senator Harry C. White, C. E. Walters, Judge J. W. Willett and Dr. A. E. Kepford, the new home superintendent.  Toledo high school girls and the Toledo concert band will furnish music for the occasion.


The Evening Courier and Reporter, Waterloo, Iowa

Friday, March 4, 1921

Page 18 


Toldeo, Ia., March 3.—There are more than 70 children at the new state juvenile home here, according to the superintendent, Dr. A. E. Kepford.  Since the home was opened last fall about 20 have been admitted. Of this number nine have been transferred to the juvenile home at Davenport, four to the state industrial school at Eldora, one placed in a private home, one returned to its mother and two died.


The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa)

Tuesday, June 26, 1923 

Juvenile Home Will Get New Buildings 

Des Moines, June 26—The state board of control Monday awarded the contract for the erection of a children’s building, powerhouse and laundry at the State Juvenile Home at Toledo to the Western Construction company, Des Moines, on its bid of approximately $91,000.  This is complete, including plumbing and heating.  Work will start at once. 

This is the first expenditure in any sum the board has made at this home for children.  The buildings and grounds were given to the state by the trustees of Leander Clark college, when the work of that institution was merged with Coe.  It was opened for the reception of children Sept. 1, 1920. 

The state board is now receiving bids for the yearly supply of coal for state institutions. Awarding the contracts will probably be announced in a few days.  There are more bidders for the supplying of the state institutions with coal this year than in any previous year.


Waterloo Evening Courier

Friday, June 19, 1925 

State Juvenile Home Will Graduate 19. 

Toledo, Ia., June 19.—The annual eighth grade graduation of the state juvenile home school will take place Friday afternoon, June 26, at 2 o’clock, in the school assembly. Diplomas will be awarded to 10 who have passed the state examinations. 

Supt. A. E. Kepford will deliver the class sermon on Sunday and on Friday morning, June 26, the training school band from Eldora will play a concert on the campus.  F. A. Moscript, editor of Marshalltown Times-Republican, will give the address at 2 o’clock.  Special music for the program will be furnished by the school glee clubs and the training school band. 

Graduates are: Harold Berriman, Max Callahan, Leighton Freestone, Edith Groves, Emma Hanna, Welcome Hall, Juanita Karns, Etta Kirschner, Edward Morse, Howard Morse, Wesley Nicholson, Raymond Palmer, Martin Postle, Genevieve Rowlett, Minnie Van Yaseldyk, Ethel Robers, Dorothy Warburton, Elmer Williams and Iola Wright. 


-Source: The Waterloo Courier (Waterloo IA) publications from 1920, 1921, 1923, & 1925.

-Transcribed for Iowa Old Press by Linda Ziemann, August 2021

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