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BROOKINGS HOUSE - Wm. Ritchie / Proprietor - Rates $1.50 Per Day

Brookings, South Dakota, January 6, 1904

My Dear Mr. Merrill;

 I came over here to see Mr. and Mrs. Stoddard about the Clark children.  Mrs. Stoddard is a sister of Mrs. Clark and I don’t know when I have seen anyone feel so keenly their inability to care for their relatives or sympathize so strongly with a mother.  She could not talk about it without breaking down and she cried all the time I was with them.

 I have now seen the relatives Mrs. Clark spoke of and instead of being well to do and abundantly able to help her, they all are in moderate or poor circumstances themselves.  Mr. Stoddard is in rather the best shape, owns his own home, a neat tidy comfortable home, employed now by the city as clerk and accounting officer at a salary of $725.00 a year.  But that is all he has, and has his wife and child to care for.  They do not feel that they can take the children nor could they assure the responsibility of guaranteeing the support of the children should they be returned to the mother.  Mrs. Stoddard feels so sad for Mrs. Clark, to think she has to be separated from her children, but there is no prospect that anything can be done for them by the relatives.  So we will have to provide for them and must try to find good homes.

 I go to Lake Benton tonight, and Lamberton tomorrow afternoon.

Yours truly,

Frank Lewis

Letter, 1904-01-06

A letter from Frank Lewis, State Agent, to Galen Merrill, Superintendent of the State Public School.

Owner/SourceMinnesota Historical Society
Date6 Jan 1904
AlbumsOwatonna State Public School

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