18 April 2015

On This Day: Teen sent to House of Refuge

A teen was sent to the House of Refuge On This Day in 1881. Samuel Herbert Wright, just 17, was sentenced to the House of Refuge at the request of his uncle James Wright!  

Samuel has lived at the poor house for the last two years and is uncontrollable. The superintendent and other officers at the poor house simply can not control the teen. Samuel appeared before Judges Livingston and Patterson who ordered him to the House of Refuge. 

Samuel formerly resided in Little Britain.  


Lancaster daily intelligencer. (Lancaster, Pa.), 18 April 1881. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. 

On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.