Thursday, October 15, 2015

Quirky Stories of Ancestors

I thought I'd take a shot at posting some of the more unusual stories or relationships that I've come across in my research.

Up first: An unusual jail sentence.

A few years back, I came across a WWI Draft Registration card for E.A. Crail that stated he was serving time at the Indianapolis Workhouse. I investigated and learned that he had been convicted of "child neglect" in 1916 after admitting to smoking 50 cigarettes per day. The judge ruled that this violated the child neglect statute and sentenced him to the workhouse. Wow! How many parents would serve time on that charge!

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