Juvenile facility (Montrose School or others) in Maryland

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Aug 29, 2006
 
I am working on a project that may lead to a possible book. I am interested in hearing from anyone who was EVER at Montrose School (a juvenile facility closed in the 80's) or anyone who knew someone who was there.

The data I am gathering has to do with the treatment of juveniles at that (and other ) facilities in Maryland, and I would welcome hearing from anyone ever in any juvenile facility that housed FEMALES only, starting in the 50's and continuing through to today.

I do NOT need to know your name or anything that is too personal. I am only interested in general treatment of juveniles in such facilities, and how the treatment has changed over the years. I would like an email contact so that I can send a questionnaire, and to make futher email contact if more data is needed. However I do NOT need to have any more personal info for this project. It is to do with GENERAL information only.

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I was in Montrose around 1958 to 59.I ran away from home and didn't want to go back to a drunken father and his girl friend.I was taken from an aunt in another state who was raising me.
The staff was wonderful to me.We had chores to do go to school and had many recreations.
I was on the girls soft ball team.We had games outside the facility.I was taught typing in school and took a great interest in it.
We went to church every Sunday and I was inspired to learn.I was given an award for best in class.
They had art classes, gym classes.
On the weekend it was visitors day.The ones who didn't have visitors would be sent to watch a movie.I watched movies every weekend there were to be visitors.
I actual cried when I was to be released.I think Montrose struck a cord with me.I was cocky and a little bit of a hard nosed brat before going in.I can say they made a lady out of me.I was 15 yrs old.I still remember the cottage Myers I was in.The black cook in the kitchen who taught me how to cha cha while I was working in there.
It seemed like team work everything we did.We all had sad stories to tell each other and I think you felt a connection with them.
People say training schools can make you or break you I think it helped make me a better person.
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Mar 1, 2007
 
Being at Montrose trainning school for girls year 1964 in Reisterstown Md, was a great thing that happen to me my grandman sent me there plenty of trainning I was in Bond cottage I cant remember the frist cottage, learn how to sew, cook, do hair, clean pbx operator, good grooming,house cleaning stayed there for 18 months it was well staffed house mothers were great we really learn a lot. I was so hurt when it closed down,I wanted to go back to vist. I could write a book myself. We had weekend passes to go home, plenty of farmland no fences around us we worked the farms picked apples ect , cleaned chicken eggs,they did have a hole they would put you in if you were really bad(dungen) I have a lot to talk about Montrose, still have some letter that I wrote home. It hurt to hear that juvenile services is having such a problem with youth and trainning schools something is wrong somewhere, my grandmother was paiding the state also for me to stay there what that was about I don,t know.
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Mar 8, 2007
 
I was in Montrose for 9 months, in I believe 1974. I was sent there for among various other incidents, constantly running away. I guess now I can understand a bit better why I used to do the things I used to do, but then it seemed to be the absolute worse place to be sent to. At least that is what I was led to believe...thinking back I think it was the best thing that could have happened at the time. I even remember, fondly, Bond Cottage, I cannot say I ever remember any mistreatment from the staff or girls I was committed with. We definately had a routine we had to stick to, I remember getting up about 530-600 in the morning, going to breakfast, the chores we were assigned, the simple structure. I guess it was what I needed! We had informal schooling, I really think that is where I learned to like the office procedures so much and the usage of (now I'm really dating myself) typewriters. I can say I often think about those days, wondering what happened to everyone. I can't say I really remember the counselor's, just smokey images at best. I can remember the "socials" we had with some of the male forestry camps, that was alot of fun, the rare trip to a mall in Baltimore, looking forward to mail, jees, life seemed alot simpler then!! Towards the end of my stay I know they opened up a place in the front area of the grounds for boys to be committed there. Good luck with your book, hope this has helped a little.
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Mar 15, 2007
 
I'm not sure if my mother was in this facility back in the 1920s/1930 but Montrose School is one name we have been given as a possibility. Do you know where records are kept for Montrose School (if it did indeed house young females in the 1920s/30s)? If nuns weren't associated with this institution or if it didn't have something to do with a laundry facility it probably isn't the place I'm looking for to find out info on my mother and the institution she was in from her early teens thru 18+ years of age.(1926 thru 1932) We were always told she was in an orphange but I found out 2 weeks ago it was actually a 'correctional' or 'reform school' type facility instead.
historian wrote:
I am working on a project that may lead to a possible book. I am interested in hearing from anyone who was EVER at Montrose School (a juvenile facility closed in the 80's) or anyone who knew someone who was there.
The data I am gathering has to do with the treatment of juveniles at that (and other ) facilities in Maryland, and I would welcome hearing from anyone ever in any juvenile facility that housed FEMALES only, starting in the 50's and continuing through to today.
I do NOT need to know your name or anything that is too personal. I am only interested in general treatment of juveniles in such facilities, and how the treatment has changed over the years. I would like an email contact so that I can send a questionnaire, and to make futher email contact if more data is needed. However I do NOT need to have any more personal info for this project. It is to do with GENERAL information only.
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May 1, 2007
 
unknown wrote:
I was in Montrose around 1958 to 59.I ran away from home and didn't want to go back to a drunken father and his girl friend.I was taken from an aunt in another state who was raising me.
The staff was wonderful to me.We had chores to do go to school and had many recreations.
I was on the girls soft ball team.We had games outside the facility.I was taught typing in school and took a great interest in it.
We went to church every Sunday and I was inspired to learn.I was given an award for best in class.
They had art classes, gym classes.
On the weekend it was visitors day.The ones who didn't have visitors would be sent to watch a movie.I watched movies every weekend there were to be visitors.
I actual cried when I was to be released.I think Montrose struck a cord with me.I was cocky and a little bit of a hard nosed brat before going in.I can say they made a lady out of me.I was 15 yrs old.I still remember the cottage Myers I was in.The black cook in the kitchen who taught me how to cha cha while I was working in there.
It seemed like team work everything we did.We all had sad stories to tell each other and I think you felt a connection with them.
People say training schools can make you or break you I think it helped make me a better person.
Please contact me dbaxley821@aol.com about Montrose I have some further questions
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Aug 1, 2007
 
I was in montrose in 1968 I was about 16. I was always running away from home. I remember the dungeon in the main building.I also remember a few ladies. Mrs Wright, Mrs Chappel and Mrs King does anyone remember them. I made a lot of friends in there and always wonder how they are doing now. You can reach me at cathym99@yahoo.com
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#10
Aug 6, 2007
 
I was in Montrose between 1978 and 1980. During the biggest snow storm of the decade, winter 1979, I was placed in an isolation cell for 72 hours because I used drugs during my weekend home visit. While I was in isolation for those 3 days, I was sexually assaulted by the male gaurd that was on duty. It was a traumatic experience that I will never forget. The snow piled up for over seven feet and no one replaced him on his shift for 2 days and I was fearful he would attack me in my cell again.
After that, I fell into a deep depression and could not talk about the experience unitl I was an adult in therapy. I was 15 years old.
I often wonder if another girl who was a resident at Montrose was assaulted by the same guard.

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#11
Sep 6, 2007
 
I was at Montrose three times,committed twice between 1973-76. There were periods of having fun but I could always remember wanting to go home. I was housed during my extended vacation at all three of the female cottages[Bond, Meyer and Guttmacher] at some point.I remember some of the staff and the much dreddded KP duty, which I had grown to love because the kitchen lady Mrs. Brown made me feel like I was in my grandmother's kitchen. There was a security officer named Milton who was a pretty scary guy-he slapped a girl named Lillian [really hard]. There was a lady who worked in the school office who was fired because she bought weed in and gave it to one of the guys who lived in either Putts or Wilson cottage. I could go on and on.
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#12
Oct 6, 2007
 
I was in Montrose many times in 84-85 numerous intakes to Putts Cottage and then to Guttmacher. I have some pretty scarey memories in there. One where I was stripped naked in my cell and made to stand there while a older male staffer stared at me and berated me. I still remember his name and the other staff members.I was thrown form one program to another after that. Good Shepard the to Straight Inc. where I escaped. There are alot of other things that happened there too.

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Jan 9, 2008
 
I was sent to Montrose, Putts Cottage for two months during April 1984. I was a runaway who would have probably ended up on the streets had my parents not intervened (by contacting a jugde) and begging them to send me for in-patient treatment.

Prior to being committed to Montrose I had been to Second Mile located in Rockville Md; Boys Village in Cheltenham MD, and Caithness Shelter in Silver Spring MD.

I really didn't fit in a Montrose because I had received a formal prep-school education. The educational ciriculum at Montrose did not challenge me. I was unable to relate to the other students and the staff were cold and distant.

I was never physicially abused by the staff (although they weren't very pleasant). I also had difficulty assimilating with my peers.

After my stint at Montrose I went to Good Shephard for one year. The Good Shephard School helped me discover my inner talents and I'm now a sucessfuly watercolor-painter, homemaker, and nurse BSN.
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Jan 9, 2008
 
i'm curious, does anyone have photographs of montrose? i'd like to see pictures of the interior as well as the exterior.
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Jan 27, 2008
 
historian wrote:
I am working on a project that may lead to a possible book. I am interested in hearing from anyone who was EVER at Montrose School (a juvenile facility closed in the 80's) or anyone who knew someone who was there.
The data I am gathering has to do with the treatment of juveniles at that (and other ) facilities in Maryland, and I would welcome hearing from anyone ever in any juvenile facility that housed FEMALES only, starting in the 50's and continuing through to today.
I do NOT need to know your name or anything that is too personal. I am only interested in general treatment of juveniles in such facilities, and how the treatment has changed over the years. I would like an email contact so that I can send a questionnaire, and to make futher email contact if more data is needed. However I do NOT need to have any more personal info for this project. It is to do with GENERAL information only.
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I spent about 18 months in 1955-56 in montrose. I remember some of the people that worked there Ms Fredricks was supervisor. The treatment was sometimes harsh such as the many 30 days solitary spent in the clinic building. I received that a few times I think it made me a better reader since I read everything printed. The girls there at that time were mainly from the welfare system they were getting to old to place. I think that in the over-all the school was run fairly and as long as you did your chores and kept your mouth shut the school did help many. I was there when it was for white girls only, there wasn't a man ont the staff except the 2 farm hands they were in charge of the chickens and cattle also the gardens we were pretty much a self sufficent operation. Each housing cottage was like a house we had our own rooms( something that we didn't have at home) I could go on and on but on the whole I think it may have kept me out of prison as that was the way my life was headed.
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Feb 5, 2008
 
historian wrote:
I am working on a project that may lead to a possible book. I am interested in hearing from anyone who was EVER at Montrose School (a juvenile facility closed in the 80's) or anyone who knew someone who was there.
The data I am gathering has to do with the treatment of juveniles at that (and other ) facilities in Maryland, and I would welcome hearing from anyone ever in any juvenile facility that housed FEMALES only, starting in the 50's and continuing through to today.
I do NOT need to know your name or anything that is too personal. I am only interested in general treatment of juveniles in such facilities, and how the treatment has changed over the years. I would like an email contact so that I can send a questionnaire, and to make futher email contact if more data is needed. However I do NOT need to have any more personal info for this project. It is to do with GENERAL information only.
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This is a long time after you posted this, but I just found it. I was at Montrose School for girls from Jan 1960 til June 1961. I, and everyone that was there at that time were treated well and with respect. I was given training in secretarial skills so I could support myself when I got out. They had a program at the time where you could be released from there and enter a group home and they would get you a job. I did not participate in this program because when I was released I got married. I was 16 and a half to a month away from 18 when I was there. I have wondered what all the hullabaloo was all about because I moved to Oklahoma and lost contact with anything until I heard it was closed because of abuses there. I am now almost 65 with a Master's degree, retired from the field of Juvenile Justice. I do not know how much of a role Montrose played in this, but as the child of an alcoholic, I remember feeling safe there for the first time in my life and I was quite happy. the setting was beautiful and I can still see Ms. Frederick with her regal posture and hairstyle, living in the "mansion." I miss the area and oftentimes wish I could revisit the grounds, although I suspect they are quite changed from when I was there almost 50 years ago. My name is Diane Jernigan, then it was McKee and my email address should you want to contact me is Starjerni@ cox.net
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Feb 5, 2008
 
I was at Montrose School for girls from Jan 1960 til June 1961. I, and everyone that was there at that time were treated well and with respect. I was given training in secretarial skills so I could support myself when I got out. They had a program at the time where you could be released from there and enter a group home and they would get you a job. I did not participate in this program because when I was released I got married. I was 16 and a half to a month away from 18 when I was there. I have wondered what all the hullabaloo was all about because I moved to Oklahoma and lost contact with anything until I heard it was closed because of abuses there. I am now almost 65 with a Master's degree, retired from the field of Juvenile Justice. I do not know how much of a role Montrose played in this, but as the child of an alcoholic, I remember feeling safe there for the first time in my life and I was quite happy. the setting was beautiful and I can still see Ms. Frederick with her regal posture and hairstyle, living in the "mansion." I miss the area and oftentimes wish I could revisit the grounds, although I suspect they are quite changed from when I was there almost 50 years ago
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Feb 18, 2008
 
I was in Montrose School For School For Girls in the early 70's. My final destination was Sanford Cottage. I thought no one would ever mention the school, over the years I have been online searching for information about the school. I am willing to participate in your research. I will never forget the girls I met there or the cottage mothers.
historian wrote:
I am working on a project that may lead to a possible book. I am interested in hearing from anyone who was EVER at Montrose School (a juvenile facility closed in the 80's) or anyone who knew someone who was there.
The data I am gathering has to do with the treatment of juveniles at that (and other ) facilities in Maryland, and I would welcome hearing from anyone ever in any juvenile facility that housed FEMALES only, starting in the 50's and continuing through to today.
I do NOT need to know your name or anything that is too personal. I am only interested in general treatment of juveniles in such facilities, and how the treatment has changed over the years. I would like an email contact so that I can send a questionnaire, and to make futher email contact if more data is needed. However I do NOT need to have any more personal info for this project. It is to do with GENERAL information only.
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Mar 3, 2008
 
if any body nos my mom tylene mcpherson comment back
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Mar 3, 2008
 
my mom is looking 4 her friends she had there they ran away
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Mar 30, 2008
 
I worked for one of the two assistant vice principals, Mr. Hawkins, prior to Montrose School closing in 1988. The grounds are now part of the military: Camp Feterred Amory.
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May 18, 2008
 
Iwas in Montrose from March, 1947 to August, 1950, when I turned 18. I had run away from home and was considered "incorrigible". Though I dreaded the entire experience at Montrose, those years proved to be the turning point in my life. I rebelled before I went there, and the whole time I was in there was an act of rebellion, but the staff and teachers were kind, although demanding strict disciplinary conduct. I was in Wilson Cottage - there were only three cottages then - Wilson, Myers and Bond. I spent three and a half years in the laundry, ironing damp clothes dry...(even mens' shirts, though I have no idea where they came from). The superintendent when I first went there, in 1947, was Mrs. Gardner. She retired about two wyears into my stay and Mrs. Scofield took her place. The Laundry Supervisor was a little lady, about 4 ft. 8 inches, with totally white hair and a face that was full of --- character. She was tough, very demanding -- and so good for a smart aleck like me. Others I remember were Mrs. Hazel Ford - a gentle, caring woman who gave me my first Bible...and Jane Deitrich, who taught English and loved me enough to help me through some really rough emtional times. All in all, Montrose was a special time in my life - and like some others who have posted here - I would love to be able to go back and visit the grounds once again. I've tried several times when visiting Maryland to find the School, but now I know why I couldn't locate it - it's not there anymore. I moved to California in 1952 and spent all of my years there until 5 years ago, when I moved to Washington State. I'm 75 years old now and have had wonderful, exciting life and credit my years at Montrose and the staff there,with helping me get my act together. If you're still looking for responses to your questionnaire,I'd be willing to fill one out for you.

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