Tailoring, Laundry, and Shoemaking
"Inmates of the school make all the uniforms, fatigue suits and caps, underclothes, shirts, nightshirts, bedding, aprons, and napkins, and do all necessary darning and patching. The instructor does the cutting and has general supervision over all the work.
Each boy in the school has a handsome suit of
cadet gray for Sundays and dress occasions and also wears a suit of the same
material other days except during about three months in the summer, when suits
of denim are worn. The underclothing is made of the heaviest canton
flannel. Outside shirts of 'hickory' are worn. Caps are made
of the cadet cloth, with visors of leather."1
"It is our purpose to teach the students the laundry trade so when they are returned to their homes they can make an honest living. Several of the laundry boys who have recently returned to their homes are now engaged in commercial laundry work and are doing well. The laundry business is young and growing and should prove a profitable business for the boys who finish our course.
The department is now providing work and instruction for nineteen boys. Some of these boys work in the morning and some in the afternoon. Others who have finished our course in day school work all day. The laundry force consists of twelve boys each of whom has a specialized task to perform. As the boys gain proficiency in their tasks they are promoted from one station to another so that one boy will learn all the operations of the plant."2
Cobblers at Work
"Making shoes for our boys is not such a task as keeping them half-soled. The rough play upon gravel and sandy playgrounds wears the soles out very rapidly. Besides providing shoes for all the boys, this department makes and keeps all harness used at the school in repair...
Many times there are so many boys present in the morning, when they must report to the shoe shop to have their shoes repaired, that they must wait outside while being waited upon. In cold or stormy weather this condition is regrettable."3
1. State Industrial School, Twelfth
Biennial Report 1903 - 1904, Golden: Industrial School Press,
1904. Stored at the Colorado State Archives RCC 10150.
2. State Industrial Training School, The Industrial Training School Year Book 1926, Golden: Industrial Training School Press, 1926. Stored at the Colorado State Archives 10149.
3. State Industrial School for Boys, Eighteenth Biennial Report 1915 -1916, Golden: State Industrial School Press, 1916. Stored at the Colorado State Archives RCC 10150.
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