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Alice’s Story, part 1

Oaklawn School for Girls, ca. 1901. Board of State Charities and Corrections. Annual Report, 1901. Rhode Island State Archives. https://catalog.sos.ri.gov/repositories/2/digital_objects/378 Accessed May 10, 2019.
Oaklawn School for Girls, ca. 1901. Board of State Charities and Corrections. Annual Report, 1901. Rhode Island State Archives. https://catalog.sos.ri.gov/repositories/2/digital_objects/378 Accessed May 10, 2019.

Mom was a young girl of eight or nine when she first heard about her aunt Alice Tillotson. (This would have been about 1933.)  Grandpa was looking at a photograph from his childhood, in which he was six years old and standing next to his sister, Alice, who was about fifteen. Mom asked her father why she had never met his sister, and Grandpa replied that Alice had been put in an institution for the “feeble-minded” many years earlier. In 2012, when I began researching mom’s family tree, I came across my great-aunt Alice and was touched by her sad story. Continue reading Alice’s Story, part 1