The North Jersey Training School, Totowa, N.J., P.O. Address Little Falls, N.J.: Booklet of Information, 1927

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New Jersey State Prison print, 1927 - Mental retardation facilities - 11 pages
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I am surprised that the information is regarding recent activity at the North Jersey Developmental Center.
It was built in 1928, I would like more information about that time, typically institutions
were self sufficient and the local towns "grew " around the local towns. This particular institution had cows, pigs, and a slaughter house.
At one time it was thought to be a "school" for promiscuous, and wayward girls. Psychology being a science in its infancy had different trials to help "cure" the Residents.
I can only speak from 1956 to when it closed its doors and at one time there were 1089 Residents at the North Jersey Training School. It had a Nursery the only one in the State of New Jersey that accepted children from birth to 5 years of age. At that point the boys would go to Woodbridge or New Lisbon and the girls would stay there and be put in a cottage. Each cottage held 72 Residents and it was a dormitory style of living with all the beds in a row down one side of the room and up the other side.
Well if anyone would like more communication you can e-mail me at carolew55@hotmail.com
 

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