Near Lancaster in Fairfield County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Fairﬁeld School for Boys
1857 – 1979
(text on supplementary tablets)
This monument is erected in honor of the twenty-five superintendents and thousands of staff who, over the past 122 years, have developed programs for one specific purpose—“to help a boy find his way!”
More than 100,000 boys have entered the gates of the Fairfield School for Boys: boys whose lives were touched in one way or another by dedicated staff.
To all the staff including those who were involved in the final closing of Fairfield, the State Of Ohio and the Ohio Youth Commission express gratitude.
James A. Rhodes, Governor William K. Willis, Director, Ohio Youth Commission.
Ralph Starkey, Superintendent, Fairfield School for Boys, September 20, 1979.
Tablet sponsored by Ridgeview Garden Club Fairfield School for Boys
Erected 1979 by Fairfield School for Boys and The Ohio Historical Society. Presented by the Ridgeview Garden Club. (Marker Number 1-23.)
Location. 39° 38.474′ Touch for map. Marker is at the end of BIS (Boys Industrial School) Road, in the visitors parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Lancaster OH 43130, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Mary's Church Centennial (approx. 5.1 miles away); Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War Memorial (approx. 5.2 miles away); Fairfield County Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.2 miles away); Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients (approx. 5.2 miles away); William Tecumseh Sherman (approx. 5.2 miles away); General William Tecumseh Sherman (approx. 5.2 miles away); Birthplace of Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman (approx. 5.2 miles away); Fairfield County Veterans Service Commission Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lancaster.
Regarding Fairfield School for Boys. The school opened in 1857 as the Ohio Reform School. In 1884 the school became the Boys Industrial School and in 1964 the Fairfield School for boys. Actor and comedian Bob Hope spent some time at the Boys Industrial School as a child. Hope donated sizable sums of
Also see . . . Boys Industrial School. Article in the Ohio History Connection. Excerpt: “Before the creation of this institution, the State of Ohio imprisoned male juvenile offenders in the Ohio Penitentiary with adult criminals. The Ohio Reform School was not like a traditional prison. Walls and fencing did not surround the inmates. Rather, the Ohio Reform School utilized the open system. The boys could traverse the grounds freely. They lived in cottages—not prison cells—with forty boys to a cottage. The cottages were named after rivers in Ohio. Guards, cottage matrons, and other workers supervised the boys, but the intent was to create an institution that would educate and instill good and productive values in the boys. Because of the Ohio Reform Schools success, by 1901, twenty-eight states adopted the open system for their juvenile prisons.” (Submitted on July 2, 2018.)
1. Names on the Fairfield School for Boys Memorial
There are seven columns of names on the four granite tablets shown on photographs 5 through 8 (the fifth tablet is blank). They are transcribed here in the order found on the tablet.
H. T. Cowell, Sup Morris J. McCoy Max E. Beougher Warren H. Yowell Roland Williams Kean McGill Roberta A. Roof Hally Leroy Meadows Carl McClellan Tim McClellan Theodore L. Walter
Harvey Howison Joey Stewart Helen Berens R. N. Fritz Berens Glenn A. Parrish Dolores A. Parrish William A. Parrish Capt. M. R. Hogue Arden E. Nichols J. M. Mcafee P. G. Pollitt Robert D. Kuhn George H. Lamb Harriet Lamb Samuel A. Tambi Janice S. Johnson Franklin R. Shull Clarence E. Campbell Ernest Eing Marie. B. Shull Stanley B. Drumm Ralph
Oscar Bud Cordle Christ L. George Len Ford Mary A. Botts David Grove Paula Dupless Pat Hurley William J. Lambert Robert F. Ferrari, D.D.S. Clarence E. Darling Clyde R. Arledge, Sr: James W. Schall Larry T. Mitchell C. Fred Darling Marge Gamble M. Gale Reed Marvin L. Davis, Sr. Charles S. Vancuren Ida M. Kinsell Erma Weaver Ira W. Little William R. Burke John Wolshire Fenton W. Miller Edger A. Cave Leroy Meadows Judy Meadows M. Pete Meadows George F. Endter Granville Buss
Father Ed Kessler Howard E. Collins Sylvester J. Lamb William F. Entsminger Howard M. Boystel Edna Davies Dan Davies Joe Rockey
Ruby Rockey Wilber H. Greenlee Andrew Dusenbery Janice Wilson Malverna Huey Harold W. Slaten Mike Morgan Clarence D. Lee Jr. Cynthia A. Hillis Florence McMillen Henry Preston Marge Preston Claude Burside Axle Stromstedt Charles Marion Mike Grady William Garner Gladys Maloti Helen Rusted Ralph Husted Frank A. Larger Frederick E. Larger Merrill Smith Blanche Smith John E Danison Daniel Ahern Bill Harper James L. Smith Homer G. Hill Joe Marshall John Oliver Andy Kish Hugh Walt Charles Bailey Ester Proter Richard Wright Dow Sallee
Harold Scott Keneth Spangler Jack King Charles Banks Claude Poling Carl Hoskins Louis Burgett Clem Hite Dr. James Beesley Carl T. Stalter R. Pappy Blosser C. O. S. Hudnell Butch Seigle Viola Harris Merna Watkins Ray Brickey Vincent Sullivan Robert Shonk Richard Brown Paul Eaton Clarence Poling Thomas Hardy Ferne Stover Urcel Craig Norman White Ray Mueller Oscar Shaeffer Robert Augg Carl Large Betty Motsch Carol Geiger Benjamin Cook Jack Markwood Denny Trowbridge Gerald Stanley Raymond Gibbs Bea Gibbs Herschel Henderly Ray Bennett Howard Kelley Kenneth Wharton Earl Knotts Ronald Robey Olive Bell Meryl Seesholtz David Adams Ella Bookman Robert Houseworth Phil Brannon George Briley John Wynn Russell Wilt Ida Franke Paul Deeds Eric Bell Robert Dupler Paul Gue Dick Rife C/O J. Kinnison Harold M. Boystel Sylvester G. Williams Stanley G. Hudnell Janet Lockhart Michael Lockhart Dave Phebus John H. Searis Norman R. White Paul Nutter B.I.S.
Ronald D. Moore Samuel J. Nixon Jay Conway Della Worley William A. Smith John F. Hyme
— Submitted July 2, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 2, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 75 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 2, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.