Thursday, March 15, 2012

Preston Castle History

Preston Castle - Copyright 2011 (J'aime Rubio)


If you are searching for the blog that was originally posted here, I have since moved that information to my new blog, dedicated solely to the history of the Preston School of Industry. 

You can find all that you are looking for right here at 

PRESTON CASTLE HISTORY- THE PRESTON SCHOOL OF INDUSTRY (CLICK HERE) 

or you can enter www.prestoncastlehistory.blogspot.com into your URL search and it will take you there!

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope to see you over at PRESTON CASTLE HISTORY!


Sincerely,

J'aime Rubio, Author


13 comments:

  1. J'aime, the research you have done is evidently thorough, impressive and so interesting.

    Those days and before and in fact until recently and still currently in some countries cruelty on all levels were apparently the order of the day and accepted as to be respected when committed by a person in a parental capacity, and this boggles my mind.

    I look forward to read part 2 :)

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  2. Just think, you may be the first and only to care enough to report on the possible murder of Nick Hamilton. Whatever the case, your research will shed light on the whole operation. Very well written and intriguing!

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  3. Martie thank you so much for your comment. It is so sad that so many stories are out there from the past to even the recent times, but the stories are not spoken about. That is why I love writing about these sorts of stories, to get the truth out there.

    Poohgranma- Thank you so much, what a great thing to say. I have never heard anyone write about Nick before either, like you said. In the coming articles (Part 2 and Part 3) I will touch on several more stories about other boys there that have never been written about. I hope that I can honor their memory by putting their stories out there.

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  4. There are many institutions like this in our world. It's sad that politicians will come to the rescue of these sick individuals who rule over the lives of the innocent. Prisons are known to have had many wardens who were as merciless as this superintendent. I look forward to reading more of your chapters.

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    1. Quantum- Thank you very much for stopping by to comment. Yes, I agree that I am sure there has been and still are prisons in which Wardens abuse their power and abuse many prisoners unfairly. My latest posts are at the bottom of each article so the link to Part 2 is right under the end of Part 1 and so on...hope you enjoy reading the Part 2 & 3. Take care-

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  5. my dad was a inmate in the early 70's and his dad was also a inmate in 1940 it was eye opening to read about what went on their my dad said there where guards that would beat and mistreat and not to mention other inmates, well anyways did anything happen in the 1940's there? thanks and i really enjoyed reading your articles

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    1. Hello M. Reed, thanks for sharing your family's story. Yes, I wrote a book on Preston Castle's infamous scandals called BEHIND THE WALLS- http://www.amazon.com/Behind-The-Walls-Historical-Industry/dp/1481075047
      There were many things that took place from the time the school opened in the late 1800s all the way up until the school closed (the main castle) in 1960. However, the new Preston School of Industry just next door continued with their reputation of being the "Preston School of Scandal" all the way until it closed in 2010, with stories of mistreatment, torture and starvation....truly sad stuff. My book has lots of stories you may enjoy. I am also working on a second volume to it that will cover even more stories that weren't covered in the first book. Thanks for stopping by to comment! J'aime Rubio

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  6. I really enjoyed discovering your website and blog. I am 73 years old so I had better hurry up and find out how my dad got this block "P" I now have for some sport. He died at 69 and never talked about his year in Preston. He was on parole to my mother when the got married. He was 20 while there. She said it was petty theft in SF in 1938.. thanks again ...Jim

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    1. Hello- I am glad you enjoyed the blog. I also have my new book out called "Behind The Walls" which gives historical details of several incidences that took place at Preston from 1894-1960. It may be of interest to you. Thanks again for stopping by, reading and commenting too!- J'aime Rubio

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  7. Hello I hope the young souls who are still wondering on the grounds of the preston School of Industries can find there way to a peaceful place. I also hope the Men and Women who treated the young souls found that later in life they made horrible judgments following horrible demands and asked for forgiveness and mercy upon there own souls. It has been said that those who do the bad deed are not always the one to pay the price we all must remember that a loved one may pay for what they may not have caused. Rest in peace to those who have walked the halls and worked the grounds of a castle that is now to be saved.

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  8. Dear Sir,

    It has recently been brought to my attention that my father may have spent time at Preston. I am curious as to how you came by the records of the boys who were there? I father would have been incarcerated there in 1937 at the age of 11.

    I have found, in my slightly shocked state, your blog to be very informative and I look forward to reading more.

    Thank you,

    T. M. Pina

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  9. Dear Sir,

    I have enjoyed reading your blog. How did you come by the names of the boys incarcerated at Preston?

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    1. Toleea, Thank you for commenting (twice). I have been researching this school and it's history for almost 6 years now. I have gone through all sorts of methods of investigating to acquire these stories and records. I have made an index of wards from the beginning of when the school opened up until 1914. I haven't made the list from 1915 forward so I do not have any information for the time period your father was sent there. The CYA records only show so much information available online. The rest is in the State Archives. In the future, I plan to write a second book with more stories. I also plan on adding to my index of wards for the remainder of the years the school was open, as time allows. Thank you for contacting me. -- Miss J'aime Rubio, Author

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