FACTS ABOUT LISLE MANUAL TRAINING SCHOOL FOR BOYS & GIRLS
Year opened as school: 1912
Year commercial high school opened: 1922
Year closed: 1949
(from Marie Kenny)
I believe my grandmother, Emily Novak and her brother, Stanley Novak were in the training school around
1915. They were in the orphanage, and my grandmother learned secretarial skills, and my great uncle learned shoemaking.
My grandmother was employed as a secretary and was able to save enough money to buy a house for her family
(her father, and brothers). Both my grandma and her brother were in the orphanage when my great grandmother was ill and
hospitalized for a long time, and her father, an unemployed carriage maker could not care for the children.
My grandmother hated her time in the orphanage, but my great uncle Stanley liked it. He was proud of
the fact that he didn't have to sleep in the baby room, where the kids still wet the bed.
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