January 15, 1889

The Missouri Reform School was founded at Boonville. (Its existence would be used as a common childhood threat for generations to come.)

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s  historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.

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