Beulah Land Farm for Boys. For the Rescue and Care of Homeless and Neglected Boys.
Beulah Land Farm for Boys. For the Rescue and Care of Homeless and Neglected Boys.
[Poverty / Social Reform / Child Abuse]. Kimball, Morris - President of the Board of Trustees of the Beulah Land Farm.

Beulah Land Farm for Boys. For the Rescue and Care of Homeless and Neglected Boys.

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Bay Springs, Michigan: Board of Incorporation and Management for the Beulah Land Farm, (n. d.). Circa 1905. 18.5 x 14.5 cm. 19, [1] pp. Stapled yellow wrappers printed in black. Light curl to fore-edge, with small crease to upper corner of wrappers and leaves throughout; tiny tear to wrapper edge. Very Good.

Promotional booklet for the Beulah Land Farm for Boys, a reform institution for impoverished boys located in northern Michigan. The booklet is almost entirely composed of testimonials and letters of support for Herman L. Swift, the founder and manager of the farm, attesting to his good work and the admirable behavior of the boys in his care:

"The invigorating air gives new life to those who come from the city slums and have lived in stifling, overcrowded rooms. The Beulah Land Farm is also a life saving station for boys who have lived in dives of vice without parental care. Their good and the good of the community demand places of refuge for them where love is the motive power, to develop and strengthen character. By learning thrift, self-reliance, honor and good citizenship, these boys are fitted to take homes among the people.... All work cheerfully and a spirit of harmony pervades this happy family under the loving care and wise direction of Herman Lee Swift" (pp. 2-3).

Swift, who had run several such institutions for boys -- into the ground, financially, in at least one case -- was convicted in 1913 of child abuse and molestation of boys in his care at the farm. Due to the influence of powerful friends, who maintained his innocence throughout the affair, claiming that the boys and one of the hired workers conspired to get rid of Swift in order to replace him with a more lenient manager, Swift was released from prison a year later; he died shortly thereafter.

Scarce. OCLC locates one holding, at the Libary of Michigan.


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