Elizabeth Wilkinson Missouri 28 JUNE 1927
AS HEAD OF STATE INDUSTRIAL NO REASON W r AS ASSIGNED FOR REMOVING SUPERINTENDENT WHO HAD BEEN AT HEAD INSTITUTION SIX YEARS Mrs. Effie Scruby, Assistant Superintendent, Superintendent, Was Placed in Charge —Refused to Accept Miss Wilkinson's Resignation Several Months Ago Miss Wilkinson informed a representative representative of The Constitution this afternoon afternoon that the Enloe prison board had given her no advance information information that she was to be dismissed. Home for Girls at Chillicothe for six years was discharged yesterday by the Enloe prison board, it was learned learned today. No reason was assigned by the board for the dismissal and it is believed it was either a political move or that the superintendent does not agree with the views of the board. Mrs. Effie Scruby, assistant- superintendent superintendent of the home, was placed in charge. ( It is known that Miss Wilkinson became disgusted with conditions in general under the present board several several months ago and tendered her resignation resignation in a rather curt letter to the 'I was advised by telephone Mon- board. day afternoon of the action of the board and it was a distinct shock and quite a disappointment to me," she said. "I tendered my resignation to the board about a year ago but they would not accept it. In fact members of the board insisted that I remain in charge of the institution and their latest action comes as a complete surprise." surprise." About a year ago the Enloe board adopted a program of retrenchment at the Industrial Home which included included the dismissal of a number of the oldest and most competent officers and department heads. It also included included the abolishment of a number of important departments. Improvement Improvement in the physical needs of the Home were ignored and' needed repairs repairs were disregarded. In the face of this retrenchment Miss Wilkinson felt that it would be impossible to conduct the institution in an efficient and successful manner and rather than shoulder the added responsibility brought about -by suvh a curtailment of personnel and the elimination of important departments, departments, she tendered her resignation to the board. The board not only refused to accept accept the resignation but sent A. H. Steinbeck, a member of the board, to Chillicothe to confer with the Superintendent Superintendent and urged her to remain as head of the institution. On August 3, 1926 the board directed directed a letter to Miss Wilkinson in which the promise was made that all of her recommendations would be adopted and that a real effort would be made to restore the Home to its former standard of efficiency, and in view of these promises Miss Wilkinson Wilkinson agreen to continue as Superintendent. Superintendent. Miss Wilkinson came to the Home on April 12, 1916 as Assistant Superintendent Superintendent The board then sent A. H. Steinbeck, Steinbeck, former parole and pardon cony missioner to Chillicothe. He urged Miss Wilkinson to retain her post. He succeeded in getting her to withdraw withdraw her letter of resignation and she continued at her post until her summary ouster yesterday. Mr. Steinbeck Steinbeck later was removed by Gov. Sam A. Baker as a member of the board because he testified before the senate investigating committee regarding •jiuiiuous at the penitentiary. Fifth Regiment of Marines to Remain in Nicaragua a Year 'WASHINGTON, June 28—The fifth regiment of marines, with other auxiliaries, auxiliaries, was designated today to remain remain in Nicaragua after the forthcoming forthcoming removal of half of the 3000 garrison to San Diego, Quantico and Haiti. The Fifth formerly stationed. at Quantico will probably be in. the E^athfcrc Rtfywblie ''for ntapo than a year. - *'^ -, • Four Youths Rob Kansas Bank; Kidnap Cashier KINSLEY, KAS., June 28—Four youthful robbers held up the Kinsley National bank yesterday afternoon, kidnaping the cashier, R. W. Owings and escaped in a large touring car with between $11,000 and $12,000 in cash. Three of the quartet entered the bank while the cashier and Mrs. Opal Prather, bookkeeper, were alone. The fourth man stood guard outside. Ordering the two to hold up their hands and to keep their mouths shut, the trio climbed over a low railing n"nder~irL" ClayT'sixj and went behind the counter. They ordered the cashier and the months later Mrs. Clay resigned and I the position was offered Miss Wilkin- j ^ to ** d °™ ° tt the floor and 8n1lt son. She felt however that she had "^^ do ^ ^^ ^ uot been with the institution long enough to gain sufficient knowledge of its conduct and needs to assume the responsibility of Superintendent. "I felt that it would be unfair to the girls, to the state and to myself to assume such a responsibility considering considering my short association with the institution," she said. o serve as Assistant Assistant Superintendent under Miss wi H coune( j police later. "I sat up." After they had scooped up all currency currency in sight in the vault the robbers robbers ordered Mrs. Prather and Owings Owings to accompany them outside. They ordered the cashier into the car. "But they changed their minds about taking me along and drove away with Mr. Owings, going north out of town," the bookkeeper re- son and assumed the Superintend-1 encysherself six years ago. I f ! t ion of the fine attitude and co-opera- , ti(jn o£ the peop i e o f Chillicothe. "I don't know what I will do yet," Miss Wilkinson said this afternoon. "I haven't had a vacation in three years so I think I will rest awhile" Miss Wilkinson was very enthusiastic enthusiastic in her expressions of apprecia- The cashier returned to Kinsley about a half hour later, explaining the robbers had taken him two miles into the country where they told him to i walk back. None of the robbers was masked. As soon as Mrs. Prather, who was in "I wish you would express my deep- nervous condition, could give- a coherent story of the robbery and a description of the robbers, the police police of all nearby cities were notified est appreciation to the people in Chil-1 The robbers drove a hign power ed licothe," she said. "They certainly have been wonderful to me and the • girls at all times." | Mjss wilkinson also expressed the '• car. nope mat uer mio. w j I receive the same co-operation. I "x n ere has been absolutely no hard It is a question whether quotations quotations from dead statesmen influence anybody. No matter what we say, most of i tee i ing between the Assistant Super-j us i ov e summer best. The popular- j j n t en dent and myself .We have work- j gd together in a splendid way and , gne hag my best w j s h es for a successful successful administration of the affairs of j the institution ,. she I \ JEFFERSON CITY, June ity of Southern California proves it. If the movie actor is a handsome chap, the play doesn't need much of a plot. jjs^iwu* i^ ..--"« 28. -' Farmers never have nervous pros- Miss Elizabeth J. Wilkinson, super- tration. That s what the outdoors intendent of the State Industrial does for them.