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Collection Number RG1080.AM
Collection Name RG1080 Miles, Floyd, 1904-1989
Identifier Reminiscence
Size and Materials 1 item
Title Floyd Miles reminiscence
Date or Date Span 1980
Year Range from 1980
Year Range to 1980
Admin/Biographical History Floyd Miles was born in Iowa in 1904, the youngest of six sons born to Oliver and Lillian Miles. In 1911, when Floyd was six years old, his mother died. He, some of his brothers, and a baby sister were placed in the Child Saving Institute of Omaha. As a foster child, Floyd was placed with many families until April of 1912, when he was permanently placed with the Wolford family of rural Buffalo County. Malon and Eva Wolford, his foster parents, were tenant farmers. Throughout Floyd's childhood, the Wolfords attempted to improve their circumstances by farming in a variety of Nebraska and Iowa towns, with little success. With Mr. Wolford's death in 1921, Floyd dropped out of school and accepted work as a steam press operator in a dry cleaning shop. He remained in this occupation for sixteen years.
Scope & Content This reminiscence, written by Floyd Miles in 1980, is an autobiographical account of his youth. Miles describes the circumstances which forced his widowed father to place his children at the Child Saving Institute of Omaha and into foster homes. Miles also recounts the abusive treatment he received in one family and the financially poor, but loving, home provided by his permanent foster parents, Malon and Eva Wolford.
Creator Miles, Floyd, 1904-1989
Finding Aids Floyd Miles finding aid
Subjects Children
Domestic life
Farm life
Foster home care
Rural schools
People Bloor, Ella (Reeve), 1862-1951
Miles, Floyd, 1904-1989
Miles, Oliver Kay, 1869-1923
Russell, Milo
Westerling, Emil
Wolford, Evaline (Stennett), 1864-1942
Wolford, Malon, 1852-1922
Search Terms Arcadia (Neb.)
Buffalo County (Neb.)
Child Saving Institute (Omaha, Neb.)
Child welfare -- Nebraska
Domestic life
Douglas County (Neb.)
Drury family
Farm life
Foster home care -- Nebraska
Hail -- Nebraska
Henderson (Iowa)
Holdrege (Neb.)
Miles family
Omaha (Neb.)
Phelps County (Neb.)
Red Oak (Iowa)
Rural schools
Valley County (Neb.)
Wolford family