Cottage #6 was built with a different floor plan. It is more rectangular than the older cottages, with a large patio out front instead of having a central courtyard. This one was later Mountain Springs Station, as well as used by the Volunteers of America to operate an emergency shelter for foster children.
I too lived at the Northern Nevada State Childrens Home. I went in on my 16th Birthday. I remember being grounded that weekend until Monday morning when I could meet Mr. Aburesturi, and cottage 5 parents Mr. and Mrs Osborne. Hattie Becker was my surrogate cottage mother. I remember Lorna Wardwell, Sue Manning, Sandra Solcume and many others. I became the oldest that summer of June 9, 1974, I stated until June 9, 1976. I made the good behavior list, 7 months before I turned 18. It took me a while to settle down and do the program. I remember fighting with Vicky and her sister, and being disciplined for smoking with Chris Rios who was also from Winnemucca, Nevada along with my self. –Sandy Shaffer-Stoddard
I was in the same house with the Tobeys and was beaten up by Patrick Reddick on numerous occassions. Eventually after running away several times they moved me to one of the other houses. Because I kept running away and stealing they sent me to Elko. While at the children’s home I was the victim of a child molestation ring where men picked up boys at the Carson Mall bathroom. If you recall, the home parents all smoked in the houses and played Yahtzee everyday together while the kids were at school. I went on the annual children’s trip to Cedar City, Utah and the Grand Canyon. We had a dance or two in the gym. My counselor at the home was a woman named Pat who would take me to church at the Methodist Church. -James Hartline
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