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PostMy Grandfather's "Service" (Mike Bonnie, USA, 05/17/15 4:35 am)
I just found out, while doing some research into my family, that my grandfather was in prison, twice! In 1939 he took a $2 county welfare check (with his name on it) and turned it into a $22 check. Duh! He told the judge he was drunk when he did it. The judge said the forgery was too good for drunk to have done. He received a three-year suspended sentence, on condition that he stay sober.
I guess he messed up, because the 1940 Census showed he lived in Ward 2, Dodge County, Wisconsin, the location of the state prison. He must have liked the "three hots and a cot"--either that or because of WWII. He did the same thing in 1944 and got a five-year sentence. I wrote to the State Historical Society, because that's where the old prison records are now kept. I actually was looking for more info on his niece, my second cousin (Edwin Oscar Johnson's sister), an Army nurse who was stationed in France during WWI.
JE comments: Traffic has been light on the WAIS Highway for the last several days, so why not start a thread on "family skeletons in the closet"? This may be a delicate topic, but I'm sure there are some fascinating narratives out there that are printable.
Mike Bonnie's grandpa should have gone for broke and made out the check for two thousand dollars!