Unfortunately for us, very little long-term follow-up was done. In many of the files, it was simply noted the boy “went home”; in others, the last entry was made just a short time after the resident’s departure. But one has to assume a reasonable success rate, given that the organization continues to operate and grow, under a new name and with a somewhat altered focus, nearly a century and a quarter since the Salem Observer story appeared.
On Thursday evening, June 27, the Plummer Home for Boys in Salem will host a fundraising Summer Celebration at their Winter Island facility. Information can be obtained by calling Jamie Ayer at 978-744-1099, ext. 103 or online at www.plummerhome.org.
Salem historian Jim McAllister is a regular Salem News columnist.