chapter  I
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Establishing the System, 1906-1910

Gary'sthirdwinterheldfewcomfortsforthethousandsofforeignconstructionandmillworkerscrowdedtogetherinthemakeshiftboarding housesonthetown'ssouthside.Workdayswerelong,andfrigidtemperaturesandblowingsandmadelifedifficult.Thethirtysinglemenwho calledtheboardinghouseatMassachusettsStreetandEighteenthAvenue homewelcomedtheservicesoffourteen-year-oldKatieKordich,whodid theircookingandhouseworkforfourmonths.Hertwodollarsaweekalso cameinhandyforherfamilywhileherfatherwastemporarilytoosickto work.Thepolice,however,hadotherideas.Followingstatelaw,theyordered thefathertoenrollthegirlinschool;but,whenheenteredtheboarding house,theboardersrefusedtoletherleaveandshotathim.Shewasfinally rescuedbythepoliceandplacedinthelocalschoolonJune1,1909."Sheis wellalonginthegradesandisexceptionallybrightconsideringhertrainingin aforeignhome,"thelocalpapercommented.1