Contributed by Susan
Description: Youthful Prodigal Works His Way Back HomeDate: February 19 1909
Newspaper published in: Omaha, NE
Page/Column: Page 2
Youthful Prodigal Works His Way Back Home
Floyd NESSON, a bright youngster of 14 years, whose home is in West Concord, Minn., called on Captain MOSTYN at police headquarters Thursday morning with a letter from the chief of police at Atchison, Kansas, stating that he had secured transportation for the boy from that city to Omaha and asked that he be furnished with a ticket for the rest of the distance. Young NESSON stated that his mother was dead and his father had run away, leaving four children, of which he was the oldest, with an uncle and grandmother. The boy ran away from home five months ago and secured work with Tom DIESON, a farmer fourteen miles north of Atchison, who agreed to give him his board and clothes. DIESON worked him almost to death and the only clothes he had ever given him was the little overall suit he had on. The boy decided to work his way back home and enlisted the aid of the police at Atchison.
The boy made an instantaneous hit with the men about the station, and Captain MOSTYN took up a collection at the 4 o'clock roll call, and a nice little sum was realized. The captain then secured through the juvenile authorities transportation to St. Paul, and gave him a letter to the chief of police at that city, asking him to arrange for the rest of the journey. A big sack of lunch was also provided by the officers and armed with all these little necessities, he was started on his way, rejoicing, leaving for the northern city on the 6:45 train, Thursday night.