We believe that my great-grandmother had a child and placed it for adoption at the Crittenton Home or its earlier incarnation in Sioux City, Iowa. We know that she spent many months away from home at a "hospital" and that her sister accompanied her and stayed with her in Sioux City during this time. We have a couple of pictures of her in what looks to be a uniform or hospital-gown type dress. The year is unknown, but she was born in 1897 and is documented at her parents' home in 1918, 1920, and married in 1925... So we're guessing on a span of 1915-1920.
A few historical questions: Did women in Crittenton homes wear hospital-issued dress? Would her sister have been allowed to stay with her all those months? What other explanation might fit? She easily gave birth to 4 children after marriage, so we don't believe any medical condition or treatment was the cause of this hospitalization. Is there any way to trace a stay in such a home or subsequent adoption 100 years later? She spoke of a secret she'd never tell, and she did a remarkably good job of keeping it!