Just one quick update in 1921. Runaways and chocolate!
2 MISSING JERSEY BOYS AND GIRL BACK
Youngsters Glad to Return After Auto Escapade of 120 Hours and Candy and Cake Diet.
MOTHERS' ALARM ENDS
Long Branch Convinced Runaway Was a Lark--"Nicely Treated," Ruth's Comment.
--The New York Times, April 28, 1921
So 15-year-old Garrett "Garry" Disbrow Jr. took 15-year-old Bradford Ziegler and 14-year-old Ruth White on a joyride in Disbrow's father's car. But they broke the windshield and did other damage, so they stayed away to keep from getting into trouble. They lived on 4 boxes of candy and "a lot of cake." Ruth slept on the front seat, with Bradford and Garrett in the back. They stopped at a couple different garages, bartered for repair work, and got free sandwiches, coffee, and an offer for free gas. A police officer spied them fixing a flat tire, and brought the kids home.
The article notes that upon the reunion, "nobody even suggested a spanking" (!).