I just happened on this page and thought it was very interesting. My Grandfather Walter Harry Allen was also brought up in the home. He was adopted at around 6/ 7 years of age, but the family after giving him the name of Harry Walter Allen brought him back to the home at the age of 7. The adopted parents were Harry Walter Allen also, never did come up with a name for Mrs. Allen. But she came back one Christmas kept him for a week then brought him back to the home, later at the age of around 16 he was farmed out to Mr and Mrs Eldridge Calhoun. My grandfather looked to be Indain and always said he was but never could prove it. He went to the public school in Hannibal around his second grade. I went to the library and did find a book that I looked in, this was in 2006, wanted to go back and copy several things, but never found my grandfather. A Judge McKenzie was gointg to help me locate his adoption records, and then he found out that the court house where they kept the records was burnt down and alot of the records went with it.
Home for the Friendless, The poor, The paupers, and the Home for the Friendless was on page 189 Chapter XV. But I don't know what book it was in. Marion County, chartered in 1826 and its County Court which started operating in 1827, were functioning before Hannibal became incorpated. In June of 1851 the city council set aside a fund of 75.00 for aid to the poor, to be doled out case by case at the discretion of the mayor. In 1858 the average price for caring for a poverty stricken il person in a private home was 7.50 per month.
In September 1876 Dr. J.C.Hearne asked the city to establish a new type of facility. His petition arose primarily from the needs of transient, respectable women, and children, who needed a temporary shilter until they could care for themselves. Men could find temporary lodging in the city calaboose, but there were no accommodations there for women and children. Dr. Hearne's request resulted in the founding of the Home for the Friendless. a facility which functioned for almost eighty years, being the first tax supported then entirely supported by gifts and donations from generous kindhearted friends, and from organizations in the city. Professor Leo Baier, headed the Hannibal College, was named first president of the Home for the Friendless. The house selected for the facility was at 114 Rock Street and was known as the Haley ome. My grandfather was born in 1904 but the book says 1905...so did he lie or just didn't know when he was born since he was left on the door steps of the home. If anyone knows anyone that could have knew him please contact me. I have several papers on the Home, but cannot find anything on Harry Walter Allen (adopted name)
he married Ival Lucille Carter and they had 12 children. I have a note of a person that said Laura Hawkins gave children insufficient food, punished them by "whacking" and gave them castor oil, etc" this was written in 2/5/1980 page 8 col. 2, Al Bowen, musician, tells of 2 years of his boyhood spent at the HFF with Anna Laura (Hawkins) Frazer as the matron. anyone know anything??? Let me know please