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Bremwood, Mitchellville, & Eldora

Bremwood, Mitchellville, & Eldora

Posted: 17 May 2004 12:11AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: DANIELS
I am looking for information on these three orphanages in IA. Bremwood was an orhpanage in Waverly. Mitchellville used to be a girls home and there was a boys home in Eldora, IA. My grandfather and his brothers and sisters were in and out of these homes and I am wondering how I can get records of their stays. They were taken out several times by their mother and they also ran away to find work when things got rough. I would appreciate any help or suggestions.

Re: Bremwood, Mitchellville, & Eldora

Posted: 9 Jun 2004 4:34PM GMT
Classification: Query
Try this site - you maybe able to find out how to get information.
http://www.dhs.state.ia.us/institutions/Eldora.asp
Liz

Re: Bremwood, Mitchellville, & Eldora

Posted: 24 Feb 2010 8:04PM GMT
Classification: Query
there was another home located in Tama/Toledo. But it was for orphans who were in their teens and had been in trouble for bad behavior in the orphanages, like running away, we call it "acting out" today.

The records of orphans in the Des Moines orphanage "Iowa Soldiers Home were destroyed in a fire that was supposedly completely destroyed. I can't remember, but I think the home burned down like in the 60's. A newspaper article certainly would be in the local newspaper. I'm not sure if the paper back then was called The Des Moines Register.

Any records associated with orphans who were adopted out are sealed and will take an act of a federal judge to allow the records to be unsealed for public access.

The orphanage didn't operate within legal constraints, or those "loopholes". When my mother was adopted out (she was there about 1938 to 1942) at the age 7yrs, and was told her father was killed in a train accident. In truth, he obtained a divorce from her mother (who was in a mental hospital: because he babied her to death and left her to fend for herself often), and remarried and moved to Council Bluffs.

You may be able to find your information at the reform school in Tama/Toledo.(I think it was actually called the Toledo Reform School). It's still there, just called something else.

Another detail about the orphanage in Des Moines. When the children reached the age of 12 years, they were sent out to local citizens, farmers etc to do work. Some were gone as long as several months or less, and then returned to the home when the work was done. The orphans got education until they reached 12 yrs, then sent out to work too.

So I recommend trying to get information from the reform school in Toledo, IA too.

Re: Bremwood, Mitchellville, & Eldora

Posted: 26 Jan 2012 6:58PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Block
I realize this is over a year old but thught I'd chime in.I can tell you some about Bremwood when it was an orphanage in the 1930's and 40's as my Grandpa (Walter C.W. Block) grew up there and after turning 18 lived in the attic awhile as he attended Wartburg College. Not sure exactly what you'd like to know but Bremwood was started as an orphanage for Civil War orphans in 1864 and moved to it's current main location in Waverly in 1900.So I now that it was a custodial orphanage that was run by the Lutheran Church from 1864 until at least 1955. The ladies who ran it were called "sisters" - like nuns are called. It has since transitioned from an orphanage into a psychiatric facility for children that focuses on trauma sensitive care for children who have experienced severe trauma. Great place. If you want to know more I'm happy to answer what I can - Gramps passed away 5 years ago but we did talk about it quite a bit and my family still donates to it:)

Re: Bremwood, Mitchellville, & Eldora

Posted: 30 Jan 2012 6:22PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks for the reply. I am really just grasping at straws trying to find my grandfather after 1920. His family had been living in Cedar Rapids before he and 2 brothers were given away to a home and I don't know which one. In 1920 my grandfather was 8 and his siblings were 7 & 6. If you can think of any advice to help me out it would be greatly appreciated! I don't live in Iowa so I haven't been able to do any research on this personally. Thanks. Cheri

Re: Bremwood, Mitchellville, & Eldora

Posted: 13 Mar 2012 11:06PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Kral
Hi,

I too am searching for info on relatives who were at Bremwood, probably early 1900s. Would you know how I could get info on names of persons who were there?

Thanks much.

Re: Bremwood, Mitchellville, & Eldora

Posted: 10 Jun 2013 11:45PM GMT
Classification: Query
My father was in a Orphanage about 1922. It was in the Toledo area. We stopped therr a couple of years ago and it is now a home for wayward/troubled teen girls and some boys. They were trying to gather memorabilia from anyone who had been there and open a portion of the building as a museum. I could not get any further information.

Re: Bremwood, Mitchellville, & Eldora

Posted: 17 Jun 2013 12:02AM GMT
Classification: Query
If you have a paid subscription with ancestry.com, I recommend searching your relative's name and look through the US FED & STATE CENSUS' for only the years they lived in that location. ie searching examples:
name surname, click on US censuses, say he was in Bremwood between 1910 to 1935: then look in 1910, 1915, 1920, 1925, and 1930.
odd numbered years are STATE census. I recently found the name of the home my mother was living in in 1940 in Des Moines. There were several buildings that were built for orphan useage in the mid-late 1800's. The Des Moines Orphanage as some believe was just one big building. They were actually all over the state of Iowa. Just in Des Moines, as I discovered, were several buildings in within the city. The main building was just the business end of it.
In case someone comes across this,the home I found where my mother lived, was called :Des Moines Home For Friendless Children

Re: Bremwood, Mitchellville, & Eldora

Posted: 19 Aug 2013 9:01PM GMT
Classification: Query
I am researching Orphanages in Des Moines and Iowa and I happened upon this posting. I can offer you a bit more information on the Home for Friendless Children in Des Moines. The original administration building was on 2018 High Street, but was closed and sold in 1963. A new plot of land was bought in the same year and the name changed to Orchard Place. It became less of an orphanage and more of a place to care for children with disabilities or behavioral problems. It is still in business today and may be able to help you find the information that you need. Good luck!
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