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Orphanages in Wauwatosa, WI

Orphanages in Wauwatosa, WI

Shelly (View posts)
Posted: 25 Apr 2006 10:41PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 14 Jul 2006 6:23AM GMT
My mother and I have been trying to find out any history on our family past my grandfather, but, being that he was orphaned at around age 3, we are at a loss for information. Here is what we know, he and at least 6 other siblings were orphaned. (There is one other sibling who they lost track of, either to death or the confusion in the situation) 6 of the known siblings were sent to an orphanage, which he referred to as "a children's home", in what is now known as Wauwatosa, WI. It would have been around 1909. He had remembered that the matron's name was Miss Bankard.

We have no birth records, no death records of his parents. We are also searching Ellis Island records because my grandfather's parents were both Immigrants. But the variations on the family name are so wide it is murkey. Does anyone have any history on the orphanage that I am inquiring about? (some earlier entries look similar)

Also, my grandfather and the 4 siblings were later sent out into Minnesota by train, and adopted as farm hands by the German families who lived there. Thank you to those who have entered info on this website, that has clued me into trend of those times to do that.

Any related info and direction is appreciated.

Shelly

Re: Orphanages in Wauwatosa

Posted: 2 Jul 2006 3:09AM GMT
Classification: Query
I checked page 413 of the out-of-print book titled, Adoption Agencies, Orphanages and Maternity Homes--An Historical Directory, and it lists the Lutheran Children's Friend Society, located in Wauwatosa.

There are a few other institutions in that town, which is a branch post office of Milwaukee and is in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. If your maternal grandfather was Protestant with a German surname, he may have been resident at that facility.

In 1922 it was called the Evangelical Lutheran Kinderfreund Society of Wisconsin, 222 (?) Germania Building, Milwaukee, with a receiving home in Wauwatosa. It provided residential care for 114 dependent children.

To see the list of inmates--assuming the Society had an orphanage--check the federal census of 1910. Better yet, seek free help on a message board devoted to the genealogy of Milwaukee County :

http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec?htx=board&r=an&p=l...

It's better to have a specialist with experience in researching censuses, especially one that has not been indexed by surname. There is also the matter of Ancestry.com charging a subscription fee for online access to censuses--a fee the specialist might have already paid.

The most recent census conducted by the State of Wisconsin (not federal) was in 1905. At one time, it was in the custody of the Secretary of State, office in Madison, WI. Since I am not a specialist in Wisconsin research, I cannot tell you if the census is still there.

You might be able to find libraries and historical societies at Google.com and they can be asked if they have records from the orphanage of interest and if they have census records.

Reg Niles

Re: Orphanages in Wauwatosa, WI

Posted: 1 Mar 2011 5:49AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Struebing, Wokasin
I don't know if we are looking for the same people, but my great-great-grandmother was also placed in an orphanage when she was young with her 6 siblings. I don't know if you still check this message board, but I would love to chat with you to see if we are related! Thanks so much!

Jennifer.Oberweis@oberweis.com

Re: Orphanages in Wauwatosa, WI

Posted: 10 May 2011 6:55AM GMT
Classification: Query
I grew up in the neighborhood of the Wisconsin Lutheran Children's Friend Society locally known as the "Kinderheim" in Wauwatosa. To the best of my knowledge there were several other orphanages or "homes"in the near area. The "Milwaukee County Institutions" about half a mile west on Watertown Plank Rd. had a children's home as did two local Catholic orders, one on Kavanaugh Pl.run by the Carmelites and another on N. Glenview Ave. which may have been the "St. Charles Home" or something similar. As far as I know except for "St.Charles Youth and Family Services" no current organizations (and no orphanages) exist at these locations.

Re: Orphanages in Wauwatosa, WI

Posted: 12 Dec 2011 8:23PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Marvin Miller
My father was placed in this Orphanage in May of 1925 and within 30 days was given to a family to work as a farm hand. His story is not pretty, but he ended up being adopted and did live a very happy life after he was removed from the situation. I am currently looking for anyone who knows information about this place and how to find out if he has any siblings. His name we think before adoption was Marvin Miller.

Re: Orphanages in Wauwatosa, WI

Posted: 20 Dec 2011 2:41AM GMT
Classification: Query
This institution still exists and is now known as Lutheran Counseling & Family Services of Wisconsin (LCFS). They have a website with contact info: http://www.lcfswi.org/index.html

I have not yet contacted them about my grandmother, who was an orphan placed with them in Milwaukee in 1902. Bear in mind that modern privacy laws restrict what information they can give out, even assuming that records still exist from so long ago. Good luck and please let me know how any inquiry turns out.

Re: Orphanages in Wauwatosa, WI

Posted: 26 Apr 2012 1:56PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi

Saw your message and hoped that you might be able to tell me exactly where the Lutheran Children's Friends Society was located in Wauwatosa. I apparently spent close to two years there from late 1948 to July of 1950 when I was happily adopted. Just curious if the building still stands or if anyone who worked there is still alive.

Best,

Rick

Re: Orphanages in Wauwatosa, WI

Posted: 26 Apr 2012 1:58PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi

Saw your message and hoped that you might be able to tell me exactly where the Lutheran Children's Friends Society was located in Wauwatosa. I apparently spent close to two years there from late 1948 to July of 1950 when I was happily adopted. Just curious if the building still stands or if anyone who worked there is still alive.

Best,

Rick

Re: Orphanages in Wauwatosa, WI

Posted: 27 Apr 2012 7:18AM GMT
Classification: Query
The Lutheran Childrens Friend Society,know locally as the "Kinderheim", was located just west of the intersection of Harwood and Glenview Avenues (US 181) on the north side of the street. I grew up about a block away with my family owning a home there from 1954 to 1998.

The building was demolished about 1970 or so. I can remember they had quite a time taking it down and were operating bulldozers inside the frame to knock out the interior walls.
The present building on the site is an elderly housing complex built in the 1980's

I didn't know anyone who worked there.

Here's a link to the Google Map. Check out the satellite view. It gives you a better feel for the site.

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&tab=wl

Re: Orphanages in Wauwatosa, WI

Posted: 19 Aug 2012 4:24PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 20 Aug 2012 2:46AM GMT
Census attachment from 1940, shows the kids at the orphanage at 8138 Harwood, Wauwatosa, WI
Name Age
George B Propp
48
Lina Propp
42
Winifred Propp
21
Lois Propp
20
Warner Atkinson
9
Elywyn Baumgart
7/12
James Bell
9
Theodore Bell
12
Dennis K Bennett
1
Lorraine Berndt
8
Roy Earl Blum
2
Allan Bohlman
9
Delores Bohlman
10
William Bohlman
10
Richard Costa
9
Kermet Craig
10
Richard Lee Dietz
8
Louise Gottfred
14
Ronald Gretz
3
Arnold Handel
10
Chales Hanlon
11
George Hanlon
14
Wayne Allen Hensch
2
Verle Hickey
17
William Hilgendorf
2
Dorothy Estell
13
Robert Earl Jacobson
12
Elmer Keske
12
Allen Kinserdahl
2
Sylvia Kohlhoff
1
Julia Jean Krieger
2
Carol Laue
12
Marion Mesenbrink
9
Donald Mueller
5
Doris Neils
9
Ronald Neils
7
Sally Olson
8
Stanley Olson
7
Arthur Quade
10
Donald Quade
9
Lois Quade
12
Leona Scheel
13
Adrian Schlecht
10
Donald Senner
10
Grace Senner
13
Jean Senner
9
Marion Senner
8
Norman Senner
10
Carol Stenger
10
Edward Stenger
9
Eugene Stenger
10
Kenneth Stenger
12
Gertrude Stillman
10
Hugo Stillman
12
Levi Stillman
3
Martin Stillman
3
William Stillman
4
Doma Mae Thress
9
Betty Jane Wagner
7
Jean Wagner
9
Alice Wyland
11
Ronald Gordon Zwieg
2
Gerald Gritz
7
June Ann Heinzelman
4/12
Thomas Malwitz
11
Donald Roedl
11
George Felder
12
Vincent Sorano
11
Linus Wendorf
9
Patrick Fagan
11
Otto Wilbert
10
James Tenke
9
Benny Wendorf
11
John Dolan
12
Leonard Reopelle
14
Francis Peckman
13
Fred Obaovatz
13
Lawrence Komatz
13
Richard Sonn
12
William Menard
13
Henry Ellenberger
13
Michael Ahrens
12
Anthony Martin
13
Robert Remington
12
John Johnson
13
Emma Winterberger
10
John Schlems
12
John Mojto
1
Nickie Cameranesi
10
Tony La Togia
11
Robert Sorsck
12
Kennet Schmit
13
Leo Bryck
12
Harold Warzewik
11
Lourene Laloggia
12
James Kwallek
11
Robert Heim
9
Arthur Brockel
11
Robert Rick
12
Donald Kieckbusch
10
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