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Dayton Orphanage Archives

Posted: 16 Oct 2002 1:49PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 19 Oct 2002 5:23PM GMT
Surnames: Scheerschmid, Reichard, Harsh, Vore
I am seeking info on how to view records from an orphanage that no longer exists. Although considered not adoptable material my mother recalled countless times to me from the time that she was at a place called Shawn Acres. any info at all would be appreciated

Re: Dayton Orphanage Archives

Posted: 27 Oct 2002 1:09AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 2 Aug 2006 4:38PM GMT
Hello,
Frequently this kind of info can be found in the historical probate records, or the genealogy society of the county in question. Or, if you are closer to Columbus than Dayton, they have an incredible library at the Historical Society.
Good Luck!
Steph

Re: Dayton Orphanage Archives

Casper T. (View posts)
Posted: 27 Oct 2002 2:42AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you very much. This information is quite helpful.

~peace

Re: Dayton Orphanage Archives

Debbie Hamrick (View posts)
Posted: 15 Jan 2003 2:17AM GMT
Classification: Query
I saw your posting by sheer accident. I am looking for Shawen Acres records about my father, who was there in 1952. Have you had any luck? Can you give me any leads?
Wright State University has archived records.

Re: Dayton Orphanage Archives

AEW (View posts)
Posted: 10 Jun 2003 12:17PM GMT
Classification: Query
Shawn Acres has been switched over to Haines Children's Center their address is 3304 N. Main St. Dayton OH 45405 Phone number 937-224-5437. The place is were it has always been. (New Name) If you need older records you can try to contact Montgomery County records room at 451 West Third St. Dayton OH 45422. I know they have info there will be a charge for service though.

Re: Dayton Orphanage Archives

AEW (View posts)
Posted: 10 Jun 2003 12:22PM GMT
Classification: Query
The orphanage is now Haines Children's Center their address ist the same 3304 N. Main St. Dayton, OH 45405 Phone 937-224-5437. You can try the records room in Montgomery County as well their address is 451 West Third St. Dayton, OH 45422. There will be a charge for their service but they may have what you are looking for.

Re: Dayton Orphanage Archives

Posted: 17 Jun 2003 3:32AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 3 Jan 2004 9:56PM GMT
My father was at this orphanage also, and am looking for any infor on this orphanage also

Re: Dayton Orphanage Archives

Bruce Adams (View posts)
Posted: 13 Nov 2003 4:09PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Adams
I was a ward of the state when I was young and lived on the Shawen Acres campus off and on from 1959-1969. I have only been able to read incomplete records of my stay there once. The management has a policy of stonewalling and obstructing efforts of people who were part of the system to fully research their past. State law mandates complete availabilty of records kept by state agencies unless it is adoption related or medical information that is somehow deemed damaging by a physician. If you are trying to research archives about someone other than yourself, good luck. In my opinion, Montgomery County obstructs research because of the abuses and illegalities that occurred to children that were under its care during the time that Shawen Acres cared for children on the campus. Some of the abuses make the current scandals of the Catholic church seem petty by comparison. Good luck in your search.

Re: Dayton Orphanage Archives

Debbie Hamrick (View posts)
Posted: 14 Nov 2003 12:12AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Patrick, Drake, Longstretch
Thank you for sharing your frustration. After checking on the web a little more, I have found that supposedly Wright State has a pretty large archive of documents from Shawen, but I'll have to see it to believe it. I'm going to try to make it there sometime in the next couple of weeks.

Would you happen to recognize the name David Longstretch from your stay there? He was a child that was a few years younger than my dad, believed to have spent a few more years there than Dad did. My dad has always wondered what happened to him, so I'm on a quest to find him. Not sure where to start, hoping someone recognizes the name.

Dad has always told me some frightening stories of abuse he suffered there. I think in the back of my mind, I always thought that maybe he just remembered it wrong, that those things didn't really happen. Your message confirms to me that it WAS a terrible place. Thanks for sharing with me.

Again, thanks so much for your help.

Re: Dayton Orphanage Archives

Michael McNutt (View posts)
Posted: 14 Nov 2003 5:17AM GMT
Classification: Query
I was at Shawen Acres from birth (1951) until I ran away in 1968. Will be happy to send what ever info I have to anyone who emails.
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