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LaCrosse, Wisconsin Orphanage

LaCrosse, Wisconsin Orphanage

Posted: 28 Oct 2003 11:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 13 Mar 2004 1:03AM GMT
Does anyone have any information about the LaCrosse County orphanage in LaCrosse, Wisconsin???? I have a ggreat grandfather that came from there. ANY information is greatly appreciated!!!!

Re: LaCrosse, Wisconsin Orphanage

Cindy Imholte (View posts)
Posted: 10 Mar 2005 3:15PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: DeFlorin, DeFlorian
My Grandfather grew up in St. Michael's Orphanage in Lacrosse, Wisconsin. I am pasting 2 items from the LaCrosse Tribune relating to the orphanage. By the way, the 2nd item tells about a visit from Santa to the orphanage. If you are curious what Santa left as a rememberance to the children (since the article doesn't specify), each child got one piece of rock candy. My grandpa would take a couple of licks of it each day, then hide it under his pillow so he could enjoy it over and over again.
Published - Monday, August 04, 2003
Orphanage operated for 7 decades


By Tribune staff and the La Crosse Public Library
Q: There used to be an old orphanage on La Crosse's far South Side. What was the name of the orphanage, where was it located, and what was its history?

A. The only known orphanage on La Crosse's far South Side was St. Michael's Home for Children, which was located at 2902 East Ave. S., near the present site of St. Joseph's Community Care. According to the La Crosse Public Library archives, St. Michael's was a three-story brick structure that opened in 1911 and closed during the summer of 1982. The building was razed in September 1982.


Santa delights little orphans

One hundred and seventy-five motherless little tots of La Crosse are today wearing radiant smiles as they tell of the wonders of Santa Claus.

Yes, there can be no doubt now: There really is a Santa, for did they not see him with their own eyes as he came out of the big open fireplace at St. Michael's orphanage last night?

A sigh is heard now and then throughout the orphanage today as the little ones remember with fond delight the beautiful tree, the gorgeous appearance of the room as the "real live Santa" stepped from the very fireplace that they had been watching for weeks, the hundreds of sparkling little lights that flashed about the room like bewildering sunbeams, and last, but not least, the little memorial which Santa left to each of the children as a remembrance of his visit.

— Dec. 25, 1911, La Crosse Tribune

Re: LaCrosse, Wisconsin Orphanage

Leslie (View posts)
Posted: 13 Mar 2005 8:41PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you so much for the information!!!!! I did get some information directly from the orphanage, but because of privacy acts, they blacked out all information that could of helped me in my further research. I would think since the information was nearly a hundred years old, they wouldn't of needed to do that since all information blacked out was also my relatives. Sometimes, they make it very difficult of us! Thanks again, I really appreciate it.

Re: LaCrosse, Wisconsin Orphanage

Posted: 18 Dec 2007 8:13AM GMT
Classification: Query
Basil is my Great Grandfather too and No one knows anything about his parents except my grandmother (Ray DeFlorian's wife) says she saw a photo once and said she happened to look like a squaw or something.

Any ideas since the records are blacked out?

Re: LaCrosse, Wisconsin Orphanage

Posted: 11 Mar 2010 3:08AM GMT
Classification: Query
St. Michaels, I believe it was called. We lived very close to it and knew some children who lived there.

Re: LaCrosse, Wisconsin Orphanage

Posted: 23 Apr 2010 5:41PM GMT
Classification: Query
I worked there in the late 70's when it was St. Michael's Home for Children. It was no longer an orphanage, but more of a foster/group home. The front of the building faced east. It was a 3 story building. when I was there, there were 2 "units" on the third floor, and one on the second floor, each housing about 14 children. There were big bedrooms with bunks, and each unit had a common room/kitchen/dining area. A large hallway separated the east and west sides of the building, and a large stairway/landing area separated the north and south sides. Offices were on the second floor on the south side of the foyer/entry. The basement contained classrooms for students who were not able to attend public schools.

Re: LaCrosse, Wisconsin Orphanage

Posted: 23 Apr 2010 6:08PM GMT
Classification: Query
Very interesting. We lived right on Mormon Coulee Blvd for about 3-4 years in the early to mid 60s and knew some of the children there. My brothers and I got to reminiscing one day and so I thought I would check this out. Thanks for the information.

Re: LaCrosse, Wisconsin Orphanage

Posted: 23 May 2010 10:06PM GMT
Classification: Query
I spent 9 years there, and it wasn't a pleasent place. I guess it was better then going hungrey.

Re: LaCrosse, Wisconsin Orphanage

Posted: 24 Jul 2010 12:40AM GMT
Classification: Query
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Re: LaCrosse, Wisconsin Orphanage

Posted: 23 Jun 2011 1:23PM GMT
Classification: Query
My father was at St. Michael's I believe and his sisters they would have went around 1931 or 1932 and he was there for 7 or 8 years to be placed in a home in Patch Grove Wisconsin. I when were you there? Is the picture I found St. Michaels?
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