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Old orphanages in MN

Old orphanages in MN

Posted: 29 Apr 2001 9:13AM GMT
Edited: 3 Jul 2001 3:51AM GMT
My grandfather was born in 1906 and raised in an orphanage(I believe in Mn).Need to find out who his parents were. I was told that he also had siblings. Searching for my Borg family tree. Please help! S_RYD@prodigy.net

Re: Old orphanages in MN

Posted: 26 Aug 2001 4:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 20 Feb 2003 4:10AM GMT
Susan, did you ever get any replies on this? I was browsing through and saw your message. There was a very large orphanage during the time you mention in Owatonna, MN, Steele county, called "The Owatonna State School for neglected and dependant children". My father-in-law spent some time there. About 18,000 children went through this orphanage between the years of approx. 1888-1945.

Denise

Re: Old orphanages in MN

luke2 (View posts)
Posted: 14 Mar 2005 3:12PM GMT
Classification: Query
I was hoping for some help I am looking for Hal wolfe the 2nd (or some family members ) who spent some 30 odd years working for a orpanage in Minnosota in his spare time it would appear he spent time in the UK during the war and his father had a lead pencil makers firm
any info would be thankful

Re: Old orphanages in MN

Denise (View posts)
Posted: 15 Mar 2005 2:13AM GMT
Classification: Query
Not sure if I can help--but----what is Hal's formal first name ie; what did Hal stand for? What might be the years included in the 30 year range that he worked at the orphanage? Any names of spouses, or his children that might locate him on old census records to identify the area he lived in in MN? with this info, maybe I can try to do a few look-ups or census searches.

Thanks, Denise

Re: Old orphanages in MN

luke2 (View posts)
Posted: 15 Mar 2005 9:30AM GMT
Classification: Query
danise
all the infomation I have is the name Hal Wolfe 2nd from Minnisota his father owned a lead pencil Factory and some time after the war he went home to run it and was a very strong worker for the orphanage in his home town this information was writen by my grandmother in her Autobiography as they were very good freinds during the second world war it would appear his wife was in an instution
and this Hal never remarried but spent all his free time helping the kids.

Re: Old orphanages in MN

Denise (View posts)
Posted: 15 Mar 2005 2:37PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi, there. If the timeframe were around WWII, I can't do any census look-ups as they are only available through 1930. Sorry about that. There were no doubt many orphanages in the state-- the only one I am familiar with as a large institution was the Owatonna State School in Steele county, but I believe they closed down as an orphanage in 1945 so at least that one can be removed as a possibility for your Hal Wolfe.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help. Good luck in your search.

Re: Old orphanages in MN

Posted: 2 Feb 2009 4:41AM GMT
Classification: Query
There was an orphanage in Duluth built about 1910 that was operated by the Catholic nuns there. It was called St. James Orphanage. It hasn't been running for years, but I was a resident there in 1947. You may find out more by contacting the Chancery Office of the Diocese of Duluth, MN.

Re: Old orphanages in MN

Posted: 20 Jul 2010 3:46PM GMT
Classification: Query
I was in St. James then too. From age 5 (in 1945) to age 11. Were you among the girls who would take the bus to fourth, and then walk down to the lake to go swimming?

Re: Old orphanages in MN

Posted: 27 Jul 2010 2:56AM GMT
Classification: Query
I think I was only there during the winter months of 46-47,so I wouldn't have gone swimming. I remember spending time on the boys' side(?) of the dorms visiting with the older boys. They nicknamed me 'California' because I always said I was going to go to California. I do remember visits by the priests to the children and at Christmas I went to a wealthy widow's house for the holiday.

Are you still in MN?

Re: Old orphanages in MN

Posted: 24 Dec 2010 2:27AM GMT
Classification: Query
I was not sure how long you were there and how old you were. My brothers and me were there like either between 54-57. My brothers were Robert(bobby) Russell(Rusty) And me Sherry. Our last name would be Lee.I remember some parts of being there so I would think I would be at least 3.My mother has passed away and would never give any info on stuff so I did hear things from family members after, but not like why we were there or how long.We should have stayed.... Any help thanks....It was a very large place long tables,we all took naps on mats...And of course the nuns, gotta love them......
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