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Looking for folk who lived in Denver Orphan's Home from the mid 1950's through 1960

Looking for folk who lived in Denver Orphan's Home from the mid 1950's through 1960

Posted: 5 Oct 2007 3:59AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: McGrew
Hello,

I was placed in the Denver Orphan's Home around 1954 with my sister and brother. Although we were not orphans our parents had divorced, my father took custody but worked two jobs. So, he placed us there and paid room and board. While we lived there for approximately 7 years I believe there was only one family of children who came in who actually had no parents and were truly orphans. The rest of us had one parent who worked and couldn't keep us at home.

My surname was Patty McGrew. I'd like to link up with anyone else who lived at the home, 1501 Albion Street, during that period of time. Just would like to know how your lives turned out and what you are doing now.

Re: Looking for folk who lived in Denver Orphan's Home from the mid 1950's through 1960

Posted: 17 Feb 2009 5:42AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello Patty:

Yes, I lived at the Denver Orphans Home under the same circumstaces beginning in 1953. My parents were divorced, I was no orphan, but my mother worked during the week and picked me up on weekends.

I was treated very well there. I remember the house mother was Mrs. Evans. She had her own room, off the general room, were all the girls slept.

We had beds all lined up in two lines. We had our own dressing tables

I was very lonely. I didn't feel I belonged there. My dad had visitation rights every other weekend, but on my mother's weekend, she didn't always come and get me. So I stayed there.

I think the name of my school was Garfield.

I left in 1954 when my mother married and we moved to
California. I was just on Google to see if this building was still there.

Barbara Foster

PS I do remember one other thing. The TV just came out, an we all watched Queen Elizabeth being crowned. That was 1953.

Re: Looking for folk who lived in Denver Orphan's Home from the mid 1950's through 1960

Posted: 17 Feb 2009 5:55AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello Barbara,

You left about one year before I arrived. And just as you described, the dormitory was the same. Double line of beds, the dressing tables, etc. I too attended Garfield.

I too felt very lonely. Although my sister and brother were also there, we lived in separate dorms, didn't eat at the same table, didn't play together. Unfortunately, after 7 years of staying at the home, when my father took us back to his house, we didn't know how to be a family.

The building is still there although the youngsters it houses now are children who are unfortunately not able to cope and find themselves in trouble with the law.

Thank you for responding.

Best regards,
Patty

Re: Looking for folk who lived in Denver Orphan's Home from the mid 1950's through 1960

Posted: 20 May 2009 12:44AM GMT
Classification: Query
My sister and I were orphans there between 1948/49. We had a very difficult time to say the least and I am looking for others who shared my experience there. My sister died before she turned 18 and I ran away at 13. I would be glad to communicate with you. Thank you. Al

Re: Looking for folk who lived in Denver Orphan's Home from the mid 1950's through 1960

Posted: 18 Oct 2011 4:05AM GMT
Classification: Query
my brother and i were there Connie and Micheal i dont know what our last names were.

Re: Looking for folk who lived in Denver Orphan's Home from the mid 1950's through 1960

Posted: 26 Dec 2011 10:29PM GMT
Classification: Query
I'm sorry I am so late getting back to you. I just wanted to let you know that the DOH has kept the records of all the children who were living at the home. I know this because my brother went there and found the records. If it is possible for you to return to the DOH, you may be able to track your parentage and determine who your parents were.

Best regards,
Patty

Re: Looking for folk who lived in Denver Orphan's Home from the mid 1950's through 1960

Posted: 25 Apr 2012 12:45AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: ewers
Did you know of a ms. thoden or a patty ewers

Re: Looking for folk who lived in Denver Orphan's Home from the mid 1950's through 1960

Posted: 25 Apr 2012 8:07PM GMT
Classification: Query
No, I'm sorry I don't recognize those names.

Re: Looking for folk who lived in Denver Orphan's Home from the mid 1950's through 1960

Posted: 9 Jul 2012 1:50PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi, I was in an orphanage in Denver briefly sometime around 1953-1954. Parents divorced. I was only 4 or 5 at the time. Because I was so young, I don't remember much, nor has the extended family provided info. The orphanage I was in had a separate department/wing for the youngest children, so I was separated from my sisters. I didn't stay long in that orphanage. Was taken out by my father & a year later I was placed in a children's home in Connecticut, where I stayed until I was 15. No way for a child to have been raised.

Re: Looking for folk who lived in Denver Orphan's Home from the mid 1950's through 1960

Posted: 9 Jul 2012 6:44PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Carol,

It could very well have been the Denver Orphan's home. I recall the youngest children being in an area on the first floor. The rest of us were on the second floor.

Some say having been brought up in orphanages or children's homes will make a child stronger and I suppose in some ways it does. I realize not every private family oriented home is heaven sent, but I agree with you, it would have been nice to have a family relationship.

All the best to you,
Patty
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