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St. Joseph Orphanage 3249 S. 18th Street, Milwaukee, WI

St. Joseph Orphanage 3249 S. 18th Street, Milwaukee, WI

Posted: 10 Feb 2009 10:51PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Corroo
Does anyone have a picture of St. Joseph Orphanage in the 1930s?
Any stories about how it was in 1933 - 38?
My two uncles Jim and Tom were placed in the orphanage in 1933. They were 8 and 9 years old. New to the Milwaukee area.
Their mother died and their father couldn't take care of them when he worked 12 - 14 hours a day.
It was understood that they were not to be adopted.

Bill Corroo
bcorroo@yahoo.com

Re: St. Joseph Orphanage 3249 S. 18th Street, Milwaukee, WI

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 4:11AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi
My mother-in-law was also in St Josephs from 1929 - 1935.
The records are kept at the Felicians Sisters in Chicago.
If you Google St Josephs Milwaukee, there are some pictures posted.
It was built in 1907. Two years ago there was a reunion of any surviving orphans, here in Milwaukee. It was for the 100 year anniversary.
Hope this information helps in your search.
Judy Ganzke

Re: St. Joseph Orphanage 3249 S. 18th Street, Milwaukee, WI

Posted: 25 Aug 2009 11:11PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi- you said the records were kept ath the Felicians Sisters in Chicago- where is that? I believe my uncles were there given up for adoption about 1936 and I cannot find records of them...my grandma married and pulled them out after that and I cant seem to verify that....

Re: St. Joseph Orphanage 3249 S. 18th Street, Milwaukee, WI

Posted: 26 Aug 2009 1:04AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello,
I got the information from the Archidiocesan Archivist of Milwaukee. Shelly Solberg
e-mail: archives@archmil.org.
address: 3501 South Lake Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53207.

The anwser I got from her is that ALL REOCRDS ARE SEALED Post - 1920.
I can't get the address, names or dates of my uncles until ????. I wasn't told when the records would be available to family or to the public.
Frustrating.
See what you can find out,
I'd appreciate any updated news as to WHEN we can get the records.
Becky in California bcorroo@yahoo.com

Re: St. Joseph Orphanage 3249 S. 18th Street, Milwaukee, WI

Posted: 1 Sep 2009 3:28PM GMT
Classification: Query
Becky= I emailed them, and got a call yesterday from someone in Milwaukee- Sister Brenda- who was very helpful and checked the records for me- was not able to locate my uncles, but will send me other info on where I can look- try calling her= 414-645-5337 x262= good luck!

Re: St. Joseph Orphanage 3249 S. 18th Street, Milwaukee, WI

Posted: 1 May 2010 3:01AM GMT
Classification: Query
My father and his half sister were also in the orphange from 1927 thru 1937. He was 5 and she was 3 at the time. They were also in a situation that prevented them from being adopted. During the Great Depression, St. Joseph's was used as a boarding school, adoption house, and orphanned/outcase children's home. Primarily for children from divorced homes or deaths within the family.

The Felician Sister's in Chicago will summarize any family members stay provided you give them the individuals name and any alternate spellings. They will not disclose family names or heritage. They will also offer for anyone to come to the Chicago Archives, where all records from St. Joseph's are kept and review the materials. Often the records aren't clear or could be written in Polish. St. Joseph's during my father's stay taught both English and Polish as first languages.

I've been told that the only way to get records is to petition the courts. Sealed court cases involving children apparently are the most difficult to have opened. What's worse about St. Joseph's and most orphanages at the time, they alter the names of the children the moment they are released to them. The original names become sealed and the new names are carried forward.

I appreciate any suggestions or pointers that could help me in my family research.

Re: St. Joseph Orphanage 3249 S. 18th Street, Milwaukee, WI

Posted: 10 Apr 2011 6:22PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Dziewik
My dad was raised in a Catholic Orphanage in Milwaukee. It could have been St. Josephs. I know that it was later turned into a day care center. As a child, we would go there for an annual picnic and on Sunday's to visit the sister that was the main care taker for my dad during his stay at the ophanage. He was born in 1930, was given to a foster family for a few years, but brought back by the church because a member of the foster family was getting a divorce. My dad never wanted to find out who his relatives were, eventhough it was offered when he turned 18. I am searching. I am going to call Sister Brenda to see if I can get any information. I will keep you posted.

Re: St. Joseph Orphanage 3249 S. 18th Street, Milwaukee, WI

Posted: 11 Apr 2011 1:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hopefully you can find your answer.
I've talked to some of my cousins (children who had dads bought up in the orphanage) I asked what their dad's ever said about the orphanage. They said they were served lamb everyday for supper.
They HATED lamb to their dying day. They hated the smell of it and the taste of it. It was never allowed to be cooked or served in their adult lives -- or to their family.
They were sent out to play a lot. Probably to deplete their childhood energy. They had to go to church constantly - several times a day. Other than that they didn't talk about those times.
I plan to go back to Milwaukee this July. I'd like to see the property where the orphanage was. Maybe there is an old tree or a landmark that they boys saw or played around.
Hope you have success.
Becky "gracieduffy'

Re: St. Joseph Orphanage 3249 S. 18th Street, Milwaukee, WI

Posted: 11 Aug 2011 12:27AM GMT
Classification: Query
The picture you requested. I lived there for 3 years.
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Re: St. Joseph Orphanage 3249 S. 18th Street, Milwaukee, WI

Posted: 11 Aug 2011 9:28PM GMT
Classification: Query
I live in Milwaukee, WI. My grandmother was in this orphanage during the late 20's, early 30's. The building is still standing and is now a senior center. The address from a previous post appears to be that of my old high school, St. Mary's Academy. Has anyone had any luck with ths number listed latey?
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