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Florence Crittendue (?) Home, Fargo, North Dakota

Florence Crittendue (?) Home, Fargo, North Dakota

Posted: 4 Mar 2005 9:47PM GMT
Classification: Query
Looking for information on this children's home found in the 1920 North Dakota census in Fargo. Spelling is probably a bit off, could not read it very clearly on the internet.

Was this a home for orphans?

Thanks for any information.

Re: Florence Crittendue (?) Home, Fargo, North Dakota

Connie Norheim (View posts)
Posted: 6 Mar 2005 10:47PM GMT
Classification: Query
The Florence Crittenton Home was a home for unwed mothers and their babies. There is a nice story about its history, along with a photo, at this web site: www.fargo-history.com/hospitals/crittenton.htm

Here is an excerpt from the story:
"In 1895, a home was established in the nation's capital that soon became national headquarters for the Florence Crittenton Mission and a model for other homes throughout the nation. Charles Crittenton was president and Dr. Barrett was the vice-president. The homes offered shelter and medical care for unwed mothers who helped care for the home. Births were usually in the Home (under medical supervision). The homes also offered adoption services.

In 1893, a building, accommodating twelve to fifteen young women, was created at 711 South 13th Street [now University Drive] in Fargo, with the help of a $ 1,000 contribution from Charles Crittenton. The land was donated by Hannah E. Briggs. I believe that this is the building on the left in the picture above. The Women's Christian Temperance Union (W.C.T.U) of North Dakota had responsibility of maintaining the home, which served unwed mothers. In 1908, the Florence Crittenton Mission took over the work of the W.C.T.U. home. The main building site was completed in 1911 (the building on the right in the picture above).

The Articles of Incorporation for the Florence Crittenton Home were amended in 1971 with a change of purpose and name. The name Fraser Hall was chosen to honor Mrs. Irene Fraser (member of the Board of Directors) and to give a new focus to a program for the developmentally disabled. You may learn more about the distinguished history of service to Fargo by this organization at the Fraser Hall website.

[Note: The name of the original organization is often seen misspelled as "Crittenden."]

Fraser Hall is still in use today as a group home for the developmentally disabled.

Re: Florence Crittendue (?) Home, Fargo, North Dakota

Patti Chapman (View posts)
Posted: 7 Mar 2005 2:20AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks ever so much for the information on the Crittenton Home.
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