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St. Clare's Orphanage or convent or school

St. Clare's Orphanage or convent or school

Marge Heinemann (View posts)
Posted: 2 Oct 2006 1:49AM GMT
Classification: Query
I am looking for information regarding St. Clare's Convent or orphanage or school. The address in 1907 was 952 10th Street. Alternate address 952 Downing and 952 10th and Champo. I had an aunt who was at the convent I believe for a few months in 1907. Any history of this place would be appreciated.

Re: St. Clare's Orphanage or convent or school

Porfy Gutierrez (View posts)
Posted: 14 Nov 2006 5:14PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Gutierrez
Hello, myself & 7 of my fam. were in St.Clare,s orphanage in Denver, Colo. However, the St Clare's we were in was not at the address you mentioned, We were in a place that was built in 1908 and was located on west 29th. ave.& Osceola ST. The orphanage was torn down in about 1970,s. I can check with my fam. regarding this date. It was run by Franciscan nuns. Hope this info. can help you. It is possible that the Orphanage was moved to this location around the time you mentioned. Waiting to hear from you. I was there from 1942 To 1952

Re: St. Clare's Orphanage or convent or school

Marge (View posts)
Posted: 15 Nov 2006 1:15AM GMT
Classification: Query
Could it be possible that sometime between 1907 and the time you were at St. Clare's that the City of Denver restructured their streets? The address I have is on post cards sent my my dad's sister. I know she was not an orphan, but maybe there was a convent school there. The two addresses I have are 952 Downing Avenue, and 952 10th and Champo.

Re: St. Clare's Orphanage or convent or school

Porfy Gutierrez (View posts)
Posted: 15 Nov 2006 4:52AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Gutierrez
Hi Marge, The street names you have written are in downtown Denver . They exist today However, I think "Champo" is Champa. As far as I know the streets have been the same then as today. I will look at Google maps to try to locate these streets and get back to you A.S.A.P.
As far as I know there has not been a fire in this area that would have eliminated the surroundings. The Franklin system was used when the streets were laid out so it will be easy to locate them. I will then be able to remember the area

Re: St. Clare's Orphanage or convent or school

Porfy Gutierrez (View posts)
Posted: 15 Nov 2006 10:43PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Gutierrez
Hi Marge, I have checked the streets in Denver on Google maps and found that Downing Ave. is Downing Street. It runs north & south and is a district that is mainly composed of large brown stone type houses 2-3 stories high. It is about 1.5 miles east of the business center. Champa st. runs N.W to S.E. !0th Champa changes it's name to Kalamath before it gets to 10th ave. The location is in an area that was probably subjected to an urban renewal building program. This was a lower income area and the street could have been eliminated around 14-15 st. which ran Champa St. into Kalamath St. The area could have had an orphanage.

Re: St. Clare's Orphanage or convent or school

Marge (View posts)
Posted: 16 Nov 2006 1:47AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi, Thanks for the research. I really appreciate it. I wonder if she worked at the orphanage as she would have been about 18 or 19 when she was there. Guess I'll never know as there is nobody left in my dad's family that could tell me anything. Postcards don't give me much info except for the address and the personal messages from her friends. Poor girl, she died in the spring of 1908 of TB. Thank you again.
Marge

Re: St. Clare's Orphanage or convent or school

Porfy Gutierrez (View posts)
Posted: 16 Nov 2006 3:30AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Gutierrez
Hi Marge, The next time I am in Denver, I will check out more on St. Clare's , Most people from that time are gone but maybeI can find out more from some real old folks or some of the Nuns that are still in the Franciscan Order. There might be info. at one of the museums. I will get back to you if I find out more.

Re: St. Clare's Orphanage or convent or school

Marge Heinemann (View posts)
Posted: 17 Nov 2006 1:57AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi, Thank you for responding to me and looking into this for me. You will never know how much I appreciat it. Just finding out any little bit of history about my dad's family means so much. I keep thinking that if I get enough little pieces maybe I can put the puzzle together some day.
Marge

Re: St. Clare's Orphanage or convent or school

porfy gutierrez (View posts)
Posted: 19 Nov 2006 4:45AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Gutierrez
Hi, Just a little bit of info. Not all kids in the home were orphans. 1/3 of St.Clares were kids that had at least one parent. I had both of my parents but was placed because TB was in my fam. The catholic charities organazation place us there to protect us from TB. However, I latter developed TB anyway. WE did have 1 or 2 young ladies that lived there that helped the nuns in different departments. The were older than the rest of the kids. This boards site has info. for you under-28 jul.2006 8:49pm. IN REPLY TO SKIRDA in colo.by Kimberly Forsythe. Good luck !

Re: St. Clare's Orphanage or convent or school

Marge (View posts)
Posted: 20 Nov 2006 2:43AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks for the info. My dad's sister died of TB about 6 months after she left St. Clare's.
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