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Kansas City and Mo. Orphanages

Kansas City and Mo. Orphanages

faye (View posts)
Posted: 17 Apr 2000 2:29PM GMT
Christie,
I have never heard of St Lukes Foundling Home,in KC I was born in the Willows Home in KC Aug 14,1936.If I read or hear anything about ST.Lukes I will let you know.I have been looking for years my birth name was Faye Rogers my mothers first name was Virginia ?I can't find anything out from Vital Records in KC.I'm still looking.
Faye e-mail budnfaye@juno.com

Re: Kansas City and Mo. Orphanages

Posted: 24 Sep 2008 11:30PM GMT
Classification: Query
Here's some information about an orphanage in Kansas City, it included a hospital also for unwed mothers. The only way I found this information was through an adoption forum and it is not listed that I can find in any history of Kansas City Missouri.

St. Anthony's Home for Infants was run by sisters of the Catholic Church.

Perhaps this will be helpful to someone



Post History of St. Anthony's Home for Infants in Kansas City, MO
We just got back from a trip to the Mid West. One of my missions was to find the place where I was born. I was born in St. Vincent's Hospital and placed in St. Anthony's Home for Infants in Kansas City MO. The area, once a lovely old neighborhood with Victorian homes, lush trees and a big church, is now a bedraggled area which is not safe after dark as I have been told it is a crack area now. All that said, I'll shorten the long history which I got while I was there.

The home was regarded as the successor to the home for abandonded babies begun by Mrs. Richard Keith and others in 1898. Babies were being left at local hospitals and police stations so Mrs. Keith wanted to find a way to provide for these children. The auxilary Bishiop John J. Glennon warned that it would be a huge undertaking.

On 17 Aug 1899, St. Anthony's Home for Infants was established at 23rd St. between Walrond and College. This would be the site for St. Vincent's Maternity Hospital(later renamed Queen of the World). Only two days after the home was opened was the first baby received and within 3 years more than 100 babies had been admitted regardless of religion or nationality. However the home could not accomodate all the babies which were in need of care.

In 1899 the Sisters of St. Mary took over the home but they remained in KC only a few months as they were recalled to St. Louis to open a hospital for consumptives. On 21 June 1900 the "Black Cap" Sisters of Charity founded by St. Elizabeth Seaton came from Cincinnati to take charge and it was during this time that the maternity hospital was established.

In 1906 a new 60 room brick building, called St. Vincent's HOspital, was erected to replace the frame home which was then relocated to a corner of the property to serve as a nurses home.

In 1908 the Sisters of Charity withdrew as they could not provide enough personnel to run the home the way it should be run so during the interim the children were cared for by volunteers.

Children were kept there until the age of 5 after which time the boys were sent to the Kansas City Boy's Home at Westport Road and Belleview and presumably the girls were sent to the ST. Joseph Orphan Girl's Home.

In 1909 the Daughters of Charity from Emmittsburg agreed to take over the home. These sisters had been in charge of the KC Orphan Boy's home. By 1923 these sisters had cared for more than 1000 children.

In 1913 it was decided that a wing was to added on the 23rd and Walrond side and this building was opened in 1915 and could accomodate 235 children. This new wing became the exclusive home for the babies and the old wing became St. Vincent's Maternity Hospital.

For more than 40 years, while the home was located on 23rd St., the most important day of the year was the feast of the Holy Innocents, Dec 28th, when Santa Claus came with a present for each child. (I missed Santa by one day).

Over the years, changes were made to the facility. In 1951 the hospital began operating on a non -segregated basis and in that year the first black doctors were added to the staff.

In 1954 the hospital was changed into a general hospital and renamed Queen of the World Hospital. It became necessary to relocate the maternity home. In 1955 hte new home was located at 1414 E.27th St whcih was the former Fairmount Maternity Hospital. This home was used to provide medical care, education, counseling and other necessary assistance to the unwed mothers
25 of whom would be in the residence and the others on an outpatient basis.

In 1964 the home was changed due to the importance of personal contact and sensory stimulation which can only really be provided in a home situation. Babies from then on were placed in foster homes until they were adopted. The most unusual arrival of a baby at the home was a one that arrived in a suitcase which had ben left at Union Station. Others were simply left on the steps of the home. Following this change, the rooms once used for the babies etc facilities for the unwed mothers were expanded and the name was changed to St. Anthony Home.

The girls were given medical attention through St, Mary Hospital where the babies were usually born. Because of lack of personnel, in 1969 the Sisters withdrew and the home was taken over by the Catholic Family and Community SErvices.

On June 6th 1986 the property was sold to Welcome HOuse, an alcoholic rehab agency.


NOTE: If anyone goes to visit this location, do so in the daytime.As I said, the neighborhood is a rough place now after dark, I was told. Also, the street address is 3220 E. 23rd Rd and the facility is called Benilde Hall which is a place to provide additional transitional assistance to those recovering from substance abuse etc.

The only structure left is the brick building that one time housed the unwed mothers. The Hospital is gone as is the wing that was St. Anthony's Home for Infants. The grounds are quite pretty with large trees and pretty grounds in an otherwise sad neighborhood.

Just 2 weeks before I arrived there another lady was there on the same mission. The lady there gave me verbal history and sent me the detailed history of the facility. I did see the inside of th maternity home which has seen a litttle change on the first floor but the upstairs, which Idid not see due to the residents there, is unchanged. The stairs the mom's had to climb were steep!

I hope this has given some answers to some others from St. Anthony's Home for Infants.

Re: Kansas City and Mo. Orphanages

Posted: 30 Nov 2008 12:02PM GMT
Classification: Query
Any info on orphanges and especially "Home Style" that never kept good records, are so important...
I wish I knew if my father was even still alive... MOST LIKELY NOT!
Because most birth records, during the turn of the century, were not accurately recorded... due to so many home births, many of the actual birth records were not stately recorded and listed as official.
As well, many families had so many children, they gave some away because the family could not afford them and their mouths to feed.
God Love Them!

Re: Kansas City and Mo. Orphanages

Posted: 6 Jul 2013 4:54AM GMT
Classification: Query
My father, Donald Egger was adopted from St. Anthony's Home in 1929. His birth father was of Irish lineage and his birth mother was of Irish/French lineage. This is all I know from a letter from St. Anthony's dated June 25, 1970. My dad was born on November 11, 1929. He has since passed on. His birth mother was Catholic.
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