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iowa orphanage

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Re: iowa orphanage

Posted: 16 Jun 2013 6:23PM GMT
Classification: Query
there were many homes and buildings that housed orphans & children who were taken from their families for whatever reason. The main building burned along with the records in the 1960's. My mother was in Des Moines Home For Friendless Children, it was on 2018 High St. It's a parking lot today.
I recommend searching your grandpa's name in records on's US Directories.
I have attached a copy of an advertisment from Des MOines with a children's home for you that might give you some help.
Nearly every orphanage in the state of Iowa was connected through the city of Des Moines(capitol) and were owned and sponsored by many church denominations. Lutheran's being the biggest operators. There were homes in Eldora, Toledo, Bremwood, Mitchellville all in Iowa.
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tracey354 8 Jul 2006 2:27AM GMT 
RegNMINiles 28 Jul 2006 11:07PM GMT 
hunter_terry 23 Feb 2012 4:23AM GMT 
tgray63 12 Apr 2013 4:18PM GMT 
CheriJmCnaul 17 Jun 2013 12:23AM GMT 
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