Here's a story from a Minnesota that just appeared on 9/30/2017 about a former Minnesota State Public School resident: http://www.startribune.com/orphaned-as-a-baby-88-year-old-bloomington-ma... This bit of Midwest history is still very much alive and relevant.
I was so intrigued by this post that I visitede this orphanage museum last week. I had dug around in some archives of orphanages out in Philadelphia a couple years ago, read up on some of their history, and on some of the academic work on orphanages in the late 1800’s and first half of the 1900’s. But while I grew up in Minnesota and moved back to the state from Philly three years ago, I had somehow never heard of the Minnesota Public School State Orphanage Museum! I thank Anne Peterson for taking the time to show me around.
There were so many of these children across the Midwest! Wisconsin had a similar state school, and thousands of children passed through it in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
H-Midwest has just started a new blog on Museums of Minneasota and H-Childhood subscribers may be interested in the first contribution, "They Were Numbers...Not Children." It comes from The Minnesota State Public School Orphanage Museum and tells the stories of some children who lived at the Minnesota State Public School for Dependent and Neglected Children which operated from 1886
Thanks for your great work, Anne Peterson, and your great blog. Here at the East Side Freedom Library in Saint Paul, MN, we are inspired by your work.
When Minnesota passed the law creating the Minnesota State Public School for Dependent and Neglected Children in 1885, it was created to be transitional housing for children placed in its care by county courts. Even then, they realized that the best place for a child was in a family setting. Children were sent to the State School to get healthy, get educated, to get good moral training, and then, ideally, to be adopted or placed on a family farm. However, adoption rates were low and children were often placed out under an indenture contract.
Martin, Joseph, Frank Jr, Charles and George Drew.
All but Frank Jr. were entered the Minnesota State Public School for Dependent and Neglected Children in April 1894 after their father abandonded them.
Bernice, Clarinda, Herbert, and George Enney. Photo taken in 1919, the day they entered the Minnesota State Public School for Dependent and Neglected Children in Owatonna, MN.
D.C.'s St. Rose’s Technical School records at Catholic U. contain a gem of an artifact related to the blending of Catholicism and Americanism in youth culture that is a fitting offering for Pearl Harbor Day. St.
I'd wander down to St. James' Church, Delhi and see if they have Parish or other records [births, deaths, marriages, etc]..then, funding permitting, I'd sashay down to Meerut and Ambala and repeat the procedure [if it was successful the first time round]..and then I'd print/edit a book, call for contributions and actually monetize the contributors for sharing their wonderful research and opening up new avenues.