�2009 Gloria Frazier
Macoupin County IL
compiled by Gloria Frazier
If anyone comes across more history of the orphanages in Macoupin County IL, I would love to have it here for researchers to find. Thank you.
1. Girard in Girard Township had an orphanage 1912 at the Brethern Home. 1910 and 1920 censuses show orphans but 1930 does not show orphans at the Brethern Home in Girard.
2. Bethel Holiness Orphanage in Carlinville - read through the extracted part of the report below. Description of Bethel Holiness Orphanage.
From the 1920 Census, (original copy of census) there were two buildings in the location at 738 West Main. Location of Bethel Holiness Orphanage was west of Dairy Queen 724 West Main. It is said that the big yellow house just west of the Dairy Queen was one of the buildings. Another picture of the big yellow house. Pictures taken Sept 2009. The yellow house was razed about 2015.
Short extraction from the following report:
July 1, 1908 – Dec 31, 1909 Twenty-first Fractional Biennial Report
STATE OF ILLINOIS
Being Statistical Record of the Public Charity Service for the Period
July 1, 1908 to December 31, 1909, and Embracing Final
Recommendations of the Board.
Illinois State Journal Co., State Printers
1911 Complete Set Deposited
In Littauer Center
APRIL 1941 Appointed by His Excellency, Governor Deneen.]
DE. FRANK BILLINGS, Chicago.
DE. EMIL G. HIRSCH, Chicago.
DE. JOHN T. McANALLY, Carbondale.
MISS JULIA T. LATHROP, Eockford.
MES. CLARA P. BOURLAND, Peoria. President,
DR. FRANK BILLINGS, Chicago.
Executive Officer and Secretary,
WILLIAM C. GRAVES, Springfield.
HARRY S. MOORE, Carrollton.
PERRY JAYNE, Springfield.
REV. CHARLES VIRDEN, Evanston.
Certificate expires one year from date given. Corrected to Feb. 28, 1913.
4. Bethel Holiness Orphanage, Carlinvllle, Aug. 18, 1912. Superintendent, Rev. E. D. J. Haug.
OLD PEOPLE’S HOMES IN ILLINOIS
Compiled by the Department of Visitation of the Board of Administration
Old Peoples' and Orphans' Home of the Church of the Brethren of the Southern District of Illinois, Girard. M. Smeltzer, superintendent; no age limit; no fixed compensation.
Certificate expires one year from date given. Corrected to June 30,1913.
4. Bethel Holiness Orphanage, Carlinville, Aug. 18, 1912. Superintendent. Rev. C. C. Brown.
PRIVATE RELIEF AGENCIES OF ILLINOIS OUTSIDE OF COOK COUNTY.
BY MISS VELLA MARTIN, INSPECTOR OF INSTITUTIONS FOR THE STATE CHARITIES COMMISSION.
BETHEL HOLINESS ORPHANAGE.
MACOUPIN COUNTY CARLINVILLE.
BETHEL HOLINESS ORPHANAGE.
The Bethel Holiness Orphanage, under the management of the Bethel Holiness Association, is located in Carlinvllle. N. B. Herrtll, is superintendent.
The Sunshine Society Is established for the purpose of ministering to the poor and sick. Mrs. William Otwell is president.
The Carlinville Home Hospital recently completed, cares for all save contagious diseases.
HOME OF GERMAN BAPTIST BRETHERN GIRARD.
The Home of the German Baptist Brethern for the Aged is located at Girard.
REPORTS OF INSPECTIONS.
The following are reports of inspection of institutions caring for dependent and delinquent children made during the eighteen months' period hy the State agent or the inspectors under him:
BETHEL HOLINESS ORPHANAGE.
The incorporators of the Bethel Holiness Orphanage, Carlinville, Illinois, having made application to the Secretary of State for a charter, the same was referred to this office for approval, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 23, sec. 182 of the Revised Statutes. I made a thorough inspection of their plans of work and the premises occupied by the Home and would submit the following report.
The Home consists of a two story frame house of 12 rooms, with attic and basement, situated on a plat of four and a half acres, west of the depot at Carlinville.
First floor consists of a large reception room, double parlor, divided temporarily and used for sleeping rooms, kitchen, dining room, pantry and closets.
Second floor consists of seven bed rooms, bathroom and closets.
The attic is unfurnished and is used for store rooms.
There is a window in the roof and two small windows on the sides and I recommended the opening of the side windows to prevent spontaneous com- h»stion.
The basement consists of a furnace room, coal room and storage rooms. Fifteen tons of hardcoal have been purchased an'd paid for, for next winter's use.
The building is heated by steam and lighted with lamps.
There is a very large hall way on the first and second floor of the building opening on the veranda, and running the full length of the house. Every room in the house has good light and air. The large hallway upon which the rooms open makes ventilation complete. There are grates in the hall, and in near>y every room in the house. The water is furnished by two good cisterns and two wells; the cistern water is pumped to a tank over the bathroom and is conducted to bath room and kitchen by pipes for use in the house. There is plenty of room for an extra single bed in all but two rooms in the house. Iron beds, with few exceptions, are used; most of them single beds. The building was clean and sanitation throughout was good. Small rugs were used on the floors which were clean. The paper on all but two rooms was in excellent condition. There is a small brick building at the rear of the house used for laundry and storage purposes. A brick barn has been repaired in which one room is used for a manual training department, where the older boys manufacture picture frames. For untrained bands they have exhibited considerable skill in workmanship. This building will soon be converted into a school building. At present the school grades are taught in the main building during the school months.
The frame barn is used for general barn purposes. They have one cow, the property of the Orphanage, and one they use which is donated them for the pasturage; have also one horse, three pigs and twenty chickens. They raise most of their vegetables on the orphanage property. They have purchased eight acres of farm land a few rods north of the orphanage and have five acres of corn, one acre of potatoes; one and a half acres of cucumbers; to date they have sold $30.00 worth of cucumbers and hope to make it $50 before the close of the season.
The Orphanage property was purchased from Mr. Brockmeyer at the price of $6,000 on which they have paid $1,700, the balance being borrowed from the Farmer's bank of Carlinville at 6 per cent interest. The interest is paid to date.
The purchase price of the farm land was $1,600; $200 was donated and $100 paid in cash with balance for five years from March 1, 1909, at 6 per cent interest. The matron stated that they had nearly enough of subscription to pay for the property; a donation of paint for the floors has been made and this work will be done soon.
There were thirty-one children, twelve boys and nineteen girls, ranging in age from 18 months to 14 years; all well dressed and appeared to be happy and contented. The incorporators C. C. Brown, Walter Poole and Will Poole are members of the Holiness Association and the Orphanage is under the auspices of this association. The property is held in trust by C. C. Brown and wife but on issue of the charter will be transferred to the trustees of the Bethany Holiness Orphanage.
I consider this Orphanage an excellent property and a well conducted Home. They have no placing out system, their purpose being to keep the children in the Home for school and missionary training. I would recommend that the certificate for incorporation be approved and charter granted and that a certificate be also given them from this Board, enabling them to receive commitments from the court on the granting of the charter.
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