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Robinson: Christian Orphan's Home, 1930

Robinson: Christian Orphan's Home, 1930

Posted: 9 Apr 2004 9:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 17 Nov 2006 6:17AM GMT
Surnames: Robinson, Cox
In checking the 1930 census for info on family members, I find 5 of the 6 children of Simon & Retta Robinson as wards of the C O H. I also found that Retta was a newlywed to Earl Cox (in N Platte). I don't know if Simon was dead, or if the family had split in divorce, or what. I am curious as to why the children were at the C O H, and would like to know something about that institution.

Christian Orphan's Home, brief history

Posted: 10 Apr 2004 10:22PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 17 Aug 2005 12:54AM GMT
The following is taken from "Phelps County - Nebraska History 1873-1980" page 627 Author is not shown.
"During the summer of 1888 Rev. Axel Nordin, pastor of the Free Mission Church at Phelps Center, took three children who needed care and shelter into his own home. At first, these children, and others who followed were cared for by Axel Nordin's mother, Mrs Lars Nordin. In May of 1889 Miss Mary Johnson, "Tant Mary", came from Chicago to assume the responsibility of caring for the little family. She served without pay until her marriage to Charles Norlen four years later. She was later assisted by Augusta Norling and Hanna Viren. Without the sacrifices of these and other early workers such as E E Beckman and Charles Norlen, the home would not have survived.
The Christian Orphan Home was incorporated under the laws of Nebraska on March 1, 1889. The first property owned by the new corporation was the Axel Nordin home with was purchased for the sum of $900.00. A parcel of land surrounding the house was also purchased to be used as a playground for the children. Support came from donations.
Farming operations began in 1891 on an adjacent 90 acres that was rented. More land was purchased and profits were used to help defray expenses. By this time there were 22 children. In 1892 plans were made to construct a larger building, a two story frame house, sixty feet long and forty eight feet wide with a basement. This building was followed by a school building in 1902, a modern steam laundry in 1903 and a home for the superintendent, which was moved from another location, in 1906. These served until the time the new home was erected near Holdrege in 1926. By this time approximately 100 children lived at the Home."
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Just had a "shiver" - I'm probably violating copyright laws.......... I'll summarize the balance.
The new Home was built on land about a mile west of Holdrege in 1926 and continued in operation until 1954 when the last children left the home. The State of Nebraska had assumed responsibility for such children by that point, so this orphan home was no longer necessary.
In 1954 conversion was started to make this into facilities for the senior citizens and it was incorporated as Christian Homes, Inc. and commenced operations in 1955. It is still providing home for the aged adult population or the area.
There are a couple of photos of the home as it existed in Phelps Center, 1892 and also of the way it started as Rev. Axel Nordin's own home. Also a photo of Rev Nordin. Let me know if you want me to e-mail a scan of those images directly to you.
The Phelps County History book has hundreds of biographical sketches but I do not find anything mentioning Simon or Rheta Robinson or Earl Cox, so can't help with your other questions.
Jim

Re: Christian Orphan's Home, brief history, Robinson children

Posted: 12 Apr 2004 2:23PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 17 Nov 2006 6:17AM GMT
Surnames: Robinson
That was great information on the institution. Thanks. I would love to have scanned photos of the C O H.
BTW, the children I was talking about were named Mae W, Frank J, James A, Paul H, and Ethel L (ages 16-9) Robinson.

Christine
christineann49@verizon.net

Re: Robinson: Christian Orphan's Home, 1930

Posted: 14 Jan 2012 5:59PM GMT
Classification: Query
I would like to correspond with you about the genealogy of the Robinson Children that were in the Children's Orpan Home. We are working on doing some genealogy on the children there. Many of the children that were admitted to this home had lost a parent and the surviving parent just didn't have the resources to take care of their children. Sometimes they were in the home only a short time.

Re: Robinson: Christian Orphan's Home, 1930

Posted: 14 Jan 2012 11:57PM GMT
Classification: Query
Would there be someone who could tell me if there were any STENNETT children in the orphans home about that time! Thank you. M. Riter

Re: Christian Orphan's Home, brief history, Robinson children

Posted: 15 Jan 2012 1:54PM GMT
Classification: Query
You can get on Nebraska memories Photo project and see a photograph of the Children's home after the building was built in 1926. It is number 20. Can you provice me with any information on the Robinson family?

Re: Robinson: Christian Orphan's Home, 1930

Posted: 15 Jan 2012 4:56PM GMT
Classification: Query
We have a listing of a Fred Allen "Freddy" who left the home in 1896. We have no other information. Is this a relative of yours?

Re: Robinson: Christian Orphan's Home, 1930

Posted: 15 Jan 2012 11:08PM GMT
Classification: Query
Sandra: Yes, Fred is my uncle. There were three children, Garnet, 1890; Fred, 1892; and Leona, 1884. All three born in Holdrege. We knew or thought that Garnet was in an orphanage. Fred lived in Denver and died in 1952. Fred's father was my grandfather. Apparently the three children were born, a divorce from Ada Covey Stennett took place. The dad was left alone with the three children; hence, one could surmise that they were taken to the orphanage for care. Would like to know more if any other items of interest appear. thank you. Sandra, Are you Sandra Slater? Marlyn Riter

Marlyn Riter

Re: Robinson: Christian Orphan's Home, 1930

Posted: 16 Jan 2012 1:58AM GMT
Classification: Query
Yes I am Sandra Slater. We are collecting genealogical data on some of the children that resided in the home. First of all, I want to be sure I have the last name spelled correctly. There is a Fred Stinnet(sp) "Freddy" who we believe left the home in 1896. Then there is Garneta Stinett (sp. We have she was born in June of 1890 (1900 census), daughter of Charles Huston Stennett and ada (Covy Stennett. She was age 7 and at school in the orphan's home in 1897. It appears she left the home about 1903. She married _____ Leete. She died in 1949 both she and Fred are buried in Fairmont Cem., Denver, Colorado.

Charles Huston Stennett married (2) Myra Alice Morgan in 1901, divorced in 1910. (3)was married to Edna (Turner) Kiplinger. I am wondering if this is in aggrement with what you have. It woud be good to have who Garneta married and who the children were and also the same with Fred.

I don't know anything about Leona. I'm sure we do not have all the children's names that were in the home. I see there is several years between the birth of Leona and her sister Garnet. We are researching through public records but mistakes can easily happen. Do you What happened to the parents? Your help sure would be appreciated. Sandra

Re: Robinson: Christian Orphan's Home, 1930

Posted: 16 Jan 2012 4:12PM GMT
Classification: Query
Sandra: I thought your were Sandra Slater. We communicated per phone several years ago about the Stennett/Kiplinger families. I have some corrections for you in the info below. I would like to have your direct email for this communication and further family history requests. Good to revisit our acquaintence.

Marlyn Riter
jriter@du.edu
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