Saint Joseph's Industrial School and Orphanage, and later Home for the Aged, Bethany, Oklahoma.

It opened in 1912 and by the time it closed in the 1965 several thousand children, and aged, had been cared for by the facility.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Broken Stones

There are several areas in the cemetery where it looks as if headstones might have crumbled or broken. They may be the remains of sign posts or memorials.  There do appear to be records indicating burials not listed on the memorial.  

Additional survey of newspapers reveals a few more names or information.  They were reported as being buried in the "orphanage cemetery" at St. Joseph's.

John Stine Mars, he is listed on the memorial as John Stine,  was a 70 year old inhabitant of the Orphanage when it was also caring for the elderly. Rev. John Garvey officiated at his funeral.  Mars or Stine  had been a resident since 1916, was blind, and had operated a broom factory on the grounds while in residence. (Oklahoman, June 11, 1936, pg. 15).

Carl Lorish, 93 year old resident of the orphanages' home for the aged for fifteen years. He died in a local hospital. (Oklahoman, Dec. 20, 1936, pg. 54).

Rev. Father Louis Doering (?), 1874-1927

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