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.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Closing Down

In 1965, the orphanage, responding to new trends and ideas about charitable services, moved the children, the staff, and the services to a location a new building on 10 acres at 3301 N. Eastern in Oklahoma City. 
The old red brick structure on NW 39th Expressway was left to temporarily house an order of  Sisers of Divine Providence from Houston, texas. Also there was a 78 year old retired priest, Rev. Thomas R. Hoffman, a married couple who served as caretakers ( Gerard and Joan O'Niel), and some horses being stabled there by a local club. ("Empty Orphanage a Tranquil Store of Memories." Oklahoman ( 27 May 1973): 22).

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