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.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

1930's Census of Facility

If you have names of individuals who were residents in the facility for the 1930 census, please leave a comment.  The 1930's is proving harder to locate and perhaps with names, I can find the entries. Likewise, if anyone has done a transcription of the Orphanage for 1930 please leave a comment. I will gladly post the list.


  1. I'm looking for someone with the first name Ruth. We are unsure of the last name. She came to St. Joseph's by way of Sunbeam Family Services. Not sure when she got to St. Joes, but it would have been the 30's or 40's. Any help or a copy of the census is appreciated. Please email me at kpeters2778@hotmail.com. Thank you!

  2. Looking for information on Eugene and Lawrence Morrison who were in a Methodist orphanage in or near Oklahoma City in the late 20s thru early 30's

  3. Mary Rose (Elizabeth Rose) was born 22MAY1929, baptized at St. Joseph's Cathedral Rectory by Rev. Paul M. Van Doope on 05JUN1929. Her adoption papers state she was made a ward of the Oklahoma County Court on the 23rd day of December, 1930 (parents unknown) and placed in the care and custody of James A Garvey, Supt. of St. Joseph's Orphanage located at Bethany, Oklahoma for the purpose of finding a suitable home into which home said child may be adopted. James A. Garvey personally appeared in court and consented that the said child Mary Rose be adopted to C.M.B. and M.G.B husband and wife residing at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

  4. My Mother and 4 of her siblings were at St Joseph's orphange in 1930:
    Bertha Welsh (12), Pauline Welch (10), my mother, Mary Josephine Welch (9, "Josephene"), Paul Welch (7), Anna Mae Welsh, (6, "Annie Mge"). I have information about them all if interested.


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