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 14, 2015


Due to circumstances beyond my control, this page will not be added to for the foreseeable future.  This has been a labor of service to help those who lived in the orphanage make connections, learn about their 'home', etc. Many wonderful people shared their information, photos, etc.  At this time, however, this page will be going to sleep for a while.

Monday, August 24, 2015

A Comment

Eric Stell has left a new comment on your post "1912 Blessing of St. Joseph Orphanage, Bethany, Ok...":

My name is Eric, my father and uncle were in the st. Joseph's orphanage from 1949 to 1953 so its a good possibility you have met them they also have some stories that truly haunt them to this very day. so, I can only imagine what you must have been through yourself even though its a touchy subject, things of this magnitude need to be brought to light regardless of certain allegations and I do realize it has been 66 years now but we would like to have the opportunity to confidentiality discuss this further with you... the actions displayed by some of the staff in this institution were atrocious and completely criminal and I personally feel its time to literally dig up the past and force them to finally face the fact's!
my email address is stellar995@gmail
hope to hear from you

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Problem with the Census

Many of the databases being used to locate people on the census have gone to a name driven format.  This means that without a name to search the census is invisible.