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.


If you have names of individuals, family stories, photos, etc. and would like to share them here, send an email to marilynahudson@yahoo.com.  If you are needing help searching census records, I will help with that as well.


  1. For now I will remain annomous . I resided at St. Josephs from age 3 to age 9. My time there was a very pleasant experience and I was very well adjusted and happy. After being reeturned to my mother, I found life outside the Home to be a very hostile environment in which I had to learn to adapt rather quickly. Well I did and I survived and went on to have a very happy life after a rough time between age 9 and 21. I have been happily married for 44 years and we have two fine daughters and 2 grandsons. Our oldest girl is married and is a school teacher, while our youngest, also married, is a stay at home mom. My fondest memories of my childhood are those of St Josephs. Thank you for the opportunity to share that with you. DGRDNM

  2. My mom was there and I was wanting any information you can give me. My mom's name was Myrtle (Mary) Reynolds and she came some time between 1935-1945 not sure when. I would appreciate any pictures or any information you have.

  3. I looking for any information on a Billie French her time would of been around 1926 thu 1936 she was in and out. I would appreciate any information.

  4. hello there,
    my name is mary necoine shane and I was at st. joseph's around 1958 or 1960. I'm looking for anyone who may have been at the orphanage then and are there any pictures of us. we did have a big musical fundraiser and I remember being dress in a majorette suit. any way let me know

  5. My brother and I are looking for the orphanage that burnt in Oklahoma City somewhere between 1946 and 1950 possibly a little later than these years. Our dad and twin brother was there and got adopted. Both are deceased and now my sister and I have a deadly chronic illness and we need family history. How do I go about finding out things? We know the adoption was closed. His father was in the military and we have the last name and the city where the twins(my dad and uncle) were born. If anyone could help please contact me back @two_onre_4u@yahoo.com. This is very urgent and a must asap type of thing. Thank you.

  6. Hello! I am looking for information about my grandmother. We are not sure of what her given last name was while there, but went by the name of Ruth. She was there probably sometime in the late 30's to mid or late 40's. She came from Sunbeam Family Services to St. Joseph's, but we are not sure where she was before that. I understand that she was removed from her mother's care and placed into Sunbeam as a little girl (mother or the lady taking care of her, was abusive). She was fostered by a couple named the Stukey's and resided in Loyal, OK until she married. We've been trying for years to piece together anything about her, as this was her eternal question: "Where did I come from?" and "Who am I?". Thank you in advance for any information you can provide. Please email me at kpeters2778@hotmail.com


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