A HISTORY

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.


The Cemetery

Long a subject of speculation and conjecture, the Saint Joseph Cemetery aka "the orphanage cemetery" held many graves until recently.  A majority of the graves were said to have been nuns and priests.  There were, however, also buried there "inmates" of the orphanage ( a few) and some from the home for the aged added to St. Joseph's in the 1920's.  Additionally, there appears some evidence locals were buried there who had no connection to the orphanage or the aged home, but this is still being researched.

The Memorial was erected but does not appear to have all names listed.  The Find-a-grave has many names but lacks much information.   The records for the cemetery were supposedly burned in the 1950's in a fire which destroyed a building.

Some cites with partial information include :
http://www.ohcegenealogy.com/cemeteries-St%20Josephs.html

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