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 Woodmen Circle Home 
The Children 

FUN FACTS

There were no marriages between those brought up in the home, but a number of weddings took place there.

Independence Day Homecoming in 1950 reported 71 children (actually more than 100) had been served by the Home.  Hundreds of visitors and returning orphans and families attended.  Another reunion was not held until 1988.

During World War II, 32 Woodmen Circle Home boys and one girl served in the military; throughout the operation of the Home, military service was the next step for many of the boys.  Without a family for support, most found college financially unattainable after graduation.

In its early years, recreation was only allowed on Sundays.  Boys "from town" especially liked coming to Woodmen Circle Home for its traditional Sunday fried chicken lunch.  Hunting, fishing and horseback riding on the extensive, wooded property offered great opportunities for both residents and guests.

 

Photographs of some of the children.
More than 100 children lived in the home over the years in which the Home was in operation.



James Millard St John
WWII
 
Margery Vaughn Evans' story ~ she later wrote a book about her experiences at the home

Photographs of some of the teenagers

 Nancy Loughborough Walker's story

Jean 
Woosley

Photographs 
from
1952-1959


 
Jo Nell
 


 


Judy


 


Barbara
 

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