Oct. 15, 1889 – a ball to be held at the
Model opera house for the benefit of three orphans.
Nov. 20, 1889 – A half-witted boy about
9, apparently an orphan, known around town as “Tough Jim”, crawled
through a window of the opera house and wandered about questioning
members of the orchestra much to the amusement of the audience.
Apparently he smokes and chews. It was thought the WCTU would step in
and take care of him.
Nov 25, 1908 – An orphanage had been
established in Council Bluffs. An 8-year-old girl, Mabel, was sent by
train from there to Kearney to be met by her sister, Lily. No one met
her, authorities took her to the Union Pacific Hotel. The police chief
investigated the next morning and could find no one by that name in town
but did find a post card at the post office addressed to the sister at
Elm Creek. There being no stamp it had not been delivered. Authorities
in Elm Creek found the sister with a married sister on a farm 7 miles
out of town. So the little orphan was put on the train to Elm Creek.
Aug. 22, 1914 – The Nebraska Masonic
lodge was planning to establish an orphanage in this state. A committee
of three was in Kearney looking at proposed property being offered here.
It was on the hill overlooking Kearney and the lake. They want a site
where t4he children can have a healthy outdoor life. [I believe Fremont
was ultimately chosen.]
Nov 17, 1917 – from the Eddyville area –
a barrel of canned fruit was sent to the Christian Home orphanage in
June 28, 1918 – there was an orphanage in
May 25, 1933 – there was an orphanage at
Jan 27, 1934 – there was an orphanage in
Omaha, the Nebraska children’s orphanage
Nov. 9, 1934 – Christian Home Orphanage
in Council Bluffs was 52 years old.