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  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- August 13, 1879
    The Orphanage Picnic

    The children looked apprehensively at yesterday's threatening clouds, as did the many goodhearted people who took an interest in the picnic for the inmates of Uhlich's Orphanage. But the arrangers of the festival had faith, and let the children start the parade at ten o'clock, according to the original schedule. The tots carried flags, a brass band was in the lead, and the parade was on its way to Ogden's Grove.

    The children were not compelled to wear uncomfortable, tight uniforms, but wore clothes of gay colors, a blue sash being the only identifying mark. The little ones marched briskly, quite oblivious of a little shower; their general contentment became quite apparent when the sun appeared.

    A crowd soon gathered at the grove, and before long the orphans mingled and played with other children who do not know what it means to be bereft of parents.

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    Hartmann's parish was strongly represented as usual, since Uhlich's Orphanage is especially entrusted to this congregation.

    In the afternoon, the children's festival was in full sway, laughter and glee being apparent everywhere; mothers and aunts and the few fathers who were present enjoyed the happy, carefree behavior of the youngsters.

    About four o'clock the crowd increased noticeably, and grown persons danced to the tunes of the orchestra. Shortly before five o'clock Reverend Hartmann had the orphans gather around him and bade them sing. Then he mounted the platform and addressed the crowd, which listened attentively. He spoke convincingly and referred to Uhlich as a broadminded man who believed in philanthrophy irrespective of creed; he said that all the leaders of the institution adhere strictly to the same attitude. Although the orphanage is maintained by a Protestant organization, children are accepted regardless of their religious affiliation. The youngsters need not wear uniforms, nor 3does the orphanage association intend to cultivate a narrow religious outlook. The intention is to raise the children to become useful members of society, and, under these conditions, the institution can count on the support of all who have the welfare of others at heart. The picnic, which was arranged for a specific purpose, should therefore take on a much broader character, and should be regarded as a public festivity.

    The speaker suggested that all present enjoy the delightful day and thus provide the orphans with a happy outlook on life, a day always to remember.

    After the speaker had finished, the orphans sang again and the festival continued in its happy way. With the approach of darkness, the orphans returned to the home, but the festival continued until today.

    Uncounted lamps illuminated the grounds, where a happy throng enjoyed itself dancing, listening to music, or in conversation. Nothing marred the occasion, 4and the picnic must have been a source of gratification to the arrangers as well as the participants.

    At all events, the picnic added a fair sum to the home's fund, and also served to provide a most enjoyable outing, which will be remembered for a long time.

    The children looked apprehensively at yesterday's threatening clouds, as did the many goodhearted people who took an interest in the picnic for the inmates of Uhlich's Orphanage. But the arrangers ...

    German
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  • Der Westen -- October 05, 1879
    The Orphanage in Rosehill

    Our present orphanage is too small to take care of the constantly increasing needs of the German Catholics who desire to place motherless or fatherless children in our institution.

    Only three years ago it was necessary to erect a building to provide schoolrooms and dormitories--and this year a three-story building, 24x74 feet, was added. The lower floor contains the bakery and laundry, the second floor is used as a dormitory, and the upper floor is used as a drying room, etc. This building and other improvements cost about $4,000. In order to raise this sum, we appeal to philanthropic people of the community. On Wednesday, October 8, the annual festival is to be given at the orphanage. An extra train will leave the Milwaukee depot at Canal and Kinzie Streets, at 10:10 A.M., and will return at 5:45 P.M. Admission tickets are twenty-five cents, and if you hold the lucky number you will win a buggy. Railroad tickets cost forty cents.

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    As usual, ample entertainment will be provided. The children--under the direction of the sisters--will give recitations, songs, and stage performances, and the committee has made arrangements to serve lunch.

    A cordial invitation is extended in behalf of the orphans.

    Very respectfully,

    The Executive Board,

    L. Biehl, Secretary.

    Our present orphanage is too small to take care of the constantly increasing needs of the German Catholics who desire to place motherless or fatherless children in our institution. Only ...

    German
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  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- October 29, 1879
    Rosehill Orphanage Will Be Rebuilt

    The rebuilding of the Rosehill Orphanage, which was destroyed by fire recently, was discussed at a meeting yesterday by priests and laymen of our seven Catholic parishes. The following clergymen were present: Reverends Fischer of St. Antonius Church, De Dycker of St. Michaels Church,....[seven names altogether] and Lorenz Biehl, secretary of the Orphanage, as well as Messrs. H. H. Heating....[three names] and others.

    Reverend De Dycker, president of the Orphanage, opened the meeting, and it was decided to start reconstruction immediately. The new building will be 120 by 50 feet, three stories high, and will be made of stone. Architects Paul Huber, Dillenburg, and Egan will draw the plans, which will be submitted for approval on Thursday, a week from tomorrow.

    How the money is to be raised was not decided--but the matter will be definitely regarded as of German concern. Sympathy has been manifested everywhere. The 2Vorwaerts-Turner [an association] and Mr. Bernhard Baum have offered the use of their halls for various entertainments.

    A general inspection after the fire showed that there was still shelter available for the children, also food, but there was a serious shortage of clothing and beds; the latter were all burnt. Shoes and boots are needed particularly. Donations of such articles will be appreciated. Nearly three-fourths of the children at the institution are boys.

    The rebuilding of the Rosehill Orphanage, which was destroyed by fire recently, was discussed at a meeting yesterday by priests and laymen of our seven Catholic parishes. The following clergymen ...

    German
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  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- November 03, 1879
    The Orphanage in Rosehill

    A meeting was held at the Vorwaerts Turnhalle (Turner Hall), yesterday afternoon, to devise ways and means to help the Rosehill orphanage, since the orphanage was destroyed by fire some time ago. A fairly large number of Germans from the Southwest Side responded.

    Wilhelm Ruehl was named chairman, and Michael Sebastian secretary. The committee decided to give a concert on Monday, November 10, at the Vorwaerts Turnhalle. Fritz Knepper offered the hall without charge for the occasion. Various song clubs and individuals have offered to participate. The committee on refreshments also reported favorably. Aloys Wolf promised to supply all cigars which will be used on that day. The printers, Mueller, Wagner, and Umbdenstock will supply all printed matter free.

    On J. Roeder's motion, a committee was formed to arrange the concert. The 2members were: Reverend Kalvelage....[eight in all]. It was then decided to hold another meeting Friday evening, at eight o'clock, in the small assembly room of the Vorwaerts Turnhalle, to receive the reports of all committees, and everyone having the interests of the unfortunate children at heart is cordially invited.

    A meeting was held at the Vorwaerts Turnhalle (Turner Hall), yesterday afternoon, to devise ways and means to help the Rosehill orphanage, since the orphanage was destroyed by fire some ...

    German
    II D 4
  • Jewish Advance -- December 05, 1879
    (No headline)

    The Rev. David Cahn, Rabbi of the Jewish Congregation Adas Israel, took to the 19th St. precinct station house, last Thursday, two children who had been abandoned by their father. Mr. Cahn had the children properly cared for during the night and next day they were placed in charge of the Hebrew Guardian and Sheltering Arms Society, at 57th St. and 5th Ave.

    The Rev. David Cahn, Rabbi of the Jewish Congregation Adas Israel, took to the 19th St. precinct station house, last Thursday, two children who had been abandoned by their father. ...

    Jewish
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  • Der Westen -- December 07, 1879
    The Orphanage in Rosehill

    The executive board of the Rosehill Orphanage cannot begin rebuilding at this time, because of inclement weather. It will be remembered that the Orphanage was destroyed by fire on October 26. However, as soon as conditions permit, building operations will be started, and, in the meantime, stone will be hauled.

    It is planned to erect a substantial, large building at an outlay of $20,000. This is a large sum, considering present funds. However, judging from the interest shown the institution in the past, and the hearty response of generous people who gave aid after the fire, the board hopes that sufficient money will be available eventually to provide a suitable building for the unfortunate children.

    The executive board takes this occasion to thank all who contributed so 2generously and promptly as soon as the tragedy became known. In connection therewith, we express our gratitude, first of all, to the inhabitants of Rosehill, whose ceaseless efforts during the fire prevented destruction of the two new adjacent buildings. There was a lack of fire equipment, and only the prompt action of the citizens prevented a more serious loss; in fact, nearly all of the furnishings of the destroyed building were removed and, most important of all, none of the children was injured. Shelter was provided elsewhere.

    The St. Michael's parish held a fair and gave us the receipts, amounting to $800, for which we give ardent thanks, and we also desire to express our gratitude for the activities of the residents of the West Side, who arranged a concert at the instigation of the Catholic Club and raised $1200; for the donation from the Luxemburger Aid Society, $50; for a $50 contribution from the Schwaben Verein (Swabian Club); and for $20 donated by the New Strassburg 3and Richton communities.

    While it is highly gratifying to observe the generally prevailing benevolent attitude, it is also equally deplorable to note the activities of scheming persons who use the fire and the plight of the orphans as a pretext for collecting money to enrich themselves. It has been reported that people are soliciting funds in the rural districts, as well as in the city, without being authorized to do so.

    We therefore advise the public that all persons presenting themselves as collectors should be regarded as swindlers unless they can identify themselves by presenting letters of introduction signed by Reverend De Dycker, president of the institution, or a local parish priest.

    The sisters of the Orphanage--and they are the only ones thus far authorized to solicit funds--will hold a house to house canvass in the near future, and we 4hope the people will rally to the support of the institution.

    In behalf of the executive board,

    L. Biehl,

    Secretary.

    The executive board of the Rosehill Orphanage cannot begin rebuilding at this time, because of inclement weather. It will be remembered that the Orphanage was destroyed by fire on October ...

    German
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  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- December 19, 1879
    Christmas Presents for German Orphans

    Christmas gifts will be distributed at Uhlich's Orphanage on Christmas Day. This simple statement may suffice to induce our good-natured Germans to act in behalf of the poor children who have no loving parents to arrange a pleasant festival.

    Uhlich's Orphanage takes care of sixty-four children at present--youngsters who have the same longings at Christmas time as the offsprings of a wealthier class, or the more fortunately situated children who bask in the love of their parents.

    We appeal to the hundreds of well-to-do German families in our city to think of these poor orphans. Give just a little, your own children will never miss it, and you will earn sincere gratitude. Give what you can spare, clothing, toys, cake, candy or food--everything is welcome.

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    Presents will be accepted at the following convenient locations:

    At the Orphanage, corner Burlington Street and Center Avenue; in the basement of St. Paul's Church, southwest corner of LaSalle and Ohio Streets; at Charles Emmerich and Company, 285-287 Madison Street, and at S. Bauer and Company, 191 Lake Street.

    Christmas gifts will be distributed at Uhlich's Orphanage on Christmas Day. This simple statement may suffice to induce our good-natured Germans to act in behalf of the poor children who ...

    German
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  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- December 27, 1879
    Christmas Presents at Uhlich's Orphanage

    Christmas presents were distributed yesterday afternoon at Uhlich's Orphanage, located at the corner of Burlington and Center Streets. Many members of Chicago's Lutheran parishes were present. In connection therewith let it be said, that the appeal of the asylum's executive board brought generous response from the Germans. Donors were very liberal, and so many presents were received that many were saved for another occasion.

    Members of the board, and several ladies, decorated the Christmas tree, which was mounted in the sewing room. The tree was provided by Miss Bauer, the Kindergarten teacher.

    The festivities started at 4 P. M. and several hundred people were present. The orphans, twenty-one girls and forty boys, marched from the schoolroom into the festival room, surrounded the tree and sang, "Vom Himmel Hoch Da Komm Ich Her". Pastor Hartmann preached an inspiring sermon and ended with a prayer.

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    Then the children sang "Ein Koenig Kommt Aus Zion," at the conclusion of which Reverend Gottlieb Blankenhahn, in charge of the Orphanage, had the children recite the prophesies of the Bible up to the time of Christ's birth.

    The tree was lit while the children sang "Welche Morgenroethe Wallet Himmelab," and, after a few more words were said about the age-old festival, the children formed into ranks again and marched and sang.

    Then the presents were distributed. At first a bag of candy and nuts, finally a toy commensurate with the child's age. The children played until 9 P. M. and then went to bed. We may well assume that all had pleasant dreams, as all departed in a very happy mood.

    Finally Reverend Mr. Hartmann addressed the visitors. The festival was undoubtedly one of the most outstanding affairs of its kind we have witnessed this year.

    Christmas presents were distributed yesterday afternoon at Uhlich's Orphanage, located at the corner of Burlington and Center Streets. Many members of Chicago's Lutheran parishes were present. In connection therewith let ...

    German
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  • Der Westen -- January 09, 1881
    An Orphan's Home

    To call a person charitable is a fine tribute paid to the one devoted to the alleviation of the suffering of humanity. But nothing can be nobler than to take the place of father of mother to the little orphans, and rear and rear and guide them all through childhood until they too are ready to take their places in the outside world. This is exactly the work the management of the German-Catholic orphanage in Rosehill has announced to do. Various German-Catholic communities throughout Chicago have adopted this humane system of caring for orphaned children ten years ago. Considering the comparatively short period since the original orphanage of Rosehill was built, and the fact that that structure was destroyed by fire, Oct. 26, 1879, it is highly commendable indeed, that they have not lost any time to erect a new orphan asylum, surpassing in excellence the building consumed by the flames.... Imposing ceremonies preceded the opening of the orphanage last Thursday.

    The home is built to accomodate 300 children. Among the fifty-six boys and 2forty girls in the home now, are also twenty foundlings. The management of the institution is entrusted to an Administrative Council, which is chosen by the seven Catholic communities, responsible for the erection and maintenance of this home. But the sisters, known as servants of Christ, are the direct managers of the home. The headquarters of their organization are in Gernbach, near Coblenz on the Rhine.

    Children placed in this German-Catholic institution remain there until after they have received first communion. Thereafter, they are placed in private homes, but remain under the guardianship of the Orphan's Home until they reach maturity.

    Inasmuch as the new building is very spacious, the sisters have taken upon themselves still greater responsibilities, namely, to take in, and care for, motherless infants, although the father may be living. Many a young widower, finding himself in just such a predicament, will hail this excellent opportunity offered to him by the sisters to give the child proper care and rearing.

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    After the simple but impressive dedication ceremonies were concluded, the installation of the newly elected officials took place. They are: Pater Essing, from the St. Michaels community, president; C. Wenn, pastor of St. Bonifacius Church is vice-president; Adam L. Amberg is treasurer; and Lorenz Biehl, secretary.

    The building is equipped with all the latest modern comforts....

    To call a person charitable is a fine tribute paid to the one devoted to the alleviation of the suffering of humanity. But nothing can be nobler than to take ...

    German
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  • Svornost -- March 24, 1881
    Czecho-Slovak Orphanage

    To the Honorable Editor:-

    For Bohemians in America there is nothing of greater importance than the establishment of an orphanage. Therefore, I take the privilege to make the following suggestions:

    (1) That there may be a committee appointed as soon as possible, in Chicago, for the purpose of building and maintaining a Czecho-Slovak Orphanage.

    (2) This central committee will invite by circulars and by means of the various papers, all Bohemian-American Lodges and Societies, as well as individuals, to institute collections or themselves make donations.

    So that there may be a beginning to the collection of funds, my wife and I will give fifty dollars for the establishment of a Czecho-Slovak Orphanage in America. This money, I will forward as soon as I find out that a committee has met and where the money should be sent.

    Respectfully,

    London, March 7, 1881

    Josef Bartos.

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    We are almost ashamed to admit, that we are, we American-Bohemians, in our national interests, so careless and slow in a work of such usefulness. For over two years we have been writing, speaking and debating about this very important matter of a Bohemian Orphanage and not one cent, not one workable resolution, not one person has come forward to form a committee to investigate how best to accomplish the purpose, and now we must receive the first $50.00 from a countryman in London, who has not seen America, and does not know us except for what he is able to read about us in the Daily Newspapers.

    With this $50.00 the first decisive step is taken and our national Lodges would be traitors in accordance to their laws, to their own members if they allowed this offer to pass by and allowed the matter of providing for an Orphanage to lay dormant for several more years.

    Thus far we have in America one orphanage,--The Bohemian-Polish Catholic Orphanage; it was founded by the Catholics and is supported through annual contributions.

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    Let us stop talking and arguing and go to work. Let us not argue about individual ideas as to how and what would be the best thing to do first, but let us have a committee elected, which will receive all suggestions and will then proceed to pick out those most suitable to the purpose.

    The time for work has arrived, our nationality is calling and whoever is a true son, let him accept his share of this beneficent work.

    To the Honorable Editor:- For Bohemians in America there is nothing of greater importance than the establishment of an orphanage. Therefore, I take the privilege to make the following suggestions: ...

    Bohemian
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