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Re: mt st joseph orphange

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Posted by Debbie Reese on Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 18:29:30 :

In Reply to: Re: mt st joseph orphange posted by cris on Saturday, October 22, 2005 at 21:51:12 :

: : Well, I haven't found a picture. But, I did discover a nice article from a 1962 San Francisco Chronicle article (02 March 1962, page 17), which begins:

: : "Good-by to Oliver Twist
: : "by Joan Heil.
: : "How do you turn a cold 51-year-old orphanage building into a cheerful home for 112 girls?
: : "It's not easy, according to Sister Mary Thomas, new administrator of Mount St. Joseph's Home for Girls, but these days the huge brick edifice on a hill in the Bayview district is a far cry from the Oliver Twist version of orphanage life..."

: : I checked the 1955 and 1962 City Directories and the St. Joseph's School for Boys & Girls and Mount St. Joseph's Home for Girls was located at 220 10th.(?)

: : You might also check with the Roman Catholic Archives in Menlo Park to see if they have any information:

: : http://www.sfgenealogy.com/norcal/calresearch.htm#Roman

: : -Ron

: I lived at Mt St Joseph's on Newhall Street in the Bay View District in the 1960's. Justthe other day my daughter was going through old pictures and found one of the MT. unforutnatley it had been water runied so its barely visible. I do hav a few others Im trying to find. Would love to hear from anybody with anything about mt St Joseph's. I lived in the Jr's group, Sister Stella. and I loved it!
: Cris (Jackson) Murphy
: Please email me at cadaisy@webtv.net

Oh my gosh!!!
When I was a little girl growing up in the bay area, my family used to take girls from Mt St. Joseph Orphanage home for the weekend. My parents really had a servants heart and did this for years. When we moved away from the bay area we had to stop. I spent a weekend up there and loved it., I'm sure it wasn't a thrill for the kids who lived there full time though. Does anybody remember a girl named Val McFarland, or a girl named Paula that was from a litle town named Goshen Junction. Val and Paula were regulars in our home and I have been thinking about them and the orphanage for ages now.
Please feel free to write me if you know anything or just want to reminesce about the place. I've been wanting to visit it but can't find it. Every time I go to the city I look around, but since I was a little kid, I can't remember where it is.
Be Blessed,
Debbie Reese

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