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Orphan Home School Building from Across the Lake in Ohio 1906
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Asylum of Our Lady of Refuge, Buffalo
This institution, founded in 1855 by the Roman Catholic
order of Sisters
of Our Lady of Refuge, and incorporated under the general
law, January 14th, 1866, is located on Best street, in the
northern part of the city of Buffalo.
Its objects are to provide a home for fallen and
desirous of reformation, and to afford temporary shelter and
protection to young girls exposed to temptation, and to
assist them in obtaining suitable employment. Idle and
vicious girls are also committed to the institution, in
accordance with law, but the several classes are kept
The principal building constituting the asylum was
erected in 1868. It
is a substantial stone edifice, plainly but comfortably
furnished, and is well suited to the purposes for which it
is designed. The building will accommodate about one hundred
and ten inmates, and a brick structure near by furnishes
ample room for work shops. Connected with the institution
are four acres of land, the greater part of which is under
cultivation. The buildings are inclosed, thus guarding
against intrusion, and preventing the escape of inmates.
The institution is managed by its founders, and from its
has been maintained by donations and voluntary
contributions, and by the labor of the inmates. The
property, real and personal, is estimated to be worth
$22,000, but it is indebted $5,957.34. The receipts for the
past year were $5,729.25, and the expenditures, $5,496.69.
Board of State Commissioners of Public Charities of the
New York, 1870; Argus Company, Printers, Albany, p. 42-43.
*transcribed & submitted by Linda Conpenelis Schmidt, 16
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