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Society for the Relief of Half-Orphan and Destitute Children, New York



This society was organized in 1835, and incorporated by an act of the Legislature passed April 27th, 1837. Its object is the relief of half-orphan and destitute children, by providing an asylum for them, and the means for their education, care and support. The institution is located at number sixty-five West Tenth street, near Sixth avenue.

The building was erected in 1857. It is a plain, substantial, well arranged, four-story brick edifice, in good repair, and will accommodate two hundred an fifty inmates.

The institution is supported by voluntary contributions, by payment in part for the board of inmates, and by aid from the city and State. Its real and personal property is estimated to be worth $91,500. It has also $5,000 invested, but there is a deficit of over $4,000 for current expenses. The receipts for the past year were $17,392.07, and the expenditures amounted to $21,894.04. Included in the receipts were $4,829 donations, and $6,133.65 for the board of inmates. Embraced in the expenditures, were $17,143.16 for support.

Children of both sexes, between the ages of four and ten years, are admitted to the institution. The charge for their board is seventy-five cents per week each; but this is reduced in the discretion of the managers, so as to meet the pecuniary circumstances of friends liable for their support. While in the asylum they are properly educated in school and instructed in religious truths. If neglected by friends for over one year, they are temporarily provided with situations in families.

The whole number of children admitted to the institution since its establishment is two thousand eight hundred and eighty. The number supported the past year was three hundred and three; the average was two hundred and fourteen, and one hundred and ninety-nine were remaining October 1st.

The institution was visited October 22d, 1868, and September 22d, 1869. Its financial affairs are controlled by a board of gentlemen trustees, but its internal and domestic concerns are conducted by a board of lady managers. A matron is in immediate charge. The institution at the times of inspection was in good condition and its affairs appear to be judiciously managed.

Children remaining as of October 1st, 1869: 119 Boys; 80 Girls.

*source: Board of State Commissioners of Public Charities of the State of New York, 1870; Argus Company, Printers, Albany, p. 105-106. *transcribed & submitted by Linda Conpenelis Schmidt, 8 July 2007. . Published on Olive Tree Genealogy with permission

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