Just wanted to give a little info on the above orphanage in Vincennes. My grandfather's siblings stayed there in the late 1930s-early 1940s.They were from Jeffersonville, IN and had to be sent all the way to Vincennes because they were Catholic and it was the closest Catholic orphanage around.I talked to my great-aunt yesterday who lived at the orphanage.She says there is a reunion every year in Vincennes. She bought a book a few years back about the orphanage/church.She let me borrow it but I will only have it until tomorrow. Anyway, she also had a very neat poster she also bought at the time with so neat tidbits on it.I wrote only a couple down:
1834- Diocese of Vincennes (state of Indiana, eastern Illinois and southern Michigan) was created from the Diocese of Bardstown, KY.Bishop Simon Gabriel Brute had a crude brick building for a Cathedral and one priest permanently associated with the Diocese.Within 5 years, he established a Seminary, a free school for Boys and Girls, a College for secular students and an academy for young ladies.Through these educational institutions he provided care for orphans - an immediate and urgent need.
1937- St. Vincent's Orphanage licensed by State Department of Public Welfare (Children's Dept.) for 208 children.
1972- fire destroys large part of orphanage
1974-contract signed for demolition of orphanage.
The book she has is entitled "One Hundred Years of Charity, St. Vincent's School, Rural Route 4, Vincennes, Indiana, 1849-1949"reprinted with permission of Sister Mary Helen, O.S.F.There is just so much information in the book it is too hard to pick out which is the most important to add here.Among the first families found, according to tradition, that attended the St. Vincent's Parish were Cardinal, DeBuisseret, Mouzin, Richard, Savorie, Maujahn, Krueger, Memering, Holscher, Diederick, Bouchie, Marchino, Wheatley, Oakey, Worth, Ewing, Nugent, Donnovan, McElerey, Brouilette, Thais and Blair.Following the Civil War these new names were added to the list of parishioners: Gognat, Bezat, Bezy, Bruat, Imhoff, Cunningham, Murphy, Vaciolet, Compayionett and Burrois.
My great-aunt gave me the name of a man who knows a lot about St. Vincent's De Paul and the orphanage.He is also listed in the book she bought.I won't put his name up here,but anyone is welcome to email me and I will give it to you.