Thursday, July 15, 2010

Children's Farm Home

Arnold Cyrus Heyman became superintendent of the Children's Farm Home near Corvallis for 39 months.



History

"In 1919, Mary Powers Riley asked her "sisters" of the Oregon Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) to help create an orphanage that was not an institution, but a facility with the "atmosphere of a real home." In December 1922, Ms. Unruh turned the first shovel of dirt for the first cottage, named the Willard.

In 1962, the WCTU turned complete control of the Farm Home over to the Board of Trustees and the focus turned from housing orphaned children to treating youth with behavioral and emotional problems. The 1960's and 70's were a time of great change as the Farm Home evolved with the current social needs of Oregon. Farming activities were greatly reduced as they became more of a treatment resource rather than a necessity."


The Children's Farm Home is also where my grandparents were married in 1929.

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