Orphans Home, which stood on the northeast corner of Montana
Ave. at Custer Ave.. The Home was built in 1892-93 by the
Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, on land purchased by the
Sisters and built with money donated by companies, businessmen
and friends of the Sisters. It was demolished in 1973.
steam heat, with stairs and flooring of hard maple. Naturally,
the boys department was entirely separated from that of the
was a marble altar in the orphans' chapel, donated by the
Galen family as a memorial of Matilda Galen (1837-1891). The
whereabouts of the altar is unknown.
was badly damaged by the 1935 earthquakes, but it continued
to operate into the 1960s. At the close of the orphanage in
1965, most of the 14 children remaining were Cuban refugees.
brief history and statement of condition of the home is from
the Oct. 9 1921 Helena Independent :
Joseph's orphans' home was founded In Helena in the
year 1892, starting as all things must, on a small plan,
since growing to be one of the finest institutions of
its kind in the northwest. Since it was founded it has
cared for over 3,000 orphans, taking them in from infancy
and giving them food, clothing, shelter and education
until they were able to care for themselves or could
be provided with suitable guardians or homes. The great
majority of these charges have been maintained without
the help of surviving parents, though in some cases
small contributions have been received from this source.
At the present time there are 180 children in the home.
Less than $100 a month is being contributed toward their
support by surviving parents, and the annual cost of
operating the institution is about $25,000. The Sisters
in charge are skilled through necessity in the exercise
ot the most rigid economy.
At this lime an effort is being made to place the lands
ing the home in a condition of cultivation that will
supply some of the needs of the home and those of the
boys large enough for farm work do their share in cultivating
The greater part of the money necessary to operate the
been raised in the past by the solicitation of donations,
but this year, owing to the depression in Butte, Anaconda
and other Montana cities the subscriptions have fallen
off materially and solicitation is not possible.
The orphans are now receiving an education up to and
the first year of high school, and owing to tho dangers
and templattons, under present day conditions, that
confront the youth of the country it is well that the
steps of the orphans are guided as far as possible along
the path ot life.
TO SISTER DOLORES BRINKEL, SCL, ARCHIVIST OF THE DIOCESE
OF HELENA FOR HER ASSISTANCE WITH THIS FEATURE ABOUT ST.