St Michael Home for Chilren Alumni 1952-1975

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Tom Bujak

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#148
Dec 28, 2013
 
Dennis and Others
Please, please don't presume that everyone is on facebook!
- Many of us don't care to or don't have the time to fuss with one more cybersite that constantly tries to find ways to "monitize" our personal memories and information.

I've watched the old St. Michaels physical grounds in Hopewell for years and have old sad photos and I have memories to share including Camp Columbus.(Where I worked as a counselor years after my brothers and my sister were at St. Michaels in the late 60's.- The St. Michaels kids went to Camp Columbus for many years at the end of August.)

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Tom Bujak
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#149
Dec 29, 2013
 
http://articles.philly.com/1989-07-05/news/26...

do not do the facebook thing either so I understand...but I have learned a lot by doing various google searches on people and places...this might help
Jim Kerchner

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#150
Dec 30, 2013
 
Tom Bujak wrote:
Dennis and Others
Please, please don't presume that everyone is on facebook!
- Many of us don't care to or don't have the time to fuss with one more cybersite that constantly tries to find ways to "monitize" our personal memories and information.
I've watched the old St. Michaels physical grounds in Hopewell for years and have old sad photos and I have memories to share including Camp Columbus.(Where I worked as a counselor years after my brothers and my sister were at St. Michaels in the late 60's.- The St. Michaels kids went to Camp Columbus for many years at the end of August.)
Thanks,
Tom Bujak
If you choose not to be on facebook then ignore my reply. I am posting the information for anyone who may want to contact others from St Michaels and this is the best option I can think of. If you don't want to "monitize" your memories then please move silently along.
Thank You.
Kyle

Pennington, NJ

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#151
Jan 29, 2014
 
Joan Coffman wrote:
My sister and I were orphans at St Michael's in the 1960's and would be happy to discuss our experiences.
Hi Joan,
I'm doing research on the St. Michael's Orphanage. I'm an artist and will be including both art work and information about Hopewell Valley including the orphanage. Can you tell me about St. Michael's?
Thank you,
Kyle
ptcia erbetta

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#152
Feb 4, 2014
 
Dennis Michael Martin wrote:
The previous posting inquires about any individuals the lived at St Michael's Home for Children in Hopewell Township, NJ; during the period of 1952 ans 1975-
hi ime and my brothers were their in 1957to 63
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#155
Thursday Mar 20
 
My mother and her five siblings were placed in an orphanage around the year 1923 after their mother was sent to a sanitarium to recover from tuberculosis. Their father had abandoned his family a couple of years prior to this.
The reason I am posting on this board is because, for many years, I have been looking for the name of the orphanage where she had been. As far as I have been able to find out so far, there are three in New Jersey;New Jersey’s Children’s Home,Saint Michael’s Orphanage in Hopewell, and Union Industrial Home.
I don't even know yet if they each still exist, except that this board has now confirmed the Hopewell location for Saint Michael's. But I'm thinking that Hopewell was too far away from Hoboken, where they lived, and my purpose here is to discover any information on the other two if anyone might be able to help with this. Thanks so much.
As an aside from the above stated purpose:
My Mom turned out to be a strong and courageous woman and I am very fortunate to have been her daughter. She died fifteen years ago on a day so appropriate for the person that she was; Thanksgiving Day.
If anyone is interested, part of her story is as follows; She and her older sister ran away at least three times in the eight years they lived there. The last time they did not come back. That was when she was 13 and her sister was 15. They were desperate because at the age of 16, if the child was not adopted, they were put out on a state run farm to work. Rumors about far worse abuse towards girls is the reason they were so determined to get away.
Someone mentioned collecting data to write a book. I would add Mom's experiences to that if anyone needs it.
Her's is a horrendous account of beatings and abuse of every kind. She lived there from the age of five to the age of thirteen. I remember many details of occurrences she has described to me over the years- talk about writing a book!! I sincerely hope that some one does just that!! Those places are absolute Hell Holes. To put a child in one, when they are already experiencing plenty of heartbreak from a broken family...is...unthinkable and unconscionable. And that the abuse is kept secret...or ignored is more like it, makes the story of Oliver Twist tame compared to the reality that exists behind those walls. It's outrageous, to say the very least.
My mother is the only one of her five siblings (Her sixth sibling was just a baby, her sister Mary, adopted immediately when they were placed in the orphanage.) who survived this ordeal and lived to be an old woman. I was always intrigued by this fact which is why I spoke with her often about her earlier life. I am older and perhaps now I may finally have some clues as to why this was so.
~After reading through this thread I see that each person has their own specific quests. If you will, then I pray and speak many blessings over each person who might happen to read this; open doors for discovery, success, resolution and much peace; that you would be encouraged, strengthened from within, and affirmed for the person you are.
frankkutayalsobr othertom

O Fallon, MO

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#156
Saturday Mar 22
 
hi survivers im glade I looked up st. mikes on the web / ididnt kno there were any survivers left out there still around or even how to get in touch with them...if I wanted to....well if u rember me say hi cause its bn awhile...I don't do computers greart but I try wish my memory was half as good.. I don't kno who else had avery unpleasant time but me n my brother short had a heck of a lot of time with sister kidd beater..ya u kno her if u were there...if she did now wat she did then she would b n prison...but enough of this...now dayz I look for goodnews so don't be shy just . say hi ... it wasn't all badd there were good kids there plus we used to be abto walk th farm and that is wat we looked forwad to and one other thing abunch of us would meet up by the electric cow fence and grab it ...that was interesting n kinda atrip....u guyz take care I wish u the best....frank
Peggy

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Tuesday Apr 1
 
Beverly Dittrich wrote:
PEGGY, REMEMBERING THE HORRORS OF LIVING IN THE HOME WAS EASY, WRITING ABOUT THEM IS HARD, LETTING SOMEONE ELSE READ ABOUT THEM IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE.I TRIED BUT ENDED UP THROWING AWAY MY MANUSCRIPT BECAUSE I WAS SO EMBARRASSED AND ASHAMED OF THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED TO ME AND MY BROTHERS I CAN'T LET ANYONE KNOW. i WAS ONLY 5 WHEN I WENT INTO ST MICHAEL S AND ALMOST 10 WHEN I LEFT. A LOT OF BAD THINGS HAPPENED THAT I HAD NO CONTROL OVER YET i AM TOO HUMILIATED TO SPEAK ABOUT EVENTS THAT OCCURRED OVER 60 YEARS AGO. MAYBE I'M JUST TOO SENSITIVE BUT TELLING TOTAL STRANGERS ABOUT THESE PERSONAL SITUATIONS IS TOO HARD FOR ME. I REALLY HOPE MAYBE SEVERAL OF YOU CAN SIT DOWN AND TELL YOUR STORIES FOR THE WORLD TO READ BEFORE WE ARE ALL GONE AND NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW. THANK YOU BEVERLY DITTRICH
Hi there Beverly: I do wish you could realize that what happened to you was certainly no fault of yours in any way, shape or form. We really need to get the horrors out in the open, as you said, before we are all gone and their secrets are safe forever. Just a tidbit of my experience, I was 8 years old, of Irish heritage and as fair skinned as anyone you've ever seen. I was made to stay out in the sun until I had blisters the size of silver dollars. When I tried to shelter myself, Sister Dulcetta brought a hammer down on my head - of course splitting it. She denied the nurse nun the right to treat me and, because I cried, she slapped me across the face just as hard as she could. She then made me hold my head down in the sink while the cold water ran full force over the wound. So I stood there with my eyes an inch from the drain, watching my blood swirl down the drain.
Peggy

Fernley, NV

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#159
Tuesday Apr 1
 
Mary Louise wrote:
<quoted text>I remember Ann Gardner and her sister (I forget her name) and her brother William. They were such nice kids. I was a towney from (I think) 1948-1951...somewhere in there. I thought it was a horrible place even as a towney. Some of the nuns have a lot to answer to (God, I hope). Does anyone remember Sister Phillipa...certainly not a "temple of the Holy Ghost". Sister NOvella was a sweetheart. I used to write her letters after I was married and had kids. She always replied and put a scapular or little picture in her letters. Oh, if only the rest wee like her.
Yes, I remember Sister Phillipa. She was in charge of the girls while I was there - she of the 1/2 inch thick, 18 inch ruler with which she beat the palms of the little girls' hands until they were totally mottled in color. I could go on and on about her and her lack of mercy but I'll just say that if these things were done to children today, as she and Sister Dulcetta did to us then, they would face substantial and well deserved prison sentences.

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