Ormsby Village

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Linda Stewart

Shelbyville, KY

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#21
Oct 23, 2010
 
I am looking for anyone that might have known my biological mother, Ella Marie Meade, whom I've been told stayed at Ormsby Village sometime during the mid 40's. I'm doing some genealogy research on her side of the family and any information anyone might have would be greatly appreciated. Also if anyone can tell me where I might find old housing records and pics of Ormsby Village back in the 40's..that would be greatly appreciated as well. Sounds like The Beanery is a book I need to pursue too.

My email address is: lindaathenryco1@aol.com

please note: I have two "a"s in my email address...sometimes people tend to want to put only one "a" in there)

Thanks ~ Linda
emma lee fields

Pekin, IL

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#22
Feb 11, 2011
 
Hi. I was in Ormsby Village in 1962-65..I would like to find anyone that was in here at this time. Would you please contact me at cadi_4@yahoo.com...
I am looking for anyone who remembers the nickname of Michael Ray Thomas Roosevelt Jr. Henry the 10th..It was given to a boy named Mike by a girl named PaT. I have many fond memories of Ormsby Village.
emma lee fields

Pekin, IL

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#23
Feb 11, 2011
 
David W Rafferty wrote:
You can find more of my info on familyoldphotos message board. My late father, Bradley D. Rafferty and his brothers William and Robert were largely raised at the Louisville School of Industrial Reform, later Ormsby Village as their father was old and mother had Tuberculosis and couldn't take care of them. My Dad graduated in 1926 and his younger brothers up to the 30's. Brother Robert was in the printing program and played trombone. Dad learned clarinet. Dad never spoke much about it, but I have learned it was a fine place to live and be educated. I have some photos and some of the Ormsby newspapers.
There is a repository in Louisville of the school records, I believe. I would recommend the book, The Beanery, by James W. Settle, about his time at Ormsby and KMI and was a friend of my Uncle Robert.
my name is emmalee fields was there in 60s..id really to find some pictures and old friends that i rembr from there..plz contact me cadi_4@yahoo.com
emma lee fields

Pekin, IL

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#24
Feb 11, 2011
 
Sherry Donaldson wrote:
My father found a copy of the 1956 "Villager", the high school yearbook. He also has a copy of the 100th anniversary report to the board that he compiled in 1966. There are many photographs in both. Most of the photos are very dark. I'll have to figure out how to scan and lighten the pics. I do have PDF capability and will work with that.
I don't do facebook. This may take me a little while, but I will work on it. I'll try to get a least one or two out to your email addresses as soon as I can.
Sherry
plz send me one ...cadi_4@yahoo.com
Diana Marshall

Charlestown, IN

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Feb 13, 2011
 
Sherry Donaldson wrote:
<quoted text> We probably got there in '55. Where did you live on campus? What was the population of kids like back than? From what I remember, it was originally an orphanage. Do you remember the farm?
I remember Emma Fields and her sister she was in my cottage, a very pretty blound. There was also Cathy, Carol, A girl we nicknamed table legs, how crule we could be and Margaret who's room was next to the cottage mothers. I think our cottage number was 2. There was Don Tandy, Ricky Johnson, Denny Norris, who I married and have been married to for 43 years and I remember the canteen and playing pool. Don Tandy making out with his girlfriend behind the canteen. I just found my bible from there about six months ago and it has all the cottage numbers written down in it and weither they were boys or girls. I use to work breakfast so I could have coffee and my room mate was Carol. Hello Emma I hope your life is a good one. Please email me @ orangeglowone@yahoo.com
Diana Marshall

Charlestown, IN

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#26
Feb 13, 2011
 
I was at Ormsby Village with Emma Fields and her sister. I have alot of good memories of that place.
We really had fun at the canteen and went to school every day, Church on Sunday and I learned how to serve tables, that was the only way I could get a cup of coffee in the mornings. A girl named Carol was my roommate, and then there was Cathy who would put those real big brush rollers in her hair every night and sleep on them. Ricky Johnson was really good looking, you should see him now. I married his brother Denny Norris. Married 43 years now. He is still good looking. Emma I tried your email address but it did not work here is mine orangeglowone@yahoo.com Diana Marshall
mlee

Louisville, KY

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#27
Apr 26, 2011
 
memories wrote:
Does anyone know about this place? It was in Anchorage or Lyndon Ky.
I was in ormsby village from 1962 until 1967. I was on the following cottages-7,12,4,10 and 8. I was there when LBJ signed the the 1964 desegregation act and was even sent to ridgewood for a time. i was there from age 12 to age 16. i have a lot of fond memories of the place.
mlee

Louisville, KY

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#28
Apr 26, 2011
 
my email is mike.lee@insightbb.com and i live in louisville,ky.
Doug

Des Moines, IA

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Aug 4, 2011
 
Sherry Donaldson wrote:
<quoted text> We probably got there in '55. Where did you live on campus? What was the population of kids like back than? From what I remember, it was originally an orphanage. Do you remember the farm?
I was there in 1946. My mom taught Science classes. We had an apartment on campus and during the days I stayed in the kid's cottages while mom taught classes. At four, I was very lonely. What a mess. Hopefully we are doing better these days, but I'm not sure we are. We walked in the woods out back. I don't remember the farm.
Diana Marshall

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#33
Aug 4, 2011
 
Sherry Donaldson, that sounds real familar. Do you know Denny Norris or Ricky Johnson, Emma Fields, I was in cottage 3 in the early 60's and have to say I loved going to the canteen and playing pool. Did you know Don Tandy and his girlfriend. Can't remember her name, I roomed with a girl named Carol. I served breakfast so I could have coffee. It was a good place to be in the sixty's but, then they started to send in the hardcore juvie's in the 70's and the place really became like Greendale.
Dawn Simons

Lagrange, GA

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#34
Sep 27, 2011
 
I was in Ormsby Village around 1976. I was one of the juvenile deliquents. It was an awesome place and I don't remember being scared of anything other then the other kids. I remember chasing peacocks and seeing owls and all kinds of wildlife.
Robert Strong

Yucca Valley, CA

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Sep 28, 2011
 
Dawn Simons wrote:
I was in Ormsby Village around 1976. I was one of the juvenile deliquents. It was an awesome place and I don't remember being scared of anything other then the other kids. I remember chasing peacocks and seeing owls and all kinds of wildlife.
I was wondering if you remember my father James Strong? He was the Assistant Director of Ormsby until we left in '77. I loved that place, I wish it was the same today as it was when we were there.
Jay Williamson

Rensselaer, IN

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#36
Sep 28, 2011
 
Hi Sherry. I would love to know if any records were saved when they closed this home. My Great Grand Father was there from 1893-1895 and I've been trying to find out the circumstances of his stay there. My Great Grand Mother wrote a letter in 1928 that was answered, but with little detail. Any help would be appreciated
sherrydonaldson wrote:
My family moved to Ormsby Village in 1955 when I was 2 1/2 and my brother was 4. My father was Assistant Director and eventually became Director. We lived in the mansion house for 12 years. There was a working farm which provided food for the resident kids. So many things. I loved it there.
The house is still there, altho when I saw in '95 or '96, it was in pitiful shape. I hope it's being kept up now. There is also a group of pine trees that we planted. They were live Christmas trees.
There were never any ghosts. My brother and I played all over that house, including the attic and the basement (which was creepy, indeed).
There are hours of stories I could tell. Getting chased by cows, waking to the sound of trains and cattle lowing. Sledding down the hill. Watching my father hold sunrise services on the front lawn on Easter morning. More and more and more.
Pat Byrne Roberts

Santa Maria, CA

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#37
Dec 17, 2011
 
Gloria Holst wrote:
Hello,
I was in Cottage 5 when I first got there and then moved to cottage 1 and then later on after I matured a little.lol lol went to cottate 3..
All the years there never realized what a wonderful place to be IF you could not be with your parents and this for sure was the case.
Only wish I knew how to make the CHILI like we had and not often enought!.YUMMMMMY
Hi Gloria i was in cottage 7 from 1958-1961. Coppersmith was our cottage mother.What year was u there?email me kentuckgal46@aol.com
Annette

Louisville, KY

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#38
Jan 9, 2012
 
Sherry Donaldson wrote:
My father found a copy of the 1956 "Villager", the high school yearbook. He also has a copy of the 100th anniversary report to the board that he compiled in 1966. There are many photographs in both. Most of the photos are very dark. I'll have to figure out how to scan and lighten the pics. I do have PDF capability and will work with that.
I don't do facebook. This may take me a little while, but I will work on it. I'll try to get a least one or two out to your email addresses as soon as I can.
Sherry
Please send me a copy, my mother was sent there after her birth in 1935, and was there for many years. Her name was Edna Skinner, she died at 54 and our family is trying to find some history of her family, none left to help us with that. If you are able to give me some info, please e-mail me at as04corvette@aol.com Thank you for your time.
lorig

Fort Myers, FL

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#39
Jan 10, 2012
 
My mom along with her siblings were at Ormsby Village from 1946-47 through 1949-50(not sure of exact dates). She said it was a great place and enjoyed her time there under the circumstances. She said there was always so much to do. I have 2 yearbooks 1947 and 1949, The Villager. It is interesting to hear from others about this place.
Debbie Boston

Mount Washington, KY

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May 2, 2012
 
I was there in 1967. I was put there for nine months for running away from home. I was in there with others that had committed bad crimes so they sent me off campus to get counseling. I remember the cottage parents, swimming pool, etc. We would stand outside in line to go eat each day. I was in cottage #3 and cottage #1. I wished I had pictures of all the buildings and grounds as they were in the 1960's. Boys cottages were on one side and girls on the other. If anyone has pictures of the 65-68 era, please email me at dboston3733@insightbb.com. Also, ironic some of it is now Brook center and my grandson is there because of out of control issues. Talk about irony.
Susan Jones

Tampa, FL

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#41
May 4, 2012
 
Eric Ormsby Sakal wrote:
It's not long gone... it's a historical land mark. Although a lot of the land around it has been converted to buildings and streets the original house is still there with a little bit of land. It is right behind the jefferson county federal credit union bank. It is my great great grand father's house, hamilton ormsby.
I lived on the Ormsby Village campus years ago. I am very interested in knowing more about your family's mansion. I remember my best friend lived in it and I loved staying with her!
What a beautiful place!
Who owns it and is there a way to get the actual blueprints of the house?
If I ever build, I would love to design a similar floor plan. I remember the upstairs was quite unique, with the bedrooms connecting to a center family room.
Ray

Glenwood Springs, CO

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#42
May 16, 2012
 
Debbie Boston wrote:
I was there in 1967. I was put there for nine months for running away from home. I was in there with others that had committed bad crimes so they sent me off campus to get counseling. I remember the cottage parents, swimming pool, etc. We would stand outside in line to go eat each day. I was in cottage #3 and cottage #1. I wished I had pictures of all the buildings and grounds as they were in the 1960's. Boys cottages were on one side and girls on the other. If anyone has pictures of the 65-68 era, please email me at dboston3733@insightbb.com. Also, ironic some of it is now Brook center and my grandson is there because of out of control issues. Talk about irony.
I was there too Debbie. I was on the Boys side locked up all the time. Iwas locked in a Dorm with a bunch of other kids older than me. I suffered severe sexual abuse by these boys. I was let out at night to clean up and take out trash. One night I took out trash, locked everyone in and ran. I stole a car and went to louisville. I was picked up a week later in the car. I did not know there was a gun under the seat. I was a stupid scared kid, what did I know. Its been many years now and the rest is history. But somethings you never forget.
Bobbette

Mustang, OK

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Aug 4, 2012
 
Doug wrote:
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I was there in 1946. My mom taught Science classes. We had an apartment on campus and during the days I stayed in the kid's cottages while mom taught classes. At four, I was very lonely. What a mess. Hopefully we are doing better these days, but I'm not sure we are. We walked in the woods out back. I don't remember the farm.
My mother Mattie,her sisters, Myrtle and Laure Mae Bryson also a Esther Inyard and a Jackie who hung with Mattie and Esther (dk last name)(she married a Johnny Fritz). Would you recall these girls from Ormsby and what bldg they were in? I am researching my genealogy and have a pic of Jackie, Mattie and Esther in a band uniform at ormsby Village. Thank you and thing you can email me would be appreciated, Email address is e.givens@sbcglobal.net. Mattie was there till sometime 1946 and prior. Thank you, Bobbette L Devers givens

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