St. Joseph's Children Home, Bethany, Oklahoma 1914

The orphanage was just a few years old when this photo was taken.  The surrounding areas were still a combination of flat plain and black jack oak forests. The facility was designed according to the latest trends in orphan care by combining living facility with industrial trades.  Children in this time period were encouraged to learn and practice skills. They planted, cared for and sold crops to support themselves.  Self-sufficiency was the goal of such institutions across the country.   In time, the facility expanded to provide elder care as well allowing generations to mix.  The build still stands - with some significant upgrades in exterior/interior structure- as the headquarters of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church and adjacent to Southwestern Christian University.

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