FDL Children’s Home updates Apr 20

Like many communities in the early 1900s, Fond du Lac struggled with how to care for orphaned or abandoned children. Fond du Lac decided that rather than send these children to big facilities in bigger towns and cities, they would care for them here in the Children’s Home. Active for more than 50 years, the Children’s Home was a sprawling complex located at 35 W. Follett St.

Local historian Sally Powers-Albertz has been researching the home’s past for several years; she will present its updated story and history at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The free programs are part of the History at Home series. No registration required.

Powers-Albertz, a genealogical researcher for more than 30 years, is author of Fond du Lac’s Forgotten Pipeman, featuring the Taylor family of Fond du Lac. She is a frequent History at Home presenter. Powers-Albertz has presented programs on the Children’s Home at the library twice before; her presentations on April 20 will include additional information on the earlier site at St. Joseph’s Church as well as first-hand accounts of people who lived at the home.



Fond du Lac Children's Home History

Hello, My name is DuWayne Stellmacher, This is the second article published in this paper in the past few years, I believe a reporter for the paper wrote the first article. and now this second one and in both articles reletives on my side of the family and on my wife side of her family sent us the clippings knowing that I had spent 3 years as a guest at this facility, My sister and I both were clients at the home from 1946 too 1948. At that time I believe it was under the direction of the Fond du Lac county Social Services.The photo brings back fond memories of those years.I was wondering if Sally could send me some information on the subject, especially what other clients commended about it.

Thank You for Your Time.

DuWayne Stellmacher
1512 W. Main St. Apt#3
Stoughton, WI 53589

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