SOLDIERS' ORPHAN SCHOOLS/HOMES
TRESSLER ORPHANS' HOME
ANNUAL REPORT OF THE COMMISSION
OF SOLDIERS' ORPHAN SCHOOLS, 1890
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SUPPLIES ON HAND
The following is an inventory of the supplies on hand at the several schools at
the close of the year ending May 31, 1890.
Tressler Orphan Home.
1 pair of military pants; $2.40
1 military coat; 3.20
12 dozen of hair brushes, at $3.00; 36.00
2/3 dozen of shoe brushes, at $3.00; 1.50
9 dozen of shoe blacking, at 40 cts; 3.60
6 gross of shoe laces, at 75 cts; 4.50
11 dozen of combs, at 36 cts; 3.96
1/2 gross of tooth brushes, at $24.00; 12.00
4 pair of boys' shoes, at $1.60; 6.40
190-1/2 yards of boys' shirting, at 8-1/2 cts; 16.09
125 yards of Canton flannel, at 12-1/2 cts; 15.62
58 yards of gingham at 12-1/2 cts; 7.25
194-1/4 yards of girls' dress goods, at 60 cts; 71.55
59 yards of girls' dress goods, at 12 cts; 7.08
8 yards of girls night-dress goods, at 12 cts; .96
48 yards girls' collars, at 12 cts; 5.76
2 m. needles, at 75 cts; 1.50
40 dozen of spool cotton, at 60 cts; 24.00
3 packs of pins, at 36 cts; 1.08
8 bottles of indelible ink, at 35 cts; 2.80
1 m. hair pins; .75
REPORTS OF THE MANAGERS
TRESSLER ORPHAN HOME--JOHN G. BOBB, Superintendent.
I was appointed and assumed control of this institution in November, 1889. The
venerable Father Willard, after twenty years of faithful service, seeming no
longer able to bear the weight of labor and responsibility, was retired on an
annuity by the board of trustees. The change was followed by the re-organization
of the entire corps of teachers and employes. Prof. E. E. Campbell was made
principal and Miss Emma Eppley matron, and both have performed most efficient
work at the head of their respective departments.
We have had to contend with the difficulties and embarrassments incident to such
a change of management. This has been increased somewhat by the additions made
from time to time during the year of children not accustomed to our rules and
methods. But, notwithstanding all, our efforts have met with a gratifying and
encouraging measure of success, and the Home is in excellent condition, every
department working effectively and harmoniously.
During the year extensive repairs and improvements have been
made to the buildings, requiring the outlay of a large sum of money. In these
repairs special attention was paid to the matter of sewerage and drainage, and
to all the conditions of the buildings and outhouses and grounds affecting the
health of the children. Improvements have also been made in the dormitories,
making them all that it seems possible for them to be for comfort and
cleanliness. Many additions were also made to the furnishing of the various
departments, and the management has spared no effort or expense to make it a
model home for the little ones. Plans are now being considered for still further
improvements, including the introduction of some approved
system for heating the buildings, and a room to be used as a reading room, music
room, and family room for the social gathering of the children.
The Home has an ample supply of excellent water, which is carried, by means of a
wheel and force-pump, from a never-failing spring into a large supply-tank, from
which it is sent through pipes to various parts of the buildings and into the
various washing, bathing and laundry departments. A hose has just been secured
and attached to the tank as a means of defense against fire.
The health of the children during the year has been excellent. In the winter, in
common with the rest of the country, we suffered from the epidemic of influenza.
The highest number under treatment at one time was fifty-two. Due to careful
nursing and prompt attention it did not tarry long with us, and no trace of its
effects has been left. Every provision looking to the general health has been
carefully seen to. The supplies have been ample in quantity and excellent in
quality. The children have received their baths and changes of clothing
regularly every week. This, together with our favorable location,
pure air, and over all the good Providence of God, has made the health of the
children a matter of wonder and thanksgiving.
The school is divided into four divisions, and a regular system of details from
these divisions is made each week to perform the routine work of the Home. The
boys are detailed to police the grounds regularly each day, and to scrub
closets, halls, play rooms and dormitories, and for work in the laundry and
kitchen or on the farm. Military drill is conducted each day for a half hour.
The girls are detailed for duties pertaining to the household work of the Home,
and they receive instruction in the use of the needle, as well as regular
physical and intellectual training.
Careful and regular attention has been paid to the religious needs of the
children. Worship is conducted each day, morning and evening and when the
weather is favorable all are required to attend worship at the village church on
Sabbath morning. When unable, from stress of weather, to do so religious service
is held at the Home in addition to the regular Sunday-school. As a result quite
an interest was awakened during the last session of the school.
The annual examination and inspection was held June 20 and
21. Of the Commission there were present General J.P.S. Gobin, Hon. Thos. J.
Stewart, Captain G. Harry Davis and George G. Boyer, Esq., who were assisted by
Hon. J. M. Greer and Miss Jennie Martin, state inspectors of orphan schools. The
result of the examination was gratifying, and the visit was a source of great
pleasure to the management.
My thanks are due to the inspectors, Hon. J. M. Greer and Miss Martin for much
valuable assistance and counsel, and also to Joseph Pomeroy, chief clerk to the
With profound gratitude to our Heavenly Father for the blessings of the past,
and invoking His continued care for the future, this report is respectfully
LIST OF SIXTEENERS.
TRESSLER ORPHAN HOME.
Auman, Annie M.
Cox, Lottie R.; at home; Mifflintown, Pa.
Felix, Thoas.; bricklayer; Philadelphia, Pa.
Flood, Warren A.; baker; Philadelphia, Pa.
Kleckner, Carie A.; at home; Eschol, Pa.
Lorah, Henry J.; at home; Swedesburg, Pa.
Lehman, Martha E.; at home; New Germantown, Pa.
McConnell, Chas. F.; cigar box maker; Philadelphia, Pa.
Shollenberger, Wilson, printer; Altoona, Pa.
Snyder, Howard; clothier; Lebanon, Pa.
Scott, Randall A.; with friend; Shade Gap, Pa.
Staily, Lauara V.; mantua maker; Everett, Pa.
Urich, L. Domer; at school; Selingsgrove, Pa.
Wolf, Chas. F.