Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Kiwanis Christmas Party, 1926

On Tuesday, December 21, 1926, the Sandusky Kiwanis Club hosted a party for forty-five children from the Erie County Children’s Home. The festivities took place at the chapel of the First Presbyterian Church. Each club member was responsible for one of the youngsters’ gifts. J. F. Starkey, dressed as Santa Claus, gave each child a gift of candy, nuts, and oranges. Christmas carols were sung by all. Heenan Elliott entertained the children by doing impersonations. At the end of the luncheon, the children sang a song of thanks to the Kiwanians.

In 1926, Mr. and Mrs. John Ritter were in charge of the Children’s Home. The committee responsible for the Kiwanis Christmas program was made up of: W. P. Bittner, Dr. A. J. Funnell, and Dr. H. L. Brown. Mrs. Clara “Ma” Bock, the club’s caterer (pictured below), was given a pin by the Kiwanis Club members at the Christmas party.
At the time of the Kiwanis Christmas Party, the children whom they hosted resided at the facility pictured below. The Erie County Children’s Home opened at its Sycamore Line location in May, 1901. The home closed in 1960 because of increasing operating expenses to maintain a facility not filled to capacity. The photo below was taken by Robert E. Frank, when the building housed offices for Erie County’s Sanitary Engineering division. The former Children's Home building is now privately owned.

8 comments:

KiTony Sandusky Kiwanis Past President said...

Its great to know our club is still doing great work with kids in our community after all these years!

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cateyanne said...

My great grandmother worked at the childrens home. She was in charge of the girls. Is there more information about the home? I am interested in the years of operation, employees pictures of interior, etc.
Thanks for the article.

Martha six said...

My brothers and sisters were taken to the Children's Home due to family problems in 1956 and were cared for a year. It was a sad time for our family of 10.

fluffy said...

George Sartiono said that his mother always threatened to drop him off their when he misbehaved. and now he owns it and has his office there. Guess his mom got her wish afterall.