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Re: White's Manual Labor Institute
Posted by: Marc Bever (ID *****7039) Date: November 22, 2006 at 05:43:51
In Reply to: White's Manual Labor Institute by Larry Scott of 298

You can find the history here:

Here's part of what is found there:
In the early to mid-1800's, Quaker businessman and entrepreneur Josiah White grew in stature and in wealth as several of his larger business ventures became quite successful. Mr. White's achievements included the construction of America's second railroad line in 1827, the construction of the Delaware Canal in 1834 and the successful smelting of iron in 1840. The extraction of anthracite coal from the Allegheny Mountains in Pennsylvania was also a very profitable business venture for Mr. White.

During this period of success, Mr. White's deep love for disadvantaged and orphaned children grew. Shortly before his passing in 1850, Mr. White drafted and funded through his will a plan to rescue impoverished children, setting in motion the organization known today as White's Residential and Family Services. Since Mr. White's passing, for more than 150 years children of all ages have found the safety, love, education and Christian guidance they desperately need through the ministry of White's.

White's History
1850 Josiah White visits Indiana Yearly Meeting to propose school.

1852 640 Acres of land are purchased from Chief Meshingomeshia.

1882-1895 Indian children are sent to White's to be educated and taught to farm until the U.S. Government stops Indian children programs.

1905 Bessie Latchem School is built. Rebecca White leaves $20,000 gift of Lehigh Coal and Navigation stock to the Institute.

1929 Stock Market crash affects White's farm. Difficult to collect the 75-cent per diem.

1932 White's goes to -day school schedule.

1938 White's has more than 300 students in its care.

1939 New gymnasium is built.

1947 Robert M. Curless is hired as Superintendent and institutes a demerit/merit system called the 'Honor Roll.' Per diem is now $2.00 per day.

1953 School is accredited for first time. Per diem is $3.00 per day.

1955-1976 Curless pioneers construction of many buildings including: Roberta Hall (1955), White's Chapel (1960), cafeteria (1965), and new school (1975).

1978 Richard Davis is hired as Superintendent. Several new cottages are constructed and a reduction in numbers improves quality of service to students.

1985 Family Services, foster care agency of White's is created.

1992 Name changed to White's Residential & Family Services, Inc.

1995 White's launches $1.3 million fund raising campaign for constructing Hodson Campus Center and renovating Robert M. Curless Activity Center.

1997 Emergency Shelter Care opens. Dee Gibson appointed Executive Director. Gentry Farm Shop burns.

1998 Hodson Center opens. Main Hall demolished. Home-Based Services program begins.

2001 Chapel is renovated and enlarged. Sesquicentennial is celebrated June 16. Alumni Reunion held June 17.

The Future With your help, children's lives will be changed.

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