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Posted by Linda McAteer on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 19:39:08 :

In Reply to: Re: mt st joseph orphange posted by cris on Saturday, October 22, 2005 at 21:51:12 :

: Hi,
My name is Linda and I lived at Mt. St. Josephs' Home for Girls. The address was 1700 Newhall Street, about three blocks up from All Hallows Catholic Church. We never called it an orphanage. It was home.
I lived there from about Feb. 1962 until the summer of 1964. I graduated 8th grade at All Hallows School.
I was in Brownies (5th & 6th grades)with Sister Janice and Sister Kenneth, and Miss Carmen.
Then I went to Debs (7th & 8th grades) where I had Sister Paula with Miss Jane.
I remember Sister Yvonne was the Mother Superior. If you remember, she was easily six feet tall.
Every summer each group would go to Los Altos Hills for a two week summer vacation. If I remember correctly, it was called Mt. St. Helen. And for one whole day we went to Santa Cruz on the boardwalk.
The only picture I have I believe is of me and my mother standing outside on the front steps and maybe a picture of us in the visitors room on the first floor.
Thanks for letting me share. Linda

: : Well, I haven't found a picture. But, I did discover a nice article from a 1962 San Francisco Chronicle article (02 March 1962, page 17), which begins:

: : "Good-by to Oliver Twist
: : "by Joan Heil.
: : "How do you turn a cold 51-year-old orphanage building into a cheerful home for 112 girls?
: : "It's not easy, according to Sister Mary Thomas, new administrator of Mount St. Joseph's Home for Girls, but these days the huge brick edifice on a hill in the Bayview district is a far cry from the Oliver Twist version of orphanage life..."

: : I checked the 1955 and 1962 City Directories and the St. Joseph's School for Boys & Girls and Mount St. Joseph's Home for Girls was located at 220 10th.(?)

: : You might also check with the Roman Catholic Archives in Menlo Park to see if they have any information:

: : http://www.sfgenealogy.com/norcal/calresearch.htm#Roman

: : -Ron

: I lived at Mt St Joseph's on Newhall Street in the Bay View District in the 1960's. Justthe other day my daughter was going through old pictures and found one of the MT. unforutnatley it had been water runied so its barely visible. I do hav a few others Im trying to find. Would love to hear from anybody with anything about mt St Joseph's. I lived in the Jr's group, Sister Stella. and I loved it!
: Cris (Jackson) Murphy
: Please email me at cadaisy@webtv.net

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