Odd Fellow and Rebekah Children's Home

Odd Fellow and Rebekah Children's Home (HM177K)

Location: Corsicana, TX 75110 Navarro County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 4.57', W 96° 30.124'

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In 1885 the Grand Lodge of Texas, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, founded the I. O. O. F. Widows and Orphans Home, one of the first fraternal orphanages in the state. Corsicana Lodge No. 63 and other local citizens gave 200 acres as a site for the facility. On April 26, 1886, the cornerstone for the first permanent building was laid. Only one child was residing here in 1891, but enrollment and financial support soon increased. The home became a self-contained community with its own independent school district, farm and dairy, power plant, and water supply. Abel Rice Auditorium, built in 1911 when enrollment was over 300, contained a swimming pool and gym, and housed the fine arts department sponsored by the Rebekah lodges. This institution also served as a home for the aged from 1905 until a separate facility opened in Ennis in 1928. After peaking at nearly 400 in the 1920s, enrollment dropped sharply in the 1930s and 1940s. The school closed in 1943, and students began attending Corsicana public schools. Campus buildings were modernized in a 1945 "reconversion program." Renamed in 1948, the Odd Fellow and Rebekah Children's Home has provided care for over 5500 persons.
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HM NumberHM177K
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Marker Number7241
Year Placed1977
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 7:54pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 735780 N 3551608
Decimal Degrees32.07616667, -96.50206667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 4.57', W 96° 30.124'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 4' 34.20" N, 96° 30' 7.44" W
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Area Code(s)903
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 745 N Allison Dr, Corsicana TX 75110, US
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