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available at this time
Fellow and Rebekah Children's Home
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 facility. On April 26, 1886, the corner stone 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 1920's, enrollment dropped sharply in the 1930's and 1940's.
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. (1977)
Location: 3400 West 2nd Ave,