Friday, May 16, 2014

House of the Angel Guardian; Jamaica Plain, Boston / Memorial Day Story

Lately I have been dreaming of my deceased parents. Whether it is the advent of Memorial Day or some other reason, I feel compelled to share a story.

After the untimely accidental death of my grandfather, my dad was placed in the House of the Angel Guardian on August 7, 1937. At the time my father was living at the Franco-American school/orphanage in Lowell, Massachusetts. Two years previous he had been placed there with his two younger brothers and older sister for his destitute widowed father could no longer care for them.

The House of the Angel Guardian was an industrial school / orphanage situated in Jamaica Plain/Boston, Massachusetts. The orphanage was administered by the Belgian religious order, the Brothers of Charity. A historian described the home as "certainly no bed of roses under the strict rules," but it "inculcated manly virtues, self-discipline, independence, and respect for authority in its graduates, qualities useful in the military and industry...the monotonous diet of oatmeal, bread, milk, stew, potatoes and peanut butter." The Brothers taught dad the trade of printing and he worked as a printer most of his life.

Dad Far Right

Read Story of Dad's Parents Mendoza and Eveline Rousseau


Blogger Beauport01930 said...

Thanks for writing this short story and adding a life in existence at this institution. While searching my ancestry, I learned my great-grandfather placed two of his youngest sons at different times in this orphanage back in the late 1800's. I wonder what the circumstances were in my family which led to the decision of placement; the older siblings were living with their mother in Gloucester, MA. There is not much written on the Internet about the institution and I so far am unable to travel to research further.

I hope it's all right with you for me to include your story and pictures in my Gallery attached to my two Uncles as part of their story. Please let me know. It's your story.

Denise Penta

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