August 21, 1943

War Industry Wages Allow More Adoptions
NORMAL, ILL— The Illinois Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s School (ISSCS) reports that in 1942 its population decreased to the lowest level since 1924. The decrease in population at orphanages can generally be attributed to an increasing number of families who can now afford to adopt children or care for their own children—decreasing the numbers entering orphanages—thanks to the jobs and high wages these families have found in war industries. Originally named the Illinois Soldiers’ Orphans’ Home (ISOH), ISSCS opened its doors on June 17, 1869 to children of disabled or deceased Civil War veterans. Prominent Normalites including U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Davis were instrumental in locating the school in Normal. Approximately 350 of the school’s former residents are serving overseas; several have been killed in action.

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