Posted by: Media Manager | January 1, 2016
House of Refuge & Industry
There can be many reasons for encountering “brick walls” when researching one’s family tree. Sometimes the relative was in an institution for a time.
Cornwall Twp (Glebe District) – House of Industry & Refuge
In the early 1900’s hospitals were opened for the insane or handicapped and children went to detention homes. In June of 1911 the sod was turned and in October of the same year the House of Refuge opened on the Glebe Road (11th St E today). The 140 acre property, half of which was under cultivation when it opened, was designed to house 30 “inmates” and swelled to 100+ by 1949. Grounds keeping was initially performed using jail labour. 906 “inmates” are known to have been housed there between 1913 and 1952. At least 45 persons were buried at the site in “pauper’s graves” between 1913 and 1939. Some of the unmarked graves were unearthed during two separate excavations. In 1985 29 of these were re-interred at St. Lawrence Valley Cemetery; a collective monument was erected at the cemetery in 2016.
The information contained on this page is a matter of public record and is provided here as a convenience to researchers.
1927 City Directory – House of Industry “inmates”
Fusee, Maggie inmate
Rice, Tressa (Theresa per the Register)
St. Louis, Octava
St. Thomas, Michael
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