From Iowa Official Register 1909-1910
Iowa Soldiers' Orphans' Home- Davenport
Superintendent- Frank J Sessions
Physician- William L. Allen, M.D.
Steward- Uriah D. Runkle
There is in connection with this institution a school
building, pleasant, commodious and well lighted, and it is the policy of the
board to have the course of instruction at a high standard. A kindergarten is
operated for the very young pupils.
The age limit is beyond which children are not kept in
the home is sixteen years. Fewer than 20 per cent remain to the age limit.
A library of well selected juvenile literature is a
source of pleasure and profitable entertainment to the children, as from
necessity their pastimes and pleasures are somewhat circumscribed.
It is the aim to provide the children with plenty of
good comfortable clothing and to have them taught to take good care of the same.
clothing is all manufactured at the home, the large girls assisting in its
manufacture. The table is supplied with a good variety of plain, wholesome food
and a reasonable amount of luxuries.
The home is supported by a regular appropriation of $12
per month for each inmate and the actual transportation charges of inmates to
and from the institution. Each county is liable to the state for the support of
its children to the extent of $6 per month, except soldiers' orphans, who are
cared for at the expense of the state.