Elizabeth Batchelder Davis Children's Home Historical

Elizabeth Batchelder Davis Children's Home Historical (HM1TJS)

Location: Oshkosh, WI 54902 Winnebago County
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N 44° 2.035', W 88° 34.426'

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On this site stood the house that was once the Elizabeth Batchelder Davis Children's Home. The Greek Revival-style house was built circa 1855 for Oshkosh attorney Coles Bashford (1816-1878). Bashford was later elected Wisconsin's first Republican governor and served 1856-1858. The house was purchased in 1875 by Oshkosh lumberman Robert McMillan (1830-1897), whose family owned it for more than 30 years. In 1911, the house became the property of trustees authorized by the will of Elizabeth Batchelder Davis (est. 1822-1910), whose dream was to provide and perpetually maintain a home for children needing care and shelter. It was then known as the Elizabeth Batchelder Davis Children's Home.
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The Home opened in 1912 as a girls' orphanage. It was situated on a 65-acre farm that included outbuildings, livestock and an orchard. The farm provided the children fresh food, and the chores provided them good learning opportunities. By 1914 the orphanage accepted both boys and girls. In the 1920s it became a foster home when the need for orphanages diminished. The Home cared for children until 1963. In 1965 the house was reopened as a group home for teenage boys. From 1990 to 2004 the house was used as a child care center. After a modern child care center was constructed adjacent to the Home, efforts
to find a new use for the house failed. The house was razed in 2006. Elizabeth Batchelder Davis's dream lives on through the work done by the foundation she established over a century ago by providing care development opportunities for children.
Year Placed2016
Placed ByWinnebago County Historical and Archaeological Society and the Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Monday, August 8th, 2016 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 373895 N 4876843
Decimal Degrees44.03391667, -88.57376667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 2.035', W 88° 34.426'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 2' 2.1" N, 88° 34' 25.56" W
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Area Code(s)920
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1601-1687 WI-21, Oshkosh WI 54902, US
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