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LaCrosse, Wisconsin Orphanage

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Re: LaCrosse, Wisconsin Orphanage

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This is a photo of St. Michael's. I lived there from 1970-1971.
It was at the location 3222 South Ave., La Crosse, WI. It was three stories. When I was there, it was a home for children. They used to call them "wayward" children but in my era, we were called juvenile delinquents. Many were just kids from abusive homes. There were two units on each floor. One side or wing was where the boys lived and the other side was where the girls lived. Separated by a long hallway on each floor. The first floor was the younger aged kids (about 9 or 10 to 12), the third floor was for the older kids (13-18) who needed more supervision or were more "unruly" or "tough". The second floor, where I lived, was for same age as third floor (13-18) but who were not unruly in general.
It wasn't "home" but in some ways it was better and in some ways it was worse (only because we had less freedom than at home). It was by no means a hostile place -- at least not on the second floor girls wing. :) I still have some fond memories of it and some of the nuns were actually quite sweet and kind (even to me, a non-catholic).
I did hear and read the building was torn down in 1982. I can't imagine it not being there anymore. I went back to the area only once, as maid of honor for a friend's wedding (she was also at "St. Mike's" as we called it, when I was there). We both turned out fine. :)
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