It is with mingled feelings of joy and sorrow that the managers of the Elizabeth Orphan Asylum record the passing of another year. Thankfulness for many blessings which have been given us, and sorrow at the passing from our midst of one who has shared with us all the struggles and success of our fifty-two years. Mrs. Sarah H. Clark was one of our charter members; for twenty-seven years our First Directress; since its organization a member of the Admission Committee. Always a wise counsellor, a generous friend, full of loving interest in the children. Well may we feel that her gain was our great loss, and that the Asylum has lost one of its most staunch supporters.
During the year just passed the work of our committees has been well and faithfully attended to. The Finance Committee has arranged two new districts, for one of which a collector has been found. The other will be canvassed during the coming year. The collectors deserve special thanks; they have a weary, time-taking task, and the result of their labor, as shown in our report, proves the thoroughness of their work. The Admission Committee have added eighteen homeless children to our large family and placed fourteen with relatives or in homes. Their work is constant and never ending, and their friendly interest follows the children long after they have outgrown the need of special care.
The Committee on Education has labored under great difficulties. Owing to changes in teachers and sickness among pupils, the regular school routine has been seriously interfered with. However, a new teacher has been engaged, conditions are improving, and the committee hopes soon to have the school running in its usual orderly manner. The Wardrobe Committee has held regular meetings and cut out two hundred and sixty-three garments. Many donations, especially one of 880 garments and household articles from the Needle Work Guild, have done much to lighten their labors. The committee has been much pleased that they have been able to buy and give to each little girl in the Asylum a nice new blue serge dress.
The Housekeeping Committee has been kept busy; more extensive repairs than usual have been necessary. Several changes have taken place in the helpers. A new Matron, Mrs. Savidge, who was connected with the institution some years ago, has been installed in place of Miss Clara Reed, whose resignation occurred last summer. An epidemic of scarlet fever in a mild form has caused some anxiety. The sick children have been carefully isolated, a trained nurse secured, and under the care of Drs. Mravlag and Conover the disease is being controlled. Every precaution is taken to guard the well ones, and the sick children have rather enjoyed being the recipients of so much attention. None were too sick to enjoy the dainties sent them. Several of the children have had special attention from Dr. Wilson for their eyes and throats, and many others from Dr. Adelberg for their teeth. We are very grateful to the physicians who have taken time from their busy lives to minister to the needs of our children; also to the Elizabeth Daily Journal and the Evening Times for many courtesies extended.
Miss Mildred Carlton and her assistants have continued their class in sewing, and at the close of the season gave the girls a lawn party at her home in Grand Street. A treat of ice cream was provided for the boys by one of the trustees.
Sunday has been very full of interest. In the morning Mr. Clark and his helpers have continued the Sunday School, which is always a pleasure to the children, and has been made more so by the gift of a Bible Picture Roll presented by the Primary Class of the First Presbyterian Church. In the afternoon they have enjoyed very much the Song Service conducted by the Misses Morrison and Brown, and the Junior Service at St. Johnís, which they have been invited to attend. Donation, Thanksgiving and Christmas have been red letter days for the Asylum. Gifts of clothing, table linen, bedding, provisions, money, toys and goodies of all kinds from individuals, merchants, schools and churches found their way to the Asylum and made glad the hearts of the managers as well as the children. Many families before leaving for the summer arranged to have the products of their gardens sent to add to the table of the orphans.
The annual excursion was even more successful financially this year than last. Special thanks are due Mr. I. F. Randolph for his kindness to the children and to Mr. W. A. Miller and his associate. It is with sincere regret we note the death of Mr. Wellington Blakely, who for many years was an able assistant of the Excursion Committee.
We wish to mention especially several donations received during the year. A fine new Merry-go-Round from Mr. Peter Egenolf, which has been the joy of the playground. A picnic treat by the Kingís Daughters of St. James' Church. A Ball Game between the Public Service and Broad Street Clerks, to which the children were invited and treated to lemonade, cakes, etc., and the profits of which were .sent to our treasury.
Two fairs given by children for the benefit of the orphans realized quite a nice sum for the Asylum. One was arranged by Mabel Glaser and Esther Lewis and the other by Helen Townley and ten young friends. Many generous donations, receipted bills, and large discounts on bills, which will be found itemized in the back of our report, show the universal interest and sympathy felt in this institution for homeless children. A legacy of $100.00 from the estate of Anna M. Moore was received during the year, and a very delightful Christmas surprise of $1,000 from Mrs. John S. Kennedy, of New York. This unexpected gift was most opportune and acceptable. It made possible several much needed expenditures which our limited treasury had heretofore forbidden.
The trustees gratefully acknowledge the generous interest of their many friends. We feel that we have much to be thankful for. The bright, happy faces of the children proclaim their general well being and show the watchful care of managers, Matron and all connected with the Asylum.
We close our yearly report with thankful hearts for the blessings of the year just passed, and look with confidence and trust for a continuance of generous support and divine guidance in the year to come.
1. "FIFTY-SECOND ANNUAL REPORT", Fifty-Second Annual Report of the Elizabeth Orphan Asylum Association, Elizabeth, New Jersey, 1910, Pages 5-7.