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Children’s Home raised hundreds

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A group of concerned women started a home for needy children in Amsterdam in 1883. When it first opened, four children were taken in, but the numbers grew rapidly. In 1896, a dormitory-style Children’s Home was built at 77 Guy Park Ave., and it was enlarged in 1909. Money was donated by community leaders, including carpet industry executive Stephen Sanford. Shirley Spurles Baroody remembered the day in the 1940s when her parents, migrant farm workers, ...

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