Alumni Visit

dick chapmanOn August 30, the first day of school at Nashua Children’s Home, we were visited by Dick & Doris Chapman of Sanford, Maine, who were in the area for the day and took the opportunity to drop by.

Mr. Chapman’s mother had died in childbirth with him, and his father, a shoe worker, was not satisfied with his care in a local foster home.  He was brought here to 125 Amherst Street, then the Nashua Protestant Orphanage Association, as a two-year-old in 1937.  Mr. Chapman’s father later was killed in an accident.  Mr. Chapman remained at the Protestant Orphanage, one of three Nashua orphanages operating at the time, until he was twelve years old when he went to live with his grandparents.

Mr. & Mrs. Chapman toured the facility, with Mr. Chapman remembering the location of different aspects of the building.  We still retain three journals of hand-written admission records of youngsters placed here beginning with the founding of the Orphanage in 1903 through the later 1930s.  Mr. Chapman’s record, to his delight, was contained within the last journal.  His was the very last entry, which we copied for him.

Mr. & Mrs. Chapman left here for their drive back to Maine very pleased that they stopped in, and we were equally pleased to have hosted their visit.

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