Davis Child Shelter
I attended school with kids from the Davis Child Shelter. I had to walk within site of the home every day. I
dont recall any of us looking down on these kids, as they were kids
just like us with a slightly different home life. But I also dont
recall them, or us ever discussing it on the playground. The
shelter stopped being called the "Davis Child Shelter" in 1961 when it
became the Children's Home Society, which was heavy on adoption.
This building was torn down in 1964, and the property became part
of the HECKS discount store.
See larger photo HERE
These names were on the back of the photo above
Chapman, who sent me this photo said the following: "My mother worked
here for 18 years. She's holding David Cleland, back row left."
David Cleland's father was in charge of the Davis Child Shelter
for many years and David lived there right through his first college at
Child Shelter, an orphanage, was established in 1900 with financing
from former U.S. Sen. Henry Gassaway Davis. The orphanage closed in
1961 as part of a national movement to remove children from
institutions and place them in foster homes. Davis Child Shelter
was part of the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia, and still is
the state’s largest child-service organization.|
DAVIS CHILD SHELTER HISTORY