by Iric Nathanson, Becketwood Member
Earlier this year, when I was researching the history of the Sheltering Arms Orphanage at the Minnesota Historical Society, I came across an unmarked envelope at the bottom of a box of orphanage records. I opened the envelope and discovered a typed manuscript dated March 1937. The title page read “Brick House Days.” It was an account by a man named Ned Lilleveld of the time he had spent at Sheltering Arms. Ned’s account was based on a journal he had kept as a young boy twenty years earlier.
Like many of the young people who lived at Sheltering Arms between 1910 and 1942, Ned’s stay there was relatively brief. He was at the orphanage for less than a year while his mother was at the Glen Lake Sanitorium, recovering from tuberculosis.
Since our cooperative is built on the former Sheltering Arms site, I thought you might be interested in Ned’s story.
Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3....