Tuesday, August 8, 2017

'The Old Folks Home'

July 16, 1925 Lawrence County News
To Let Contract For Old Folks Home
The Board of Hospitals and Homes of the Southern Illinois Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church has definitely accepted the Hennessey site for the location of the home, and the architect has been ordered to perfect the plans and specifications and then submit them to contractors at once. 

This action of the Board was taken at a meeting held in Centralia, Tuesday. When the manner of selecting a site was presented by J. B. Stout, it was found that the site selected on the Groff tract west of Lawrenceville was not available, and the arrangements were made by the local committee and Chamber of Commerce to secure an option on another tract of land. Several tracts were under consideration and the committee finally decided on the Hennessey tract. When this was presented to the Board of Hospitals and Homes by J. B. Stout, Tuesday, it was unanimously voted to accept it.


The tract is composed of 5 acres bounded on the north by Cedar Street, on the east by 16th St. and on the south by Sunnyside Addition. It is convenient to the railroad station and is only seven blocks from the Methodist Episcopal Church.

 E. A. Brunson, the architect employed to prepare the plans and specifications, met with the Board Tuesday and was ordered to perfect the plans submitted and have them in readiness for contractors at the earliest possible moment. It is the plan of the Board to advertise for bids and let the contract this fall in order to give the successful bidder an opportunity to get his materials on the ground for an early start in the spring. It will also give the contractor a chance to get his millwork out during the winter months when business is quiet thus getting a better price on the job.