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Worcester Historical Museum: Temporary Home and Day Nursery Collection

Worcester Historical Museum: Temporary Home and Day Nursery Collection

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Worcester Historical Museum: Temporary Home and Day Nursery Collection 2004.04 Feb09
Your NameChanan MoffittFamily Name Envelope # (2004.04-Box Number-Envelope #)Tortorello 2004.04-5.177
Text on Envelope’s Outside1924 Tortorello Home & D.N.October 6thLouiseCelaraMaryFree# of cards in the envelope Other contents, if any24 News Paper Clippings (
Children to be Taken by the State, Babies Cry for  Mother While Father Seeks Police Aid in Finding Wife, Leave Children WithTortorello, Missing Mother)
5 Referral Slips
Main card: FRONT
ChildrenNames Date of Birth Place of Birth Nationality AdmissionDateDate of LeavingLouiseClaraMaryNov. 1 1919June 25 1922July 30 1923ItalianItalianItalianOct 6 1924Oct 6 1924Oct 6 1924Dec 13 1924Dec 13 1924Dec 13 1924ParentsFather MotherRoccoNameMargaret14 Cross St.Residence14 Cross St.ItalianNationalityItalian
2Father MotherItaly 1894Place & Date of BirthItaly Dec 1901New Haven, Conn.Dec 16 1918Place & Date of Marriage New Haven, ConnDec 16 1918Butcher by tradeSick at presentOccupation New England Biscuit Co.EarningsCharacteristicsMarried-DivorcedDeserted-SeparatedOther children in familyNo other children
Main card: REVERSE
Reasons for AdmissionMan sick in City Hospital, has a complication of diseases. Woman would rather go to work, if she canplace the children, than to be helped by the City. She is to work for the New England Biscuit Co. andcome here either Friday nights or Saturday mornings to take her children home for the weekend.2.We find that family has been helped by the Overseers of Poor. They first applied for aid in Dec. 1920.At that time Mr. Burbank visited home and learned that family consisted of man, wife, and only one childinstead of two children as was told by Mrs. Tortorello. She told an untruth when she said she had babyborn Nov. 1 1920, and admitted this to Mr. Becker later; she also said husband was sick in bed and whenvisitor called man was not in bed and not at home.Associated Charities had been helping family but decline to aid more.On Dec. 31 1920 family again went to Mr. Becker for aid and City declined to aid for present. Sept.30, 1921 State authorized aid not to exceed $4.00 per week in groceries. Case to be closed when manobtains employment.May 5, 1922 – Case closed.Sept. 27, 1924 – Mrs. Tortorello again applied for aid. Mr. Tortorello been sick two months and atpresent is in City Hospital. Before illness was working in White, Perey & Dexter. Action deferredpending investigation.Oct. 1, 1924 – Mr.Burbank again called at home to investigate conditions. A man whom Mrs.Tortorello claims to be husbands brother was in the house. Mr. Burbank smelled strong odor of winecoming from cellar. Mrs. Tortorello when asked to open door said landlord had not given her any key soshe could not open door. Action deferred for week or two.O. of P. notified when children were taken into the House.Nov. 1924 – Man discharged from City Hospital but complains all the time of not feeling well. Notable to work, and says he is not able to care for children. Children were to go home first of December buttheir tenement is being painted and for this reason were kept in the House ‘till the odor of paint was gone.
3Who Brought? Whorecommended?Agrees to Pay Relatives? Vaccinations?MotherMiss. PowersMiss Little of Dist.Nurse SocietyNearest telephoneMr. DanzikoC-6035M25 Cross St.
Associated Charities of WorcesterDate(s): Known to:Confidential Exchange of the Associated CharitiesDate(s): Registered by:Social Service Exchange of the Associated CharitiesDate(s): Registered by:Other (please list):Date(s):Jan 8 1937Jan 31 1939Oct 6 1932June 28 1937Aug 20 1938Notes: Referring AgenciesDistrict Service #2 (Re-Inquiry)Chief Probation Officer (Re-Inquiry)District Service 5Fresh Air FundFresh Air Fund (Re-Inquiry)
What Notes4 News Paper Articles

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