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A Home of Their Own: The Story of Ohio's Greatest Orphanage

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  • Hardcover: 357 pages
  • Publisher: Orange Frazer Pr (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933197722
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933197722
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,475,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Edward L Michael on July 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book at Our Annual Reunion, our 130th Reunion. I was raised in The Home 1947-1958. Ed Lentz, you did an outstanding job writing the history, intertwined with memories of the students. You can read my recollection of the home on page 221. I have been asked by the students at Lakeland College in Wisconsin, what it was like being raised in an Orphanage. I always tell them it was a great experience. I had been in children's homes in Ohio from the time I was three years old. I didn't have any other comparison. My first question when they have me come in to speak to their class is, "When your were playing sports in high high sclhool who did you play for? Most of the time the students say their parents, I respond that I never had the chance to play for my parents, but I had 500 brothers and sisters to play for and with. You should see their eyes pop when I tell them about my brothers and sisters and what we accomplished, not only in athletics, but everything we did which is well documented in the book. I coach baseball at Lakeland College and I have told the coaches of my upbringing. I have a lot of video that I have taken of The Home and sharred some of my video with coach Mike Bachar, our infield coach. He told me that he felt sorry that I was raised in an orphanage before he saw the video, but he doesn't feel sorry for me now, hell, he said, you lived in a small college setting. Mike said that he can now see why I have this pride about The Home when I tell him some of the things we pulled while we were students there. Coach Chris Thousand, the head coach at Lakeland has asked me how I accoplished what I have with out the support of parents. Those of you who buy the book and read it will understand the preparation by the staff of The Home for our future success. The Home was better than being bounced around the state. The Home was my rock. Ed Michael
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Glen Ayala on October 9, 2010
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I recently completed the book and will probably read it again and again. I purchased two copies and sent one to my sister in Maryland. My father and his two sisters were sent to OSSO after losing both of their parents in the 1930s. I'm guessing he was 8 or nine years old at the time which would have been around 1934 or 1935. His name was Arthur Ayala, and his sisters were Elinor Ayala Sleeper, and Loa Ayala Henthorne. I'm guessing he graduated from the home around 1943. My Aunt Elinor was interviewed for this book, but apparently her interview was lost by a former researcher. I would definitely be interested in reading what she had to say if it is ever found. I remember a lot of stories that my Dad told us about the home. He played in the band, played on the football team, and attended the printing vocation which he eventually worked as his career. He worked for Ohio State University printing their Lantern, and later returned to the home in the middle 70s to teach the vocation. My mother, Janet, worked in the Administration office, I believe it was with Colonel Stephan. I remember touring the home several times, and attending Christmas breakfast in the dining room with the family. I remember how delicious and fresh the milk was. On several holidays, my parents would bring home a couple of children to spend the holidays with us.

I thought the book was excellent. It was full of Ohio history as well as history of the home. I learned quite a bit of new information, as well as remembering some of the same stories that my Dad told us as we were growing up. I remember his best friend Franklin Cain telling us some of the stories also. My Dad passed away at a young age of 69 back in 1995. My Aunt Loa has also passed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen K on September 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A play "Voices from the Home" introduced me to this remarkable home for thousands of children and challenged my perception of orphanages. And then when I saw this book I had to read the story. Through careful research a very complete history is given of this unique pioneer in education as well as the successful raising of children. With the constant switching of superintendents during the first 50 years it is a miracle that it developed into being such a fine school and home. Author Edward Lentz recognizes how veterans groups and others advocated for and strongly supported the work of this home for over a hundred years. And while the personal stories of staff and 'orphans' interspersed throughout the text shares how beneficial this home was to the improving of lives; Lentz also points out the changes in attitudes,beliefs and standards that contributed to the decreasing support of the Home by the legislature. And yet he does not stop there. He challenges the reader to question our current system of caring for children and inspires one to become more involved in seeking the best way to raise up children so that they can live happy and productive lives as children and then as adults. If you have never heard the story of the Ohio Soldiers and Sailors Home for Orphans I encourage you to read this book. You will be amazed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carla K. on September 10, 2010
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I just learned that this book was published and can not wait to receive my copy. My Dad (Charles F. Boltz) was raised in the Clark County Childrens Home (Springfield OH) and the Ohio Soldiers Home (Xenia OH). My Dad recently passed away (April 7, 2010) and the only regret I have is that I can not share this book with him. He was very proud of growing up at the Ohio Soldiers Home and as far as his family is concerned he was a very successful man. He retired after 37 years employment from Dayton Daily News in 1990. After he left the home he enlisted in the US Navy (1945). I have several pictures of him while he served in the Navy but practically no information about him prior. I do not know the years that he was in the two homes but would love to find out. I know he was in CCCH as an infant & I believe he returned to that home after living with his father & grandparents for awhile. I do not know when he went to the Ohio Soldiers. If anyone reading this knows how I can get that info please advice me. I will update once I receive my book. Thanks to the gentleman that published this book - without you I would no nothing of my Dad's childhood. I never discussed it with my Dad at great length because I was sad that he did not have parents that raised him - but now I am glad to know that he had so many brothers & sisters.I credit the Ohio Soldiers Home for making my Dad the best Dad in the world. Thanks to all the people involved in his life. Carla Klay
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