At The Orphanage

The Laudenslayer Children at the I.O.O.F. Orphanage, 1927


In 1927, widow Edith (von Dreele) Laudenslayer brought her four children – Frank, Almeda, Jake, and Mary – to the Odd Fellows Orphans Home in Sunbury, Northumberland county, PA. The Laudenslayer siblings spent their “growing‐up” and school years there.

IOOF orphanage class photo, 1927

ABOVE: Odd Fellows Orphan Home, Sunbury, Northumberland co., PA – April 1927.
Photo courtesy of Almeda E. (Laudenslayer) Schenot, July 6, 2002

1st row, third from right: Mary Martha Laudenslayer, age 4
3rd row, third and fourth from right: Malvern Dean “Jake” Laudenslayer, Jr., age 7 * and Almeda Elizabeth Laudenslayer, age 8
5th row, extreme right: William Franklin “Frank” Laudenslayer, age 9

*Malvern Dean Laudenslayer, Jr., was called Jake to avoid confusion with his father.
Likely this nickname was given in honor of Jr.’s paternal grandfather, Jacob Laudenslayer.


BELOW: An excerpt from the larger photo, with annotations for the Laudenslayer siblings.

annotated excerpt from IOOF orphanage class photo, 1927


Valley Girl Views” offers a marvelous history of this orphanage that the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) “operated ... on Snydertown Road in Sunbury, from 1897 to 1970.”

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Back to the story of the four Laudenslayer children in “The Descendants of John Herman and Maria Caroline (Beckman) von Dreele”