The Junior League Baby hospital on Bay Street officially opened in February 4, 1928. The excerpt below illustrates the harsh realities of life in those days, and the wonderful work of Charlotte’s Junior League.
Click through the slideshow to see the 1931 special edition dedicated to the League (and a photo of what the house looks like today!).
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The Charlotte Observer, December 6, 1928
“ ... Many of these babies are orphans whose fathers have died or been killed in accidents and whose mothers have died from childbirth or overwork. Some of them are motherless infants whose fathers have other young children for whom to provide, no money and no woman in the family to take care of the baby. Most of the infants are from families where the husband has deserted the wife leaving her to support the children, nurse, cook, and clothe them. If the mother goes out and manages to land a job, there is no one at home to do the cooking, washing and taking care of the children.
“These are the children cared for by the Charlotte Junior League Baby Home, from birth to 18 months.
“What happens to these children when they become a year and a half old? They are given back to their parents if they are in a position to care for them, put in an orphan asylum if the parents are still unable to support them but unwilling to give them up entirely, or if the babies have been relinquished for good, they are legally adopted into real home found for them by Junior League girls. ...”