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A Boy’s Feathered Friend Victory Hall, Normal, c. 1930

Victory Hall boy with a bird, 1930.

Opened after World War I at 904 Hovey Ave. in Normal, Victory Hall was a safe place for boys from troubled families. Seen here is Victory Hall boy George Sanders about 1930.
In the early 1980s, an Illinois State University fraternity moved into the 904 Hovey Ave. complex. Victory Hall relocated to Bloomington and merged with two other children’s homes. The successor home closed in 2003.

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History


Susan Owens9/16/20 9:56am

Hello Mr. Kemp. I would like to correct the name on the photo above. This is my father, Tom Sanders. I would also like to state that not all boys and girls in Victory Hall and Lucy Orme Morgan homes were from troubled homes. It was due to the 1918 flu pandemic that resulted in my father and his sister going to those homes. Their mother, Ethel Simpkins Sanders, died as a result of the Spanish flu on January 5, 1919. My father was 3 yrs old and was sent to the Baby Fold until he was old enough to transfer to Victory Hall. His sister was 5yrs old and went straight to Lucy Orme Morgan Home for girls. There father was unable to care for two small children. I would be curious to learn if there were other children that were sent to those homes under similar circumstances. Thank you for the wonderful work you do Mr. Kemp.

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