After the Civil War, there was a great need to provide care for the children left destitute by the death or disability of their fathers. Once known as the Illinois Soldier's Home and later know as the Illinois Soldier's and Sailor's Children's School, which was located in Normal, Illinois. The children were kept busy with cooking, cleaning and farming the land to help support the system. They attended school on the grounds rarely leaving until they were of high school age. Because the state moved from large institutional care to small group and foster care settings for the children, the orphanage was closed for good in 1979 and soon fell into decay.
According to cemetery records, Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, became the final resting place for 136 children from the Illinois Soldier's and Sailor's Children's School who passed away due to various causes. Two areas in the cemetery were provided for this purpose. They can be located in Section: 12 Lot: 6 and Section: D Lots 443, 444, 449 and 450.
Source: Evergreen Memorial Cemetery Book of History
Submitter: Gary Wayne Ayers