D’Evereux Hall Orphanage for Boys 1861 — 1966

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    D'Evereux Hall Natchez, Mississippi Photographer Norman Studio circa 1910 — View of building housing Catholic boy's orphanage Louisiana State University Libraries, Special Collections The Thomas H. and Joan W. Gandy Photograph Collection Mss. 3778, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley collections LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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    Brother Edgar, Bishop Gerow, Brother Aquinas, Brother Florian and Brother Henry standing. Brother Henry raises cows and milks them everyday for the milk needed for D'Evereux Hall, St. Mary's Orphanage and the Protestant Orphanage

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    Brother Henry on the left... his dog lying on the steps

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    Bishop Richard Oliver Gerow celebrating mass in D'Evereux Hall Chapel. James Shaidnagle (foreground) and his brother Donald Shaidnagle are altar servers. James Shaidnagle is a parishioner of St. Mary Basilica

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    D'Evereux Hall boys circa 1946

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    Playing in the snow

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    D'Evereux Hall boys

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    D’Evereaux Hall west facade

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    Brother Florian: Wishing you the Brothers and the Boys of D’Evereaux Hall God’s abundant blessing, I am Sincerely Yours in Christ R.O. Gerow Bishop of Natchez Feb. 22, 1940… View Bishop Gerow’s note.
    This photo was taken in the Bishops office, in the St. Mary Cathedral rectory.
    Photograph compliments of Charles Partridge, a resident of D'Evereux Hall from 1941–1953

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“The Life of A Boy in D’Evereux Hall Orphanage”

By Charles A. Partridge
5.am: Wake up, go brush teeth, wash up and get ready to walk to St. Mary’s Cathedral. 6.am: Serve mass 365 days a year (rain, sleet, snow or whatever). 6.30 or 6.40: Walk back to D’Evereux to eat breakfast, usually oatmeal or cream of wheat except Sunday, then, it was cereal (like corn flakes). [Also, served Benediction every Sunday at 5:00 p.m.] … Read more


D’Evereux Hall Brothers of the Sacred Heart

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Brother Andre, Brother Edgar, Brother Florian, Brother Julius, and Brother Pascal


D'Evereux Hall covered in a blanket of light snow circa 1954

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When, finally, the horrors of war ceased, and peace returned to our country, Bishop Elder immediately took up the matter of getting the Brothers of the Sacred Heart to come to Natchez to teach the boys' school and to take charge of D'Evereux Hall Orphanage. And, in October, 1865, Natchez had the happiness of seeing the arrival of a group of these Brothers, the Superior being Brother Florimond.
Cradle Days of St. Mary's at Natchez –Rev. R.O. Gerow

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Lithograph on stone - St. Mary Cathedral