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Back in time: Children's Nutritional School

Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 5:43 pm
by Ersauceda68
My mother has told me of stories when she grew up in west Fresno. My grandparents were migrant farm worker's who had traveled from Texas, Arizona and settling in Fresno in 1940. My mothers recalls her younger sister being sent away to a Childrens school located on W OLIVE or W BELMONT Ave in 1945 and my Mom and her older sister followed months later. She only recalls that Calif social services had said my aunt was to SKINNY and since grandparents couldnt afford alot (that was the perception of migrant workers) my aunt should be sent to this NUTRITIONAL SCHOOL for children where she will attend, live there, and grandparents or family could visit weekends

My mom and her sisters stayed at this NUTRITIONAL school for 5-7 years...(1945-1951). She has memories of horrible treatment influcted upon them, and remembers Ms. Blackwell as head teacher. I've have researched all over and cant locate any records on this school....Anyone hear if it or can help me?

Re: Back in time: children's Nutritional School

Posted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:41 am
by Lost Fresno
Thank you for posting about the Nutritional Home. My research turned up this 1944 article which states that the school was located on West Belmont Ave. I assume this is the school that your Mother spoke about. Migrant farm workers are an important part of Fresno's history. In fact, my wife's father originally started out that way and was promoted to running large farms in the time period you spoke of.

Although this Fresno Bee article does not offer a lot of information, it is my hope that other readers will see it and offer their memories. You should know that although you may not see replies to this posting for some time, it does not mean that it is not being read. Sometimes it take a long time for the right person to come along and share information about long forgotten parts of lost Fresno memories. So keep checking back.

Re: Back in time: children's Nutritional School

Posted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:55 am
by Lost Fresno
Ok, one more lead for you. In this article about a benefit at the White Theater, it lists the superintendent of the Nutritional School as Margret T. Blackman. This may be the individual your Mom spoke of, not Ms. Blackwell. Hope this helps in your search.

Back in time: children's Nutritional School

Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:18 am
by aniwaya4@gmail.com
I was placed in that children’s home, nutritional home on Belmont, Fresno, California.

Re: Back in time: Children's Nutritional School

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:52 am
by jeffhanna
I recall visiting the Children's Nutritional Home, which I believe was an orphanage, as a child with my mother (late 1950's or early 1960's). Mom had been invited there to visit the children. I just recall a large old house - and yes, West Belmont sounds familiar.

Re: Back in time: Children's Nutritional School

Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:47 pm
by dans fresno history
hever heard of it but i sounds like one of those 1950s health institutions that where the patients were treated badly.

Re: Back in time: Children's Nutritional School

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:42 pm
by Lanie68
Thank you all for responding with your memories....Ive been researching for info on FRESNO NUTRITIONAL HOME for a few year.....As I previousley stated my mom and aunts were placed in this home for several years, and their memories are actually nightmares.......I found very little info online. Seems alot of the homes records are part of many different " Social Welfare Programs" catalogs and files....Through Fresno County Library Geneological/Historical records Ive been able to locate more records....This "home" ran as part of a county/state funded program from 1922-1968. Even though it was called a "Nutritional Home", there was NO ACTUAL physician, physical therapist, nor nutritionist on site as part of there staff..Over the years many have wondered how did this place even exist, who was responsible for credentialing, placement of children etc......So many questions, much more to find out......I will post the articles that Ive recovered for you to view........Id really like to converse with those who have attended this place, as Im trying to find out as much as I can......