Bradley D. Rafferty, Ormsby Village, Louisville, Kentucky

Bradley D. Rafferty, Ormsby Village, Louisville, Kentucky

Bradley grew up in the Jefferson county, KY children's home with his brothers and graduated in 1926, when he was 18. He is standing in from on Cottage 8, where he lived. He became a professional musician and long time employee of Oldsmobile in Lansing, Mi and my father.

There will be a 143rd Ormsby

There will be a 143rd Ormsby Village birthday party / reunion October 26, 2008. It will be at George Rodgers Clark Park off Poplar Level Road in Louisville, Ky. Noon till 6pm.
There are fewer and fewer of us each year. Some of us were there in the 30's and 40's.
Let me know if there is anyone you would like to know about.

Beverly McCallister

Ormsby Village


I used to live at Ormsby back in the early 70's. My father was Assistant Director at the facility. I would like to find out if you have any old pictures, videos, history on Ormsby available? I miss it like you wouldn't believe, and I haven't had a chance to get back since 1995, everything was gone....what a bummer, it's not the way it was when I lived there.

Any info you have available would be greatly appreciated. I can pay you if necessary.


Robert Strong

Ormsby Village

Recommend you acquire "The Beanery" book by James Settle. That will give you a lot of info as the place was in the 30's. My dad and brothers Robert and William got a fine upbringing there. Last I knew, Jefferson County Historical Preservation and Archives Dept has some memorabilia and and other document on file. I have some document pages of the school newspaper which my Uncle Robert Rafferty was involved printing, but can't locate them at the moment.

Father, aunt and uncle

They all three were at OV together after their mother died. Names:

Wesley Cecil Garr
Martha Garr
Roy Garr

Do you have any info on them. My dad was a cheerleader at OV.

any information of any kind

my name is pam and i am doing a family tree on my grandmother's side of the family right now . i know that she was @ orsmby villiage when she was around 8 or 9 years old until she was 18 . so that would make her being there from the late 20's - either late 30's or early 40's her name is lucille pilkerton . please if you have any information on her or pictures or if you no anyone who does please help me.
my grandmother has told me on more then just one occasion that ormsby villiage was a beautiful place and that she wished that i could have grown up there . so after hearing that from her i can tell that she had a really good child hood there.
thanks pam

Pearl Neathery

my grand mother was there, I know when she was about 13 yrs old dont know if she was there before or after. she was born about 1921 if you can provide me with any and all info you can find on her it would be very helpfull. thanks, Kelly


I might be able to help you but will need her name....Beverly..

bmy parents live at ov about 1942-1953

Hello my parents lived at OV when they were kids would like to see any old photos or year books. My father name was Billy Hargrave he passed in 1996.My mothers mane is Pauline Bishop Hargrave. My father also may have had brothers there David,Chester,Claude.Any info at all would be helpful

"The Beanery", biogr aphy of James W. Settle

I represent the Pajaro Valley Historical Association in Watsonville, CA. We have in our library several dozen copies of the book "The Beanery", written by James W. Settle, detailing his childhood at Ormsby Village with lots of pictures. Jim Settle was a dentist here in Watsonville who received scholarships to Kentucky Military Institute, attended the University of Louisville, and served in the navy during WWII, before attending the School of Dentistry at U.C. San Francisco. Are you interested in receiving copies of this book to display/sell at your next reunion? We would be happy to send them to you for the cost of postage and perhaps a small donation to the nonprofit Pajaro Valley Historical Association. Look forward to hearing from you. Alice Leyland

The Beanery

I have about 15-20 copies of "The Beanery, A Village Named Ormbsy", written by James W. Settle on his life at Ormsby Village. I am trying to locate someone who would appreciate these volumes -- perhaps you could sell them at an upcoming reunion?


How much would one of those books be? I was in there myself, and also my sister for about 3 weeks then we were transferred to a place called Sunshine Lodge in jeffersontown ky

Hello I was at O.V.&

Hello I was at O.V.& sunshine lodge 49 to 1956, in.Louisville that houses.all.of the the Village"s things.Last time
I heard was $8.oo a book.find Beverly McCallaster she is Louisville as she live"s,also on this page telling of a birthday,for O.V.
hope this helps Cecil

What are you and your sister's maiden names?

I may find someone who remembers them...Beverly.


My mother and her brother were in Ormsby from abt 1947-1956. My mother left in 1951, but her brother stayed until he was old enough to leave. I would very much like to see/have a copy of that book. Please e-mail me if you have any more.


The Beanery.

I would be interested in acquiring a copy of this book if you still have one. My father was there in the early 1920's time frame. Would love to know if he is mentioned in the book or in a picture. Thanks for your reply.
Alton Cummins

Ormsby Village

I am doing some genalogy research on my biological mother. (I was adoped when I was 2 months old). There's hearsay that my mother stayed at Ormsby Village possibly during the mid 40's. Her name was Ella Marie Meade. I'm searching for anyone who might have known her back then or have any information on how I can obtain housing records for Ormsby Village.

Thank you,

Linda McAlister-Stewart

I have lists of alive and

I have lists of alive and deceased alumnus. contact me at
Beverrly McCallister Moss Winningham Louisville, Ky. 1955-1957


I will ask around and see what I can find out....Beverly.

Orville Hammer

I am doing some geneological work on my family and just found out today that my father was at Ormsby Village probably back in the 20's and 30's. He would have been 18 in 1937. His name is Orville Hammer, born in 1919. He may have had some problems with his eye sight. At some point he was moved to the Louisville School for the Blind, and possibly back to Ormsby. He was red headed. He passed away in 1952 while living in Florida. You likely would not have any knowledge of him yourself but perhaps there are records, pictures or other who may have known him that are still alive or a place where I can find out more about him. He died when I was very young and I know little about him. Any information would be a great help.

Thanking you in advance. God bless.
Ricky D. Hammer


Ricky, I was in OV in the 50's and am now 72. I would not have any info that goes back that far..I think your best bet would to get the "Beanery" book that James Settles wrote..James died a few years ago and he was in his 90's...the village was in three different places through the years..It was formed when the FLU struck Louisville waay back..There were lots of orphans and they put the boys in one place and the girls in another...Get in touch with the lady on here who has 15-20 copies of the book...I know you'll enjoy it...Beverly..

Ormsby Village

Hi Ricky,

I can't believe i found these posts. I was just wondering if you found out any information. My father Louis C. Ryall was born 1/15/1922 and lived in Ormsby.

I also knew very little about his life growing up.

God Bless,
Tom Ryall

Ormsby Village

The posting of yours was written in 2008, but I am hoping you will still receive this. My mother and her brother lived at Ormsby
abt 1947-1951(my uncle may have stayed later since he was younger). Their names at the time were Myrtle and Lawerence Waltz. Mother left the children and father died. Anything you may have or info on were to search would be much appreciated.

Debra Tyler

ov yearbooks

Debra I havee 2 yearbooks, please email me for more info.

Looking for Linda sure smith

Looking for Linda sure smith

beverly, I'm looking for a

beverly, I'm looking for a girl named Linda sue Smith'maiden name, we were at ormsby together in ?the 50's early 60's

my mother

i would love to find info on my mom,aunt and uncle please her name was cora mae corder...mary katherine corder and herbert corder in the 40

Lucille Cox

Looking for info on my Grandmother Lucille Cox Class of 1939. any info would be helpful.

Ormsby Village

My family moved to Ormsby Village in 1955 when I was 2 1/2 and my brother was 4. My father was Assistant Director, and then Director. he integrated Ormsby and Ridgewood in the '60s. There was working farm which provided milk, meat, eggs and pork. We lived in the mansion house for 12 years. Ormsby was a beautiful place.

ormsby village an ridgewood

Please help me find anyone are anything that i can talk to or see pictrues of ridgewood.My brothers an i was there in the 50's in cottage c an x.One of my brother worked on the farm at ormsby village.Please help me find any photos are where i can go to find out something about ormsby or ridgewood.

Ormsby village

My mom along with 5 of her siblings were at OV. Not sure of the exact dates but my mom recently passed away and we found 2 yearbooks,The Villager, '47 and '49. My mom said it was a wonderful place. She only had good things to say about her years there. I wish I could find out more information about it like who started it, in what year, etc. Please let me know where I could get more information.
Lori Gravatte

Ormsby village yearbook

I would love to see the yearbooks or any page containing an entry for Alice Skinner or Edna Skinner. They was sent there in 1935 when my mother was born. Any pics would be outstanding since our family has no pics of my mom and her sister as kids. We have never actually seen a pic of her sister at all.
Thanks so much,

OV yearbooks

Anita I just saw yourpost. I did find your mom and aunt in the yearbooks. Please email me



I was at O.V.from 1951 until 1955.

I think about O.V.and the kids as I still refer to them,as having such good times even though we were confined.

The memory will forever linger in my heart and mind.

Even to remembering the CHILI that we all loved and could not wait for it to be lol

What a beautiful campus we had and Mr.B made sure we stayed of the grass!

Fond memoriies of the canteen and for the likes of me,cannot remember the name of it..

I also had a brother that graduated from O.V. Glenn Lawler.He is looking down on well.

God Bless all that respond to this and hope that everyone that was there will know to type in Ormsby

Take care all...Gloria(Lawler)Holst

Ormsby Papers

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have some of the newspapers put out in Ormsby in 1931 or so, edited by my Uncle Robert Rafferty. If anyone would like them, I can email from my computer.

Ormsby papers. addition

I have had some requests for the Ormsby papers I have. I had mailed out prints for what I had some time ago. I have been having computer problems and recently found backup's of the material on my external hard drive and have printed up two of the three from 28 and 29. If anyone is interested in that period, I would be willing to sent these and the third for postage. I think 3$ would cover it. We can work out the details.. They would be too large to email, I believe.


I am trying to find anyone that may have known my grandfather at the Village in the late 30s. His name was John Riley Chitwood. He joined the Army in 1941 and served in the Philippines until captured by the Japanese. My son is named after him and I am trying to compile as much family history as I can locate. Anything at all would be helpful

Gary Taft

Ormsby Villiage Records

I'm looking for anyone who can give me information about the Carter children at Ormsby Villiage. My grandfather and his siblings Althie and Irene were orphans there along with a brother and I think another sister. About 1926-1942 or so. Unsure about exact years. All I know is that all of them were sent there because their parents were killed. My grandfather joined the army and served during WWII at about the age of 17 I think.

I am hoping to find some records indicating who their parents might have been and retrieve the names of my other great aunts and uncles etc. If anyone is still alive today that remembers them or knows how I can go about finding birth records for them it would be great. Not knowing exactly when my grandfather was born or where makes it hard to retrieve these things via normal avenues. They were born in a rural area also and I'm not sure records were even kept back then on a regular basis.

OV info can be found at the

OV info can be found at the Archives in the government building on Barrett Ave. in Louisville, Ky. You have to call and make an appointment to see what they have (year books, pics, newspapers). I also have addresses and phone numbers of alumnus and a list of deceased and living OV folks. Look on for pictures taken at the OV birthday party. I also have a video of OV, Sunshine Lodge, Ridgewood and what appears to be some foster homes. I have a 1956 year book and others have many more. Let me know what I can do to help you,
Beverly McCallister Moss Winningham

Ormsby Village

After talking to my dad who is in the nursing home today, I decided to research anything I could find on Ormsby Village. This was my home as a child because my mom and dad (Neal & Lavada Whitehead)my uncle & aunt (John & Ruth Whitehead), paternal grandfather (Estill Whitehead), maternal grandmother (Anna Burgin), aunt's father (Herbert Reese), all worked there. I loved this place so much and hated to watch it slowly fade away each year. My parents and uncle and aunt were cottage parents and worked the lock up after they all were married. But, my dad and uncle worked the farm there in 1947 before ever marrying my mom and aunt; then they made it a family affair. My mom, also, worked at the infirmary. My grandmother worked in the egg house. I have so many fond memories of this place growing up. So many names come to mind still that I would love to know what happened to them. Please let me know how I may purchase any records pertaining to the years from 47 through the final years of Ormsby. My dad and uncle are both still living but both my mom and aunt are deceased within the last year. Looking forward to a response.

Carter children at Ormbsy Village

Please contact me. My father LOUIS ALBERT CARTER, and his brother William Ray Carter, supposedly spent some time at Ormsby Village. Siblings included Irene Carter Neff and Athleia Carter Sims; as well as 5 other siblings. If the same family, I would love to share information with you.

OV 1930

My Dad Jesse Nelson lived at OV during 1930. I am trying to locate any records on him to find out how and why he got there....any help greatly appreciated.

Than you.



Ormsby Village

My mother was in OV from about 1925 until 1933. Her name is
Alice Marie App and she died at the age of 93. Around 1926 or so her older sister was taken to OV and lived there until 1931. Her name is Clara Elizabeth App. I was fortunate enough to work on our family history before mom died and she told us many things about OV. It was much like Settle's book except possibly for the things boys and girls may have done differently. The dining room, the grounds, the creek, sticking food in their pockets, Christmas, and other things mom talked about were just like the book. In the old photos my mother had, we asked who one person was and mom said it was her best friend at OV and her name was Frances Ware. Frances' other siblings were all at OV at the same time. Mom said her brother Harry App used to date Frances.

Dad and brothers lived there...

My dad and his two brothers were taken to Ormsby Village when their parents were unable to care for them...
My Dad always stated it saved his life...
He said he had more food, opportunities, education, sports and various activities than he would have ever had... He was a pitcher for their baseball team and struck Babe Ruth out which made the headlines in the Courier Journal Newspaper...
I have copies of the newspaper article and photos of him with the team...

Ormsby Village

My grandmother Bessie Lehring was a cottage mother in the early 1950s. I visited there during the summers. I was five years old in 1950. I may have old photos. Does anyone remember her?

My Gramma

Wow! My Grandma lived at Ormsby til she was 21yrs. old My mamma is still alive but really does not give me much info. My Grandma's name is Viola Kathleen Keizer, does anyone know her?

Best times

I was there at OV 67-69 I forget what cottage I was in but my cottage mother was Mrs Shultz she was so kind I would go and talk to her a lot and I remember Mr Dubois (Spelling)I remember going AWOL from there and me and this girl hid out on someones front lawn but got caught the next morning I had some good times there and wont forget them just wandering if anybody had any pics of the Village back then I remember my friends aunt used to work there also cant remember her name though

Goetzman Children 1930s

I am looking for information about Cora Belle Goetzman and her five siblings. Anything would be appreciated :)

Ormsby Village and grandmother

My grandmother and her brothers and sisters lived at OV for several years. As a teenager in the early eighties, I remember attending a reunion there with her. We kids explored the vacant building and grounds. So sad there is nothing left. My grandmother's name was Gertrude Price. Would love to hear from anyone who knew her.

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