Ex Comm. Minutes - June 1898“After considerable discussion it was resolved to have a school in the Home,and that the time for opening the school to be left to the Supt.Miss Kate Barrier of Blackmer, N.C. was elected teacher at $12.50 per month.”
Executive Committee Minutes –Sept. 1898• “Upon its being announced that Miss Epling had given up her position as assistant matron, Miss J. Kate Barrier was elected as assistant matron and at a salary of $12.50 per month and Miss Mary Sherer was elected teacher…”• “In the event Miss Scherer declined, Dr. Painter and Mr. Shickel were constituted a committee to confer in regard to securing someone else.• In the event no arrangement could be made for teacher or matrons during the week, the Supt. was instructed to send the children to public school.
Printing Press – 1899• “The committee was informed that the Sentinel Publishing Co. proposed to sell the Home a printing press for $100.00, and that they also proposed to solicit funds for the same.
Policies…• “It was ordered that hereafter all letters from friends to the children be read to them by the Superintendent and that no letters be delivered to them.
Changing the name… May 1899• “The Superintendent was instructed to have the name of the Home in the charter changed from South View Orphan Home to Lutheran Orphan Home, according to the resolution in 1897.”
Purchasing land… 1899• “The Superintendent was directed to purchase at a price not to exceed $20.00 each, all available lots lying between Florida and Delaware Streets and 3rd and 4th.”
December 1899• “The Superintendent was directed to have the necessary glazing done to the new orphan home building. The Supt. was directed to move the children into the new building as soon as possible or convenient.”
January 1900• “The Superintendent was directed to have a stable, hennery, and hog pen built on the Home lot, not to exceed the sum of $125.00”
Children accepted into the home - 1900• “The Supt. reported that the Ritchie children from Rev. J. C. Repass’ charge, would come to the Home.• Two boys, of Mrs. J. E. Duncan, Fleet, Va., were received into the Home.• Three children in charge of Mrs. Saluda Wentworths, Roanoke, Va. were received into the Home.”
June 1900• “Miss Nannie Crabtree, of Effna, Va., was elected housekeeper at a salary of $12.50 a month. In the event she does not accept Mrs. Whitlock is to be elected at a salary of $10.00 a month with promise of an increase.”
Interest in helping the elderly, too - July 1900• “Dr. Painter was appointed to make in the appeals being sent out an appeal for the consideration of the old people’s feature of the work.”
Printing the Messenger – a profitable operation• “On motion the committee approved of the Superintendent’s proposition to appropriate 80% of the proceeds from the Messenger to the current expense of the Home after $48.00 has been realized.”
Staffing changes - August 1900• “Miss Georgia Rosenbaum of Smythe County, Va., was elected to the place of teacher in the Home at a salary of $12.50.”
More discussion about serving the elderly… 1900• “Col. A. M. Bowman and Mr. T. J. Shickel were appointed a committee to determine what part of the building should be set aside for use by the Home, and what rooms shall be reserved for the superintendent’s family and for aged ministers and their wives.”
Offering old home to Virginia College• “It was resolved to offer the Home building to Virginia College for the sum of $20,000… Mr. G. McClung was authorized to make the deal.”
The Ladies’ Committee 1901“ The following resolution was adopted:…That the Ladies Committee be requested to make quarterly reports to theExecutive Committee making such recommendations and criticisms as theymay deem advisable and profitable to the Home.”
Petty Thieving - 1901“upon the Superintendents informing the Committee of certain acts of pettythieving upon the part of certain ones of the older boys in the Home, saidboys were called before the committee and were reproved and advised bythe Chairman and others of the committee.”
Staff Resignations 1901• “Miss Barrier and Miss Rosenbaum offered their resignations to take effect the middle of June. Their resignations were accepted, and the following was adopted:
Uniforms?• “The Superintendent was instructed to have the boys out in uniforms as soon as practicable.” August 1902
A course of study… August 1902• “The Superintendent was appointed a committee to propose and prescribe a course of study and industrial training for children in the Home.”
Broom Factory? Book Bindery?• “The Superintendent has continued to make enquiry concerning broom factory and book-bindery. Also to prepare a course of study and industrial training.”
Painter offers to take a cut in salary• The Superintendent having offered to have his salary reduced to $300.00 instead of $400.00 on condition that another lady be employed in the work of the Home. The Supt. was directed to negotiate with Mrs. Rose Hankla, of Rural Retreat, Va., to become teacher at $12.50 a month. Adjourned, B. W. Cronk, Sec. “
Edwin Zepp – aunt willing to pay• “A letter from Mrs. Cover, of Winchester, Va., was read in which she agrees to assume to support of Edwin Zepp, if not too much. The amount was fixed at $7.00 per month.” October 1903
Staff changes, 1903• Rosa Powlas, Anna L. Zirkle, and Euphemia Robinson
Seamstress“The committee authorized the Superintendent to pay the seamstress $16.66per month provided she assumes the superintendency of the washing andironing.
Butter…once a day!• “The Superintendent was directed to have butter as much as once a [week] day…• The Superintendent states Mrs. Cronk was doing the work of housekeeper for which she would expect the salary of the housekeeper for the month of April.”
Mrs. J. N. Ruhl, Principal Teacher“Mrs. J. N. Ruhl, of Staunton, Va., was elected a s principal teacher for thecoming year, with Nellie Copenhaver, of Abingdon. Va., as alternate.”
Resignation of Rev. P. W. Cronk September 15, 1904