Benevelent Institutions and Secret Societies

This section includes information on Waukesha charities, hospitals, orphan homes, institutions, insane asylums, poor farm, indigent homes

A benevolent institution is an institution usually non-profit organized for the direct relief of poverty, sickness, suffering, distress, misfortune, disability or helplessness. Often times people were sent to these homes, not because they were insane or sick, but because the authorities didn't know what to do with them.

Benevolant Institutions (Orphanages, Asylums, Poor Houses)

List of Benevolant Institutions from the 1892 Waukesha Directory
Waukesha County Poor Farm House and Asylum
Women's Christian Temperance Union
Tuberculosis Sanatoriums
Wisconsin Industrial School for Boys- Also referred to as House of Reform, Waukesha School for Boys
Female Moral Reform Society 1839-43

Waukesha Business Men's Association

Special Dispatch to the Sentinel

Waukesha April 19, 1887-At the meeting tonight to organize a Business men's association, Capt. E. Enos was chosen chairman and R.E. Labor secretary. Addresses were made by F.A. Randall and R.W. Williams to the desirability of more united efforts in encouraging commercial enterprises. Others also spoke favorably of the plan, and after authorizing the chairman to appoint a committee of nine to report upon a permanent organization an adjournment was taken to Tuesday evening next to 7:30 at Amusement hall. Source: The Milwaukee Sentinel, (Milwaukee, WI) Wednesday, April 20, 1887; pg. 3; col E

It is probable that the Waukesha Business Men's club, will hereafter be a thing of the past. It is put into the hands of the executive committee of the club to settle all debts of the club and make arrangements if possible for its continuance. But as the membership which is now very small, threatens to still further decrease at the end of this quarter, there is still hope that it will be continued. The few members who still remain and who would remain if the club continues to exist seem to feel deep regret that it should die. It has been the source of a great deal of pleasure, and was especially useful in entertaining the summer guests. Source: The Milwaukee Journal, (Milwaukee, WI) Wednesday, January 06, 1892; pg. 2; col D