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Title Addition to community building, Gray Ridge (Circle City) – use by church and Jolly Club
Reference WUA/06/wua00107 Series 1, Box 4, Folder 24. University Archives, Washington University in St. Louis
Library University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Washington University Libraries
Collection Name Delmo Housing Corporation Records, 1945-1989
Collection Overview The Delmo Housing Corporation was formed in 1945 when ten Farm Security Administration communities were being sold. In order to prevent these homes from being sold to commercial interests with a resulting loss of migrant housing, a group of concerned people came together as the Delmo Housing Corporation, a charitable and educational corporation. Among the founding members were Bishop William Scarlett, Henry V. Putzel, Edwin P. Coleman, Jr., Oliver M. Langenberg, and Rev. Charles C. Wilson. They raised some of the down payment money and collected small down payments from the occupants of the homes, and were able to purchase nine of the communities (in 1954 an additional village was added). These homes were then purchased by the tenants at modest prices, allowing them to become homeowners, often for the first time.
Series Description These Delmo Housing Corporation records come from the office of Harold C. Hanke, a St. Louis attorney who was a long-time treasurer of the Corporation. They cover every aspect of the organization, from home purchase records to staffing issues to budget and all other areas, and give an excellent overview of the work of the Corporation. They cover the years 1945 to 1976.
Date 23 Jul 1954 - 24 Jul 1956
Document Type Correspondence; Notes
Theme(s) Organisations, Associations and Societies
Keywords benevolent societies, community organisations, finance, business
Places Lilbourn, Missouri; Essex, Missouri
People Hanke, Harold C
Organisations/Associations Delmo Housing Corporation
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