The Federal Soldiers Home Association was incorporated in St. Louis in 1894 to establish a home for Union veterans. The Women’s Relief Corps, Grand Army of the Republic and citizens of St. James, Missouri raised $77,000 for the purchase and improvement of the Dunmoor Mansion (the 1866 William James Home) and the surrounding 60 acres in St. James. Dedicated on October 25, 1896, the Federal Soldiers Home had 18 residents when the property was transferred from the Women’s Relief Corps to the state of Missouri on June 25, 1897 for $1. Original staff members were Captain W. D. Crandall, superintendent, his wife Georgia N. Crandall, matron, and Dr. Charles H. Fulbright, surgeon. The Missouri General Assembly initially appropriated $10,000 for support, improvement and maintenance. By 1920, the grounds included the Dunmoor Mansion, two dormitories, two barracks, hospital building, commissary, power plant, laundry, chapel, and administration building. One hundred years after its construction, Dunmoor Mansion was torn down.
Funding for the Missouri Veterans Home (St. James) Inmate Registers project was provided by the Missouri Department Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
Volumes 1-3 contain the original admission registers for 2297 residents from June 25, 1897 through February 15, 1929. Information given in the register may include name, admission date and number, friends or near kin, service record, date and place of birth, age on admission, amount of pension, nature of disability, occupation, marital status, literacy, church and lodge memberships. Additional remarks may also include biographical data, limited family history, addresses of relatives, date of death, and place of burial.
Rights and Reproductions
Copyright is in the public domain. Preferred Citation: Inmate name; page number; volume number; Missouri Veterans Home (St. James); Office of Adjutant General, Record Group 133; Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City.
How to Use This Collection
Registers are organized by date of admittance. In Volume 1, the page number is the veteran admission number. Volumes 2 and 3 have two admissions per page; each admission is presented separately. Some pages may have clippings and notes attached. All images are the best available.
The Missouri State Archives also holds annual reports (in the House and Senate Journal Appendices), application forms, additional inmate registers, a burial register, and visitors register pertaining to the Missouri Veterans Home (St. James). Additional material pertaining to the Federal Solders Home may also be found at the Missouri Veterans Home (St. James) itself, and at the State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia.
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