Exploration of Christina Kent historical records turned up these interesting items:
1920’s — During the winter, each coal dealer donated a ton of coal
The nursery is in need of a large, airy sleeping porch.
1930’s — From November 15 to June 15 (1936) the Nursery cares for a total of 6,206 children from 7:00 until 6:00 pm Monday through Saturday. Clean beds are provided for daily naps. Cod liver oil and plenty of milk are included in each child’s diet. The Nursery takes a personal interest in every child and its need, and tries to assist in bettering home conditions when possible. A Christmas tree and party, and an Easter Egg hunt re annual events.
1940’s — Our staff of 11 works 9 hours a day – the hours are staggered as we open at 7:30 am and close at 6:00 pm. This is enforced. We accept very low salaries as it is necessary but we feel we are helping do our share in the war effort.
75% of our children’s parents are in the war effort.
We serve 10 drops of cod liver oil and cereal , milk, and fruit juice as breakfast. We serve a full, balanced meal at 11:15, then put all the children to nap until 3:00 pm when milk and crackers are served. Children play in the yard after naps.
Sample noon dinner menu: Liver, mashed potatoes, cooked cabbage, lettuce and tomatoes chopped, bread and butter, canned pineapple. Yum!