Ellen Morse, who built 419 North State Street, donated it for the first St. Joseph's Hospital. Ellen Morse and her mother, Hanorah, built and operated eight rooming houses for students in the 1870s and 1880s. She gave her house at State and Kingsley to the Sisters of Mercy for the first St. Joseph's Hospital. When the Sisters built a larger hospital on Ingalls, the house became the first Old Ladies Home.
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