(Yoder) and Joe Nauraine
Puerto Rico, 1952-57
File (Small Collection)
These photographs were deposited by
Tillie (Yoder) Nauraine, Des
Joe and Tillie (Yoder) Nauraine
worked in a children’s home, called Hogar del Nino, in Puerto Rico
Mennonite Board of Missions, Elkhart,
from October 1952 – Juuy
1957. Many of these children were
abandoned, and came from homes where the parents were too poor to care
them. It was operated by private
citizens in Rio Piedras, the University suburb of San Juan.
Eventually four cottage homes were also
built on a farm near Rio
Piedras. Tillie earlier had worked at
the missions office in Elkhart,
For additional information
see the personal papers
of Tillie (Yoder) Nauraine (Hist. Mss. 1-318), which includes an
articles and poems.
1 (Small Collection)
identified by Tillie Nauraine in February 2003.
Many are 8”x10” in size, and take.
Some were published in the Gospel
Tillie Yoder cutting hair
of one of the children
Joe Nauraine (on left)
with Senator Donna (Mrs.) Felez (spelling?) (center of photogra) (she
board member of the children’s home), and a Salvation Army officer
Senator Donna (Mrs.) Felez
R. Gantz (spelling?) at podium. A signed
photograph, and taken by Latin American photo news service, by Nelson
Guillen, Puerto Rico.
was a board member of the children’s home.
The boys in the dining
room at the table, including staff person Mabel Erb (on left)
Mabel Erb (on left)
reading to the boys at El Hogar.
Sitting with Johanna
Nauraine, one of the children born to Joe and Tillie while they served
Rico, 1954-55. Persons (left-right):
Joe, Donna (Mrs.) Juana Rodriquez Mundo, Johanna sitting on lap
One of the cottages built
in the country with “Christian children’s fund”
Group of boys standing by
one of the cottages. Daughter Johanna is
sitting in front row, to the far right.
Group of boys sitting on
the porch with Joe and Tillie Nauraine
Mabel Erb reading to
boys. She later married Carlos Lugo, and
she remained in Puerto Rico with him.
Anna (on left),with two
boys, came in to do the ironing at El Hogar
The cook in the kitchen at
El Hogar, October 1954
Boys at bedtime, with Joe
Ramon in front of boys at
Christmas time (possibly reciting something, or singing) when the board
president came to visit (back left). Joe
Nauraine is back right.
Boys with packages of
clothing. Carlos Lugo is standing back
room, far right. He later married Mabel
Boys polishing shoes, their
job on Saturdays
Dr. Vargos, with one of the
Boys roller skating in front
of the house. Sign on house “Hogar Del
Nino” can be seen.
Group of boys with Joe and
Tillie stading in front entrance of home, May 1953.
Nice photograph showing large two story
house, with sign hanging in front “Hogar del Nino”.
Just now the house is getting a coat of
donated by various stores and applied by men from the jail of San Juan.
addition, the file includes 12 snapshots, and eleven 8”x10” photos,
various scenes of life in the home, including basketball, Christmas,
February 26, 2003 / Listed by Dennis Stoesz
File: “HM4-242 Nauraine Tillie (Yoder) Photos.doc”
Mennonite Church USA Archives, 1700 S.
Main Street, Goshen, Indiana 46526