Robert Neidermark Carson was born in Philadelphia in 1846.
He was married to the former Isabel Francis Flickinger, and was childless.
Carson amassed his fortune in the electrified trolley lines, first with street cars/horse-car lines.
In 1907 five million dollars was appropriated to build a eighty-seven acre facility on his Erdenheim Stock Farm,
for "poor, white, healthy girls, both of whose parents shall be deceased..." as the requirement for admission
to CARSON COLLEGE, as spelled out by Carson's will. (Which was subsequently contested after his death
in 1907, by various family members and finally settled in March of 1914 in the Pennsylvania Court system, with Carson
College winning favor.) After a competion for architects, the victor deemed by the seven man board of directors
chose Albert Kelsey (1870-1950) to design the stately neo-classical inspired cottages. July 1, 1918 Carson
College, (modeled after banker Stephen Girard's boys school Girard College) officially opened its doors.
NOTE: no relation to B.E.F. Stienstra.
Black and White photograph of Carson from archive.
All other black and white photography by the late
The Rev. Robert Martin Feist (see also, at "Find-a-grave"),
these photographs were sent to Temple University Archives.
other copies, my father was buried with.
Color photography by Gregory J. Stienstra.
Please take the time to "click on" each photograph to read the "story" behind each picture.
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My parents (The late The Rev. Robert Martin Feist and Eileen Anna Laura Miller Feist) were houseparents in a number of the "cottages" at Carson Valley School, (when it was incorporated as such) Flourtown, Pennsylvania -- while my late father (The Rev. Robert Martin Feist, at "Findagrave") was studying at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Mt. Airy, Philadelphia.
I was a graduate of The Carson Valley School Nursery and Kindergarten programs utilizing the progressive movement philosophies and applications (see also: Ueland, Elsa at "Find-a-grave.")
See also my virtual cemetery information regarding
The Carson Valley School, Flourtown, Pennsylvania.
Contosta, David R.
Philadelphia's Progressive Orphanage: The Carson Valley School.
Hardcover: 246 pages
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press (November 1997)
Created by: Barbara Elsie Feist Stie...
Record added: Mar 07, 2007
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