Daisy Fields Home for Crippled Children

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The house, (from J.A. Humphrey)

The house and children


The Daisy Fields Home for Crippled Children opened in Englewood in 1893 in a facility for "asylum" care of crippled children. [1] was located on Central avenue, at the location of "Daisy Fields Village", currently a group of garden apartments now converted to condos, and now renamed "Knickerbocker Hills". [2]

According to the Book of Englewood:
During the year 1892, a philanthropic plan was put into execution of aiding crippled children, discharged from the Orthopedic hospital, New York, with a chance of convalescence under favorable conditions, by bringing them out to a country home and giving them skilled care and attention. A year's experience had convinced the projectors of the plan of its feasibility, and Daisy Fields, a cottage near Knickerbocker road [Sic-Central Ave.], became the home of an organization for the care of crippled children. The idea originated with Mrs. Herbert B. Turner, who became the first president. The charity was carried on by the aid of contributions of friends, church collections and donations, and brought untold blessing to scores of suffering children. [3]


In 1871 Eliza Hall Park married John Griffith McCullough. Born near Newark, Delaware, he had been orphaned at the age of eight; but managed to obtain a “common school” education, graduated from Delaware College at the head of his class and studied law in Philadelphia. By the time McCullough met Eliza, he had served as California’s Attorney General and State Senator. Like Trenor Park, he gave up law to go into the banking and railroad businesses. He built a huge mansion on Park ave in New York City and Eliza loved to entertain there. The immense size of the mansions was evidenced on March 30, 1895 when Eliza McCullough hosted a charity “international tea” to benefit the Daisy Fields Hospital and Home for Crippled Children in Englewood, New Jersey. Booths were set up representing America, France, Africa, Holland, Spain, Ireland and Germany, from which “pretty girls in costumes sold articles peculiar to each country,” reported The Times the following day. “In the café chantant there was a continuous performance during the afternoon and evening. In the booth were waitresses dressed as French shepherdesses, ready to serve the hungry and little cripples from the Daisy Fields Home sold flowers.” [4]


  • Superintendent: Miss Angeline L. Staples, GN [1]
  • Orthopedic surgeon: Henry Ling Taylor, M.D.[1]
  • Asylum home: With Iacilitics for convalescent hospital care.[1]
  • Average number of children: :8. Capacity: 18.[1]
  • Plant: Wooden residence with three floors; steam heat: gas; unguarded windows for ventilation; outside wooden stairway; extinguishers; painted walls; maple floors in dormitories and bathrooms. Gates at head of stairs on each level to prevent accident. No children's rooms above second floor.[1]
  • Admission: Between three and ten years. Only curable cases, able to walk; no feeble-minded; no tuberculosis of the lungs.[1]
  • Discharge: Boys leave at fourteen; girls stay until benefited as much as possible, longer if they need a home.[1]
  • Facilities for care of children: Superintendent is a graduate nurse; children sent to Post-Graduate Hospital in New York if they need surgical attention; play house; large outdoor space. Isolation in two rooms which can he shut off from rat of house, with fire-escape for direct entrance from outside. Superintendent's bathroom can be used by isolated persons.[1]
  • School: In institution; simple branches only. Hand work and vocational training: Gardening and simple housework.[1]
  • Cost of property: $15.ooo.[1]
  • Year’s expenditure per capita: $431.[1]
  • Comment: The most noticeable feature is the combination of the small numbers and long period of residence which make the place much like a family home, with adequate physical supervision for children who are not bed cases but who still need to be carefully watched. There is much closer attention to strictly medical care than in most asylum homes. and the institution could, in that respect. be classed with the convalescent hospitals. The atmosphere is most cheerful and the children seem very contented.[1]


  • President: 1892 - Mrs Herbert Turner[3]; 1912 - Mrs. George H. Payson [5]
  • Vice-President: 1892 - Miss Frances E. Lyman [3]; 1912 - Mrs. E. R. Barton
  • Treasurer: 1892 - Mrs. Joseph E. Tillinghast [3]; 1912 - Justus I. Wahelee
  • Secretary: 1892 - Mrs. D. Webster Evans [3]; 1899 - Mr. Thornton Floyd Turner [6]; 1912 - Mrs. G. L. Miller
  • Surgeon-in-charge: Henry Ling Taylor, M.D., 125 W. 58th St. New York City. Succeeded by 1909 by W. O. Pillington. MD [7]
  • Head Nurse: 1892 - Miss Lena Herbert was matron and nurse in charge of the children [3]; 1912 -Miss Angeline Staples


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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 Sollenberger, Edith Gertrude Reeves (1914). "Care and Education of Crippled Children in the United States". Daisy Fields School. Survey Associates. https://books.google.com/books?id=VZQWAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA242&lpg=PA242&dq=Daisy+Fields+School+for+Crippled+Children&source=bl&ots=YQRDREDTfL&sig=_H-OxldLz9nPel9N35DS_ovGhXk&hl=en&sa=X&ei=-EPBVPfCMMKANqXLgbAK&ved=0CDMQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=Daisy%20Fields%20School%20for%20Crippled%20Children&f=false. Retrieved 1/22/2015. 
  2. Buck, Albert Henry, et al. (1914). "Cripples, care of". Wm. Wood and co.. https://books.google.com/books?id=nMQ0AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA370&lpg=PA370&dq=Daisy+Fields+School+for+Crippled+Children&source=bl&ots=aL0eHVvCla&sig=P9nHGcBaWzGtMx0qBngkm8qbwOw&hl=en&sa=X&ei=-EPBVPfCMMKANqXLgbAK&ved=0CDYQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=Daisy%20Fields%20School%20for%20Crippled%20Children&f=false. Retrieved 1/22/2015. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Adaline Wheelock Sterling (1922). The book of Englewood. Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey. p. 163. http://archive.org/stream/bookofenglewood02ster/bookofenglewood02ster_djvu.txt. 
  4. Staff Writer (Monday, November 3, 2014). "The Lost Jennings-McCullough Mansions -- 86-88 Park Ave". Eliza's Parties. Daytonian in Manhattan. http://daytoninmanhattan.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-lost-jennings-mccullough-mansions.html. Retrieved 1/22/2015. 
  5. Staff Writers (1912). "Directory of Social and Health Agencies of New York City". Daisy Fields School. Columbia University Press. https://books.google.com/books?id=g-kTAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA805&lpg=PA805&dq=Daisy+Fields+School+for+Crippled+Children&source=bl&ots=LTDy1S0WqY&sig=Nr831LXsEpcb03mE264GU67lR04&hl=en&sa=X&ei=-EPBVPfCMMKANqXLgbAK&ved=0CDoQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=Daisy%20Fields%20School%20for%20Crippled%20Children&f=false. Retrieved 1/22/2015. 
  6. Humphrey, Jeffrey A. (1899). Englewood, Its Annals and Reminiscences. Englewood, NJ: J.S. Ogilvie Publishing Company. p. 228. https://books.google.com/books?id=wQk_AQAAMAAJ&dq=Thomas+W.+Demarest,+Englewood&source=gbs_navlinks_s. Retrieved 2/13/2015. 
  7. Staff Writers (1909). "American Medical Directory Vol 2". Daisy Fields School. AMA. https://books.google.com/books?id=gO45AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA702&lpg=PA702&dq=Daisy+Field+Village+Central+Ave.+Englewood,+NJ&source=bl&ots=yPSMcPACiE&sig=fzFNCmxL9uzlaWO8eQ1KzXoDnR4&hl=en&sa=X&ei=m1vBVMuhB4W_ggSvp4PIAg&ved=0CDUQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=Daisy%20Field%20Village%20Central%20Ave.%20Englewood%2C%20NJ&f=false. Retrieved 1/22/2015.