My grandmother and grand aunt were placed in an unknown La Crosse orphanage sometime after about 1888 or 1889 I believe. We have no other information. Their parents were both still living in the area, and it appears the older siblings were not placed. We'd love to know what happened and why these girls went into the orphanage when they clearly weren't orphans. My grandmother, Vernie Elizabeth Downs, was adopted however my grand aunt, Sarah Lorenda Downs, stayed in the orphanage until perhaps 1899 when she married. Any help locating which orphanage and how to approach for records would be appreciated. Thanks.