Diane Palm writes:
Hello Mr. Dahl,
I’ve been trying to find some information regarding the Kallman Home for a long time but was never very successful until I found your website tonight. My father & his 2 older brothers grew up in the Kallman Home until they left at 16. My father & his brothers were there much earlier than your mother, but there may be others who remember them.
My father was George Palm & his brothers were Robert or Bob & Ernie. Unfortunately, my father passed away in 1986 & my uncle Bob a few years later, but my Uncle Ernie is still alive at almost 91 years old!
I just returned from a visit with him & on the last day, this past Sunday in fact, we went to the home in Brooklyn with him. He still lives in NY, out on Long Island & is going strong. He is in great shape & is as sharp as can be. He still remembers in great detail the layout of the building & his life there. We were fortunate to go inside, & he knew exactly where everything was supposed to be. We climbed up 2 flights of stairs to where he said he slept, the large room that had several other boys in it, to the lower floors where they ate their meals.
My uncle was at the original school & remembers they had to move because they were building a road through where the school was located. He also talked about how he & my dad were sent to one place & my Uncle Bob was sent to another while they were building the new building. Once it was built, they were all gathered up & moved back together into the new building in 1931.
I would love to find out if there are any official records to be found during that time period. They would have been there beginning from 1924 approximately. I do have some old pictures I got from my uncle but I think they’re only of my dad & his brothers, but you might be interested.
Best wishes & Happy Holidays,