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I have a fond interest in this orphanage along with the Glenn Orphan's Home in Terre Haute because my my grandfather's young children resided there when he lost his wife, Maude Ellen Maynard, during childbirth in 1917.  You can see by the first two photographs that my family is standing in front of the same fountain.

My grandfather actually met my grandmother, (his second wife whose name was Eloise and is standing on the far right), at the orphanage.  She, along with her two sisters, were orphans at the home.  

The following gives a good amount history of Rose Orphan's Home.  I would like to start by presenting three brief audio files, (about 3 minutes each).  I hope you enjoy them!  
Part 1   Part 2   Part 3

 This ancient Scottish name may have been derived from a Gaelic first name "Fearsithe" which means "man (or place) of peace". But there is also a legend that it originated from "Forsach" a Norseman who settled in Aquitaine in France and thence as the Viscomte de Fronsoc to the English court and lands in Northumberland and then into the Borders of Scotland and Edinburgh. In current usage, the name "Forsyth" in Scotland has the stress on the second syllable.

Osbert, son of Robert de Forsyth was granted land in Sauchie from King Robert the Bruce on 1306 and after giving a good account of himself at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, he received confirmation of his land-holding under the royal seal. Osbert's son became the king's "macer" and constable of Stirling Castle in 1368 and the family became established in the town and held many civic posts over the generations.

David Forsyth, who lived in Lanarkshire, obtained lands there before 1488 and claimed that his ancestors were the Norman de Fronsoc and had heraldry similar to de Fronsoc. Forsyth castle near Dykes in Lanarkshire survived to the early 19th century. Other branches of the family settled Monkland at Inchnoch castle and spread to Ayrshire as well as around Glasgow.

A William Forsyth was a baillie in Edinburgh around 1365. His son moved to St Andrews and acquired the barony of Nydie. The fourth baron perished at the Battle of Flodden in 1513 but his grandson married a great-granddaughter of James III. He acquired lands around Falkland Palace and became king's macer and Puirsavant at the palace. The present chief of the Forsyths is descended from this line.

There was also a branch of the Forsyths at Monymusk in Aberdeenshire. In the 18th century, the Reverend Alexander Forsyth from Aberdeenshire invented the percussion cap which replaced the flint lock. He turned down an offer of 20,000 pounds from Napoleon for the secret. The invention was adopted by the British army without his knowledge and the government tardily allocated him a modest pension; the first (and last) installment was received on the day of his death.

 William Forsyth from Old Meldrum became a distinguished horticulturist and was appointed Chief Superintendent of the Royal Gardens at Kensington and St James' Palace in 1784. In 1802 he published a "Treatise on the Culture and Management of Fruit Trees" which became a best-seller in its day. He is best remembered now for the family of plants known as "Forsythia".

The current chief restored Ethie Castle near Arbroath, but this has now been sold.

The Forsyth clan motto is "Instaurator ruinae" which means "A repairer of ruin". There are Forsyth clan Web sites here and here.


Creating a Masterpiece On the Prairie

What was intended to be a three-hole golf course on a section of a family farm has grown into one of the most talked-about and celebrated new private golf courses in the United States Canyata Golf Club.

Just outside the quintessential American farm town of Marshall, Ill., Canyata (pronounced can-YAY-tuh) is a 7,200-yard stunner molded from of the rugged and rolling farmland of east central Illinois by golf course architect Michael Benkusky.  Named the No. 2 Best New Private Course in the United States in 2005 by Golf Digest magazine (January 2006 issue), Canyata begins its second full season of play in summer 2006.

Membership at Canyata Golf Club is restricted only to those invited to join by owner Gerald Forsythe.

Originally Mr. Forsythe wanted to build only three golf holes (a par 3, par 4 and par 5) designed for the recreational use of his family and friends.  But it didn't take long for him and course architect Benkusky (who worked as the lead project designer for Bob Lohmann) to see that this lush farmland was hiding a gem of a golf course.  A spectacular nine-hole course opened in fall 2001, with the additional nine completed in fall 2004.

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