Hendrick Home for Children to Host 90th Birthday for Twin Former Residents

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - The Hendrick Home for Children will be celebrating the 90th birthdays of two former residents.

On Saturday, June 3 the Hendrick Home for Children will be hosting twins Christine Holley Cooper and Charlene Holley Chesshir as they celebrate 90 years surrounded by family.

The twins were some of the first children admitted to the home in 1939 after it had just been established by Thomas Hendrick and his wife Ida. The husband and wife team founded the home as the United States was coming out of the Great Depression with the aim of helping those children who were no longer able to live with their biological families.

As former residents the twins have fond memories of growing up in the home, time spent with Mr. and Mrs. Hendrick and keeping up with other former residents.

Christine Holley Cooper now lives in Amarillo and is retired from the Abilene ISD where she was the secretary for the school nurses. She was married to Stewart Cooper with whom she had four children.

Charlene Holley Chesshir now lives in Ranger. Her and her late husband James Chesshir had a peanut farm in Cross Plains.  The couple has five children.

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