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Orphan Train Rider
Book Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story
Paperback, 80 pages. Between 1854 and 1930, more than 200,000 orphaned or abandoned children were sent west on orphan trains to find new homes. Some were adopted by loving families; others were not as fortunate. In recent years, some of the riders have begun to share their stories. Andrea Warren alternates chapters about the history of the orphan trains with the story of Lee Nailling, who in 1926 rode an orphan train to Texas when he was nine years old.
Book The Cooking Conductor Cookbook
Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad Conductor John Dawkins, formerly a welder with the Chicago & North Western Railway (later the Union Pacific), has compiled some of his favorite recipes in this 30 page softcover cookbook. When he isn't volunteering at the railroad, John is a school crossing guard, Salvation Army volunteer, and a well known cook in the community. Some of the recipes he has included in his book are: Reuben Sandwiches, Ham Balls, Conductor's Chili, Mexican Layer Dip, as well as several desserts.
We Rode The Orphan Trains
Book We Rode the Orphan Trains
Paperback, 144 pages. They were “throw away” kids, living in the streets or in orphanages and foster homes. Then Charles Loring Brace, a young minister working with the poor in New York City, started the Children’s Aid Society and devised a plan to give homeless children a chance to find families to call their own. Thus began an extraordinary migration of American children. Between 1854 and 1929, an estimated 200,000 children, mostly from New York and other cities of the eastern United States, ventured forth to other states on a journey of hope. Andrea Warren has shared the stories of some of these orphan train riders here, including those of Betty, who found a fairy tale life in a grand hotel; Nettie Evans and her twin, Nellie, who were rescued from their first abusive placement and taken in by a new, kindhearted family who gave them the love they had hoped for; brothers Howard and Fred, who remained close even though they were adopted into different families; and Edith, who longed to know the secrets of her past. Listen to these and other child orphans as they share their memories of transition and adventure, disappointment and loneliness, but ultimately of the joy of belonging to their own new families.
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