O'Brien County's Bell-Times-Courier -

Benefits and Perils of the Orphan Train


September 13, 2018

"Orphan Train" children were each provided 3 suits of clothes when brought west for placement. Above are genuine clothing, shoes and suitcases along with a bible. The display included photos of children who traveled the train.

Lori Vicker, a retired Iowa educator of 30 years began following a compelling interest in March of 2018. As a Reading Specialist, Ms. Vicker would get acquainted to members of a group through casual conversation, of course asking, "What are you reading about?" with the reply being, "the orphan trains." She thought it fiction. It was her husband who told her of a speaker and child of an Orphan Train rider that piqued her interest.

The speaker, Mary (McClaren) was born to a woman who knew benefit from the Orphan Trains. Vicker notes her one regret here; she never paid attention to the mother'...

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