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Waukon Republican-Standard

November 13, 1913


Orphans Came By Train To County

Clara B. Comstock and Ana Laura Hill came with a contingent of 15 children, who were quartered at the Allamakee hotel, given dinner, and met by a local committee.


I. E. Beeman, mayor of Waukon, E. B. Gibbs, C. H. Hale, Dr. A. T. Nierling and Dr. A. T. Stillman were on the committee.

The children were taken to the old armory building located south of Waukon State bank.
Fifty families had applied for children, but many others came to see the children and watch the proceedings.

The children were asked to give amore or less informal program, sponsors talked about the adoption plan and described conditions. The children ranged from two and a half to 16 years of age.


Children were to be given good homes until the age of 18, fed and clothed, educated, and sent to church and Sunday school, and treated as members of the family. Reports were to be made annually.

The list of children are as follows: Arthur Kench, 13, and Helen Kench, 10, to the George Thompsons of Jefferson township, Anna Travers, 14, and Lena Travers, 9, to George Clark, Forest Mills: Frank Riehl, 10, A. H. Gast, Linton; Josephine Riehl, 9, O. B. Kelly, Rossville; Helen Riehl, 7, John Buntrock, French Creek; Margaret Kerns, 13, Reuben Bakewell, Lansing; Oscar Bencke, 6, John C. Rumph, Jefferson; Henry Schaeffer, 14, J. J. Arnold, Waulon; Clinton Simpson, 15, Otto Helming, Ludlow; Theodore Piderit, 2 1/2, W. H. Robbins, Waukon; Sophia Hanson, 15, A. D. Ingalls, Franklin; Olga Hanson, 16, A. D. Bender, Franklin; Elsie Fredrick, 16, Rev. Vornholt, Waukon.



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