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~ Emmet County ~

Estherville, Iowa

Friday, October 23, 1914


Twelve Orphans of New York City Were Given Homes Near Estherville

These Children Were Placed In Some Of The Best Homes In The Vicinity

Thursday evening Miss C. B. Comstock and Miss A. L. Hill of New York who are representing the children's Aid Society, arrived in Estherville with twelve children. On Friday afternoon at the Emmet County court house these children were placed in care of people who were very highly recommended as people who are capable of providing good homes for the orphan children.
These children are all of legitimate birth and are very bright, the youngest being two years old and the oldest, eleven. Many Estherville people were in hopes that the children would be younger but the Children's Aid Society does not believe in relieving some mothers of the responsibility of motherhood.

They think a mother should raise her own children to a certain age and do not believe it a good policy for any institution to welcome little babies as it makes it too easy for some mothers to dispose of their children.

This society has found good homes for over 58,000 children. After the children are placed into homes they are visited by nurses, and if they think any child has been placed in a home where it will not receive good treatment they immediately take it in charge to see that the child is placed where it will be treated as any child should be.

The courtroom was far too small to accommodate the large crowd of sight seers, some interested, but the larger portion there for curiosity, more than anything else. Mr. and Mrs. George Swanson had strong competition for the little baby, Jean Hewett, but they were successful in having the little one placed in their care. Russell Hemstead, four years old and a brother Victor, age six, were given to the care of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Fisher of Wallingford, Walter Dawson, aged 8, was taken by Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Stade of Huntington, Mabel Lampbere, age 7 will make her home with Dr. and Mrs. M. E. Wilson of this city. Hilda Anderson, aged 13, found a home with Mr. and Mrs. Claude E. Cobb. Willie Wiggers, aged 5, was given to Mr. and Mrs. Chas. J. B. W. A. McLaughlin. Sophia Anderson went to the Andrew Swanson residence. Francis Anderson will be cared for by Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Anderson of Wallingford. Marie Marquandt has not been placed. James L. Mack age 8, was placed near Dunnell, Mn., with Mr. and Mrs. Chas. J. Berg.


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