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Dunlap Reporter
Dunlap, Iowa
Tuesday, 17 June 1902

Fifteen Orphan Children Find Good Homes in this Vicinity

A large crowd gathered at the Dunlap Opera House to inspect the children brought here under the direction of H. D. Clark for the purpose of finding new homes.

Aside from the novelty of the occasion, there was a serious side. Many eyes filled with tears as the audience looked over the eager serious faces and watched the look of hope and disappointment that spread over the countenances of this little bunch of humanity.

Along with this came very affecting scenes, one little boy clinging to a brother a few years his senior and crying that he might not be taken from him.

There were several applications for the older boy, but the little fellow stoutly refused to part with his baby brother and would not go with anyone unless he could take the baby. He gained the argument. Now it is hoped that both children and foster parents may grow together in love, for the good of both.

Following is a list of children and names of people who adopted them:

Elmer and Edgar Barney, 11 years and 2 years old, Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Gipson.
Ethel Barney, 7 years old, Mr. R. Malone.
Alta Barney, 9 ½ years old, Mr. and Mrs. Van Slyke.
George Kemper, 6 years old, Mr. and Mrs. E. W. O'Banion
Edward Melrose, 3 years old, Mr. and Mrs. George Cronkite.
George and Roscoe Benson, 7 and 5 years old, Mr. and Mrs. Ora Malone
Amanda Wallace, 6 ½ years old, Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Lyman.
Lillian Wallace, 3 years old, Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Rife.
Frank Jones, 6 years old, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bissell.
Edna Turner, 7 ½ years old, Mr. and Mrs. John Anderson.
Henry Turner, 6 ½ years old, Mr. and Mrs. Fred May.
Herman Cunna, 9 ½ years old, Mr. and Mrs. A. N. Jordan.
Lena Buraglio, 13 years old, Mrs. Sara Nelson.
George Volkhart, foster son of W. A. Davie: As a general thing the children are to be congratulated on securing such good homes. H. D. Clark sent a letter of appreciation to citizens of Dunlap".

Many children were taken off at Eagle Grove, Iowa a German farming community, Guilford added. Where a sturdy boy and a sturdy girl to help with the large families.


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