Orphan Train Articles
Palo Alto Reporter July 10, 1880
The orphan boys sent out by the Children's Aid Society, of New York, arrived
in Emmetsburg on Friday, of
From the Palo Alto Reporter October 2, 1880:
Mr. E. Trott of the New York Children's Aid Society, arrived at Emmetsburg a week ago with a second installment of boys and one girl. There were nineteen of the boys, and they were of all sizes, and there was surely not less than thirty-eight different temperaments divided among them.
As a rule they had bright faces; in fact, if you were to go into any school in the country and at random take twenty boys whose ages ranged between five and seventeen years, it is doubtful if you would have a better averaged lot. After stating the circumstances under which they were bought west, Mr. Trott proceeded to distribute them to the parties who had previously made application, as follows:
Thos. Cook, aged 16, Wm. Jackman.
It will be seen that the boys, as a rule, got very good homes, some of them exceptionally so. We bespeak for both big and little kind treatment, and especially so for the little fellows. Some time since, a western newspaper spoke against this bringing of these boys to the West, and said there was no good in them; but one, at least, of the New York papers takes a different view of the matter and says the Society is sending out what should be the bone and sinew of the future years. Messrs. Jas. Scott, Z.F. Dickinson and others who took the boys before, speak very highly of them and seem to be well pleased so far. The Society is doing a noble work in removing these boys from the temptations of the city and bringing them to the country where even the smallest will in a year or two be abundantly able to earn a livelihood.