|ORPHAN TRAIN RIDERS OF NEW YORK (MIDWEST)
Mary Fitzgerald (birth name) Lamm (married surname) (deceased 1956)
Born 1883. Mary was never adopted and lived with many families along the Canadiian border where French-Canadian was the spoken language. Mary's outcome concluded in Madelia, MN when
she married Wendell Lamm. Mary died in 1956 but before her death she pulled Ann Haberbosh close and whispered, "what would I ever have done without you" words spoken from a genuine
mothers love. MN. She was the adoptive mother of rider Anna Haberbosh.
Victoria Gennaro (birth name) Victoria Norton (foster/adoptive name) Moe (married surname) Deceased 5-3-2018
Born April 28, 1912. 1918 NYFH Rider to Easton, MN to Miss Lucy Norton.
Victoria as a young girl
Rose Garmon (birth name) Wimmer/ Thelen (adoptive name) Ringsmuth (married surname)(deceased10/04/1992) Rose Thelen (adoptive name)
Born October 11, 1896. 1913 NYFH Rider to St Cloud, MN to Sebastian Wimmer family. Later to the home of Mathias Thelen family.
Irvin Farrell (birth name) Dobis (foster/adoptive name) (deceased 4/25/2010)
1918 NYFH rider. Stanislaw Irvin Farrell was born January 7, 1916 in Brooklyn, New York. He was left at the New York Foundling Hospital at the age of 21 days by his biological mother, Henrietta
Farrell. He rode The Orphan Train to Avon, (Stearns County), MN. December 14, 1918, settling with Stanislaw and Ann Dobis who lived in St. Anna, MN. This same day, a little girl by the name of
Helen Frazer, born July 26, 1916, also his sons name to Irvin. As a long time postal employee.
More details in "The Journeys of Hope" Volume 5 of the orphan train riders own stories. Not in print at this time.
Amanda Fahr (birth name) Brown (married surname)
1903 CAS Rider to Dodge Center, MN.
Ida Mae Fahr (birth name) Langworthy (foster/adoptive name)
1903 CAS Rider to Dodge Center, MN to Langworthy family.
James Max Ferlander (birth name) Ross (foster/adoptive name)
1916 CAS Rider to Grand Rapids, MN to the Ross family.
Marie Fields (birth name) Marie Murphy (foster/adoptive name) Dorff (married surname) deceased 6/4/2013
Born 6/29/1915 . A 1915 NYFH Rider to Minneapolis, MN to the William & Elizabeth (Maggie) (nee McNeely) Murphy family. Her adoptive mother was fond of calling Marie .Roseanna. Marie would
attempt to tell her adoptive mother her name was Marie, but the word came out as Bowie..so Bowie became her childhood nickname. Marie rode the Orphan Train to Minneapolis, MN with one
other from the NYFH in 1915 to the Minneapolis, depot called the Milwaukee.
Stephan Firicette (birth name) German (foster/adoptive name)
1882 CAS Rider to Fraser Township/Martin County, MN to the James German family.
Willie Fischer (birth name)
1883 CAS Rider to Pipestone, MN.
John Fitzpatrick (birth name)
1883 CAS Rider to Pipestone, MN
Baby Girl Flynn (birth name) Byrnes/ Wermerschirchen (foster/adoptive name) Eileen Wermershirchen(adoptive name) Riordan (married surname) (deceased 9/19/2011)
Born September 23, 1915 at the New York Presbyterian Hospital as Baby Girl Flynn and taken to the New York Foundling home. At the age of 10 months she rode the Orphan Train to Minnesota
where she was first taken by Peter & Mary Byrnes of Iona, MN. When Mary died approximately 3 years later Peter didn't feel that he could properly raise little Eileen without Mary. So Mary's brother
John Wermerskirchen and his wife Doris (Dorothy) adopted her. They also lived in Iona, and cherished their little daughter. She was very pretty and petite, had an incredible sense of humor and
was the kindest person. Like so many other adopted children she felt compelled to prove her worth and all through her life excelled at any endeavor she was involved in. Eileen had a good home
and education, graduated Valedictorian from high school, Salutatorian from college and got her final PhD when she was 68 years old. Eileen does not possess a birth certificate. Eileen taught
school for one year, then went to Sioux City IA to St Vincent's Hospital to ger her RN degree and this is where she met her husband John J Riordan. Together they had 3 children. Eileen died
9/19/2011 just 4 days shy of her 96th birthday.Excerpts from the "Journey of Hope" Volume 5 of the Riders Own Stories. NOT IN PRINT AT THIS TIME.
John Forstman (birth name)
1902 CAS Rider to Plainview Township/Martin County, MN
Mary Forti (birth name) Whepley (foster/adoptive name)
1882 CAS Rider to Chain Lake Center Township/Martin County, MN to the Edward Whepley family.
James W Franklin (birth name) Inglebret (foster/adoptive name)
1901 CAS Rider to York, MN to the Inglebret famiy.
Helen Frazer (birth name) Helen Dobis (foster/adoptive name) Schmainda (married surname) (deceased 4/24/15)
1918 NYFH rider. Helen was born 7/26/1916 in New York City, NY Sometime in her first year or two of life she was left at the New York Foundling Home in Brooklyn, NY. At the age of 2 in 1918 she was
taken by the Orphan Train to Avon, MN to the Stanley & Anna (Hennek) Dobis family. Helen and her brother Irvin (Farrell), adopted at the same time and at the same age, were lovingly reared and cared
for by their new parents in the apartment connected to the General Store in St Anna, MN. Helen was to spend the rest of her working days in that same store and apartment. Helen married Stanley
Schmainda in 1938 in St Anna, MN
Eddie Frost (birth name) Humphries (foster/adoptive name)
1882 CAS Rider to Fairmont, MN to the Humphries family.
George Gaido/Gaide (birth name) Oldridge (foster/adoptive name)
1899 CAS rider to Minneapolis, MN to the George Oldridge, family.
Pearl Gaido/Gaide (birth name) Ondler (foster/adoptive name)
1899 CAS Rider to Minneapolis, MN to the I E Ondler family.
Maria Gargona (birth name) Donlley/Tincombe (foster/adoptive name)
1882 CAS Rider to South Branch Township/Watonwan County, MN to Mrs M Donlley/Tincombe home.
John Garrity (birth name)Revier (foster/adoptive name)
1917 CAS Rider to Franklin, MN/Dehli, MN to the Robert & Camilla Revier family or Paul Revier Jr.
Emma Glender (birth name) Emma John (foster/adoptive name) Biermaier (married surname) (deceased 3/25/1972)
Born 1/24/1913. A June 19, 1914 NYFH Rider to Sauk Centrem MN to the Joseph & Gertrude John family of Browerville, MN. She was 17 months old. Biological parent - Emma
Glender. She gave her child her given name. Emma was turned over to the NYFH on 2/5/1913. Emma married Rudolph A Biermaier 11/22/1932 in Browerville,
MN. Emma Glender pictured at right
Charles Glines (birth name) Washington/Clines (foster/adoptive name)
1875-1880 CAS Rider to Warsaw Township/Goodhue County, MN to George & Lydia (Washington) Clines family.
Richard Henry Godfrey (birth name)
1878 CAS Rider to St Charles, MN
Catherine Golden (birth name)
1900 CAS Rider to Ridge, MN
Joseph Goodison (birth name) Porter (foster/adoptive name)
1882 CAS Rider to Nelson Township/Watonwan County, MN to Mr Porter.
Frances Fager (birth name) Puchalla (adoptive name) Wodarck (married surname) (deceased 6/18/1996)
Frances was born in 1898, 1901 NYFH Rider to Royalton, MN to the Joseph & Frances Puchalla family. Married Stanely Wodarck in LIttle Falls, MN.
Amelia Fredericks (birth name) Buckley (foster/adoptive name) Christopherson (married surname)
1904 CAS Rider to Byron, MN to the John Buckley family.
Giovanni Gauna (birth name)Schutt (foster adoptive parents) John Thomas (foster/adoptive name)(deceased 8/30/1993)
Born December 28, 1909 in Manhattan, New York. to Maria (Gauna) Miro. Adoptive parents Frank & Bridget Schutt. Bridget remarried after Frank's death to Anton Thomas in
1920. Rode an Orphan Train to Glen Ullin, North Dakota on 9/18/1912. An older boy by the name of John Day came on the same train with John Thomas going to another
relative. Later, John Day ran away and went to the state of Washington.
Marjorie Evans (birth name) Marjorie Orth (foster/adoptive name) Marjorie Shuh (married surname)(deceased December 2001)
Born 8/30/1911 in Brooklyn, NY to a single Welsh school teacher by the name of Mary Evans who traveled to the USA via steam ship in May, 1911. Mary aEvans gave Marjorie to the
Sisters of Charity at the NYFH 9/12/11, claiming she was destitute and unable to care for her daughter. Mary Evans was a 35 year old single teacher in Rhtmney, Wales in 1911 and
required descreet management of the pregnancy issue. Hence the travel to the USA. A 1913 NYFH Rider to Little Falls, MN to Jacob & Katherine Orth family. Moved to Black Duck, MN.
On August 31, 1933 Marjorie married Edward Schuh.
Lillian Mary Freeman (birth name) Cosgrove (foster/adoptive name) Karakas (married surname) deceased 10-16-1981
Mary was born February 15, 1916 at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She was baptized two days later at Our Lady of Scapular of Mount Carmel. Her parents were Richard and Mary (Smith)
Freeman. Lillian and her mother went to her grandmother's (Catherine Smith's) when discharged from the hospital. She was given to the New York Foundling Society a few days later. 3 years later
Lillian boarded an Orphan Train and became the foster daughter of Edward and Josephine Cosgrove in Detroit Lakes, MN. It was a tough life. She lived and raised 5 children in Virginia, MN
almost single handedly with the utmost compassiion, strength, faith and love. She died on this day October 16, 1981 in Duluth MN.
Anna Hondaras Gattis (birth name) Kunkel (foster/adoptive name) Willy (married surname
NYFH rider to St Cloud, MN to the Kunkel family at the age of three
Helen Gartner (birth name) Barczynski (foster/adoptive name)Spiczka (married surname) deceased 10/3/2000
Born October 19, 1912 at St Anna's Maternity New York City, NY, to George Astburg (US Citizen) and Lottie Gartner (born in Germany) She was 2 years old when she rode the train to the home of
Thomas & Theodora Barczynski from Gilman, MN. Married Valerian "Boots" Spiczka July 23, 1935 in St Cloud, MN. Lived on a farm in Gilman, MN They had 5 children,
Constance, Robert, Valerian JR, Judy & Richard. Passed away in 2000 and is buried in Gilman, MN.
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Axel Erickson (birth name)
1907 CAS Rider to Winnegago, MN.
Marion Essig (birth name) Heutmaker (foster/adoptive name)
1914 CAS Rider to Chaska, MN to the Heutmaker family.
Mary Irene Foley (birth name) Aschenbrenner (foster/adoptive name) Zormeir (married surname)
Mary (Mayme) rode the train in 1902 to Rice, MN at the age of 2. She took the nickname of Mayme because there were so many Mary's in her school The Aschenbrenner family fostered her until
the age of 13.She was not formally adopted.She was not taken in right off the train, but stayed with the parish priest and was cared for by his housekeeper until a family could be found to take her in.
Joseph Max Ferlander/Furlander (birth name) James Max Ross (foster/adoptive name) deceased 1938
1916 NYFH rider . Born May 5, 1913 in Beth Israel Hospital, New York. He was adopted by James and Myrtle Ross possible to Grand Rapids, MN or Remer, MN. He was raised on a farm in Cass
County. They had two daughters older than him (Francis and Nancy). He was possibly a Belgium war orphan who came to America to be adopted. , also stated on his birth certificate. He was
requested by the Ross family. Went to a county school (known as the "Ross School" He was legally adopted at the age of 9. They changed his names to James Max Ross. , However he was never
legally named James. All papers state his name as Joseph Max Ross.
E Ehrmann (birth name) McCadden (foster/adoptive name)
1882 CAS Rider to Rutland Township/Martin County, MN to the W G McCadden family
Harry Eidenweil/Eldenweil (birth name) Peters (foster/adoptive name)
1902 CAS Rider to Stewartville, MN to the Peters family.
Jennie Eltensted (birth name) Luff (foster/adoptive name)
1882 CAS Rider to St James, MN to the John Luff family.
Amelia Engle (birth name) Newell (foster/adoptive name)
1899 CAS Rider to Minneapolis, MN to the C G Newell family.
Otto Englebert (birth name)
1902 CAS Rider to Judge, MN.
Helen Fallon (Birth name) Laurine Parent (foster/adoptive name) Deceased 10/17/1989
Helen was born December 22, 1915 . She was left by her mother Helen Fallon. NYFH Rider in at the age of 3 years & 1 month years old . Her birth certificate # was 64667 under Helen. Her case
# in the NYFH was 5734. She was placed with Emile & Mary Parent of Argyle, MN. She was legally adopted by Emile and Mary Parent on December 14. 1918 and her name was changed to
Laurine Parent. Laurine lived most of her life in Argyle, MN. She traveled in her early life but came back to live with her parents until her death in 1989. She is buried at St Rose Cemetery in
Argyle, MN She never married.......
Roswell Dickens (birth name) Seaborn/Peck (foster/adoptive name)
1883 CAS Rider to Grand Meadows, MN to the William Seaborn/Peck family, born in 1876. He was known as Roswell Peck. Biological parents were Charles & Harriet Dickens Roswell & Minnie were
brother & sister. Roswell went by the last name of Peck. He was supposed to be with the Seaborn family, but was not happy there and ran away. He was reunited with Minnie, he met their hired girl
Lizzie Greve and they were married and had 3 daughers. They lived in Ohio. Roswell died in Ohio.... (see story above Minnie Louise Dickens/Banks)
Edward Dietz (birth name)
1911 Rider to St Cloud, MN.
John Dennis Dillion (birth name)
1908 CAS Rider to Delano, MN.
Evelyn Donovan (birth name) Shirley Ann Valley (foster/adoptive name) Carpentier (married surname)
1923 NYFH Rider to Duluth/Cloquet, MN to the Valley family. Evelyn became know as Shirley Ann Valley
Eliza "Lizzie" Doran (birth name)
1903 CAS rider to Chatfield, MN
Louis Dornheim (birth name) Town (foster/adoptive name)
1882 CAS Rider to Martin County, MN to the A R Town family.
Alexander Doroff (birth name)
1910 Rider to St Cloud, MN.
Carrie Douglas (birth name) Weberland (foster/adoptive name)
1882 CAS Rider to Rolling Green TownshipMartin County, MN to the Capt. Weberland family.
Samuel Dowling (birth name) Rouse (foster/adoptive name)
1882 CAS Rider to Fairmont, Mn to the H R Rouse family.
Annie Dugan (birth name) Ray (foster/adoptive name)
1897 CAS Rider to Dodge Center, MN to the Ray family.
Mary Dugan (birth name)
1898 CAS Rider to Dodge Center, MN.
Katie Edgewater (birth name)
1899 CAS Rider to Rutland Township/Martin County, MN.
Mario Henry Edmond (birth name)
1902 CAS Rider to Plainview Township/Wabasha County, MN.
Clement S Edwards (birth name) Slocum (foster/adoptive name)
1881 CAS Rider to Albert Lea, MN to the Slocum family.
Irene Dwyer (birth name) Elizabeth Bye (foster/adoptive name) Elizabeth (Betty) Murphy (married surname)
Paul Vincent Doyle (birth name) Hesch (foster/adopted name
Rode the orphan train to Buckman, MN to the Hesch family. Paul ended up running away at the age of 16, changed his name to Paul Vincent Doyle. He wrote to the orphanage in New York and found
out his name was Doyle. The Hesch family also adopted a girl whose nameLucy.
Minnie Louise/Emmaline Dickens/Banks (birth name) Click (foster/adoptive name) Davis (married surname) deceased 11/26/1935
Born 4/30/1871- 1883 CAS Rider to Luverne, MN at the age of 12 to N J Click/Banks family. Minnie was known as Minnie Louise Banks. Minnie's biological parents were Charles & Harriet Dickens.
Minnie & Roswell were sister & brother..She was not adopted but lived with Robert & Naomi J Click in Luverne, MN. Married Clarence Brown Davis. Roswell & Minnie got back together and visited with
their families. Banks relatives were found in Danbury and they believe she may have used that name as a connection to her family and possible used it infrequently out of anger at being pulled from her
family to be sent West. She had an older sister Henrietta, brother Roswell and another brother Samuel - but the family is unable to find information on Samuel.. Roswell & Minnie Dickens were
reunited when Minnie's husband Clarence Brown Davis went to town to look for help on their farm. Minnie & Clarence Brown Davis were married on October 22, 1888 in Luverne, MN in a double
ceremony with a relative on Clarence side of the family. Clarence was born May 19, 1863 in Argyle, Lafayette, WI. He was a farmer. He met a man with a bootblack mark on his wrist that was the
same as one Minnie had on hers. Minnie children Robert, Hazel (who died at four months), Rollie, Guy, Larry, Harry (who died young) Dewey, Leonard (who die young), Orlie, Kenneth, Gladys, Ruth and
twins (who died at birth).l It ended up they were siblings. The CAS said both parents were dead by the time the two children rode the Orphan Train.
Ophelia Gleason (birth name) Riel/Hoefling (foster/adoptive name)
1899 NYFH rider to Georgetown,MN to Mr & Mrs Riel in Felton, MN. Taken to the Riel home first and then moved to the Hoefling home. Reasons unknown.