|ORPHAN TRAIN RIDERS OF NEW YORK (MIDWEST)
Sophia Kaminsky/Kamin (birth name)Sophia Greim (foster/adoptive name) Hillesheim-Kral (married surname) Deceased 5/22/2016
Born April 23, 1915 at Villa Avenue, Bronx, New York. At 5 1/2 months old she was placed in the New York Foundling Hospital on October 9, 1915. Sophia rode the
Orphan Train to Minneapolis, MN, arriving June 30, 1917, at the age of two and was received by Joseph and Mary Duda. Saved from a return trip to New York in
January 1919 four year old Sophia was placed in the home of Mrs. Anna Greim. Circumstances with her prior placement proved unsatisfactory. Sophia married
Charles Hillesheim on June 4, 1936 in Springfield, MN. T hey raised five children. She was widowed in 1966, Sophia married Raymond Kral February 14, 1985 in
Sleepy Eye, MN and again became widowed in 2007. In 2009 Sophia is ninety four years old, very active and intellectually vibrant. Sophia says "I don't have a birth
certificate, but I'm here" Four year old Sophia's first Four year old Sophia's photograph in Springfield, MN
More details in "Orphan Train Riders, Their Own Stories, Volume 3.
Renee Wendinger, daughter of Sophia Kral, Author of "Extra! Extra! The Orphan Trains and Newsboys of New York"
a collection of stories of children who faced nearly insurmountable odds.
Anastasia-Ann-Anna Klosure/ Koleszar (birth name) Kologi (foster/adoptive name) Santer (married surname) ( deceased)
1900 NYFH Rider to Browerville, MN to the Rohus Kologifamily.
Bertha Jones was born November 25, 1916.
1918 CAS Rider to Little Rock, IA to Jans & Jennie Visker family. Lived in Minnesota
Rachel Jones (birth name) Visker (foster/adoptive name) Kor (married surname) (deceased 11/16/2004)
Born 12/25/1913. A 1918 CAS Rider to Little Rock, IA to Jans & Jennie Visker family. Lived in Minnesota Both girls rode an Orphan Train to Little Rock, Iowa.
Rachel & Bertha are sisters
Annie Johnson (birth name) Wilma Neseth/Rouning (foster/adoptive name)
1901 CAS Rider to Kenyon, MN to Neseth or Rouning family.
Harry Johnson (birth name) Winn (foster/adoptive name)
1899 CAS Rider to Minneapolis, MN to Joshua Winn family.
John Johnson (birth name) John Schumacher (foster/adoptive name)
1866 CAS Rider to Adams, MN to Schumacher family.
Willie Johnson (birth name) Wofgram/Heidtke (foster/adoptive name)
1901 CAS Rider to Spring Valley, MN to Wolfgram/Heidtke family
Louis Jones (birth name) Bradley/Ellis (foster/adoptive name)
1901 CAS Rider to Spring Valley, MN to Bradley/Ellis family.
Irving Joynt (birth name) Rybarczyk (foster/adoptive name)
1916 NYFH Rider to Winona, MN to the John Rybarczyk family.
August Kaherbeck (birth name)
1901 CAS Rider to Spring Valley, MN. Returned to New York in 1908
Alfred Keeling (birth name) Donley (foster/adoptive name)
1882 CAS Rider to South Branch Township, MN to Mrs M Donley
Samuel Keeling (birth name) Marsden (foster/adoptive name)
1882 CAS Rider to South Branch Township, MN to Thomas Marsden family
Anna Kelly (birth name) Brown (foster/adoptive name) Finnegan (married surname)
Rider to the Brown family.
R Kemton (birth name) Boudrye (foster/adoptive name)
1882 CAS rider to Fairmont, MN to R Boudrye family
Edward Joseph Kenny (birth name)Black (foster/adoptive name)
Edward was born July 31, 1895 in New York City and a 1899 NYFH Rider. Arrived in St Martin, MN. Received by William & Mary Black family His natural parent's names, Sarh Ford
(nickname Sadie) and William (or Joseph) Kenny once resided at 87 Divison St. New York, NY. Edwards daughters are Agnes Fangmeir in Paynesville & Marie Thomas St Cloud, MN
Ellen Frances Kenny (birth name) Nellie Clemons (foste/adoptive name)
1882 Rider to Martin County, MN
William James Kiester (birth name)
1882 CAS Rider to Todd County, MN
Edward Kimmerlee (birth name)
1903 CAS Rider to Chatfield, MN
Nelly Kinny (birth name) St John (foster/adoptive name)
1882 CAS Rider to Fraser Township, Mn to Byron St John family
Harry King (birth name) McGhie (foster/adoptive name)
1902/1903 CAS Rider to Chatfield/Stewartville, MN to McGhie family.
Alexander Knight (birth name) Thomas (foster/adoptive name)
1902 CAS Rider to Judge, MN to the Thomas family.
Annie Kolozi (birth name)
Rider to Sauk Centre, MN
Julia Kowalski (birth name)
1916 NYFH Rider to Winona, MN
Rose Krebaum (birth name) Rosemary Katzmarek (foster/adoptive name) Zarling (married surname) (deceased 6/24/2009)
Born April 19, 1911. A 1913 NYFH Rider to Avon, MN, she arrived in Avon on November 29, 1912. to Stanley & Constantina Katzmarek family. Rose grew up in Holdingford, MN On
Grandfather Katzmarek's farm. She moved to Chicago at the age of 28, married Michael Zarling. They had no children. Sister Justina and Rosemary rode on the Orphan Train
together and then their adoptive mothers were siblings, so they became cousins. Rosemary said she remembered coming on the Orphan Train at the age of two. She was married
for 35 years. She lived in Chicago for 60 years and then moved back to Minnesota at the age of 88 and resided at St Otto's in Little Falls, MN. Rose died at the age of 98 years on June
Otto Kuester (birth name)
1880 CAS Rider to Rushmore, MN.
George Lachneauer (birth name) Worth/McPeek (foster/adoptive name)
1898 CAS Rider to Dodge Center/Kenyon, MN to the Worth/McPeek family.
Florence Lake (birth name) Kruchten (foster/adoptive name)Kenning (married surname)
1916 NYFH Rider to Sauk Center, MN to Joeseph & Ann Kruchten family.
Ernest Landberg (birth name) Palmer (foster/adoptive name)
1892-1901 CAS Rider to Spring Valley, MN to the Palmer family.
Benjamin J Lang (birth name)
1898 CAS Rider to St Cloud, MN.
Eugene Lange (birth name)
1901 CAS Rider to Kenyon,/Dodge Center/Skyberg, MN. He traveled in one of these years 1901,1905,1907,1908.
Fred Lange (birth name)
1901 CAS Rider to Kenyon, MN.
William Lange (birth name)
1901 CAS Rider to Kenyon, MN.
Otto Lassen (birth name) Thompson (foster/adoptive name)
1901 CAS Rider to Winona, MN to Walter Thompson family.
Bernadette Leblet (birth name) Mueck/Miick(foster/adoptive name)Schaefer (married surname) deceased 11/1/2015
Born 12/27/1921Biological parents Alice Leblet from France & Robert Pape. Alice paid the NYFH for the care of her child Bernadette from April 10, 1922 to January 6, 1923, at which
time she surrendered her to the orphanage. A 1923 NYFH Rider to Fremont, NE to Adolph & Elizabeth Mueck family.Legally adopted at the age of 8, she grew up in Lindsey, NE in a
happy home. Married Francis Henry Schaefer 10/5/1943 in Humphrey, NE. They had nine children. Lived in Minnesota
Florence Kramer (birth name) Neutzling (married surname) (deceased 11/4/1994)
Born 7/24/1611. A 1911 Rider to St Cloud, Mn. Married Andrew J Neutzling 7/5/1932
Elizabeth Kenny (birth name) Niehaus (foster/adoptive name) Schraan/Meier (married surname) (deceased)
Elizabeth was born in New York City December 25, 1884. She was adopted by a Waconia couple Gerhardt H Niehaus (6/30/1827 to 4/28/1913)and his wife Anna Dressmann
Niehaus.( 1834 to 2/26/1929) Mr & Mrs Niehaus referred to Miss Kenny as Lillian Elizabeth Niehaus. Lillian appears on the 1900 Census with Mr & Mrs Niehaus in Waconia, Carver
County, Minnesota. Her first marriage was to Edward Schraan. Her Second marriage was to Joseph Meier.
William Hunecke (birth name) Cary (foster/adoptive name)
1902 CAS Rider to Stewartville, MN to the Cary family
Daniel Humphrey (birth name) Englehart (foster/adoptive name)
1902 CAS Rider to Racine, MN to Englehart family
Calvin Humphrey (birth name) Geer/Giere (foster/adoptive name)
1902 CAS Rider to Stewartville, Mn to the Ole A Geer/Giere family
George Huggard (birth name)
1903 CAS Rider to Plainview Township, MN
Benjamin Dale Huggard (birth name)
1903 CAS Rider to Plainview Township, MN
Edna H Hudson (birth name) Snare (foster/adoptive name)Velta (married surname) (deceased 1/30/1995)
Born 3/3/1905. A 1906 CAS Rider to Winnebago, MN to Ernest Snare family. Married to Herman Velta
William James Hope (birth name) Petterson (foster/adoptive name)
1882 CAS Rider to Fairmont, MN to Fred Petterson family.
Claude Hoagland (birth name) Haugen (foster/adoptive name)
1901 CAS Rider to Kenyon, MN to S K Haugen family.
Juliette Hinkley (birth name) Kofoky (foster/adoptive name)
1914 CAS Rider to Dodge Center, MN to the Kofoky family.
Madelyn Hills (birth name) Lena Minette (foster/adoptive name)
1898 Rider to Sauk Centre, MN to the Minette family.
Charles Hening (birth name)
1901 CAS Rider to Kenyon, MN.
Anto Jnouskey (birth name)
1899 CAS rider to Lime Springs, Iowa along with his half sister Tilla Remer
Russell Hempstead (birth name)
1914 CAS Rider to Jackson, MN
Victor Ernest Hempstead (birth name) Wilcox (foster/adoptive name)
1914 CAS Rider to Fairmont, MN to the Wilcox Family.
John Henderson (birth name)
1905 CAS Rider to Skyberg, MN. Returned to stepsister in Hornell, NY in 1906
Joseph Kabeech, Kabedch, Kabedeh (birth name) Roch (foster/adoptive name)
Late 1880's rider to Morrison County. When the train was ready to leave one little boy remained, a little Negro boy. John & Clara Roch of St Cloud, MN put in a claim for
Joseph.Clara loved Joe's kind kind spirit and loved him aas much as her own children. Joe got along well with the local youngsters, but the elders of the city did not taking a
liking to his color. One morning Clara found Joe not in his bed, and his morning chores waiting..he was gone, and she never found him again.
Maude Kent (birth name) Smith (married surname)
Charles Kirby (birth name) Berendsen (foster/adoptive name)
NYFH rider.Charles went to the Berendsen family sometime after his birth 12/2/1911. His biological parents were Helen Kirby and Alex Willin
Elizabeth Kirby (birth name)
Elizabeth was a NYFH rider. Born February 1910. She is a sister to Charles Kirby
Frank Lee (birth name) Loucks (foster/adoptive name)
1901 CAS Rider to Spring Valley, MN to the C J Loucks family.
Charles Frederick Hendricks (birth name) Bickford (foster/adoptive name)
Born 1872. A 1872 NYO (New York Orphan Asylum) Rode the Orphan Train to Westford, MN to the J F Bickford family in Westford, MN (Martin County. in 1888
Charles went to live with Mr Henry Barker in Ruthland, Minnesota (Martin County).
The following entries in the log books dated April , 1884 The Children's Aid Society:
Chas Hendricks, American, age 11 NYO (NY Orphan Asylum). The orphan asylum was a type of group home for orphaned children. Many orphan train riders
came through this institution. Charles was placed with J F Bickford, in Westford, MN (Martin County). On December 13, 1885, there is a note pertaining to a
letter that Mr. Bickford wrote, stating that Charles is with him and he is healthy, truthful, and conscientious. In April 1886, there is a note from Mr Sherman of
NY Orphan Asylum stating that Charles is doing quite well in his placement. There is a gap, with the next entry coming on January 13, 1889. Mr Bickford wrote
a letter stating that Charles was with him until last June when he left against Mr. Bickford's wishes. He is now living with Mr Henry Barker, in Rutland, MN
(Martin County). Mr Bickford does not think it is a desirable place and tried to dissuade Charles otherwise. Mr Bickford stated that Charles uses He stated that
Charles is working out for the present season, and is being paid a rate of $20.00/month. Last season he was paid $18.00/month He hired him last season
and he lives with him when he is out of work. He provided a summer address for Charles, Blue Earth City, Minnesota. This was the final successful entry in
the book. Letters to Charles were written in 1893, 1895, and 1895 which were all returned. The letters were forwarded to all of his known addresses. Letters
to Mr Barker were returned as well. Additional information found in April 2012 from the New York Historical Society. Charles was born in Germany on June 10,
1871. His father Ferdinand, died in Germany of delirium tremors in 1877. His mother Elizabeth, die of cancer on September 8, 1879. He was taken in by his
uncle, Charles Voss, who promised his mother he would take care of him. Unfortunately, Mr Voss was not able to take care of him as well as he would have
liked to, so Charles was admitted to the asylum on March 9, 1881, at the age of 11. He was discharched to the Children's Aid Society to go west on the Orphan
Train on April 1, 1884. Charles had been baptized at the time of his admission. He had three siblings: A sister living in Germany, and two brothers who were
able to support themselves.
39 years of age
Carl Josephson (birth name)
1919 CAS rider to Fredericksburg, IA. Rode with Paul Yurrick. Carl went to New Hampton Ia.
Frank Hoffman (birth name) Hemann (foster/adoptive name)
Born 1880. An 1885 rider to Staceyville, IA. Later moved to Minnesota
© Renee Wendinger and Susan
|Augusta, William, Ernest Heilman (birth names)
1901 CAS rider.The girls rode an Orphan Train to Minnesota and the boys rode an Orphan Train to Iowa. The siblings did see each other as often as possible.
|Clotilda Sophie Heinz (birth name) Schemmel (adoptive/foster name)DeFrance (married surname) deceased 1951
Clotilda was born 1884, she was dropped off at the New York Foundling when she was 1 day old. At the age of 2 she rode to train to Diresville, Iowa. She was adopted by the
Schemmel family. Later moving to Barrett, MN. Her step brother was Clem Schemmel from Tintah, MN. Two of her children RoseMarie Johnson lives in Barrett, MN and a son Gary
DeFrance lives in Maple Grove, MN.
Emma Heilman (birth name) Emma Jurish (foster/adoptive name) Hare (married surname) (deceased 10/3/1985)
1901CAS Rider. Emma's parents were Johann & Susanna (Mosinger) Heilmann. Emma & Augusta were sent to the Nursery & Childs Hospital, Staten Island New Yo9rk. William &
Erneset were sent to Sheltering Arms Boys Home. Emma was placed in the home of E.E. Jurish of Cherry Grove, Minnesota. In 1915 she was married. She became a teacher. She
died October 3, 1985 at the age of 97. More details in "Orphan Train Riders, Their Own Stories, Volume 2". May be purchased through the Orphan Train Heritage Society of America.
Rose Hill (birth name) Miller (foster/adoptive name) Born 1914
James Hill (birth name) Miller (foster/adoptive name) Born 1915
Adopted by Clyde & Lulu Thompson.
Birth parents Nathan & Mary Jane Hill
Josephine A Close (birth name) Pierce (foster/adoptive name) Born 1919. Adoptive by Charles & Gladys Pierce
Alberta A Close (birth name) Geuther (foster/adoptive name) Born in 1917. Adoptive by Alvin & Mathida Geuther
Emerson L Close (birth name) Townsend (foster/adoptive name) Born in 1921. Adoptive by William & Sibyle Townsend.
Birth parents James and Mary Jane Close.
Mary Jane Hill/Close is the mother to all 5 children. The children were all taken in to familys in the Waverly, Iowa Area.
All of the children were September 19,1922 Children's Aid Orphan Train Riders to Waverly, Iowa Area.
Josephine A Close
Rose ?(possibly Kenny (birth name) Black (foster/adoptive name) Locken (married surname)
10/18/1899 NYFH Rider to St Martin, MN to William & Mary Black. Rode with Edward Joseph Kenny to the same family