|ORPHAN TRAIN RIDERS OF NEW YORK (MIDWEST)
Montague Young (birth name) Mills (foster/adoptive name)
1882 CAS Rider to Martin County, MN to the Silas Mills family
William Young (birth name) Myers (foster/adoptive name)
1901 CAS Rider to Kenyon, MN to the Herman Myers family
Emma Wolfe (birth name) Alice Lucina Stickney (foster/adoptive name)
1902-1908 Rider to Lewiston, MN to the Stickney family. She became known as Alice Lucina Stickney
Hanna Wood (birth name)
1883 CAS Rider to Pipestone, MN
Charles Young (birth name) Myers (foster/adoptive name)
1901 CAS Rider to Kenyon, MN to the Herman Myers family
Osward Wilson (birth name)
1907 CAS Rider to Winnebago, MN
Mayme, Baker/Winegar (birth name) Buhr (foster adoptive name) Goergen/Schleich (married surnames)
April 1889 Rider to Adams, MN to John Nicholas Buhr and his wife Mary Brust Buhr. See Leo Leveseur - He was also taken in by the Buhr family
-riding the Orphan Train in 1888.
Mayme married Phillip Goergen, then married Andrew Schleich.
Cornelia Wilson (birth name) Waste (foster/adoptive name)
1882 CAS Rider to St James, MN to C C Waste family
Hugh Wilson (birth name)
1907 CAS Rider to Winnebago, MN
Owen Williams (birth name)
1882 CAS Rider to St James, MN to Mrs A Merigold home
Joseph William Williams (birth name) William Sand (foster/adoptive name) (deceased 4/20/ 1985)
1913 NYFH Rider to St Cloud, MN to Magdalena Sand (widow) & brother Bernard Brady family. Biological parents Julia (Kane) & William Williams
Born William Williams of Brooklyn, New York on 8/11/1910. He was placed in the New York Foundling Hospital by his mother at 2 weeks old. In 1913, at 3 years and 5 months old, he was
placed with Magdalena Sand in St Cloud, Minnesota. He married Eleanore Ludenia and they had six children. He worked for the railroad most of his life. He died April 20, 1985. Married
Eleanor Ludenia in 1940. See Emily Repaski - adoptive sister.
Willie Wiggers (birth name) McCorkell (foster/adoptive name)
1914 Rider to the McCorkell family
Clarence Whitman (birth name) Stillman (foster/adoptive name)
1901 CAS Rider to Spring Valley, MN to Benjamin Stillman family
Jennie May White (birth name)
1898/1902 CAS Rider to Dodge Center/ Plainview, MN
Harry White (birth name)
1902 CAS Rider to Plainview, MN
Alfred White (birth name) Gorney (foster/adoptive name)
Alfred was born July 6, 1896, brought to the NYFH at the age of 2 months. Arrived at the Gorney home in Winona, MN at the age of 4 on August 25, 1900 and was name Alfred Gorney.
Sadie Wexler (birth name) Oliver (foster/adoptive name)
1907 CAS Rider to Winnebago, MN to George Oliver family
Lena Wexler (birth name) Andrews (foster/adoptive name)
1907 CAS Rider to Winnebago, MN to George Andrews family
George Wexler (birth name) Smith (foster/adoptive name)
1907 CAS Rider to Winnebago, MN to Winfield Smith family
Anna Wexler (birth name) Jackson (foster/adoptive name)
1907 CAS Rider to Winnebago, MN to Abram Jackson family
William Wiens (birth name) Hansman (foster/adoptive name)
1900 NYFH rider to Little Falls, MN to John Hansman family.
Harry Wiens (birth name) Vorath (foster/adoptive name)
1900 NYFH rider to Little Falls, Mn to the John Vorath family.
Wellington, Zanzinger (birth name) John Wellington Donielson (foster/adoptive name) deceased 12/29/2008
John was born in New York City (Borough of Manhattan) at 209 E 50th Street on April 29, 1917. His birth name was Anna Helen Zanzinger, who was an unmarried immigrant from
Lithuania, but was ethnically German. John was her first child, father unknown. Anna had to work full time to support herself and was unable to take care of John, so she
surrendered him to temporary custody of the New York City Children's Court. She last visited John in August 1917. The court scheduled several hearings to determine whether she
was still unable to take care of John, but she did not show up for these hearings. (she more than likely did not received notice of these hearings, since she seemed to move
frequently during that period. The courts finally terminated her parental rights and assigned John to the custody of the New York Nursery and Child's Hospital, (which merged into the
Weill Cornell Medical Center), which had already been taking care of John since June 1917. At some point, that organization placed John in foster care with a New York City family.
In October 1919 when John was 1 1/2 years old, the Children's Aid Society of New York (CAS) accepted custody of John and put him on a train with eleven other children and two CAS
social workers. John was the third youngest child in the group. The train went to Maquoketa, Iowa, and after a good nights sleep, the children were taken to the local Congregational
church and displayed to prospective parents, who were required to be foster parents initially, with the possibility of adoption in the future. John was selected by John Frederick
Donielson and Mae Bailey Donielson, a married couple who were about 40 years old and had no children. They lived on a farm they owned outside of Maquoketa. They adopted
John in October 1922, with the consent of the CAS, and in the adoption proceedings had his name changed from Wellington Zanzinger to John Wellington Donielson. They treated
him as if he were their own child. John graduated from either Coe College or Cornell College. He later went onto graduate school at the University of Iowa and earned a Master's
Degree in American History. That level of education was rate for an orphan train child. John Served in the military during World War II, and worked for Transamerica Corporation for
many years. John is survived by two daughters, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren. He also had a son who died as a child.
Paul Yurrick aka Juricek (birth name) Pleggenkuhl (foster/adoptive name) deceased 1970
1919 CAS rider, rode the train from New York to Fredericksburg, Iowa (or somewhere close). He also rode with a boy names Carl Josephson who ended up in New Hampton, Iowa,
but got off the train at the same place as Paul. Paul was taken by the Ernest & Ester Pleggenkuhl family who farmed near Fredericksburg and worked for them until the age of 18.
He was treated well and was always grateful to them for giving him a home. He married Velvia Rollins of Fredericksburg on June 28, 1931 and moved to Northfield, MN. In 1948 the
family moved to Grand Rapids, MN and bought a resort. The orphanage got his name wrong so he kept the name and spelling as Yurrick. His family (biological) came from Slovak
Republic. Another one of his brothers changed his to YORK. The older brother born in Slovakia had the name of Juricek. Three brothers had three different last names, but same
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Philip Williams (birth name) Hermann (foster/adoptive name) deceased 9/28/1918
Philip was an 1899 NYFH rider. Philip, the son of Thomas and Margaret Williams, was born on December 6, 1891, at Brooklyn, New York. At
the age of six weeks, Philip was brought to the New York Foundling Hospital, an orphanage, by an unknown woman. In August 1899, Philip
came on an "orphan Train" to Moorhead. He then came by horse and buggy to Georgetown, MN. His first stop was the parish church, St
John's, where he sat on the altar steps in the sanctuary. Father Maurice, the pastor, gave custody of the young boy to Lambert Sr. and Angelica
Hermann. Philip was excited because this was his first "real" home. Philip was the same age as my "Great-Grandfather, Andrew Alfred. In
those days money was scarce, and Lambert Sr. and Angelica were not able to afford the $150.00 legal fee necessary to adopt Philip. Although
never legally adopted, Philip used the name, "Philip Hermann." Philip spent the next few years of his life at Georgetown. Parish records
indicate that Philip was confirmed at St. John's Church in Georgetown on June 25, 1911. World War I broke out, and Philip was drafted into the
Army on May 25, 1918. He was in Company 41 of the 111th infantry. The following is taken from Philip's diary: "The day I was drafted was the
25th day of May, 1918. Left Moorhead and came to Camp Lewis, Washington on May the 28th and left Camp Lewis June the 18th for
California and got there June 21st to Camp Kerney and left Camp Kerney July 28th for Camp Mills and got there August the 4th and left
Mills August the 7th and left August the 8th to sail for England and got there the 20th of August in Liverpool, Winchester, and left
Winchester, England August 24th for France and got in France August 25th and left the boat the 25th for Decise and got there the 27th of
August and left again on September the 15th and got here on September the 17th somewhere in France on some hill ha ha." Pvt Philip
Hermann III Inf. 28 Div. Minnesota. September 29, 1918. Philip's name is on Angelica Hermann's tombstone in the Wild Rice Cemetery, but
Philip is buried in France.
Philip Williams Hermann Military photo and
the Cross where is he buried in France.
Marie/Mary Wilson (birth name) Zimmer (foster/adoptive name) Mertes (married surname)
1914 NYFh Rider to St Joseph, MN . She was claimed by the Zimmer family in St Joseph , MN in 1914. She was never formely adopted. Mary was born at Harlem Hospital in New
York City and was left at the NYFH in November 1911 Rode the train along with a boy name Antonin Berger
Maude Ellen Williams (birth name) Rikert (foster/adoptive name) Benjamin/Taylor (married surname) deceased 8/17/1986
Maude was born in Kingston, New York 12/17/1904. to Robert & Lilly May Banks Williams. (They had four children living in Kingston, New York. The three older children, Maude, Daniel and
Rena was dropped off at the Industrial Home in Kingston, NY on 11/7/1911. The younger child Marion stayed with her parents in New York. Marion was born 2/17/1910 and passed away
on 10/21/1983 at the age of 72. Her married name was Lasher).
Maude rode the orphan train On November 8, 1911. She was chosen to live with Mr & Mrs Rikert in Clay Center, Kansas. Mrs Rikert became very ill some months later and the CAS moved
her to live with Mrs & Mrs Pogue in Clay Center, Kansas. Her brother Daniel was already living with the Pogues. The Pogues changed her first name to Mary leaving her last name as
Williams. She was never adopted, so always had the Williams name until she got married at 15 to James Benjamin and moved to Oklahoma. After having a baby she moved back to live with
Mrs. Pogue. About 15 years later sher re-married and her name became Maude Ellen Taylor living in Manhattan, Kansas. Maude passed away at the age of 81 n 8/17/1986...
Daniel Williams (birth name) Pogue (foster/adoptive name) deceased 12/8/1978
Daniel was born 1/31/1906 in Kingston, New York. Rode the orphan train 11/8/1911after his father left the three children at the Industrial home In Kingston, NY .. ( See Maude Ellen
Williams.) Daniel was chosen to live with Mr & Mrs Pogue in Clay Center, Kansas. Daniel's first name was changed to John, but his last name remained Williams until he was about 15.
The Pogues adopted him about the time his sister Maude married. He became John Pogue. John passed away 2/8/1978 at the age of 72
Rena Wilma Williams (birth name) Lakeman (foster adoptive name)
Rena was born 10/9/1907 in Kingston, New York. She rode the orphan train with her sister Maude and brother Daniel November 11/8/1911 (see Maude and Daniel) She was chosen by Mr
& Mrs August Lakeman who lived in Clay Center, Kansas. According to a newspaper article, she was adopted in February 1912 and became Rena Wilma Lakeman. The Lakemans moved
to Hutchinson, Kansas about 1919. Rena was apparently an unhappy child and tried to burn the Lakeman barn down as well as some other encounters with the law. The family has not been
able to trace her after the barn burning. Mr & Mrs Lakeman moved to Pennsylvania with their two boys. Rena did not accompany them.