Judie , a retired elementary school speech/language specialist and teacher, will tell the story of her father, John Lukes Jacobus, who came from the Children’s Aid Society in New York City and rode the Orphan Train to Ottawa, Kansas in 1915 when he was 2 1/2 years old. Supplemented by a power point presentation of pictures from her father’s life, she will also discuss the history of the “placing out” process, the work of the National Orphan Train complex in “preserving the past for the future” and will provide time for questions.
Judie is willing to travel 75-100 miles from the Long Beach Area for presentations.
Pat frequently tells the “Orphan Train Story” in the Butte County, California, area to church and civic groups. She tells of the work of the Children’s Aid Society and the Orphan Train Heritage Society of America in bringing the Riders together and helping the descendants find their ancestors and living relatives.