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Judy Hill

Board Member, National Orphan Train Complex


Linda Ralston

Linda tells the story of her father, his brother and sister, who rode the train from New York to Canehill, Arkansas in 1913 and were all three adopted by the same set of parents. Their story has a happy ending, unlike some stories. Linda’s sister has done all the research.

Linda is willing to give presentations to local clubs and social groups. There is no fee for her presentation.


Phone: 316-250-4358


Roger Staley

Roger’s mother Ethel M Barney Staley rode the Orphan Train in 1904 to Dunlap, IA, along with three siblings, the oldest @ 9 years and the youngest @ 20 months.  They came from Cold Brook, NY to the Children’s Aid Society in New York City and then took the train ride to Dunlap, IA.

Roger and his two daughters, Serena Staley Price and Erica Staley Sims, live in the Kansas City area and each is experienced in presenting their story of the Orphan Train.  There is no charge involved in these presentations.  Overnight travel may be considered.

The presentation can be from ½ hour up to a full hour and can be facilitated using either power point or pictures and handouts. The presentation covers the Barney family, the people who initiated the Orphan Train concept, the Orphanage, the train ride and the placement process.  The presentation closes with a time for questions.


H 913.248.7676    C 913.980.6059



Susan Sutton

Board President, National Orphan Train Complex


Shaley K. George

Curator, National Orphan Train Complex