Orphan Train Advertisement


A company of children, mostly boys, from the New York Juvenile Asylum, will arrive in Rockford, at the Hotel Holland, Thursday morning, Sept. 6 1888, remaining until the evening.  They are from 7 to 15 years of age.

Homes are wanted for those children with farmers, where they will receive kind treatment and enjoy fair advantages.  They have been in the asylum from one to two years, and have received instruction and training, preparatory to a term of apprenticeship, and being mostly of respectable parentage, they are desirable children and worthy of good homes.

They may be taken at first upon trial for four weeks, and afterwards, if all parties are satisfied, under indenture – girls until 18 and boys until 21 years of age.

The indenture provides for four months schooling each year, until the child has advanced through comp… interest, and at the expiration of the term of apprenticeship, two new suits of clothes, and the payment to the girls of fifty, and to the boys of one hundred and fifty dollars.

All expenses for transportation will be assumed by the Asylum and the children will be placed on trial and indentured free of charge.

Those who desire to take children on trial are requested to meet them at the hotel at the time above specified.

E. Wright, Agent


Courtesy of the Illinois State Historical Society
(Reconstruction of original document)

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