Orphan Train Rider Stories

Click on the names below to view a story of an Orphan Train Rider.
Names are organized alphabetically by last name. Riders featured may change. 

George Alexander Aberle, AKA eden ahbez – Kansas, 1917

Alice Bullis Ayler – Kansas, 1930

Mary Jane Baade – Nebraska,1912

Anna Miller Bassett – Texas, 1918

Charles Bintliff – South Dakota, between 1889-1900

Hazelle Boxberg – Texas, 1918

Gov. John Green Brady – Indiana, 1859

Ellen Broderick – North Dakota,1908

Gov. Andrew Burke – Indiana, 1859

John J. Callahan – West Virginia, 1903

Paul Young Clithero – Kansas, 1911

Irma Craig – Missouri, 1901

Mike Francese – Texas, 1919

Charles Frederick – Illinois, 1888

Harry Gerguson, AKA Prince Michael Romanoff – Illinois, 1904 and Texas, 1908

Ann Harrison – Colorado, 1911

Clifton and Myrtle Jennings – Arkansas, 1912

Charles Miller, AKA Kansas Charley – Virginia, Minnesota, and Kansas, 1880s

Lee Nailing – Texas, 1926

Bill Oser – Michigan, 1922

Edith Peterson (Sister Justina Bieganek) – Minnesota, 1913

John and Austin Porter – Nebraska, 1899 and Texas, before 1910

Jean Sexton – Missouri, 1914

Arthur Field Smith – Iowa, 1922

Fred Engert Swedenburg – Nebraska, 1925

Marguerite Thompson – Nebraska, 1911

George Washington and Joseph Benjamin Timmons – Michigan, 1857

More Orphan Train Riders Stories can be found in Orphan Train Riders: Their Own Stories Volumes 1-6 published by the Orphan Train Heritage Society of America and available through our bookstore.

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