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Orphan Trains: Letter-4
By Robert Noonan
I am presenting two letters today. These boys appear content with life on a farm. Many children ended up on farms and their treatment varied greatly. They bided their time until they were eighteen, then decided if they wanted to remain or move on, if they had that option.
These boys don’t appear to have had much schooling, as their letters reveal. They are presented to you as they were written.
May 22, 1878
Dear Sir. I received a letter some time ago and hasten to reply it is raining today so I have time to write we are pretty busy now in getting the land ready for corn we intend planting in about two days we had a temperance revival here last week there was 200 signed the pledge we will have another meeting tomorrow night it is a blue ribbon movement I am wearing the ribbon that cut and left a big scar on my hand I received the book you sent me and was pleased with it how are times in New York by this time hope they are better will you ask Mr. Trott what became of that young man that was working for him when I worked for him I guess he would know me times are awful hard out here now there is scarcely any money out here I expect you are doing good work now I have no more to say at present so I will close wishing you good success in your work I remain
May 26 1878
i was pleased to get your letter i was looking for a letter from you every day i was pleased to get it from you i was sorry that you could not help me but I think that time is very hard for you
i expect that we are having very whet weather it is very hard to get a place I have no place to work yet wish I could get a place to work I would like to get a place of my own but I cannot
I wish I could get work sum place I have poor health in this country if I could get back to the old country I would like it but I have not the money so I mustent think of it now so I must be contented at present
This is all from your frend thomas
I wish I had more letters to post, but these have given you some insight as to what happened to those children. There were instances where 2-5 siblings were on an Orphan Train and only one was adopted at a given town, never to see their brothers or sisters again. In my Orphan Train Trilogy I did not dwell on the hardships children faced, though there is some. My novels also show how the lives of the adults were changed by taking in children they knew nothing about or how they would react to decisions made for them. Love and tears flowed both ways. It is a story of family love and friendship, tragedy, romance, murder and intrigue and an abundance of humor.
Thank you for your interest in this little corner of our history.