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Orphan Train

by Connie Cherba

On Friday morning, June 25, 1888, 53 children arrived in Dubuque on an Orphan Train. The Dubuque Daily Times reported the “handsome children,” ranging in age from 2 ½ to 3 years, arrived at Dubuque’s Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul depot from the New York Foundling Home, a facility run by the Sisters of Charity. The children were accompanied on the “Mercy Train” by agent Mr. Robert Curran along with two nurses who cared for the children on the journey and made sure they looked their best upon arrival. The boys wore “tidy kilt suits,” and the little girls wore “neatly fitting dresses with white caps.”

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