My 4 degrees of separation from the orphan train

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Yes, it’s true. My great-grandmother Sarah McGuirk was an orphan sent by rail from New York City to live with a farm family in Piatt County, IL in 1860. I’ll be talking about her Wednesday, Aug. 14 at the Museum of History in downtown Newton. The Newcomers of Catawba County have invited me to present my talk as a Road …

My ancestor the orphan train rider

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When friends tell you to do something, listen. Late in 2013, Luana, a member of my book club, was discussing bestselling novel, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. I shared the fact that my great-grandmother was an orphan train rider back before the Civil War. And then Luana said, “I think that story would make a great program.” I went …