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Thursday, February 17, 1994 Check It Out By Mary Beth Nelson I n my last article, I promised to relate more details concerning the life and remarkable work of Charles R. Fry, head of New York Children&apos;s Aid Society during the last half of the nineteenth century. I also mentioned that his outstand- ing work and devotion to children laid the groundwork for a "placing- out" system for children after they got off the Orphan Train. It is said that Charles Fry be- came foster grandfather to, literal- ly, thousands of New York's neglected kids who, in turn, gave him their love. As he walked down Tb Clarenben _qtms the city's back streets, they caught his sleeves and coat tails, asking to be picked up and hugged, a request to which he always positively responded Charles Fry was responsible for conducting nearly 50.000 children out of dirty New York streets infested with crime. At that time, the city was full of wild boys to whom the police referred as street rats. They were hard to con- A&J'S FASHION APPAREL Silk Boxer Shorts $8 99 002699 Studded Pants Sets 50 to 75% OffforSaleLess. Items! './ Shop Quality 215 S. Kearney Downtown Clarendon 874-2178 James Shelton Serves The Community Appointed by Governor Richards as District Attorney in 1993. Assistant District Attorney and Donley County Attorney Pro Tern; Practicing attorney in Clarendon since 1984. Jim and Cindy Shelton with children Taylor, Lindsey, and Lauren Born and raised in Chlldress, Graduated from Childress High School in 1976. Active in numerous professional, civic, and church organizations. "It is my belief that fair, effective, and judicial prosecution of criminals contributes to making a community a nice place to live and raise families. My wife and I have chosen this area, where we grew up, to live and work. I want to continue to serve the people of this area," ... James Shelton. trot, homeless orphans who lived anywhere a stairway or discarded packing box was available. Begging for scraps at various back doors or exploring garbage cans were their source for meals. Many of their families had died, leaving them to fend for themselves. Some had run away from home or had just been lost, while others were abandoned by their unmarried or prostitute mothers. It was ahnost inevitable that many became criminal group members when they were older. Charles Fry and the Children's Aid Society were the first to try to help them. Lodging houses with simple warm meals and clean beds were offered. The children were encouraged to ac- cept free instruction in useful trades in which honest livings could be made. The Aid Society also found western farm homes for children from the city streets. It is reported that Mr. Fry traveled 30,000 miles a year on boats, trains, and in horse- drawn buggies in all kinds of weather for 30 years, seeking homes in ten mid-west states for New York's homeless children. After his selected committees of local citizens approved the homes, the children were met as they ar- rived on the Orphan Trains, and taken to a local hall where they sat in chairs arranged around a room, Farmers and their wives drove from miles around in their farm wagons or buggies to choose those to whom they would offer good homes. After the children were placed, Charles Fry continued to check on their welfare and happiness. If they were healthy and happy, they remained. If not, he would replace them in another home. If the children were rebellious, a gentle warning of returning them to New York usual- ly solved the problem. Mr. Fry found that the farmers and their wives opened their hearts as well as their homes, giving their love eagerly and freely. Some farm couples took an orphan even though they had children of their own. Many of the children were formally adopted, and by the time they were grown, they had been given enough background to secure good jobs. Of the almost 50.000 children whom Mr. Fry and the Aid Society placed, two grew up to be governors and six were legislators. Others became bankers, lawyers, doctors, teachers, clergymen, business men, and held other productive jobs. Meanwhile, according to reports, the number of crimes in New Yord City had steadily declined, and juvenile delinquency figures were way down. Charles Fry once made the following statement: Itry to be to the weak, strength; to the discouraged and disheartened, encouragement; and to all, a defense and protection. In short, a friend in need, journeying up and down, always in calling dis- tance, so that our little ones may surely feel that they are never really cast off. His sincere statement and noble actions exemplify the dedica- tion, love, and concern that this man had for children. Later, organizations of more Orphan Trains developed with their beginning points in various northeast areas, giving more children from orphanages and young victims of parental abandon- ment a chance for new family life. An unusual heartwarming part of history?. I think so. More information is available in the books, "Orphan Train Riders: Their Own Stories" in Burton Memorial Library. Why not check it out? Howardwick City Minutes February 8,1994 The Howardwiek City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, February 8, 1994, at 7 p.m. in Howardwick City Hall In attendance were: Mayor, H.C. Clark; Councilmen, Bob Thompson, Lanny Edwards, Bob Hall, Jo Webb; City Secretary, Dianna Knight and 3 guest, with WELCOME. Political advertising paid for by Shelton Campaign Committee, Jerry D. Courtney, Treasurer. You asked for it! 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Watcher* , a trademark of 'eqtht '.,t,hcr, Intemat,onal, Inc Iq Sunday, February 20th : ' - 9:.30 115 "Christian Principles to Train ' Our Children" .  0:.30 " " " 11.30 The Mamage Commttment 1:30 1:00 :'Potluck Luncheon" __. 1:00 2.<)0 'How Important Is the Salvation of Your Children" Parental Priorities Clarendon Church of Christ ! 300 S Carhart 4 Clarendon, TX 874-2495 MAKE YOUR HOME TOUGH ON THE OUTSIDE ... WARM ON THE INSIDE ALSIDE STEEL & VINYL SIDING STORM WINDOWS WINDOW REPLACEMENTS CARPORTS & COVERS COVER TRIM ON BRICK HOMES GARAGE DOORS SPECIAL -7 I" INSULATED PATIO ROOMS I Insulated Steel 1 Garage Door Replacements 9x7 Reg $379 Sale $349.00 8x7 Reg $329 Sale $299.00 116x7 Reg $549 Sale $499.00 [ I (Pnce Includes Trip Charge & Tax) I i J Amarillo 371- Plus Pampa 669-0099 * Borger 274-2873 1-800-852-3692 Mary Bridges being abse work. Call To Order: Ma, Clark called the meeting t 7 p.m. and welcomed all Minutes: The miu January 11,1994 were r proved. Financial Stateml January Financial Statem presented for approval by({ Bob Hall made a motio. prove, with a second Thompson. Motion carrill three to nothing vote. _ r Bills To Be P.aidpr Thompson made a motiol U the bills, with a second bto  Edwards. Motion carriedk}. Four to nothing vote. Review Fuel Tank S After a lot of discussion, Btt a made a motion to keep the have and let each comt[t. there own tanks like befo rl second by Jo Webb. Mot ried with a four to nothing Gate Openers.:  decided to table this'ire ncxt meeting, Adjourned: With no business, Jo Webb made a to adjourn, with a second Hail. Motion carried with a nothing vote. ASCS aCora and sorghum with 1993 disaster reminded they must aster assistance by March eligible for possible advance Grant Buntrock, the U.S. De Agriculture's A Stabilization and Service, said today. "Even not large enough to qualifyl aster payment, it may eligibility for some deficiency overpayment hess," Buntrock said. 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