Orphan Trains and Their Precious Cargo: The Life's Work of Rev. H. D. Clarke


By the mid-1800s, the streets of New York City were home to several thousand abandoned and orphaned children. Relief came when the Children’s Aid Society was established in 1853. Orphans were gathered and sent west by train. Rev. Clarke entered the employ of the Society in 1900. His ministry was in Dodge Center, MN, Cincinnati, OH and Battle Creek, MI. He traveled thousands of miles on the rails with his orphan charges. The text is enriched by numerous photographs, facsimiles of advertisements, and orphan train poetry. Clark Kidder’s writing was inspired by his grandmother’s recollections of her experiences on the orphan trains.

Clark Kidder

(2001), 2007, 5½x8½, paper, index, 374 pp.

ISBN: 9780788417559