Children’s Aid Society, 1901

From the February 1, 1901 Skidmore Standard, page 5:

Do You Want a Boy or a Girl?

That caption may sound queer to some people.  But it is a fair square question, and if you really do want a boy or a girl, and if you are able to care for one properly, you will be soon afforded an opportunity to have your wants satisfied right here in Skidmore.

Mr. B. W. Tice, of New York City, agent of the Children’s Aid Society, will be here Thursday morning, February 21, with a number of children for whom he hopes to find good homes in good families in this county.  The children are from 3 to 14 years of age and have been thrown friendless upon the world.  The society, which is supported by charitable institutions, asks the citizens of this community to aid in furnishing homes for the children whom Mr. Tice will bring with him the 21, inst.

Persons taking children must treat them in every way as a member of their family, send them to church, school, Sunday school, and properly clothe until they are 18 years of age.  It is then expected they will receive some wages.

The following persons have consented to act as a committee to aid the agent in securing homes:  W. L. Diggs, T. L. Howden, Dr. J. E. Shepard, H. W. Montgomery and F. N. Campbell.  Persons desiring to take children should give their names to some member of the committee as soon as possible and then be at the M. E. church at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 21.

Later that month, nine children arrived in town.  From the February 22, 1901 Standard, page 4:

Little Strangers.

Through local committees, the Children’s Aid Society of New York made arrangements some time ago to have a number of children sent here for the purpose of finding homes for them.  They were to have arrived yesterday morning but not making proper railway connections they did not arrive until evening, except three which came in Wednesday evening.  Yesterday was a stormy day but that did not keep people from coming to town early to get first choice of the little ones.  It was quite a disappointment that the little ones did not arrive on time.  From the number wanting children there are not enough to go half around if they were twins.  Mr. B. W. Tice representing the Children’s Aid Society, came in with 9 children last night, 3 girls and 6 boys.  They are bright looking little fellows, and are very mannerly.

We hope they will all get good homes.

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