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Interesting Newspaper Article
« on: Monday 01 May 06 15:31 BST (UK) »
Saw this newspaper article and thought it was interesting.....


The Winnipeg Free Press,
Dec 19, 1935, page 10
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Smith Now Finds he is named Palmer and has mother, sister

After having been known as Fred W. Smith since his boyhood days, a railway man at Vivian, Manitoba learned about a year ago that his name was not Smith at all, but Palmer. As a little child, Mr. Palmer had been placed in Dr. Barnardo's home in London, England. As such he came to Alberta, where he was placed with a farmer in Innisfail. He stayed there less than a year, ran away for cause and gradually drifted into Winnipeg, later to Lorette, in Manitoba, working at this latter place, a boy of twelve, and generally becoming known as Smith.

When the Grand Trunk commenced its operations in the Lorette district he entered its employ and later that of the Canadian Nationals railways. With the exception of one year he has worked for these two railway companies ever since.

Some time ago the Canadian National urge its employees to produce birth certificates. Palmer, who in the meantime had married and become the father of two daughters and one son, was now forced to probe into his past. He wrote to the Barnardo home for information regarding himself, and after a great deal of writing and investigating learned at last about a year ago not only his true name but also that he was three years younger than he had thought himself to be. He is 48 years old now.

He and his wife and children have assumed their true name and are now known by their real name. They have taken all necessary steps to legally effect this change. The birth certificates of all the children as well as the marriage certificate of one daughter have had to be changed and real estate transferred from Smith to Palmer.

One of the remarkable and pleasing incidents of Mr. Palmer's search for his own name in England has led to the discovery by him that his own mother and one sister, now married, are still alive in the Old Country. A lively correspondence has been the result.
Gandley (but known as Stanley in Canada)- Ireland to Birmingham
Ball, Kempson & Franklin - Birmingham
Shorter - Surrey
Dyer - Devon
Dawkins - Co. Cork, Ireland
Heffernan - Ireland
Huck - Alsace, France
Reinhart - Baden, Germany
Bowman & Ellis - England
Etheridge - Gloucestershire

Who all came to Canada in a little row boat, clap clap, clap your hands!!

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Interesting Newspaper Article
« Reply #1 on: Monday 01 May 06 15:38 BST (UK) »
Karen
What a interesting story and heartwarming to learn that he found his true identity ,there is hope for us all who are still searching and hoping one day to have the same happy out come Thank you for posting that Karen

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Re: Interesting Newspaper Article
« Reply #2 on: Friday 23 January 09 21:52 GMT (UK) »
It also makes you wonder how many other Home Children had their names (and birth dates) changed and didn't find out. Makes researching a little more difficult.

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Re: Interesting Newspaper Article
« Reply #3 on: Friday 25 February 11 01:44 GMT (UK) »
What a great story!  I have only began to wonder what "Home Children"must have gone through in many ways.

I just recently learned about Home Children researching my gmother from England. Before, I never even heard of these children.

Karen you helped me in my search for info. and Home Children.

Thanks Again! ;)
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Re: Interesting Newspaper Article
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 27 October 11 10:46 BST (UK) »
What a great story,not so for my grandfather who was a bernados boy,he went to his grave not knowing his true identy,but a least his decendents have found out and we now have extra family.
Cheers
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Re: Interesting Newspaper Article
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 01 April 12 03:50 BST (UK) »
Hi   that is a great story...touched my heart strings!!
Thanks for sharing it with us...  :D

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« Reply #6 on: Saturday 30 May 15 18:18 BST (UK) »
. . . And Frederick W. Palmer is present in the RootsChat DBSIG BHC database if anyone would care to look.

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Re: Interesting Newspaper Article
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 30 May 15 18:27 BST (UK) »
Hi,

 :'( for his beginnings and now  ;D....heartwarming article.

Thanks for sharing.

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« Reply #8 on: Saturday 30 May 15 22:27 BST (UK) »


Thanks for sharing Karen.

A few years back now, I obtained the files on my two Warren Great Uncles from the National Children's Homes in the UK. They made for heart rending reading... A lot of what happened would now be classed as 'Child Abuse'...

I've never been able to trace what happened to them as adults, - although I believe that one of them followed his Mother and siblings to Australia...(As was so often the case, - their Mother was still alive, but their Father had died tragically).

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