Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     The annual Orphan Train Riders Celebration will take place in Concordia, Kansas, on 1-4 June 2017. This year’s commemorations will highlight the tenth anniversary of the opening of the National Orphan Train Complex (NOTC), the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of the Orphan Train Heritage Society of America (OTHSA), and the one hundredth birthday of the Union Pacific Depot, which now houses the Orphan Train Museum.

     A tentative schedule of events include a stamp cancellation, screening of video histories, the grand opening dedication and guided tour of the train car, a special tour of the museum, re-enactments of rider stories, and a guided mystery tour. Among the featured speakers will be Mary Ellen Johnson, founder of OTHSA; Linda Fulmer, who will discuss the Texas Catholic List of Riders; and various descendants, such as Julia Park Tracy, who will tell about researching her rider grandfather’s history. Other planned activities include a fund-raising auction, a book signing, and a BBQ dinner.

     Cost for the four-day festivities will be $100 per person and includes admission to the museum and all celebration events and meals. Registration and checks, payable to NOTC, must be mailed by May 22. For a registration form, more details about the celebration, or to ask questions, go to the website at, call the NOTC office at 785-243-4471, or write to the National Orphan Train Complex, Inc., P. O. Box 322, Concordia, Kansas 66901-0322.

     The following miscellaneous items can be found on page 15 of the September 1927 issue (Volume 48, Number 4) of The Texas Druggist. Some of the wording is very different from the way things are written today. (Punctuation may be changed or added for clarity. Surnames are capitalized for emphasis.)

     “George S. CLARK, a well-known druggist of Tyler, died June 14th. The funeral was held from the Presbyterian Church of which he was a member. The Masons had charge of the ceremonies at the cemetery. He was a prominent citizen and had a part in all of the municipal enterprises which were for the upbuilding (sic) of his home city.

     John Bennett WHITE, a retired druggist of Dallas, died June 17 in his 63 (sic) year. He formerly was in the drug business on the east side of the square in McKinney, also a Lewisville and Frisco. In recent years, he owned a store on Cedar Springs Road [in] Dallas. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Lewisville. A wife, two daughters, and a son survive him.

     Two of the Renfro Drug stores at Brownwood were recently entered by burglars. Tom EPLEY, manager of No. 5, reported that nothing of value was taken from that store, while John HENDERSON of No. 2, said that about ten dollars was taken from the cash register. Having broken into a ‘chain’ drug store, it is hoped the next thing they will break into is a ‘chain gang.’

     H. G. H. WEINERT, Elmer LUNZ, Manuel CISNEROS, W. G. WILLMAN (sic), and George PEUTGNAT (sic), all of Brownsville, were in attendance upon the convention. Brownsville is down on the border and it is quite a little effort for these people to come to our meetings, but we are always pleased to see them. Billie WILMANS (sic) sometimes has to go so far to attend a state meeting that he has to stop and have his laundry done, but he always enjoys them and his friends are always glad to see him.”


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