Stephen F. ~ 40.100416
I am trying to locate Martena Esther Jones (my birth mother) or my surviving siblings. I was born in the White Shield Home of Portland, OR on October 25, 1940, and my birth name was Philip Stephen Jones. At that time, Martena’s residence was listed as 305 E. 18, Salem, OR. She was 20 years old, and born in Seattle, WA. The 1930 census listed her as living in the residence of Archie and Louis Robbins, Caraline E. Close, Frank M. Cronn, Dorothy M. Cronn, Sylvia B. Cronn, and Joseph E. Cronn. I am looking to reconnect with my family.
Please forward any information concerning my family to 202 Bonham St., Nocona, TX, or my email address – firstname.lastname@example.org.
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V.T. ~ 40.070726
I am just beginning the process of trying to locate the son that my mother relinquished for adoption in the early 1940’s. She stayed at and gave birth at the White Shield home. I did not learn about this child until after my mother’s death in 1989. It was, sadly, something she could never have disclosed. What prompted my search was the book The Girls Who Went Away. I was so moved by the words of both the mothers and their children that I felt compelled to find the child, even though I could no longer talk to my mother about this event. There is no doubt in my mind, however, that the birth and relinquishment of this child changed my mother’s life immeasurably, irrevocably, and in ways that none of her other 6 children and her husband (who did not know about the birth) could imagine.