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Group of little girls performing a dance with American flags on a small stage, ca. 1911. Probably at the Roman Catholic Orphan Asylum, Kingsbridge, Bronx. Glass negative, William D. Hassler Photograph Collection, PR 083. New-York Historical Society.
Mary Jane Baade, age 2 years, 2 months, came to Grand Island on the orphan train to meet her new family. Of the nine traveling west that summer of 1912, Mary Jane was the "littlest one of the whole bunch," she says. She remembers bits of the journey. It was the first time she had ever been outside. Placed in a New York orphanage when she was two weeks old she lived inside the walls of the Catholic institution for the first 26 months of her life. The nuns there stitched the