Dennis Thornton - "A Lost Boy" April 1911
A tost iJoy. Dennis Thornton, / a small boy about S years old,- says he was put on the Howard Branch train at Madison Madison Thursday' ipoming by his srand- fatlier,. with Svhomvhe has-been living, living, and told to go'to. Bmporia, where lie., wpuld find. h|s mother. : He was given instructions as to. the location of his mother's house after be reached. here, he says, but. not being acquainted witli, the town he forgot them 1 . The Howard Branch train reaches Einnoria about 11 o'clock, and a.little after • i o'clock. Fred Baird picked up the lost lad on Fourth Avenue-and Sylvan Street. Upon being asked iiis name he replied replied "Dennis .Thornton," and said that he was hunting his 'mother, Dol- lleNoyniun, .but; didn't know her husband's name, nor where she lived. Miv,rBalrd. brought him to town and. put him In tho hands of Policeman Hillertnnn, who began a search for the mother. It was learned that the child had tramped over the town for two hours inquiring inquiring in houses and from passerHby if they knew whoro his,mother lived. Dennis wore old' soiled overalls, men's mittens and extremely Inrga overshoes, and did cot present an attractive attractive appearance. Upon investigation investigation Mr. Hllierman learned that "Dollic Newman" is Mrs. Robert Dickson,.the wife of a teamster, and lives on South Congress Street. Her maiden name •was Newman, but she married Howard Thornton, from whom she was later separated. They had two children, the boy and a girl, at the time of separation; the mother mother kept the girl, and the boy remained remained "with big father. Some time ago, it is said, the father went to Colorado, leaving the boy with his gramUather, near Madison, which resulted* resulted* in the events of Thursday. Dennis seems to be » bright boy. and his story yesterday callcS forth much syniipathy. He isir-now •with. j hls c mother'.' mother'.' .*•»*.