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 - REUNITED. A Sister To Her Relatives Mrs. Jennie...
REUNITED. A Sister To Her Relatives Mrs. Jennie De Kloe, SUIen Bj Gyp sies, Find Her Family After Years sf Searching. Eighteen years ago Jennie Finch, a girl of 10. was stolen from ber home In Grand Rapids by a band of grislc. and. after a fruitless setrch, waa mourned as dead. Her mother died and the family scattered, her brother nd sister moving to Owosso, Mich. She discovered her relatives there lt week and relates some thrilling experiences. The leader of the gypulea mho stole her was Bartley Oorman. who was afterward banged for killing his wife. He once gave the girl a kick which nearly caused her death. While slie was In critical condition from the wound the gypsy applied the lash. Her scream were beard by an officer who liberated her. She was taken to the hospital at Qulncy, 111., then to New York, and then to this city, but 'he haa never entirely recovered from the Injury. She made up her mind to live here, and secured employment at an honest avocation. w hile here she met Nicholas DeKloe, a young bricklayer. A mutual affection developed pontaneously. and a courtship began which ended in marriage. They began housekeep ing at No. 108 W est Liberty street, but later moved to Xo. 217 on the aame street. Being of an enterprising turn of mind, Mrs. DeKlva altered the front parlor into a storeroom, and onened a tobacco business, which h,e Carried on most successfully white her husband was engaged at bis trade. They proved to be ovine and industrious' couple, and their nest egg I a most comfortable one. During all of these year she had not forgotten her childhood home In Grand Rapids, and wltb her husband's consent laid aside a little each week from their earn ings as a fund to be used in finding her family. Last week she made uo her mind to begin the venture. Parking her trunk for a long stay, she was accompanied to the depot ty ber husband, and went to the city ot her birth. Last Thursday Mr. DeKloe received a telegram I om her. stating that she had found her brothcr and sister, and that they were enjoy ing a loving reunion. He telegraphed bU con gratulations and wrote her a letter, a-sklng fr details. An answer I expected some time t'-day. When seen at bla home Ust night by an Es irtaEB reporter, Mr. DeKloe waa In company lth bla brother. Peter DeKloe. of Walker street, MU Anburn. Both seemed im mentely plcared at the ouicome of ber search. They were well acquainted with the story of her life, and of the suffering that she endured while a membe1 f Gorman's band of Gypsies. Mr. Peter Da- KJee was sometime ago placed in possession of facta that would have satisfied blm that her maiden nam was Finch, even if he had ever doubted it. It is likely that the overjoyed woman will remain with her new found relatives for a week or more. The Incidents or ine wonaerrui story are as strange as any bit of fiction ever written, and the tact that they bear the indelible Impress ' of troth makes them all the more interesting. . Mr. De Kloe aUted that hU wife has never full recovered from the effects of the beating given ber by the cmol gypsy. She has, how. ever, a good constitution and by careful liv- ngwill probably some day outgrow it. Mr DeKloe yesterday exhibited his telegram to be neighbor and the vicinity la Tinging with comments over the strange ease.

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  1. The Cincinnati Enquirer,
  2. 13 Aug 1894, Mon,
  3. Page 5

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