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Brother of Marie Childress Discovers
Truth About His Having Brother And Sisters

Miss Marie Childress:
     I will appreciate it very much if you will stop writing to my husband. Thank you.
Mrs. Dick Hendricks.
   Miss Marie Childress, adopted daughter of E. H. Childress, the Press editor, a senior nurse student in the Methodist Memorial Hospital in Mattoon, Illinois, received the above short note in the mails the other day, from Monmouth, Illinois. And back of the little 16-word message is a story from real life, as unusual and strange as are the stories found in the novels.
     Albert Richard (Dick) Hendricks is a flesh and blood brother of Miss Childress. But he had lived for more than twenty years without knowing he had a sister in the world and without knowing he had three other sisters, besides Miss Marie, and a half brother And he didn't know until last week that he was not the very own son of his foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Hendricks, of Danville. Albert is a musician, a member of Chapin s band, a musical organization with headquarters at Monmouth, Ill., He has been away from his home in Danville for the past two years.
    Albert Hendricks is in reality the youngest son of Rev. and Mrs. David A. Roberts, who died within six weeks of each other in the spring of 1907, while they were living at Xenia, in Clay county, Ill. Rev Roberts was for a time the Cumberland Presbyterian minister in Fairfield, Ill. A grandmother, Mrs. Jane R. Roberts, lives at 4219 Vista street, St. Louis, Mo. The Roberts family removed to Xenia, from this city, shortly before their deaths. There were six orphans left by the death of Rev. and Mrs. Roberts, and Albert (his name was Harold Roberts then) was the youngest of them all, a babe of some eight or nine months. From the afternoon of the burial of Mrs. Roberts on an April day, 1907, the six children have never since all been together at one time. Mr. and Mrs. Hendricks took the little babe and soon thereafter adopted him, and a record of this adoption is in the probate court records of Clay county, at Louisville, Illinois. The Hendricks resolved never to tell the boy that he was not their very own, and they have to date persisted in that resolve, nothwithstanding the brother and sisters, and Mr. and Mrs. Childress have importuned them to tell him the truth about himself.
    After Mr. and Mrs. Childress adopted Marie on Christmas morning, 1916, they set out to find the other children of Mr. and Mrs. Roberts. With little difficulty the other four members of the family were located, but a year ensued before they located Albert, who had gone with his foster parents from Flora to Danville. Soon thereafter Marie visited the Hendricks family, and she continued to so visit her brother, until a couple of years ago, she knowing, but he not knowing, their relationship. His information about Marie was limited to the understanding that Marie was a girl who lived near them while she was at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Camp, at Flora, who had first adopted Marie. He has numerous pictures of himself and Marie taken together by Mr. Camp, who was a photographer in Flora.
    Albert was even advised that Marie had a brother somewhere in the world that the brother and sisters were looking for, but had never seen He had been much interested in this angle of the strange story, had frequently asked his sister if she had located her lost brother yet, and has told Marie that as soon as he was of age he intended to get out and help Marie find her lost brother, not knowing he was the lost brother himself. A correspondence, more or less infrequent, has been kept up between Albert and his sister, during the past eight years, until a year or so ago, when he left home and joined the musical aggregation. He has recently been married, but Marie didn t know of it. His address was unknown to Marie for a time. Two weeks ago Miss Marie got the address of her brother and again wrote him, only to receive the reply from Mrs. Hendricks, set out at the first of this story.
    On receiving the above letter Miss Marie immediately sat down and broke the unusual information to her brother, in words something (unable to read the next lines--alc)three times, a fact that puts her in a class, in this respect, all to herself, probably. She was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Camp, of Flora, and in a year or two they gave her up and she came to live with Mrs. Eunice A.McCartney, of Fairfield, who had already taken and adopted Delilah Roberts, the next old to Maria of the Roberts orphans. Mrs. McCartny adopted Marie in the fall of 1915. Her legal names have been, Marie Eva Roberts, Marie Eva Camp, Marie Eva McCartney, and now Marie Roberts Childress. She will graduate next June from the Mattoon hospital school of nurses--Fairfield Press.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (30 December 1926). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]


     Raymond Lambert, son of H. B. Lambert, living near Flora captured an eagle measuring seven feet from tip to tip in a field near his father s house one day last week, affecting the bird s capture after he had shot it with a shot gun, stunning and knocking it to the ground. He was driving along in a wagon when he noticed the bird in a tree and fired at it with his gun thus being able to capture it alive. The bird was taken to the Lambert home where it is being kept in a strong pen--having shown an exceedingly pugnacious attitude. The boy plans to sell the bird to some zoo. Eagles in this part of the country are quite a rarity, it being several years since the capture of one has been reported here.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (1 December 1921). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]



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