|Masonic Widows and Orphans Home|
Long gone are the days when children were put on orphan trains in New York and traveled west where they stopped at various towns and were put on a platform for people to adopt them. This is where the phrase "put up for adoption" comes from. Fort Worth was the end of the line for these children and in the early 1900s a Methodist minister took in the children and found homes for them.
Edna Gladney was the superintendent of the Texas Children's Home for over 30 years and worked tirelessly for reform. As a result of her efforts, the word illegitimate is no longer written on birth certificates of children born to unwed mothers.
In 1941 Greer Garson portrayed Edna Gladney in Blossoms in the Dust. Edna Gladney assisted in placing over 10,000 children for adoption during her career.