Youthful Hobos!


“Two Coburg Lads Learn World is Large

John Morelock and Gordon Shirry, two Coburg lads, aged 15 and 13 respectively, tiring of parental restraint and the monotonous routine of school life and perhaps inspired by the blood and thunder yarns of sensational cheap literature, Tuesday morning took it into their heads to see the world and left home without giving their parents the least intimation as to where they were going.  To a Register reporter yesterday morning in the sheriff’s office young Shirry, who is a very intelligent lad, stated that when they left home they had only ten cents in money and this they spent on their arrival in Eugene in seeing a moving picture show.  Wednesday morning they took the tender of the 12:43 rain and went to Roseburg and from there they walked to Dillard, where they boarded a freight train and rode to Grants Pass. Here, tiring of hobo life, they boys appealed to the conductor of the No. 16 passenger train, which arrives here at 2:43 a.m. for passage to Eugene.  The kind-hearted conductor questioned them and granted their request and notified the night police here.  They were met at the train by the Chief Night Officer Albert Koepp who locked them up until morning, when they were turned over to Sheriff Bown by Chief Farrington. That officer immediately notified the boys parents and the father of young Morelock arrived yesterday afternoon and took them home.  Further questioned by the reporter, the boys stated that everybody treated them kindly while on their southern jaunt and that they had plenty to eat.  Asked why they left home, young Morelock replied:  “Oh, we just took a notion we wanted to see the world and didn’t know any other way to do it.” Eugene Morning Register Feb. 5, 1910, pg. 5

While there is not a lot of genealogical importance to this article, but it would be a great addition to someone’s family history.  Newspaper articles can bring life to boring binders of pedigree charts.


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