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Father Dead. Gives Money to Mother.

Father Dead. Gives Money to Mother.

May 1910. Wilmington, Delaware. "Louis Birch, 4th & Pine Streets. Newsboy, 12 years of age. Just started selling. Made 10 cents one day. Father dead. While not under any compulsion to sell papers, Louis, of his own accord, took it up in order to help support his widowed mother. Louis stays out until 12:30 every night and goes with his brother, Stanley, who is a messenger, on all calls because Stanley is afraid to be out on the street alone at night. Louis is clean, bright and willing. Visits saloons. Don’t smoke. Works 9 hours per day. Gives money to mother." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Hey

He looks like Toby Maguire.

Figured it out.

Aha! It came to me last night... the mother remarried, Louis and Stanley took their new father's last name, and thus disappear from the record.

[AT, you are a Super Genius! - Dave]

Nope

No likely matches under Burch either. A Lewis Birch of the correct age (born 1898) appears in 1900 in North Carolina but no Stanley (who was born in 1895).

[Closest I could come was a Louis Burch, born 6/28/1898, died 1/1986 in Missouri - Dave]

Hmm...

I can't find records in the 1920 and 1930 censuses or the WWI Draft Registration for either Louis or Stanley.

[What about Burch? - Dave]

Too young to look that tired

The look on his face, combined with the caption, will break your heart. I wish there was some way to find out what happened to Louis and Stanley.

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