I am researching a completely different family but came across this article in the Lowell Sun, MA while looking up obits. It was such an interesting article I copied and thought of posting for anyone to see. The article has a picture of a small boy age 10 with the title of the article "Little Belgian Refugee Living in Lowell" It goes on to tell his story, of which his parents are Mr. & Mrs Richard Vanden Berghe who formerly made there home at Meenan, Belgium. Richard went to war in 1914 and Robert was left with his aunts and uncle Misses Dimitrie and Ludovine and Isidore who where summering at Ostend, a summer resort. They fled when an alarm was given to Lowell ma. Where one of the brothers had been living.
I found them arriving 4 Nov 1914 indexed under Robert Van Den Berghe ship name St Louis. he was more like 6 not 16 listed on the ship manifest (I've found worse mistakes). Also they are listed on the 1920 Census for Lowell, MA. USA but was indexed under Robert Vanden. I could not find any of these persons later and I'm assuming a name change or they moved.
In case this post becomes old and I may no longer have the copy of this article to send to anyone wishing to have a copy. This article was in The Lowell Sun, a newspaper in Massachusetts, USA, Sunday Supplement, May 12, 1918, page 7.