My husbands grandparents met at this orphanage and were married, His name Russell Alonzo Sperry - hers Laura Mae Coates. We understand that the Coates name may be an adoptive name as we were led to believe she is a full blooded Indian and there's none in the Coates family...They are buried in Waverly.
But the real mystery is I have a Great Aunt - Lizzie Selinger who disappeared sometime between 1920 & 1923, from Springfield. Her sisters were Minnie Shepherd, Lena Harms, & Mary M. Thornton (Auburn). All we've been told is she had some kind of handicap and her dad was extremely cruel - her mom passed away in 1923- there are no records of her (Lizzie) existence after 1920. Wondering if she was sent to the Lincoln orphanage?