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Today’s Trivia (May 21)

Bobby Baldridge was 11 when the Riverside Church of Christ women came to his house in 1942, offering a better place to stay. His mother had died giving birth to his youngest sister.

He and his seven siblings lived with their father near Central and West Street in a railroad boxcar that had been covered with tar paper.

It had a dirt floor. Baldridge remembers the depressions beside his bed where his feet would hit the floor every morning.

"If it rained, those depressions would fill with water," he said.

As the first of thousands of children who were helped by the church, Baldridge says, he was grateful.

"We welcomed those church ladies," Baldridge would say later. "Whenever you are that poor, anything is welcome."

That effort laid the foundation for what was to become the Maude Carpenter Children's Home, which is celebrating its 65th anniversary.

The Church of Christ started its program for homeless children in 1941. It received a boost in 1946 when Maude Carpenter, a western Kansas banker's wife, donated about $40,000 to the church from her husband's estate.

The home still provides safe and stable residential services for children ages 6 to 16 who are having difficulty at home. It also offers life skills programs for girls 16 and older to help them finish school and learn about money management and household and job skills. Each year, the home helps about 50 children.

Question: Where is the Maude Carpenter Children’s Home, now known as Carpenter Place?

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Answer to Friday’s question: In 1857, the Jewish freedom fighter August Bondi helped start the town of Greeley in Anderson County and ran a stop on the Underground Railroad.

When the Civil War began in 1861, Bondi joined Company K of the Fifth Kansas Cavalry. For the next three years, he fought in several battles before becoming seriously wounded.

He was taken prisoner and left for dead near Pine Bluff, Ark. He recovered and was discharged from the Union Army on Nov. 10, 1864.

For two years after that, Bondi ran a grocery store in Leavenworth. He then moved to Salina, where he operated several stores and was postmaster. He became a lawyer when he was 63 years old.

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