So here, in her own words, is a little about our mystery girl, Hope Watson Rohr, one of the first children adopted from Hope Cottage in 1918. And by the way, Hope Cottage is on a search to find the oldest living Hope Baby, so help spread the word!
Mrs. Rohr said her dad told her she was the only one of the 18 babies who wasn't crying when he visited the cottage. From the start, she felt she was "chosen". She was quite small when she was born and weighed only six pounds at six months. Mrs. Ballard told Hope's father that she had two white elephants on her hands - Hope and Hope Cottage - and she "hoped" both would survive and flourish.
Hope married Kirby C. Rohr on Valentine's Day 44 years ago (circa 1939) and she still "wouldn't trade him for anything." They have three grown children and two grandchildren, one of whom is adopted. Through legal documents, she was able to locate her only relatives, an aunt and uncle. "We went to Dallas and visited with them because the children asked so many questions about my side of the house." She learned that her birth mother, grandmother and great-grandmother had been victims of the influenza epidemic of 1918. Her relatives gave her photographs of her birth family. "There is a strong resemblance between my oldest son and my grandfather, and I look exactly like my mother and grandmother."
"I'm glad I found them because they are both gone, so there is absolutely no way or no one living who can prove anything. If it had not been for Betty Rushing, Betty Clinkinbeard, and Rose Katz of Hope Cottage, I would not have been able to prove anything in order to draw my Social Security. These lovely ladies bent over backwards trying to help me get things straightened out and they did. I will be forever grateful to them. I have referred several people to Hope Cottage."