Neither parent, however, could deal with the added responsibility, and both boys ended up abandoned; John was dropped off at a children's home in Ohio by their father, while Frank was left in the care of a babysitter who, not being paid, turned him over to an orphanage. Their father, on learning of this, had Frank moved to the home where John was staying. The boys were 7 and 8 at this time.
When Frank arrived, he was sick with whooping cough and had to be put in isolation. But John slipped in to see his brother anyway. They enjoyed being together again, but it was not to last. When Frank was 13, an aunt came to take him to live with her. John remained in the home till he was 18, when he joined the Navy. Years went by, and it seemed as though the brothers might never find each other again, though they never gave up hope.
Then, early this spring, during a doctor's visit, Frank mentioned to a nurse that since his wife's passing, he had no family except a long-lost brother. The nurse put Frank in touch with a friend who knew a little something about detective work. After a bit of digging and several dead-ends later, she finally found what she was looking for - John Jr.'s phone number! At first, John couldn't believe that the man on the other line was the brother he had last seen 70 years ago! But it was true!
Two months later, Frank was finally able to fly from his home in California to Tennesee where John and his family lived. What a meeting that was! Now Frank not only has a new-found brother... he has a whole new family!