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Down, But Not Out in Chicago.
Caroline finds herself without a home in the slums of Chicago. Her parents sent her to live with Aunt Ruth, but when she arrived, their circumstances had changed and they sent her back home. She overheard her parents say that they were relieved that she would not be going to Detroit with them and at sixteen she determined to make her own way in life. Without the use of telephones, neither her parents nor Aunt and Uncle knew of her choice.
She started by cleaning houses for several clients while living under bridges, and in back alleys until she found an empty warehouse where she felt safer. Safer until she returned one night and found several boys waiting at her door.
She waited until the boys went home and collected her few belongings and wandered around until she went into a church and fell asleep on the back pew. Pastor and Mrs. Unger directed her to a place where she could live the winter in a home while the owners were away.
Her life and background prepared her for what was to come. She boarded a train with her Newfoundland Hound, given to her by the people whose home she stayed in, and went to Hillside, Arkansas hoping to find a job in the resort the McDougal's visited during the winter.
Instead of finding a job at the resort, she was asked if she would help a recent widow with her two infant children. Caroline ended up in a home that was far worse than the tenements of the inner city of Chicago where she grew up. The starving and filthy children sat limp on the porch. With little to feed them, she worked hard to give them a better life until their mother left one night without them.

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