Longtime Twin Bridges resident, Bill Hanley, makes Christmas possible for many families in the Ruby Valley

Twin Bridges is in Bill Hanley’s blood. When he was only four years old in 1942, Hanley and his older brother were placed in the Twin Bridges children’s home, where he lived until he joined the Marines at 17 years old.

Life in the orphanage was strict, Hanley remembers. Boys and girls were split in separate wings, and the children were responsible for ranching, farming, cleaning, cooking and more.

“We kids did it all,” he said. “Those of us that came as young children were used to the regime, but the older kids had trouble adjusting.”

One of Hanley’s formative memories from his time at the orphanage happened at Christmastime every year. Various organizations donated toys to the children’s home so the kids could celebrate Christmas.

Read about what Hanley does for the community here: http://digital.madisoniannews.com/sub/account_login.asp

3 Responses to Longtime Twin Bridges resident, Bill Hanley, makes Christmas possible for many families in the Ruby Valley

  1. Noel Freedman says:

    While I was in the Twin Bridges Orphanage I wrote in my 5 Year Diary, every day, until I was released in 1945. I published an E-book, DUMPED. If you Google DUMPED, by Noel Freedman you can read the entries from 1942-1945.
    Bill Hanley entered the Orphanage after my release. However, I was at the 1995 Orphan Reunion and re-acquainted with many of my former friends. I gave Bill a copy of the Diary, and he gave out copies of the Diary. If anyone wants a copy, I can email the Diary. -Reach me via this Gmail address: 8007kzx@GMail.com.

  2. Karen Barber Meza says:

    Very interesting would like to learn more about this orphanage thank you kindly,Karen

  3. Del lovinggood says:

    I would love to read the 5 year diary.

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