Pacific Stars and Stripes, Oct. 15, 1955
Portland, OR (INS)- Twelve little foundlings from
Korea-eight of them adopted by Harry Holt, Creswell, Oregon farmer-arrived
safely with Holt in the U.S. from the Far East in a Pan American stratocruiser,
The "stork plane" landed at Portland
International Airport at 12:37p.m. (PST) (5:37 a.m. JST). The airliner
was nearly seven hours late due to technical difficulties which caused
a return to Wake Island for repairs.
A big crowd, including anxious relatives of the
babies, reporters, radio, television and cameramen eagerly waited
to catch a glimpse of the widely publicized waifs as they arrived
in the land of their adoption 7,000 miles out of Seoul, Korea.
After initial greetings by the Holts, they and
other new parents were grouped in the airport waiting room holding
their children while cameras and television men worked.
Holt, who easily qualifies as the No. 1 mass-adoption
father in the U.S. was glad to turn eight of the 12 tots over to his
wife and their own six children who eagerly looked over their new
brothers and sisters.
Four Go to Others
The remaining four youngsters were taken by three
other American families. Holt came from the plane carrying one of
the children while his wife paused long enough to take some pictures
before entering the plane herself. She told her husband "you
Only a few smiles could be coaxed from the elder
children, who trailed from the plane dressed in Oriental frocks and
carrying air line zipper bags. They were obedient and well behaved
although somewhat puzzled by the big hubbub.