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80 Years Later, Mother Is Reunited With Daughter

Eileen Warner, gave up her daughter at birth--this was over 80 years ago. Warner became pregnant after being raped on the way home from the library. Dorien Hammann, now 83, met her mother in person for the first time on April 25. In 1932, while walking home from the library, 16-year-old Wagner and a female friend ran into two young men. They took a shortcut through the park to make a 10 p.m. curfew. Wagner was alone with one of the men, who she says raped her. She told the Chicago Tribune, “in those days, it was such an embarrassment.”

In addition, Warner spent the last three months of her pregnancy at a home in Milwaukee for young women with unwanted pregnancies. In April 1933, she gave birth to a daughter. The child, named Beverly Ann, lived in the care of the Children’s Home and Aid Society of Wisconsin for two years until she was adopted by George and Dorothy Schmidt. Beverly Ann is now named Dorien Hammann. She described her childhood as happy, and had always been told she was adopted. She also had no desire to find her birth parents.

More than 80 years later, Hammann’s daughter-in-law started looking for Hammann's birth mother and found her through an obituary that listed Wagner by name. After several phone calls, they finally met in person. Hammann told the Chicago Tribune, “It is still so hard to believe that at my age, my birth mother is still alive. I get chills and goose bumps all at the same time when I think of this.” Warner then shared the story with her two other children for the first time. On May 29, Warner will celebrate her 100th birthday with all three of her children.

Photo: Twin Cities

Eileen gave up her daughter because she was a teen that had been raped.

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