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"TO GOD BE THE GLORY"
It was cold and wet the day a 14 year old boy, hunting with his beloved grandfather, found an abandoned infant girl thrown over a barbed-wire fence into the briars and underbrush alongside a desolate Richmond, Indiana road. Wrapped in a towel, discarded like trash and hidden deeply in the weeds, she was left to suffer an agonizing death. This defenseless creation of a loving God was sentenced to die like so many others are today, not for crimes or deformity, but for convenience.
During a lengthy hospital recovery, this beautiful baby girl was given the name Roseann Wayne. As quickly as he had found her, Dave Hickman felt he had lost “his little girl,” perhaps forever. He could not see her, touch her or hold her. Upon her adoption, she vanished into the fabric of life, shrouded in secrecy. The name she was given by the authorities was all Dave would ever know about her. His quest to find her again would be a decades- long pursuit, an emotional and spiritual endeavor.
"And the Angel Cried
The Miracle Of An Abandoned Baby In 1955"
Readers will envision the emotions of a 14 year old boy as he tries to comprehend the tragic circumstances of the attempted murder of a newborn baby. Throughout the book, Dave’s 58 year search for the missing child intertwines with his personal family life. The story unpacks the struggles that Dave’s family faced with autism, poverty and divorce. It travels through Richmond’s history as the city where the first motion picture was viewed in the late 1800’s, and how the city became the focal point of the hot jazz revolution and center for audio recordings during the early 1900’s. Readers will learn of a love story that began in 1917, the year the United States declared war on the German Empire. They will read with compassion the story of sacrifices made for the sake of survival during the Great Depression of 1929. As you are drawn deeper into the story, you can imagine yourself growing up in the quieter, gentler times of the 1940’s.
Throughout the story, one encounters the loving bond shared by a grandfather and his grandson as life enriching lessons are still honored to this day. One will connect with the family on the farm as they endured the hard times and celebrated the good times. Close friendships and family life are unveiled alongside a “fiasco” Dave experienced as a member of the Army. A grandfather’s prophecy of marriage and a miracle grandchild are all woven into the fabric of our family.
This book serves as testament to God’s goodness and should strengthen the faith and courage of its readers. They will understand Jesus’ promise in Luke 11:9 when they read the story: “I say to you: ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Readers will learn of a miraculous chain of events, leading Dave to “one last try” to find “his little girl, his baby Roseann. Spirits will be lifted as the mystery of finding Roseann after decades of searching culminates in their reunion in 2013.
The Long Search
John Catey, former Sheriff of Richmond, Indiana
On December 21, 2013, at 11:30 in the morning, John Catey called Dave Hickman, telling him to write down “this name” and “this number.” “Okay John, who’s this?” asked Dave.
“That’s your little girl, Roseann” replied John. In the blink of an eye, the climax of decades of searching came crashing down. The diligent efforts of this retired Wayne County Sheriff almost ended when discussions with numerous governmental agencies yielded no information.
Read the miraculous details in the book!
On May 4, 2014, CBS conducted separate interviews with Dave and Ellen a few hours before they were scheduled to arrive at Maria Mitrione's Italian Market in Richmond, Indiana for their reunion. After the interviews, they set up their cameras at Mitrione's to film the moments when Dave and Ellen first saw each other. Approximately 60 friends, family, newspaper and CBS personnel were in attendance. CBS "This Morning" show aired the video of the reunion on May 5th to a national audience.
Watch the video below for more details!
Dave and Ellen at the spot where she was found in 1955.
Courtesy of the Palladium Item, Richmond, Indiana
The coverage of the reunion of Dave and Ellen was carried by over 800 internet media links, encompassing over 93 countries. The initial front-page story was reported by Bill Engle of the Palladium Item, Richmond, Indiana on March 2, 2014, with the headline "If He Hadn't Found Me, I Would Have Died" - (words expressed by Ellen). The story of the decades long search before Ellen was found touched readers across the nation. The Palladium Item also carried the story of their reunion on May 4, 2014, as well as a followup story the next day when Dave took Ellen to the site where he found her abandoned in the woods.
12/06/14: Bill Engle, Staff Writer for the Palladium Item, Richmond, Indiana received a first place award Saturday, December 6, 2014 from the Hoosier State Press Association, for his trilogy of stories published on the search for Roseann, their reunion and ‘the Spot.’ Bill's first story "If He Hadn't Found Me, I Would Have Died" was published on Sunday, March 2, 2014. The front page story, with an accompanying second page continuation, chronicled the abandonment of a 2-5 day old infant (Ellen Suey) that Dave Hickman found when he was 14 years old, while hunting with his grandfather in the woods of Richmond, Indiana. His second and third front page stories were published on May 5th and May 6th, 2014.
(as quoted from the Hoosier State Press Association website 12/06/14): "This is an incredible story. The reporter did a great job tracking down the people and keeping the focus where it should be, on the man who found the baby and his search to find her again, not on the mystery that led to her being abandoned in the first place".
The story of Dave and Ellen appeared on the March 2, 2014 issue of USA Today and on March 9th was given the distinction of being #1 of the 5 most uplifting stories of the week. Partial statement from USA Today: 'Dave Hickman was 14 years old when he found a days-old baby girl left to die in the Indiana field where he was squirrel hunting. After hearing a cooing noise, he stumbled upon the infant, cold, wet, and "laying in the brush and sticks ... looking up me," says Hickman, who finally tracked Ellen down in December after 58 years, through the diligent effort of retired Sheriff John Catey....... "There was an instant bond between Ellen and me," says Hickman.'
On October 19, 2014, the “North Carolina Friends Historical Society” posted a Facebook message: "We're going to share this story, even if it's a stretch to connect it with North Carolina Quaker history! But since Richmond, Indiana was founded by Quakers from N.C., we'll assume permission! In the current Readers Digest, there is a story of a 14-year old Richmond boy, David Hickman, who in 1955 found a newborn baby abandoned in the woods. Named Rose-Anne Wayne (for Richmond's nickname, "Rose City," and Wayne County) by the hospital staff, the baby was eventually adopted and grew to have a happy life. Certain Quakers will get emotional about all the Quaker connections in the names, starting with "Rose City." Richmond got the nickname from the expansive rose greenhouses of E. Gurney Hill, an English Quaker who moved to Richmond in 1870 and established his world famous rose hybridization company in 1881. Even David Hickman could be linked with Quakers: The Hickman is a Friends senior living community in West Chester, PA.
God had His hand on this story from the beginning and I am so humbled He used my hands to put it down on paper to bring people closer to Him through the words.
Gale Frances, author - And the Angel Cried
Comment by: Wendy Barrows, Wall-to-Wall Books (professional book reviewer)
Stories like yours showcase both ends of the spectrum - the very worst of humanity and the very best. Putting the two together like that is a powerful way to instill hope in the hearts of people who may be about to give up on mankind as a species. There's still some good out there.
Comment by: Tilmer Wright, Jr., Author of 'Motes', Knoxville, TN
This is the author's first person, passionate account of the 48 years she and her husband Dave spent to discover what had become of the abandoned baby girl Dave had found when he was a teenager. Although the reader knows that the couple will eventually be successful in finding and makingcontact with the now mature woman, the search remains engrossing. Gale and Dave seem to come close a few times before running into another dead end; but they never give up hope. It is their abiding faith that God has used Dave as one miracle to save the baby's life, and God will answer their prayers to find her again. The celebration of the reunion that becomes a public story, is most heartening and moving.
Comment by Cheryl Peyton, Loudon, TN
There is a strong message of humanity...if you didn't hear those baby coos, what would have happened. God is great and faith kept life going for both of you, but the hero of the story is a 14 year old kid who mad a choice...people of faith have strong convictions for humanity and that means all people.
Comment by L. Gilbert, Facebook
"And the Angel Cried" is a true story written by Gale Frances about her hubby finding a baby when he was 14. I just read it ALL today and was amazed at her writing ability, her love for her family, and the Glory given to God by Dave Hickman....a man I have known my whole life. I am glad you found your 'little girl.'
Comment by Todd Johnson, Knoxville, TN
If you are running low on miracles, this book is here to remind that God works in mysterious ways. The author pays loving tribute to her husband and faith with the true story of how his discovery of a discarded and injured baby girl, in the backroads of Indiana, molded his entire life. Since the day a boy of fourteen saved a baby from a certain and deliberate death, to the heart wrenching moment he said goodbye, his life was a constant search for reassurance that the child was leading a happy and peaceful life. From the moment the author met her husband, their lives spun a web of connections that lead back to an event that took place over half a century ago. The world is in desperate need of happy endings and Divine intervention. “And the Angel Cried” won’t disappoint.
Comment by Jenni Barenbrugge Croes, Powell, TN
A teenager who had been hunting with his grandfather finds a infant that had been thrown away -- thrown over a barbed wire fence into a field. This true story shows how God is in this boy's life while he searches for the baby... who becomes a young woman discovered many years later. A wonderful, inspiring story that brings God into the author's and her husband's lives and guides them through their everyday journeys. The book brought heartache for such a careless act, and joy for the end result. Truly an Angel was in the mist!
Comment by Bobbi Phelps Wolverton, author of BEHIND THE SMILE
I received the book today and just finished reading it. I must say that I shed a few tears along the way. I absolutely could not put it down! It is so well written . . . interesting, intriguing, a familiar memory. Dave, I love that you gave God the glory, though you were the conduit through whom He worked that day. It is a story that would touch anyone’s heart!
Comment by S. Gilmore, Dallas, Texas
What a miracle and beautiful story. You can see God's hand all over this.
Comment by S. Chasteen
Wow!!!! That was amazing! One of the greatest stories I've ever heard.
Comment by G. Hogan
I read several books, five blaster book cases full of read and to-read books. Mostly history in nature: 18th Century mostly (Washington, Jefferson, Franklin and the founding fathers), Cherokee history and history on Monroe County and bad men from this area...spanning 200 years. Of course early American History. You see, I go to places that re-create 18th Century Living History: dress and live in the manner Boone and the like lived and dressed.
None of those books moved me or inspires me the way the story of "your little girl" moved me. Divine intervention! Your lives, your family and friends are inspirational and shows me that those who believe open doors and minds of the blind. I am Thanking GOD for these offerings tonight.
Comment by: J. Gordon Johnson, Madisonville, TN
Gale, thank you for sharing such an intimate and loving story. Only you could have captured the emotion and deep feelings that Dave experienced at the time he found Ellen (Roseann) and during the ensuing years that he searched for her.
Comment by: Anne Wilson, Administrative Assistant, First United MethodistChurch, Sweetwater, TN
I finished the book (in one night!) and I loved it! There were several points when I was in tears but what a truly amazing story! I also watched the CBS interview (tears again).
Comment by: Shannon McCloud, Executive Director, A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee
I enjoyed your story tremendously. When I got home, after purchasing the book, I read the whole thing in 3 hours. I cried, I laughed, and I cried some more. It is an amazing story and I am honored to have gotten the chance to meet you both.
Comment by: C. Connor
I decided to set aside a few hours this afternoon to read your lovely book—I knew I did not want to be interrupted while I enjoyed it. It is beautifully done – I did need a tissue frequently, though! I do believe you did miss one miracle– that would be the one where God brought you together to share your lives and the passion to pursue the re-uniting of Dave and Ellen (Roseann)—it shows your great love, compassion and faith in God. I am so grateful that you have shared this story with the world – thank you.
Comment by: J. Osborne
I'm astounded with the story! Once again, angels tend us in the most unexpected ways. To have lived with the questions Dave pondered for so many years, and then to have actually met the woman after all, well, it's a beautiful story of grace.
Comment by: Bonnie Donnelly
This is a wonderful story for Everyone!! There are many stories in this book and how wonderful God guides us to fulfill his plan. I had tears of sadness and tears of joy through the whole book!! And to make it even better I knew the young man who found the baby! Went to high school with him. This is a 5 Star must read for the whole family. What a Blessing!!
Comment by: CJ Allen
You won't know until you get to heaven how many people you touched with your story.
Comment by: T. Barnard
Today I received a very special package in the mail. I'm humbled to be included in someone else's life story -- a true story about a man who in the 1950s found a baby frostbitten and left to die in a forest, tangled in barbed wire. He saved her life, but never knew her name. He searched for her for 58 years. 58 years. Two years ago I flew out to the middle of nowhere in Indiana to film their reunion as they met for the very first time. Now they've written a book about his decades long search and how they never gave up. I'm so honored to know them.
Comment By: Lauren Hoenemeyer
WOW!!!! What a wonderful book. Not only did it keep us occupied during our trip to Nashville but it was so well written. Hearing the story over again from your prospective, Gale, was amazing. Job well done and thank you for sharing it with us.
Comment by: S Everson
Yes the Angel cried and so will you, I certainly did! I have known the author and her husband for a very long time. The story of this young hunter and the abandoned baby is a story that will pull at your heart strings. It is the story Dave had in his heart and soul since he was that young 14 year old hunter hearing those strange unfamiliar sounds in the woods that misty Indiana morning. It is the story that stayed deep inside this man with so many questions; where was this beautiful baby, was she happy, did she wonder about the man that saved her - he needed to know about "his baby girl".
This book is not only a journey about answering these questions it became a journey to find her. It is also a story about his 50 year marriage to a woman that shared his quest, knew his innermost feelings and that deep emptiness inside him that needed to be filled. With her love and their deep faith in God their quest is culminated in this book. As I said in the beginning of this review "I cried too" knowing full well the story and the ending! You will too - this is a book of love, peace and triumph that you will want to share with your family and friends.
Comment by: ML Johnson
I was provided with an advance copy of this book by the Author. I was somewhat familiar with the story of David Hickman finding the infant and looked forward to seeing the full story on this miracle. I normally have a challenge sticking to a book but had no problem reading this in one morning, always a good sign! I am one of those guys confident enough to say I do get a tear or two even for Hallmark movies (when we always know how it is going to end). I had a few tear moments on this one:
1) David's "3 ribbons" quote.
2) The phone call to David.
3) When David met Roseann/Ellen. What I appreciated the MOST about this book was the recognition of God’s hand in it all. It was not 'free will' it was destined.
Comment by: KM Coon
This is a heart-warming, inspiring story of love, faith, and courage. Thank you -- to the author, Dave, and Ellen -- for sharing your story with the world through this book. It beautifully illustrates God's never-ending love and grace.
Comment by: M McPherson
Forever is too short for the message your words brought to such a troubled world. Your book reminds us of who we can be – with God all things are possible. Your writing has taken on a power and beauty beyond language and we hope the message becomes a lesson to all who read it.
Comment by: S. Fryman