Happy in the New World

Because of style differences in the new world, sisters didn’t recognize each other at family reunion.

| Good Old Days

Reprinted courtesy of the Thousand Oaks News Chronicle.

Ursula Riccio was a 14-year-old girl from Austria who had only a trunk of clothes and "one coin" when she went through Ellis Island, alone, on her way to Connecticut.

"It was a big building full of people," she recalled in an Austrian accent. "All the people were lined up against the walls and were sitting with their feet up."

Riccio's father came to the United States around the turn of the century and wanted to bring his wife, son and four daughters to his new country.

He returned to Austria with hopes of selling the family farm in Thorlmagoern, but he couldn't find a buyer.

Times were tough, Riccio, 96, recalled. Her father found work in a lumber mill. While working to earn money to get his family to the United States, part of his hand was cut off in an accident at the mill.

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