Humor and Nostalgia

Take a walk down memory lane with stories about the past. Enjoy stories about the american dream, the great depression, one-room schools, outhouses, and much more.

Arduous Journey Brings Grandmother to Land of Opportunity

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Traveling across the Atlantic was an arduous trip for German grandmother; immigrants were thankful to reach the land of opportunity.

Father Sailed Past Statue in New York Harbor as He Arrived in Land of Opportunity

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Author’s maternal ancestors were already here; English immigrant probably wicked at The Lady in New York Harbor.

Grandfather Brought Cigar Trade to Land of Opportunity

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Cigar manufacturing a skill that grandfather brought with him to the land of opportunity.

Land of Opportunity: Grandparents Survived Cholera Outbreak

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Woman traveling with grandparents to land of opportunity took sick and was thought dead; she survived, married and raised a family.


Great-Grandmother Sought Refuge for Family in Land of Opportunity

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Great-grandmother brought family to land of opportunity; grandmother grew up in an aunt’s home.

Land of Opportunity: Grandpa Traveled to Frankenmuth, Michigan

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Grandpa among German immigrants to make their home in Frankenmuth.

Lutheran Bookbinder Made Tough Transition to Farmer in Land of Opportunity

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To keep his sons out of the Prussian army, Lutheran bookbinder travels to land of opportunity and takes up farming.

Land of Opportunity: Banana Peel Made Boy Sick

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Immigrants to land of opportunity included a small boy who tried to eat the banana peel on the unfamiliar treat.