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.

Land of Opportunity: Grandparents Emigrated From Germany

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Settling in the land of opportunity’s Midwest, grandparents farmed in Iowa and survived the Great Depression.

Grandparents Sell Possessions to Travel to Land of Opportunity

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Their eldest son was already established in land of opportunity, and the rest of the family sold all their possessions to join him.

Land of Opportunity: Emigrant Left Germany to Farm

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Passage for emigrant was paid for in exchange for farm labor; man worked hard to become American.

Man a Stowaway on Trip to Land of Opportunity

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After arriving in land of opportunity, stowaway travels through city after the devastation of the Chicago Fire.


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.