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TAG : Land Of Opportunity

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

She arrived in America later than my maternal ancestors, but the Statue of Liberty must have meant something to my father, that handsome, debonair, troubled, gifted man who sailed past her into New York Harbor to the land of opportunity. His people were English, and he was the only one of his ...

Long Sea Passage Brings Family to Land of Opportunity

My husband's grandparents left Doelitz, Pomerania, Germany, April 11, 1866. Their family consisted of four boys, ages 12 to 3, and a baby girl, age 4 months. With nearly all the money they had in the world spent for the cheapest passage, this family started on the long voyage to America’s ...

Grandfather’s Homesick Sister Brings Him Come to Land of Opportunity

Grandpa Philipp was born in Horrenberg, Germany, on March 30, 1876. His father was Wendelen and his mother was Theresa. The children were Rose, Bertha, Carl, Frank and Eugene, the youngest. Horrenberg was a little country village near Heidelberg. Grandpa grew up on a farm and helped with the ...

Land of Opportunity: Grandparents Emigrated, Relatives Remain in Germany

My grandparents did indeed come from the old country, or old countries, to settle in the land of opportunity. My father's parents came from Germany, and even now I have relatives there whom I have never had the pleasure of hearing from. However, one of my cousins and his wife lived in Germany ...

Bavarian Family Returns to the Land of Opportunity

I was born in 1938 in a small Bavarian village in Germany before the Second World War. It was a cold winter with lots of snow. I was too small to remember, but the winds of war were in the making. My father and brother were called to serve their country. It was a very unhappy time in my ...

Hardships Endured by Ancestors in Land of Opportunity

My ancestors, all of whom emigrated from areas of northern Germany prior to The Civil War, must have been driven to the land of opportunity by adventure, ambition and dreams of creating a better life for themselves, as well as for their descendants. This they did, in spite of the hardships and ...

Land of Opportunity: Grandparents Emigrated From Germany

Both sets of my grandparents emigrated from different parts of Germany during the last decades of the 1800s. They came at different times; my paternal ones came from the area called Mecklenburg; the maternal two came from the Hessian state. All probably used the steerage part of their ship. ...

Grandparents Sell Possessions to Travel to Land of Opportunity

My great-grandparents, Paul and Augusta, sailed on The Deutcha Vandaha to the United States – the land of opportunity – in 1881. Before they came, this family of 11 sold all their possessions except what they needed for daily use. The money helped pay for the ship's passage. Their ...

Land of Opportunity: Emigrant Left Germany to Farm

My father was born in Husun, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, in 1887. In 1904, at the age of 17, he came to America, the land of opportunity. His passage was paid by a farmer near Atlantic, Iowa, in exchange for farm labor. He traveled with a friend, sailed the ocean, came through the emigrant ...

Man a Stowaway on Trip to Land of Opportunity

My great-grandfather, Joseph A. Roth Sr., was the son of a prominent family in Wertenburg, Germany. He studied extensively, spoke seven languages, and was completing preparation for the Divinity when he abruptly left Germany for the land of opportunity. A stowaway, he paid for his passage to ...

Arduous Journey Brings Grandmother to Land of Opportunity

A letter from my grandmother details her arduous journey from Germany to the United States, the land of opportunity.Well, Gloria, you want me to tell you something about my trip over the ocean heading for the land of opportunity. Well, there is not much to tell, you know I was only 13, and ...

Grandfather Brought Cigar Trade to Land of Opportunity

My great-grandfather, Anton Fangman, was born October 11, 1831, in Leone, Oldenberg, Germany. At 14, he started working in a cigar factory, where he learned the trade. Later he became a sailor, and for five years sailed to many different countries. At that time German sailors were not allowed ...

Land of Opportunity: Grandparents Survived Cholera Outbreak

I have often heard the story of my great-grandparents crossing over the Atlantic to the land of opportunity. Grandpa was Christoff Meyer, from Trier, Germany. Grandma was Helena Halmos from the old kingdom of Prussia. They were only children at the time. Cholera broke out on the ship, and ...

Great-Grandmother Sought Refuge for Family in Land of Opportunity

America – the Land of Opportunity and refuge. "Things will be better if we can only get to America," seems to have been the cry in the 1880s and before. After my great-grandfather in Germany became ill and died, my great-grandmother, who spoke no English, packed up her mother, her three boys ...

Land of Opportunity: Grandpa Traveled to Frankenmuth, Michigan

On April 18, 1848, Grandpa Helmreich and his bride, four other couples and several other people left Bremerhafen, Germany, on the sail-ship Regina bound for America, the land of opportunity. Despite unfavorable weather and other disagreeable experiences, they landed in New York on the afternoon ...

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