|"This is my ship which brought me to America in the year 1911.|
Landing in NY- Disembarked 7:00 pm 26th September " written on the
back of this post card by Elisabetha Ebner
I can see her searching for the train station to make her way to Cleveland, Ohio, where she would meet up with her step sister and brother-in-law before going on to marry Josef in Chicago.
I love to think of these dates in cosmological terms. Just rewind the earth's orbit around the sun 100 times, and there she is: stepping off onto Ellis Island, submitting to the probing and eye-lid lifting health inspections, mailing a postcard of Central Park to her sweetheart, my grandfather, Josef Gartz, to let him know she's arrived safely.
Welcome to America, Grandma!